Which offenses do we want to target today?
Well, there is a nice little matchup awaiting San Francisco in Coors Field, as the Giants will take on left-hander Yohan Flande. That’s certainly not a bad place to start … Otherwise, the wind is blowing out (8-10 mph) in Chicago, warranting consideration for the Cubs against Rubby De La Rosa, who has struggled mightily against left-handed sluggers this season. Cue Rizzo, Schwarber, Fowler, Coghlan, and (maybe) Montero.
Taking pieces from those two offenses and combining them with a few other well-priced options in decent situations is a pretty solid strategy for this afternoon’s game slate … Here are some of those well-priced value plays to help round out your FanDuel squad:
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Dexter Fowler – OF – CHC (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
I mentioned the Cubbies well-positioned offense in the introduction, and now I will further explain that. Arizona pitcher Rubby De La Rosa has allowed a whopping .405 wOBA against left-handed hitters this season. Fowler is a switch-hitter who will not lose the platoon advantage in a bullpen situation, and he has scored a run in five straight games (a testament to his lineup security with RBI producers behind him).
Eric Hosmer – 1B – KC (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson is a spot-starter who is allowing a .447 wOBA against left-handed hitters over the past few seasons. That doesn’t bode well against this Kansas City offense loaded with quality lefties. Eric Hosmer leads the way in that department, checking in at a cool $3200 price point. Don’t forget about his teammate Alex Gordon ($2800) either, who has collected 5 hits in three games back from an extended injury absence.
Simply put, Duffy is way too cheap in this matchup. I understand that some FanDuel players have been frustrated by him over the past few days, but fantasy backers were rewarded with a nice 3-5, 2 RBI performance last night. He gets another great righty/lefty matchup in Coors Field against Yohan Flande’s .345 wOBA vs right-handed hitters. At this price, the matchup is way too good to pass up.
Also Consider: Alex Gordon – OF – KC
Scooter Gennett – 2B – MIL (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Gennett hasn’t been anything special, but he consistently churns out solid value while hitting atop of Milwaukee’s lineup. That should be the case against right-hander Michael Lorenzen, who has allowed a hearty .440 wOBA vs left-handed hitters this season. This is probably one of the best matchups Gennett has seen in a while, so you’d be wise to jump on the discount here.
Andre Ethier – OF – LAD (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
San Diego pitcher Andrew Cashner has really struggled against left-handed hitters this season, holding a .383 wOBA split in that regard. Insert the Dodgers, who are loaded with left-handed bats that have accelerated them to the top of the league at hitting right-handed pitching. The park factor in Petco isn’t terrific, but that didn’t stop either last night, going 3-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI’s. Something similar could be in the works today.
John Jaso – C – TB (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Jaso has been the default “punt” catching option for quite some time now, and I personally am not tired of it. He is one of the more consistent hitters of the position, creating an easy pick for value from his cleanup spot. In addition, he gets a nice park boost in Yankee Stadium against Ivan Nova’s .350 wOBA vs LHB this year.
Also Consider: Darnell Sweeney – OF – PHI
Colby Rasmus – OF – HOU (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Rasmus flexed his upside in the first game of this series vs Minnesota, going 2-4 with a 2-run homer off Mike Pelfrey. He’ll have a similarly good matchup against the Twins’ rookie Tyler Duffey, who has been quite susceptible to left-handed bats over his brief MLB tenure (.431 wOBA split) … Oh, and Houston’s Minute Maid Park tends to accentuate left-handed power as well.
Kole Calhoun – OF – LAA (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
If Calhoun was cheaper (maybe in the $2800 range), he might be considered a “diamond in the rough” value commodity. However, at $3300, he’s more of a tournament pick, as there are several quality outfielders hovering around that range. He has a fine matchup against Colby Lewis, who has allowed a .349 wOBA against lefties over the past three seasons. Calhoun is heating up with 8 hits over his past four games.
Adrian Beltre – 3B – TEX (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
I like Matt Duffy more for cash games, but Beltre is a fine “tournament swerve” for a similar price. Angels’ pitcher Hector Santiago has been falling apart down the stretch of this season, as he only lasted 2.2 innings (5 earned runs) in his last start at Oakland. That poses well for Beltre, who checks in with a solid .392 wOBA against southpaws.
Also Consider: Jay Bruce – OF – CIN (FanDuel Price: $2,400)