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FantasyDraft MLB: Saturday Values

Juan Carlos Blanco

Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for close to 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, and the NFL for Rotowire.com, including serving as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' beat writer. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports.

PITCHER

Carlos Martinez, STL vs. ATL ($21,600): Martinez has allowed a .274 wOBA over 74.1 home innings, while the Braves have a .285 wOBA and 72 wRC+ against right-handed pitching on the road since the All-Star break. He scored 27.80 fantasy points in his last start against the Royals and has no fewer than seven strikeouts in his last three starts.

Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD vs. SD ($18,800): Ryu sports an 0.95 ERA, .177 BAA and .202 wOBA allowed in his three starts since the All-Star break, and hes scored 26.15 and 35.15 fantasy points in his last two trips to the mound, respectively. The Padres have improved against southpaws since earlier in the season, but they have a .278 wOBA, 68 wRC+ and 22.6 percent strikeout rate against left-handed pitching on the road over the last three weeks.

INFIELD

Paul Goldschmidt, ARI vs. CHC ($10,200): Cubs southpaw Jon Lester struggled against right-handed hitters on the road, allowing a .358 wOBA, including eight home runs. Meanwhile, Goldschmidt has a .407 wOBA, .250 ISO and 50.0 percent hard contact rate against lefties at Chase Field, as well as a .625 batting average, including a homer, and four RBI in eight plate appearances versus Lester. Cubs relievers have also allowed .326 wOBA, including five homers, to right-handed hitters on the road since the All-Star break.

Adrian Beltre, TEX vs. HOU ($8,700): Astros starter Mike Fiers has been touched up by right-handed hitters on the road for a .373 wOBA, 2.35 HR/9, 30.0 percent HR/FB rate and 37.8 percent hard contact rate. Beltre has all 11 of his homers this season against righties, and he has a .405 wOBA, .262 ISO and 44.9 percent hard contact rate versus that handedness at home. Additionally, Astros relievers have a 7.80 ERA and have allowed a .381 wOBA (including seven homers) and 35.2 percent hard contact rate to righty bats on the road in the second half of the season.

Yasmani Grandal, LAD vs. SD (6,400): The switch-hitting Grandal boasts a .386 wOBA, .259 ISO and 37.3 percent hard contact rate versus righties at home, while Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin has given up a .433 wOBA, 2.73 HR/9, 38.1 percent HR/FB rate and 39.1 percent hard contact rate to lefty bats on the road. Padres relievers have been just as bad, allowing a .396 wOBA, including six homers, to lefty bats on the road since the All-Star break.

OUTFIELD

Mike Trout, LAA vs. SEA ($10,800): Trout has a .400 batting average over 20 plate appearances versus Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez, and a .530 wOBA, .468 ISO, 32.6 percent HR/FB rate and 43.2 percent hard contact rate versus righties at home. Meanwhile, Ramirez has allowed a .443 wOBA and five homers in his first two starts in a Mariners uniform, and a .325 wOBA and 38.2 percent hard contact rate to right-handed pitching on the road on the season.

A.J. Pollock, ARI vs. CHC ($8,100): Pollock owns a .337 wOBA and 46.4 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching at Chase Field, while Cubs starter Jon Lesters struggles, as well as those of the Chicago bullpen, versus righty bats on the road were detailed earlier. Pollock also boasts a .417 batting average against Lester in 12 career plate appearances.

Joc Pederson, LAD vs. SD ($6,300): Pederson comes in with a .367 wOBA, .290 ISO, 35.0 percent HR/FB rate and 39.1 percent hard contact rate against righties at Dodger Stadium, while the struggles of Jhoulys Chacin and the Padres bullpen against lefty bats on the road were alreads discussed. While hes struggled in August, Pederson was impressive in June and July and brings plenty of upside for a player of his price.

UTILITY

George Springer, HOU at TEX ($10,200): Springer got his timing at the plate back Friday after a long layoff, smacking his 28th homer of the season. He now has a .384 wOBA, 26.9 percent HR/FB rate and 38.9 percent hard contact rate versus righties, while Rangers tarter Tyson Ross has allowed a .405 wOBA and 6.73 xFIP to righty bats, along with a 36.0 percent hard contact rate against them at Globe Life Park.

Mike Moustakas, KC at CWS ($8,400): Moustakas has a .376 wOBA over 39 plate appearances this month, and a .371 wOBA and .296 ISO versus right-handed pitching on the season. Meanwhile, White Sox starter James Shields has allowed a .486 wOBA, 3.97 HR/9, 8.71 xFIP and 36.2 percent hard contact rate to lefty bats at Guaranteed Rate Field, and a .429 batting average in nine plate appearances to Moustakas.

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