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FanDuel MLB: Wednesday Value Plays

Chris Bennett

Bennett covers baseball, college football and college basketball for RotoWire. Before turning to fantasy writing, he worked in scouting/player development for the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. He's also a fan of the ACC.


Doug Fister, BOS vs. OAK ($8,200):
If you're not willing to pay the extra $1,800 (minimum) for Max Scherzer on Wednesday, you're left with a lot of arms that have high strikeout potential, or those that have low K potential and need to rely strictly on not allowing runs to provide a return. Fister seems to be the one rare option that is in a nice grove while coming with strikeout upside. Over his last four starts, he is allowing a .209 wOBA and .463 OPS while striking out 25.3 percent of batters. The Athletics fan 24.5 percent of the time against righties, giving Fister elite potential.


Russell Martin, TOR vs. BAL ($2,500):
Martin was activated from the DL on Tuesday and is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday. He's not a particularly safe bet to perform in your lineup, but he still has some pop in his bat and faces an always combustible Kevin Gausman, who he is hitting .278 in his career against (in 18 at bats). Gausman has allowed same-handed bats to post a .371 wOBA on the road this year.

First Base

Freddie Freeman, ATL at WAS ($3,500):
I'm willing to take a modest gamble on Freeman at a discount here given the matchup with the aforementioned Scherzer. He's been vulnerable, or at least his most vulnerable, at home to lefties, allowing a .333 wOBA. Freeman has hit safely in all but two games in September and has taken Scherzer deep twice in 15 career at-bats, and he also has a .424 wOBA, 163 wRC+ and 1.020 OPS against opposite-handed pitchers since Aug. 1.

Second Base

Dustin Pedroia, BOS vs. OAK ($3,300):
Pedroia has five hits in his last two starts, and ranks third among BoSox regulars with a .338 wOBA against righties. While that number is modest, he's got an inviting matchup against Jharel Cotton, who is allowing a .352 wOBA to same-handed bats on the road, while also having a 7.02 ERA in the season's second half, allowing at least four runs in five of his eight starts in that span.

Third Base

Anthony Rendon, WAS vs. ATL ($3,600):
Rendon's .455 wOBA and 183 wRC+ against lefties on the year lead the Nats, so that alone clearly makes him worth a look. Those numbers come, in part, due to an impressive 17.0 walk rate, which plays right in to Braves' starter Luis Gohara's weakness, as he walked four in four innings in his debut. As such, Rendon brings a stable floor with big scoring upside.


Carlos Correa, HOU at LAA ($3,400):
Correa has been slow to perform since returning from a wrist injury. But he had three hits in his last two games entering Tuesday, and leads the team with a .431 wOBA and 176wRC+ against lefties over the season. Angels starter Tyler Skaggs has a 6.15 home ERA while allowing right-handed bats to hit eight of the nine homers he's allowed to date.


Ryan Braun, MIL vs. PIT ($3,400):
Braun is closing his disappointing season with a bang, owning a .407 wOBA, 149 wRC+ and .280 ISO across 27 September at-bats against righties. Pirates starter Tyler Glasnow owns a 7.45 ERA and has allowed a .422 wOBA and 1.040 OPS to righties on the road.

Justin Upton, LAA vs. HOU ($3,400): The Astros will turn to Mike Fiers in a spot start over Lance McCullers, who also offered a juicy matchup prior to being scratched. Fiers was previously bumped to the bullpen as a result of allowing 35 runs over his last 38 innings, allowing righties to post a .383 wOBA against. Upton counters with a .379 wOBA and 141 wRC+ since coming over from Detroit via trade.

Kyle Schwarber, CHC vs. NYM ($3,600): This is a steep price to pay for the chance that Schwarber connects for a big fly, but the odds seem to be in his favor. Schwarber has a .397 wOBA and 145 wRC+ at home against opposite-handed bats, where he also boasts a 43.0 percent fly ball rate and 34.9 percent homer to fly ball rate. He'll face a continually struggling Matt Harvey, who has a 5.58 road ERA and allowed lefties to post a .396 wOBA and 21.1 percent homer to fly ball rate this season.

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