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FanDuel MLB: Sunday Value Plays

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:

Ariel Miranda, SEA vs. LAA ($7,300): Miranda has allowed a .261 wOBA over 72.2 home innings this season, while the Angels sport a .266 wOBA and 62 wRC+ against left-handed pitching on the road since the All-Star break. Miranda has also been impressive against the Angels in two prior starts this season, scoring 43 and 40 fantasy points, respectively, and has shown upside in excess of 60 fantasy points this season.

CATCHER

Yasmani Grandal, LAD vs. SDP ($2,700): Grandal owns a .386 wOBA, .259 ISO and 37.3 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching at home, while Padres starter Luis Perdomo has allowed a .405 wOBA, 5.00 xFIP and 32.1 percent hard contact rate to the 99 lefty bats hes faced on the road. Meanwhile, Padres relievers have an 8.27 ERA and have allowed a .383 wOBA to lefty bats on the road since the All-Star break.

FIRST BASE

Mark Reynolds, COL at MIA ($2,500): Reynolds is priced down for a favorable matchup against Marlins right-hander Vance Worley, whos allowed a .358 wOBA and 43.6 percent hard contact rate to right-handed hitters at Marlins Park. Reynolds counters with a .389 wOBA, .251 ISO and 34.7 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching, along with a 45.5 percent hard contact rate overall in 33 plate appearances this month.

SECOND BASE

Josh Harrison, PIT at TOR ($2,900): Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ has allowed a .351 wOBA, including six homers, to right-handed hitters at Rogers Centre, along with a 33.9 percent hard contact rate. Harrison has been particularly effective versus southpaws, posting a .361 wOBA.

THIRD BASE

Nick Castellanos, DET vs. MIN ($3,200): Castellanos has been red hot, scoring between 15.9 and 32.5 fantasy points in three of his last four games, and posting a 49.6 percent hard contact rate in 44 plate appearances this month. He also boasts a .380 wOBA and mammoth 55.7 percent hard contact rate versus right-handed pitching at home this season, making him a viable value play despite the tough matchup against Twins starter Ervin Santana.

SHORTSTOP

Eduardo Escobar, MIN at DET ($2,500): The switch-hitting Escobar has a .359 wOBA and .278 ISO versus southpaws on the road, while Tigers starter Matt Boyd has allowed a .364 wOBA, 5.24 xFIP and 40.8 percent hard contact rate to right-handed hitters at Comerica Park. Boyd has also allowed a .424 wOBA and a 5.93 xFIP along with an 8.64 ERA in his last two starts, while Tigers relievers have given up a .329 wOBA, including four homers, to righty bats at home since the All-Star break.

OUTFIELD

Carlos Beltran, HOU at TEX ($2,800): Beltran, who boasts a .500 batting average, including a homer, and five RBI in 10 plate appearances versus Rangers starter Andrew Cashner, has a .342 wOBA, .203 ISO and 34.3 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching this year. Meanwhile, Cashner has allowed a 6.17 xFIP and 32.4 percent hard contact rate to lefty bats at Globe Life Park, while Rangers relievers have a 5.25 ERA and have allowed a .355 wOBA to left-handed hitters at home since the All-Star break.

Brian Goodwin, WAS vs. SF ($3,300): Giants starter Jeff Samardzijas main weakness has been left-handed hitters on the road, as evidenced by the .346 wOBA, including 10 homers, and 32.0 percent hard contact rate hes surrendered. Goodwin sports a .418 wOBA, .359 ISO, 24.2 percent HR/FB rate and 41.5 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching at home, while Giants relievers have allowed a .425 wOBA and 38.9 percent hard contact rate to the 33 lefty bats theyve faced on the road since the All-Star break.

Seth Smith, BAL at OAK ($2,900): Smith has a .377 wOBA and 45.0 percent hard contact rate over 28 plate appearances in August, along with a .341 wOBA and 36.4 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching on the season. As starter Kendall Graveman has allowed a .374 wOBA, 1.90 HR/9 and 5.37 xFIP to left-handed hitters, and he has a 12.27 ERA and has surrendered a .430 wOBA over his last two starts.

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