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FanDuel MLB: Friday Value Plays

Greg Vara

Vara is the lead golf writer at RotoWire. He was named the 2013 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year. In addition to producing the weekly preview and the bulk of the draft kit content, Vara participates in Yahoo!'s "Experts Picks" where he routinely dominates. He also picks college football games against the spread in his "College Capper" article.

PITCHER

Corey Kluber, CLE at CHW ($9,900):
Kulber is off to a bit of a slow start this season, but there are two things to keep in mind: first, though heís allowed a lot of runs this season, heís still getting points from strikeouts; and two, he faced Texas and Arizona on the road already, tough places to pitch and tough lineups to get through unscathed. He finally catches a break as he faces what might be one of the worst lineups in baseball, as the White Sox have the second-worst wOBA against righties this season and the fifth-highest K% against them.

CATCHER

Brian McCann, HOU vs. LAA ($2,900):
The Rays will trot out Alex Cobb, who was out of the league due to injuries in 2015 and his return late last season was not pretty. His start to this year has been about the same, and one troubling habit heís developed over the past two seasons is an inability to get lefties out. Enter McCann, who is off to a nice start this season, averaging 9.6 fantasy points per game.

FIRST BASE

Eric Thames, MIL vs. STL ($3,900):
The old adage of buy low and sell high certainly doesnít apply to Thames anymore as his price has risen to the ranks of the elite. He has a tough matchup against Adam Wainwright, but Wainwright isnít the pitcher he used to be, so while it looks tough on paper, Thames definitely has the advantage. Through 14 games, Thames is averaging an incredible 19.1 fantasy points per game.

SECOND BASE

Starlin Castro, NYY at PIT ($3,100):
Tyler Glasnow struggled in a short stint last season, and heís picked up where he left off with two poor outings this year. Righties and lefties have been pounding Glasnow, so rather than look specifically for a left or right-handed bat, weíll want to focus on the Yankees with the best wOBA against righties this season. Near the top of that list is Castro, who is averaging 11.4 fantasy points per game.

SHORTSTOP

Corey Seager, LAD at AZ ($3,500):
Seager gets a favorable matchup in what is one of the best hitting parks in baseball. He crushes righties and is almost a must start anytime he faces one. Taijuan Walker is no slouch against lefties, but every righty that faces Seager is at a disadvantage, as he posted a .400 wOBA against righties last season and that number is slightly higher two weeks into this season.

THIRD BASE

Travis Shaw, MIL vs. STL ($3,400):
Wainwright is not the same guy he was a couple years ago, and his struggles have come mainly at the hands of lefties, while Shaw is second only to Thames as far as production in the Brewers' lineup this season. Shaw is averaging 14.3 fantasy points per game through 16 games.

OUTFIELD

Aaron Hicks, NYY at PIT ($3,200):
I mentioned Tyler Glasnowís struggles earlier and though Hicks isnít the biggest name in the lineup, heís the one most likely to take advantage. Hicks' .581 wOBA against righties leads not only the Yankees, but the entire league, and while he canít keep that up the entire season, itís good to see that heís figured out the right-handers early in the season.

Jose Bautista, TOR at LAA ($3,100): Bautista is off to a horrible start this season. His batting average is at .109, he has no home runs and only one RBI, so why even consider him? A couple reasons come to mind: first, heís not going to hit this poorly all season. Last year he posted a .361 wOBA against righties and at some point heíll start climbing towards that number. Second, he faces Alex Meyer, who to this point in his career has been a train wreck at the major league level. If Bautista is going to snap out of his funk soon, this looks like a good spot.

Steve Souza Jr., TB vs. HOU ($3,000): Souza is one of the hottest hitters in the league, coming in one hit shy of the cycle Thursday. He is averaging 13.4 fantasy points per game, and he has a team-best wOBA against righties this season. Mike Fiers takes the hill for the Astros, and though he struggles against all hitters, heís worse against the righties, and he is much worse on the road.

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