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FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Picks for Wednesday September 23, 2015: Scherzer, Colon, Kluber, Ruf

Phil shares his pitching thoughts, stacking opportunities and a couple of value bats for you to consider on Wednesday.

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There are 13 MLB games on FanDuel's Sunday slate . The first games begin at 7pm Eastern  with the last one beginning at10:10pm eastern. Please be sure to check your lineups and of course check the weather to make sure your players are actually playing tonight.

There are some interesting opportunities on Wednesdays slate and here's what I'm thinking about.


As you've probably already figured out my philosophy is to roster a top tier pitcher as I believe there are or at least will be plenty of value sticks available for me to put together a roster that I feel can win for me on any given night. The other thing I'm looking for is value; I want to get at the very least 1 point per $1000 dollars that you understand my philosophy here is what I'm looking at tonight.

Corey Kluber ($10,100) disappointed me the last time he pitched; he gave up a three run first inning bomb then settled down and was rolling along until he was suddenly yanked in the 5th inning. He's been relatively solid over his career against his current Minnesota Twins opponents but at that price couple with his last outing makes me pause and probably pass on Kluber tonight. If you are so inclined to go with Kluber over his last 4 starts he's striking out almost 12 per nine against a Twins team who have a 21.2 percent strikeout rate, wOBA of .302 with a wOBA of 88 against righties this season.

Zach Greinke ($12,600) is at home tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks and current Diamondbacks don't have a very good history against Greinke. The Diamondbacks have fared a bit better against righties this season striking out 21 percent of the time with a wOBA of .318 with a wRC+ of 95. Over his last 6 starts Greinke is striking out just under 8 per nine, walking less than 2 and giving up just over a bomb per nine innings pitched. At this price it might be difficult to get my value here.

Max Scherzer ($11,000) has given up 13 earned runs over his last 34 innings pitched; he's also struck out almost 10 per nine, walked less than 1 and served up nearly 2 bombs per nine innings during that same 34 innings pitched. He's also had his moments against the Orioles and they have had their moments this season with a 22 percent strikeout rate, wOBA of .323 and wRC+ of 102 against righties.

Marcus Stroman ($7,800) takes on the Yankees at home tonight and based on his last outing he seems like a great value tonight. His history against the current Yankees is an awfully small sample size (Brett Gardner has 2 bombs) and over his last  2 starts he's striking out just under 4 hitters per nine, walking less than 2 and just under a bomb per nine innings pitched. The Yankees gave Stroman a hard time the last time they saw him and usually give righties a tough time striking out 19.7 percent of the time with a wOBA of .321 and wRC+ of 101. This could turn out really good or really ugly.

Bartolo Colon ($8,200) faces the Braves tonight at Citi Field so he has the ballpark in his favor as well as the Braves just don't hit the ball very well going for him. The Braves don't strike out very much (17 percent) against righties with a wOBA of .296 and wRC+ of 84 against a pitcher who over his last 5 starts has given up just 5 earned runs (2 to these same Braves) while striking out 5, walking less than 1 and allowing less than 1 bomb per nine innings pitched. The Braves have been successful against Colon but this could possibly be the best value on the night.

Plenty of people are high on Drew Smyly ($8,300) and there is a lot to like here; over his last 5 starts he's striking out nearly 12 hitters per nine but he's also give up 12 earned runs over his last 28 innings pitched and he's facing a Red Sox team in Boston that has the 3rd highest wOBA against lefties in the majors (.330) with a 19.6 percent strikeout rate and wRC+ of 104 BUT have a lousy record against Smyly with a 36 percent strikeout rate. Smyly might be worthy of some serious consideration tonight.

Stacking Opportunities for Wednesday

The Toronto Blue Jays face Ivan Nova so great value plays like Ryan Goins ($2,300), Dioneer Navarro ($2,500) and Ben Revere ($2,800) should provide great value tonight.

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Charlie Morton has a high ground ball/fly ball ratio that would ordinarily be a good thing in Colorado but he also has a 30 percent hard ball hit rate and a road wOBA of .400 on the road against lefties so by all means load up on Rockies lefty bats.

Value Picks for Wednesday

The Athletics Josh Reddick ($2,700) has a wOBA of .340 and wRC+ of 119 at home against righties while left handed hitters have a .315 wOBA on the road against Rangers Colby Lewis.

The Phillies Darin Ruf ($2,200) hits lefties on the road with a wOBA of .424 and wRC+ of 171 and as luck would have it righties have a road wOBA of .313 against Marlins pitcher Adam Conley.

Good luck tonight Fantasy Baseball owner!!

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