There are 14 MLB games on FanDuel's Friday evening slate . The first games begin at 7:05pm 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 Friday evenings 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 spent.......now that you understand my philosophy here is what I'm looking at tonight.
Jose Fernandez ($11,400) is home against Atlanta and this should ordinarily be a fantastic opportunity to get value as Atlanta has a .287 wOBA and wRC+ of 85 against righties. The Braves don't strikeout very much (17 percent) but that ordinarily wouldn't be a concern as Fernandez strikes out almost 13 per nine innings with less than 3 walks and 1 bomb per nine. The problem is Fernandez hasn't gone more than 5.2 innings in his last 2 starts and there is no reason to believe he will pitch enough innings or the Marlins scoring enough runs for him to get a win.
Sonny Gray ($10,500) has a home game against the Giants and over his last 5 starts he's struck out 5.54, walked 4.34 and allowed just over 1 bomb per nine innings pitched over his last 26.2 innings pitched. The sample size against the current Giants is small but he's had success and as a team against righties they have a 18 percent strikeout rate with a wOBA of .321 and wRC+ of 108. Gray's great numbers come from going deep into games and lately that hasn't happened very often so keep that in mind before selecting Gray on Friday.
Noah Syndergaard ($10,100) has a road game against the Cincinnati Reds and ordinarily he would be a great play; it's hard to pass up almost 11 strikeouts and 2 walks per nine innings, right? There are a couple of things we need to keep in mind about Syndergaard; his road splits are not the same as his home splits and he may be on an innings limit that might prevent him from picking up a win. On the road hitters have a .335 wOBA and a .457 slugging percentage, he walks 3.51 per nine and 1.23 bombs per nine innings pitched. The Reds against righties have a .310 wOBA and wRC+ of 92 against righties this season so please keep all this in mind on Friday.
Jordan Zimmerman ($9,600) has a home game against the Phillies and over his last 5 starts is averaging 8.80 strikeouts, 2.35 walks and just over a bomb per nine over 30.2 innings pitched. He's been just average against this current collection of Phillies and has gone 6 innings or more 4 of those last 5. The Phillies tagged Zimmerman for 6 earned runs and 2 bombs on the 14th of September and against righties this season have a 20 percent strikeout rate, wOBA of .294 and a wRC+ of 82 this season against righties. Zimmerman might also bring some value on Friday night.
Carlos Martinez ($9,600) has a home game against the Brewers and over his last 5 starts Martinez has struck out almost 10, walked 3.23 and allowed 0.29 bombs per nine innings over 30.2 innings pitched. Though the sample size is small he's had some success against this collection of Brewers and has gone 6 or more innings in just 3 of his last 5 starts. The Brewers have a 20 percent strikeout rate with a .310 wOBA and wRC+ of 90 against righties this season. Martinez looks as though he might provide value on Friday.
Carlos Carrasco ($9,400) has a road game against the Kansas City Royals. Over his last 5 starts he's striking out 13.5 per nine, walking 3.62 and allowing just under a bomb per nine innings over his last 27.1 innings pitched. He's pitched very well against the present Royals and has gone 6 or more innings in 3 of those last 5 outings. The Royals don't strike out much against righties (15 percent) and have a .323 wOBA and wRC+ of 103 against righties. Carrasco could be an interesting call on Friday.
This may sound like a longshot but I'm seriously considering Rubby De La Rosa ($6,400) on Friday night against the Padres in San Diego. Over his last 5 starts De La Rosa is striking out 7.23, 3.80 walks and just over 2 bombs per nine innings over his last 23.2 innings pitched. The sample size is small but he's been awfully good against these Padres and pitching in PETCO should help eliminate his trouble with bombs allowed. The Padres this season have a 21 percent strikeout rate with a .297 wOBA and wRC+ of 82 against righties this season. It will take some courage but De La Rosa might just pay off and allow you to load up on a couple of big bats Friday night.
Stacking Opportunities for Wednesday
Lefty bats have a .547 slugging percentage and wOBA of .382 against the Phillies Jerad Eickhoff so Washington Nationals like Clint Robinson ($2,300), Bryce Harper ($5,700) and Matt den Decker ($2,200) come to mind.
Mets hitters have scorched the Reds Anthony DeSclafani from both sides of the plate so don't be afraid to mix and match Mets hitters at your leisure/
Minnesota right handed bats like Tori Hunter ($2,600), Trevor Plouffe ($2,900), Brian Dozier ($2,900) and Aaron Hicks ($3,300) would all be nice plays against the Tigers Matt Boyd. For that matter throw in Joe Mauer ($2,800) also as Boyd can't seem to get anyone out from either side of the plate.
Value Picks for Wednesday
If Adam Jones ($2,500) if healthy he has a nice matchup with the Red Sox Rich Hill. Jones has made a living off lefties with a career wOBA of .325 and wRC+ of 100 and if he's healthy will be a great affordable addition to your roster.
Good luck tonight Fantasy Baseball owner!!
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