FanDuel MLB Value Plays: Saturday (4/14)

by fantasybeast15 | @fantasybeast15
Apr 14, 2018

Chris Archer should bounce back from his early struggles

FantasyBeast15 breaks down value plays for Saturday’s slate of FanDuel MLB contests.

This piece is part of our article program that features quality content from experts exclusively at FantasyPros. For more insight from FantasyBeast, head to

Here’s a look at the top value plays for Saturday on FanDuel. I will do my best to keep the top plays as cheap as possible but will include higher-priced players if their projections far exceed their salary-based expectation.

Create Optimal FanDuel lineups using our DFS Lineup Optimizer tool >>


Chris Archer (TBR) vs. PHI ($8,800)

I’ll likely be paying up for Max Scherzer in cash games, but in tournaments, Archer is my favorite value pitcher. He’s priced at $8,800 but projects for over 40 FD points. I was on Jacob Faria yesterday as a value play, and used him in both cash games and tournaments. Using Faria as a value play turned out well, and Archer is a much better pitcher. Archer will face a Phillies team who will add a DH, but strikes out 26.5% of the time, the third-highest rate in the league.

Catcher/First Base

Jesus Aguilar (MIL) vs. NYM ($2,100) 

After a collision in the outfield, both Lorenzo Cain and Domingo Santana were banged up in yesterday’s game. My thought process is Eric Thames will get a start in the outfield to give Santana a break, leaving Jesus Aguilar the start at first base. Aguilar is an underrated hitter, who usually only plays against lefties, but may find himself in the lineup against Matt Harvey. Harvey is not the pitcher he used to be, and projects for higher than a 4.50 ERA this season. Aguilar projects for an ISO near .200, so I like his upside in this matchup.

Second Base

Jonathan Villar/Eric Sogard (MIL) vs. NYM ($2,400/$2,200)

Sticking with the Brewers theme, Villar and Sogard make for interesting value plays. I expect at least one to make the lineup, and either player could lead off against Harvey. I’d prefer to roster Villar, but the batting order will determine which player holds more value. Villar will have stolen base upside, especially if he’s batting first, while Sogard offers a better chance to get on base. The Brewers as a team are underpriced against Harvey and are one of my favorite stacks in tournaments.

Third Base

Kyle Seager (SEA) vs. OAK ($3,100)

Seager will face Kendall Graveman in Safeco Field. Graveman projects for less than 6.0 Ks/9 and an ERA near 5.00. He’s struggled to start the year, striking out only 7.9% of batters and owning an ERA of 9.49 through three starts. Seager will have the platoon advantage and should bat fifth, giving him solid value, even though he’s priced a bit higher than most of the other value plays.



There are no great value plays at shortstop today. The best value plays will bat 7th-9th in the order, making them risky for cash games. Additionally, none of those plays have much power, limiting their upside for tournaments. These players include Orlando Arcia and Tzu-Wei Lin. One of the best values is actually Paul DeJong, who is priced at $3,800, so it’s difficult to label him as a true value. If a cheap shortstop ends up leading off, they would most likely become the best value. I will be filling the rest of my roster first, and selecting my shortstop based on the remaining salary I have.


Hunter Renfro (SDP) vs. SFG ($2,600)

Renfroe will face Derek Holland in Petco Park. It’s not a great park for power, but it’s not as bad as everyone seems to believe. Renfroe will have the platoon advantage and has plenty of power to create upside in this matchup. Holland has pitched well this year and has yet to surrender a home run, but he gave up 2.07 HR/9 last season, showing there should be some home run upside. Renfroe probably won’t make my cash game lineups, but I’ll have him sprinkled into my tournament teams.

Win cash playing in FanDuel’s MLB Squeeze >>

What's your take? Leave a comment

Fantasy Games
FanDuel photo
New players get a free NFL contest every week until they win cash.
Get our Mobile App!

Enter your phone number below, and we'll text you a link to download the app.

1Todd Gurley (LAR)RB
2Saquon Barkley (NYG)RB
3Melvin Gordon (LAC)RB
4Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)RB
5Kareem Hunt (KC)RB
6Joe Mixon (CIN)RB
7David Johnson (ARI)RB
8Adam Thielen (MIN)WR
9Alvin Kamara (NO)RB
10Tyreek Hill (KC)WR
 View all Flex Rankings 
11Julio Jones (ATL)WR
12A.J. Green (CIN)WR
13Christian McCaffrey (CAR)RB
14Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG)WR
15Sony Michel (NE)RB
16DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)WR
17Michael Thomas (NO)WR
18Mike Evans (TB)WR
19Tevin Coleman (ATL)RB
20Robert Woods (LAR)WR
21Keenan Allen (LAC)WR
22Brandin Cooks (LAR)WR
23Travis Kelce (KC)TE
24Stefon Diggs (MIN)WR
25Jarvis Landry (CLE)WR
26James White (NE)RB
27Tyler Boyd (CIN)WR
28Adrian Peterson (WAS)RB
29LeSean McCoy (BUF)RB
30Mark Ingram (NO)RB
1Mike Trout (LAA)CF,DH
2Mookie Betts (BOS)CF,RF
3Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
4Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
5Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
6Bryce Harper (WSH)CF,RF
7Manny Machado (LAD)3B,SS
8J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
9Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B,3B
10Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
 View All Rankings 
11Corey Kluber (CLE)SP
12Jose Ramirez (CLE)2B,3B
13Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)1B
14Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
15Trea Turner (WSH)SS
16Giancarlo Stanton (NYY)LF,RF
17Carlos Correa (HOU)SS
18Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
19Joey Votto (CIN)1B
20Anthony Rizzo (CHC)1B,2B
21Jacob deGrom (NYM)SP
22Chris Sale (BOS)SP
23Clayton Kershaw (LAD)SP
24George Springer (HOU)CF,RF
25Kris Bryant (CHC)3B,RF
26Luis Severino (NYY)SP
27Andrew Benintendi (BOS)LF,CF
28Aaron Judge (NYY)RF,DH
29Starling Marte (PIT)LF,CF
30Christian Yelich (MIL)LF,CF
1Anthony Davis (NOR)PF,C
2James Harden (HOU)PG,SG
3Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)SF,PF
4Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)C
5Kevin Durant (GSW)SF,PF
6LeBron James (LAL)SF,PF
7Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
8Nikola Jokic (DEN)PF,C
9Damian Lillard (POR)PG
10Russell Westbrook (OKC)PG
 View All Rankings 
11Victor Oladipo (IND)PG,SG
12Paul George (OKC)SG,SF
13Joel Embiid (PHI)PF,C
14Kawhi Leonard (TOR)SG,SF
15Chris Paul (HOU)PG
16Jimmy Butler (MIN)SG,SF
17Kemba Walker (CHA)PG
18Kyrie Irving (BOS)PG,SG
19Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Andre Drummond (DET)PF,C
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
26Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C
Follow the Pros!

Follow us on Twitter @FantasyPros for exclusive advice and contests