FanDuel MLB Value Plays: Tuesday (4/16)
With all 30 teams in action, there will be a vast player-pool to choose from. This jam-packed main slate will skew ownership percentages and increase the likelihood of creating unique lineups. Here are nine players who could potentially go overlooked and provide value on Tuesday night.
Max Fried (ATL): $8,300 vs. ARI
The lefty for Atlanta has gotten off to an impressive start in 2019. Completing six innings in his last two starts, the most recent in Colorado, Fried has been a steady producer. The Braves are home favorites in this one and although Arizona’s lineup has talent, it’s not a juggernaut. Fried has posted 43 & 40 FanDuel points in his past two outings and I’d expect a similar result here.
Nick Pivetta (PHI): $6,900 vs. NYM
Recommending a player who has been straight trash is generally not best practice but Pivetta is somewhat of a special case. He was hyped heading into the season and has now been cast aside due to his lack of performance. His ownership in this one will be minuscule. The Mets have struck out the fifth-most times in the league thus far. Pair that with the fact that Pivetta has always been able to miss bats (Career 25.4% SO percentage) which makes this is an ideal buy-low opportunity.
Jose Abreu (CWS): $3,200 vs. KAN
Abreu bats in the heart of a White Sox lineup that’s been putting up some runs of late. The talent on this roster is getting stronger which allows him to see better pitches. He’s always been a consistent hitter who’s flashed big-time talent. There is value at this price tag, as he will be taking on Jorge Lopez. An average right-hander, Lopez is not someone who misses a ton of bats. Abreu could find himself in a hitters count more often than not, leaving him multiple opportunities to cash in.
Starlin Castro (MIA): $2,400 vs. CHC
Sporting a .297/.346/.428 career line against lefties, Castro will bat in the heart of the order against Chicago southpaw Jose Quintana. The surrounding talent may be lacking and the ballpark is less than ideal, but that shouldn’t completely deter you from rostering Castro. This is a guy who gets on base and could potentially run into one if Quintana leaves one hanging. For only $2,400, he deserves consideration.
Rafael Devers (BOS): $3,100 @ NYY
Although Devers is fairly consistent against both, he does possess somewhat of a reverse-split when taking on lefties as oppposed to righties. He faces off with James Paxton in the Bronx on Tuesday night. The 22-year-old already loves killing the Yanks; a certain long-ball off Aroldis Chapman can back that up. Devers usually finds himself towards the bottom half of the lineup but that’s just because of the talent throughout this Boston club. With plenty of run-producing/scoring opportunities and a notorious short-porch to lean on, he looks poised to produce in this one.
Andrelton Simmons (LAA): $3,000 @ TEX
With Mike Trout back in the Angels lineup, Simmons will have even more value heading into Texas to face Mike Minor. The lefty Minor has flashed some solid work to begin the year but has never been known to shut lineups down consistently. Simmons has had a sluggish start to 2019 but is always capable of stuffing the stat-sheet in a variety of ways. Whether that be via the long-ball or stealing bases, his chances increase at the ban-box in Arlington.
Manuel Margot (SDP): $3,000 vs. COL
Manning the lead-off spot for San Diego, Margot looks to be finding his form. He has yet to really get going on the basepaths but he’s getting on plenty (.347 OBP) and has hitters behind him who are capable of driving him in. Jon Gray will toe the rubber for the Rockies. Margot had plenty of hype as he was coming up and now he’s finally grabbing hold of his spot on this upstart Padres team.
Eloy Jimenez (CWS): $2,900 vs. KAN
Another athlete with tremendous talent and hype, Jimenez has had one monster game to date but clearly has the tools for many more. As is the case with Jose Abreu, Eloy will be standing in against Jorge Lopez. The two could be useful pieces in a potential stacking opportunity where their salaries combine for just $6,100. Taking advantage of these younger studs and their depressed tags before they really take-off is a profitable process.
Jose Martinez (STL): $2,400 @ MIL
With injuries to both Harrison Bader and Tyler O’Neill, Martinez may be forced to play “defense” for the Red Birds. If he is inserted into the starting lineup, his price doesn’t align with his talent. A true hitter in every sense of the word, he could find success against Brandon Woodruff in hitter-friendly Miller Park. He’s a great source of salary relief on a slate such as this, making him a no-brainer if he does get the nod.