Tonight is jampacked with MLB action, and the Underdog Fantasy pick ’em lobby is bursting at the seams. The following selections are the most exciting from the pick ’em lobby. The choices are hitter-leaning, featuring four higher for batters. However, one dominant starting pitcher also has an excellent prop.
Friday’s Top Underdog Fantasy MLB Pick ‘Em Picks
Ozzie Albies: 10.5 Fantasy Points – Higher
Albies wrecks lefties and has an outstanding matchup tonight. According to FanGraphs, the switch-hitting second baseman has had a .349 OBP, .237 ISO and 142 wRC+ against southpaws in 387 plate appearances against lefties since 2021.
Conversely, Patrick Corbin is lousy. The veteran lefty has a 5.20 ERA at home. He’s also yielded a .345 OBP, .489 slugging and .356 wOBA to 617 right-handed batters this year.
Austin Riley: 9.5 Fantasy Points – Higher
Riley is also excellent exposure to Atlanta’s offense and correlates with Albies. In 461 plate appearances against lefties since 2021, Riley has had a .367 OBP, .259 ISO and 147 wRC+. And, again, if Albies and Riley both rake, they can help each other eclipse their props since Albies is the No. 2 hitter and Riley hits directly behind him in Atlanta’s lineup.
Bryce Harper: 8.5 Fantasy Points – Higher
Harper is a monster with the platoon advantage at home. In 178 plate appearances against righties at Citizens Bank Park this year, Harper has swatted eight homers with a .433 OBP, .219 ISO and 161 wRC+.
The left-handed-hitting Harper should feast against Tylor Megill. New York’s right-handed hurler has allowed a .402 wOBA to 129 lefties on the road this year.
Framber Valdez: 35.5 Fantasy Points – Higher
Valdez pitches like an ace at home. In 96.2 innings at home this year, he’s had a 2.98 ERA, 2.99 xFIP, 1.03 WHIP, 4.5 BB% and 25.5 K%. The veteran lefty should mow down the lackluster Royals.
Kansas City is tied for 26th in wRC+ (89) and has a 23.6 K% versus lefties in 2023. The Royals are 29th in wRC+ (78) and have a 26.5 K% on the road in 2023. Moreover, they’re tied for 16th in wRC+ (98) and have a 23.2 K% in the previous 30 days. Finally, according to Betting Pros, the Astros are -230, and the game’s total is only 8.0 runs.
Mookie Betts: 9.5 Fantasy Points – Higher
The Dodgers should smash Sean Manaea, and it starts at the top of the order with Mookie Betts. The 31-year-old lefty has a 6.08 ERA in 53.1 innings on the road this year. He’s also coughed up a .367 wOBA to 162 righties on the road this year.
Betts should get the fireworks started immediately. In 497 plate appearances against lefties this year, he has a .392 OBP, .307 ISO and 168 wRC+. Betts is also white-hot. In the previous 30 days, he’s mashed five taters with three stolen bases, a .465 OBP, .213 ISO and 184 wRC+ in 114 plate appearances.
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