3 MLB FanDuel Value Plays to Target on Wednesday 6/8/22
With production being highly variable on a night-to-night basis, daily fantasy baseball plays a bit differently than other sports.
As a result of this, the primary method of selecting hitters is to "stack" certain teams in good spots to produce. Most of the top stacks on a given day come with hefty salaries. In addition to that, a vast majority of pitchers with the upside to win tournaments are high-salaried hurlers.
Therefore, crushing your value plays -- whether it be a pitcher unexpectedly piling up strikeouts or a low-salaried batter racking up points -- can be the secret sauce to taking down a tournament.
Which budget options stand out today on FanDuel?
Alex Wood, P, Giants ($7,300)
Alex Wood stands out among this slate's low-salary arms.
Wood boasts a 3.53 SIERA and 23.7% strikeout rate. With a 22.2% hard-hit rate and 47.6% ground-ball rate, Wood has done a great job avoiding loud contact, and he can deliver a good output in this matchup.
After Carlos Rodon flopped in this spot last night, Wood might not be all that popular today, but he checks a lot of boxes. We project him for 32.4 FanDuel points. That's the fourth-most among all hurlers, and he rates as the best point-per-dollar play.
Bobby Dalbec, 1B, Red Sox ($2,000)
Yesterday, I plugged Bobby Dalbec for his matchup with Reid Detmers. Dalbec ended up scoring 19 FanDuel points in a 2-for-5 day, but it wasn't off Detmers, who got pushed back a day. It was off Jose Suarez, another lefty for the Los Angeles Angels.
Detmers is expected to throw today, so we can go back to Dalbec, who is still at the minimum salary.
As we broke down on Tuesday, righties have tagged Detmers for a 46.4% hard-hit rate while striking out just 17.6% of the time. Over his last three starts, he's allowed eight earned runs and four taters.
With the platoon advantage for his career, Dalbec sports a .366 wOBA and 47.9% fly-ball rate. He is a great way to get exposure to a Boston offense that has a 4.67 implied total and is on the stacking radar.
Joey Gallo, OF, Yankees ($2,300)
Joey Gallo is heating up a bit. Over his last two games, he's got three hits -- one of which was a homer -- and three RBI, totaling 22.2 and 15.7 FanDuel points.
He's hit ninth both games, which is a downer, but as long as his salary is this low, he's going to be a solid value target whenever the New York Yankees see a righty.
That's the case today as New York will face off against Chris Archer. In 178 1/3 frames since the start of 2019, Archer has permitted 1.72 homers per nine, and the Yanks have a 4.75 implied total for this one, the third-highest of the slate.
For all his struggles, Gallo still has a .347 wOBA, 43.7% hard-hit rate and 50.0% fly-ball rate versus right-handers. He's our third-best point-per-dollar bat on Wednesday's main slate.