3 MLB FanDuel Value Plays to Target on Wednesday 8/3/22
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?
Jared Walsh, 1B, Angels ($2,600)
Walsh is struggling overall this season. He strikes out too much, and he's awful against lefties. That doesn't matter much today against Kaprielian, who has a 15.7% strikeout rate for the season. Against left-handers, Kaprielian's strikeout rate is only 14.5%, and he's surrendering 1.52 jacks per nine.
For his career, Walsh owns a .361 wOBA with the platoon advantage. We project him for 0.29 homers, which is tied for the most on the slate. He's a smashing value play who can help you jam in Shohei Ohtani ($11,300) at pitcher.
We have Walsh scoring 12.1 FanDuel points and rate him as the second-best point-per-dollar hitter.
Paul DeJong, SS, Cardinals ($2,200)
Paul DeJong might be back -- like, for real back.
The man formerly known as Paul DeDong hit 30 taters back in 2019 before falling off a cliff in 2020 and 2021. He appears to have refound his stroke.
DeJong popped 17 homers in 230 plate appearances this year in Triple-A, and he's hit a tank in two of three games since getting recalled, moving up to fifth in the order last night.
He'll face left-hander Justin Steele -- who is punching out just 19.4% of right-handers -- on Wednesday, and DeJong is a low-salary way to get a piece of the St. Louis Cardinals' 4.47 implied total, the night's third-highest mark.
Trent Grisham, OF, Padres ($2,500)
Even if Josh Bell and Juan Soto sit today, the Padres are an offense that has to be on the stacking radar in this matchup. Kuhl has posted a 5.03 SIERA and 16.6% strikeout rate in 2022. Lefties are mauling him for a .365 wOBA, 38.7% hard-hit rate and 39.5% fly-ball rate.
Trent Grisham is left-handed, and he's one of the few -- maybe the only -- remaining low-salary sticks in the Padres' lineup. Admittedly, there aren't many positives in Grisham's 2022 profile, but he has a 42.1% fly-ball rate with the platoon advantage and has donged in three straight.
This is mostly about finding a low-salary bat on the Padres so you can stack the night's top offense and still get to Ohtani.