3 MLB FanDuel Value Plays to Target on Tuesday 10/4/22
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?
Max Muncy, 2B/3B, Dodgers ($2,800)
LA is at home versus Colorado Rockies righty Ryan Feltner. Through 91 1/3 innings this season, Feltner owns a 19.8% strikeout rate. His second-half xFIP is 4.71, and he's permitted a .349 wOBA in that span.
Since the break, Max Muncy has a .349 wOBA, 45.9% hard-hit rate and 46.8% fly-ball rate. He's a modest-salaried way to get exposure to the Dodgers, and the multi-position eligibility is another feather in his cap.
Joey Gallo ($2,200) is another easy-to-get-to Dodger our model is into tonight.
Gavin Sheets, 1B/OF, White Sox ($2,400)
Winder put up some juicy minor-league numbers in 2021, but that success hasn't carried over to this season or to the bigs. Through his initial 64 2/3 MLB frames, Winder sports a 4.58 SIERA and 16.5% strikeout rate. He's giving up a 44.0% fly-ball rate, leading to 1.53 homers per nine.
Gavin Sheets has upped his game in the second half after a slow start to the campaign, posting a .329 wOBA and 43.8% fly-ball rate since the break. He's likely to be slotted fourth or fifth in the lineup and makes sense as a one-off salary-saver or a low-salary addition to Chicago stacks.
We project him to total 12.5 FanDuel points and rank him as the fifth-best point-per-dollar bat.
Austin Slater, OF, Giants ($2,100)
Manaea has been hit hard by right-handers this season, surrendering a .358 wOBA in the split along with 1.96 taters per nine and a 42.8% fly-ball rate.
With the platoon advantage this season, Slater has recorded a .365 wOBA, and being atop the order is obviously an advantageous situation for him.