4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Value Plays for 4/17/16
Building daily fantasy baseball lineups can be intimidating. On any given slate, you have a massive number of options in front of you and a ton of factors to consider.
We're here to help take some of that burden off and break down some hitters who you can slot into your lineup for nice and cheap, while still being well-positioned to provide your lineup with solid fantasy production.
Let's take a look at where we can find value on today's slate.
Miguel Montero, C, Chicago Cubs
FanDuel Price: $2,900
The Chicago Cubs have been on an absolute tear to start this season, and it would be faster to list Cubs that aren't playing well than to list ones that are.
Miguel Montero has started the year well, with six RBI in seven games. He has been very solid against right-handed pitchers throughout his career, with a .344 wOBA and .168 ISO, and in his matchup against Tyler Chatwood and the Rockies, he should keep on rolling.
Chatwood is among the worst pitchers on today's slate, and sports a career SIERA of 4.63, a 13.2 percent strikeout rate and a 9.9 percent walk rate. That strikeout rate falls to 12.3 percent when you narrow it down to facing left-handed hitters, the walk rate jumps to 11.5 percent, and he allows a .351 wOBA to lefties. The Cubs hot start may fade eventually, but Chatwood is not the pitcher to make it happen, and it's hard not to love getting Montero for so cheap.
Justin Bour, 1B, Miami Marlins
FanDuel Price: $2,500
Coming off of a great game yesterday in which he picked up a home run and a pair of RBI's, Justin Bour is once again in a great spot.
The lefty really excels against right-handed pitching, with a career .353 wOBA and .215 ISO. Those are the kind of numbers that have to catch your eye, especially when his salary is so low.
He also has the benefit of a fairly soft matchup tonight against Jhoulys Chacin, who is markedly worse against left-handed hitters, sporting only a 14.6 percent strikeout rate and allowing a .336 wOBA.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, Chicago Cubs
FanDuel Price: $3,000
Ben Zobrist is a switch-hitter, which makes him another lefty to target against the right-handed Tyler Chatwood. As I mentioned, Chatwood is brutal against lefties with a career 12.3 percent strikeout rate, 11.5 percent walk rate and allowing a .351 wOBA.
Zobrist has struggled a bit out of the gate this season, but a pitcher that struggles as much as Chatwood could be just the antidote Zobrist needs. He has hit for a career .338 wOBA and .166 ISO with a 14.9 percent strikeout rate against right-handed pitchers, and hitting near the top of the order on one of the most well-positioned offenses of the day is never a bad spot to be in.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Toronto Blue Jays
FanDuel Price: $3,200
Troy Tulowitzki has yet to really get it going this season, but he has enough sustained success under his belt that it's hard to get too hung up on an 11-game blip on the radar. While he does his best work against lefties, Steven Wright is still a great matchup for Tulo, who has produced a career .365 wOBA and .213 ISO against right-handed pitchers.
Wright only has 27 Major League games to draw stats from, but hasn't looked good. He has a 4.21 SIERA, 18.5 percent strikeout rate and 8.9 percent walk rate. Not the kind of numbers that will have you salivating, but having a question mark on the mound rarely ends well against the Blue Jays, and Tulowitzki is a big part of that.