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FanDuel MLB Plays: Friday

by Mike Petta
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

Friday night’s MLB DFS slate on FanDuel should provide for a very entertaining evening. We have two of the best pitchers in the game taking the mound in Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw. In addition to the elite arms toeing the rubber, we have quite a few offenses in elite situations as well. Let’s dive into the schedule and make some money!





Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals, $11,500 – Scherzer has one of the best possible matchups tonight when the Nationals host the Marlins. He is a massive favorite at -260 with a very low total of only seven runs on the MLB odds board. In addition to Washington being a huge favorite, Scherzer has some immense strikeout upside in this game as well. The Marlins are rolling out an unimpressive lineup at this point in the season, which is something he will take advantage of.



Taijuan Walker, Seattle Mariners, $6,700 – If you are looking to save some money at the pitcher position, Walker is your guy. He has a road matchup with the Chicago White Sox, who have been better offensively as of late but have still been a big disappointment for the better part of the season. Walker and the Mariners are actually -130 favorites in this game, and he has been pitching well as of late.





Brian McCann, New York Yankees, $3,400 – McCann is an excellent option at the catcher position today. While the park shift is negative, the individual matchup with Williams Perez is elite. Perez has allowed a .375 wOBA to left-handed bats this season. In addition to the struggles for Perez, McCann is having a phenomenal season at the dish, having hit 22 home runs on the year.



Others to consider: Jonathan Lucroy, Victor Martinez




First Base

Adam Lind, Milwaukee Brewers, $3,500 – Lind is another guy in an elite situation tonight when he faces off with Raisel Iglesias at home. He continues to be one of the best hitters in all of baseball against RHP (.376 wOBA, .216 ISO vs. RHP, top 10 last year as well in terms of wOBA). What’s more, Lind is carrying a very fair price on FD of only $3,500.



Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves, $3,000 – This is simply a situation in which a player is priced much too low for his actual skill set. The matchup with Masahiro Tanaka is less than ideal, but at $3,000, Freeman is tough to ignore. He has been underpriced for most of the MLB season on FD and right now is another opportunity to take advantage of the depressed price tag.




Second Base

Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates, $3,000 – Walker is an easy player to sort out for DFS purposes. You play him against RHP and avoid him against LHP. Tonight the Pirates get a vulnerable RHP in Jon Gray, who has struggled this season since being called up from the minors. In addition to his struggles this season, Gray is backed up by one of the worst bullpens in all of baseball. Walker is a fine 2B option at only $3,000.



Others to consider: Jose Altuve, Brian Dozier




Third Base

David Wright, New York Mets, $3,600 - Wright recently returned from injury and has wasted no time producing for the hottest offense in baseball right now. He has four hits, three walks, five runs and a home run in only three games since coming back. Wright jumped right back into the cleanup spot for the Mets and draws a great matchup tonight with lefty Henry Owens. He has mashed left-handed pitching throughout his career (.398 wOBA in 2014), making him an excellent target tonight.



Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds, $2,900 – Third base is actually somewhat barren tonight, which is rare, so I have no issue going for a guy like Frazier. He does not have the best matchup with Taylor Jungmann, who has actually been a solid pitcher this season. However, what Frazier does have working in his favor is a cheap price tag of $2,900, which is just about as low as it has been all season.





Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals, $2,400 – Peralta continues to struggle for the Cardinals, but his price ($2,400) is tough to ignore at a weak position. Similar to most nights, shortstop is difficult to sort out, and tonight you know what you are going to get out of Peralta. He comes at a cheap price ($2,400) and will draw an appealing lineup spot (typically fourth).



Others to consider: Troy Tulowitzki, Jose Reyes





Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels, $4,300 – This is yet another situation in which a player is priced much too cheaply. Trout might just be the best hitter in all of baseball and is currently priced as the 10th-most expensive outfield option. The matchup with Danny Salazar is not the greatest, but that is offset by the price discount. Trout is going to bust out of this funk at some point very soon and you will certainly want him to be on your roster when he does.



Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates, $3,100 – I’m a huge fan of the Pirates offense tonight when they face off with Jon Gray and a weak Rockies bullpen. Polanco is a valuable DFS asset due to his ability to steal bases and occasionally hit for some power. He will hit leadoff for the Pirates and has a nice price at only $3,100, making him an excellent value option.

Mike Petta
Mike Petta, who lives in the Metro Detroit area, started playing DFS in August 2012 and has been grinding ever since. His main focus is currently MLB, NBA, and the NFL. He took his DFS career to the next level in July 2014 when he decided to leave his career as an accountant to pursue DFS full-time. He is a top 10 MLB grinder and a top 30 overall grinder. You can find him on Twitter @Hoop2410.