Greetings gamers! We have another interesting split slate Wednesday schedule ahead of us as we inch towards the holiday weekend. With most of the larger contests beginning at 7:05 PM ET tonight, that is what the detailed FanDuel picks will focus on, however, I will point out a few early plays worth considering for those readers starting the fun this afternoon.
Clayton Kershaw – LAD vs SF - $13,300 – Yes, he is expensive, however it is definitely possible to roster Kershaw and still feel good about the rest of your lineup. In four of his last nine starts, the reigning three-time Cy Young award winner has posted 24+ FanDuel points. Current Giants batsmen have a weak .193/.224/.242 slash line with just two home runs (both courtesy of Buster Posey) in 326 at-bats against Kershaw.
Matt Harvey – NYM vs PHI - $11,500 – Harvey has been very steady after recovering from Tommy John surgery; he has tallied double digit FanDuel points in seven of his last eight starts and is averaging 14.1 fantasy points over that stretch on 7 innings and 6.1 strikeouts per outing. As a bonus, the Mets are -250 ML favorites on the MLB odds board against the Phillies, giving them the edge to earn Harvey a glorious four fantasy points for the victory.
Sonny Gray – OAK vs LAA - $10,600 – (Early Bonus) - In the early contests, I see no reason to stray from Gray. On the season he has a 2.13 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP, and over 207 at-bats, current Angels have produced just two home runs and a very thin .179/.241/.237 triple slash line against him.
Other Early Slate Options – Masahiro Tanaka
Salvador Perez – KC vs DET - $2,300 – This is an excellent price for Perez against vulnerable LHP Randy Wolf. We are going to need to look for some discounted players in order to work in the premium pitching options on our rosters.
John Jaso – TB at BAL - $2,200 – At the FanDuel minimum price, Jaso is an outstanding punt option, as he should be hitting in a very favorable lineup spot (leadoff or cleanup) against RHP Kevin Gausman.
Ben Paulsen – COL vs ARI - $3,500 – Whenever there is a game in Coors Field with a mediocre pitcher such as RHP Chase Anderson on the mound, you will want to give STRONG consideration to the Rockies batters hitting from the left side of the plate.
Pedro Alvarez – PIT at MIL - $2,600 – Let’s see, a veteran power hitter in a lefty/righty matchup against a 22-year-old soft tossing pitcher making his Major League debut. Yes, that checks all the boxes for me, especially considering the price.
Brian Dozier – MIN vs CHW - $3,200 – Dozier has definitely earned his reputation as a lefty killer. Over his last 330 at-bats against lefties, he has an outstanding .349 wOBA and a top-of-the-line .210 ISO.
Neil Walker – PIT at MIL - $2,600 – Walker is a fantastic discount option against rookie RHP Zach Davies, who is making his first start in The Show. Though he is a switch hitter, Walker is much better when he hits from the left side of the plate; in his last 773 at-bats against righties he has compiled a .351 wOBA and a .200 ISO. This is elite production for an incredibly low price.
Trevor Plouffe – MIN vs CHW - $2,500 – Whenever Brian Dozier is in a good spot, invariably teammate Trevor Plouffe is too. Since the beginning of 2015, Plouffe has a .341 wOBA and a .180 ISO against lefties, and he is usually overlooked by most daily fantasy gamers.
Nolan Arenado – COL vs ARI - $4,500 – Arenado has absolutely crushed same-handed pitching this season with a .285/.313/.590 slash line and 28 of his 30 home runs. He is one hitter worth spending on if possible Wednesday.
Carlos Correa – HOU vs SEA - $4,100 – If you are looking for a difference maker at the shortstop position, Correa is someone to target. In this, his debut season, he is already in the conversation as one of the best hitters at his position. RHP Taijuan Walker has been known to spontaneously combust from time to time and give up crooked numbers. While I am considering Correa more of a tournament play, he is my #1 ranked shortstop today.
Alcides Escobar – KC vs DET - $2,200 – Never an exciting play himself, you have to remember that rolling with Escobar allows you to spend at other positions. He is a minimum price player, leading off in a favorable platoon matchup. I’m sold!
Coors Field Players – It will be at the expense of top shelf pitching, however, the Diamondbacks and Rockies are both in very favorable matchups tonight. Based on price and potential, I would rank them in the following order: Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez, David Peralta, A.J. Pollock, Ender Inciarte and Yasmany Tomas.
Miracle Mets – Curtis Granderson, Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto are in an enviable spot facing rookie RHP Aaron Nola. They are fine as individual plays or together for part of a synergistic strategy.
Oh Canada! – Toronto’s Jose Bautista, Chris Colabello and Ben Revere are all topline options in their matchup with RHP Trevor Bauer, who tends to pound the strike zone and challenge hitters. That is not usually a sound strategy against the vaunted Blue Jays bats in the hitting friendly Rogers Centre.