FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Saturday 9/24/22
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Framber Valdez ($11,200)
Despite a 1.7% salary decrease, Houston's southpaw stands as Saturday's most expensive pitcher versus a Baltimore Orioles' lineup with an overall .292 weighted on-base average (wOBA) and a 24.6% K-rate.
In his most recent eight starts, Valdez has been in excellent form through 57.0 innings, accounting for a 13.5% swinging strike rate, a 2.79 expected Fielding Independent Pitching rating (xFIP), and seven or more strikeouts in 75% of these appearances.
With today's second best fantasy projection (35.8) and strikeout prediction (6.2), the 28-year old has a good opportunity to sustain his recent momentum against seven Baltimore batters with K-rates between 22.9% and 31.6%.
Logan Gilbert ($10,200)
At his highest salary since July 18th after Seattle's right-hander recorded 11 strikeouts and 58 FanDuel points in his most recent start, Gilbert will face a Kansas City Royals' team with a 24.0% K-rate and a 71.6% contact percentage in their last 473 plate appearances in this split.
After a tough August with his worst month this season, the 25-year old has rebounded in a big way in September, producing an impressive 2.10 xFIP, a 13.8% swinging strike rate, and nine or more strikeouts in three of his last four starts.
In a matchup against six Royals' hitters with K-rates ranging from 25.4% to 29.4% and contact percentages lower than 72.8%, Gilbert ranks as numberFire's fifth overall pitcher with a 29.5 fantasy projection and 5.2 strikeouts in 5.6 expected innings.
Joe Ryan ($9,100)
After two straight seven inning scoreless performances, Minnesota's second-year starter has an appetizing opportunity versus a Los Angeles Angels' unit with a .298 wOBA, a 28.5% K-rate, and a 72.4% contact percentage.
Even at his most expensive salary point, Ryan is a viable mid-range option when examining Saturday's fourth highest projection at 31.1 with a 3.14 value rating as well his recent 27.8% strikeout rate and 12.9% swinging strike percentage in his past 51.1 innings.
Merrill Kelly ($9,000)
At his lowest salary point in the past two months, Arizona's veteran has an intriguing spot versus a San Francisco Giants' lineup with a .291 wOBA and a 28.1% K-rate including five batters with strikeout percentages between 23.5% and 36.5% and contact rates ranging from 61.1% and 76.7%.
Considering his personal success in this matchup (4 earned runs allowed and 24 strikeouts in 28.1 innings) and recent form (3.61 xFIP, 25.3% strikeout percentage), Kelly is another option to consider with a 27.5 FanDuel point projection and 3.05 value rating.
Even with San Diego's underwhelming offensive output in their last three games (eight total runs), the Padres rank as today's top offense with a 6.0 implied total against Colorado's Chad Kuhl.
In 58.2 innings pitching at Coors Field, the veteran right-hander has accounted for a below-average 4.61 xFIP and a 16.1% K-rate while allowing a .388 wOBA and a 4.85 xFIP versus the opposing side of the plate and a 4.40 xFIP against right-handed bats at home.
With these splits in focus, Juan Soto (12.5% barrel rate, .407 expected wOBA), Josh Bell (.352 expected wOBA, .431 expected slugging), and Jurickson Profar (.318 expected wOBA) are top targets while Manny Machado (.342 expected wOBA, 9.8% barrel rate), Brandon Drury (10.9% barrel rate, .423 expected slugging), and Jorge Alfaro (11.3% barrel rate) offer the most pop from the right side.
Outside of Coors Field, the White Sox rank second among Saturday's main slate with a 4.78 implied total versus Detroit's veteran Drew Hutchison.
Through his most recent 46.1 innings, the 32-year old has struggled to a 4.74 xFIP including a four-inning six earned run outing against Chicago last week.
Due to his troubles versus both sides of the plate (.378 wOBA, 4.94 xFIP against LHH / 4.86 xFIP against RHH) and his heavy ground ball rate (40.0%), ideal White Sox combinations should contain power fly-ball hitters including A.J. Pollock (9.7% barrel rate, 36.3% fly-ball percentage), Yasmani Grandal (35.2% fly-ball percentage, 39.8% hard hit rate), Jose Abreu (8.9% barrel rate, .477 expected slugging), Eloy Jimenez (.532 expected slugging, 15.5% barrel rate), Yoan Moncada (39.8% fly-ball percentage, 8.8% barrel rate), and Gavin Sheets (6.6% barrel rate).
With today's third highest run total at 4.5, Seattle's offense has an underrated opportunity in Kansas City versus Royals' left-hander Kris Bubic.
When examining his 4.79 xFIP at home and 9.1% walk rate in his last nine starts, Mitch Haniger (11%, .425 expected slugging), Carlos Santana (9.8% barrel rate, .352 expected wOBA), J.P. Crawford (.316 expected wOBA), Dylan Moore (14.3% barrel rate), Jarred Kelenic (12.5% barrel rate), and Ty France (.320 expected wOBA, .400 expected slugging) all profile well enough to stack.