FantasyDraft MLB: Wednesday Values
FantasyDraft MLB: Wednesday Values

This article is part of our FantasyDraft MLB series.

PITCHER

Carlos Carrasco, CLE at CHW ($24,600): The middle and bottom-tier pitchers on this slate just don't have much upside, so I'm going with the top-two options. Regardless of the other pitchers, Carrasco is a good play as he's shown a nice upside over his past five starts. He did have one dud against the Red Sox, but in his other four stars, he's been outstanding. The matchup is in his favor as well, as the White Sox have struggled against right-handed pitching this season.

Gio Gonzalez, WAS at MIA ($21,600): Gonzalez nearly no-hit the Marlins earlier this year, though that doesn't mean a whole lot now. With that said, he's the best of some poor options and still has plenty of upside. He is coming off a poor outing against the Brewers when he surrendered five runs in six innings, but he's been very sound after poor outings this season. The last four times Gonzalez has allowed at least three runs, he's followed that up with a quality start.

INFIELD

Jose Altuve, HOU at SEA ($9,900): Though he's only appeared in seven games this season, Mariners starter Andrew Moore can safely be classified as reliably bad after allowing at least three runs in every appearance to push his ERA to 6.34. The Astros are one of the best stacks on the board, but with their collective prices you'll have to make some tough choices at the top. Altuve looks like the best high-end Astro thanks to his .414 wOBA against righties this season.

Juan Centeno, HOU at SEA ($3,900): A speculative pick here as Centeno is not the everyday catcher, but with Brian McCann getting the start in the previous two games, I'm hoping that Centeno gets the nod against a righty. Centeno does not have dazzling numbers, but he has flashed some nice upside on a few occasions this season, and if the Astros score as many runs as I think they will, then Centeno is bound to pick up some points. At this price, there's basically no risk.

Whit Merrifield, KC at DET ($7,600):Matt Boyd is coming off what could be his most impressive start of the season and yet he only managed to go five innings. That gives you an idea of how rough it's been for Boyd, who enters with a 5.92 ERA. The Royals have not been good against lefties this season, so they are a difficult team to stack in this situation, but there are a couple bats that could work, including Merrifield thanks to his .361 wOBA against lefties.

OUTFIELD

Jose Ramirez, CLE at CHW ($10,800): Ramirez's price has gone up quite a bit over the past week, but with the way he's hitting right now he's worth it. As mentioned earlier, the Indians are one of the better stacks on this slate, but if you can't fit a full stack into your lineup, I would recommend finding space for Ramirez, who comes in with a team-high .394 wOBA against righties.

Mikie Mahtook, DET vs. KC ($6,800): Remember when the Tigers couldn't hit the ball? Well that seems to be a thing of the past as they absolutely crushed the ball Tuesday night on their way to 13 runs. While that outburst is clearly an aberration, it could go a long way to improving the confidence of a team that had struggled mightily since the departure of Justin Upton. With that in mind, if you need a couple of cheap pieces, you can find some good ones on the Tigers, who have a good matchup against a struggling Jason Hammel. Mahtook seems like the most likely option to get to Hammel as he leads the Tigers with a .334 wOBA against righties this season.

Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE at CHW ($8,400): I feel a bit cheated, as I had Chisenhall on this list yesterday and he missed out on the fun because he was not in the starting lineup. I doubt that will be the case Wednesday as the Indians face a righty in Reynaldo Lopez, who has a 6.06 ERA. The Indians are the hottest team in the league and it's doubtful that Lopez will slow them down in any way. There are plenty of bats in the Indians' lineup that look tempting and Chisenhall is certainly one of them with his .376 wOBA against righties.

UTILITY

Cory Spangenberg, SD vs. STL ($6,800): If you are looking for some lower-priced talent with upside, Spangenberg could be your guy. The main reason is the matchup against Jack Flaherty, who really struggled in his first start of the season last time out. Flaherty allowed five earned runs in just four innings, but since it was just one start I won't recommend a full stack. The best option looks to be Spangenberg, who has hit well lately and leads the Padres with a .360 wOBA against righties.

Rhys Hoskins, PHI at NYM ($9,300): The Phillies got to Jacob deGrom on Tuesday for nine runs and now they get a crack at Matt Harvey, who was hammered in his first start off the DL last week. It seems odd to say, but this could get ugly for the Mets in a hurry, and if it does then Hoskins is likely to have a hand in it. Hoskins enters with a .476 wOBA against righties this season, which leads the Phillies, though he doesn't have a ton of at-bats.

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Greg Vara
Vara is the lead golf writer at RotoWire. He was named the FSWA Golf Writer of the Year in 2005 and 2013. He also picks college football games against the spread in his "College Capper" article.
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