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Here are 10 DFS recommendations for Wednesday but be sure to double-check the weather and lineups before first pitch approaches.
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Bryce Harper, OF, vs. Cin (Lorenzen), $22 at Yahoo: He has a 1.224 OPS at home and a .348/.474/.739 line against right handers, clubbing 20 homers with four steals over 184 at bats. His 219 wRC+ doesn’t just lead MLB, but the next best is well behind at 191 (Paul Goldschmidt). If you don’t spend for an ace at these prices, Harper looks like a must start.
Rick Porcello, SP, vs. Mia (Koehler), $25: He’s coming off an outing in which he gave up seven earned runs over just 2.0 innings, but that was in Toronto, and Porcello owns a 3.4 K:BB ratio on the year (albeit with a 6.08 ERA). Porcello has a 1.18 WHIP at home, and Boston is the second biggest favorite Wednesday (-175) while he’s priced here as the cheapest pitcher of the day.
Gio Gonzalez, SP, vs. Cin (Lorenzen), $45: He’s allowed just 11 base runners and one run over his past two outings, spanning 14.0 innings. Gonzalez sports a 2.44 ERA at home this season, and the Nationals are big favorites (-170) in a game with a low over/under (7.5).
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, at CWS (Danks), $18: He owns an .877 career OPS against southpaws, and John Danks has surrendered a whopping 12 homers over 66.0 innings when facing right-handed batters this year (as well as a .313 BAA and a 1.56 WHIP).
Jason Kipnis, 2B, vs. Hou (Straily), $19: He’s clearly been the most valuable second baseman this year and especially considering that it’s a thin position, his price here is beyond reasonable. Kipnis has a .371/.461/.552 line versus righties this season.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, vs. Mia (Koehler), $14: He has an .846 OPS when facing RHP and is batting .339 at home this season. Tom Koehler has yielded 10 home runs over 47.2 innings on the year.
Nick Ahmed, SS, at Tex (Harrison), $13: He’s batting .362 with a .948 OPS against southpaws this season and is dirt cheap here for a position that’s not exactly easy to fill.
John Jaso, C, at KC (Guthrie), $7: He’s back in action and should see regular playing time for Tampa Bay with the DH available. Jaso posted a .344 OBP against RHP last year and even homered while batting leadoff during his first start of the season Tuesday. I wanted to use Chris Iannetta here (as well as Johnny Giavotella and possibly David Freese), but the weather in Colorado is just too risky.
Yasiel Puig, OF, vs. Phi (Morgan), $16: He’s no doubt been a disappointment so far, but this was someone frequently drafted in the second round a few months ago, and he’s hit .333/.455/.519 against lefties. He looks like a bargain.
A.J. Pollock, OF, at Tex (Harrison), $18: He’s been a top-15 fantasy player this season but isn’t exactly priced as such here. Pollock has been especially good against left-handed pitchers, posting a .329/.380/.507 line against them. Matt Harrison will be making his first start since May 13 of last year.