FanDuel MLB: Sunday Breakdown
FanDuel MLB: Sunday Breakdown

This article is part of our FanDuel MLB series.

Sunday's main MLB slate begins at 1:05 PM Eastern time and features eight games. Below, you'll find which individual pitchers and hitters are primed to provide the best value, as well as the top lineup stacking options in this slate.

Pitching

With some of the league's most formidable lineups facing vulnerable pitchers and few top-notch arms on the mound, most fantasy owners will likely opt to spend big on hitting rather than pitching. Cleveland's Shane Bieber ($11,200) is by far the priciest pitcher in this slate, but he could have a hard time living up to his lofty valuation against Minnesota's second-ranked offense.

Jose Quintana ($8,800) of the Cubs probably promises the highest floor at home against the NL Central cellar-dwelling Pirates. The 3.87 FIP suggests he's slightly out-pitched his 4.15 ERA, and he should get plenty of run support.

If there was ever a time to roll the dice on Orioles' righty Asher Wojciechowski ($6,700), this is it. He grew up in the Detroit area, so this will be a homecoming for the 30-year-old righty, and he'll take on a Tigers' team that averages the fewest runs at 3.69 and most strikeouts per game at 10.03. Wojciechowski provides a decent source of whiffs with a 23.1 percent strikeout rate and is in good position to pick up a win considering opposing starter Edwin Jackson enters with a 9.76 ERA.

Key Values/Chalk

The Yankees, Red Sox and Cubs are all primed for success against exploitable pitchers, but there's plenty of value to be found outside of those three stackable lineups as well.

First baseman Trey Mancini ($3,900) has been Baltimore's biggest threat offensively all season, and that should continue to be the case against Jackson. Mancini boasts a .380 road wOBA in righty-on-righty matchups, while Jackson has surrendered a .473 wOBA to batters from the right side.

Houston outfielder Yordan Alvarez ($4,200) has recorded a tremendous .445 wOBA against right-handed pitching, and he'll face a vulnerable righty in Kansas City's Jakob Junis (5.06 ERA, 4.76 FIP).

Royals' second baseman Whit Merrifield ($3,000) comes in with a .378 career home wOBA against lefties, so he should offer nice bang for the buck against Astros' southpaw Wade Miley.

Stacks

Yankees at Blue Jays (RHP T.J. Zeuch)

Brett Gardner (OF - $2,800), Didi Gregorius (SS - $3,700), Luke Voit (1B - $3,700)

Zeuch has been tagged for five runs with a 5:5 K:BB through 8.1 major-league innings, and his inability to get strikeouts - including 4.5 K/9 in Triple-A - could lead to a long day against the lethal Yankee offense. Gardner and Gregorius will both enjoy the platoon advantage as left-handed sluggers. The former is coming off his second two-homer performance over the past four games and sports a road wOBA over .370 against righties, while the latter owns a .366 road wOBA against righties. Voit has done his best work in righty-on-righty matchups, with a .375 wOBA that climbs to .415 on the road.

Red Sox at Phillies (LHP Jason Vargas)

J.D. Martinez (OF - $4,300), Xander Bogaerts (SS - $3,700), Rafael Devers (3B - $3,600)

Vargas is winless in eight starts for Philadelphia, and his 5.47 xFIP over 135.2 innings overall suggests the veteran southpaw's 4.31 ERA could soon increase. Martinez ranks among the league's best hitters against lefties, with a .538 wOBA in that split. Bogaerts has a .390 road wOBA against lefties. While Devers is substantially worse against lefties than righties, he could be a sneaky-good play in GPP formats considering Vargas has actually allowed a wOBA 27 points higher in lefty-on-lefty matchups than against right-handed batters.

Cubs vs. Pirates (RHP Trevor Williams)

Anthony Rizzo (1B - $4,300), Kyle Schwarber (OF - $3,300), Jason Heyward (OF - $3,000)

Williams has struggled to retire left-handed batters, allowing a .391 wOBA to the 241 hitters he's faced from that side this season. Rizzo should add to those struggles out of the leadoff spot, as his wOBA against righties hovers around .400. Schwarber has registered a .377 wOBA against righties at Wrigley Field, and Heyward's over .360 in that split.

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