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It has been a while since I wrote my last Fanamana post. I truly hope you all tried this addicting game in my absence of posts over the last week. We went on some trips, had family activities, my birthday, and simply put WAY too much going on to play DFS. So I took the week off and figured rather than posting together random thoughts, I would wait.

This week I will focus on one sabermetric statistic I have learned to adore when it comes to DFS games, and Fanamana. It is called wOBA, and if you aren’t familiar with it let me help introduce you (with the help of Fangraphs of course).

“Weighted On-Base Average combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value. While batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage fall short in accuracy and scope, wOBA measures and captures offensive value more accurately and comprehensively.” (From Post)

Now when it comes to wOBA, the players hovering around the Top 20 are your usual suspects. Mike Trout, Jose Bautista, Bryce Harper, Miguel Cabrera, Paul Goldschmidt, Joey Votto and Nelson Cruz. There aren’t many surprises, but I am going to list a few of the more unexpected options and recommend using them in your Fanamana contests this week.

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wOBA Sneaky Plays

1. Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers

Turner is a big surprise. He is having an unheralded season so far, but that is great news for DFS players. His cost remains low in your DFS games, and although there isn’t as much concern about hidden values in Fanamana, he is an option to use when you are waiting for the other big boppers like Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig or Joc Pederson.

Turner is currently ranked fifth overall in wOBA in the majors with a .409. That is very good. He also has 13 homers in only 282 plate appearances, so there is some under appreciated value in Turner.

2. Randal Grichuk, St. Louis Cardinals

Grichuk is doing extremely well since he got the call, batting .281 with 11 home runs, 36 RBIs and 34 runs in 243 plate appearances. He is ranked 22nd overall with a .377 wOBA.

3. Gerrardo Parra, Milwaukee Brewers

Parra is having a solid season as well, and will likely be a target at the trade deadline, which could bolster his value. For now he is ranked 29th with a .370 wOBA.  Parra is also hitting .318 with nine home runs so far in 2015.

So what are you waiting for? Get in the game!

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