The Pittsburgh Pirates step in with one of the better matchups on the board. Cubs lefty, Travis Wood, has been extremely generous to right-handed bats over the past several seasons, exemplified by his inflated .330 wOBA and 1.17 HR/9 splits. For that reason, the “Buccos” make for an excellent mini-stack, targeting lefty-masher Andrew McCutchen along with Starling Marte, Josh Harrison, and Neil Walker. The last two will undoubtedly be featured in today’s FanDuel Bargain Bin, and Corey Hart could be a sneaky platoon pick if he inherits a decent lineup spot this evening. Pay attention to the posted batting order as it’s released.
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DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Adrian Beltre – 3B – TEX (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Beltre in the bargain bin? This is some sort of mistake, right? Actually, it’s not. Beltre has been middling as of late, and FanDuel’s soft salary cap has him essentially sitting on the “Mendoza line” for value material. Beltre will step in against lefty J.A. Happ tonight. Even though he has similar splits against lefties and righties, Beltre makes for a fine price play in a hitter-friendly environment.
Matt Adams – 1B – STL (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Severino Gonzalez will make his debut tonight, and the St. Louis lefties won’t welcome him kindly. Matt Adams sits at the heart of this Cardinal lineup, notching an impressive .365 wOBA .194 ISO against righties. Welcome to the big leagues, meat!
Josh Harrison – 3B – PIT (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
As I mentioned in the introduction, Pittsburgh righties have a pleasant matchup vs Travis Wood. They’ll all enjoy a slight park shift in Wrigley Field, and Harrison owns a solid .338 wOBA .172 ISO against southpaws. He has exemplary lineup security, batting leadoff in front of Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker.
Rickie Weeks – 2B – SEA (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Seattle will take on lefty Scott Detwiler tonight, who owns a massively inflated .353 wOBA against righties. Considering the platoon advantage, Weeks should get the start, potentially batting in the top half of the order. If that’s the case, he receives a significant boost for minimum salary. Look at his teammate, Justin Ruggiano, for similar reasons.
Asdrubal Cabrera – SS – TB (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
This seems like a pricing quirk if I’ve ever seen one. Cabrera has been steady for Tampa, hitting 2nd or 3rd on a regular basis. The matchup against Chase Whitley (.380 wOBA vs LHB in 39 IP) is nice for a switch-hitter like Asdrubal. Also, the short porch in Yankee Stadium only bolsters his fantasy potential.
Brian McCann – C – NYY (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
McCann homered yesterday, but I’m guessing he’ll fall under the radar as a tournament option tonight. He’s also worth considering at home, aided by the homerun-friendly dimensions at Yankee Stadium. Per usual with McCann, he’ll either hit a homerun, or ground into the shift four straight times; hence the “tournament gamble” classification.
David Peralta – OF – ARI (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Peralta is another “boom or bust” candidate that could realistically put up 8 fantasy points or -1. Colorado pitcher Kyle Kendrick has been solid to begin the season, but I’m not completely sold on a renaissance quite yet. He still owns a .335 wOBA over the past three seasons, and Chase Field is a hitter-friendly atmosphere for Peralta and company to inflict some damage.
Josh Reddick – OF – OAK (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
Okay, so Reddick may technically be priced out of the “bargain range”, but that’s what makes him an appealing tournament gamble in my opinion. I’m guessing people won’t want to play $3,300 for a glorified value prospect, meaning he’ll have a low ownership percentage. That’s good news in a matchup against an ageing Jered Weaver, who’s drop in velocity has been well documented.