To say Shane Greene is going through a rough-stretch would be a vast understatement. The Detroit hurler has allowed 15 earned runs over his past three starts (12 innings), including a five homer shellacking at Los Angeles (Angels) through a short-lived appearance of just 1.2 innings.
Insert the power-hitting Chicago Cubs, who check in as tonight’s highest projected scoring team (4.54 runs). While some of the Cubby bats are too pricey for this Bargain Bin column, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant profiles as two of the better options in this game slate. Add less expensive FanDuel commodities like Miguel Montero and Dexter Fowler to that list, and you have a viable stack against a struggling pitcher.
As usual, today’s FanDuel Bargain Bin will concentrate on the evening slate, beginning at 7:05 ET.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Dexter Fowler – OF – CHC (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
Hitting leadoff for the highest projected scoring team isn’t a bad situation at all, especially considering the attainable price point. Even though the game log has been somewhat middling in terms of raw production, Fowler has compiling three multi-hit outings over his past six contest. Tonight is the night that those hits generate significant fantasy value, with excellent lineup security in front of Bryant and Rizzo.
Josh Reddick – OF – OAK (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
The last time Oakland faced Yovani Gallardo, they posted four runs off seven hits against him, ultimately leading to a 7-1 victory. While the park shift to the Coliseum puts a small damper on offensive expectations, we can take comfort in Gallardo’s generous .320 wOBA mark against left-handed hitters over the past three seasons. Some of Reddick’s fantasy production is tied to an uninspiring A’s offense, but he and Stephen Vogt are worth the risk in a compelling matchup (and non-prohibitive price points).
Kole Calhoun – OF – LAA (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
There’s a lot to like with Calhoun tonight: 1) He’s batting cleanup for an Angels’ offense that is finally living up to expectations. 2) This is the cheapest his salary level has been all season, if I’m not mistaken. 3) He has a nice matchup against Erasmo Ramirez, who owns a .337 wOBA split to left-handed bats over the past three seasons … Needless to say, he’s the best cheap outfield option tonight.
Also Consider: Stephen Vogt – C - OAK
Miguel Montero – C – CHC (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
I touched on Stephen Vogt’s fantasy prospects in the previous section, but Miguel Montero could make for a better “per dollar” option at Catcher. He’s significantly cheaper, checking it at a measly $2,600 price point on FanDuel. As I’ve already outlined, the matchup against Shane Greene is one to target, with Detroit’s besieged pitcher owning a .362 wOBA split against lefties over the past three seasons.
Carlos Correa – SS – HOU (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Correa turned out to be the Bargain Bin Darling from yesterday’s article, going 2-4 with a HR, 2 RBI’s, and a stolen base. Expecting a repeat performance may be a tad lofty, but he could post reasonable production in another righty/lefty matchup against Jose Quintana in hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field. It’s comforting to know he possesses that power/speed upside, more so than any other shortstop option of the late slate.
Mike Moustakas – 3B – KC (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Minnesota pitcher Kyle Gibson had been tossing pretty well this season before succumbing to the deep-ball in his last start against Milwaukee. So what can we expect for tonight’s divisional tilt vs Kansas City? Honestly, it’s hard to say, but just in case Gibson is starting to regress, Mike Moustakas will likely stand to benefit. He’s extremely cheap as well, with low opportunity cost at third base tonight. In other words, he’s a calculated risk to save some cap space if need be.
Also Consider: Robinson Cano – 2B – SEA
Yonder Alonso – 1B – SD (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Like most nights, there’s several quality options at first base (Rizzo, Adrian Gonzalez, Abreu), meaning Alonso will likely slip through the proverbial cracks. Take that lower-than-deserved ownership percentage, add a hot-streak of three multi-hit games in the past four contests, and consider a decent matchup against Williams Perez (.329 wOBA vs LHB). As you can see, this has all the makings of a sneaky tournament pick.
Gregory Polanco – OF – PIT (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Polanco has been up and down this season, but he has resumed his role batting 2nd for Pittsburgh as of late. Even though he hasn’t done much over the past three contests, Polanco still holds tremendous power/speed upside, especially against Kyle Lohse and his .320 wOBA against left-handed hitters. There’s seemingly a logjam of outfielders in the low $3k range (Reddick, Fowler, Jones, Springer), but don’t forget about Polanco while building multiple tournament lineups.
Andrelton Simmons – SS – ATL (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Simmons is a “pure punt play” that would gain consideration if listed in the top-half of the lineup (usually sits in the 2-hole). The matchup against Tyson Ross isn’t exactly compelling, but as I mentioned earlier, shortstop doesn’t offer much tonight. Using that rationale, it could make sense to deploy a reasonable RBI produce like Simmons for minimum salary.
Also Consider: Yan Gomes – C – CLE