When looking at “bargains” on FanDuel, we'll typically focus on hitters who are $3,200 or lower. In general, we'll only highlight players at the top end of that scale if they have star potential.
We are concentrating on the main slate today starting at 7:05 ET. There are eight matchups within this timeframe, meaning I will rank the top ten value plays by priority to your lineups.
Please note, these player picks were organized early in the day. For MLB contests, always check lineups and weather closer to game time. Rain, wind, or unexpected managerial decisions could open up additional sources of value. Be sure to keep an eye on the MLB Headlines and Injuries desk. You can double check that your players are in the starting lineup by viewing our MLB Lineups page later in the day.
Now onto the bargain plays.
1 - Brian McCann – C - New York Yankees (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
There’s no need to get cute at the catcher position, at least not in cash games. Without many expensive pitching options begging for your attention, it should be relatively easy to snag McCann as one of the more expensive catching options. He has great numbers in Yankee Stadium, boosted by the short porch in right field. On top of that, McCann is starting to heat up, and he has solid career numbers against divisional foe Marco Estrada.
2 - Adrian Gonzalez – 1B - Los Angeles Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Gonzalez went through an uncharacteristic cold-spell, sending his price into bargain territory. However, that seems to be a thing of the past, as A-Gonz is currently riding a four game hitting streak. He has a solid matchup against mediocre pitcher Dan Straily. If you can’t snag higher priced options like Ortiz, Goldschmidt, or Pearce, the Dodgers’ first baseman is a secure pivot downward.
3 - Junior Guerra – SP - Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $7,200)
There aren’t any clear-cut top pitching options within this later slate, meaning the “value route” could payoff. Guerra is likely the best way to navigate that strategy, as he’s piping hot with back-to-back wins against the Padres and Cubs (11 strikeouts vs CHC). He’s a small favorite in the pitcher-friendly park of Atlanta, taking on a Braves team that ranks near the bottom in every hitting metric. I don’t mind Guerra in any format, given his proven upside and lack of opportunity cost at the pitcher position.
4 - Seth Smith – OF - Seattle (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Smith is a reasonably priced platoon bat if you need someone within this salary range. Seattle has a top three run projection on the night, taking on subpar spot-starter Zach Neal. This puts Cano, Cruz, and Seager firmly in consideration, and Smith is the more economically priced Mariner, carrying lineup security hitting in front of those aforementioned sluggers.
5 - Taylor Motter – SS - Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $2,100)
Xander Bogaerts and Manny Machado are 1a/1b at the shortstop tonight. However, if you don’t have the funds to float either, I recommend punting the position with Motter. The Rays are expected to inflict some damage on left-hander Justin Nicolino, as the Vegas oddsmakers have Tampa just behind Boston in the run projection pecking order. Nicolino has a tendency of pitching to contact, which isn’t the best recipe against a Rays’ team chock-full of confident righties. Motter is a satisfying punt or component to a Tampa stack.
6 - Scooter Gennett – 2B - Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Gennett is a nice cash game option if you can’t fit Pedroia, Cano, or Altuve. He’s settling into a welcoming mathcup against Mike Foltynewicz, who holds a .415 wOBA against left-handed hitters.
7 - Tim Beckham – 2B - Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Beckham mirrors all the rationale for his teammate Motter, listed earlier. He’ll likely hit towards the bottom of Tampa’s lineup, but I’m assuming the Rays won’t have much of a problem running up and down the order this evening. While filling in for Logan Forsythe (disabled list), Beckham has homered in two of the past four starts.
8 - Justin Smoak – 1B - Toronto (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Smoak is more of a tournament pick, as there are plenty of viable first basemen in this slate. On top of that, Smoak’s cold-streak invites some risk. However, this could be the time for a breakout, stepping into hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium against Ivan Nova’s .365 wOBA and 15.9% HR/FB split against lefties.
9 - Luis Valbuena – 3B - Houston (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Valbuena is always a risky acquisition, as he’ll either deliver a homerun or give you practically nothing. Needless to say, he’s more of a cheap tournament pivot. Valbuena will continue to hit in Houston’s homerun-helping ballpark, which keeps the upside within reach. He delivered a round-tripper last night, and facing subpar pitcher Tyler Wilson doesn’t dampen the enthusiasm for any Astros’ hitters.
You could look to either of these Tampa outfielders in the aforementioned welcoming matchup against Nicolino. Mahtook will likely have the better lineup spot (hitting 2nd), but Jennings is the more proven commodity. They both work well within a Tampa stack or as the final piece to your FanDuel lineup.