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.
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We are focusing on tonight’s main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Now onto the bargain plays.
1 - Brian Goodwin – OF – Washington (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
The Nationals check in as the highest projected scoring team of the night, which comes as no surprise while facing San Francisco RHP Chris Stratton at home. Stratton carries a 6.63 ERA over 19 innings this season, a mark that could inflate after this evening. I’ve mentioned this several times throughout this column, but Brian Goodwin’s lineup security gives him a nice fantasy boost (hitting in front of Murphy, Zimmerman, Harper). On top of that, he’s swinging a confident bat with seven hits, three doubles, two homers, four RBI, seven runs, and two stolen bases over his past five starts. I’m expecting Goodwin to build on that impressive resume tonight.
2 - Nicholas Castellanos – 3B – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Castellanos has been on a roller coaster ride as of late. He enjoyed a nice surge in production following the All-Star break then cooled down heading into August. The wave of fantasy viability is crashing back to shore, as Castellanos has recorded six hits, a homer, two triples, eight RBI, and two runs over his past five games. Facing vulnerable Minnesota RHP Kyle Gibson (6.03 ERA) doesn’t hurt either. Detroit checks in with the second highest run-scoring projection of the night, and Castellanos could be a key factor within that.
3 - Eric Thames – 1B – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Thames has been a frustrating DFS play lately. The power upside for this bargain salary is tempting, but the Milwaukee slugger simply hasn’t been producing in recent games. A weekend series with Cincinnati could be just what the doctor ordered. Thames has terrorized Reds’ pitching this year, and that trend could continue. He’ll have a nice matchup to kick things off, facing RHP Homer Bailey’s .428 wOBA 1.93 HR/9 in hitter-friendly Miller Park.
4 - Neil Walker – 2B – NY Mets (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Walker was on the disabled list for six weeks, finally returning near the beginning of the month. It has taken him awhile to shake off the cobwebs, but NYM’s second baseman broke out with four hits and a homer last night. Walker is a cheap switch-hitter (who profiles better from the left side of the plate) stepping into a nice matchup vs Philadelphia RHP Nick Pivetta (5.89 ERA).
5 - Jim Adduci – OF – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Adduci continues to hit second in Detroit’s order, which could serve him well tonight. As mentioned earlier, the Tigers check in with the second highest run-scoring projection, looking at a quality matchup vs Minnesota RHP Kyle Gibson. The Twins’ hurler owns a .383 wOBA 1.34 HR/9 against left-handed hitters this season, feeding more rationale to Adduci’s value prospects.
At the catcher position, I’m looking towards Victor Martinez ($2200) and/or Austin Barnes ($2300). Martinez is part of that quality matchup vs Minnesota RHP Kyle Gibson, while Barnes could enjoy the platoon advantage over LHP Clayton Richard (.370 wOBA 1.25 HR/9) if he gets the starting nod.
Brandon Crawford ($2800) sometimes gets lost in the shuffle due to a discouraging park factor in San Francisco. He’s on the road tonight, looking at a nice matchup vs Washington RHP Edwin Jackson. The shortstop position is pretty weak tonight, making me lean towards Crawford at this bargain salary.
Looking to the outfield: Curtis Granderson ($2600) is a cheap source of upside against a subpar right-handed pitcher … Keon Broxton ($2400) has been swinging a hot bat as of late. That could continue against the generosity of Cincy RHP Homer Bailey in hitter-friendly Miller Park … Don’t forget about Brandon Moss ($2200) as a cheap tournament filler with power upside.