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FanDuel MLB Bargains: Monday

by Brad Johnson
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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.


It's a true meager Monday with only seven games on the calendar. Fortunately, they're all a part of the main slate. Clayton Kershaw is far and away the top pitcher available. Let's dig in.


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.


On to the bargain plays...


1 – Buck Farmer – SP – Detroit (FanDuel $5,800)


High risk, high reward. We analysts toss that phrase around quite often. Usually, it's just another way of saying that a certain player is volatile. In the case of Farmer, we're smacked in the face with a 6.62 ERA. A closer look reveals some interesting peripherals. He's managed 9.68 K/9, backed up by a solid fastball and high whiff rates on his offspeed pitches. If there's an issue, it's that he'll hang those secondary offerings a little too often. Farmer has also struggled with runners on base, a problem that has plagued him throughout his career. Worst of all, he's allowed 1.78 HR/9.


If he pieces things together against an inconsistent Athletics offense, we could be looking at six innings with six or more strikeouts. Unfortunately, a more typical outing from Farmer includes fewer than five innings and a handful of runs.


2 – Greg Bird – 1B – New York (FanDuel $2,700)


Since he was recalled from the minors, Bird has four home runs and a tepid .208/.259/.434 batting line over 58 plate appearances. Consider him an all or nothing asset. His matchup against Ervin Santana is one of the worst available. Even so, owning the platoon advantage at tiny Yankee Stadium can't hurt. I figure you're probably buying a one-in-four chance for a home run. The other likely outcomes all involve low point totals.


3 – Eric Sogard – 2B – Milwaukee (FanDuel $2,400)


Sogard has seen increased playing time lately, although he sat over the weekend. When he's in the lineup, he usually bats leadoff for a volatile Brewers offense. Despite lacking the power we usually crave for DFS purposes, Sogard's high OBP approach promises a decent floor of production. And on a day when only seven games will be played, not every hitter needs to go deep. He has a neutral matchup against Jameson Taillon at pitcher friendly PNC Park.


4 – Jake Lamb – 3B – Arizona (FanDuel $2,900)


For a second straight season, Lamb has disappeared in the second half. Since his last home run – nearly a month ago – Lamb is batting a pitiful .152/.261/.190. Something is probably wrong. If we want to assume he's healthy, Lamb's fly ball approach should aid him against ground ball pitcher Luis Perdomo. The game is at Petco Park, a decent venue for left-handed power hitters.


5 – Corey Seager – SS – Los Angeles (FanDuel $3,100)


Seager missed time around the start of the month. Since returning to the regular lineup, he has hits in eight of nine games. Unfortunately, he has no multi-hit games over that span – hence the bargain price. Seager remains an easy pick for big production. He's opposed by Nick Pivetta.


6 – Chris Taylor – OF – Los Angeles (FanDuel $3,200)


Here's another cold Dodger who could rebound in a big way today. Over his last four games, Taylor is 0-for-15 with a couple walks. He's still batting leadoff for Los Angeles. His mix of power, speed, high batting average, and OBP makes him an ideal DFS asset. Not only will he probably provide some value, he's capable of posting a leading score.


7 – Sean Rodriguez – OF – Pittsburgh (FanDuel $2,000)


You'll need a couple minimum priced players to roster Kershaw tonight. Rodriguez will probably be the most popular among them. The righty has a long history of lefty mashing, including a career .250/.347/.414 line in over 1,000 plate appearances. Brewers southpaw Brent Suter has had some issues with righties in a very small sample. PNC Park hurts S-Rod's upside.

Brad Johnson

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