When looking at bargains on FanDuel, we'll typically focus on hitters priced $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 11 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 - Nick Hundley – C – Colorado (FanDuel Price: $3,400)
The Rockies are far and away the top offense of tonight’s slate. Despite being priced marginally above the bargain threshold, Hundley is actually one of the cheaper ways to gain exposure to this team. He smoked a grand slam last night, and should see several RBI situations against Arizona pitcher Brandon Shipley and his .397 wOBA, 16.7% HR/FB split vs RHB in limited innings.
2 - Chris Owings – SS – Arizona (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
We’ll need to double-check if Owings makes the lineup tonight. If he’s starting, he’s a mid-level target in all formats, regardless of where he’s hitting in the D-Backs order. Owings has occasionally flexed upside this season, and facing a reverse-splits pitcher, Tyler Chatwood, in Coors Field makes for a very nice situation … The same rationale can be used for Arizona outfielder Rickie Weeks Jr. ($3500) – if he’s in the lineup.
3 - Adrian Gonzalez – 1B – LA Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Gonzalez may fly under the radar tonight, as most people will look towards Goldschmidt, Ortiz, or Abreu at first base. However, Gonzalez is meaningfully cheaper than those sluggers, settling into a pretty good matchup against Luis Perdomo’s .358 wOBA and 17.6% HR/FB split vs left-handed hitters.
4 - Ivan Nova – SP – Pittsburgh (FanDuel Price: $7,300)
Nova is usually mentioned in this column as a pitcher to target against, but the tables have turned in this situation. Nova has been pitching very well as of late, and he’ll face a Milwaukee team that strikes out more than any other club against right-handed pitchers. Starting in Pittsburgh’s pitcher-friendly park (that suppresses right-handed power) adds a layer of security to Nova.
5 - Eddie Rosario – OF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Rosario has been a sneaky-good hitter over the second half of the season, and this is his best matchup in a while. Chicago pitcher James Shields has been historically bad this season, holding an inflated .375 wOBA and 19.6% HR/FB rate against left-handed hitters. That’s where the contact/power/speed combination of Rosario comes into play, translating to some serious fantasy potential.
6 - Asdrubal Cabrera – SS – NY Mets (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
I feel like I’ve been saying this for weeks now: All the guy does is hit homeruns! Asdrubal is having a surprisingly strong season, and he’s a streaky hitter who you want to catch in the midst of a heater. That’s the case at the moment, as the Mets’ shortstop has slapped six round-trippers in the past six games. The draw against Tanner Roark isn’t great, but Cabrera is substantially underpriced given the inherent upside.
7 - Adam Jones – OF – Baltimore (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
The Orioles have surprisingly been subpar against left-handed pitching, despite having an offense full of right-handed sluggers. Despite that sentiment, I’m still attacking Yankeee southpaw C.C. Sabathia with a few choice Baltimore hitters. The veteran hurler holds a .345 wOBA and 15.4% HR/FB split against right-handed hitters, something that a solid contact/power hitter like Jones could take advantage of.
8 - Steve Pearce – OF – Baltimore (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
As I just mentioned, the Orioles will line up against a left-hander C.C. Sabathia tonight, meaning Pearce (as a platoon specialist) should be in the top-half of the order. He’s a lefty-crusher who could wholeheartedly expose Sabathia in Baltimore’s hitter-friendly park.
9 - Miguel Sano – OF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
James Shields’ struggles aren’t exclusive to hitters from the left side of the plate. The ChiSox pitcher also carries an inflated .345 wOBA, 15.8% HR/FB split against righties. Even though Miguel Sano has been very cold as of late, a breakout game is on the horizion. This is one of his better matchups in some time, considering that Sano has a higher mark against right-handed pitching throughout his MLB career to this point.
10 - Chase Utley – 2B – LA Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Utley got the night off yesterday, as the Dodgers faced a left-handed pitcher. He should be refreshed and ready to resume his leadoff spot against generous pitcher Luis Perdomo (.358 wOBA, 17.6% HR/FB split vs LHB). You can utilize Utley in all formats as a solid bargain selection in an above average situation.
Cameron Rupp – C – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Josh Bell – 1B – Pittsburgh (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Maikel Franco – 3B – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Eduardo Escobar – SS – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,300)