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 1:07 ET. There are a whopping nine 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 - Cory Spangenberg – 2B – San Diego (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
The Padres have been rollin’ in Coors Field, and the scorefest should continue against subpar pitcher Chad Bettis. The Rockies’ hurler has been generous to hitters of both handedness over the past few seasons. Spangenberg is a lefty, and Bettis allows a .340 wOBA against that variety. The Padres’ second baseman has been enjoying his vacation in Colorado, accumulating 6 RBI and 4 runs in the first two games. He should keep the momentum going, and he’s a steal at this mid-range salary.
2 - Matt Carpenter – 3B – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Carpenter finally came through with a solid performance yesterday, his first fantasy-significant box score of the season. I’m guessing he’ll have another this afternoon, considering an elite matchup against Atlanta pitcher Williams Perez, who holds a .374 wOBA against left-handed hitters. Feel free to target all the Cardinal lefties, but Carpenter stands out the most for this non-prohibitive salary.
3 - Joe Ross – SP – Washington (FanDuel Price: $6,800)
If you need a semi-cheap pitcher to load bats around, Joe Ross is definitely your guy. He’s underpriced at $6800, and I’m pouncing on the savings today. Not only that, but Ross has very good strikeout potential (8.10 K/9) in a satisfying home matchup vs the Marlins. Ross tends to struggle against left-handed hitters at times, and Miami doesn’t really have anyone with the platoon advantage to give him fits (maybe Yelich and Gordon). I feel pretty confident in Ross’ ability today.
4 - Melvin Upton – OF – San Diego (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Upton homered in the first game of this Coors Field series, then went 2-5 with 2 runs and a walk. All in all, he’s 4-9 with a homer, 2 RBI, 4 runs, 2 walks, and a stolen base in the first two games of this series. Even though he’s not considered a homerun hitter like his brother, Melvin still holds plenty of value in this matchup. He can easily land base hits, get on base, swipe a bag, and feed into the San Diego run scoring machine (it feels weird typing that). Colorado pitcher Chad Bettis actually has reverse-splits, allowing a whopping .380 wOBA against right-handed hitters.
5 - Jon Jay – OF – San Diego (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Jay is another Padre who has been thriving in Coors Field, totaling 4 hits, 4 RBI, 4 runs, and a stolen base in the first two games. He could keep the heater alive against subpar pitcher Chad Bettis today. Jay isn’t known for his power, but he still holds a ton of upside with multiple hit, run, and stolen base potential. The price is very agreeable for the potential return.
6 - Colby Rasmus – OF – Houston (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
I don’t normally like chasing players coming off massive fantasy outings, but the matchup is just too good for Rasmus once again. He launched two homers yesterday, and now he’s facing Jimmy Nelson, who holds a .363 wOBA against left-handed hitters. Rasmus will once again settle into the cleanup spot for this high-powered Houston offense, getting a nice boost from Miller Park as well.
7 - Corey Dickerson – OF – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Dickerson has been on fire to begin the 2016 campaign, smacking two homers and a double in four games. Today’s matchup against Vance Worley is a nice spot to continue his extra-base hit streak, considering the Orioles’ pitcher owns a .332 career wOBA against left-handed hitters. On top of that, Camden Yards is considered friendly to hitters, and that park shift doesn’t hurt Dickerson’s fantasy cause.
8 - Albert Pujols – 1B – LA Angels (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Per usual, the first base position is loaded today, meaning Pujols isn’t a necessity by any means. However, if you are looking for a sub-3k filler, he checks in as the best candidate with that qualification. Pujols and the Angels are looking at an appetizing matchup vs Texas left-hander Martin Perez, who holds a .334 wOBA vs righties. We all know Pujols is an elite hitter, and he could launch his first round-tripper of the season in this great draw.
9 - Alcides Escobar – SS – Kansas City (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
Escobar has been very solid to begin the season, recording at least one hit in all five games. He’s leading off in a nice spot against washed-up Minnesota pitcher Ricky Nolasco. The Royals should strike a ton of contact against his bland repertoire, including multi-hit, run, and stolen base potential (Suzuki has had trouble throwing out runners in past two seasons) for Escobar. Oh yeah, he’s hovering around minimum-salary at an otherwise uninspiring position as well.
10 - Devin Mesoraco – C – Cincinnati (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
If you need a cheap catcher, I recommend dipping down to Devin Mesoraco. He hasn’t done much this season, but we all know he possesses power potential, especially while hitting at home in Great American Ball Park. He has a promising matchup against left-hander Jeff Locke, who holds a .325 wOBA vs righties. If we cross-reference that with Mesocraco’s .370 wOBA against southpaws, a quality outing seems likely.