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 1:05 ET. There are 15 matchups within this timeframe (and plenty of quality situations to target), 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 - Troy Tulowitzki – SS – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
This one is pretty easy. Well, you’ll have to fade the upside of Trevor Story and Corey Seager, but the difference between them and “Tulo” isn’t worth the extra $1,200-$1,500. The Blue Jays are in a fantastic spot at home vs Oakland lefty Eric Surkamp. The boast a team total around five runs, which approaches the same level as Colorado and the Dodgers this afternoon. Tulowitzki is still underpriced, and he’s coming off a confidence-boosting two HR performance yesterday. Lock him in!
2 - Adam Conley – SP – Miami (FanDuel Price: $6,500)
This is a risk/reward tournament selection, good if you are looking to stack hitters in this offensive-powered slate. The Giants have plenty of capable right-handed hitters to give Conley fits (Pence, Posey, Duffy, etc), but the young left-hander has proven himself very efficient this season. The strikeout rate is something we can really be excited about, as Conley has posted 17 punch-outs in 12.2 innings over his past two starts. That includes 8 K’s in 6.2 innings against a pretty solid Washington offense. He’ll be tossing in a pitcher-friendly environment again, checking in as just a small underdog.
3 - Kevin Pillar – OF – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
As I mentioned in the Tulowitzki write-up, Toronto’s offense is in an excellent spot today. Pillar should be hitting leadoff against Surkamp, the subpar left-hander. If he can find ways to get on base, the lineup security in front of Donaldson, Bautista, Encarnacion, and Tulowitzki should take care of the rest. It’s comforting to see that Pillar has achieved back-to-back multi-hit games, and this is his best matchup in some time.
4 - Mark Reynolds – 1B – Colorado (FanDuel Price: $3,400)
Let’s skip back to the introduction. I said that I’d only outline players price around $3,200 and above if they have star potential. Well, the shoe fits for Reynolds today. He’s a platoon specialist against left-handed pitchers, holding capable power in that situation. Today, he’ll be facing erratic southpaw Alex Wood in Coors Field, which is an excellent draw for his mid-range salary. There are plenty of first basemen to consider this afternoon, but Reynolds may have the best floor, upside, and price combination.
5 - Cesar Hernandez – 2B – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $2,000)
There are several decent options at second base (LeMahieu, Utley, Kendrick, Kipnis, Zobrist); however, there isn’t as much opportunity cost in upside as other positions. For that reason, this may be a spot to go cheap if need be. Hernandez is a fine way to go about that strategy, allowing you to upgrade more bats or snag you a quality pitcher (Strasburg anyone?) to lead the way. Hernandez has been solid so far this year, and he has a great matchup against Wily Peralta’s .387 wOBA against left-handed hitters.
6 - Russell Martin – C – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Yet another Blue Jay makes the list! You know the drill by now – weak left-handed pitcher taking on the Jays righty-heavy lineup in their home ballpark. Martin is still cheap due to his early season slump, something he’s pulling out of by reaching base in seven straight games.
7 - Alex Gordon – OF – Kansas City (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
The Royals make for a very good stack today, as their team total rests in the top five, alongside offenses like the Cubs, Pirates, and Astros. Many people overlook Kansas City hitters, as they usually don’t yield many homeruns, especially in their native ballpark. However, this matchup is too enticing to ignore, as Baltimore pitcher Mike Wright holds a .403 wOBA against left-handed hitters. Hosmer and Moustakas are also in play, but Gordon is the value prospect of that bunch.
8 - Khris Davis – OF – Oakland (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
I really like Davis as a sneaky tournament play, worthy of borderline cash game consideration as well. He’s heating up with multiple hits in two of the past four games, amassing 4 RBI over that span. The park shift in Toronto certainly helps his upside, as does the matchup against the reverse-splits of Drew Hutchison (.391 wOBA vs RHB).
9 - Justin Smoak – 1B – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
I’m advising Smoak as a tournament only selection, and you’ll have to double-check that he’s in the lineup first. The switch-hitting slugger would likely step into the 6th spot in this juggernaut Toronto batting order, holding significant RBI potential behind Donaldson, Bautista, Encarnacion, and Tulowitzki.
10 - Hanley Ramirez – 1B – Boston (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
As you can see, there are plenty of first base options, and I haven’t even touched on Anthony Rizzo and Adrian Gonzalez. Ramirez is a mid-range, high-upside tournament pick this afternoon, as the situation aligns well for a round-tripper. Minute Maid Park in Houston is very hitter-friendly, and Astros’ pitcher Scott Feldman holds a .346 wOBA and 16.9% HR/FB rate against right-handed hitters (worst of any starter in this slate). Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia carry similar upside for that reason.