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 1:10 ET. There are 15 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 - Derek Dietrich – 3B – Miami (FanDuel Price: $2,100)
Dietrich is an excellent source of salary cap relief today. He’s settling into a full-time role with Dee Gordon suspended, hitting leadoff and producing a homer in yesterday’s contest. The park shift in Milwaukee bolsters his upside, as does a matchup against the always-generous Wily Peralta (.357 wOBA vs LHB). Feel free to target Dietrich in all formats, whether he’s hitting leadoff or not.
2 - Danny Santana – OF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
With Byron Buxton trying to work things out at Triple-A, Santana has become Minnesota’s everyday center fielder and leadoff man. He’s hitting like crazy, producing seven hits in the past four games. Santana is a threat for multiple hits, runs, and stolen bases against subpar pitcher (and former Twin) Mike Pelfrey, who holds a worrisome .351 wOBA against batters from both sides of the plate.
3 - Justin Bour – 1B – Miami (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Bour has a “boom or bust” nature, but you should be willing to tolerate that for an extremely cheap price and massive upside. He flexed his fantasy ceiling on Friday, going 3-4 with 2 HRs and 5 RBI. Needless to say, hitter-friendly Miller Park has helped unleash the fantasy beast within Bour this series, and we could get another masterful performance against Wily Peralta’s inflated splits against left-handed hitting (.357 wOBA and 13.9% FB/HR rate among worst in probable pitchers today).
4 - David Peralta – OF – Arizona (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Peralta has somewhat slowed down following his blistering start to the season. His salary has come down as well, which I’m seeing as a “buy low opportunity” for a quality, capable hitter. Arizona’s Chase Field has been hitters’ oasis this season, and Peralta steps into a great matchup against Chad Bettis. The Diamondbacks are projected as one of the highest scoring teams of the day, and I’d be surprised if Peralta didn’t play a hand in bringing that to life.
5 - Christian Yelich – OF – Miami (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
As you’ve probably noticed by now, targeting the left-handed Miami hitters against Wily Peralta is a strategy I am very fond of. Not only do they have one of the best matchups of the day, but they are also very economical, allowing you to reach for upside in other spots. Yelich doesn’t have a ton of upside, but he’s a proven hitter who should feed into this stack very well.
6 - Brian Dozier – 2B – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
I mentioned earlier that Arizona is one of the highest projected scoring teams of the day. Well, Minnesota is right behind them, as they take on former teammate Mike Pelfrey, who has allowed an inflated .351 wOBA to both lefties and righties. Dozier has been up-and-down all season, but he is making regular contact as of late, which is promising despite the spotty fantasy lines. Today seems like an opportunity for a breakout against a mediocre pitcher.
7 - Rich Hill – SP – Oakland (FanDuel Price: $7,700)
I’m not exactly sure what salary range constitutes a “bargain pitcher”, but I’m well aware that Rich Hill is too cheap for his price in this situation. He’s at home, facing a Houston team that hasn’t lived up to expectations so far. Hill has recorded 34 strikeouts in 23 innings this season, which is promising for his fantasy appeal moving forward. He’s tossing in a pitcher-friendly park today, listed as a -155 favorite. I like him in all formats, especially with weather concerns being an issue for other top-rated pitchers.
8 - Byung Ho Park – 1B – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
For the most part, Park has lived up to the hype as a homerun-hitting machine. He blasted his sixth homer of the season yesterday, and he could get another against struggling pitcher Mike Pelfrey. As I said earlier, Minnesota is one of the highest projected offenses of the day, and Park could inflict plenty of damage from the 5-hole. He’s an excellent tournament option who is cash playable as well.
9 - Kyle Seager – 3B – Seattle (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
This is more of a “gut call” than anything, and I would reserve Seager more for tournaments than anything. He is cash playable if the salary isn’t an issue, but I wouldn’t necessarily build my lineup around him. Ian Kennedy has been decent this season, but he has a reputation of giving up homers to left-handed hitters throughout his career. That has me looking towards Seager and Cano from Seattle, and the former is starting to heat up with three round-trippers in six games.
10 - Oswaldo Arica – OF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Arcia is a “feast or famine” pick within this Minnesota stack against Mike Pelfrey. He is swinging a confident bat right now, hitting regularly and producing two walk-off plate appearances in the past few weeks. He should see plenty of RBI opportunities hitting 5th/6th in this Twins’ order that should give their former teammate Mike Pelfrey plenty of fits.