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.
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Today, we are focusing on FanDuel’s main (nine game) slate starting at 1:07 ET.
Now onto the bargain plays.
1 - Eric Thames – 1B – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Thames has been a beast as of late, and there’s a good chance he keeps the momentum going in hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park. Of course, facing rookie RHP Sal Romano doesn’t hurt either. Here’s the profile on Romano: Tall, big right-handed pitcher who notched a 3.52 ERA in 27 starts at Double-A last season. We aren’t exactly sure what to expect from this rookie, but the matchup potential likely favors Thames. On top of that, Thames is still underpriced after collecting six hits with four homers, seven RBI, and six runs scored in the first three games of this series. He has terrorized the Cincinnati bullpen this weekend, something that could certainly continue.
2 - Salvador Perez – C – Kansas City (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Salvy is one of the hottest catchers to begin this 2017 campaign. He has flexed some power by launching five homers over the past nine games. Granted, four of those came on the road, and his home ballpark in KC doesn’t inspire much upside for round-trippers. However, Perez is still relatively cheap with a nice righty/lefty matchup against Tyler Skaggs, who allowed a .337 wOBA, 1.52 HR/9 vs RHB last season.
3 - Drew Pomeranz – SP – Boston (FanDuel Price: $7,800)
Pomeranz isn’t exactly a deep bargain, but he profiles as a relative value within the pitcher pool. Pom checks in as a steady -150 home favorite, and he should have plenty of run support to notch the all-important win. While the hitter-friendly atmosphere of Fenway Park adds some risk to the situation (along with Tampa being chock-full of right-handed bats), Pomeranz handled the situation beautifully in his last start vs Baltimore (6 innings, 4 hits, 1 ER, 6 K). A repeat performance could be in store.
4 - Brandon Guyer – OF – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $2,000)
Guyer hasn’t done much to begin the season, but today could serve as a nice breakout party. He’s a platoon specialist against left-handed pitching, likely getting the start vs Detroit LHP Matt Boyd. If you look at Guyer’s splits over the past three years, you can see why the Indians keep calling on him in these situations: .380 wOBA, .168 ISO vs LHP. We aren’t sure where Guyer will land in Cleveland’s order today. He hit third last time against a lefty, but there’s a chance he falls to sixth as well. I like him either way considering his minimum salary while stepping in with the platoon advantage for the highest projected scoring team of this slate.
5 - Ryan Schimpf – 2B – San Diego (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
I like Schimpf in all formats today, coming at a sizable discount from guys like D.Murphy and J.Villar while holding more upside than your Ben Zobrists of the world. Atlanta pitcher Bartolo Colon carries a heavy (no pun intended) .331 wOBA, 1.69 split vs LHB from last season. Schimpf has the power potential to fully take advantage.
If you don’t have enough salary to make Salvador Perez work, Russell Martin ($2300) vs Bundy and Yan Gomes ($2300) vs M.Boyd are quality cheap picks. Of the two, I’m looking more towards Gomes in the same righty/lefty matchup outlined earlier with his teammate Guyer.
Circling back to the outfield, Ender Inciarte ($3000) is someone to keep an eye on. He’s swinging a confident bat with five hits, three homers, five RBI, and five runs over the past three games. The matchup against San Diego RHP Cahill is not imposing in the slightest.
Scott Schebler ($2900) is a sneaky-good pick with some boom-or-bust potential. The hitter-friendly atmosphere in Cincinnati helped him homer yesterday, and a repeat performance could be in store against Wily Peralta’s generous .367 wOBA 1.33 HR/9 split vs LHB. Granted, Peralta has been decent to begin this season, but I’m not ready to shy away from him just yet. Keep Schebler on your tournament backburner.