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 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 - Brandon Phillips – 2B – Cincinnati (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Phillips is on fire, yet he’s still priced as a substantial bargain. Feel free to take advantage of his slowly-rising salary in a matchup against subpar pitcher Junior Guerra. The Cincinnati second baseman has accumulated five homers in the past four games, totaling nine RBI and seven total hits throughout that span. On top of that, the Reds are considered one of the higher projected scoring teams of the day.
2 - David Peralta – OF – Arizona (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
The price, matchup, and overall talent blend nicely to make Peralta a fine play in all formats. He’s usually a rock-solid option to begin with, and the draw against Mike Foltynewicz (.417 wOBA vs LHB) adds to his appeal. The D-Backs slugger is coming off a three-hit performance on Friday, something he could replicate this afternoon.
3 - Brandon Crawford – SS – San Francisco (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
The Giants, despite playing in one of the most pitcher-friendly environments, are projected as a top-tier scoring offense today. Most of that has to do with the struggles of opposing pitcher Eddie Butler, who holds a .459 wOBA and 23.9% HR/FB rate against left handed-hitters (.349 wOBA to RHB). Granted, playing in Colorado somewhat inflates those numbers, but even if we take a fraction of those numbers, they are still something to target. Crawford is a power-hitting lefty on a nice hotstreak, which could easily continue in this juicy matchup.
4 - Patrick Corbin – SP – Arizona (FanDuel Price: $6,800)
Corbin hasn’t been very good to begin this season, but the matchups have been pretty difficult against the Dodgers, Pirates, Cardinals, and Marlins (who hit lefties very well). However, his one solid outing came against a weak San Diego offense in a pitcher-friendly ballpark, where he posted a 6.2 IP, 7 K, 50 fantasy point performance. He’ll get another weak offense in a somewhat pitcher-friendly park (Atlanta) to have a chance at sniffing some similar production. At the very least, Corbin is worth a look in tournaments.
5 - Jonathan Lucroy – C – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Lucroy is finally warming into his usual role for Milwaukee. He’s a solid contact hitter with some “pop”, presenting a nice floor/ceiling combination for fantasy purposes. There’s expected to be plenty of runs on both sides of this Cincinnati-Milwaukee matchup in the hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park. Reds’ pitcher John Lamb isn’t that bad of a pitcher, but he’s a lefty who holds a .335 wOBA against right-handed hitters. He may have a tough time against Lucroy and this right-heavy Brewers’ order (Braun, Carter, Santana).
6 - Jake Lamb – 3B – Arizona (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
There are several well-aligned top picks at third base, so Lamb isn’t a necessity by any means. However, if you need to sprinkle in some value at the position, this is the route I’d take. Lamb will likely hit 2nd for the Diamondbacks today, which is a great spot against aforementioned Mike Foltynewicz, who holds a .417 wOBA against left-handed pitching. Lamb has proven himself capable of multi-hit performances over the past few seasons, and the lineup security in front of Goldschmidt and Peralta certainly helps his cause.
7 - Justin Smoak – 1B – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Smoak is more of a cheap tournament pick, as first basemen like Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt, and others probably deserve your attention in cash games. However, we can’t forget about Smoak, a power-capable switch-hitter usually batting 5th or 6th within this potent Jays’ lineup. It comes as no surprise that Toronto has one of the higher offensive projections once again, and Smoak should have several RBI opportunities to make something happen.
8 - Adam Jones – OF – Baltimore (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
Jones has been struggling this season, but this may be the best “buy low opportunity” we’ll see. His salary has nearly bottomed out to the minimum. The matchup is sneaky-good against Kendall Graveman, who has reverse-splits of .342 wOBA and 24.2% FB/HR rate against right-handed hitters. That likely won’t sit well in a hitter-friendly ballpark against a Baltimore team chock-full of righty sluggers. Jones will be in the middle of that action.
9 - Corey Dickerson – OF – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
We have come to accept Corey Dickerson as a legitimate power-hitter outside his previous home of Coors Field. He’s a deep-ball threat pretty much every game, and the matchup aligns well against Nick Tropeano’s .343 wOBA against left-handed hitters. The price is much lower than his talent level, creating an appealing situation in tournaments.
10 - Brad Miller – SS – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Miller is a “pure punt” selection if you need savings at the shortstop position. As mentioned in the previous write-up with his teammate Dickerson, there’s some matchup potential to be had. Miller is hitting second within a decent Tampa lineup, and opposing pitcher Nick Tropeano holds a .343 wOBA against left-handed bats.
Joe Panik – 2B – San Francisco (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Danny Valencia – 3B – Oakland (FanDuel Price: $2,300)