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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We are focusing on today’s main slate (10 games) starting at 1:07 ET.
Now onto the bargain plays.
1 - Jason Kipnis – 2B – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Kipnis is easily the best “per dollar” option at second base, headlining the bargain recommendations for this slate. Even though Minnesota pitcher Kyle Gibson has looked better over the past month, this is still a situation to exploit. Gibson holds a 6.79 ERA on the season, and Cleveland checks in with the second highest run scoring projection of this slate. The ball has been carrying at Target Field as of late, and the Indians should have no problem putting runs on the board. In addition, Gibson’s shaky ways will be backed up by Minnesota’s bottom-five bullpen. It goes without saying that this is a viable stacking situation.
2 - Yasmani Grandal – C – LA Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Catchers sometimes get a breather on Sunday afternoon games, so we’ll need to see if Grandal makes the lineup. I’d even look to backup Austin Barnes ($2100) if he gets the starting nod today. The matchup is that good against Bronson Arroyo in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark. The Dodgers hold far and away the highest run scoring projection of this slate, and you’ll want adequate exposure.
3 - Yasiel Puig – OF – LA Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Puig is another bargain route to gain exposure to the highest projected scoring team of the night. He’s having an excellent road stretch with three homers and three multi-hit game over his past five. The matchup is excellent against Bronson Arroyo and his .380 wOBA 1.75 HR/9 splits vs right-handed hitters in “Great American Small Park”.
4 - Dexter Fowler – OF – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Mr. Fowler has been brilliant over the past week, most notably collecting multiple hits with three homers and seven RBI over his past three starts. It’s apparent he’s enjoying the hitter-friendly park upgrade in Baltimore, launching a round-tripper in each of the first two games of this series. He has a reasonable opportunity to get another, facing the struggles of RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, who has gotten blown up to the tune of a 6.71 ERA this season.
5 - Jacob Faria – SP – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $6,500)
A rookie pitcher starting on the road against the multiple homerun threats of Detroit’s lineup doesn’t appear to be the best fantasy situation. However, Faria has displayed some fantasy potential through his first two starts, hitting 41 and 50 fantasy points respectively. His 6.1 inning, six hit, eight strikeout performance at Toronto really stands out, avoiding the pitfalls of that damaging lineup. He’ll look to keep impressing this afternoon, holding enough potential for upside to deserve a glance when assembling tournament lineups.
Joc Pederson – OF – LA Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Everyone who is starting for the Dodgers today is in play against Bronson Arroyo. Of that, Pederson some of the best ability to take advantage of Great American Ballpark’s hitter-friendly atmosphere.
Lucas Duda – 1B – NY Mets (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Washington pitcher Joe Ross has been all over the place this season. In the event we see “bad Joe Ross”, the Mets will look to jump on his .370 wOBA 1.30 HR/9 split against left-handed hitters. Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, and Jay Bruce are all fine GPP Pivots worthy of borderline cash consideration.
Jedd Gyorko – 3B – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Targeting against Ubaldo Jimenez is a pretty good strategy today. Gyorko could get in on the fun, and this is a nice park upgrade in Baltimore. Third base is competitive as usual, but Gyorko offers a firm discount off the high-end picks without sacrificing too much upside.
Gregory Polanco – OF – Pittsburgh (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Polanco is more of a tournament pick to blend within a GPP lineup or two. I’m always intrigued with his homerun/stolen base potential, and he’s looking at a solid matchup against John Lackey – who has been blasted for 21 earned runs over his last six five starts.
Kevin Pillar – OF – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
This wouldn’t be much of a daily fantasy advice article if I didn’t recommend picking on James Shields. Of course, we all remember the White Sox pitcher as being one of the more generous tossers to stack against over the past few years. He’s coming off the disabled list to make a start at Toronto. Kevin Pillar is the cheapest way to gain exposure, while the addition of Donaldson, Bautista, and Smoak makes for a high-upside stack.