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 - Colby Rasmus – OF – Houston (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Rasmus is one of the best “per dollar” picks of the day. He has been reasonably solid as of late, and this matchup screams upside. Boston pitcher Sean O’Sullivan holds a massive .449 wOBA and 16.2% HR/FB rate against left-handed hitters. Rasmus is a power lefty who could certainly take advantage in hitter-friendly Fenway Park. In fact, Houston holds one of the highest projected run totals this afternoon, so be sure to grab your fair share of Astros.
2 - Jake Lamb – 3B – Arizona (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
San Francisco pitcher Matt Cain has gotten dinged-up several times this season, and he could be in for another rough outing in Arizona’s hitter-friendly ballpark. Cain has allowed a .404 wOBA to left-handed hitters over the past several years, something we are looking to exploit with Jake Lamb. The lineup security in front of Paul Goldschmidt helps his cause as well.
3 - Joe Panik – 2B – San Francisco (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Rubby De La Rosa has been historically bad against left-handed hitters, holding an inflated .377 wOBA split over the past few seasons. Through in a hitter-friendly park in Chase Field, and the Giants’ lefties become even more attractive for fantasy purposes. Panik is well-priced within that, and he’s heating up with a five game hitting streak that includes a pair of homers.
4 - Trevor Bauer – SP – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $7,500)
Bauer is coming off a very good performance at Houston (7 IP, 7K, Win), and it’s plausible to imagine him replicating that total at home vs Minnesota. As we all know, the Twins are a swing-happy team that can help pitchers achieve some high fantasy totals in the strikeout department. On top of that, Bauer is a solid -140 favorite with a modest 7.5 run total. Feel free to roster him in all formats.
5 - Troy Tulowitzki – SS – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
I’m not sure how many times I’ve said it this season, but it’s worth repeating: Tulo is too cheap for this price point! Also, he’s finally rounding into his All-Star form, hitting three homers in the past four games. He has a very good matchup against spot-starter Cesar Ramos is Texas’ hitter-friendly park. In other words, this is a pretty easy value selection.
6 - Brian McCann – C – New York Yankees (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
I had a difficult time deciding between Welington Castillo and McCann for the same price, so take note that they are both firmly in play for all formats. McCann ultimately gets the nod here, as he’s a very good hitter in Yankee Stadium, facing a fly-ball pitcher in Miguel Gonzalez. I’m thinking the Yanks will get at least a couple (if not more) round-trippers off the White Sox hurler, and McCann is one of the leading candidates to make that happen.
7 - Brett Gardner – OF – New York Yankees (FanDuel Price: $3,400)
Gardner jumps into consideration for the exact same reason as McCann. Opposing pitcher Miguel Gonzalez has been very homerun-prone throughout his career, something that will likely bit him in hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium.
8 - Chris Carter – 1B – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
This is probably more of a tournament recommendation, as Carter hasn’t recorded a hit in the past seven games. Still, his power-upside is undeniable on any given day, and the matchup looks better than average against San Diego subpar pitcher Cesar Vargas – who has had trouble vs right-handed hitters in his brief career. The hitter-friendly park in Milwaukee always gives Carter some added confidence with the deep ball.
9 - Zach Davies – SP – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
It’s no secret that San Diego has one of the worst offenses in the league. That especially holds true if we analyze their splits against right-handed pitching. Davies is probably more of a cheap tournament play, as he hasn’t shown much to this point to deserve full cash game consideration. Still, the matchup alone could lead him to a viable fantasy total, much like we noticed with Junior Guerra of the Brewers on Friday.
10 - Didi Gregorius – SS – New York Yankees (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Here we go again – yet another Yankee hitter against Miguel Gonzalez. Not only do we have the splits, park factor, etc working in our favor, but Gregorius may actually be underpriced in this spot. He’s starting to heat up with six hits over the past four games, including six RBI and a homer. It’s tough to find that kind of upside for a near-minimum salary shortstop.
Jason Castro – C – Houston (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Domingo Santana – OF – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
Preston Tucker – OF – Houston (FanDuel Price: $2,100)