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 7:05 ET. There are ten 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 - Gerrardo Parra – OF – Colorado (FanDuel Price: $3,400)
Remember that section of the introduction where I mention that I’ll only go over the $3200 salary threshold if a player has start potential. Well, Parra certainly does have star potential this evening, stepping in against a struggling Jeff Samardzija in hitter-friendly Coors Field. Parra is actually one of the cheaper pieces in this game, and he has high-upside to boot. He even has solid career numbers against Samardzija, which isn’t the determining factor of this recommendation, but it doesn’t hurt either.
2 - Troy Tulowitzki – SS – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Tulowitzki is far too cheap for his talent level. Outside of a homerun in the season-opener, Tulo hasn’t really produced much from a fantasy perspective. That has caused a dip in his salary, and a nice buy-low opportunity this evening. Opposing pitcher Tanaka is pretty solid, but he often struggles with the long-ball, and Toronto has a notoriously hitter-friendly park to help the cause.
3 - Michael Taylor – OF – Washington (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Taylor is near-minimum salary despite leading off for Washington and producing well within that role. Yesterday, he went 2-5 with a run and two stolen bases for 21 fantasy points. If A.J. Pierzynski continues to catch for Atlanta, multiple stolen bases will certainly be in play, as he’s one of the worst catchers at throwing out baserunners. Either way, Taylor is in a great spot for his cheap salary, facing a mediocre pitcher, batting leadoff, and sitting in front of RBI producers Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, and David Murphy.
4 - Preston Tucker – OF – Houston (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
I’m really liking Tucker as a high-upside value play tonight. He hits towards the bottom of Houston’s lineup, but don’t let that deter you in this instance. Tucker has hit two homers in the past four games, and he’ll have a chance to keep going in Houston’s hitter-friendly park (especially to left-handed power). He’ll face a mediocre pitcher in Kansas City’s Kris Medlen tonight.
5 - Hector Santiago – SP – LA Angels (FanDuel Price: $7,600)
If you’re looking for a cheaper pitching option, but still want some semblance of security, Santiago is probably the pick. He did well in the season opener, holding a line of 6 IP, 2 ER, and 7 strikeouts vs Texas. He could expand on those marks against an Oakland offense that has yet to make the trip from spring training. Spot-starter Nick Tropeano was able to complete five innings of shutout ball against the A’s last night, and Santiago has a much more proven track-record.
6 - Hanley Ramirez – 1B – Boston (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
There are plenty of first basemen to decide between tonight, which is why Ramirez doesn’t rank higher on this list despite a great matchup against Mike Wright. Boston is a very good team to stack tonight, as Baltimore’s Mike Wright is one of the worst pitchers in action tonight. You could also look towards David Ortiz, Chris Davis, or Brandon Belt at the first base position. However, if you need someone a little cheaper with somewhat similar upside, HanRam is the guy.
7 - Brock Holt – 2B – Boston (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Speaking of Boston’s well-aligned offense, Brock Holt will enjoy that same matchup tonight. Baltimore pitcher Mike Wright holds a .392 wOBA vs left-handed hitters, and Holt has been on fire with three multi-hit games, two homers, and 8 RBI through the first five games. He could keep the hotstreak alive in this elite matchup.
8 - Cesar Hernandez – 2B – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
There’s a chance you’ll need to speculate some value in order to squeeze the high-upside expensive picks into your lineup. Hernandez ranks as one of the better “dirt-cheap” selections, right alongside Michael Taylor (mentioned earlier). Hernandez is a solid contact hitter with multi-hit, multi-stolen base potential against Robbie Erlin (.347 wOBA vs LHB) and the Padres.
9 - Yan Gomes – C – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Gomes is a fine way to save some cap space at the catcher position. He hits left-handed pitching extremely well, and Tampa southpaw Matt Moore allows a .320 wOBA against right-handed hitters. Cross-referencing the two splits really sheds light on Gomes’ upside tonight. He’s on a mini-hotstreak as well, totaling 3 RBI, one homer, one double in the past two games.
10 - Travis Shaw – 3B – Boston (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
You’ll need to double-check the batting order, but Shaw usually bats sixth for the Red Sox. If that’s the case tonight, the left-handed third baseman will be in a very good RBI situation for the projected high-scoring Sox. I would lean his way over the likes of Danny Valencia for a similar salary, given that Boston is in a much better offensive position.
Josh Phegley – C – Oakland (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Ryan Zimmerman – 1B – Washington (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Luis Valbuena – 3B – Houston (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
Danny Valencia – 3B – Oakland (FanDuel Price: $2,500)