When looking at bargains on FanDuel, we'll typically focus on hitters priced $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 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 - Justin Upton – OF – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Justin Upton is a streaky hitter, and we are catching him on a heater at the moment. The Tigers’ outfielder has blasted five homers in the past eight games, recording five multi-hit performances over that span as well. Frankly, it’s hard to believe his salary hasn’t risen above the current level. Upton is looking at another quality matchup, facing Anthony Ranuado’s .410 wOBA and 16.7% HR/FB split vs RHB over a limited sample size.
2 - Troy Tulowitzki – SS – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
The Blue Jays find themselves in a very good offensive spot once again. They’ll face the struggling likes of Ubaldo Jimenez, who carries a .336 wOBA rate against right-handed hitters. That’s good news for Tulowitzki, Donaldson, Encarnacion, Bautista, and company. Tulo easily the cheapest hitter of that bunch, and he comes at a shortstop position that doesn’t have a ton of upside this evening.
3 - Rajai Davis – OF – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
The Indians are facing another left-handed pitcher, meaning Davis will likely hit leadoff. That’s a very nice role for his fantasy appeal, and the draw against Andrew Albers helps. Albers has been hovering around the minor leagues since his last MLB start in 2013. That should tell you all you need to know about his quality of pitching. The Vegas oddsmakers have Cleveland listed as one of the highest scoring teams within this slate, and Davis could benefit.
4 - Neil Walker – 2B – NY Mets (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Walker is dealing with a back issue, but there’s a chance he’ll return to the lineup this evening. If that’s the case, I don’t mind rostering him on FanDuel. The price is agreeable, as is the matchup against mediocre pitcher Tom Koehler. Walker has been seeing the ball extremely well over the past few weeks, smacking three homers with four multi-hit performances over his last six starts.
5 - Kole Calhoun – OF – LA Angels (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Don’t look now, but Kole Calhoun has been flexing some upside for the Halos. There’s a chance the trend will continue against Cincy pitcher Tim Adleman, who carries a .424 wOBA and 23.8% HR/FB split vs LHB in limited major league action. Either way, that suggests a susceptibility for Calhoun to take advantage of. Having Trout and Pujols backing him only enhances his fantasy value.
6 - Ryan Schimpf – 2B – San Diego (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
If you are apprehensive to utilize Neil Walker at second base (or he doesn’t return to the lineup), Ryan Schimpf is your next best bargain in line. He is swinging a hot stick with three multi-hit outings, two homers, two triples, a double, four RBI, and five runs over the past four games. He’s facing Julio Teheran, who holds a .353 wOBA and 14.4% HR/FB split against left-handed hitters. Teheran has looked underwhelming since returning from injury as well.
7 - Adrian Beltre – 3B – Texas (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Everything sets up very good for Beltre this evening. He has a quality righty/lefty matchup in his home, hitter-friendly park. The Rangers are expected to put up some runs against James Paxton, and the heart of the order (Desmond, Beltran, and Beltre) is your best bet to inflict some damage.
8 - Kendall Graveman – SP - Oakland (FanDuel Price: $6,600)
After struggling mightily to begin the season, it appears Graveman has figured things out. He has won three of his last four starts, racking up 42, 54, and 35 fantasy points respectively. You’ll certainly take that type of production from a cheap pitcher in tournaments. Graveman is facing a “boom or bust” Houston offense that he silenced for eight innings, two earned runs, and a win on July 9th.
9 - Russell Martin – C – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Martin falls into the same rationale as teammate Troy Tulowitzki, listed above. Ubaldo Jimenez has been struggling this season, and his main vice comes against right-handed hitters. Martin is a red-hot hitter (7 HR over past 12 games) playing in a kind ballpark for one of the highest projected offenses of the evening … Oh yeah, his salary falls under the bargain threshold as well.
10 - Khris Davis – OF – Oakland (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Davis is probably more of a tournament play, but the underrated salary is too alluring to not consider. Houston pitcher Collin McHugh has been struggling over his past three starts, allowing 12 earned runs over 13.1 innings with a whopping six homers over that span. Enter homerun aficionado Khris Davis into a hitter-friendly ballpark against McHugh’s susceptible .344 wOBA and 12.9% HR/FB split vs RHB.
Jedd Gyorko – 3B – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Jose Ramirez – 3B – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $3,300)