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 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 - Jose Abreu – 1B – Chicago White Sox (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
One of the few times “Batter vs Pitcher” stats can be insightful comes when a knuckleballer is on the mound. In that case, we can get an idea of how well a hitter tolerates this quirky pitch. It’s safe to say that Jose Abreu sees R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball very well, and the hitter-friendly environment in Toronto doesn’t hurt his cause either. Throw in a cheaper-than-deserved price point, and you have a satisfying bargain to deploy all formats.
2 - Stephen Vogt – C – Oakland (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Mike Pelfrey has been having a tough time this season, allowing a ton of contact (and runs) to hitters from both sides of the plate. He carries a whopping .375 wOBA split against left-handed bats from last year, and that’s something we can certainly exploit for fantasy purposes. Stephen Vogt (and others) are aligned well because of that metric, and Vegas tends to agree, classifying Oakland among the top five scoring offenses of this slate.
3 - Eduardo Nunez – SS – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Nunez has been the catalyst for an otherwise disappointing Minnesota offense. He has multi-hit potential against mediocre pitcher Cody Anderson, also capable of scoring a few runs and swiping a base or two. The price tag is non-prohibitive for the Twins leadoff hitter, and it’s comforting to see hitters behind him (Dozier, Mauer) starting to heat up.
4 - Jed Lowrie – 2B – Oakland (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
Lowrie isn’t an exciting fantasy pick, but he’s more than serviceable for this near-minimum salary. He has accumulated multiple hits in four of the past six games, including a 4-5 performance at New York last week. He’s a hitting-machine who could live up to that description against Mike Pelfrey’s .375 wOBA vs left-handed bats. As mentioned earlier, Oakland is expected to put up some runs tonight.
5 - Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
We’ll need to keep an eye on the weather, as there appears to be a 50-60% chance of storms throughout the night in Texas (as of Tuesday early afternoon). If the forecast clears up, the Yankees become an offense to target vs A.J. Griffin in Texas’ hitter-friendly park. Teixeira would be in the same conversation as Jose Abreu, looking like one of the better “per dollar” first basemen. If the forecast doesn’t look promising, you can safely stick with Abreu for a similar price point.
6 - Jacoby Ellsbury – New York Yankees (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
The same thing mentioned for Teixeira holds true for Ellsbury: we’ll need to make sure the weather isn’t a concern. The Yankees’ leadoff man is unbelievably cheap, in a great matchup, and part of a projected high-scoring offense. It appears that he’s finally starting to break out of his early season slump as well, so this would be the time to buy low (if the weather allows).
7 - Chris Coghlan – 3B – Oakland (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Keeping the theme with this Oakland stack, Coghlan is another left-handed hitter looking to take advantage of Pelfrey’s generous splits. He has belted three homers in the past five games, hitting in the heart of this order. Oakland’s economical stack blends very well with the higher-priced players from Pittsburgh (Marte, McCutchen), which I’m assuming you’ll want exposure to in Coors Field.
8 - Oswaldo Arcia – OF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Arcia played the role of hero once again for the Twins last night, blasting a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the ninth. He’s still cheap, stepping into a feasible matchup against mediocre pitcher Cody Anderson. Granted, Arcia is more of a tournament “boom or bust” pick, but his power upside is promising, having hit three homers over the past seven games.
9 - Kyle Hendricks – SP – Chicago Cubs (FanDuel Price: $7,300)
Hendricks doesn’t have much strikeout upside, but he’s still a reasonably cheap pitcher to build stacks around tonight. First off, he checks in as a whopping -205 home favorite against a somewhat struggling Brewers’ offense. Next, we have the wind blowing in at Wrigley Field (15-20 mph), which is always good news for a pitcher taking the bump within the friendly confines … With a clear path to victory, Hendricks should put up a solid fantasy line if he can get through 6-7 innings relatively clean.
10 - Danny Santana – OF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,100)
If you need a “pure punt play” to round out your lineup, Santana is someone to consider. His salary is far below his talent level here. Santana somewhat resembles his teammate Eduardo Nunez (mentioned earlier), where he is capable of multiple hits, runs, and stolen bases against a mediocre pitcher. For that reason, he’s a decent filler to consider, even if he’s hitting 9th in the lineup. The good news with that revolves around the top of the order backing him up.