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 tonight’s main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Now onto the bargain plays.
1 - Billy Hamilton – OF – Cincinnati (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Hamilton was a menace on the base paths last night, swiping three bags while also notching the game-winning hit. More runs and stolen bases could be on the way against Pittsburgh pitcher Tyler Glasnow, who has had trouble adjusting to the majors. Glasnow carries a heavy walk rate that gives the entire Reds’ lineup a boost. As a result, Cincy checks in with a top five run scoring projection in this slate. Hamilton should certainly factor into that. His stolen base potential rises if Pittsburgh’s regular catcher, Francisco Cervelli, continues to miss time with a foot injury.
2 - Aledmys Diaz – SS – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Picking on Milwaukee pitcher Wily Peralta is usually a good DFS strategy. He has been generous to lefties and righties alike over the past few seasons, holding a .372 and .353 wOBA respectively. Diaz has a non-imposing salary to comfortably blend into your cash game lineup, and the Cardinals shouldn’t have much of a problem putting runs on the board.
3 - Matt Holliday – OF – New York Yankees (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
The Yankees acquisition of Holliday seems to be working out so far. The veteran has notched four homers with 14 RBI, and he’s clearly underpriced relative to the fantasy upside. Yankee Stadium profiles as a hitter-friendly atmosphere for hitters of either handedness, and the matchup against Mat Latos (.351 wOBA vs RHB) should yield positive results. The Yankees check in as one of the highest projected scoring teams of the night, and Holliday should be in the thick of things.
4 - Josh Harrison – 2B – Pittsburgh (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
This could be a breakout series for Harrison. The park upgrade in Cincinnati against a beatable pitching rotation bodes well. Harrison already notched a pair of homers last night, and he’s stepping into a favorable spot against Scott Feldman (.328 wOBA, 1.18 HR/9 vs RHB). Players like Murphy and Dozier are well-aligned but a tad expensive at the second base position. That has me looking to cheaper commodities like Harrison or Rougned Odor.
5 - Jedd Gyorko – 3B – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
The third base position is very competitive (per usual) with Bryant, Sano, Longoria, and a slew of others firmly on the short list. However, Gyorko may be the best “bang for the buck” in this spot. He’s a streaky hitter on a fantasy binge at the moment, racking up 17 hits, four homers, eight runs, and six RBI over his past eight starts. As mentioned earlier, Wily Peralta is generous to hitters of either handedness, potentially inspiring Gyorko to keep raking.
Rummaging deep in the bargain bin yields several near-minimum salary outfielders. Ben Gamel ($2200) is a decent filler in all formats, assuming he remains in the top-half of Seattle’s order. LAA pitcher Matt Shoemaker has been shaky this season, and he was already shelled by the Mariners once. Gamel’s teammate, Guillermo Heredia ($2400) fits the bill in this matchup as well … Looking elsewhere, Michael Taylor ($2500) of the Nationals is someone to keep an eye on. If he’s hitting second in Washington’s order, I don’t mind taking him for value against Taijuan Walker. The lineup security with Turner, Murphy, Harper, and others surrounding him would be outstanding.
First base is competitive tonight, but Mike Napoli ($2700) catches my eye if you don’t have enough salary for Carpenter, Moreland, Votto, or others. Napoli may be more of a tournament pick, but the matchup looks good against Mike Fiers’ .365 wOBA, 1.88 HR/9 vs RHB.
I like the aforementioned Aledyms Diaz more, but Asdrubal Cabrera ($2900) is someone to keep on your short list while making multiple lineups. He’s cheap with nice career numbers against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who has been struggling with a .337 wOBA, 1.65 HR/9 vs LHB as of late.
The park shift in San Diego is a firm downgrade, but Carlos Gonzalez ($2800) is still way too cheap considering his talent level. Petco Park isn’t terrible for left-handed power, and the matchup against Trevor Cahill is certainly winnable for CarGo. Don’t cast him aside just because of the labeled pitcher-friendly environment.