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 - Josh Reddick – OF – Oakland (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Reddick is on fire, and he’s sitting on one of the best matchups of the day. Sean O’Sullivan will receive a spot-start for Boston, which is excellent for Oakland’s left-handed bats. O’Sullivan holds a .454 wOBA against left-handed hitters, along with a whopping 24% FB/HR rate. I’m expecting the A’s to shell him tonight in hitter-friendly Fenway Park. Reddick leads the charge, having amassed four multi-hit games in the past five.
2 - Evan Longoria – 3B – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Longoria crushes left-handed pitching, and Seattle hurler Wade Miley holds a .330 wOBA against right-handed hitters. You do the math! Adding even more confidence to this pick, Longoria is heating up with three homers in the past eight games, including a round-tripper last night in Seattle.
3 - Stephen Vogt – C – Oakland (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Vogt is in play for the same exact reason outlined with Josh Reddick earlier. Sean O’Sullivan could get hammered by the A’s tonight, and Vegas is leaning in that direction by assigning a 9.5 over/under to this matchup. Vogt has power-upside that should transfer well with a park boost in Boston.
4 - Ben Paulsen – 1B – Colorado (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
First off, we need to double-check that Paulsen is in the lineup. If so, he’s a great way to gain exposure to this 11 run over/under between Colorado and Arizona. Sure, Paulsen is on a dry-spell, going hitless in his past 12 at-bats. However, this matchup is tremendous, as Rubby De La Rosa allows a .392 wOBA and 16.5% HR/FB rate against left-handed hitters. I should also mention that Paulsen’s struggles have come on the road, while he’s a much different (better) fantasy option at home.
5 - Miguel Sano – OF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Who else is waiting for Miguel Sano to breakout? We saw some signs of life a few weeks ago, but Sano continues to underwhelm in the homerun department. That has sent his price tag to a very reasonable level keeping in mind the implied upside. This could be a situation to feature a nice fantasy performance, as Baltimore pitcher Kevin Gausman is a fastball-dominant hurler with a .345 wOBA and 17.3% HR/FB rate against right-handed hitters. Those metrics certainly favor a righty slugger like Sano (and Byung Ho Park).
6 - Brett Gardner – OF – New York Yankees (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Gardner is finding a groove, and the salary has yet to account for the recent uptick. He has either hit a homerun or stolen a base in four of the past five games. He’s going against a bottom five pitcher in this slate, right-hander Kris Medlen. Yankee Stadium always helps in the homerun-department, and Gardner is a multi-hit, stolen base candidate on top of that. Target in all formats.
7 - Cesar Hernandez – 2B – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
If you frequent this bargain column, then you know the drill with Hernandez. If you need a cheap filler, he’s a guy who could feasibly produce double-digit fantasy points and allow you to reach upside at other positions. The matchup is very good tonight, as the switch-hitter is facing Matt Wisler’s .391 wOBA against left-handed bats. Hernandez has recorded two straight multi-hit games, and he could keep the streak alive this evening.
8 - Jose Berrios – SP – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $6,500)
I wrote up Berrios as a cheap tournament pitcher yesterday in the FanDuel MLB GPP Pivots article, but the game ended up being postponed. We’ll need to double-check the weather again tonight, as Minneapolis is expected to receive some precipitation again today. If things clear up before game-time, consider Berrios as a high-upside, cap-saving pitcher in tournaments. He is a strikeout-minded hurler, recording 13 K’s in just 9.1 innings in the majors. His first two starts were somewhat erratic, but he’s trending in the right way, earning 46 fantasy points in his last start at Houston. Berrios was known for very good control in the minor leagues, and I’m expecting him to resume that tendency as he becomes more comfortable in the big leagues. His opponent tonight, Baltimore, carries a top ten strikeout rate on the season (22%).
9 - Steve Pearce – OF – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Pearce has excellent numbers against left-handed pitchers, and he’ll likely step into the cleanup role against a southpaw tonight. On top of that, Seattle hurler Wade Miley allows a generous .330 wOBA against right-handed hitters, cross-referencing very well with Pearce’s splits. Longoria, Forsythe, and Pearce make for a sneaky-stack that could provide a nice return on investment.
10 - Chris Young – OF – Boston (FanDuel Price: $2,100)
Young is a platoon specialist used against left-handed pitchers. He’ll face the rookie southpaw Sean Manaea in hitter-friendly Fenway Park. There’s a chance that Young could only see three at-bats, getting pinch-hit for in a bullpen situation. I have no doubts that Manaea will become a solid pitcher eventually, but he has been somewhat erratic in two major league starts, holding a 7.20 ERA. Facing a solid Boston offense on the road probably won’t do any favors to that uninspiring mark. Young is a solid minimum-salary filler if you are in need of one.