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.
The Cardinals check in as easily one of the highest projected offenses of the night. A park boost in Cincinnati and a plum matchup against the blow-up potential of John Lamb factors into that designation. Even though Lamb was solid in his last start at Colorado, he had given up 16 earned runs in three previous starts (13.2 innings). The oddsmakers are extremely bullish on this Cardinals offense tagging him with another barrage of runs, and it makes sense to target right-handed power bats like Holliday and Grichuk against the southpaw.
2 - Ben Zobrist – 2B – Chicago Cubs (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
This is a good day to look at the left-handed hitters in Chicago’s lineup, as Philadelphia pitcher Jerad Eickhoff sports a .358 wOBA and 15.3% HR/FB split against them. Zobrist is moderately priced despite his success this season, and he makes for a satisfying play in all formats. Don’t forget about Rizzo, Heyward, Montero, and Fowler in the midst of a Cubs’ stack as well.
3 - Joey Votto – 1B – Cincinnati (FanDuel Price: $3,400)
Votto is surprisingly cheap when considering his recent game log is full of adequate production. This would be a nice time to pounce on that lower-than-deserved salary, as he’s facing former teammate Mike Leake in the hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park. Votto checks in as one of my favorite cash selections of the day, as the floor/upside combination is among the best in the league.
4 - Giancarlo Stanton – OF – Miami (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Stanton has been dealing with an injury, and he was slowly eased into the lineup starting last week. He hasn’t done much since returning (1-14), so we are looking at him as more of a tournament recommendation. However, Stanton has had two days to rest up for this juicy matchup against left-hander Patrick Dean, who holds a .367 wOBA and 14.8% HR/FB rate to right-handed hitters. As we know, when Stanton is healthy, he feasts on these types of pitchers.
5 - Michael Conforto – OF – NY Mets (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
The second half of this double header against Juan Nicasio helps out the Mets’ left-handed hitters dramatically. Nicasio holds a wOBA split in the upper .300’s against lefties, and Conforto lands within consideration in all formats because of that. He has been somewhat hit or miss lately, but he still holds a very nice floor/upside ratio to provide some goodies in this favorable draw.
6 - Aledmys Diaz – SS – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
I mentioned how the Cardinals have an excellent matchup against John Lamb, and that extends to Diaz, who is heating up with multiple hits in four of the past six games. The rookie is currently batting second for the Cards, which really helps his run scoring and RBI potential. Feel comfortable targeting him in all formats.
7 - Welington Castillo – C – Arizona (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Tampa pitcher Matt Moore has been somewhat shaky this season, and he allows a .367 wOBA and 14.2% HR/FB split against right-handed hitters. That could be troublesome in Arizona’s hitter-friendly park, going against a righty-heavy top of the order with Segura, Goldschmidt, and Castillo ready to inflict some damage. Castillo is economically priced with some upside in this matchup, and I consider him a quality pick at a somewhat scarce catcher position.
8 - Starlin Castro – 2B – NY Yankees (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Left-hander David Huff will start for the Angels tonight. I don’t know much about Huff, except that he was signed to fill out the Triple-A rotation three weeks ago. Now he’s starting in Yankee Stadium, so I’m expecting a somewhat brief outing with some earned runs to his name. Castro homered last night, and he’ll step into this tasty right/lefty matchup trying to do the same. The salary is extremely cheap for the upside.
9 - Michael Pineda – SP – NY Yankees (FanDuel Price: $7,500)
Pineda is a bit of a wild card every time he takes the mound. He could theoretically rack up double-digit strikeouts or fall flat in four innings by giving up more earned runs than frames completed. Having said that, obviously he’s a tournament only recommendation. However, the Angels offense is extremely top-heavy, and Pineda has been pitching better as of late. His salary is low due to some blow-up performances early in the season, but make no mistake about his upside within this salary range.
10 -Ketel Marte – SS – Seattle (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
If you don’t have enough cap space for Diaz, pivoting down to Marte isn’t a bad move. I really like the Mariners tonight against the struggling likes of Cody Anderson, and you could feel confident with a left-handed stack from Seattle as well. Anderson holds a .346 wOBA and 15.9% HR/FB rate against lefties, something that sent him down to the minors earlier this season. Now he’s back up due to some depth/injury concerns within the Cleveland pitching staff, and that’s a good thing for DFS players. Marte has been heating up recently, plus he has potential for multiple hits, runs, and stolen bases.
Seth Smith – OF – Seattle(FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Domingo Santana – OF – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Brandon Drury – OF – Arizona (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
Hernan Perez – 3B – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $2,300)