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 12 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 - Brian Dozier – 2B – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
This is a situation where the Minnesota offense could finally wake up. They are chock-full of lefty mashers, with Dozier leading the charge in that department. He holds a very good .357 wOBA and .220 ISO against left-handed pitchers over the past several seasons. That cross-references well vs White Sox southpaw Carlos Rodon, who possesses an inflated .350 wOBA vs right-handed bats. Dozier isn’t the only Minnesota hitter worth considering, but he’s the best one.
2 - Gerardo Parra – OF – Colorado (FanDuel Price: $3,400)
Parra was highly recommended in yesterday’s article, but the results were very mediocre. Don’t let that discourage you away from him, as the matchup against Jake Peavy (.334 wOBA vs LHB) has bounce-back written all over it. Parra is one of the best “per dollar” picks from this high scoring game in Coors Field.
3 - Trevor Plouffe – 3B – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
As mentioned earlier, the Twins make for an inexpensive mini-stack against left-hander Carlos Rodon tonight. Plouffe is extremely cheap for his power potential, holding a .356 wOBA and .203 ISO against left-handed pitchers over the past several seasons.
4 - Yasmani Grandal – C – LA Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Grandal is coming off the disabled list (strained forearm), expected to make his first start of the season this evening. The switch-hitter will have a great matchup at the plate, going against Rubby De La Rosa and his .387 wOBA vs left-handed hitters. Grandal looked good in a brief rehab assignment (3-9, 1 homer), which negates some of the risk coming off injury.
5 - Miguel Sano – OF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Sano is another cheap source of power within this Minnesota stack. He hit righties better than lefties last season, but I fully expect that to at least balance out over time, as Sano was very good against lefties in the minor leagues. The Twins’ slugger is playable in all formats, alongside teammates Dozier, Plouffe, and Byung-ho Park.
6 - Randal Grichuk – OF – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Grichuk if finally starting to wake up, contributing 20+ fantasy points in two straight games. He’s an extremely underrated, under-priced power hitter who could make a huge splash from the 5-hole tonight. Milwaukee pitcher Chase Anderson has reverse-splits, being more generous (.350 wOBA) to right-handed hitters than lefties. That plays right into Grichuk’s wheelhouse.
7 - Mike Leake – SP – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $6,700)
Leake could be a very solid, economical pick to stack around tonight. He comes in as a reasonable -140 favorite, at home, and Milwaukee rates as one of the lower-scoring teams of the evening. Leake has a susceptibility against left-handed hitters, but Milwaukee only has one (Scooter Gennett) in their lineup. This should help propel Leake to a solid performance and likely win.
8 - Cesar Hernandez – 2B – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
If Brian Dozier is too expensive, or you are looking to diversify selections, Hernandez is a decent cheap filler at second base. He has multi-hit, multi-stolen base upside against the subpar pitching of Colin Rea, who was beat-up in his last start. As an added bonus, Hernandez is a switch-hitter who will not lose the platoon advantage in a potential bullpen situation.
9 - Jeremy Hazelbaker – OF – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
Hazelbaker is on fire, currently batting second for an awakening St. Louis offense. He has accumulated an RBI and run in each of the past five games, recording two homers and two stolen bases over that timeframe. I mentioned earlier how Chase Anderson is easier on righties than lefties (Hazelbaker is LHB), but his splits against left-handed batters aren’t exactly lights out (.320 wOBA). Hazelbaker is in a fine spot to continue the heater.
10 - Danny Espinosa – SS – Washington (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
Make sure he’s in the starting lineup before taking action. Even then, Espinosa is only a cheap filler, allowing you to pay up at other positions. Still, the matchup is pretty good, considering Atlanta pitcher Matt Wisler owns a .419 wOBA against left-handed hitters. Espinosa is a switch-hitter who could take advantage of that.
Michael Taylor – OF – Washington (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Tanner Roark – SP – Washington (FanDuel Price: $6,500)
Travis Shaw – 3B – Boston (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Byung-ho Park – 1B – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,600)