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 11 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 - Corey Dickerson – OF – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Dickerson started the season red-hot, but he has cooled off considerably over the past week. That has driven his salary to a more affordable level, and his ownership rate will likely take a hit as well. A matchup against Rick Porcello (.350 wOBA vs LHB) in hitter-friendly Fenway Park is a perfect time to buy-low for a solid return on investment. Target in all formats.
2 - Prince Fielder – 1B – Texas (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Fielder was a top-pick in the bargain rankings yesterday, and he responded with a homer and two RBI. He’s simply too cheap to ignore, especially while facing another mediocre pitcher (Doug Fister) in the hitter-friendly environment of Texas. The Rangers check in as one of the top projected offenses once again, so I don’t mind going back to the metaphorical well with Fielder and OF Nomar Mazara.
3 - Anthony Rendon – 3B – Washington (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
It’s certainly not a new development that Miami southpaw hurler Wei-Yin Chen struggles with right-handed hitters. He holds a .337 wOBA split in that regard over the past three seasons, which includes considerable power allowed on top of it. Rendon is a quality hitter against left-handed pitching, and he comes into this well-aligned matchup on a 6-game hitting streak.
4 - Troy Tulowitzki – SS – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Is Tulo finally breaking the slump? If so, we are getting him at an absolute steal with this mid-level salary. He now holds a 3-game hitting streak, piling up 3 RBI over that span as well. The matchup tonight is decent against Ubaldo Jimenez, who held a .333 wOBA against right-handed hitters last season. Oriole Park at Camden Yards is considered more on the hitter-friendly side as well.
5 - Drew Pomeranz – SP – San Diego (FanDuel Price: $6,200)
Pomeranz has been a revelation for the Padres in this young season. He twirled a gem at Coors Field in his first start, which is impressive in and of itself. Then he followed it up with another solid performance at Philadelphia. All in all, he has pitched 11 innings, allowing 4 ER, and posting a whopping 15 strikeouts. The only hesitation comes in the form of McCutchen, Marte, and other Pittsburgh right-handers who could give the young lefty fits. However, pitching in Petco Park (neutralizes right-handed power) certainly helps Pomeranz’s case. Consider stacking around him in tournaments.
6 - Michael Taylor – OF – Washington (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Taylor is still cheap despite his ongoing solid performance as Washington’s leadoff man. He has a decent righty/lefty matchup against Wei-Yin Chen (outlined above with Anthony Rendon). As always, Taylor’s solid contact rate and excellent lineup security (in front of Rendon, Harper, Zimmerman, Werth, etc) make him a nice OF filler in any format.
7 - Oswaldo Arcia – OF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Arcia is a “boom or bust” tournament recommendation tonight. He leaves Minnesota’s recent homestand on a hotstreak of multi-hit performances in three of the past four games. He certainly has power upside, and the park shift to Milwaukee could help him in that department. Also, Brewers’ pitcher Jimmy Nelson has a susceptibility against left-handed hitters, holding a .353 wOBA split.
8 - Cesar Hernandez – 2B – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $2,000)
Cesar is becoming a regular to the Bargain Bin column. He doesn’t offer a ton of upside, but there’s potential for a solid outing and enough savings to reach for upside elsewhere. He has a nice matchup against washed-up Bartolo Colon, providing a non-imposing draw to earn fantasy consideration.
9 - Derek Norris – C – San Diego (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
The catcher position is somewhat dull tonight, so I’m most likely looking for cheap upside. Norris fits the bill in that regard, fresh off his first homer of the season last night. He has been known as a lefty masher throughout his career, and he’ll face a subpar southpaw in Pittsburgh’s Jeff Locke this evening. That’s enough to get a vote of confidence at this otherwise uninspiring position.
10 - Lucas Duda – 1B – NY Mets (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
I have Duda ranked low on this list because there are plenty of quality first baseman in the player pool (like most nights). Still, we can’t forget about him, especially when filling out multiple tournament entries. Philadelphia pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was roughed up in his last outing, and that shakiness could carry over tonight vs NYM. Duda apparently likes the park shift in Philly, homering in each of the first two games of this series.