When looking at bargains on FanDuel, we'll typically focus on hitters priced $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 a 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 - Brandon Crawford – SS – San Francisco (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Something is wrong with Aaron Nola. After starting the season on fire, the Philadelphia pitcher has fallen into a slump, allowing 36 earned runs over his past eight starts (33 innings). He holds a susceptible .330 wOBA and 13.9% HR/FB split against left-handed hitters. That’s good news for Crawford, Belt, and company, who will enjoy a nice park shift in Philadelphia. We witnessed a San Francisco homerun parade yesterday, and another one could be in store. Target Crawford in all formats.
2 - Neil Walker – 2B – NY Mets (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Walker has been somewhat of a streaky hitter this season, and he’s on a heater right now. The switch-hitting second baseman has racked up 13 hits over the past seven games. Tonight’s draw against inexperienced pitcher Chad Green shouldn’t hold him back. Green has started three games for the Yanks, holding a 4.56 ERA and .404 wOBA rate against left-handed hitters. That feeds into Walker’s upside, as he is far more dangerous from the left side of the plate.
3 - Angel Pagan – OF – San Francisco (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Crawford, Belt, and Pagan all homered yesterday. Some may view this as chasing points, but taking that trio is a smart move once again, considering the aforementioned generous matchup against Aaron Nola in a hitter-friendly park. Pagan can rack up fantasy points in several different ways, so feel free to target him in all formats.
4 - Tommy Pham – OF – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
We’ll need to see where Pham is hitting in the lineup tonight, but I actually like him regardless of the position. He’s looking at a favorable righty/lefty matchup in a hitter-friendly park. Cincinnati pitcher Cody Reed has been serving up the deep ball to right-handed hitters, holding a .409 wOBA and 34.6% HR/FB split in that regard. Pham has flexed power-upside with three homers in the past eight games, and tonight provides a good chance at another.
5 - Joe Mauer – 1B – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
In case you haven’t heard, the Twins’ offense has been amazing as of late. While the rookie, Max Kepler, has been stealing the headlines with his homerun barrage, Mauer has been churning out some steady fantasy performances as well. Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer was dealin’ towards the middle of the season, but he has since regressed into his former, mediocre self. There’s a decent chance the Minnesota offense stays hot, and Mauer could find another multi-hit, multi-run game.
6 - Jedd Gyorko – 3B – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Gyorko has been on a power surge this season, which lines up well against a homer-prone lefty in Cincinnati’s Cody Reed. I outlined the extremely generous splits for Reed in Tommy Pham’s write-up above; numbers that directly apply to Gyorko’s prospects as well.
7 - Scott Schebler – OF – Cincinnati (FanDuel Price: $2,000)
With Jay Bruce out of town, Schebler will be getting regular playing time. He made the most of that opportunity last night, going 3-5 with a walk-off homer. St. Louis pitcher Michael Wacha has been very mediocre this season, and there’s a chance the Reds’ offense could put up some runs. As we all know, Great American Ballpark is very friendly to left-handed power, and Schebler has the ability to make good on that feature. He’s a high-upside filler at minimum salary.
8 - Lonnie Chisenhall – OF – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Outside of the game in Colorado, the Indians project as one of the highest scoring teams of the night. That’s not hard to believe against the struggling likes of Tyler Duffey. A Cleveland stack could be in order tonight, and Chisenhall is one of the better bargains of that group, priced nearly $800 below most of his teammates, but still resembling a solid floor/upside combination.
9 - Eddie Rosario – OF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
You could essentially copy/paste the write-up of teammate Joe Mauer, applying it directly to Eddie Rosario. The second-year outfielder has been another bright spot in Minnesota’s offensive resurgence, peppering some high-upside performances throughout the game log. As an additional bonus, Rosario has solid career numbers against Bauer, and he’ll catch the Cleveland pitcher in the midst of a semi-cold stretch.
10 - Stephen Vogt – C – Oakland (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
There are several routes you can take at catcher tonight, as Buster Posey and Yasmani Grandal represent two of the best premium options. However, Vogt finds himself in a nice matchup himself, carrying a significantly lower price point. Angels’ pitcher Jered Weaver pitches to contact, something that often gets him into trouble. Vogt and his teammates could easily take advantage to put forth a nice, sneaky stack.