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 seven 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 - Adam Jones – OF – Baltimore (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
The righty-heavy Orioles lineup steps into a pretty favorable matchup against southpaw C.C. Sabathia. The park factor in Camden Yards certainly helps their cause as well. Sabathia holds a .368 wOBA against right-handed hitters, including an above-average 15.9% HR/FB rate. Due to this, it’s easy to understand why Vegas is dubbing Baltimore one of the top scoring teams this evening, and Jones is reasonably priced in the middle of it. I also like Nolan Reimold as a 1-2 punch (assuming he’s in the top-half of the lineup) alongside Jones in your FanDuel lineup. Of course, we can’t forget about the more expensive righties like Trumbo and Machado to make it an “all-out” stack.
2 - Christian Yelich – OF – Miami (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Yelich has been satisfying lately, yet his salary still hovers in this moderate bargain range. Take advantage tonight! The Marlins have a great matchup against Rubby De La Rosa, who holds a whopping .382 wOBA against left-handed hitters. Target Dietrich and Bour alongside Yelich, who is easily the best of that bunch.
3 - Steve Pearce – OF – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
The Rays will face another left-handed pitcher, meaning Pearce should resume the cleanup role. He was a highly-recommended bargain yesterday, coming through with a 2-4, solo HR performance. Pearce is good for all formats once again, boasting outstanding splits against lefties, facing an erratic one in Alex Wood this evening.
4 - Evan Longoria – 3B – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
How about another Tampa bat against Alex Wood. Longoria was also recommended in the FanDuel Bargain column yesterday, coming through with a 1-3, double, 2 RBI performance. Similar success could be on the horizon with Longo stepping in against the mediocre lefty Alex Wood. As you are probably aware, Longoria has been a notorious lefty-masher throughout his career.
5 - Justin Smoak – 1B – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Smoak has flexed some strong upside this season, none more than his 3-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI performance last night. He’s a cheap power hitter in a nice matchup and homerun-friendly ballpark. Opposing pitcher Colby Lewis of Texas holds a .351 wOBA against left-handed bats, which gives Smoak some GPP intrigue once again.
6 - Danny Santana – OF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
I’ve mentioned it several times in this column, but Danny Santana is way too cheap for his role, upside, and talent level. He has homerun, multi-hit, multi-run, and stolen base potential any given night, batting leadoff for Minnesota. He’s facing mediocre pitcher Mike Fiers, who recorded one of the highest hard-contact rates in the majors last season. Houston has a hitter-friendly ballpark as well, something Santana discovered with a leadoff homer last night.
7 - Aaron Sanchez – SP – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $7,100)
Sanchez has been very good this season outside of one bad game vs Oakland. His track record highlights a susceptibility against power-hitting lefties, so it’s somewhat risky to take him in a hitter-friendly ballpark against the likes of Odor, Fielder, Moreland, and company. On the other hand, when Sanchez finds his groove, he has the ability to perform like an SP1 for a fraction of the cost. Look towards him in tournaments.
8 - Howie Kendrick – 2B – LA Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $2,000)
Kendrick is a platoon hitter the Dodgers like to roll out against left-handed pitching. He started in the 5-spot against southpaw Matt Moore yesterday, and I’m assuming the same will hold true against left-hander Drew Smyly tonight. Essentially you are just locking in salary cap relief here, as the second base position is somewhat thin on value commodities. If Kendrick can manage to carry over some magic from his 4-hit performance yesterday, you’d be ahead of the curve for GPPs.
9 - Evan Gattis – C – Houston (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Gattis has been very spotty this season, but I’m a fan of his upside/price combination tonight. He’s stepping in against Phil Hughes, who is a fly-ball pitcher notorious for helping out right-handed power bats. Hughes holds a .351 wOBA against right-handed hitters in the past several seasons, so keep that in mind when looking towards Gattis, Correa, Springer, and company.
10 - Jedd Gyorko – SS – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
I like Gyorko (if he’s in the lineup) or his teammate Aledmys Diaz ($3,100) at the shortstop position. Of course, you’ll have to overpay for Diaz, but he does have substantial upside if you can make it work. If you don’t have the necessary funds, falling back on Gyorko isn’t a bad strategy, as he has solid numbers against lefties with a near-minimum salary.