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.
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We are focusing on tonight’s 12-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Now onto the bargain plays.
1 - Max Kepler – OF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
In case you didn’t hear, it’s a Max Kepler kind of week. The Twins square off against a series of mediocre righties, putting the Minnesota outfielder in daily fantasy consideration nearly every night. The bargain basement salary doesn’t hurt either. Tonight’s draw against subpar LAA RHP Parker Bridwell makes for a high floor/high upside situation to utilize Kepler.
2 - Ian Kinsler – 2B – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
The Detroit Tigers check in as the highest projected scoring team of this evening slate. Kinsler will likely represent a big part of that, holding a premium lineup spot in this well-aligned matchup. He’ll enjoy the platoon advantage against flaky San Francisco LHP Ty Blach, who carries a .360 wOBA 1.24 HR/9 split vs right-handed bats … Jason Kipnis ($3000) also deserves consideration as a bargain second baseman, but Kinsler is the primary pick here.
3 - Shin-soo Choo – OF – Texas (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
I’m hoping Choo goes underrated tonight despite the favorable matchup in hitter-friendly Globe Life Park. Boston RHP Doug Fister holds a .371 wOBA 1.66 HR/9 split against left-handed bats over the past few seasons, and Choo could easily jump on that susceptibility. He should be hitting leadoff for the Rangers, who check with a top five run-scoring projection.
4 - Raimel Tapia – OF – Colorado (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Ian Desmond has landed on the disabled list, giving Raimel Tapia a chance to see regular at-bats. He has made the most of that opportunity, collecting 10 hits, two homers, three RBI, six runs, and two stolen bases over his past six starts. Facing Cincinnati RHP Scott Feldman in Coors Field should keep him going.
5 - Evan Gattis – C – Houston (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Gattis has been heating up as of late, and the price is lagging behind that recent production. The Houston catcher has racked up 10 hits, three doubles, two homers, eight RBI, and five runs within a current seven-game hitting streak. He has an intriguing righty/lefty matchup against struggling Atlanta hurler Jaime Garcia (18 ER total in past three starts).
Francisco Lindor – SS – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
Lindor checks in as one of the top “per dollar” picks at shortstop. Cleveland has the fourth highest run-scoring projection of this slate, and the draw against San Diego RHP Luis Perdomo (.369 wOBA vs LHB) favors the talented Indians’ switch-hitter.
Mitch Moreland – 1B – Boston (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
First base is competitive as usual, but Moreland should be firmly within consideration while accounting for this attainable salary and matchup against Andrew Cashner in hitter-friendly Globe Life Park.
Albert Pujols – 1B – LA Angels (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
If you need even more value at first base, Pujols is your guy. He has some nice career numbers against Minnesota RHP Ervin Santana, including homerun #600 in their last duel. It helps that the Twins have one of the worst bullpens in the league and the ball is carrying at Target Field.
Manny Pina – C – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Pina has been swinging a hot bat with three multi-hit performances in his past four starts. He’s looking at a nice righty/lefty matchup against Baltimore spot-starter Jayson Aquino.