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.
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.
We are focusing on tonight’s main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Now onto the bargain plays.
1 - Derek Fisher – OF – Houston (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Fisher is no longer near minimum salary, but he still provides excellent value for your fantasy lineups. Leading off for this strong Astros’ offense makes for a nice, fantasy-friendly situation regardless of the matchup at hand. However, the draw is working in his favor as well, facing Tampa RHP Austin Pruitt, who holds an inflated 6.63 ERA through 37 innings this season.
2 - J.C. Ramirez – SP – LA Angels (FanDuel Price: $7,600)
Believe it or not, Ramirez actually holds the best moneyline designation (-200) of any pitcher in this slate. On top of that, Philadelphia carries one of the lowest run-scoring projections, meaning the Vegas oddsmakers are really liking Ramirez’s prospects tonight. It’s difficult to argue against that, as J.C. is taking on a Phillies team that ranks 27th in both wOBA and wRC+ this season (top ten strikeout rate as well). He’s a comfortable mid-range fantasy pitcher through all formats tonight.
3 - Trey Mancini – OF – Baltimore (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Mancini has been great against left-handed pitching this season, and he’ll have a chance to flex that muscle once again. While Kansas City southpaw Jason Vargas is enjoying a breakout campaign, he has been slipping as of late (15 ER through 18.2 innings in past four starts). Vargas has been offering up plenty of contact as of late, something that could bite him against this powerful Baltimore lineup in a hitter-friendly park.
4 - Robinson Chirinos – C – Texas (FanDuel Price: $2,100)
Chirinos has been slumping as of late, but he’s presented with a nice bounce-back opportunity tonight. Seattle LHP Ariel Miranda has been notoriously generous to right-handed power, and the hitter-friendly atmosphere of Globe Life Park will only exacerbate that problem. Chirinos could get in on the fun after sitting out yesterday’s game. It doesn’t hurt that the Texas backstop is near minimum-salary while playing for the highest projected scoring team outside of Coors Field.
5 - Scooter Gennett – 2B – Cincinnati (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
The park downgrade in Pittsburgh may turn some people away, but Gennett is a solid all-around hitter with fantasy viability no matter the scenery. Stepping in against Pirates’ RHP Trevor Williams and his .354 wOBA 1.20 HR/9 splits vs left-handed hitters doesn’t hurt either. Names like Jose Altuve, Robinson Cano, and Daniel Murphy headline the second base position. However, Gennett is a decent fallback option if you’re looking to save an extra $1000+ in cap space.
Howie Kendrick – OF - Washington (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Kendrick seems to be revitalized upon being traded to a contender. He went 5-5 with a homer, run, and two RBI yesterday, and the matchup looks even better on paper this time around. Miami RHP Vance Worley is not somebody to fear, holding a 6.42 ERA in 33 innings this season. Kendrick will look to keep the heater alive while enjoying improved lineup security as a member of the Nats.
Mitch Moreland – 1B – Boston (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Moreland is finally coming back around after a prolonged cold spell. The Boston first baseman is warming with four hits, a homer, five runs, and four RBI over his past three games. Facing Cleveland RHP Trevor Bauer (.356 wOBA 1.51 HR/9 vs LHB this season) in hitter-friendly Fenway Park is a nice situation to keep him going.