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 - Mike Moustakas – 3B – Kansas City (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Jordan Zimmermann has definitely contributed to Detroit’s overall struggles, holding a 6.19 ERA on the season. Lefties have had plenty of success against him, as Zimm currently holds an inflated .386 wOBA 1.94 HR/9 split in that regard. Moustakas is still vastly underpriced despite carrying realistic power upside with an excellent matchup to showcase it.
2 - Corey Seager – SS – LA Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Seager was the posterboy of yesterday’s FanDuel MLB Bargains article, coming through with two hits, a homer, and four RBI. This snapped his extended cold streak, and perhaps the confidence boost will serve him well moving forward. He’ll face subpar San Diego LHP Clayton Richard tonight. Most people will shy away from the lefty/lefty matchup, but Seager has held his own against southpaws in the past. I’m still looking towards the Dodgers’ shortstop for this bargain salary.
3 – Austin Barnes – C – LA Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
I’m hoping Barnes will start tonight, as that would make sense with the platoon advantage over San Diego LHP Clayton Richard. Barnes has looked good as of late, smacking two round-trippers in each of his past two starts. Facing Richard’s generosity vs right-handed bats (.390 wOBA, 1.61 HR/9) could keep him going. He’s my preferred catcher through all formats if starting.
4 – Melky Cabrera – OF – Kansas City (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
We can copy the write-up of Mike Moustakas and paste it under teammate Melky Cabrera. As mentioned earlier, Jordan Zimmermann has really struggled against left-handed bats, and Melky is a capable switch-hitter primed to take advantage … Brandon Moss – OF ($2600) is another fine value recommendation in this matchup.
This recommendation is for tournament purposes only, as pitching in a hitter-friendly ballpark leaves some room for concern. Still, Woodruff has shown flashes of fantasy upside this season, hitting 46 FP vs Washington and 37 FP at Miami earlier this month. The Reds’ offense isn’t horrible, but it’s not intimidating enough to steer me away from Woodruff in tournaments.
Kole Calhoun – OF – LA Angels (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
White Sox RHP Reynaldo Lopez can be considered mediocre at this stage in his career. The Angels check in with a top five run-scoring projection against him, and Calhoun makes for a fine bargain candidate within that.
Dustin Pedroia – 2B – Boston (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
There’s a lot to like here. Boston has a top five run-scoring projection in hitter-friendly Fenway Park. Toronto RHP Marco Estrada holds inflated .377 wOBA 1.43 HR/9 splits vs right-handed bats this season, and Pedroia holds solid career numbers against him.
Max Kepler – OF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Remember Kepler’s three-homer game last season? Two of those round-trippers came against Danny Salazar, the same pitcher he’ll face tonight. The Cleveland hurler has been out of sync through the past month, so there’s certainly an opportunity to jump on his .389 wOBA 2.45 HR/9 splits vs LHB.
Justin Smoak – 1B – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Another beneficiary of Fenway Park’s hitter-friendly environment. Boston RHP Rick Porcello has been mediocre throughout most of the season, and he allowed seven earned runs in his last meeting vs Toronto. Smoak holds promising career numbers over Porcello, looking to pad his already impressive seasonal numbers.