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MLB DFS Bargains: Friday 4/12

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: April 12, 2019, 11:42 am ET

When looking at bargains on FanDuel, we'll typically focus on hitters who are $3,200 or lower. For DraftKings, the threshold is around $3,800. 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.

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We will focus on the main slate starting at 7:05 ET.


1 – Greg Bird – 1B – NY Yankees (FD: $2,800 / DK: $3,900)

The Yankees unsurprisingly check in as one of the top offenses of the night, and Bird once again joins our bargain rankings because of it. He’s taking on the generosity of White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito, who holds a .364 wOBA split to left-handed bats. The park boost in Yankee Stadium doesn’t hurt either, making Bird a confident value play through all formats on both FanDuel and DraftKings.

2 – Mark Canha – OF – Oakland (FD: $2,600)

Canha is a no-brainer on FanDuel at $2,600. The $4,200 salary on DraftKings isn’t as favorable, but he’s still on the short list over there. Canha and the A’s will go from one hitter-friendly park (Baltimore) to another tonight, facing the Rangers in Texas. Left-hander Drew Smyly will take the bump, and he has yielded five earned runs through 6.1 innings (10 hits, five walks) over his first two starts. Canha is a sturdy platoon bat looking to take advantage.  

3 – Rafael Devers – 3B – Boston (FD: $3,100)

Go ahead and snag all the hitters from Boston and the New York Yankees tonight. Bird and Devers make that a reality with their attainable price tags. Devers and the Red Sox will face an underwhelming Baltimore pitching staff led by RHP David Hess and his .343 wOBA split to left-handed bats. That creates a strong value proposition for Devers at just $3,100 on FanDuel.

4 - Brian Dozier – 2B – Washington (FD: $2,600 / DK: $3,800)

Dozier was pretty bad to begin the season, but he has picked things up with five hits, one homer, and five runs over his past three games. The power-hitting second baseman is a streaky hitter who appears to be righting the ship. Dozier is still reasonably cheap on both sites while stepping into a favorable draw against Pittsburgh RHP Trevor Williams.

5 - Robinson Cano – 2B – NY Mets (DK: $3,700)

I’ll be looking towards Dozier as a bargain on FanDuel, but Cano piques my interest as a cheaper second baseman on DraftKings. The Mets just keep hitting, and Cano finds himself in a premium lineup spot within that – owning strong RBI and run-scoring potential. Atlanta RHP Kyle Wright has limited MLB experience (16.1 IP), but he has been pretty hittable with some control issues to begin his major league career. A savvy veteran like Cano could take advantage.


Eloy Jimenez (OF – CWS) is minimum-salary on FanDuel. The rookie has a power profile while facing the struggling-likes of J.A. Happ in a hitter-friendly environment. Even though Jimenez hasn’t done much from a fantasy point of view, he has posted five hits over his last three games – a sign that he’s seeing the ball better.

If you are looking for a punt at the shortstop position, Brandon Crawford (SS – SF) could be your guy. He doesn’t have much upside, but the Giants’ infielder is a plausible candidate for multiples hits and runs. Crawford will square off against Colorado RHP Chad Bettis and his .345 wOBA split to lefties.

To be completely honest, I’m not looking towards any of the bargain pitchers on FanDuel. Brad Keller (P – KC) is somewhat interesting as an SP2 at $7,100 on DraftKings. He’ll take the bump against an underwhelming Cleveland offense in his pitcher-friendly home ballpark.

Spencer Limbach

Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.