Welcome to the MLB DFS Bargains column, where we’ll take a close look at the best “per dollar” acquisitions for tonight’s daily fantasy slate.
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We will focus on the main slate starting at 7:15 ET.
David Fletcher – SS – LA Angels
The Angels represent one of my favorite stacks outside of Coors Field in the evening slate. The main motivation comes from Seattle LHP Tommy Milone, who carries a vulnerable .397 wOBA split to right-handed bats over the past two seasons. Mike Trout makes for an obvious lift while stacking the Halos, but don’t forget about the guy hitting leadoff in front of him. Fletcher has been heating up lately with three multi-hit performances over his past six outings. He should be on track for another tonight, as this is a truly favorable draw.
Randal Grichuk – OF – Toronto
Grichuk is moderately priced despite playing in hitter-friendly Coors Field tonight. The Toronto outfielder gained the reputation of a homerun-or-bust tournament choice over the years, and his .230 average with nine round-trippers serves as further evidence. However, the shift to Colorado’s ideal hitting atmosphere lends Grichuk more credibility through all DFS formats. He smacked a homer against the Rockies last night, and I’m thinking he’s just getting started in this series.
Cesar Puello – OF – LA Angels
Back to the Angels. Puello just made his season debut for LAA, setting the bar extremely high while going 6-11 with two homers, four runs, and five RBIs through two games. While regression will surely take hold at some point, there’s a decent chance Puello continues to thrive in a promising righty/lefty matchup against the aforementioned vulnerability of Seattle LHP Milone. Even though he’ll likely hit down in the lineup, Puello is a mid-range outfielder worth consideration.
Chris Taylor – OF – LA Dodgers
Taylor should get the start against a lefty tonight, and he’s a solid all-around bargain if that’s the case. The Dodgers’ utility man has looked good in his recent opportunities, collecting nine hits, two doubles, one triple, and one homer over his past five starts. Philadelphia LHP Cole Irvin is coming off a miserable outing while surrendering seven earned runs against the Cubs on May 22. There’s a chance the Dodgers get to him tonight.
Andrew Heaney – SP – LA Angels
As it turns out, both teams from Los Angeles carry intriguing bargain opportunities tonight. Heaney isn’t exactly a cheap starting pitcher, but he checks in with a substantial discount from guys like Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander. Even though his pitch count may be somewhat limited (85 last game) while coming back from injury, Heaney is a strikeout pitcher with respectable fantasy upside. That was on display with eight punch-outs through five innings (2 ER, 2 H) vs. Texas last Sunday. His opponent, Seattle, has a 25.4% strikeout rate, the fourth highest in major league baseball.
David Freese (3B – LAD) is another platoon bat that piggybacks on Taylor’s write-up above. Freese has shown some confidence at the plate recently while going 8-15 over his last six games. As mentioned earlier, Philadelphia LHP Irvin got roughed-up in his last start, and facing the Dodgers in Los Angeles could spell trouble.
Jake Marisnick (OF – HOU) and Rosell Herrera (OF – MIA) are a pair of dirt-cheap outfield bargains to help round-out your lineup. The especially come in handy while trying to build a Colorado stack alongside an expensive pitching option. Both players will step into a righty/lefty matchup against subpar pitchers that offer plenty of contact. Taylor is my favorite outfield bargain, but Marisnick and Herrera are worth considering if you need another filler to save salary.
Luis Rengifo (2B – LAA) is a switch-hitter who could also jump on Seattle LHP Milone’s vulnerability to righties. Even though he hits down in the Angels’ order, Rengifo has continuously found ways to reach base and score runs.