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.
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 eight-game main slate starting at 7:10 ET.
The Rockies unsurprisingly check in with the highest run-scoring projection of the day. They are taking on mediocre San Diego LHP Eric Lauer, who coughed-up eight earned runs (and eight hits) across three frames in his last trip to Coors Field (May 10). The Rockies could get the best of him again tonight, and Brendan Rodgers (2B – COL) is a confident bargain lift within that. The Colorado second baseman collected two hits and two runs in yesterday’s game, and this is a favorable spot to ask for more production.
Marwin Gonzalez (3B – MIN) doesn’t start every day, as the Twins are fully healthy at the moment. However, I believe he’ll crack the order tonight after taking yesterday off. Gonzalez got off to a terrible start this season, but he has been heating up recently with six multi-hit outings over his past 10 starts. Tonight’s draw against contact-oriented Kansas City RHP Glenn Sparkman (and his .355 wOBA split to left-handed bats) looks ripe for the picking.
Don’t sleep on the Rangers tonight! They aren’t playing at home, but the park factor in Cincinnati is just as good (if not better). Danny Santana (OF – TEX) is an economical switch-hitter who could benefit from a promising draw against Reds’ RHP Tanner Roark, who holds a .352 wOBA split to lefty bats over the past two seasons. Roark has allowed four earned runs in each of his past two starts, and the Rangers could definitely inflict more damage tonight. Ronald Guzman (1B – TEX) is another bargain choice within a Texas stack, as further detailed in today’s MLB GPP Pivots article.
Oakland represents my favorite cheap stack of the evening slate. Khris Davis, Marcus Semien, and Matt Chapman are the first players that come to mind, but Chad Pinder (OF – OAK) and Mark Canha (1B – OAK) could offer plenty of bang for the buck. They’ll step in against “bulk pitcher” in Seattle lefty Wade LeBlanc, who has been shaky at best with a 5.31 ERA inflated by several blowup outings this season. He also holds a vulnerable .346 wOBA split to right-handed bats over the past two seasons. Pinder and Canha are platoon specialists against left-handed pitching, and you can apply either of them as bargain fillers at their respective positions or the utility spot.
Eloy Jimenez (OF – CWS) is finally realizing his power potential with five homers over his past six games. He’s still cheap on a few DFS sites, as the salary lags behind his recent performance. I’m not afraid to utilize him in those spots, especially given his upside in tournaments. He’ll step in against opener Chad Green and “bulk pitcher” Nestor Cortes of the Yankees. Jimenez will hold the platoon advantage over Cortes, who owns a 5.46 FIP and .303 opponent average over 18.2 major league innings.
Players like Frankie Montas (SP – OAK), Ronald Guzman (1B – TEX), Todd Frazier (3B – NYM), Amed Rosario (SS – NYM) were all given detailed write-ups in today’s MLB GPP Pivots article. As suggested over there, they are more tournament plays than anything, but I don’t mind utilizing any of them in cash games if you find yourself in a pinch.
Rougned Odor (2B – TEX) is another bargain pick from Texas who is looking to take advantage of Cincinnati RHP Roark’s .352 wOBA split to left-handed bats along with those recent struggles. Odor was mentioned in yesterday’s GPP Pivots article, and he ended up with a grand slam along with three walks. He could be back for an encore in this well-aligned draw.
Cubs RHP Yu Darvish is more generous to lefties than right-handed bats, but Chris Taylor (SS – LAD) checks in as an interesting bargain shortstop regardless. Darvish has been up-and-down this season while occasionally struggling with command and subsequent walks. Those issues could persist in a daunting road matchup against the Dodgers. Taylor could benefit, as he’s a fully-capable veteran hitter who carries a dirt-cheap salary. He’s now the everyday shortstop for LAD with Corey Seager injured.