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 7:05 ET.
Dallas Keuchel - SP - Atlanta (vs. Kansas City)
Tonight’s slate is massive, and there are plenty of viable options when searching for a starting pitcher. However, Keuchel makes a strong case as one of the better “per dollar” commodities in that regard. The Atlanta lefty has a lower-than-deserved salary while shaking off the rust in his first few starts of the season (debuted on June 21). It appears that Keuchel is rounding into form after tossing a pair of quality starts over his last three outings. This is an excellent opportunity to secure another strong outing and potential victory. His opponent, Kansas City ranks 23rd in wRC+ on the season.
Matt Adams - 1B - Washington (vs. Colorado)
Adams is an economical source of power to consider at first base or your utility spot. The matchup is fantastic against Colorado RHP Peter Lambert, who carries an inflated .416 wOBA split to left-handed bats through limited MLB innings. Adams has launched two homers over his last four starts, and this is an excellent spot to call for another.
Jason Kipnis - 2B - Cleveland (at Toronto)
Kipnis is the proud owner of an eight-game hit streak at the moment, and he’s a safe mid-range pick for daily fantasy purposes. Cleveland steps in with one of the highest run-scoring projections of the night while facing the recent struggles of Toronto RHP Aaron Sanchez (4+ ER in 8 of last 9 starts). Sanchez owns a vulnerable .373 wOBA split to left-handed bats, and Kipnis should see plenty of RBI opportunities with a premium lineup spot.
Jake Lamb - 3B - Arizona (vs. Baltimore)
Lamb is having a disappointing 2019 campaign with injuries serving as the main culprits. However, he’s showing some flashes of his potential at the moment, recording four hits with three doubles, four RBIs, four runs, and six walks (those count for fantasy points too) over his last five starts. This is an exciting breakout spot with Lamb facing Baltimore RHP Dylan Bundy’s .376 wOBA split to left-handed bats.
Tyler Naquin - OF - Cleveland (at Toronto)
Naquin could be somewhat underrated while hitting down in the lineup, but I’m keeping tabs on him for both cash games an tournaments. The Cleveland outfielder has been on fire lately with 14 hits, three homers, eight runs, and nine RBIs over his last 10 games. That includes six multi-hit performances over that span. Not too shabby, eh? Naquin is still reasonably cheap while looking at one of his best matchups in recent memory against the aforementioned generosity of Sanchez.
If you are looking for more bargain choices, head on over to the MLB GPP Pivots column for tonight’s slate. We’ll take a closer look at Merrill Kelly (SP - ARI), Neil Walker (1B - MIA), Logan Forsythe (3B - TEX), Brian Dozier (2B - WAS), and others. Kelly and Forsythe are the two who also have my attention in cash games.
Here we go with the honorable mention list. These are guys who serve as value fillers if you need a “cheapskate special” to make the rest of your lineup work:
Jake Bauers (OF - CLE) is another bargain bat who feeds off the rationale provided with teammates Kipnis and Naquin. You can throw in premium options like Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor to build an all-out Indians’ stack.
Adam Eaton (OF - WAS) follows in the footsteps of Adams, listed above. The Nats’ outfielder isn’t a top priority, but the matchup is undeniable if you find yourself in need of another bargain bat.
Corey Dickerson (OF - PIT) is more of a tournament bargain than anything, but he’s still worth a mention in this article. St. Louis RHP Dakota Hudson has looked decent lately, but don’t forget about his .387 wOBA split to left-handed bats.
Corey Seager (SS - LAD) has talent that far exceeds his current salary level. The matchup isn’t bad either, facing Angels’ RHP Felix Pena’s .360 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Pena was shelled for eight earned runs (vs. HOU) in his last start.