There is another massive Friday baseball slate awaiting this week, and along with it comes some more huge FanDuel tournaments. Here are my favorite foundation plays.
Matt Harvey, New York Mets, $10,300 – The Washington/New York Mets game has a low total of six, with the Mets coming in as slight favorites on the MLB odds board at -105. The key here is the high floor that Harvey provides due to his elite strikeout rate. In his last four starts, Harvey has yet to strike out less than seven hitters. He strikes me as a very safe cash game option tonight.
Chris Heston, San Francisco Giants, $5,900 – Heston has performed quite well at AT&T Park this season. In three starts at the Giants home ballpark, he has yet to allow more than one earned run. He will also have the benefit of facing a Los Angeles Angels team that will be losing a lineup spot to their pitcher, which will weaken the overall potency of their offense.
Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers, $3,400 – As long as FanDuel continues to list Victor Martinez with catcher eligibility, he will be a prime target of mine on most nights. The recent performances for V-Mart has not been very impressive, but the Tigers offense is one of the best in baseball and Victor hits right in the middle of the lineup. Martinez is an excellent FanDuel catcher option tonight.
Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals, $3,700 – The Detroit/Kansas City game is currently sitting tied for the highest over/under at 8.5 runs. With Justin Verlander injured, the Tigers continue to roll out Kyle Lobstein as a fill-in starter. The Royals have one of the league’s best offenses - they rank near the top in many offensive metrics. Perez is an excellent guy to slot in at the catcher position tonight.
Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox, $4,000 – Abreu has a friendly FanDuel price of $4,000. Let’s not forget, Abreu was one of the best all-around offensive players in all of baseball last season against both RHP and LHP. The matchup tonight is also appealing against Kyle Gibson, who gives it up to hitters in both sides of the plate.
Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals, $3,000 – Matt Adams continues to be criminally underpriced on FanDuel at $3,000. Matt Adams will have the splits working in his favor tonight when the Cardinals host A.J. Burnett and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Adams is a fine price point option at first base.
Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins, $3,400 – Dee Gordon is an excellent cash game option due to his elite skill set on the basepaths. Gordon’s ability to turn a single or a walk into a stolen base/run is like no other in the game. Gordon is one of few players that really only needs to get himself on base in order to put up a monstrous fantasy point total.
Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies, $2,500 – Chase Utley has now entered the punt range on FanDuel at just $2,500. The Phillies lineup, as a whole, appears to be one of the worst in all baseball, therefore the offensive opportunities for Utley have been limited. That being said, Utley still possess a solid skill set, so I have no issue targeting him at this bargain price.
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays, $3,100 – Longoria is another player that is offered at a low price of just $3,100. Longoria and the Rays will be receiving a positive park shift tonight when they travel to Camden Yards to take on the Orioles. The park shift combined with the attractive price has me looking to Longoria tonight.
Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins, $2,400 – The Minnesota Twins shocked the DFS world last night when they knocked out Chris Sale. Tonight they face another lefty in Jose Quintana. Trevor Plouffe is a player that has historically hit LHP quite well, and he typically draws a good lineup spot (fifth) when the Twins are facing a lefty. He is a fine bargain at just $2,400.
Asdrubal Cabrera, Tampa Bay Rays, $2,700 – Shortstop is an extremely thin position tonight that does not offer many appealing options. That being said, I don’t mind looking at a guy like Cabrera, who will share the same positive park shift as mentioned in the Longoria writeup. Cabrera has been locked into the three-hole of the Rays this season, which also adds some value as well.
Others to consider: Jimmy Rollins, Daniel Santana
Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox, $4,400 – I have yet to mention any Boston hitters in this article, but their right-handed bats are in a great spot tonight against C.C. Sabathia. The total in this game is sitting at 8.5, with the Red Sox coming in as a slight favorite at -115. Sabathia is not the pitcher he once was, therefore I expect Boston to put up a decent run total tonight.
Brett Gardner, New York Yankees, $3,400 – On the opposite side of the field, Brett Gardner is player I like to target due to his versatility. He’s certainly more known for his speed, but he’s a guy who does possess some secret pop as well. His matchup with Justin Masterson is appealing as well. Masterson is easy to read; he’s solid against righties and terrible against lefties. Gardner is a fine outfield option.
Adam Eaton ($2,600)/Melky Cabrera ($2,500), Chicago White Sox – I expect the White Sox to get to Kyle Gibson tonight, so targeting some of the guys at the top on their lineup makes sense. Both Eaton and Cabrera have gotten off to slow starts this season, and as a result, their prices have plummeted to bargain levels. Both guys make for excellent salary saving options tonight.