When looking at “bargains” on FanDuel, we'll typically focus on hitters who are $3,200 or lower. 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. You can double check that your players are in the starting lineup by viewing our MLB Lineups page later in the day.
Now onto the bargain plays.
1: Joe Panik – 2B – San Francisco (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
The second base position is pretty scarce tonight, which furthers the need for a cheap, solid pick like Joe Panik. The matchup follows suit as well, given that Milwaukee pitcher Jimmy Nelson holds a .363 wOBA vs lefties over the past few seasons. The Giants exploded last night, and the oddsmakers expect them to have another solid offensive outing. Panik, likely hitting 2nd, should be in the middle of it.
2: Jacob Lamb – 3B – Arizona (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Arizona checks in as the top projected scoring team of the night, as they take on the worst pitcher in action: Colorado’s Chad Bettis. Over the past few seasons, Bettis has allowed a .380 wOBA vs righties and .340 against lefties. Lamb is a cheap left-handed bat likely hitting 5th for Arizona. He homered last night, and he’s set up to inflict some damage once again.
3: David Peralta – OF – Arizona (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
You can probably tell where I’m going with this. Arizona makes for an economical, high-upside stack against Chad Bettis tonight, and I recommend that strategy for cash games and tournaments alike. Peralta is probably the best “per dollar” pick within the Diamondbacks offense, batting 2nd in this fantastic matchup. He has the talent to put up a monster performance.
4: Corey Dickerson – OF – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
Dickerson homered in the season-opener, then he was rather quiet last night. I’m expecting him to make some noise this evening, as the matchup is a perfect landing spot for fantasy production. He’ll step in against Aaron Sanchez of Toronto, who holds a .357 wOBA against left-handed hitters. Also, Sanchez’s 1.59 HR/9 against lefties is the highest among all pitchers in action tonight. Can you say upside?
5: Welington Castillo – C – Arizona (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Castillo will likely hit in the meat of Arizona’s lineup once again, and he’s settled into a fantastic matchup against the Rockies and starting pitcher Chad Bettis. As we all know, Arizona’s Chase Field is a top-five hitter ballpark, and Bettis is a right-handed pitcher with reverse-splits, allowing a .380 wOBA mark (highest among pitchers in action today) to right-handed hitters. This makes Castillo a very intriguing pick for the price.
6: Brandon Belt – 1B – San Francisco (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Belt is one of those mid-range picks you can feel comfortable with tonight. He was a popular selection who came through yesterday, so his ownership percentage may be inflated this evening. However, the matchup against Jimmy Nelson (.363 wOBA vs LHB) makes him difficult to pass up. He’ll enjoy the hitter-friendly environment at Milwaukee’s Miller Park once again. If you can’t pay up for expensive sluggers like Goldschmidt or Cabrera, Belt provides a secure fallback option.
Martinez and the righty-heavy Tigers’ lineup could put up some runs tonight. All of them (including Martinez) hit lefties extremely well, and they’ll take on Wei-Yin Chen, a southpaw who holds a .334 wOBA and 1.35 HR/9 against right-handed sluggers. While the pitcher-friendly dimensions in Miami could help him, there’s still trouble to be had against this potent lineup. Martinez is one of the best “dollar per upside” picks within that, but don’t forget about Justin Upton, Miguel Cabrera, or Ian Kinsler either.
8: Brandon Crawford – SS – San Francisco (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Troy Tulowitzki is cheaper than he should be. The same can be said for Corey Seager at shortstop as well. That’s the route I’m probably taking for cash games, but you can’t completely dismiss Crawford in tournaments. He’s especially good within a San Francisco stack, as Milwaukee’s hitter-friendly park gives him some upside. Crawford was the Giants’ leader in homers last season, and he has a solid matchup against Jimmy Nelson, who holds a .363 wOBA and 1.28 HR/9 against lefties.
9: Dexter Fowler – OF – Chicago Cubs (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
As you can see, I like several outfielders around $3500 (Dickerson, Peralta, Martinez, etc) this evening. However, if you need a cheaper option to make the rest of your positions mesh, dipping down to Dexter Fowler isn’t a bad strategy. He’s hitting leadoff for this potent Cubs’ lineup, fresh off a satisfying performance last night. Fowler is a switch-hitter who won’t fall into a compromising bullpen situation, and the initial matchup against Andrew Heaney (.336 wOBA vs RHB) looks good.
10: Franklin Gutierrez – OF – Seattle (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Gutierrez is a cheap source of power for your lineups this evening. He’s probably better suited for tournament action, as his profile reads more “boom or bust” than anything. He’s taking on a mediocre lefty, Martin Perez, in a hitter-friendly ballpark, which is exactly the situation we want to target Gutierrez this season. He holds an awesome .404 wOBA and .281 ISO against southpaws, which screams potential upside.
Danny Valencia – 3B – Oakland (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Travis Story – SS – Colorado (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Logan Morrison – 1B – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $2,300)