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.
We are concentrating on the main slate today starting at 7:05 ET. There are 14 matchups within this timeframe, meaning I will rank the top ten value plays by priority to your lineups.
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 - Mark Reynolds – 1B – Colorado (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
Reynolds is a relative value in Coors Field, as salaries tend to be inflated for players in Colorado. However, Reynolds’ price is fairly reasonable, and he’s a platoon specialist who steps into a great righty/lefty matchup against mediocre hurler Jon Niese. The Rockies are far and away the highest projected scoring team on this slate, and Reynolds is aligned to contribute accordingly.
2 - Ryan Raburn – OF – Colorado (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
Reynolds and Raburn are two platoon specialists who are reasonably affordable within a Colorado stack. Raburn holds a nice .381 wOBA and .246 ISO against left-handed pitchers over the past three seasons. As mentioned before, Pittsburgh hurler Jon Niese is very hittable, and Raburn should be in line for a productive outing this evening.
3 - David Freese – 3B – Pittsburgh (FanDuel Price: $3,400)
Following the theme of reasonably priced hitters in Coors Field, Freese represents one of the better “per dollar” options of the Pittsburgh offense. We prefer him more against left-handed pitching, but this is still a great situation to target against a subpar pitcher (Jonathan Gray) in Coors Field. In the event that you don’t have enough salary to squeeze top overall play Nolan Arenado into your lineup, Freese is the next best thing.
4 - Anthony Rendon – 3B – Washington (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
If you are looking to save some cap space or diversify away from the Colorado-Pittsburgh game, Washington is a team to consider backing. They face the hittable-likes of Jeremy Hellickson, who holds a .349 wOBA against right-handed hitters (reverse-splits). That’s something Rendon could easily take advantage of, and he has been fairly solid as of late.
5 - Steven Wright – SP – Boston (FanDuel Price: $6,900)
The knuckleballer has been surprisingly strong this season. Wright has posted a solid strikeout rate of 17 K’s over 19 innings, holding just a 1.40 ERA in the process. That includes outings against some pretty viable lineups like Toronto and Houston. Tonight, he’ll face an Atlanta offense that rates on the other side of the spectrum. He also has a clear path to victory, checking in as a heavy -200 favorite.
6 - Ryan Zimmerman – 1B – Washington (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Like most nights, there are plenty of first base options to consider. However, I’m asking that you keep Ryan Zimmerman in the back of your mind for tournaments (borderline cash playable as well). He’s cheap, has been on a nice little hotstreak (hits in 8 of past 9), and steps into a great matchup against the aforementioned reverse-splits of Jeremy Hellickson.
7 - Adam Jones – OF – Baltimore (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Jones has been somewhat middling this season, which is why his salary is much lower than his overall talent level. There’s a chance the Baltimore center fielder gets back on track in an appealing righty/lefty matchup against Matt Moore tonight (.349 wOBA vs RHB). For whatever it’s worth, Jones has nice career numbers against Moore as well.
8 - Yadier Molina – C – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
There aren’t many quality options at catcher tonight (aside from Cervelli), and Molina is one of the few that I’m considering for cash game purposes. He’s on a nice eight-game hitting streak, clearly seeing the ball well. He steps into a righty/lefty matchup against Patrick Corbin, who held a .343 wOBA against right-handed bats last season. The park shift in Arizona will help him and his teammates as well.
9 - Jedd Gyorko – SS – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Everything I mentioned in the previous write-up with Molina also holds true for Gyorko. There aren’t many well-priced, well-aligned shortstop options in this slate, which makes it easier to take a chance on a cheap, high-upside guy like Gyorko. He has proven himself capable of some monster performances, going 3-5 with a HR in back-to-back games last week.
10 - Danny Santana – OF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Santana hit leadoff last night, which was an excellent spot for him at near-minimum salary. I’m not sure if that will be the case again, or if the Minnesota center fielder will fall back to the bottom-half of the order. Either way, I believe he’s a solid filler if you are in need of salary relief. As we saw last night, Santana has the ability to rack up multiple hits, runs, and maybe steal a base.