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 all-day slate starting at 7:05 ET. There are 10 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 - Todd Frazier – 3B – Chicago White Sox (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
The White Sox are easily the highest projected scoring team within this slate, and they have plenty of value options all around. Having said that, they will assuredly be the focal point of today’s bargain column. The Red Sox are another offense capable of busting out (as always), but most of their core hitters are well above the value threshold … Frazier is moderately priced, going against struggling pitcher Mike Pelfrey.
2 - Adam Eaton – OF – Chicago White Sox (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
White Sox recommendation number two. You could argue Eaton is in even a better spot than aforementioned teammate Todd Frazier. Detroit pitcher Mike Pelfrey is generous to hitters from both sides of the plate, but his .373 wOBA split against lefties rates slightly higher than that against righties. Eaton is in a very good position for multiple hits and runs tonight.
3 - Brett Lawrie – 2B – Chicago White Sox (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
White Sox recommendation number three. Lawrie has a similar write-up to Todd Frazier above. Obviously, you’ll only be limited to four hitters from the ChiSox, so you’ll need to see who fits well into your FanDuel lineup. Either way, give Lawrie a hard look against Pelfrey, as the Sox second baseman has flexed some upside in recent games.
4 - Ezequiel Carrera – OF – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Michael Saunders experienced some hamstring tightness yesterday, leaving the game. I’m assuming he’ll sit out as a precaution, which could give a lineup boost to Carrera. The left-handed outfielder is heating up with six hits in the past four games, and he has a nice draw against Jeremy Hellickson’s .360 wOBA and 18.4% HR/FB split against lefties.
5 - Justin Smoak – 1B – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
Take the last sentence of the previous write-up, and directly apply it to Smoak, a switch-hitting power-heavy first baseman. A guy like Joey Votto would probably be the safer cash game pick of the position, but Smoak is an intriguing tournament pivot away from the likely popular commodities.
6 - Alex Avila – C – Chicago White Sox (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
White Sox recommendation number four. Avila is a power-hitting lefty who will be looking to feast on Pelfrey’s .373 wOBA split. He is very cheap considering some plausible upside lies within. Avila has collected two multi-hit games in the past three starts, including a two homer performances vs Kansas City. Target in all formats.
7 - Mallex Smith – OF – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Smith has been promoted to the leadoff role for a rejuvenated Atlanta offense, which does wonders for his fantasy stock. Smith has potential for a homer and stolen base against a mediocre pitcher like Anthony DeSclafani (.344 wOBA vs LHB). He’s a very solid OF3 filler, and he’ll likely carry a lower-than-deserved ownership rate.
8 - Tim Anderson – SS – Chicago White Sox (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
White Sox recommendation number four. This is the last one; I promise. Anderson has been swinging a hot bat since getting called up, collecting a pair of multi-hit performances in the past six games. There’s a good chance he could record a similar performance, and the near-minimum price tag allows flexibility for the rest of your lineup.
9 - Dae-Ho Lee – 1B – Seattle (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Lee is a cheap tournament pivot away from the popular $3500+ options. He’s a quality hitter against left-handed pitching, as he showed with a two homer performance last Friday. He’ll take on Drew Smyly tonight, possibily holding some RBI and power potential batting fifth or sixth for Seattle.
10 - Kurt Suzuki – C – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
If you already stacked four White Sox in your lineup, leaving no room for Avila, Suzuki is a plausible pivot. This strategy also works if you are assembling a tournament lineup, wanting to differentiate from the herd. After an abysmal start to the season, Suzuki has been heating up over the past week with two multi-hit games in the past four. That includes five RBI and a homer. He’s facing the struggling likes of left-hander Hector Santiago, a matchup that could keep the mini- heater alive.