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 starting at 1:07 ET. There are nine afternoon 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 - Ryan Zimmerman – 1B – Washington (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
The Nationals project as the highest scoring team within this slate. After looking at their matchup against the struggling-likes of John Lamb, it’s not hard to fathom that as a reality. Lamb is a left-handed hurler who owns a .345 wOBA and 14% HR/FB split to righties. The Nationals’ offense is cruising right now, and you could conceivably blend a stack of Zimmerman, Werth, Rendon, and Harper (don’t forget about Ramos either) for an economical salary. Zimmerman has one of the best price/upside ratios within that.
2 - Jayson Werth – OF – Washington (FanDuel Price: $3,400)
Werth is on the expensive side of the bargain category, but he’s a relative value while taking into consideration the promising matchup. He’ll step in against the aforementioned generous splits of Cincinnati southpaw John Lamb. It just so happens that Werth is an elite hitter against left-handed pitching as well. On top of that, the Reds own one of the worst bullpens in the league, giving the National hitters even more upside after the starter gets pulled.
3 - Rajai Davis – OF – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Davis had a career game yesterday, hitting for the cycle, stealing a base, and scoring 49 fantasy points overall. He has been a catalyst throughout Cleveland’s recent surge, yet his salary is below $3,000. I’m jumping all over that pricing error, as he’s in a fine righty/lefty spot against J.A. Happ in Toronto’s hitter-friendly park. Don’t overthink this one!
4 - Xander Bogaerts – SS – Boston (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Getting Bogaerts for nearly $3,000 is a steal. He hasn’t flexed a ton of upside over the past few weeks, but that means we can snag an elite hitter for a discount in this spot. He’s facing Matt Shoemaker’s .332 wOBA and 16.2% HR/FB split against right-handed hitters. Because of that, the Red Sox project as the second highest scoring team in this slate (no surprise), and the hitter-friendly environment of Fenway Park should help them as usual.
5 - Anthony Rendon – 3B – Washington (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Rendon is another bargain addition to this promising Washington stack. He has been very good as of late, hitting double-digit FanDuel points in six of the past eight games. Despite that, Rendon is priced in bargain territory, and the matchup against John Lamb is the best draw he’s seen in recent history. From my perspective, Rendon is a building block in this slate.
6 - Rougned Odor – 2B – Texas (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Minnesota pitcher Kyle Gibson pitched a gem last game against the White Sox, but I’m not exactly sold on a resurgence just yet. Gibson had been horrible leading up to that strong performance, and I’m expecting a relapse this afternoon. Texas is chock-full of left-handed hitters, and that happens to be Gibson’s susceptibility (338 wOBA split). Odor, Choo, Mazara, and Fielder should inflict some damage today, while Odor has a favorable price/upside ratio to strongly consider.
7 - Nomar Mazara – OF – Texas (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Take everything I mentioned in Rougned Odor’s write-up and directly apply it to Mazara. The rookie is too cheap at $2,800 – especially considering the promising matchup. On top of that, the ball is flying around Target Field this time of year, evident by the 22 total runs between these two teams yesterday.
8 - Yordano Ventura – SP – Kansas City (FanDuel Price: $8,100)
Ventura is a power arm who can either look dominant or get hit extremely hard. I’m expecting the former against a Philadelphia team that ranks in the bottom five for most major hitting categories. Before getting beat-up in his last start at St. Louis, Yordano pitched a pair of gems against the Tigers and White Sox. He has a plausible strikeout rate to inspire upside as well.
9 - Corey Dickerson – OF – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $3,400)
Dickerson is on the expensive side of bargain territory, but the matchup cannot be understated. Detroit pitcher Mike Pelfrey has been getting shelled by left-handed hitting all season, and Dickerson could help maintain that notion this afternoon. The Rays have a strong offensive project as a result of this draw. Even though Dickerson has been somewhat quiet as of late, we can predict a breakout performance with confidence today.
10 - Carlos Perez – C – LA Angels (FanDuel Price: $2,100)
I’m looking to target several Angels in Fenway Park today. They are squaring up against Sean O’Sullivan, who holds a .343 wOBA split against righties and an even worse .458 wOBA, 22.4% HR/FB mark against lefties. Perez is one of the few bargain-priced Angels to consider, a right-hander who went 5-6 with two doubles, a homer, and 6 RBI in yesterday’s game. Clearly the park shift to Fenway is serving him well.