When looking at bargains on FanDuel, we'll typically focus on hitters priced $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 15 matchups within this timeframe, meaning I will rank the top ten value plays by priority to your lineups (throwing in a few more to consider for good measure).
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 - Adrian Beltre – 3B – Texas (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
Beltre will likely carry a high ownership rate, as he’s currently underpriced considering his amazing hotstreak. The Texas third baseman holds a 10-game hitting streak with eight being of the multi-hit variety. He has smacked three homers with 12 RBI over that span. A friendly matchup vs Andrew Triggs (.356 wOBA, 20% HR/FB split vs RHB) in hitter-friendly Globe Life Park makes for an amazing fantasy play.
2 - Blake Snell – SP – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $7,600)
Snell is one of my favorite “per dollar” pitchers on the board. San Diego has struggled against left-handed pitching all season, and that especially holds true following the trade of lefty-masher Matt Kemp. Most of the Padres’ capable hitters are left-handed (Dickerson, Schimpf, Jankowski), and Snell should be able to neutralize them. If the rookie can pitch around Wil Myers, he should be on his way to a very solid statline. Snell has flexed some strikeout upside as of late, and he’s a heavy -175 favorite to collect a win.
3 - Addison Russell – SS – Chicago Cubs (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
This is the second half of a double-header, so we’ll need to check if Russell makes the lineup. I’m assuming that will be the case, as a young player like him is more than capable of handling two games in a day. Russell has been hitting fifth for Chicago, finding himself in many RBI situations. That should be the case yet again, and the matchup against Chase Anderson (.363 wOBA, 15.2% HR/FB split vs RHB) is one of the best on the board.
4 - Mitch Moreland – 1B – Texas (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
In case you haven’t noticed, the ball is flying around Globe Life Park this time of year. The hot temperatures are certainly an advantage to hitters, and Moreland has been taking advantage for the past few weeks. He has capable 2-HR upside against mediocre pitcher Andrew Triggs, who holds a susceptible .345 wOBA against left-handed hitters. Even though Moreland will likely hit seventh in Texas’ order, you can still utilize him for some of the best upside among hitters in this full slate.
5 - Christian Yelich – OF – Miami (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Yelich is a steady hitter who is simply underpriced. While Cincinnati pitcher Anthony DeSclafani is pretty good for all intents and purposes, he has a .350 wOBA and 12.3% HR/FB split against left-handed hitters. Yelich and Dee Gordon are two candidates looking to take advantage of that vulnerability. Yelich could produce multiple hits, runs, and stolen bases in this draw.
6 - Kevin Kiermaier – OF – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Kiermaier is on fire right now. He has produced 10 hits in the past six games, clearly seeing the ball well. Meanwhile, San Diego pitcher Edwin Jackson has been playing well beyond his means over the past several starts. There’s a good chance regression could rear its ugly head against a confident Tampa offense. If that’s the case, Kiermaier should be in the middle of the action.
7 - Jett Bandy – C – LA Angels (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
Brian McCann ($2,900) is also a great bargain pick at catcher. However, I’m looking to Bandy at a near-minimum salary. I believe he can provide serviceable numbers in a righty/lefty matchup against Ariel Miranda of Seattle. The Angels are expected to put up some runs, and Bandy has excelled in these situations throughout the second half of the season. Save some money at an uninspiring catcher position, and invest in upside elsewhere.
8 - Travis Shaw – 3B – Boston (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
If you are looking for a cheaper, less popular option than Adrian Beltre, Shaw is somebody who could produce similar results. The Red Sox are one of the highest scoring teams of the night, playing in hitter-friendly Camden Yards. Baltimore pitcher Yovani Gallardo holds a .341 wOBA against left-handed hitters, something Shaw could easily jump all over.
9 - Eddie Rosario – OF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
With 15 games on the slate tonight, it’s easy to forget about the Twins. Sure, the park shift in Atlanta doesn’t help their offense, but consider the welcoming matchup against one of the worst pitchers in action this evening: Joel De La Cruz. The Braves’ tosser holds a .345 wOBA and 14.3% HR/FB split against left-handed hitters, so Mauer, Rosario, and Kepler all rate as confident tournament plays.
10 - Starlin Castro – 2B – New York Yankees (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Second base is tricky tonight. More than likely, you’ll want to spend up (above $3500) in cash games. If you are looking for someone cheaper in tournaments, Castro is one of the preferred recommendations in that category. He has solid career numbers against Marco Estrada, and the Jays’ pitcher has shown evidence of “leaking oil” at this stage in the season. Castro is swinging a hot stick with potential for upside.
Steve Pearce – OF – Baltimore (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
*He is currently listed as day-to-day with an elbow injury. If Pearce is playing, he jumps into the Top 5 of the rankings above, considering his heavy splits against left-handed pitching.
Ervin Santana – SP – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $7,600)
Coco Crisp – OF – Oakland (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Seth Smith – OF – Seattle (FanDuel Price: $3,200)