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.
We are focusing on tonight’s 10-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Now onto the bargain plays.
1 - Kyle Schwarber – OF – Chicago Cubs (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
I’m a fan of Schwarber’s upside this evening, stepping into a hitter-friendly park against a struggling right-handed pitcher. Milwaukee tosser Junior Guerra has been on a downhill slide by allowing 21 earned runs in 21 innings over his past five starts. As a result, the Cubbies check in with the second highest run-scoring projection of the night, and Schwarber should see several RBI opportunities to contribute.
2 - Trey Mancini – OF – Baltimore (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
I just mentioned how CHC held the second highest run-scoring projection of the night. Baltimore is the only team ahead of them on that front. This Orioles-Rangers matchup has a massive 11.5 run over/under, helped by the heat and overall hitter-friendly environment of Globe Life Park. Texas RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx can be categorized as a mediocre spot-starter, and there’s a chance the Oriole sluggers get to him. While Davis, Machado, Schoop, Jones, and Trumbo are all worthy of your DFS attention, don’t forget about the upside of Trey Mancini – who carries the most favorable price point of that group.
3 - Elvis Andrus – SS – Texas (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Let’s stay in Texas with that gaudy 11.5 run over/under. Baltimore RHP Kevin Gausman has been better over his past two starts, but he still holds an inflated 5.79 ERA this season. On top of that, his .370 wOBA 1.67 HR/9 split against right-handed bats raises a red flag. Regression could set in, especially considering the hitter-friendly atmosphere of tonight’s game. If that’s the case, Andrus may serve as the primary beneficiary. The Texas shortstop has been cruising along with 12 hits, three homers, six RBI, and six runs over his past seven starts.
4 - Rougned Odor – 2B – Texas (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
As it turns out, Baltimore RHP Kevin Gausman is also susceptible to left-handed hitting, carrying a .391 wOBA 1.94 HR/9 split in that regard. Odor is a boom-or-bust pick who could jump all over that. There’s certainly risk in his profile, but the bargain salary offsets some of that concern.
5 – Cameron Rupp – C – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Rupp may be more of a tournament acquisition, but I don’t mind him in a cash lineup if you are hunting for value. He has been on fire as of late with seven hits, four homers, eight RBI, and six runs over his past four starts. Rupp will settle into a comfortable righty/lefty matchup against Atlanta southpaw Sean Newcomb, who has allowed 19 earned runs through 18.2 innings in his past four starts combined.
While Baltimore and the Chicago Cubs carry higher run-scoring projections, the Rangers may represent the most comfortable stack of the night. That’s considering the heart of their lineup is very affordable. I already mentioned Andrus and Odor in this column, adding Nomar Mazara ($3100) and Mike Napoli ($3000) as bargain fixtures in all formats.
Here’s a few bargain tournament pivots to consider: Maikel Franco ($3100) may be the definition of a feast-or-famine DFS pick, but a decent opportunity awaits him tonight. He’ll look to jump on the righty/lefty matchup outlined in teammate Cameron Rupp’s write-up … Shortstop Wilmer Difo ($2700) has plenty of lineup security while hitting high in the Nationals order. He has smacked two homers in his past three starts, and the matchup looks decent vs German Marquez’s .345 wOBA against left-handed bats … First base is loaded as usual, meaning Matt Adams ($2800) may slip through the proverbial cracks. He’s a nice leverage play against Philadelphia RHP Jerad Eickhoff’s .355 wOBA 1.62 HR/9 splits vs lefties.