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 main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Now onto the bargain plays.
1 - Jose Abreu – 1B –Chicago White Sox (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
Abreu’s salary is technically higher than our arbitrary $3200 bargain threshold, but he’s an excellent ‘relative’ value nonetheless. The White Sox check in as the highest projected scoring team of the night, and you better believe their best hitter is worthy of DFS consideration. Abreu made Justin Verlander pay last night, and the matchup against Detroit RHP Buck Farmer is definitely an upgrade. Farmer was great in his first two starts of the season, then showing his true colors of years past by allowing 14 hits and 13 earned runs through 4.2 innings in his last two MLB appearances. That trend could certainly continue this evening, and the Vegas oddsmakers have accordingly attached a lofty run-scoring projection to the White Sox.
2 - Dee Gordon – 2B – Miami (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
You don’t need me to tell you about the stolen base upside, but Gordon’s lineup security is a main driving point from my perspective. Hitting atop this red-hot Miami offense in front of Stanton, Yelich, and Ozuna makes Gordon an intriguing DFS feature. There’s a good chance the Marlins will keep scoring runs against the erratic ways of San Diego rookie RHP Dinelson Lamet, who carries a whopping .433 wOBA vs left-handed hitters this season. Don’t get me wrong, I believe Lamet will be a quality starting pitcher in the future, but his inexperience and control problems are on a collision course with an intimidating top-half of Miami’s order.
3 - Matt Kemp – OF – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
I actually don’t mind Colorado LHP Kyle Freeland (more on that later), but you can make a strong case for Kemp on the other side of this draw. As you’re probably aware, Kemp has carried some strong splits against left-handed pitching through his numerous stops over the years. He’s cheap with upside against a non-elite southpaw.
4 - Alex Avila – C – Chicago Cubs (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
The Cubbies have disappointed over the past two games, but I’m still buying plenty of shares while facing Philadelphia RHP Ben Lively. Even though Lively has been decent as of late, CHC checks in with the second highest run-scoring projection of this slate. Avila should see numerous RBI opportunities within this offense.
5 - Kyle Freeland – SP – Colorado (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
Freeland has been up-and-down this season, but that’s to be expected for a pitcher who calls Coors Field home. The Rockies’ southpaw has been effective as of late, boasting a respectable 3.71 ERA as a result. There’s some risk associated with this pick, but Freeland is far too cheap based on the matchup and recent performances. He’s worth a look in tournaments when looking to stack top-dollar hitters.