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.
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We are focusing on tonight’s main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Now onto the bargain plays.
1 - Shin-Soo Choo – OF – Texas (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Texas checks in with the highest run-scoring projection of this evening slate. There’s a good chance they’ll feast on Oakland RHP Daniel Gossett in hitter-friendly Globe Life Park. Choo is one of my favorite lifts within that, coming off a strong showing (1-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 31 FP) last evening. Building a Rangers’ stack is a savvy move tonight, and it won’t break the bank either (more on that throughout this column).
2 - Curtis Granderson – OF – LA Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
The Dodgers will receive a significant park boost in Coors Field tonight. Granderson makes for one of the cheaper ways to gain exposure, still benefitting from the hitter-friendly environment and excellent lineup security. “Grandy” has been picking things up as of late with four hits and two homers over his past four starts. We are lucky to get him at such a feasible salary, considering his teammates have experienced substantial mark-ups on FanDuel.
3 - Jay Bruce – OF – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
As you’ve probably noticed at this point in the article, there’s a good pool of mid-range outfield value. Bruce will look to maintain his hotstreak in a confident matchup vs White Sox RHP Carson Fulmer. The 23 year-old tosser owns a 4.42 ERA and heavy walk rate through 18.1 major league innings this season. On top of that, he’s making his first start since suffering a blister injury, so control could be a factor. Bruce and company will look to take advantage.
4 - Joey Gallo – 1B – Texas (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Gallo is a crucial part of the aforementioned Texas stack. Sure, he’s a boom-or-bust commodity, but I’m taking a chance on him tonight. After all, the Rangers own tonight’s highest run-scoring projection in their hitter-friendly park. Gallo is too cheap considering the matchup potential and inherent upside of this situation.
5 - James McCann – C – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $2,100)
I was going to look towards Robinson Chirinos of Texas (within that stack) at catcher. However, he will apparently be shut down due to a hamstring injury. James McCann of Detroit represents another quality value at the position. He’ll be facing Minnesota RHP Aaron Slegers, a high-contact pitcher who hasn’t had much success through two MLB starts. With the Twins resting some of their top relievers heading into next week’s Wild Card game, McCann and company could find themselves in fantasy-friendly situations.
I’ve already given you several quality outfielders, but how about a few more for tournament purposes? Odubel Herrera ($3000) was one of the hottest hitters in the league before succumbing to an injury in mid-August. He’s back and resuming that form to finish the season, racking up six hits over his past four starts. The draw vs RHP Seth Lugo leaves room for more … Max Kepler ($2900) finds himself in a strong lefty/righty matchup vs Buck Farmer and a leaky Detroit bullpen … Of course, Nomar Mazara ($2700) is another stacking option for Texas. He’ll look to benefit from the same juicy matchup explain with teammates Gallo and Choo.
Looking towards the infield: Luis Valbuena ($2900) is always an intriguing power candidate when holding the platoon advantage. His fantasy prospects ascend while looking at a strong matchup vs Seattle RHP Andrew Moore, who owns inflated .344 wOBA 3.09 HR/9 splits vs left-handed bats … The shortstop position is difficult in my opinion. All the guys you really want are $4k and above. When mining for value, Freddy Galvis ($2600) emerges as a decent filler. He’ll hold a premium lineup spot for a Phillies team expected to inflict some damage on NYM RHP Seth Lugo.