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 - Adam Jones – OF – Baltimore (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Jones is inexplicably cheap while stepping in for the highest projected scoring team of the night. He’s coming off a fantastic 4-4, 2 HR performance yesterday, and the draw vs Oakland RHP Paul Blackburn’s contact-oriented profile looks promising. Go ahead and lock him in as a bargain option through all formats.
2 - Alex Avila – C – Chicago Cubs (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
I just mentioned that Baltimore carries the highest run-scoring projection of the night. The Cubbies are next-in-line, salivating over this matchup vs Cincinnati RHP Homer Bailey in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark. The Reds’ pitcher holds an inflated 8.44 ERA along with the generosity of a .428 wOBA 1.98 HR/9 split vs left-handed hitters. Avila (among others) is a nice fantasy proposition to take advantage.
3 - Kevin Kiermaier – OF – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Kiermaier was ranked highly in Sunday’s MLB Bargains column, coming through with a 2-4, solo HR, 21.7 FP performance. He’ll remain atop the Tampa order, facing inexperienced RHP Chris Rowley of Toronto. While Rowley has looked decent through two MLB starts, the jury is still out on his viability moving forward. There’s a chance Kiermaier could keep the hot hand in this non-imposing matchup.
4 - Matt Kemp – OF – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Like the previous write-up of Kiermaier, Matt Kemp is also coming off a stint on the disabled list. Both players may be priced lower than usual as a result. This is a nice situation to buy-low on Kemp, as he has always carried a solid track record against left-handed pitching. He’ll face subpar Seattle LHP Marco Gonzales, who owns an 8.44 ERA through 16 innings this season.
5 - Jose Ramirez – 3B – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
After an amazing start to the season, Ramirez has been more of a boom-or-bust fantasy proposition over the past few months. The descending salary accurately reflects the inherent risk, but I don’t mind taking a chance on Jose tonight. He’s a switch-hitter looking to take advantage of Boston RHP Doug Fister and his generosity to left-handed bats (.380 wOBA, 1.74 HR/9).
Yoan Moncada – 2B – Chicago White Sox (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
The top overall prospect has been somewhat shaky at the major league level. However, he still carries enough talent to be considered as a high-upside DFS proposition in certain matchups. Tonight’s draw vs Minnesota RHP Kyle Gibson (.383 wOBA, 1.34 HR/9 vs LHB) certainly qualifies. Moncada is a switch-hitter who carries more power from the left side of the plate. Don’t forget about his teammate OF Nicky Delmonico ($2900) either.
Cameron Maybin – OF – LA Angels (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
Earlier this season, DFS enthusiasts were falling over themselves to roster Maybin despite a $3600+ salary. Things have changed, as the LAA speedster feel victim to a knee ailment that has slowed his fantasy production. He’s finally rounding back to form, returning to the leadoff spot within an Angels offense that has been trending upward. Meanwhile, Texas RHP Tyson Ross continues to fall in the opposite direction, holding a surprisingly bad 7.02 ERA and .397 wOBA 1.88 HR/9 vs RHB this season. Add it all up, and this appears to be a nice buy-low situation for Maybin.
Jon Jay – OF – Chicago Cubs (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
You could argue Jon Jay as a top three bargain tonight, and I wouldn’t necessarily argue against that. It all depends on where he’s hitting in the lineup. If Jay recovers the leadoff spot, he’s an excellent value through all formats in a strong matchup vs Homer Bailey. If he’s in the bottom-third, you can still take a chance, but the lineup security isn’t quite as promising.