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 - Jay Bruce – OF – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
This is an excellent bounce-back spot for Bruce, facing the high-contact likes of Bartolo Colon. The 44 year-old veteran has allowed splits of .380 wOBA 1.49 HR/9 vs left-handed hitters this season. On top of that, Bruce has some solid career numbers in previous meetings between the two. Cleveland checks in with a top three run-scoring projection tonight, and Bruce represents an easy way to gain exposure.
2 - Mike Moustakas – 3B – Kansas City (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Speaking of top three run-scoring projections, the Royals are second in the category (only trailing Colorado at Coors Field). Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez has looked surprisingly good over his past two starts, but I’m not buying it. The big picture numbers illustrate an over-the-hill pitcher who carries a 6.68 ERA this season. This is an unbelievably cheap salary considering Moustakas’ power upside, and I’m looking towards him through all formats.
3 - Evan Gattis – C – Houston (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Cole Hamels looked good in his most recent start, but we need to keep in mind his overall downhill slide this season. As a red-hot lefty masher, Gattis is an excellent candidate to take advantage in hitter-friendly Globe Life Park ... If you aren’t necessarily sold on this matchup, you could look towards Chris Iannetta ($2700) of the Diamondbacks, facing generous LHP Matt Moore at home.
4 - Corey Seager – SS – LA Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Seager has been slumping over the past few weeks, and the salary has dropped as a result. Tonight represents a nice buy-low opportunity against the sometimes erratic pitching of Dinelson Lamet. I believe Lamet will be a quality pitcher throughout his career, but he doesn’t quite have the consistency to put it all together right now. His .433 wOBA 2.78 HR/9 splits vs left-handed bats speaks to that. The Dodgers are full of quality lefties to jump all over him, and Seager embodies the best value within that.
5 - Bartolo Colon – SP – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $44)
This is pretty weird: Bartolo Colon is $44 on FanDuel. That is not a typo; I didn’t leave off the zeros. Check for yourself! By locking Colon into your lineup, you’d have nearly $4400 per hitter remaining. You could make a pretty hearty stack around Big Sexy. Having said that, he’s a pretty risky pick (only in tournaments, obviously) at Cleveland. You’d be hoping for somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 fantasy points without getting shelled.
Jason Vargas ($6100) has struggled through the second half this season, but he’s a decent value candidate against a watered-down Detroit lineup.
Melky Cabrera – OF ($2800) probably deserves to be ranked in the top five. He would’ve moved into Colon’s spot had it not been for the pricing error. He’s an excellent lift in all formats, holding a premium lineup spot for a highly projected Kansas City offense that should get their numbers vs Anibal Sanchez.
Nicky Delmonico – OF ($2300) is one of my favorite tournament value plays. Angels’ RHP Parker Bridwell owns inflated .379 wOBA 2.14 splits vs left-handed bats this season, so don’t sleep on Delmonico and his White Sox teammates.
Second base may require some lineup watching between value picks, but Jason Kipnis ($3000) and Eric Sogard ($2200) have nice matchups on paper. I’m especially interested in Sogard for near-minimum salary if he has a semi-reasonable lineup spot.
Looking for a few more tournament plays? Most people will avoid Jake Lamb – 3B ($3300) in this lefty/lefty matchup. However, Lamb has solid career numbers against San Francisco lefty Matt Moore, which corresponds nicely with Moore’s reverse-splits of .450 wOBA 1.78 HR/9 vs LHB this season … Scott Schebler – OF ($2800) is a boom-or-bust GPP option with a decent matchup and park factor (vs Davies in Miller Park).