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 - Salvador Perez – C – Kansas City (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Even though Perez has been disappointing as of late, I’m still gobbling up plenty of shares at this bargain salary. He’ll settle into a nice righty/lefty matchup against Detroit southpaw Matt Boyd, who has allowed 11 earned runs through 13.1 innings over his past three starts (5.92 ERA overall this season). Facing a picked-over Tigers’ bullpen later in the game creates more intrigue to Kansas City hitters as well. It’s safe to say that Perez’s talent level supersedes this cheap price, and I see a welcoming buy-low opportunity here.
2 – Austin Jackson – OF – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Jackson has been a key contributor within Cleveland’s recent success, earning himself a premium lineup spot for the time being. He’s still priced near bargain territory despite enjoying a steady stream of production as of late: 22 hits, four homers, 13 RBI, and 13 runs over his past 16 starts. The Indians represent the second highest run-scoring projection of this evening slate, and Jackson provides an economical path to gain exposure.
3 – Carlos Gonzalez – OF – Colorado (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
The matchup against Johnny Cueto doesn’t look great at first glance, but the Giants’ pitcher hasn’t been close to his dominant form since June. This will mark Cueto’s second start since coming off the disabled list, and there’s a chance his pitch count will remain lower than usual. The oddsmakers seem to believe in Colorado’s offense tonight, assigning them a lofty run-scoring projection that easily outpaces the rest of the field. Even though CarGo has been a disappointment this season, he’s starting to gain confidence with four hits, four doubles, four RBI, and three runs over the past four games.
4 – Jeimer Candelario – 3B – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Candelario is a September call-up who is starting to make some noise for the Tigers. The switch-hitter has notched six hits, two doubles, two RBI, and two runs in four games since joining the big league club. He’s a near-minimum salary option who will likely hit towards the middle of Detroit’s lineup against the non-imposing pitching of Kansas City RHP Jason Hammel (allowed 15 ER through 25 IP in past four starts).
5 – Alex Presley – OF – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
As you probably noticed in the previous write-up, I’m not too high on Kansas City RHP Jason Hammel. Even though the Detroit lineup has less familiar names this time of year, I’m still thinking they can post some runs tonight. Presley is one of those “off-brand” names who has been forced into a premium lineup spot for the Tigers. The left-hander has been solid within that role, racking up eight hits over his past four starts. While he doesn’t have a ton of upside, Presley serves as an adequate bargain with a plausible chance of reaching double-digit fantasy points.
Apparently I have plenty of words to type about the Royals-Tigers game tonight, so let’s keep the theme going! There’s some sneaky, undervalued bargains from both sides that look even better when you consider the mediocrity of both starting pitchers. Looking towards the Royals, Lorenzo Cain – OF ($3200) and Jorge Bonifacio – OF ($2700) will enjoy the platoon advantage over Matt Boyd. Cain is more of the cash game thought, while Bonificacio is a tournament only proposition. As mentioned earlier, that Detroit bullpen could bail either of these guys out if they are unable to inflict damage on Boyd … James McCann ($2400) of the Tigers is another cheap catcher to keep in mind, especially if you’re less optimistic about Salvy Perez snapping his cold-spell.
Ketel Marte ($2,500) of the Diamondbacks isn’t an exciting pick, but I don’t mind him when looking towards a value filler at shortstop. The switch-hitter is heating up with four hits, a homer, three runs, and a stolen base over his past four starts. Dodgers’ pitcher Kenta Maeda has had problems with this Arizona offense in the past, and a .335 wOBA vs left-handed hitters helps the cause here. The only way I’d consider Marte is if he holds a nice lineup spot (preferably 2nd) with the excellent security that comes with it.
Do you have time for one more outfielder? Okay; I’ll make this one brief: Matt Kemp ($2800) has a solid track record against left-handed pitching, something that could come into play against the recent struggles of Texas LHP Cole Hamels (allowed 14 hits, 10 ER through 9.1 IP over past two starts).