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 - Jake Lamb – 3B – Arizona (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Lamb has been a fixture in our MLB Bargain columns lately. Facing another mediocre right-handed pitcher in hitter-friendly Chase Field doesn’t dissuade that notion. Even though the 26 year-old slugger has cooled off over the past week or so, the salary and matchup potential is too good to ignore. Colorado RHP German Marquez holds a .345 wOBA vs LHB for Lamb to exploit.
2 – Mitch Haniger – OF – Seattle (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Haniger continues to rake for Seattle, collecting 13 hits, two homers, five extra-base hits, five RBI, and six runs over his most recent six games. He’s set up for more success, carrying excellent lineup security for a Mariners’ offense that represents one of the run-scoring projections of the night. Holding a comfortable righty/lefty matchup over Texas southpaw Martin Perez (.346 wOBA vs RHB) in hitter-friendly Globe Life Park should keep Haniger in his groove.
For tournaments, I’m keeping fellow Seattle OF Guillermo Heredia ($2000) on the backburner for this bare minimum salary.
3 – Corey Seager – SS – LA Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
It doesn’t take a daily fantasy expert to suggest Corey Seager is underpriced. Some people may shy away from the lefty/lefty matchup, but Seager doesn’t typically have a problem handling non-imposing southpaws. San Francisco LHP Matt Moore certainly qualifies as such, as he carries inflated .450 wOBA 1.78 HR/9 splits vs left-handed hitters on the season. I’ll let those tremendous reverse-splits sink in for a moment. Needless to say, this is a nice situation to jump on Seager’s cheap price point.
4 – Hanley Ramirez – 1B – Boston (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
First base has no shortage of high-end candidates deserving of your fantasy attention. However, Hanley Ramirez could provide the best bang for the buck. The production has been spotty as of late, but “HanRam” finds himself in a promising matchup against erratic Oakland RHP Jharel Cotton, who has allowed 11 earned runs and 14 hits through nine innings over his past two starts. Facing this hearty Boston offense in hitter-friendly Fenway Park could extend those struggles.
Ryan Zimmerman ($3200) is another economical first baseman to keep on your short list. He’ll settle into an intriguing righty/lefty matchup against Atlanta southpaw Luiz Gohara – who was smacked around for six earned runs through four innings in his MLB debut last week.
5 – Neil Walker – 2B – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Pittsburgh RHP Tyler Glasnow has apparently worked out some kinks in Triple-A, holding a 1.93 ERA and 140 strikeouts through 93.1 innings. He’ll be making his first major league start since June 9, previously holding an inflated 7.45 ERA before the demotion … Having said that, I’m still picking my spot with some Milwaukee hitters, assuming the price lends itself favorably. That’s the case with Walker, and hitter-friendly Miller Park doesn’t hurt his cause. Walker is a switch-hitter who has been much better from the left side of the plate throughout his career, and I don’t mind taking a chance on him here.
There aren’t any high-end, obvious catcher options tonight, leaving us rummaging through the bargain bin. A quick pass uncovers Mike Zunino ($2600) as a cheapskate special with some power while playing for one of the highest projected scoring teams of the night … Jason Castro ($2200) went 3-4 with two homers, four RBI, and three runs last night. Whaaaat?!? I’m not expecting lightning to strike twice (or would that be a third time?); however, the Twins’ offense has been on fire and San Diego RHP Dinelson Lamet has been generous to lefties.
It’s time to breakdown the tournament outfielders: Chris Taylor ($3200) and Yasiel Puig ($3100) will look to jump on the aforementioned profitable matchup against San Francisco LHP Matt Moore’s erratic ways … Jose Martinez of St. Louis has been one of my favorite GPP Picks as of late, holding some abundant upside in his profile. He has a non-imposing matchup against Cincinnati RHP Tyler Mahle … Remember in the previous paragraph when I mention San Diego RHP Dinelson Lamet and his susceptibility to left-handed bats? Max Kepler ($2900) gains consideration as a tournament bargain lift for that reason.