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 - Miguel Gonzalez – SS – Houston (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Unsurprisingly, the Houston Astros check in with the highest run-scoring projection of this evening slate. White Sox RHP James Shields holds an inflated .442 wOBA 3.98 HR/9 split against left-handed bats on the season, and Minute Maid Park tends to enhance power from that side of the plate. Needless to say, Josh Reddick and Marwin Gonzalez join teammates Springer, Altuve, and Correa as premium DFS options. Gonzalez is the only bargain within that, a switch-hitter making for a confident DFS choice.
Shortstop is usually a tough position to fill, but that’s not the case tonight. On top of Gonzalez, Corey Seager ($2900) and Paul DeJong ($2900) are a pair of promising bargains with excellent respective matchups. I’m leaning towards Marwin of this group, but the other two will make appearances when assembling multiple lineups.
2 - Jose Martinez – OF – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
I still can’t believe Martinez is this cheap! He has been raking since getting called up nearly a month ago (.309 avg, 13 HR, 41 RBI), yet FanDuel has him priced at $2500. Facing the inexperience of appropriately named Cincinnati RHP Rookie Davis in hitter-friendly “Great American Small Park” makes Martinez an easy DFS lift.
3 - Justin Smoak – 1B – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
How about Justin Smoak? Heading into the season, he was known as a journeyman slugger who hasn’t lived up to his potential. At age 30, he’s having a breakout year with 38 homers and 89 RBI. Even more surprising, he’s hitting .278 through 148 games, crushing his previous career high .238 mark! In other words, he has emerged as an all-around hitter with power upside to boot. He’s cheap tonight despite riding somewhat of a heater with seven hits, four doubles, a homer, four RBI, and four runs over his past five starts. Facing mediocre Kansas City RHP Jake Junis in a hitter-friendly environment is a great spot to deploy Smoak for this non-prohibitive salary.
4 - Yadier Molina – C – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
The Cardinals check in with the second highest run-scoring projection of this evening slate. They shouldn’t have a problem putting runs on the board against Cincinnati RHP Rookie Davis in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark. Molina took advantage of that park upgrade last night, smacking a three-run homer en route to 28.7 fantasy points. He should see plenty of RBI situations to post another rewarding fantasy score tonight.
5 - Dinelson Lamet – SP – San Diego (FanDuel Price: $8,300)
Lamet isn’t exactly a deep bargain from a salary perspective. However, he provides adequate salary relief from high-end options like Sale, Ray, Wood, or Lester. He doesn’t skimp on upside either. Lamet has showcased some promising strikeout potential, racking up 128 K’s through 104 major league innings this season. He hit a few rough patches in previous months, since smoothing things out by allowing just 12 earned runs through his past eight starts (46.1 IP). San Diego’s pitcher-friendly ballpark should help him to his fifth straight quality start this evening.
If you are looking for an even cheaper option in tournaments, Steven Brault ($6600) is intriguing. He pinned down the same Brewers team he’ll see tonight by allowing just one hit (no runs) through six innings (46 FP) last Monday. Of course, Milwaukee may be able to pick up on his delivery this time around. However, the pitcher-friendly environment of PNC Park plays into Brault’s favor.
Speaking mostly from a tournament perspective: Curtis Granderson – OF ($2800), Chris Young – OF ($2200), and Rougned Odor – 2B ($2400) are a few other bargains to consider … Granderson is playing for a well-aligned Dodgers’ offense, having already inflicted plenty of damage through the first two games of this series at Philadelphia … Chris Young should be in the lineup (double check after his manager’s recent remarks) against left-handed pitcher Wade Miley. While Young has lost some luster as a platoon specialist, he’s still worth consideration if you need a cheapie to round out your lineup … In cash games, I’ll look towards someone like Robinson Cano. However, Rougned Odor isn’t a bad tournament lift for nearly $1000 cheaper. Seattle RHP Felix Hernandez isn’t exactly the dominant ace we have grown to know in previous years. He holds a .384 wOBA 1.82 HR/9 split vs left-handed bats this season, something the boom-or-bust likes of Odor could cater towards the former.