When looking at “bargains” on FanDuel, we'll typically focus on hitters who are $3,200 or lower. For DraftKings, the threshold is around $3,800. 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.
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Let’s focus on the seven-game evening slate.
FANDUEL & DRAFTKINGS BARGAINS
Angels’ starter Felix Pena is struggling to keep the ball in the yard. Overall, he’s allowed 2.08 HR/9. Hitters are feeling particularly comfortable against his four-seam fastball. His most used offering is an effective slider. He usually only lasts four or five innings. Ford combines a number of useful traits. He’ll have the platoon advantage against Pena, a pitcher who has allowed a career .254/.351/.438 batting line to opposite-handed hitters. Ford also hits enough hard fly balls to threaten a home run while exhibiting above average patience and a high contact rate.
There honestly isn’t anything special to this recommendation. Frazier is a reasonably priced leadoff hitter who may come to the plate five times. He has a neutral matchup against Merrill Kelly at a pitcher friendly venue. Frazier is a balanced hitter featuring potential for multiple hits and runs. In today’s home run-or-bust meta, hitters like Frazier can get overlooked.
Rumors of Turner’s demise are greatly exaggerated. The dwarven-bearded third baseman may be striking out a little more often this season, but it’s hardly a ruinous rate (20.4 percent). Meanwhile, he’s continued to make very frequent hard contact, work counts, and hammer line drives. Despite not yet having hit a home run, I feel confident he’ll rebound. The main points against him tonight are a decent opponent (Cole Hamels) and a pitcher friendly venue (Wrigley Field). The weather in Chicago is nippy with scarcely any wind.
4 – Gleyber Torres – SS – New York Yankees (FanDuel $3,200 / DraftKings $3,900)
While facing Pena qualifies as a nice matchup for the lefty-hitting Ford, Torres gets a modest ding to his value. Pena is typically quite effective against right-handed hitters. Torres is a pure talent play. He currently bats cleanup for the Yankees, and he’s good enough to overcome an iffy matchup. Much of the Angels bullpen is exploitable too.
5 – Ben Zobrist – OF – Chicago Cubs (FanDuel $2,200 / DraftKings $3,100)
Sometimes bargain plays aren’t very attractive. Despite a very difficult matchup against Walker Buehler, the Cubs leadoff man is one of the better values on both sites. There’s no one standout reason to think Zobrist will have an exceptional game. Instead, we’re looking for an anchoring performance. He expertly works counts and has a high rate of contact. Personally, I prefer to aim for pricier outfielders tonight.
Although not technically a bargain on FanDuel, Jordan Lyles (PIT – SP) is a solid play this evening at pitcher friendly PNC Park. He’s a better selection on DraftKings where he costs just $7,400. Lyles experienced a modest and largely uncelebrated breakout last season. Thus far in 2019, despite losing 1.6 mph on his fastball, he has continued to improve. His small sample of success includes an increased willingness to use the upper edge of the strike zone. This plays well with his curve ball. The Diamondbacks offense isn’t a total pushover. Nor is it imposing.
Tyler White (HOU – 1B) bats down in the Astros order. He also hasn’t exactly arrived for 2019 yet. With Houston set to face Kohl Stewart, perhaps tonight is the night he awakens. Stewart hasn’t thrived in past exposures to the majors. Based on some reports I’ve received; Stewart may have experienced a modest breakout this spring. Nevertheless, he still allowed a 6.00 ERA in three Triple-A starts while averaging only four innings per outing.
Mets starter Jason Vargas typically allows about one stolen base per 10 innings pitched. Those hunting value in an unpopular package could try Roman Quinn (PHI – OF). In addition to 80-grade speed, the switch-hitting center fielder has a better swing from the right side of the plate.