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.
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FANDUEL & DRAFTKINGS BARGAINS
The price is much better on FanDuel than the $4,300 tag on DraftKings, so definitely take note of that. Abreu has already paid dividends in the first game of this series at Baltimore, going 3-6 with a homer and five RBIs. He’s heating up with six total hits and seven RBIs over his past three outings. The matchup looks great in hitter-friendly Camden Yards against Baltimore RHP Andrew Cashner (.382 wOBA vs RHB) and a weak Orioles’ bullpen.
2 – Eric Sogard – 2B - Toronto (FD: $3,000 / DK: $3,600)
Sogard has been an impact player ever since joining Toronto, racking up nine hits, five RBIs, and two steals in five games with the Jays. That has earned him a promotion to the leadoff spot, which certainly helps the fantasy cause. A home date with San Francisco RHP Jeff Samardjiza doesn’t hurt either, as the Giants’ hurler carries a vulnerable .376 wOBA split to left-handed bats.
3 – Nicky Delmonico – OF – Chicago White Sox (FD: $2,200 / DK: $3,500)
Eloy Jimenez is on the bereavement list, so Delmonico is expected to start in his place. The White Sox outfielder finds himself in a strong matchup in Baltimore’s hitter-friendly environment. The Orioles bullpen is very generous, and starter Andrew Cashner holds a .356 wOBA split to left-handed bats. The White Sox check in with one of the highest run-scoring projections of the night, and Delmonico has a chance to get in on the action. He’s dirt-cheap too!
4 – Gerardo Parra – OF – San Francisco (FD: $2,200 / DK: $3,400)
Speaking of dirt-cheap, this is an interesting time to buy-low on the San Francisco bats. They’ll see a park boost in Toronto, and the matchup doesn’t look too bad either. Blue Jays’ RHP Trent Thornton has allowed a ton of contact over his last two stars, and left-handed hitters have gotten the best of him so far. Parra is a capable lefty who frequently holds a premium lineup spot for the Giants.
5 – Brandon Crawford – SS – San Francisco (FD: $2,100 / DK: $2,900)
Crawford hasn’t done much this season, hitting .208 with no homers, four runs, and two RBIs. As a result, the salary has bottomed-out on both DFS sites. As mentioned in the previous write-up, a move to Toronto’s hitter-friendly park against a mediocre pitcher could prompt these San Francisco hitters. Crawford is a true punt if you need value at shortstop.
Lance Lynn (SP – TEX) has been much better away from his home of hitter-friendly Globe Life Park this season. I’m expecting that trend to continue, and he’s starting in Oakland’s spacious ballpark tonight. Lynn’s main susceptibility comes against left-handed bats, and the A’s don’t have many of those to take full advantage. That makes Lynn a sneaky-good fantasy asset in tournaments.
Chris Davis (1B – BAL) is a pure tournament play. He has looked better after snapping that dubious cold streak to begin the season. His recent numbers would look even better if Eddie Rosario didn’t rob him of a homer over the weekend. The veteran still hovers around minimum salary while taking at-bats in a hitter-friendly park. He could jump on White Sox RHP Ivan Nova and his .354 wOBA split to left-handed hitters.
Travis Shaw (3B – MIL) was in a little bit of a funk, but he came back with a solo homer in last night’s contest. Maybe that will get him going. He’s a true buy-low option with some pop, facing a mediocre RHP in Daniel Ponce de Leon of St. Louis.