Welcome to the MLB DFS Bargains column, where we’ll take a close look at the best “per dollar” acquisitions for tonight’s daily fantasy slate.
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We will focus on the main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Aaron Sanchez - SP - Houston (vs. Detroit)
A change in scenery had served Sanchez well, at least up until his blowup performance last Thursday at Oakland (5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER). However, the newly-acquired Houston righty finds himself with a perfect bounce-back opportunity against the worst hitting team in baseball, Detroit. The Tigers rank last in wRC+ (77) with the highest strikeout rate (26.4%) to boot. Sanchez checks in as a convincing -310 moneyline favorite, putting him in consideration through all fantasy formats.
Arraez hit leadoff for the Twins yesterday, coming through with an impressive three-hit showing. He’ll likely man that role again tonight if Max Kepler remains out of the lineup. Truth be told, I like Arraez no matter where he lands in the order. The rookie holds a remarkable .348 average through 204 at-bats, and he could enjoy another multi-hit outing against White Sox RHP Reynaldo Lopez’s .340 wOBA split to left-handed bats.
Marwin Gonzalez - OF - Minnesota (vs. Chicago White Sox)
Let’s stay in Minnesota, as the Twins unsurprisingly check in with a top-five run-scoring projection on the night. Gonzalez has been a catalyst for the “Bomba Squad” lately, racking up 18 hits, two homers, seven runs, and 11 RBIs over his last 10 games. He’ll look to feed off the aforementioned generosity of White Sox RHP Lopez, and Marwin still carries a respectable salary despite the recent uptick in production.
Wherever you can catch Seager with a moderate salary, definitely go for it. The Dodgers’ shortstop has been warming up with eight hits, three homers, and six RBIs over his past seven starts. Tonight’s matchup is excellent, facing Toronto RHP Sean Reid-Foley’s .351 wOBA split to left-handed bats.
Matt Adams - 1B - Washington (at Pittsburgh)
The park shift to Pittsburgh doesn’t look great on paper, but it wasn’t enough to stop the runaway train known as the Washington Nationals’ offense in yesterday’s game (Nats 13, Pirates 0). Washington has scored 62 runs over their past five games, and Adams has pulled his weight with six hits, two homers, and seven RBIs over the past two. Pittsburgh RHP Chris Archer has been erratic this season (especially with the deep ball), and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Nats keep rolling.
If you are looking for more bargain choices, head on over to the MLB GPP Pivots column for tonight’s slate. Over there, we’ll take a closer look at Cole Hamels (SP - CHC), Matt Beaty (1B - LAD), Wilmer Flores (2B - ARI), Matt Joyce (OF - ATL), and others.
Here we go with the honorable mention list. These are guys who serve as value fillers if you need a “cheapskate special” to make the rest of your lineup work:
Take the write-up of Seager earlier in the article and directly apply it to Joc Pederson (OF - LAD), who checks in as a moderately-priced outfielder with inherent upside. Pederson has been quiet lately, but this is a strong bounce-back opportunity against Reid-Foley’s vulnerabilities to left-handed bats.
Cameron Maybin (OF - NYY) has frequented this column over the past month or so, and he continues to produce from the bottom of New York’s order. Maybin holds an appealing blend of power, speed, and contact to create multiple paths to fantasy upside. That could be on full display against Oakland RHP Homer Bailey’s .362 wOBA split to right-handed bats.
Starlin Castro (3B - MIA) is probably more of a tournament choice, but he’s also a deep bargain eligible for cash games if you are looking for a cheapie to help keep you under the salary cap. Atlanta LHP Dallas Keuchel got rocked the last time he faced Miami, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Marlins made somewhat of a rally this time around as well. Castro is swinging a confident bat with five hits, three runs, and four RBIs over his past four games, so that doesn’t hurt either.