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.
Kendrys Morales – 1B – NY Yankees
Morales has become a staple of this column ever since the Yankees picked him up. Now he’s hitting in the middle of a quality lineup with significant RBI upside. Morales is not in the starting lineup for the first game of today’s doubleheader, so there’s a good chance he’ll make an appearance in this evening tilt. That’s good news, as the matchup with Kansas City RHP Jorge Lopez (6.03 ERA) is one to exploit.
Seager was mentioned in today’s MLB GPP Pivots article, but he’s acceptable in cash games if you are looking for a shortstop with a mid-range salary. Pittsburgh RHP Joe Musgrove has struggled lately, coughing up 16 earned runs across 19 innings over his past four starts. Trevor Story and Gleyber Torres are quality DFS shortstops tonight, and Elvis Andrus carries some intrigue in his expected return. However, Seager checks in with a shorter price tag to go along with an appealing matchup as well.
Raimel Tapia – OF – Colorado
Tapia has been mediocre over the past week, but returning to Coors Field could ignite another hot streak. The Colorado lefty was on fire in early May, picking up 10 hits, three doubles, one homer, six RBIs, and one stolen base over six games. He’ll have a chance to rekindle that upside while facing Baltimore RHP Andrew Cashner (.361 wOBA vs LHB) and a terrible Orioles’ bullpen.
Hanser Alberto – 2B – Baltimore
You’ll want plenty of exposure to both sides of this Colorado-Baltimore matchup. We are dealing with the hitter-friendly atmosphere of Coors Field with a pair of subpar pitchers taking the bump. Colorado LHP Kyle Freeland has gotten shelled at home while allowing 18 earned runs through 22 innings over four starts in Coors Field this season. Meanwhile, Alberto is on fire with 10 hits and two stolen bases over his past four starts. He’ll hold the platoon advantage over Freeland in this encouraging spot.
Jackie Bradley Jr. – OF – Boston
Bradley is one of my favorite bargain picks of this slate. He’s still very cheap despite heating up with seven hits, two doubles, three homers, and six runs over his past five outings. He’ll take his cuts against Houston RHP Brad Peacock, who owns a .358 wOBA split to left-handed bats. On top of that, Minute Maid Park in Houston can be friendly to left-handed power.
Both Keon Broxton (BAL – OF) and Gio Urshela (3B – NYY) were mentioned in today’s MLB DFS Plays article as respectable cash options in appealing matchups. Broxton homered in his Oriole debut last night, and he’ll hold the platoon advantage over LHP Freeland in Coors Field tonight. Urshela is a cheap extension of a top-rated Yankee stack against Kansas City RHP Lopez.
Tyler Skaggs (SP – LAA), Max Muncy (1B – LAD), and Justin Turner (3B – LAD) are all cheap tournament picks at their respective positions. Skaggs is a true risk/reward lift against an intimidating Texas lineup that sometimes strikes out more than usual … Muncy and Turner can be utilized in any format if you need somebody in their price range. As mentioned early, Pittsburgh RHP Musgrove is in full “regression mode”, and the Dodgers could jump on him tonight.