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MLB DFS Bargains: Tuesday 5/21

Spencer Limbach

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.

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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We will focus on the main slate starting at 7:05 ET.

TOP BARGAINS

Michael Wacha – SP – St. Louis

Wacha may not be the safest pitching option in tonight’s slate, but he could represent adequate value at his current salary levels. The St. Louis righty has been up-and-down this season, but this is an encouraging breakout opportunity against Kansas City, who ranks 19th in wRC+ at 93. Adding more fuel to the fire, Wacha checks in as a healthy -185 home favorite who should see adequate run support to earn the win bonus. There’s precipitation expected here, but it could come after the game has been played. Keep an eye on the development while looking towards Wacha as a cheap option or SP2.

Kendrys Morales – 1B – NY Yankees

Morales finds himself in a nice fantasy situation as a member of the Yankees. He’ll hold a premium lineup spot with plenty of RBI opportunities while stepping into a strong matchup against Baltimore RHP David Hess – who carries a .345 wOBA split to left-handed bats. The hitter-friendly park factor of Camden Yards should help too.

Kyle Schwarber – OF – Chicago Cubs

Schwarber is starting to heat up with two homers, five RBIs, and six runs over his past six starts. The wind is blowing in at Wrigley Field tonight, but the matchup looks good against Philadelphia RHP Zach Eflin and his .357 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Schwarber is still moderately priced due to those early-season struggles, making for a fine bargain filler if you need to save some cap space.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 3B – Toronto

I think this kid is starting to figure things out, as Vlad Jr has posted seven hits, four homers, and nine RBIs over his past six games. The rookie could keep hitting tonight while holding the platoon advantage over Boston LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, who was tagged for five earned runs through six innings in his most recent start. Guerrero is still underpriced due to his slow start at the MLB level.

Robinson Cano – 2B – NY Mets

Don’t forget about the Mets tonight, as they’ll step in against Washington rotational filler Erick Fedde and his .377 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Cano is a confident pick to take full advantage of that vulnerability. The veteran has been somewhat mediocre lately, and his salary has relaxed as a result. Tonight makes for a great time to buy low.

ALSO CONSIDER

Julio Teheran (SP – ATL) somewhat mirrors the write-up of St. Louis RHP Wacha above. Both hurlers have been good, but not great at times this season. However, Teheran seems to be trending upward after allowing just one earned run through 17 innings with 12 strikeouts (seven hits) over his past three starts. This is a promising draw at San Francisco’s pitcher-friendly park while facing a Giants’ offense that ranks 27th in wRC+ with an above-average strikeout rate at 24.3%.

Harrison Bader (OF – STL) isn’t guaranteed to crack the starting lineup, but he’s an interesting DFS play if given the nod. Bader is on fire while going 7-12 with two doubles and a homer over his past three games. The Cardinals check in with a high run-scoring projection against Kansas City RHP Homer Bailey – who carries a .364 wOBA split to right-handed bats.

Marwin Gonzalez (3B – MIN) still carries a relaxed salary after starting the season slow for his new team. However, he’s really starting to prove himself worthy of that new contract while currently riding a 10-game hitting streak. He has racked up five hits and three runs over his past two, and there’s a great chance he’ll keep the heater alive against subpar LAA RHP Trevor Cahill and his .342 wOBA split to left-handed hitters.