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 15-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Tommy La Stella (3B – LAA) is having the best season of his career while currently holding a .297 average with 15 homers and 43 RBIs. He went through somewhat of a cold stretch two weeks ago, but he’s back on track with eight hits over his past five starts. La Stella carries an attainable, moderate salary into this well-aligned draw against Cincinnati RHP Tyler Mahle – who holds a .403 wOBA split to lefty hitters over the past two seasons.
Jason Kipnis (2B – CLE) has finally found his footing with 16 hits, four homers, and 14 RBIs over his past ten starts. That blistering pace could continue in a home date with Kansas City RHP Glenn Sparkman’s .353 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Cleveland represents a quality stack in this matchup, so look towards Carlos Santana, Francisco Lindor, and Jose Ramirez as well as Kipnis.
Ryan Braun (OF – MIL) steps in as a quality mid-range bat with upside (and the platoon advantage) against Seattle LHP Marco Gonzales. The Mariners’ southpaw has struggled lately while allowing 21 earned runs through 28 innings over five starts in the past month. Those woes could be extended while facing an intimidating Milwaukee lineup in hitter-friendly Miller Park. Braun serves as a fixture within that.
Hunter Renfroe (OF – SD) continues to rake with 23 homers and 44 RBIs on the season. This is an excellent spot for him to pad those numbers with a park boost in Baltimore. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he’s facing Orioles’ RHP Jimmy Yacabonis, LHP Josh Rogers, and one of the worst bullpens in baseball. Needless to say, Renfroe is an excellent choice through all formats this evening.
Rougned Odor (2B – TEX) and the Rangers will notice a slight park downgrade in Detroit, but the encouraging matchup helps make up for that. Texas will square off against Tigers’ RHP Jordan Zimmermann, who has gotten hammered for 22 earned runs over his past five starts. Zimmermann also carries a vulnerable .351 wOBA split to left-handed bats.
Take note that J.P. Crawford (SS – SEA), Logan Allen (SP – SD), Justin Bour (1B – LAA), Hernan Perez (3B – MIL), Eloy Jimenez (OF – CWS), and Kole Calhoun (OF – LAA) are bargain acquisitions that were all mentioned in today’s MLB GPP Pivots article. Of that group, Crawford, Allen, Calhoun, and (maybe) Bour are borderline cash game worthy.
Looking for more bargain outfielders? You could consider the Bradley’s for your DFS lineups. I’m talking about Jackie Bradley Jr. (OF – BOS) and Bobby Bradley (OF – CLE). As mentioned earlier, Cleveland has a strong home matchup against Kansas City RHP Sparkman, and Bobby could get in on the action. Jackie is swinging a hot bat with five hits, one double, one triple, and one homer over his past four games. He has an encouraging draw as well, squaring off against a White Sox bullpen that doesn’t intimidate in the slightest.
The “honorable mention” portion of this article features bargains like Cesar Hernandez (2B – PHI), Enrique Hernandez (2B – LAD), Chris Taylor (SS – LAD), and Trevor Richards (SP – MIA). Each of them feels like more of a tournament choice than anything, but I wouldn’t mind using any of them as a value filler if it made the rest of your lineup work.