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.
Anibal Sanchez – SP – Washington
If you are looking for a cheap pitcher, Sanchez is your guy. He’s probably best utilized in large-field tournaments while trying to make room for an expensive stack (Boston? Cleveland?) in your lineup. That’s why he was also highlighted in today’s MLB GPP Pivots column. However, Sanchez enters borderline cash game consideration while facing a San Francisco offense that ranks 28th in wRC+. It helps that Oracle Park is one of the best pitcher-friendly environments in all of baseball.
Ji-Man Choi – 1B – Tampa Bay
Choi went 0-3 yesterday, but he was clobbering the ball by going 8-16 with three doubles, one homer, six runs, and three RBI over his previous four games. He’ll settle into an appealing home matchup against Toronto RHP Trent Thornton, who carries a vulnerable .347 wOBA split to left-handed bats. That makes the Tampa first baseman an interesting bargain choice or potential utility filler.
Jackie Bradley Jr. – OF – Boston
Boston unsurprisingly carries one of the highest run-scoring projections of the night while facing Kansas City RHP Jakob Junis in hitter-friendly Fenway Park. Junis enters the game with an elevated .347 wOBA split to left-handed bats over the last two seasons. Bradley Jr. is one of the only bargain hitters from Boston to take advantage of that. Sure, he’s hitting down in the Red Sox order, but “JBJ” carries some excellent lineup security with Mookie Betts and company batting directly behind him.
J.P. Crawford – SS – Seattle
I’m somewhat interested in a Seattle stack tonight. San Diego RHP Dinelson Lamet carries a .372 wOBA split to left-handed bats, and Crawford is a sneaky-good bargain option to take advantage. The 24-year-old shortstop has been cold over the previous week, but he flexed intriguing upside through mid-July to give DFS enthusiasts hope for tournament purposes. This is a strong spot for him to rekindle that production.
Mike Tauchman – OF – NY Yankees
Tauchman has been a pleasant surprise for the Yankees this season, bursting onto the scene with a .294 average, nine homers, and 34 RBIs across 170 at-bats. He’ll have a chance to extend those numbers against Baltimore RHP Asher Wojciechowski, who carries a .361 wOBA split to left-handed bats through limited major league innings. Oriole Park at Camden Yards plays friendly to left-handed power as well.
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 Cheslor Cuthbert (1B – KC), Luis Rengifo (2B – LAA), Kyle Seger (3B – SEA), Jorge Soler (OF – KC), Kevin Kiermaier (OF – TB) 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:
Brett Gardner (OF – NYY) follows a similar rationale to his aforementioned teammate, Tauchman. While Garnder has been somewhat mediocre this season, he’s still a multi-hit candidate who has flexed some “pop” with 16 homers. He’ll look to cash-in on this encouraging draw at Baltimore as well.
Kevin Newman (SS – PIT) is a comfortable fantasy shortstop with a relaxed salary. He’s building his way to a hot streak after collecting six hits, five RBIs, and four stolen bases over his last five starts. The draw against Milwaukee RHP Chase Anderson (.352 wOBA vs RHB) puts the Pittsburgh infielder in DFS consideration.
Did you know that Cesar Hernandez (2B – PHI) has recorded multiple hits in seven of his last 10 games? Did you know that opposing pitcher, Arizona’s Mike Leake, has surrendered 19 hits over his past two starts (12.2 IP)? Now you know both of those fun facts. Go ahead and directly apply them to make a better fantasy baseball roster.