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.
Andrew Cashner - SP - Boston (vs. Toronto)
Cashner was traded within the AL East, moving from Baltimore to Boston. He’ll make his Red Sox debut tonight, and this is a fantastic matchup for him to make a good impression for the Boston faithful. Cashner has allowed just one earned run and six hits through 14 innings (10 K’s) over his past two starts. One of those appearances (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 K, W) came against the same Toronto offense he’ll see tonight, and the Blue Jays currently rank 24th in wRC+ while tied for the eighth-highest strikeout rate at 24.3%. Cashner should see plenty of run support in his new home, helping his fantasy cause even more.
Oscar Mercado - OF - Cleveland (vs. Detroit)
Mercado broke out of a mini-slump by going 3-5 with two homers and a stolen base last night. His salary remains firmly in bargain territory, and tonight’s matchup inspires plenty of confidence for another rewarding performance. Mercado will hold the platoon advantage over Detroit LHP Ryan Carpenter , who holds a .426 wOBA split against right-handed bats. Go ahead and target Mercado through all formats.
Brandon Crawford - SS - San Francisco (at Colorado)
Crawford has a bargain salary on a few DFS sites (ahem...FanDuel), and I highly recommend taking advantage wherever that’s the case. The San Francisco shortstop has been enjoying his road trip with nine hits, four homers, nine runs, and 11 RBIs over his past five games. Crawford is essentially a different player if you get him outside of his home in pitcher-friendly Oracle Park. Well, this is an extreme park shift in Coors Field, and Crawford has already showcased tremendous upside in this series. He’ll have a chance to keep thriving while facing mediocre Colorado RHP Peter Lambert .
Matt Adams - 1B - Washington (at Baltimore)
Adams doesn’t always start for the Nationals, so his game log looks worse on the surface than it actually is, factoring in 0 fantasy points with 0-1 pinch-hitting performances. Truth be told, Adams has plausible homerun upside displayed with three homers over his last seven starts. This is an excellent spot for him to collect another while noticing a park boost in Baltimore. Orioles RHP Asher Wojciechowski has allowed seven earned runs through 10.2 innings this season, and the Nationals make for a healthy stack against him. Adams is a confident choice within that.
Roberto Perez - C - Cleveland (vs. Detroit)
Perez is enjoying a breakout season with a recent boost of 10 hits, two homers, six runs, and six RBIs over his past six starts. He’s still hitting down in the Cleveland lineup, which could create a lower-than-deserved ownership rate. As mentioned earlier, the Indians could get to Detroit LHP Carpenter tonight, and Perez will enjoy the platoon advantage in this favorable draw.
Several tournament bargains made an appearance in today’s MLB GPP Pivots article. Alex Young (SP - ARI), Robel Garcia (2B - CHC), Todd Frazier (3B - NYM), Jonathan Villar (SS - BAL), and Brandon Dixon (1B - DET) were mentioned as sneaky-good acquisitions over there. Frazier and Villar have my attention as borderline cash plays if you find yourself in need of value.
The honorable mention list of bargains includes Brock Holt (2B - BOS), Adam Eaton (OF - WAS), Eric Thames (1B - MIL), Ryan Braun (OF - MIL), Corey Seager (SS - LAD), and Pablo Sandoval (3B - SF). Both Thames and Braun check in as strong mid-range picks while enjoying the hitter-friendly atmosphere of their home ballpark. Atlanta RHP Bryse Wilson has been generous in limited MLB innings this season, and the Brewers could certainly get to him tonight. Looking towards Adams at first base and Thames in your utility spot creates a nice combination high-upside bargains with homerun (or two) upside.