Bargain Bin: Wednesday, June 15
If you dig around a bit, there are plenty of excellent bargain to be found on FanDuel. I’ve taken a lot of the hard work out of it for you, highlighting several players who are poised to provide great bang for your buck in Wednesday’s games. Whether you’re entered in one of FanDuel’s competitive contests or prepping for a head-to-head battle for cold hard cash, the following players could give you the winning edge.
P – Dillon Gee, NYM ($4,500) – There’s plenty about Gee to like, especially that he’s managed top accumulate seven victories (without a loss) as a rookie in a tough division. He’s won five in a row and is sporting a 3.05 ERA with 44 Ks in 62 innings. While that’s not exactly lights-out, he’s got a few good pitches, including a solid fastball, an excellent change and a pretty effective cutter that helps him post good numbers against lefties (.156 BAA). The Braves aren’t pushovers, but they only compiled four hits off Gee in the last matchup – a 5-0 victory for the Mets on June 4.
C – Ronnie Paulino, NYM ($3,000) – Josh Thole ($2,800) caught Gee’s last start, so he’s a good bargain if he gets the nod, but I still like Paulino – who had a four-hit game on June 8 (including his first homer of the season). Paulino’s got a lot more pop, but I’d feel comfortable going with whoever is in the lineup.
1B – Brett Wallace, HOU ($3,000) – The 24-year-old is turning a lot of heads in Houston, where his OPS is .926 in 34 home games. He’s 1-for-3 career off Morton (too small a sample to draw from), but he’s solid against righties, hitting .331/.408/.494 in 166 ABs.
2B – Scott Sizemore, OAK ($2,800) – Sizemore is really starting to hit (6-for-13 over his last four games) and he’s playing at 3B pretty regularly for Oakland. And who can’t hit Luke Hochevar? Seriously, is there anybody who can’t solve him?
3B – Mike Moustakas, KC ($2,300) – I don’t think I need to explain why he’s listed here…but I will anyway. Moustakas hit safely in each of his first four major league games, and he’s one of the best hitting prospects in baseball. The rookie has already homered, and he’s batting .385 after Tuesday night’s win. Good enough? Good enough.
SS – Eduardo Nunez, NYY ($2,600) – With Derek Jeter sidelined, Nunez will likely get the call at shortstop for the Bombers – unless they give Ramiro Pena a shot after his call-up. Pena, however, is a quality base runner who’s best used in late-game, run-manufacturing situations. In this lineup at Yankee Stadium, anybody can have a big day.
LF – Jordan Schafer, ATL ($2,700) – Schafer went yard on Monday and before last night’s 0-4 performance, had collected six hits in his last four games from the leadoff spot in Atlanta’s lineup.
CF – Ben Revere, MIN ($2,600) – It’s a position where I’d rather have a stud, because the power dropoff is severe once you get sunder $3,000. This rookie outfielder is batting .272 with five steals this season, and playing every day in centerfield is giving him more opportunities to produce. Revere isn’t going to hit many homers, but there’s just not many power-friendly options for this price at CF.
RF – Justin Ruggiano, TB ($2,600) – Rays skipper Joe Maddon says he’s “on the verge.” Of what, we don’t truly know. But you can afford to find out for $2,600. Ruggiano went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the Rays’ win over the Red Sox on Tuesday, giving him 15 hits in his last 31 ABs. He’s now batting .372 with three dingers (along with 9 RBI) in just 43 ABs.
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