Bargain Bin: Wednesday, July 20
If you dig around a bit, there are plenty of excellent bargains 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 – Brandon McCarthy, OAK ($5,200) – On Friday, McCarthy allowed two runs off six hits and a walk through 5.1 innings (seven strikeouts) – good enough to earn his second win of the season. You won’t find another veteran pitcher with a 2.62 FIP/3.35 xFIP this year with a cheaper price tag.
C – Mike McKenry, PIT ($2,900) – with Ryan Doumit out until late August and Chris Snyder still on the shelf, McKenry is the red-hot Pirates’ starting catcher. He’s got three multi-hit games in his last nine, including his only career homer. If you’re going to trim some salary at the catcher spot, he’s one of the better backstop bargain bets.
1B – Brandon Allen, ARI($2,600) – Allen has homered in two straight (and he’s just played three total games), so he’s an insanely hot hand with lots of upside. So far, Allen has seven career homers in just 156 career ABs over three seasons.
2B – Chase d’Arnaud, PIT ($2,500) – The rookie is questionable with a minor neck injury, but if he’s somehow in the starting lineup, he’s an incredible bargain at just $2.5K.
3B – Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE ($2,600) – Another highly touted rookie, Chisenhall has earned a regular spot in the Indians lineup, although he’s hitless in his last 10 ABs and has struggled at the plate thus far this season. But I hear that facing Nick Blackburn is a great way to break out of a slump. Giddyup.
SS – Reid Brignac, TB ($2,600) – The fourth-year middle infielder is too good a hitter to be under the Mendoza line this year. As the Rays’ starter at shortstop, I think Brignac can turn things around against Freddy Garcia and the Yanks on Wednesday. He was a .256/.307/.385 hitter last year in 301 ABs – which shows a stark contrast with his .492 OPS this season.
LF – Andy Dirks, DET ($2,900) – Dirks doesn’t play every day, but he’s hit safely in six straight games and is batting a respectable .256/.306/.440 in 43 games this season for the Tigers. With six homers in just 125 ABs, he’s been an excellent risk/reward guy if he gets the nod somewhere in the starting lineup.
RF – Travis Buck, CLE ($2,700) – Buck remains one of the better sub-$3K bargain bins players at 1.6 FanDuel points per contest. He’s got Austin Kearns in front of him on the depth chart, but when he’s the starter, Buck puts up decent numbers against righties and is a fine value for this low, low price.
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