FanDuel MLB Value Plays: Tuesday (6/4)
Another night where all 30 clubs are in action. This kind of slate generally makes for interesting roster construction, which creates opportunities where players become underowned due to the number of playable options. Here are eight players who could potentially go overlooked and provide value.
Madison Bumgarner (SF): $8,900 @ NYM
Bumgarner has been somewhat subpar to begin the 2019 campaign. Fortunately for him, he faces a reeling Mets team in pitcher-friendly Citi Field. His price being below $9,000 seems odd, but his past performances warrant such a tag. However, forward-thinking fantasy players can benefit from this type of situation. New York has an average lineup at best, making their offense one to target rather than one to fear. Mad-Bum’s lack of ownership paired with his ability to still strike batters out makes him an intriguing option.
Jerad Eickhoff (PHI): $7,300 @ SD
Scuffling of late, Eickhoff could be an afterthought on this particular night. Don’t sleep on him here. His $7,300 price point is too low for the type of talent he possesses. Add in the fact that he’s taking on a struggling Padres team in Petco Park, and he presents great value. To begin the season, Eickhoff posted five straight starts worth 30 or more FanDuel points. At this price, he can certainly make that happen again and pay dividends for your squad. San Diego is in the bottom five in runs scored and is tops in the league in K%. Eickhoff is very worthy of a roster spot with upside to produce frontline starter numbers.
Eric Thames (MIL): $2,900 vs. MIA
On a recent hot streak and facing a struggling righty in Pablo Lopez, Thames looks like a solid play here. A career .253/.337/.485 hitter against righties, Thames is setup for a successful night at the ballpark. Although he tends to bat in the bottom third of the order, the Milwaukee lineup is deep, providing Thames with ample RBI opportunities. As large home favorites with a total currently sitting at nine, look for the Brew Crew to inflict damage on Lopez.
Rougned Odor (TEX): $2,600 vs. BAL
I’ve recommended Odor numerous times and feel as though it’s once again warranted. At home in Globe Life Park, with a total of 11, Odor and the Rangers exciting options. Taking on righty Dylan Bundy puts Odor in an advantageous position. He will have the platoon split where Bundy has a career line of .276/.340/.476 versus lefties. Odor has too much upside to still be priced under $3,000. Don’t let others benefit on his potential without getting in on it for yourself.
Gio Urshela (NYY): $2,800 @ TOR
Who would have thought coming into the year that Gio Urshela would be making noise like this, especially on a Yankees team stacked with so many quality options? Regardless, Urshela has been consistent and provides a stable floor for rosters looking to save a few dollars. He will be taking on a lefty in Clayton Richard, someone we shouldn’t fear, while swinging in hitter-friendly Rogers Centre. The Yanks are large road-favorites with a total of nine, indicating their potential success as a unit.
Orlando Arcia (MIL): $2,700 vs. MIA
Stacking Brewers could be a winning strategy on this particular night. Some inexpensive exposure to them is Arcia. A recent two-homer game supports the claim that he possesses the upside necessary to soar to the top of tournaments. As is the case with Thames, Arcia bats towards the bottom of the lineup. Pairing them together could be a successful strategy and they may come in somewhat lower-owned than they should.
Yasiel Puig (CIN): $2,700 @ STL
Puig is a bet-on-talent play in this contest. He will be facing an unproven rookie in lefty Genesis Cabrera. Ideally, this game would be played in Cincinnati, but his power from the right-side can play anywhere. Undoubtedly streaky, Puig is a classic boom-or-bust play, but is always worth rostering due to his unique skill set. The Reds have been playing above their heads to begin this season, which presents Puig with opportunities regardless of his lineup slot.
Chris Taylor (LAD): $2,300 @ ARI
Although Taylor lacks one solidified position, he tends to find himself in the lineup more often than not. Heading into Arizona to face a lackluster righty in Taylor Clarke, look for Chris to make his presence felt. A player at near-minimum salary who can steal an occasional base, while also being capable of hitting the long ball, is someone we need to have on our radars.