WATCH: STACK TO WATCH – THE NATIONALS
After a pair of matinee games this afternoon, there are 26 Major League teams scheduled to take the diamond tonight in the DraftKings main slate. There are several aces scheduled to be on the mound along with some great matchups for big bats who will cost a big chunk of your salary cap. As you build your lineup, though, you’ll probably need at least one player who comes at a cheaper salary. To help you pinpoint the best places to get value, check out this Bargain Bin post available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday featuring five picks from the bargain bin. Let’s get to it.
Eduardo Rodríguez – BOS @ MIN – $7,600
In each of his last two starts, Rodríguez has produced over 25 DKFP. He returned from paternity leave with one scoreless inning out of the bullpen which skews his FPPG number and helps his price stay affordable. In his last start, he held the Cubs to just one run on five hits in six innings on Sunday night. He struck out a season-high nine batters and posted 23.3 DFKP despite getting a no-decision.
Tonight, the Red Sox start a series in Minnesota against the Twins. In three career starts against Minnesota, Rodríguez is 1-1 with a 3.71 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 17 innings. His current form and solid matchup make him my top sub-$8K pitcher to play this Friday.
Lance Lynn – STL @ ATL – $7,800
Like many of his teammates, Lance Lynn struggled early in the season but has bounced back lately. In his first two starts, he allowed eight runs in 10.1 innings, but he has only allowed two runs in his last three starts lowering his ERA from 5.23 to 2.45. Lynn has 20+ DKFP in each of those three starts allowing just 12 hits and five walks in his 19 innings while striking out 17.
Tonight, he’ll get a chance to continue his run as he takes on the Braves in Atlanta. While Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp have been excellent, the Braves still don’t have a ton of depth in their lineup which should set Lynn up for another good outing tonight. I prefer Rodríguez based on his strikeout potential, but Lynn is also a very solid option on the mound for under $8K.
Kendrys Morales – 1B – TOR @ TB – $3,300
In his first season in Toronto, Morales has struggled along with the rest of the Blue Jays’ lineup. He comes into tonight’s game hitting .225, but he has hit safely in three of his last four games going 5-17 with a double, run scored and RBI.
He usually hits right in the middle of the Blue Jays’ lineup, and he should be able to produce a nice stat line tonight as he and the Jays open a series with the Rays at Tropicana Field. In his career, Morales has gone just 16-83 at the Trop but four of those hits have been home runs. He has a great career mark against opposing starter Chris Archer coming in 13-22 (.591) with four doubles and a pair of homers against Archer giving him a 1.654 OPS against the Rays’ ace. I’ll take advantage of Morales’ discounted price and great matchup tonight.
Tim Beckham – SS – TB vs. TOR – $2,900
On the other side of that AL East matchup, Beckham makes a great play tonight after a huge night last night when he had more DKFP than any other batter. Beckham hit a pair of home runs and drove in four runs raising his average to .278 by going 2-4 and bumping his OPS up to .847.
While his overall numbers for the season are enough to merit him a look under $3K, he has been playing even better lately making him by far the best cheap SS option. Over his last ten games, Beckham is 12-38 (.316) with a 1.109 OPS. He has averaged 11.8 DKFP over those 10 games and will look to continue that production tonight against lefty Francisco Liriano and the Blue Jays. Beckham has good career splits against southpaws which make him a great way to save salary again tonight.
Marwin González – 3B/OF – HOU @ LAA – $3,300
González is swinging one of the hottest bats in the Major Leagues. He has hit safely in each of his last six starts going 11-21 with an amazing six home runs and 15 RBI. González has raised his average to .266 on the season with a 1.087 OPS.
Manager A.J. Hinch continues to get him into the lineup since he is tearing it up right now, so look for him to be at one of the corner infield spots or in the outfield tonight. The Astros head to LA to face the Angels tonight and will take on Jesse Chávez. González is 2-10 against Chávez in his career with one of those two hits being a home run. Since he’s still so cheap, I’ll ride his hot streak as long as it lasts.
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