3 MLB FanDuel Value Plays to Target on Friday 6/3/22
With production being highly variable on a night-to-night basis, daily fantasy baseball plays a bit differently than other sports.
As a result of this, the primary method of selecting hitters is to "stack" certain teams in good spots to produce. Most of the top stacks on a given day come with hefty salaries. In addition to that, a vast majority of pitchers with the upside to win tournaments are high-salaried hurlers.
Therefore, crushing your value plays -- whether it be a pitcher unexpectedly piling up strikeouts or a low-salaried batter racking up points -- can be the secret sauce to taking down a tournament.
Which budget options stand out today on FanDuel?
Joey Gallo, OF, Yankees ($2,400)
Joey Gallo is catching a lot of flack for his start to 2022, and I get it. He's got a .272 wOBA and is striking out 37.6% of the time.
However, Gallo has been a little unlucky, with his expected wOBA sitting at .336, and his homer-to-fly-ball rate of 16.7% is miles off his career-long clip of 27.5%. He should bounce back eventually. He's also at home today, and the short porch helps his outlook.
Gallo is a low-salary way to get in on the New York Yankees in their matchup with Elvin Rodriguez, a rookie who had just a 21.6% strikeout rate in 22 2/3 innings in Triple-A before getting the call. The Yankees boast a 4.77 implied total and are one of the slate's best stacks.
Matt Carpenter ($2,500) is another value option from the Yanks. Carpenter hit leadoff the last time New York saw a righty, and he's popped three dingers in his past five games.
Raimel Tapia, OF, Blue Jays ($2,100)
Last year, Gonzalez posted a 5.29 SIERA. He had a 5.38 SIERA in 2020 and a 5.71 SIERA the year before that. A member of the Colorado Rockies for all of that time, Gonzalez wasn't helped by Coors, but he's not good. He had just a 23.2% strikeout rate in 36 2/3 innings this year in Triple-A. He's in a lot of trouble versus the Jays, and Toronto has been handed a juicy 5.54 implied total.
Raimel Tapia -- oddly enough a longtime teammate of Gonzalez's in Colorado -- is a bargain-bin piece of Toronto's lineup, and he's been hot of late, recording four doubles across his last four games.
While Tapia doesn't offer much home-run pop, his salary is super handy if you're trying to stack the Blue Jays and jam in a stud hurler.
Taylor Trammell, OF, Mariners ($2,300)
Dunning has allowed a 48.5% hard-hit rate to left-handed hitters this season, and he's permitted exactly five runs in half of his past four outings.
Trammell is off to a hot start after getting a late jump on the year. Through his first 28 MLB plate appearances this season, he's racked up a .482 wOBA with one jack. He owns a .340 wOBA and 46.3% fly-ball rate in 140 career plate appearances versus righties.
We project Trammel for 10.9 FanDuel points and rate him as the fifth-best point-per-dollar bat.
And while I didn't want to write up Jesse Winker ($2,600) for a third straight day, he's once again a great value option as he should be slotted leadoff against a righty. We project Winker as the slate's second-best point-per-dollar stick.