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This article outlines the best daily fantasy MLB plays of the day at every position. We take a comprehensive look to uncover these core recommendations, factoring respective salaries into the analysis.
Please note, these player picks were organized early in the day. For MLB contests, always check lineups and weather closer to game time. Rain, wind, or unexpected managerial decisions could open up additional sources of value. Be sure to keep an eye on the MLB Headlines and Injuries desk.
We’ll focus our attention on the 13-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Top Play: Sean Manaea - Oakland (vs. LA Angels)
I really like this spot for Manaea tonight. He has been pitching extremely well, allowing just two earned runs across 26.2 innings over his last four starts. He also has 25 strikeouts over that span. It just so happens that he faced the Angels twice in that stretch, tossing 11.2 innings with two earned runs and 14 Ks. There’s a good chance Manaea keeps the momentum tonight against an LAA team that has an extremely top-heavy lineup without Mike Trout.
Pivot: Alex Wood - San Francisco (vs. Arizona)
Wood has been somewhat shaky over his last three starts, but the southpaw finds himself in a beautiful bounce-back spot. Starting in pitcher-friendly Oracle Park as a considerable home favorite definitely helps. As for his opponent, the Diamondbacks rank 24th in wRC+ with an above-average strikeout rate of 23.8%. I’m not afraid to invest in Wood as a legitimate value option.
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Top Play: Dom Nunez - Colorado (vs. San Diego)
There shouldn’t be much of a surprise here, as the Rockies will return to hitter-friendly Coors Field for the first time in about a week. Despite the helpful park boost, Nunez has a tolerable salary across most DFS sites. This seems drastic, but Nunez actually has a -2 wRC+ on the road this season compared to a 98 wRC+ mark at home. I’d say he’s happy to return to Coors Field, and you should seriously consider him in DFS tonight.
Pivot: Ryan Jeffers - Minnesota (at Seattle)
Jeffers is a cheap platoon bat who should get the starting nod for Minnesota tonight. He has flexed some offensive ability this month with three multi-hit outings and three homers over his last eight starts. He’s near minimum salary while stepping into a decent righty/lefty matchup against Marco Gonzales, who has been pretty mediocre since returning from injury.
Top Play: Daniel Vogelbach - Milwaukee (vs. Cincinnati)
Don’t look now but Daniel Voglebach is on fire. The big lefty has slapped two homers and three doubles with five runs and four RBI over his last five games. He’ll keep a premium lineup spot for the Brewers while taking at-bats in hitter-friendly American Family Field. Vogelbach is still moderately priced despite his recent surge.
Pivot: Bobby Bradley - Cleveland (vs. Baltimore)
Bradley is a sneaky-good value bat within the Cleveland lineup. Since getting called up, Bradley has gone 8-18 with two homers, six runs, and seven RBI over six games. Not too shabby. He’ll have a chance to extend those numbers against Baltimore RHP Dean Kremer, who holds a .355 wOBA split to left-handed bats.
Top Play: Ryan McMahon - Colorado (vs. San Diego)
There’s plenty to like from both offenses in this Colorado-San Diego matchup. Padres’ RHP Dinelson Lamet has been pretty good this season, but he’s coming off a shaky start (5 IP, 4 ER) against the Cubs. Meanwhile, McMahon has smacked two homers over his last two starts and now he returns to the best hitting environment in baseball.
Pivot: Jorge Polanco - Minnesota (at Seattle)
Minnesota has underachieved this season, but don’t forget about them as a sneaky-good stack tonight. Players like Polanco, Donaldson, and Cruz are all capable of a breakout. As for Polanco, he’s a switch-hitter who has looked good from the right side of the plate this season. Seattle LHP Marco Gonzales has looked shaky since coming off the injured list, and he allowed seven earned runs with nine hits through 4.1 innings against the Twins earlier this season.
Top Play: Manny Machado - San Diego (at Colorado)
Stack the Padres! Colorado LHP Austin Gomber has been a pleasant surprise this season, but there’s a good chance San Diego gets to him tonight. This will be the third time the Padres see Gomber in the span of two months, so they might catch onto his stuff. Playing in hitter-friendly Coors Field doesn’t hurt either. Machado is one of the best overall fantasy players of this slate alongside teammates Tatis, Pham, and Myers.
Pivot: Kelvin Gutierrez - Kansas City (vs. Detroit)
The Royals are another underrated stack to keep an eye on. Gutierrez is a cheap lift within that, as he’ll try to extend the struggles of Detroit LHP Matt Boyd. The Tigers’ southpaw has allowed 4+ earned runs in four of his last five games, and the Royals have enough capable hitters to shorten his outing again tonight.
Top Play: Gavin Lux - Dodgers (vs. Philadelphia)
Lux is one of the cheaper bats within this well-aligned Dodgers’ offense. It just so happens that he holds a premium lineup spot while swinging a hot bat as well. Lux has tallied five hits over his last three games, smacking two doubles with a homer and five RBI to boot. Now he’ll face Philadelphia RHP Spencer Howard, who carries a .396 wOBA split to left-handed bats across limited major league innings.
Pivot: Willy Adames - Milwaukee (vs. Cincinnati)
Adames is no stranger to the pivot section of this article. He’s a bargain bat with power at a position that doesn’t offer much in that regard. Throw in a decent matchup with a nice park factor, and Adames is worth a dice roll if you need savings. It helps that he has produced seven hits over his last five starts.
Top Play: Tommy Pham - San Diego (at Colorado)
Stack the Padres! Pham is a nice play through all formats tonight, and his DFS viability stems from the same rationale used earlier with Machado. Pham is also cheaper than some of his teammates, so that’s a bonus (depending on which site you are playing on). He’s hitting leadoff for a team with the highest run-scoring projection of the night, and Pham is seeing the ball well with five hits over his last two games.
Top Play: Charlie Blackmon - Colorado (vs. San Diego)
Stack’em from both sides in this game! It’s supposed to be hot in Colorado, and the ball should be flying around the yard. Blackmon has been a Coors Field staple for DFS purposes over the years, and today is no exception to that. If you need some extra savings, you can look towards fellow outfielder Yonathan Daza.
Pivot: Dominic Smith - NY Mets (vs. Chicago Cubs)
Don’t sleep on the Mets today, particularly their left-handed bats. Cubs’ RHP Jake Arrieta has had a tough time against lefties over the past few years, holding a .378 wOBA split in that regard. Smith is the best power lefty for the Mets, but don’t forget about Francisco Lindor and Jonathan Villar (if playing) either.