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.
Colorado Rockies - The Rockies are playing in their patented hitter-friendly home ballpark, which means they’ll likely be the favorite stack of the night. San Francisco RHP Johnny Cueto has allowed nine hits and five earned runs through 7.2 innings this season, and this could be a brief outing for the veteran. Charlie Blackmon, David Dahl, Trevor Story, Daniel Murphy, and Ryan McMahon are all firmly in play.
San Francisco Giants - On the flip side, the Giants will see a dramatic shift to the hitter-friendly environment of Coors Field. Alex Dickerson, Mike Yastrzemski, Brandon Belt, and maybe even Brandon Crawford all look good against Rockies’ RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez.
Minnesota Twins - The “Bomba Squad” will square off in a home battle against Pittsburgh and LHP Derek Holland, who carries a .346 wOBA split vs. right-handed bats. Nelson Cruz, Mitch Garver, Miguel Sano, and Jorge Polanco could benefit.
Oakland A’s - The A’s could be somewhat underrated tonight despite the strong matchup against Seattle LHP Justus Sheffield. Lefty-mashers like Matt Chapman, Marcus Semien, Chad Pinder, Ramon Laureano, Mark Canha, and Khris Davis are in play.
Gerrit Cole - NY Yankees (vs. Philadelphia) - DK: $11,000 FD: $11,000 Yahoo: $53
Cole is extremely expensive on all three DFS sites, but I firmly believe in paying up for the best pitcher tonight. Finding a reliable hurler who actually has the potential to work seven or more innings (threw 102 pitches last start) is rare this season. Oh yeah, Cole has some pretty impressive strikeout upside as well. It doesn’t hurt that Philadelphia has been on a long layoff due to aCOVID-19 scare. Cole is expensive on all sites, but there are enough cheap hitters (we’ll get to them) to make him blend into a favorable lineup.
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Mitch Garver - Minnesota (vs. Pittsburgh) - DK: $4,400 FD: $2,500 Yahoo: $16
Garver will likely hit leadoff for a Minnesota team primed to put up some runs. The Silver Slugger smacked his first homer of the season yesterday, which certainly helps his confidence level moving forward. There’s a good chance he’ll try for another while stepping into a beautiful righty/lefty matchup against Pittsburgh southpaw Derek Holland. The veteran hurler has allowed a .349 wOBA to right-handed bats throughout his career, which increases to .406 through 57 innings last year. Garver and his teammates will look to jump all over that tonight.
Daniel Murphy - Colorado (vs. San Francisco) - DK: $4,500 FD: $3,300 Yahoo: $14
As mentioned earlier, the Rockies carry the highest run-scoring projection of the night. Daniel Murphy is a relatively cheap bat within that, at least holding a modest salary compared to his superstar teammates. The veteran slugger should see plenty of RBI situations this evening, and he’s brimming with confidence following a sweet 4-4 showing (HR, 2 RBI) showing on Saturday.
Chad Pinder - Oakland (at Seattle) - DK: $2,900 FD: $2,500 Yahoo: $9
Ryan McMahon of Colorado is an attainable option on FanDuel and Yahoo - where he isn’t prohibitively priced. However, I’ll be looking towards Chad Pinder on DraftKings, as he’s only $2,900 over there compared to $4,700 for McMahon. Pinder will step into a comfortable righty/lefty matchup against Seattle LHP Justus Sheffield - who owns a .389 wOBA split to RHB in his brief career. Pinder has enough “pop” to give your fantasy squad a huge lift for this minimal salary.
Matt Chapman - Oakland (at Seattle) - DK: $5,100 FD: $3,700 Yahoo: $18
I really like picking my spots with the Oakland offense tonight. Looking towards Pinder, Chapman, and an economical outfielder seems like the best route. Chapman is a final alternative to the high cost of Nolan Arenado at third base, and you aren’t sacrificing any upside. As mentioned in the previous write-up, Seattle LHP Sheffield has been generous to right-handed bats in his career, and Chapman is one of the top picks to take advantage.
Kevin Newman - Pittsburgh (at Minnesota) - DK: $3,700 FD: $2,300 Yahoo: $9
Yes, Trevor Story and Javier Baez are the top recommendations at shortstop. They are easier to blend into a quality lineup on FanDuel - where the salaries are more relaxed. However, you probably need some value at this stage of building a roster, especially when going with Gerrit Cole at pitcher. I like Kevin Newman at minimal prices across the board. He’ll be leading off for the Pirates while facing Minnesota LHP Lewis Thorpe - who has a career 5.29 ERA through 32.1 MLB innings. While the Twins’ southpaw certainly has the ability, I’m not sure he’s ready to put it all together on the big league stage. Newman and company could find production against him tonight.
Alex Dickerson - San Francisco (at Colorado) - DK: $5,200 FD: $3,200 Yahoo: $15
We can’t forget about the Giants, who stand to benefit from the hitter-friendly conditions of Coors Field. The matchup looks good too, as San Francisco will square off against Rockies’ RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez - who holds a middling .340 wOBA split to lefty hitters. Alex Dickerson is one of several SF hitters (see the stacks section) with the necessary power to make some fantasy noise. His price is very agreeable on FanDuel and Yahoo.
Nelson Cruz - Minnesota (vs. Pittsburgh) - DK: $4,500 FD: $4,200 Yahoo: $25
Cruz has some discouraging BvP numbers against Derek Holland, but I’m not buying into that. The 40-year-old slugger is one of the best hitters in baseball right now, and Holland has fallen from relevancy over the last few seasons. Cruz absolutely destroys left-handed pitching, and I’m hoping he’s underrated in large-field tournaments. The abundance of high-end hitters along with the (invalid) BvP concerns could make that a reality.
If you are in need of more savings, Steven Souza Jr. (OF - CHC) is a platoon slugger with upside. The Cubs will face Kansas City LHP Danny Duffy, which should give Souza numerous chances to prove his worth. He’s cheap across the board, especially on DK at $2,700.
This is a borderline tournament choice, but Ryan McBroom (1B/OF - KC) could make for an interesting bargain filler if you are looking for a “cheapskate special” to round out a lineup. Assuming he’s in the lineup, McBroom could take advantage of more favorable hitting dimensions at Wrigley Field. Opposing RHP Alec Mills looked good in his first start of the season, but I’m not sold on his legitimacy quite yet.
Jose Osuna (1B/OF - PIT) follows the same rationale used earlier with teammate Kevin Newman. Osuna brings plenty of power from the right side of the plate, and he’ll see a nice park upgrade in Minnesota. Don’t overlook him as a cheap source of upside!
Luis Robert (OF - CWS) looks like a smooth veteran despite only playing nine major league games. He has enough strength to effortlessly launch homers to any part of the field, and I’m intrigued by tonight’s welcoming matchup at Milwaukee - where he’ll own the platoon advantage over mediocre LHP Brett Anderson.
Khris Davis (OF - OAK) is only 1-for-21 this season. His price has fallen dramatically because of that slow start, providing an interesting buy-low opportunity in this reasonable matchup at Seattle. I understand the game log is ugly, but we can’t forget that Davis ranked among the leaders in wRC+ against left-handed pitchers last season (145).