This article will outline the best daily fantasy MLB plays of the day at every position. We’ll take a comprehensive look across the DFS industry 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.
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We will be looking at the six-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Clayton Kershaw - LA Dodgers (at Miami)
Kershaw is the obvious choice on this limited six-game slate, and I’m not getting cute when it comes to cash games. Sure, the Dodgers’ ace is pricey, but the rest of this article will reveal a path to make him work alongside some exciting hitters (hint: punt plays are involved). I believe that’s the best strategy for your head-to-head and 50/50 style contests, and the fact that Kershaw is facing Miami (worst hitting team in baseball) helps solidify that opinion.
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Daniel Vogelbach - Seattle (at Detroit)
I am shocked that Edwin Jackson still has a job, although he’s nothing more than an innings-eater (is he even that?) for a tanking Detroit team. The veteran right-hander carries a .343 wOBA split to left-handed bats throughout his career. That number has increased through these recent sunset years, and Vogelbach has the necessary power to jump all over him tonight. The first base position is competitive with Pete Alonso, Freddie Freeman, and Paul Goldschmidt all demanding attention. However, Vogelbach has my vote as the top overall lift with the best matchup potential of that group.
Nicky Lopez - Kansas City (vs. St. Louis)
This is a spot where I’m looking to save salary in order to roster Clayton Kershaw alongside some confident bats. Max Muncy and Ozzie Albies are respectable options at second base, but I’m not willing to entertain their marked-up salaries when push comes to shove. That leads me to Kansas City 2B Nicky Lopez as a “pure punt” at minimum salary. The good news comes from a matchup against St. Louis RHP Dakota Hudson, who carries a .395 wOBA split to left-handed bats. I’m essentially clicking Lopez into my lineup (if he’s starting), enjoying the savings, and crossing my fingers that he makes a fantasy contribution in some way, shape, or form.
Jose Osuna - Pittsburgh (at LA Angels)
Josh Donaldson and Kyle Seager are the headliners at third base, but Osuna is a value proposition worth monitoring if those two don’t fit into your budget. LA Angels LHP Dillon Peters has looked reasonably good over his last few starts, but he’s still allowing plenty of contact. Osuna holds impressive numbers this season with a .317 average, eight homers, and 26 RBIs across 123 at-bats. He’ll see a marginal park upgrade in Los Angeles, and I’m keeping the Pirates’ slugger in consideration through all formats.
Corey Seager - LA Dodgers (at Miami)
Miami RHP Elieser Hernandez holds an inflated .384 wOBA split to left-handed bats through his MLB career so far. Seager has been heating up with seven hits, five doubles, one homer, and seven runs over his past seven starts - and this is an excellent spot for him to keep thriving. The park factor in Miami isn’t great, but the matchup potential more than offsets it.
Shohei Ohtani - LA Angels (vs. Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh RHP Chris Archer has been reasonably effective over his last two starts, but I’m not 100% sold that he’s back to his All-Star form. The Pirates’ ace holds a 5.23 ERA on the season while allowing a .354 wOBA split to left-handed bats with occasional home run tendencies along the way. That feeds into the wheelhouse of Shohei Ohtani, who is finding a groove with eight hits, four runs, and six RBIs over his last four starts.
Mallex Smith - Seattle (at Detroit)
Building a complete Seattle stack against Detroit RHP Jackson isn’t a bad idea. I’ll be looking towards Vogelbach, Smith, Seager, Santana, and Crawford in order of preference. As for Smith, he stands to benefit from Jackson’s generous wOBA split to left-handed bats. The Mariners’ speedster brings a confident bat into this mouthwatering draw, collecting six hits with three doubles, one triple, four runs, and two stolen bases over his last five games.