This article aims to help you pin down the best overall plays (and values) for daily fantasy purposes. The following write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, meaning injury information, weather, and lineup cards could alter the fantasy landscape. Checking starting lineups and scanning our MLB Headlines Feed should keep you in the loop.
This article covers the main slate starting at 7:07 ET with nine total games.
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Chad Bettis – Colorado (@ San Diego)
Charlie Morton is the top lift at pitcher tonight. You know the list of probable starters is pretty shallow when that’s the case. However, his matchup vs a struggling Baltimore offense (didn’t get a run in three games vs Minnesota starters) looks good enough. He should see plenty of run support to get the “win bonus” as well.
On the other hand, I’m finding myself looking even cheaper at starting pitcher for some lineup combinations. Chad Bettis gets a nice matchup against a non-imposing San Diego offense in pitcher-friendly Petco Park. While that’s not necessarily a cure-all, it puts him in a fine position to outperform the cheap salary. On a night where we don’t have many obvious pitching choices, taking a chance on Bettis (then loading up on bats) could payoff.
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Justin Smoak – Toronto (vs White Sox)
The “Smoak Monster” lived up to his name over the weekend, going 6-8 with two homers and eight RBI in two games. He has a juicy matchup against White Sox RHP Reynaldo Lopez, and Toronto checks in with the second highest run-scoring projection as a result. Smoak is a fantastic selection within that, and his salary remains moderate ($3.3k) on FanDuel.
Devon Travis – Toronto (vs White Sox)
As I mentioned in the previous write-up, Toronto has the second highest run-scoring projection of the night. Keeping that in mind, I’ll be looking to build a cost-effective Blue Jay stack. Travis should be hitting leadoff with excellent lineup security in front of Donaldson and Smoak. The second base position is somewhat shaky today (outside of Altuve’s expensive salary), so taking the cheap route with Travis seems like a good move.
Alex Bregman – Houston (vs Baltimore)
Like most people in the fantasy baseball hemisphere, I’m expecting a huge season from Bregman. That campaign has yet to begin, as he went 2-16 with a run in the opening four game series at Texas. The salary remains very tame as a result, and this is nice buy-low opportunity. Houston is far and away the highest projected offense of the night, and Bregman should see plenty of opportunities in the heart of that order. Baltimore RHP Chris Tillman is coming off a horrendous season that resulted in a 7.84 ERA through 19 starts and 93 innings. His first appearance of the 2018 season could bring more of the same.
Tim Anderson – Chicago White Sox (@ Toronto)
Like second base, the shortstop position is somewhat difficult tonight. You could spend on Carlos Correa or Francisco Lindor, but they aren’t 100% necessities when factoring the cumbersome salaries. When looking for savings, Tim Anderson could be your guy. He has the ability to rack up fantasy production in all categories, exemplified with three hits, two homers, three runs, and a stolen base in two games at Kansas City. He’ll hold the platoon advantage over Jays LHP Jaime Garcia, and the park factor in Toronto is better than most tonight.
Josh Reddick – Houston (vs Baltimore)
Did I mention the Astros carry the highest run-scoring projection of the night? Reddick is an economical selection within a confident Houston stack. I already laid out the inconsistencies of Baltimore RHP Chris Tillman, and Reddick should hold a premium lineup spot to make some fantasy noise.
Curtis Granderson – Toronto (vs White Sox)
If you haven’t caught on by now, I’m looking to stack Astros and Blue Jays for my lineups. It works out pretty well, as Toronto’s hitters are cheap enough to offset the premium salaries of those Houston superstars (Springer, Altuve, Correa, etc). Curtis Granderson is a prime example. He’ll likely be hitting cleanup in a solid matchup vs Reynaldo Lopez. Despite that, Grandy is almost minimum-salary (2.1k) on FanDuel.