This article aims to find the best overall MLB DFS Plays and Bargains to help you construct a cash-worthy lineup. 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.
Keep in mind that we are looking towards the main evening slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Jake Arrieta – Philadelphia (vs NY Mets)
Arrieta has been pretty good this season while holding a 3.66 ERA, and his splits seem to be much better at home. That’s where he’s pitching tonight against a Mets team that he pinned down for nine hits, one earned run, and 10 strikeouts through 13.1 innings pitched in two meetings this year. He makes for a solid, economical play while holding a moderate $8200 salary on FanDuel. I like Arrieta’s chances at recording another quality start against this NYM team that ranks 24th in wOBA on the season.
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J.T. Realmuto – Miami (vs Washington)
Realmuto makes for a sneaky-good option through all formats this evening. We all know he has a solid blend of power and contact that lends favorably for fantasy purposes. That could be enhanced by a juicy matchup against Washington RHP Erick Fedde and his .422 wOBA split vs right-handed bats. Realmuto sat out yesterday, so he should be fresh and ready to take advantage of this plus draw.
Logan Forsythe – Minnesota (at Detroit)
Forsythe is near minimum salary on FanDuel, creating a reasonable value situation to save some cap space. The matchup looks good against Detroit RHP Jordan Zimmermann, who carries a .350 wOBA vs right-handed hitters. For whatever it’s worth, Forsythe has solid career numbers against Zimm as well. He’ll likely continue to hold a premium lineup spot for Minnesota, adding even more rationale to this viable fantasy situation.
Mike Moustakas – Milwaukee (vs Cincinnati)
The Brewers make for one of the top stacks of the night while facing Anthony DeSclafani and the Reds at home. DeSclafani holds a vulnerable .377 wOBA and 22.6% HR/FB split vs left-handed bats. You better believe Milwaukee slugger Mike Moustakas and company will be looking to jump all over that. This seems like a great spot to expect multiple hits with homerun potential from “Moose”.
Lourdes Gurriel – Toronto (at Baltimore)
Toronto makes for a respectable stack tonight as well, stepping in against Baltimore left-handed spot-starter Sean Gilmartin. The southpaw holds an inflated .498 wOBA vs right-handed bats through limited major league innings. The Orioles’ bullpen doesn’t provide much resistance behind him either. That creates a nice situation for hitters like Gurriel, Smoak, and Grichuk – all of which should be on your fantasy radar tonight. Gurriel is a moderately priced shortstop who will hold a premium lineup spot in this confident matchup.
I understand that Christian Yelich is crazy-expensive, but there’s a chance you’ll be able to snag him while taking advantage of the value options listed above. That’s not a bad idea in this beautiful home matchup vs Cincinnati RHP Anthony DeSclafani and his aforementioned .377 wOBA 22.6% HR/FB splits vs left-handed bats … Otherwise, teammate Curtis Granderson stands to take advantage as well, checking in with a much less cumbersome price point. Definitely look towards one of these Milwaukee outfielders for your cash lineup, or even consider both if that’s not stretching your fantasy wallet too thin.
Cedric Mullins – Baltimore (vs Toronto)
There will be runs in this Toronto-Baltimore game. Both sides are looking at promising matchups to pad the box score. We already touched on Toronto’s opportunity, but Baltimore will look to jump mediocre Jays’ LHP Ryan Borucki. Switch-hitting outfielder Cedric Mullins checks in with a moderate salary ($2800 on FanDuel) while hitting leadoff for the Orioles. He’s heating up with seven hits over his past three games, looking like a solid OF3 option for your DFS lineups.