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.
Cole Hamels – Chicago Cubs (vs Pittsburgh)
Hamels got shelled for seven earned runs through six innings at Arizona in his last start (last Wednesday). However, he’ll return to Wrigley Field this evening, where he has been very good ever since getting traded to the Cubs. The wind isn’t blowing out in Chicago, which should help his cause. Hamels checks in as a steady -160 home favorite, and the salary remains economical on DraftKings and FanDuel. I’m willing to take a chance on him through all formats tonight.
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Yuli Gurriel – Houston (at Toronto)
Yuli is heating up at exactly the right time for Houston and DFS backers alike. He has racked up 10 hits, three homers, 10 RBI, and six runs over his most recent four games. He has a very good matchup to keep the momentum tonight, facing Toronto RHP Marco Estrada and his .376 wOBA vs right-handed bats. I can’t believe Yuli is only $3400 on FanDuel – thinking his salary would easily eclipse the $4k threshold. I’ll gladly accept the discount in cash games.
Jonathan Villar – Baltimore (at Boston)
Jonathan Villar has been a beast down the stretch while finally seeing regular playing time following a trade to Baltimore. He has an exceptional power/speed combination that leads to some fantastic DFS upside. That could be on full display against Boston RHP Nathan Eovaldi, who has been up-and-down lately with a .337 wOBA vs left-handed bats to boot. Take at-bats in hitter-friendly Fenway Park doesn’t hurt Villar’s cause either.
Rafael Devers – Boston (vs Baltimore)
Josh Donaldson was initially listed as the featured write-up at third base. I ended up having a change of heart, as Devers has a similarly good matchup while swinging a hot bat for a cheaper salary. He has collected five hits, two homers, four RBI, and four runs over his most recent four games – and I wouldn’t be surprised if he added to those totals tonight. The matchup vs Dylan Bundy (.364 wOBA vs LHB) in hitter-friendly Fenway Park is a good one.
Paul DeJong – St. Louis (vs Milwaukee)
This is more of a “gut call” than anything, but you can feel confident in DeJong while in the midst of his current hostreak (nine hits, two doubles, two homers, seven RBI over past six games). Chase Anderson has been good, but not great this season – and he still allows plenty of contact. Anderson has always carried reverse-splits throughout his career, which feeds into DeJong’s wheelhouse as a right-handed hitter.
Andrew Benintendi – Boston (vs Baltimore)
This is a pretty easy call, as Benintendi has a mid-range salary ($3600) while settling into a pretty good matchup in Fenway Park’s hitter-friendly environment. As mentioned earlier with Rafael Devers, Baltimore RHP Dylan Bundy has a vulnerable .364 wOBA split vs left-handed bats – something that Benintendi could easily pounce on. In fact, Benintendi has solid numbers in his previous meetings vs Bundy, further the rationale even more.
David Dahl – Colorado (vs Philadelphia)
It’s crazy to think that we’ve come this far in the lineup without featured a write-up of Coors Field. David Dahl meets all the criteria: 1) Great hitting environment. 2) Non-imposing salary. 3) Strong matchup to take advantage of Philly RHP Zach Elfin’s .365 wOBA vs LHB … Dahl has been somewhat quiet at the plate recently, but coming home to Colorado’s hitting utopia after an extended road trip should change that.