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 7:05 ET with 10 total games.
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Eduardo Rodriguez – Boston (vs Kansas City)
Rodriguez easily holds the best moneyline designation of any pitcher on this slate (-240). He should get plenty of run support from the always-capable Boston offense as well. E-Rod’s matchup looks pretty good when considering Kansas City’s most intimidating hitters (Moustakas & Duda) will be locked up in a lefty-lefty draw. On top of that, the Royals rank 23rd in wOBA and 24th in wRC+ this season. The only concern comes from Kansas City’s low strikeout rate at 18.2% (lowest in the league). Even if there’s not a ton of K-upside from Rodriguez, he should be able to get through relatively clean for a quality start worth considering in cash games.
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Jesus Aguilar – Milwaukee (at Cincinnati)
The Brewers make for a capable stack against left-handed Reds’ pitcher Brandon Finnegan. A nice park factor in Cincinnati doesn’t hurt either. Aguilar is an economical lift within this matchup, and he should see plenty of RBI opportunities tonight. The Milwaukee first baseman has gotten off to a hot start this season, and he’ll look to jump all over Finnegan’s susceptible .350 wOBA split vs right-handed bats.
Joey Wendle – Tampa Bay (at Detroit)
You could certainly climb the salary ladder to reach Javier Baez at second base. There’s enough value on this slate to make that happen. If you don’t have enough cap space to swing that move, Joey Wendle makes for an adequate mid-range fallback. He has quietly been a hitting machine lately, racking up 12 hits over his past five games. Another pair of hits (and maybe runs or RBIs?) could be in the works tonight considering a promising matchup against RHP Jordan Zimmermann and his .379 wOBA vs left-handed bats.
Evan Longoria – San Francisco (vs San Diego)
Kris Bryant at home vs a mediocre lefty with the wind blowing out to left field is the top play at third base. He’s a great pick through all formats. However, I wanted to provide a less-obvious alternative for a more economical salary.
Evan Longoria has been heating up in his new San Francisco home, racking up five hits, two homers, and five RBI over his past three games. He has always been great against left-handed pitching, and he steps into a welcoming draw vs San Diego southpaw Eric Lauer. The park factor in San Francisco isn’t great, but strong winds (18mph) blowing out could help.
Addison Russell – Chicago Cubs (vs Colorado)
I already mentioned a few Cubs (in passing) throughout this article. The right-handed CHC bats make for a fine mini-stack against Colorado lefty Kyle Freeland. The wind blowing out to left field should give them a nice boost in Wrigley Field. Russell has enough power to take advantage of the situation, checking in as a nice bargain option at a somewhat difficult position.
J.D. Martinez – Boston (vs Kansas City)
The Red Sox check in with the highest run-scoring projection of the night. It’s fair to say that my lineups will contain a nice blend of Boston, Chicago, and Milwaukee hitters tonight. Martinez is the primary representative of Boston, as I believe you can make his cumbersome salary work in this slate. JD will continue to enjoy a monstrous (no pun intended) park shift in Fenway, stepping in against the high-contact likes of Jason Hammel.
Ryan Braun – Milwaukee (at Cincinnati)
You had to know this was coming, right? Braun has a fair, mid-range salary while stepping in against a susceptible left-handed pitcher in a hitter-friendly park. The lefty-masher from Milwaukee is one of the first selections in my lineup tonight, cemented as a cornerstone in cash games.
Also Consider: Lorenzo Cain, Andrew McCutchen, Albert Almora, Denard Span, Max Kepler (tournaments), Aaron Altherr (tournaments) Scott Schebler (tournaments), Austin Jackson (punt), Hernan Perez (punt)