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.
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Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs (at San Diego)
I’m not overly excited to utilize Kyle Hendricks, but he makes for one of the better “per dollar” pitching options on this six-game evening slate. The salary is fair, and his matchup against San Diego (bottom five in most major hitting categories) in pitcher-friendly Petco Park counts for some added bonus points. A lacking strikeout rate keeps Hendricks from achieving any kind of fantasy upside, but it’s unlikely he’ll post a performance that hurts your squad tonight. I’m hoping for six innings, two or less earned runs, four strikeouts, and a win – which would leave me very satisfied with this pick.
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Ryon Healy – Seattle (at Colorado)
For cash games, I’m looking towards Coors Field with either Ian Desmond of the Rockies or Ryon Healy of Seattle. Healy is $800 cheaper (FanDuel pricing) with probably a much lower ownership rate to boot. That has me looking towards him as an intriguing option through all formats. Healy has shown capable power-upside over the past few years, and that could be on display with another high-scoring game (over/under of 12) on tap in Denver.
Dee Gordon – Seattle (at Colorado)
I’m liking Dee Gordon with a mid-range salary on FanDuel to serve as a stacking extension of this game played at Coors Field. Gordon is unlikely to take advantage of the homerun boost in Colorado, but the wide outfields provide plenty of room to pick up extra-base hits. His prowess on the basepaths doesn’t hurt that notion either. We could be looking at multiple hits and runs from Gordon with an outside chance of a steal as well.
Nolan Arenado – Colorado (vs Seattle)
He’s expensive, but the savings provided with Kyle Hendricks at pitcher can help squeeze Arenado into your lineups. It’s not surprising that Colorado has the highest run-scoring projection of the night, as things tend to get crazy in the hitting utopia of Coors Field this time of year. Seattle LHP Wade LeBlanc comes into this game having weathered recent inconsistencies with 14 earned runs allowed over his last four starts. The Rockies make for a dangerous stack yet again, and Arenado leads the way.
Trevor Story – Colorado (vs Seattle)
There are several top-dollar shortstops to choose from, but Story represents the class of the position tonight. He’s so good against left-handed pitching that it’s difficult to pick anyone else in these situations. As mentioned in the previous write-up, Seattle LHP Wade LeBlanc has struggled lately, and Story is an excellent candidate to perpetuate those troubles. Fade him at your own risk.
As you can see, stacking both teams in Colorado makes for a viable cash game strategy. I believe there’s enough cap space to make that work, especially considering the savings Kyle Hendricks provides at pitcher. Span is a measly $3200 on FanDuel, making him a fantastic play through all formats in this high-scoring atmosphere. Haniger is less of a “must play” at $3900, but he still deserves strong consideration if you can absorb the higher price point.
You’ll likely need a few cheap bats to mesh with the expensive hitters playing in Colorado. That’s where the Baltimore Orioles come in. Adam Jones, Mark Trumbo, and Trey Mancini are all economical choices with a strong home matchup vs Texas LHP Martin Perez and his .380 wOBA vs right-handed bats. Jones is my favorite “per dollar” acquisition within that, holding just a $2600 salary on FanDuel.