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.
Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs (vs Pittsburgh)
Lester is probably one of the safer plays for cash games in the evening slate. Gerrit Cole is pricey, and he’s looking at a potential weather situation with a 70% chance of showers in Baltimore. Lester is over $2000 cheaper while checking in as a -160 home favorite. The CHC lefty has been pitching well as of late, going 5-1 with a 1.96 ERA and 41 strikeouts over 41.1 innings in his most recent seven starts. He’ll be looking to stay sharp in his final regular season start tonight.
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Salvador Perez – Kansas City (vs Cleveland)
Perez is a moderately priced option with capable upside displayed through 27 homers on the season. He’ll be facing Cleveland RHP Mike Tomlin, who has been known for his generosity in gifting round-trippers to right-handed hitters. The park factor isn’t great in Kansas City, but that hasn’t provided much resistance to Perez this year. Salvy has racked up five hits and a homer over his past four starts, and I believe he can expand on that in a well-aligned draw.
Daniel Murphy – Chicago Cubs (vs Pittsburgh)
The Cubs check in as the highest projected scoring team of this evening slate. Pittsburgh RHP Trevor Williams has looked good lately, but the wind is blowing out in Wrigley tonight. That has the Vegas oddmakers believing in the Cubbies’ offense. Daniel Murphy seems the most likely to inflict damage on Williams, as he’s swinging a hot bat with an ever-present contact/power combination. He’s a steal at just $3200 on FanDuel.
Josh Donaldson – Cleveland (at Kansas City)
Donaldson seems to be heating up just in time for the playoffs, racking up five hits with three runs and five walks over his past five starts. There’s an excellent chance he’ll inflict even more fantasy damage in a beautiful matchup against Kansas City RHP Glenn Sparkman – who holds a vulnerable .393 wOBA vs right-handed bats.
Jorge Polanco – Minnesota (vs Detroit)
The Twins are coming off an impressive 11-run performance vs Detroit yesterday, and they carry some enticing upside again tonight. Detroit LHP Francisco Liriano has been up-and-down all season, carrying a 4.40 ERA and .365 wOBA vs right-handed bats as a result. Jorge Polanco is a switch-hitter with a premium lineup spot who could easily jump on those numbers. He has been on fire with 13 hits, six extra-base hits, 10 RBI, and two stolen bases over his past nine games. Despite that, Polanco is only $3100 on FanDuel, creating a nice value situation through all DFS formats.
Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs (vs Pittsburgh)
As mentioned earlier, the Cubbies carry the highest run-scoring projection of the evening. That means we should look to pick our spots with their offense despite facing a decent pitcher in Trevor Williams of the Pirates. The wind is blowing out at Wrigley Field (10+ mph to center), giving a nice boost to power bats like Schwarber. It just so happens that Schwarber (and Rizzo) have solid career numbers against Williams, which doesn’t hurt their fantasy rationale.
Michael Conforto – NY Mets (vs Atlanta)
Conforto is a streaky hitter who has been on the right side of things lately, racking up nine hits, three doubles, two homers, five runs, and seven RBI over his past six games. He’ll step in against Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran tonight, who has been up-and-down with a particular susceptibility to left-handed power. That could be enough to keep Conforto’s heater alive, and the $3500 salary doesn’t break the bank either.