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 focusing on the evening slate starting at 7:05 ET with seven games.
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David Price – Boston (at Minnesota)
The Twins have been pretty bad against left-handed pitching this season, ranking bottom ten in both wOBA and wRC+ while holding the fifth highest strikeout rate (24.6%) vs southpaws. Brian Dozier is the only Minnesota hitter of real concern against left-handers, and he’s going through a rough-patch while only hitting .217 on the season. Switch-hitter Eduardo Escobar has been hot, but he’s doing most of his damage from the left side of the plate. Otherwise, power threats like Eddie Rosario, Logan Morrison, and Max Kepler could be crossed up within this lefty-lefty matchup. Price’s salary looks really good on FanDuel ($8600), and I’m looking to invest through all formats.
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Dominic Smith – NY Mets (at Colorado)
Smith was recently called up with Jay Bruce landing on the disabled list. He’s a capable power hitter who has the ability to take advantage of the promising matchup (vs Chad Bettis) in Coors Field. The $3000 salary blends favorably into most lineup combinations, and there’s a chance Smith will hold a lower-than-deserved ownership rate due to a lack of name recognition. That will come despite some intriguing upside.
Rosell Herrera – Kansas City (vs Texas)
This is a “strategic punt” to help squeeze more top-dollar hitters into my lineup. Herrera is starting to see regular at-bats for Kansas City, now that Jorge Soler is on the disabled list. He has looked good in back-to-back games with three hits, a triple, two RBI, and a stolen base. The matchup profiles well tonight, stepping in against Texas RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx and his .354 wOBA vs RHB.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa – Texas (at Kansas City)
Kiner-Falefa is a nice fallback option ($2800 on FanDuel) if you don’t have enough salary to make top picks like Arenado, Frazier, Devers, etc work. The Texas infielder has been heating up with six hits, three doubles, four RBI, and four runs over his most recent four games. “IKF” is a strong candidate for multiple hits and runs, especially while facing the recent struggles of Kansas City RHP Jakob Junis – who has allowed 12 earned runs and 17 hits through 10.2 innings over his past two starts.
Alcides Escobar – Kansas City (vs Texas)
Escobar follows the same rationale as his teammate, Rossel Herrera, mentioned above. Alcides is near minimum salary while potentially seeing several RBI situations in a non-imposing matchup against Austin Bibens-Dirx. Colorado shortstop Trevor Story is very expensive, and there’s not much opportunity cost outside of him at this position. That has me looking deep for value, and Escobar has one of the better matchups when looking cheap.
Also Consider: Trevor Story, Ahmed Rosario
Michael Conforto – NY Mets (at Colorado)
I really like Michael Conforto tonight, as he has plenty of power to take advantage of the Coors Effect. Also, he’s noticeably cheaper than top outfielders like Blackmon and Nimmo (who I’m also looking towards). Conforto has broken his early-season slump by notching seven hits with two homers and six RBI over his past six games. Colorado RHP Chad Bettis has allowed five or more earned runs in each of his past four home starts. I’d be surprised if that streak was snapped tonight.
Gerardo Parra – Colorado (vs NY Mets)
Don’t look now, but Gerardo Parra has been on fire. He has racked up nine hits, five runs, and eight RBI over his past six games. He has an excellent opportunity to add to that total in a massive 11.5 run over/under in hitter-friendly Coors Field. Despite the recent hotstreak, Parra remains reasonably priced ($3500) on FanDuel.