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MLB DFS Plays: Monday 4/12

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: April 12, 2021, 5:45 pm ET

This article outlines the best daily fantasy MLB plays of the day at every position. We take a comprehensive look to uncover these core recommendations, factoring respective salaries into the analysis.

Please note, these player picks were organized early in the day. For MLB contests, always check lineups and weather closer to game time. Rain, wind, or unexpected managerial decisions could open up additional sources of value. Be sure to keep an eye on the MLB Headlines and Injuries desk.

We’ll focus our attention on the 12-game evening slate starting at 7:05 ET.

HITTING STACKS

NY Yankees (at TOR - Ray) 

The Blue Jays are currently playing their home games in Florida, which yielded plenty of runs in their last series with the Angels. That could continue tonight when the Yankees come to town. We all know NYY has a righty-heavy power lineup, and that could spell trouble for Toronto LHP Robbie Ray - who is coming off an elbow injury. Ray held an inflated 6.62 ERA in 2020 that includes a .425 wOBA clipt to right-handed bats. 

Houston (vs. DET - Mize) 

You have to like this spot for Houston, as they are facing a mediocre pitcher at home. Detroit RHP Casey Mize has a career 6.40 ERA that could ascend after tonight. It doesn’t hurt that Detroit's bullpen ranks last in collective WAR. 

NY Mets (vs. PHI - C.Anderson) 

Philadelphia RHP Chase Anderson had a 7.22 ERA in 2020, and he holds reverse-splits with a .349 wOBA to right-handed bats throughout his career. James McCann, Pete Alonso, and others will look to take advantage. 

PITCHER

Top Play: Tyler Glasnow - Tampa Bay (vs. Texas) 

Gerrit Cole is fantastic, but I’ll be looking towards Glasnow wherever I can get him at a meaningful discount - which is pretty much every DFS site. This is an outstanding matchup for the Tampa righty, as he’s listed as a -210 favorite against a strikeout-prone Texas team. Glasnow has looked smooth through two starts this season, and I believe that will continue in tonight’s favorable draw. 

Pivot: Wade Miley - Cincinnati (at San Francisco) 

Miley tossed six shutout innings in his season debut, recording six strikeouts en route to a victory. That came against the Pirates, so we’ll take it with a grain of salt. San Francisco has some hitters who could pose problems for Miley, but that is somewhat negated by the shift to pitcher-friendly Oracle Park. Miley is a cheap SP2 with upside if he can find the same command as his last start. 

Also Consider: Gerrit Cole, Zack Greinke

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CATCHER

Top Play: James McCann - NY Mets (vs. Philadelphia) 

I pretty much laid everything out in the “Hitting Stacks” section. Philadelphia RHP Anderson has had trouble against right-handed bats throughout his career, and McCann is in a nice spot to take advantage. He’s a little bit cheaper than the elite catchers as well. 

Pivot: Yadier Molina - St. Louis (vs. Washington) 

Most people view Molina as more of a defensive-minded catcher, but he can occasionally inflict some damage with the bat. The Cardinals weren’t mentioned in the stacks section, but they probably deserve to be while facing Washington RHP Erick Fedde - who has a career .359 wOBA to right-handed bats. 

Also Consider: Salvador Perez, Gary Sanchez 

FIRST BASE

Top Play: Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia (vs. NY Mets) 

Hoskins has gotten off to a really nice start this season, and now he’ll settle into a favorable righty/lefty matchup against NYM southpaw David Peterson. Hoskins homered off him last week, and there’s a chance the Phillies will get to him once again. 

Pivot: Carlos Santana - Kansas City (vs. LA Angels) 

Santana doesn’t have good career numbers against LAA RHP Alex Cobb, but most of that came before Cobb’s numbers fell off a cliff. Cobb has been pretty bad over the last few seasons, and it’s only a matter of time until the floodgates open. This is a sneaky-good spot for Kansas City’s beefed-up offense to pile up the runs. 

Also Consider: Pete Alonso, Paul Goldschmidt 

SECOND BASE

Top Play: DJ LeMahieu - NY Yankees (at Toronto) 

As mentioned earlier, Toronto LHP Ray is coming off a bad season while currently working through an elbow issue. Now he has to face one of the toughest lineups for a left-handed pitcher. There’s a reason the Yankees have the highest run-scoring projection of the night, and LeMahieu should be in the middle of that. 

Pivot: Ty France - Seattle (at Baltimore) 

I’ve been pretty impressed with Ty France lately. He holds a premium lineup spot for Seattle, coming through with multiple hits in three of his last five games. The Mariners make for a nice stack at Baltimore tonight against an unproven pitcher and rough bullpen. 

Also Consider: Whit Merrifield, Tommy Edman 

THIRD BASE

Top Play: Nolan Arenado - St. Louis (vs. Washington) 

As mentioned earlier, the Cardinals make for a fine stack on this slate. Washington RHP Erick Fedde allowed six hits and five earned runs last week vs. Atlanta, and there’s a chance St. Louis will get to him tonight. Arenado actually isn’t insanely priced as he has been in previous seasons, so you can roster him comfortably in a nice matchup without sacrificing too much at other positions. 

Pivot: Alec Bohm - Philadelphia (vs. NY Mets) 

Bohm ripped a homer off NYM LHP Peterson last week as well. I’m not calling for a repeat performance, but there’s a chance the Philly infielder will do something noteworthy. Bohm is cheap while looking at this nice righty/lefty draw. He’s fully capable of racking up a pair of hits with a homer and stolen base. 

Also Consider: Alex Bregman, Kyle Seager  

SHORTSTOP

Top Play: Gleyber Torres - NY Yankees (at Toronto) 

Torres is a cheap addition to a Yankees’ stack, and that’s the direction I’m looking for cash games. The shortstop position isn’t great tonight, making it easier to take the value route. Torres has been hitting fifth for the Yankees, giving him several opportunities to collect RBIs. 

Pivot: Paul DeJong - St. Louis (vs. Washington) 

DeJong was incredible in the second game of the season, smacking a pair of homers against the Reds. He hasn’t done much of anything fantasy-wise since then. Could we see another breakout tonight? The matchup certainly obliges, as he’ll face the aforementioned struggles of Washington RHP Fedde. 

Also Consider: Carlos Correa, Jonathan Villar 

OUTFIELD

Top Play: Franmil Reyes - Cleveland (at Chicago White Sox) 

We highlighted an expensive pitcher and some top hitters throughout this article, so now it’s time to save some money. Franmil Reyes is an outstanding slugger with a mid-range salary tonight. He’ll settle into a nice righty/lefty matchup against CWS LHP Carlos Rodon in a ballpark that helps right-handed power. That’s all I need to hear to look his way. 

Top Play: Mark Canha - Oakland (at Arizona) 

Canha loves hitting against left-handed pitchers, and he’ll settle into a nice draw against this descending version of Arizona LHP Bumgarner. The former World Series MVP held a .404 wOBA to right-handed bats last season along with a 6.48 ERA. Bumgarner has tossed nine innings this season, allowing 15 hits and 11 earned runs. The Oakland right-handed bats, including Canha, could extend those struggles tonight. 

Pivot: Taylor Trammell - Seattle (at Baltimore) 

Is this guy for real? I’m not sure, but Seattle will keep giving him at-bats to find out. Trammell had an outstanding series in Minnesota over the weekend, launching two homers with four RBI over his last two games. That’s a tough ballpark for a lefty to smack homers too. Meanwhile, Oriole Park in Baltimore tends to help left-handed power. Do you see where I’m going with this? Baltimore RHP Dean Kremer can be considered (maybe) average until proven otherwise, and I believe Seattle will score some runs tonight. 

Also Consider: Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Kyle Tucker, Austin Meadows, Ramon Laureano, Kole Calhoun

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Spencer Limbach

Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.