This article will outline the best daily fantasy MLB plays of the day at every position. We will take a comprehensive look at FanDuel and DraftKings to uncover these core recommendations, factoring respective salaries into the analysis.
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We will be looking at the eight-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco (vs San Diego)
Bumgarner may not be the same dominant pitcher of previous seasons, but he’s still a quality arm with respectable strikeout upside. It doesn’t hurt that he’s starting in his home, pitcher-friendly park tonight as well. Bumgarner already faced the Padres once this season, tossing seven strong innings with nine strikeouts and two earned runs. I’m expecting a similar box score this time around, which puts him in pretty good shape to earn an all-important win.
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Daniel Vogelbach – Seattle (at Kansas City)
The Mariners are on fire, and Vogelbach has led the charge with seven hits, two doubles, four homers, and eight RBIs over his past three games. He’s clearly swinging a confident bat, and this is an outstanding matchup to keep him going. Kansas City RHP Homer Bailey owns a vulnerable .398 wOBA split to left-handed bats, and Vogelback is capable of power upside no matter the park factor.
Jurickson Profar – Oakland (at Baltimore)
Profar hasn’t done much to begin the season, hitting just .106 with two runs and no RBIs. His price has bottomed-out as a result, and I’m hoping this is an inflection point for the new Oakland infielder. The matchup looks good against Baltimore RHP Andrew Cashner and his .358 wOBA split to left-handed bats. The Orioles’ bullpen doesn’t seem too imposing for the switch-hitter either. Profar makes for a nice “punt play” while hoping his skillset overrides the current cold streak in an encouraging draw.
Josh Donaldson – Atlanta (at Colorado)
This is another situation where I’m hoping the hitter’s overall talent breaks through a rough patch at the plate. Donaldson is another new signing who is having a tough start to 2019, but facing a left-handed pitcher in Coors Field could make everything better. We all know Donaldson was an absolute nightmare to southpaws throughout his prime, and maybe we’ll see him turn back the clock tonight. The hitter-friendly park could help him out.
Dansby Swanson – Atlanta (at Colorado)
Swanson has been an absolute revelation to start the season, smacking three homers with a .346 average so far. He’ll take that hot streak into the hitting utopia of Coors Field, and Atlanta checks in with one of the higher run-scoring projections of the night. The shortstop position is somewhat underwhelming tonight, so Swanson makes for a nice solution to that dilemma.
Charlie Blackmon – Colorado (vs Atlanta)
Blackmon had his struggles in the field last night, but we aren’t really concerned with that for fantasy purposes. The Colorado veteran is still rock-solid at the plate with the ability to produce in every statistical category. The Rockies check in with the highest run-scoring projection of the night, and Blackmon is the best play within that – especially considering the questionable health of Trevor Story and David Dahl.
Trey Mancini – Baltimore (vs Oakland)
Mancini may be overlooked while playing within an underwhelming Baltimore lineup. However, the Orioles’ slugger has blasted four homers with nine runs and nine RBIs this season, and there’s room for more tonight. Mancini will continue to have the benefit of his home park factor, and Oakland RHP Marco Estrada carries a susceptible .398 wOBA to right-handed bats.