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.
Colorado Rockies - The red-hot Rockies will square off against struggling lefty Robbie Ray in the best hitting environment in major league baseball. As a result, Colorado hitters are extremely pricey on DraftKings, but you can blend a viable stack through all formats on Yahoo and FanDuel.
Arizona Diamondbacks - The Diamondbacks find themselves on the other side of this Coors Field matchup. They seem somewhat cheaper (at least in spots) than their counterpart, the Rockies, while stepping into the same encouraging park factor. The best value hitters from Arizona are outlined below.
Texas Rangers - We can’t forget about the Rangers against Seattle RHP Justin Dunn, who has been scorched through six career major league starts. Joey Gallo leads the way (more on him later) with Willie Calhoun (nice value), Shin-Soo Choo, and others deserving consideration.
Lance McCullers Jr. - Houston (vs. San Francisco) - DK: $8,200 FD: $8,400 Yahoo: $31
McCullers seems like the “chalk” option on this slate, but some people will avoid him following a disastrous start at Arizona last week (3.2 IP, 7 H, 8 ER). Maybe he has some lingering issues (or rust) after missing all of last season with Tommy John surgery. If that scares you, then perhaps you’ll feel better with Kyle Gibson or Dallas Keuchel taking the bump for your DFS squad. However, I believe that McCullers can get back on track against a non-imposing San Francisco offense tonight. The oddsmakers tend to agree, dubbing McCullers a whopping -230 home favorite, which is the largest moneyline number of the day.
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Carson Kelly - Arizona (at Colorado) - DK: $3,900 FD: $2,500 Yahoo: $10
Kelly is relatively cheap across all sites despite seeing a comforting park shift in Colorado. He hasn’t done much to begin the season (explaining the bargain salary), but the hitter-friendly environment of Coors Field could help break the slump. Of course, we are considering Kelly on DraftKings and Yahoo, as a catcher isn’t required on FanDuel. We’d rather roll with a first baseman at the combined C/1B spot over there.
Pete Alonso - NY Mets (vs. Washington) - DK: $4,600 FD: $3,500 Yahoo: $11
This recommendation is more for FanDuel and Yahoo, as Alonso is criminally underpriced on those sites. The NYM slugger has gotten off to somewhat of a slow start while hitting .197 with two homers through 16 games, but he still carries immense power upside. Alonso smacked his second round-tripper on Saturday, so perhaps that’s enough to wake him up. He’ll step in against the solid-likes of Washington LHP Patrick Corbin, but I really like the righty/lefty draw here.
Also Consider: Matt Olsen, Ji-Man Choi, Chrisitan Walker
Ketel Marte - Arizona (at Colorado) - DK: $5,000 FD: $4,100 Yahoo: $21
Marte captured the imagination of fantasy enthusiasts last season, showcasing an impressive power/contact combination that yielded 32 homers, 92 RBI, and a sweet .329 average. It’s about time he gets back to that level, and playing in hitter-friendly Coors Field is the perfect time to make it happen. Needless to say, Marte is a priority through all DFS formats this evening.
Eduardo Escobar - Arizona (at Colorado) - DK: $3,700 FD: $3,600 Yahoo: $13
Escobar follows the exact same rationale provided with his teammate, Marte. The switch-hitting third baseman had an unbelievable breakout 2019 campaign with 35 homers and 118 (!) RBI. Eduardo has had a tough time replicating that in the first few weeks of this abbreviated 2020 season, but Coors Field is the perfect remedy for the hitting blues. His .164 average (and other numbers) should be on the rise tonight and the rest of this series.
Trevor Story - Colorado (vs. Arizona) - DK: $6,100 FD: $4,200 Yahoo: $26
Arizona LHP Robbie Ray has struggled to begin the 2020 season, allowing five or more earned runs in two straight starts. That streak could continue while facing a red-hot Colorado team in hitter-friendly Coors Field. Trevor Story is the leading candidate to inflict damage, as he has been one of the best hitters against left-handed pitching over the last few seasons. Make no mistake about it, Story is arguable the top overall hitter on tonight’s slate. If you have enough salary-cap space to spend on just one expensive player, Story is the guy.
Joey Gallo - Texas (vs. Seattle) - DK: $4,700 FD: $4,000 Yahoo: $21
Don’t overlook the Rangers, who will host Seattle RHP Justin Dunn and his 7.85 FIP through 13.2 major league innings. That’s a small sample size, but Dunn hasn’t shown that he can get MLB hitters out with any regularity. His walk rate is high as well (7 BB in 7 IP this season), which could spell trouble against a capable Texas offense. Joey Gallo is the leading candidate to make some noise, and I’m liking Willie Calhoun as a nice cheap option too.
Matt Kemp - Colorado (vs. Arizona) - DK: $4,500 FD: $3,300 Yahoo: $17
The veteran slugger has a proven track record against left-handed pitching, and Kemp apparently still has gas in the tank while hitting 7-of-29 with two homers in eight games this month. I outlined the struggles of Arizona LHP Robbie Ray earlier, and Kemp is in a great spot to take advantage. His salary is especially friendly on FanDuel and Yahoo.
Jake Lamb (1B/3B - ARI) is only $2,700 on DraftKings and $10 on Yahoo. That makes him a strong bargain choice while still getting exposure to the high-scoring potential of Coors Field. We’ll need to double-check that he’s in the lineup, as Lamb’s struggles have kept him out of regular playing time. However, I don’t mind using him as a value filler if he cracks the order.
Kevin Pillar (OF - BOS) is another way to save some cap space on DraftKings, where the pricing is especially tight. The Boston outfielder is only $3,000 over there despite potentially holding a premium lineup spot for the Red Sox tonight. Pillar has cooled-off following an amazing start to the season, but that’s why we’re getting him at a discount. He’ll step into a righty/lefty date with Tampa LHP Ryan Yarbrough, who allowed eight hits and five earned runs through five innings against Boston last game.
Alex Bregman (3B - HOU) could be an underrated option? The third base position is pretty loaded with guys like Nolan Arenado, Eduardo Escobar, and Matt Chapman stealing the show. This makes Bregman overlooked at his high price-point, but we can’t forget about the Astros squaring off against San Francisco RHP Logan Webb.
Michael Chavis (2B - BOS) is another Boston cheapie who is looking to take advantage of the righty/lefty matchup against Yarbrough, hoping the Tampa pitcher continues to struggle against the Red Sox. Chavis went 3-4 with a homer (off Yarbrough) in that game last week, and he could be back for more tonight.
I really like the skillset of J.P. Crawford (SS - SEA). He doesn’t have much power to speak of, but the Seattle leadoff is fully capable of multiple hits and runs on any given night. Texas RHP Kyle Gibson has looked good in his first two starts of the season, but he’s still someone to target against in my opinion. Gibson has been nothing more than an “innings eater” with a low career strikeout rate (7.03 K/9) and borderline passable ERA (4.50). He has shown glimpses of improvement over the past two years, but I’m not afraid to stack talented bats against him.