This article will outline the best daily fantasy MLB plays of the day at every position. We’ll take a comprehensive look across the DFS industry to uncover these core recommendations, factoring respective salaries into the analysis.
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We will be looking at the 13-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Charlie Morton - Tampa Bay (vs. Toronto)
Morton is an easy cash game lift in my opinion, as this home matchup is a good one against a Toronto offense that ranks 23rd in wRC+ with the ninth-highest strikeout rate at 24.1%. As a result, Tampa enters this contest as a massive -270 moneyline favorite. Morton had a few shaky performances against AL East juggernauts Boston and the NY Yankees, but he shouldn’t have any issues with this Toronto lineup. I fully expect the Tampa hurler to earn his 13th win of the season while boosting your fantasy squad along the way.
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Pete Alonso - NY Mets (vs. Miami)
Alonso has been incredible this season, smacking 34 homers with 78 RBIs. Tonight provides an excellent opportunity to add to those totals while facing a rookie pitcher. Miami RHP Robert Dugger is making his MLB debut after holding an inflated 9.34 ERA through 35.2 innings at the Triple-A level this season. In other words, he could have a rude introduction to the big leagues this evening.
Michael Chavis - Boston (vs. Kansas City)
Boston is far and away the best offensive stack of the night. They’ll have the benefit of playing in hitter-friendly Fenway Park while facing contact-oriented LHP Mike Montgomery of Kansas City. Montgomery carries a 6.34 ERA on the season with a .367 wOBA split to right-handed bats. Chavis is an economical choice within a Red Sox stack, and he’s one of the better “per dollar” second base options on this slate.
Justin Turner - LA Dodgers (vs. St. Louis)
St. Louis RHP Michael Wacha has been somewhat respectable recently, but let’s not forget about his struggles throughout this season (5.15 ERA overall). He could run into problems while facing a relentless Dodgers’ offense on the road. Wacha carries a vulnerable .372 wOBA split to right-handed bats, which is something Turner could take full advantage of. Teammates like Will Smith and A.J. Pollock are firmly in DFS consideration as well.
Francisco Lindor - Cleveland (vs. Texas)
I’m not afraid to shell out the big bucks for Lindor, as he’s arguably the best player of the shortstop position. The Cleveland switch-hitter makes a strong case in that regard, racking up nine hits, two homers, six runs, and five RBIs over his past five outings. The matchup looks good against Texas LHP Mike Minor, who has allowed 17 earned runs across 23 innings over his past four starts.
J.D. Martinez - Boston (vs. Kansas City)
Martinez and teammate Mookie Betts represent two of the top overall hitters on this slate. I already mentioned Boston as the best stack of the night while facing Kansas City LHP Montgomery in Fenway Park. It just so happens that Martinez is the best hitter against left-handed pitching in all of baseball this season (239 wRC+, .535 wOBA). Montgomery’s delivery typically yields plenty of contact, and he could get absolutely shelled tonight.
Avisail Garcia - Tampa Bay (vs. Toronto)
Garcia is a moderately-priced hitter in a promising situation. He’ll help you roster those expensive commodities like Morton, Lindor, and Martinez. The matchup is excited while facing Toronto RHP Jacob Waguespack’s .403 wOBA split to right-handed bats through limited MLB innings. As a result, Tommy Pham, Willy Adames, and Garcia are all strong fantasy options to be considered.