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.
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 will be looking at the five-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Steven Matz - NY Mets (vs. Miami)
My colleague Brad Johnson dubbed Matz a “mid-tier must play” in his MLB DFS Bargains column for tonight’s slate. I’d have to agree with that title, as Matz finds himself in a welcoming home matchup against one of the worst hitting teams in baseball. He’s a -245 favorite with an excellent opportunity to post a quality start. The only thing in the way is the weather, as there’s a chance for in-game showers. You’ll want to keep an eye on that as we move closer to first pitch.
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Justin Smoak - Toronto (vs. Baltimore)
Toronto checks in with the highest run-scoring projection of this tidy five-game slate, and that’s not surprising when considering the favorable draw against Baltimore’s pitching staff. Chandler Shepherd will take the bump for the Orioles (5.21 xFIP), and their bullpen is probably ready for the season to be over. Smoak is a powerful switch-hitter who has slapped two homers over his past four outings.
Cavan Biggio - Toronto (vs. Baltimore)
Let’s keep it going with the Jays, as Biggio makes a strong case for one of the top five hitters in this slate. The fact that he’s listed as a second baseman, where there’s low opportunity cost, makes him an easy lift for cash games. Biggio has been very good through the month of September (16 games, .328 avg, 15 runs, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs, 4 SB), and he should be able to keep it going in this series vs. Baltimore.
Tommy Edman - St. Louis (at Arizona)
Speaking of rookies who have been raking, Edman has piled up six multi-hit performances with three homers, 10 runs, and three steals over his last 10 starts. His salary is still relatively tame despite that, and the St. Louis switch-hitter will have a chance to keep his momentum against mediocre Arizona LHP Alex Young.
Jonathan Villar - Baltimore (at Toronto)
While a Toronto offensive stack seems like a great idea, don’t forget about the bats from the other dugout. Toronto RHP Clay Buchholz has been miserable over his last two starts, coughing up 11 earned runs and 17 hits through 7.2 innings. That includes a line of 3.2 IP, 10 hits, 7 ER last Wednesday against the same Baltimore team he’ll see tonight. Villar is one of my favorite candidates to make some fantasy noise, as he’s a switch-hitter who can rack up points via contact, power, and speed.
Anthony Santander - Baltimore (at Toronto)
Take the previous write-up and directly apply it to Santander, who is another Baltimore switch-hitter. Santander has impressed in stretches this season, and he’s currently in one of those grooves with two homers and six RBIs over his past four games. In a game that should see plenty of runs from both sides, I’m expecting Santander to get in on the action.
Adam Eaton - Washington (vs. Philadelphia)
We can’t forget about Washington in a home date with Philadelphia RHP Zach Eflin. Even though Eflin has looked decent over his past two starts, he still carries a vulnerable .353 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Juan Soto is the leading Nationals’ candidate to jump all over that, but he’s very expensive on DFS sites. Eaton checks in with a much friendlier price tag with the ability to connect for multiple hits and runs in this draw.