This article will outline the best daily fantasy MLB plays of the day at every position. We will take a comprehensive look to uncover these core recommendations, factoring respective salaries into the analysis.
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We have a meaty 11 game slate starting at 7:05pm ET.
Julio Teheran – Atlanta Braves (at Padres)
The Padres have a roster construction issue – their lineup is heavily right-handed. Of their regulars, only Eric Hosmer is left-handed, and he’s hardly setting the world afire. As a team, San Diego is nine percent below average against righty pitchers (91 wRC+) with a lofty 26.2 percent strikeout rate. It’s the Ks we’re hunting tonight. Teheran projects to be something like the fifth-best pitcher in the slate despite one of the lowest price tags. While there’s always risk of a blowup outing – hence the low cost – Teheran usually tosses six innings with around a strikeout per frame.
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Dan Vogelbach – Seattle Mariners (at Angels)
The Angels may have no-hit the Mariners yesterday, but that isn’t going to happen tonight. They’re calling upon the eminently hittable Matt Harvey. He hasn’t made a start since May, having spent the intervening time on the injured list. The juiced baseball was not kind to him through 48 innings. He allowed 2.06 HR/9. Vogelbach, a left-handed fly ball hitter, should greatly enjoy facing Harvey. The Angels righty likes to work down in the zone which is ideal for fly ball swing paths. Both Vogelbach and Harvey have massive handedness platoon splits.
Jose Altuve – Houston Astros (at Rangers)
I’ll continue to turn to Altuve on a near-daily basis. Despite his worst offensive performance since 2012, his skills remain intact. There’s no question he’s in a bit of a funk, but most of it can be pinned upon an unusual .257 BABIP. He’s usually among the highest BABIP hitters in the league due to plenty of hard, line drive contact. He’s still hitting it hard, but the line drives are missing. In my opinion, he’s the top second baseman in this slate, and he’s priced like a bargain.
Eugenio Suarez – Cincinnati Reds (at Rockies)
There’s no shortage of premium third basemen tonight. Suarez takes the cake in a visit to Coors Field. His bat has reawakened recently. Over his last eight games, he’s popped five home runs including one last night. The Reds are set to face southpaw Kyle Freeland in his return from a punitive demotion to the minors. Freeland didn’t exactly thrive in Triple-A. In fact, he allowed an 8.80 ERA across six starts. The probability of a meltdown is high.
Trevor Story – Colorado Rockies (vs Reds)
Cincinnati starter Tanner Roark is weakest against left-handed hitters which obviously isn’t a point in Story’s favor. Instead, this is a classic Coors Field recommendation. Roark relies on a bad sinker and middling slider – both offerings which suffer at altitude. Although he’s gotten away with it to date, Roark allows far too much hard, line drive contact. Story is among the most likely to hit a home run. He’s a top five hitter in the slate.
Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies (vs Reds)
David Dahl – Colorado Rockies (vs Reds)
While Story happens to have a favorable matchup, it’s lefty hitters who have destroyed Roark this season. Collectively, they’re hitting .290/.388/.531 with 2.11 HR/9. That performance has been achieved without the aid of Coors Field. Blackmon costs a mint, and he’s well worth it. He should be considered the top hitter in the slate. Dahl is also among the top 10 hitters tonight, and he’s actually priced rather affordably for a premium bat.