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.
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.
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We will be looking at the eight-game main slate starting at 1:05 ET. Due to this, the seven games starting at 3:05 ET or later will not factor into the following write-ups.
Jose Berrios – Minnesota (vs. Detroit)
It really came down to either Jose Berrios or Corey Kluber for my cash game lineups. Both check in with a sizable discount from Max Scherzer while looking at respectively good matchups. I’m siding with Berrios at home against the Tigers, and here’s why: 1) The Minnesota righty tends to pitch better at home. 2) He has outstanding money line odds at -220 this afternoon. 3) The temperature is chilly in Minneapolis (40 degrees) with the wind blowing in. That could mute home runs on any mistakes Berrios makes. 4) The All-Star has proven that his pitches work in the cold, as he posted 10 strikeouts through 7.2 scoreless innings (two hits allowed) against Cleveland on a brisk Opening Day in the Twin Cities.
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Steve Pearce – Boston (vs. Baltimore)
Pearce hasn’t done much of anything this season, but he’ll have an excellent opportunity to get on the board this afternoon. Boston steps in against Orioles’ left-handed opener, John Means, with a discouraging bullpen backing him up. As the platoon slugger against southpaws, Pearce will start and hit third between Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez. That is one of the best lineup spots in all of baseball, and the hitter-friendly atmosphere of Fenway Park could give him a boost as well.
Dustin Pedroia – Boston (vs. Baltimore)
Keeping with the Boston theme, Pedroia is leading off for the Red Sox. Betts, Martinez, Pearce, and Bogaerts are behind him, and there’s incredible stacking potential in that group. Pedroia is near minimum salary while holding a premium lineup spot for the highest scoring offense of the day, making him a solid lift through all formats. The second base position is somewhat shaky overall, so the Boston infielder serves as a perfect remedy to that situation.
Jose Ramirez – Cleveland (at Kansas City)
Ramirez remains cold to begin the season with a quiet .135 average and just two RBIs. However, his salary has become attainable in the wake of that, and he’ll step into a nice matchup against Kansas City RHP Jakob Junis – who holds a .341 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Junis has allowed three or more earned runs in each of his three appearances this season, and the matchup seems like a promising spot for “J-Ram” to turn the tide.
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Xander Bogaerts – Boston (vs. Baltimore)
Back to the Boston stack. The Red Sox run projection looms head and shoulders above every other team in this main slate. In other words, you would be wise to group several hitters from their dugout. Bogaerts makes his case while riding a nice heater of six hits, two doubles, two RBIs, and five runs over his last five games. He’s a confident choice through all formats on both FanDuel and DraftKings.
Mookie Betts – Boston (vs. Baltimore)
This article would not be complete without Mookie Betts. There’s a good chance you’ll only be able to fit one top-dollar Boston outfielder in your lineup, and I’m taking Betts over Martinez in that instance. That’s nothing against Martinez, as Betts is just such a well-rounded player who can rack up fantasy points every way imaginable. Even if he has a poor hitting day (which shouldn’t be the case today), he can walk, steal a base, and score a run to salvage his fantasy performance.
Eddie Rosario –Minnesota (vs. Detroit)
Detroit RHP Jordan Zimmermann has been decent to begin the season, but I’m not buying it. The Tigers’ righty has really struggled over the past two years, and his true colors will shine through sooner or later. That could come today against a sneaky-good Twins’ offense. Eddie Rosario is my favorite pick within that, as he’ll look to pounce on Zimmermann’s .340 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Rosario is a pure hitter who is fully capable of multiple hits, runs, and RBIs with homerun upside to boot.