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.
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We will be looking at the 10-game main slate starting at 1:05 ET. As a result, the five games played at 3:05 ET and later will not be included in the following analysis.
Kyle Gibson – Minnesota (vs Baltimore)
Gibson’s track record doesn’t scream fantasy reliability, but today’s situation is encouraging. After a slow start to the season, “Gibby” got back on track with a quality start (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 6 K, W) at Baltimore last Sunday. He’ll face that same Orioles team this afternoon – you know, the one that ranks 20th in wRC+ this season. Gibson should see plenty of run support (more on that later) while looking at another solid outing. Consider him a strong value through all formats.
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C.J. Cron – Minnesota (vs Baltimore)
Cron is one of those Minnesota bats who could help his pitcher with run support. The Twins’ first baseman has been heating up, smacking homers in each of the first two games of this series. Cron went 4-8 with a round-tripper through two games at Baltimore last weekend too. He’ll face Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy, who holds a generous .346 wOBA split to right-handed hitters. Cron has everything you want in a solid DFS selection: mid-range salary, multi-hit upside, power potential, and excellent lineup security for one of the highest projected offenses.
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Eric Sogard – Toronto (vs Oakland)
Sogard has been leading off for the Blue Jays with impressive results. The infielder has played in 11 MLB games this season, hitting .400 with two homers, eight RBIs, and five runs. His price hovers in the mid-range pricing tier while facing mediocre RHP Chris Bassitt in a hitter-friendly park. The second base position is somewhat underwhelming this afternoon, and Sogard is the solution to that problem.
Marwin Gonzalez – Minnesota (vs Baltimore)
Gonzalez got off to a very slow start for his new team this season, and he’s very cheap as a result. The Twins’ utility man launched a monster home run yesterday, and maybe that will get his bat going. A matchup against Baltimore RHP Dylan Bundy doesn’t hurt, as Bundy holds a generous .378 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Marwin is a switch-hitter who could take full advantage, and this is a great way to save cap space.
Adalberto Mondesi – Kansas City (vs LA Angels)
I’m spending on a shortstop today, as Mondesi joins Paul DeJong, Jorge Polanco, and Dansby Swanson (among others) as quality options. The switch-hitting likes of Mondesi really grabbed my attention from that group. Kansas City will face LAA RHP Matt Harvey and his .354 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Harvey holds an unsurprisingly inflated 8.03 ERA on the season, and Mondesi can take advantage with several hits and runs with upside for a steal and homer as well.
Max Kepler – Minnesota (vs Baltimore)
Kepler was sick last weekend when the Twins went full “home run derby mode” at Baltimore. Feeling left out, he decided to get in on the action with this rematch vs the Orioles, going 4-8 with three homers through the first two games of this series. The Minnesota leadoff man checks in with a comfortable mid-range salary and excellent matchup against the aforementioned generosity of Baltimore RHP Dylan Bundy (.389 wOBA vs LHB).
Kole Calhoun – LA Angels (at Kansas City)
He’s only hitting .210 on the season, but Calhoun is swinging an extremely confident bat at the moment. That includes seven hits, three homers, six RBIs, and seven runs over his past five games. The hot streak could persist against appropriately-name Kansas City RHP Homer Bailey – who has a .378 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Hitting in front of Mike Trout doesn’t hurt either.