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.
Editor’s Note: Stay ahead of the competition from wire to wire with rankings, customizable projections, trade evaluator, exclusive columns and more in our Season Pass. And start using optimized lineups with our DFS Toolkit!
We will be looking at the nine-game slate starting at 1:05 ET.
Brandon Woodruff – Milwaukee (vs. Cincinnati)
Woodruff steps in as a -190 money line favorite at home. This is an excellent chance for him to earn his ninth win of the season while facing a Cincinnati team that ranks 25th in wRC+ with an above-average (23.5%) strikeout rate. Woodruff has been up-and-down in recent starts, but his punch-out upside remains consistent, and I’m expecting that to be on full display this afternoon.
CATCHER / FIRST BASE
C.J. Cron – Minnesota (at Kansas City)
It’s no surprise that Minnesota checks in with one of the highest run-scoring projections of this slate. After all, they represent one of the best offenses in the league while facing the generosity of Kansas City RHP Homer Bailey. Even though Bailey has been better over his last two starts, he still carries an exploitable .359 wOBA split to right-handed bats. The Royals’ hurler was able to pin down Detroit and Seattle, but Minnesota represents an entirely different challenge. Cron is a solid mid-range lift with a fantastic blend of power and contact.
Mike Moustakas – Milwaukee (vs. Cincinnati)
Moustakas is one of my favorite plays of the day, and here’s why: 1) He’s swinging a confident bat with three hits, one double, and one homer over his last two starts. 2) Cincinnati RHP Anthony DeSclafani has been serviceable as of late, but there’s a chance he implodes against this intimidating Milwaukee lineup on the road. 3) DeSclafani carries an exploitable .400 wOBA split to left-handed bats over the past two seasons. 4) The hitter-friendly atmosphere of Miller Park doesn’t hurt.
Jose Ramirez – Cleveland (vs. Detroit)
Is Ramirez finally turning this around? Sure, his .207 average is cringe-worthy, but the former All-Star has posted a hit in eight of his past nine games with a homer, two triples, one double, one steal, and eight RBIs over that span. We all know Ramirez has a ton of talent, and this could be a nice buy-low opportunity with those early seasons struggles baked into the price. The Cleveland switch-hitter has an appealing matchup against Detroit LHP Daniel Norris and his .341 wOBA split to right-handed bats.
Jorge Polanco – Minnesota (at Kansas City)
We have a good idea what Polanco is about in this breakout season, establishing himself as one of the better shortstops in the league while currently holding a .324 average with 11 homers and 38 RBIs. There’s a very good chance he’ll make his first All-Star appearance this season … Earlier, we covered how Kansas City RHP Bailey holds a vulnerable split to right-handed bats. The same holds true against lefty hitters, a Bailey carries a .357 wOBA split in that regard. The Royals’ bullpen isn’t very intimidating either.
Jorge Soler – Kansas City (vs. Minnesota)
You can still find Soler at discounted rates across several DFS sites. I’m instantly jumping at those opportunities. Minnesota RHP Michael Pineda has been shaky at times this season while holding a .356 wOBA split to right-handed bats. Soler is another player who is having a fantastic breakout season with 21 homers and 53 RBIs up to this point. He could easily add to those totals here.
Jordan Luplow – Cleveland (vs. Detroit)
Luplow is relatively cheap while holding a premium lineup spot in a strong matchup. He’s swinging a hot bat as well with five hits, two doubles, one homer, four runs, and six RBIs over his last four starts. We outlined Detroit LHP Norris’ .341 wOBA split to right-handed bats earlier, and Luplow is in a position to jump all over that.