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MLB DFS Plays: Sunday 7/26

by Brad Johnson
Updated On: July 27, 2020, 8:54 am ET

This article outlines the best daily fantasy MLB plays of the day at every position. We take a comprehensive look 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.

Depending on the site, you’ll have either 11, 13, or 15 games in the main slate.


Shohei Ohtani –Angels (vs Athletics) – Yahoo: $41, DK: $7800, FD: $8000

Ohtani is liable to be over-subscribed due to a combination of affordable price and one of the highest projections of the day. During his 2018 debut, he recorded 10.97 K/9 with strong run prevention. There’s no telling if he’ll be crisp or rusty today, adding a degree of volatility. A matchup against the Athletics isn’t the easiest assignment either. Most people expect a very short outing from Ohtani, but Joe Maddon has mentioned he’s ready for a normal workload. Since he’ll only pitch on Sundays, that tells me he’s available for between 80 and 100 pitches today – about the same as all the other relevant starters.

Also Consider: Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Zack Greinke, Kyle Freeland (value), Vince Velasquez (value)

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Willson Contreras – Cubs (vs Freddy Peralta) – Yahoo: $14, DK: $4400, FD: $3000

Contreras is perhaps the top catcher available for one simple reason – the wind is blowing out at Wrigley Field. More specifically, the forecast has the wind blowing out to right which acts as a sort of cross breeze on Contreras’ pull side. He matches up well with Peralta. The Brewers starter leans almost exclusively on a rising fastball. Contreras is a powerful ground ball hitter. The combination tends to produce favorable launch angles for home runs. Contreras was the designated hitter yesterday so we can be confident he’ll start.

Also Consider: J.T. Realmuto, Gary Sanchez, Yasmani Grandal, Victor Caratini


Anthony Rizzo – Cubs (vs Freddy Peralta) – Yahoo: $19, DK: $5000, FD: $3700

While hardly a bargain, Rizzo is a fair bet to outperform his price tag. Peralta has suspect command of his frequently used fastball, and Rizzo is adept at working favorable counts. He’ll see plenty of fastball counts. While much of the Cubs lineup has struggled through the first two games, Rizzo appears to be in mid-season form.

Also Consider: Josh Bell, Carlos Santana, Rhys Hoskins, Justin Smoak


Keston Hiura – Brewers (at Tyler Chatwood) – Yahoo: $19, DK: $4400, FD: $3100

If the Cubs bats are attractive, you better believe it’s a great day to load up on Brewers. Chatwood is a ground ball pitcher with iffy command. He’s not exactly homer prone, but he does allow a multitude of base runners. Hiura is a line drive machine. He’s a tad aggressive for this particular matchup. His all-fields approach should serve him well versus Chatwood. With the favorable winds, Hiura is the top second baseman and one of the best values.

Also Consider: Mike Moustakas, Jose Altuve, Ozzie Albies, Luis Arraez


Josh Donaldson – Twins (at Reynaldo Lopez) – Yahoo: $19, DK: $4200, FD: $3100

I expect this to be a pivot of sorts, but it really shouldn’t be. Donaldson projects similar to the top third basemen in the slate. His price is far more affordable than the likes of Rafael Devers or Alex Bregman. Lopez is an inconsistent pitcher – he’s just as liable to toss a gem as completely meltdown. If cleanup hitting Donaldson and the Twins can chase Lopez early, the White Sox bullpen is shallow.

Also Consider: Kris Bryant, Eric Sogard (value), Jose Ramirez, Eugenio Suarez


Xander Bogaerts – Red Sox (vs Wade LeBlanc) – Yahoo: $21, DK: $4600, FD: $3600

Once again, the Red Sox stack will be among the most popular. LeBlanc is qualitatively similar to Tommy Milone who the Sox trounced on Friday. An early visit to Baltimore’s terrible relief corps is likely. Bogaerts bats cleanup as part of a strong offense with a very favorable matchup. Across the three sites, he’s the top shortstop in the slate according to the Rotoworld Player Projections (excluding multi-position guys). He’s affordable too.

Also Consider: Javier Baez, Trea Turner, Francisco Lindor, Didi Gregorius


J.D. Martinez – Red Sox (vs Wade LeBlanc) – Yahoo: $24, DK: $5000, FD: $4000
Andrew Benintendi – Red Sox (vs Wade LeBlanc) – Yahoo: $16, DK: $3600, FD: $2800

Martinez will rightfully be among the most popular hitters in the slate. He’s a lefty slayer set to face a guy who allowed 2.08 HR/9 last season. With over a one-in-four change to homer, few hitters are more likely to go deep than Martinez. LeBlanc lacks notable platoon splits, but that’s only because everybody hits well against him. That’s what makes Benintendi attractive. Many DFS players won’t use a left-handed hitter against a left-handed pitcher. Benintendi is a part of a potent stack, has an affordable price relative to his projection, and could come with a tame ownership rate.

Jonathan Villar – Marlins (at Vince Velasquez) – Yahoo: $19, DK: $3900, FD: $3900

Villar is surprisingly one of the top-projected hitters this afternoon. The Rotoworld Lineup Optimizer uses him as often as Christian Yelich. The Phillies might call upon Andrew Knapp to serve as the Sunday catcher. That would greatly improve Villar’s potential to steal a base. Having watched a couple Marlins game, I can already tell the club is going to be extremely aggressive on the basepaths. Even if Realmuto is the backstop, he might run. Of course, stolen bases are icing on the cake in DFS, not the main event. This matchup against a volatile starter and an inexperienced bullpen promises plenty of opportunities to reach base and maybe even blast a home run.

Also Consider: Christian Yelich, Luis Robert, Bryce Harper, Corey Dickerson

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