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.
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We will be looking at the 11-game main slate starting at 1:07 ET.
David Price - Boston (at Detroit)
You won’t find a better matchup than this; literally, Detroit ranks 29th in wRC+ on the season with the second-highest strikeout rate at 25.9%. Price will get a favorable park shift in his old stomping grounds as well. The Boston southpaw has encountered several hiccups this season, but he currently holds solid form after racking up 16 strikeouts through 12 innings with four earned runs allowed (and a pair of victories) over his last two starts.
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Michael Chavis - Boston (at Detroit)
The Red Sox bats are worth monitoring this afternoon as well. The matchup looks great against Detroit LHP Gregory Soto, who has gotten blasted for 17 earned runs through 17.2 innings this season. The Tigers will patch together the rest of this game with a mediocre bullpen, and it’s not surprising that Boston checks in with the highest run-scoring projection of this slate.
Eric Sogard - Toronto (vs. Baltimore)
I just mentioned how Boston represents the highest run-scoring projection of this afternoon slate, but Toronto isn’t far behind. The Jays will enjoy a home date with Baltimore RHP Asher Wojciechowski and a generous Orioles’ bullpen. That puts both second basemen (Sogard & Biggio) from Toronto in DFS consideration through all formats … You could also look towards Eduardo Nunez if you need to save some cap space.
Jose Ramirez - Cleveland (at Cincinnati)
It has been a disappointing season overall for Ramirez, but he is showing signs of his former All-Star caliber with five hits, two homers, six runs, and four RBIs over his past four starts. He could extend that hotstreak in a confident draw against Cincinnati RHP Tyler Mahle, who carries a generous .398 wOBA split to left-handed bats over the past two years. Taking at-bats in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark helps as well.
Freddy Galvis - Toronto (vs. Baltimore)
Let’s revisit the Blue Jays against one of the worst pitching teams in baseball. Galvis isn’t exactly cheap following a surge of production with 10 hits, three doubles, three homers, four runs, six RBIs, and one stolen base. However, this is an excellent chance to extend that hotstreak in a favorable home matchup. If you don’t have the funds to make Xander Bogaerts or Alex Bregman work, I highly recommend Galvis for a fraction of the price.
Mookie Betts - Boston (at Detroit)
You’ll want to seriously consider either Betts or teammate J.D. Martinez against Detroit LHP Soto and the Tigers’ bullpen. I’m investing in Betts, who currently holds his MVP-caliber form with 10 hits, 10 runs, and one stolen base over his past five games. Things could get ugly in Detroit this afternoon, and you’ll want to assemble your DFS lineups in anticipation of that.
Jake Bauers - Cleveland (at Cincinnati)
We’ve outlined numerous top-dollar recommendations throughout this article, so you are probably looking for some value to blend it all together. Bauers is an excellent candidate to make that work. As mentioned earlier, the Cleveland bats are in a pretty good spot against Cincinnati RHP Mahle and his .398 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Bauers has been making solid contact with 10 hits over his past five games, and he’s a reasonable bargain lift to consider through all formats.