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.
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We will be looking at the four-game slate starting at 7:10 ET.
Stephen Strasburg – Washington (at Miami)
There’s no doubt in my mind that Strasburg will be a wildly popular selection through all formats on the evening slate. There’s a good reason behind that, as the Washington star hurler checks in with one of the best matchups to go along with a -205 moneyline designation. Strasburg will take the bump against a Marlins team that ranks near the bottom in wRC+ this season, and the pitcher-friendly environment of Marlins Park doesn’t hurt. There aren’t any other confident fantasy hurlers in tonight’s four-game slate (Buehler’s in Colorado), so definitely gravitate towards Strasburg in cash games.
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Matt Beaty – LA Dodgers (at Colorado)
We’ll need to double-check if Beaty cracks the starting lineup tonight, but he’s a fine DFS choice if that’s the case. The rookie has looked great this season while hitting .311 with two homers and 13 RBIs across 74 at-bats. Taking on Colorado RHP Peter Lambert in Coors Field should be enough to keep him going. Lambert has surrendered 16 hits and 11 earned runs through eight innings over his last two starts, and now he’ll face one of the best offenses in the worst ballpark for pitchers.
Ryan McMahon – Colorado (vs. LA Dodgers)
McMahon hasn’t done much over the past two series at the LA Dodgers and Giants respectively. Perhaps returning to Coors Field will provide a much-need jump start. McMahon was in a nice groove prior to a 1-23 streak over his last six games, racking up 14 hits with six runs and nine RBIs over seven games in his previous two series vs. San Diego and at Arizona. We can catch the Colorado second baseman at somewhat of a discount here as well.
Tommy La Stella – LA Angels (vs. Oakland)
La Stella has a comfortable blend of price, contact, power, and matchup potential tonight. As we’ve mentioned several times through this article series, the LAA third baseman is having a breakout season while hitting .300 with 16 homers and 44 RBIs. He’ll step into a confident draw against mediocre Oakland RHP Tanner Anderson, who has allowed five earned runs and 10 hits through 9.1 innings over his past two starts. It’s not surprising that the Angles carry the second highest run-scoring projection of the night, only trailing the Dodgers in that category.
Chris Taylor – LA Dodgers (at Colorado)
Taylor is a confident way to gain more exposure to the best offense of the night. As mentioned earlier, Colorado RHP Lambert has been shaky as of late, and regression could really take hold in Coors Field. The shortstop position doesn’t have much opportunity cost tonight, especially with Corey Seager and Trevor Story both on the injured list. That makes Taylor a sensible choice through all formats while carrying a confident floor/ceiling combination through all fantasy formats.
David Dahl – Colorado (vs. LA Dodgers)
Dahl and teammate Charlie Blackmon certainly pop up on the DFS radar for cash games and tournaments this evening. Dahl checks in with a shorter price tag while moving back to hitter-friendly Coors Field. This game is currently listed as a massive 11.5 over/under, and Dahl should be able to contribute towards that number.
Alex Verdugo – LA Dodgers (at Colorado)
Verdugo is sometimes forgotten in the LAD offense, as players like Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson, Max Muncy, and Justin Turner tend to be the featured picks. However, you should make room on your fantasy squad for Verdugo, who will likely hold a premium lineup spot for the highest rated offense of the night. The left-handed outfielder has racked up eight hits, two doubles, two homers, four runs, two RBIs, and one stolen base over his past five outings. There’s room for more tonight, and Verdugo will cost you a fraction of the price as those aforementioned teammates.