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.
Philadelphia Phillies - The Phillies have one of the highest run-scoring projections of today’s slate, as they’ll square off against Baltimore RHP Tom Eshelman - who is bound to regress following a pair of respectable starts.
Chicago Cubs - Take a strong look at the Cubbies’ right-handed bats tonight against left-handed hurler Brett Anderson. The Brewers’ southpaw has allowed nine hits compared to just four strikeouts in 6.2 innings this season, and those high-contact tendencies are nothing new (6.15 K/9 career).
Yu Darvish - Chicago Cubs (vs. Milwaukee) - DK: $10,400 FD: $9,600 Yahoo: $53
Darvish profiles as the best all-around pitcher on tonight’s abbreviated slate. The wind is slightly blowing in at Wrigley Field, which certainly doesn’t hurt his cause. Darvish has looked great so far, owning a 2.12 ERA with 16 strikeouts through 17 innings. He’s a -190 moneyline favorite while stepping into an excellent spot to keep rolling. His opponent, Milwaukee, was just silenced by Randy Dobnak and Kenta Maeda earlier this week. Darvish could follow suit here.
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Willson Contreras - Chicago Cubs (vs. Milwaukee) - DK: $5,300 FD: $3,700 Yahoo: $17
Contreras, Baez, and Bryant are the top Chicago bats to jump on Milwaukee LHP Brett Anderson. As mentioned earlier in the article, Anderson allows a ton of contact, and that could get him into trouble against this legitimate Cubs’ offense. Contreras has an appealing contact/power combination, and his salary is significantly cheaper than the other top option at catcher (Realmuto).
Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia (vs. Baltimore) - DK: $4,100 FD: $3,000 Yahoo: $13
The Phillies are the top stack of the day, but you’ll have to spend a good chunk of your cap space in order to gain exposure. Hoskins is one of the cheaper bats within that, as he has gotten off to a slow start this season (.190 average, 0 HR, 1 RBI). This looks like a strong breakout spot for the Philadelphia slugger, who should retain a premium lineup spot. Baltimore RHP Tom Eshelman has a 6.02 ERA, 7.14 FIP, and 5.19 K/9 in 43 career innings. In other words, he doesn’t miss too many bats. Hoskins and company should take advantage.
Mike Brosseau - Tampa Bay (at Boston) - DK: $3,400 FD: $2,600 Yahoo: $9
Brossea will bat leadoff for the Rays today, owning the platoon advantage against Boston LHP Kyle Hart - who will be making his MLB debut. The park upgrade in Boston certainly helps Brosseau and his Tampa teammates. The Rays’ second baseman has tallied four hits and two homers over his last two starts, and he could stay hot in this welcoming draw.
Yandy Diaz - Tampa Bay (at Boston) - DK: $4,100 FD: $2,600 Yahoo: $7
Diaz follows the same rationale outlined with his teammate, Brosseau. He’s hitting third for the well-aligned Rays while swinging a hot bat with five hits over his last two games. The hitter-friendly dimensions of Fenway Park give him a boost, and there’s a good chance Tampa will get to the rookie southpaw.
Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs (vs. Milwaukee) - DK: $4,600 FD: $3,600 Yahoo: $14
Baez’s salary is a little more acceptable on FanDuel and Yahoo compared to DraftKings. Still, he’s worth a strong look through all formats while holding the platoon advantage over Milwaukee LHP Anderson’s high-contact tendencies. Baez seems to be heating up with six hits over his last four games, and his speed/power combination provides immense upside.
Bryce Harper - Philadelphia (vs. Baltimore) - DK: $5,400 FD: $4,300 Yahoo: $26
Harper is currently playing like a superstar who deserves a fat contract, recording two hits in each of his past three games (2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R). He’s one of the top overall hitters on today’s slate while stepping into a non-imposing matchup against Eshelman and the Orioles. I highly recommend trying to find the cap space to bring Harper into your DFS squad.
Bryan Reynolds - Pittsburgh (at Cincinnati) - DK: $3,900 FD: $2,500 Yahoo: $7
Reynolds is a cheap bat to help you make some room for the superstars of this slate. The Pittsburgh switch-hitter will see a significant park upgrade in Cincinnati while looking to pounce on Reds’ RHP Anthony DeSclafnai’s career .349 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Gregory Polanco, Colin Moran, and Josh Bell are worth a look in this matchup as well.
Mike Zunino (C - TB) and Willy Adames (SS - TB) are fine fallback options, especially on DraftKings - where the salary cap is tighter. Both of them are true “punts” who could run into fantasy production while holding the platoon advantage over a rookie pitcher in a hitter-friendly park.
Shogo Akiyama (OF - CIN) is another value filler while hitting leadoff for the Reds. He doesn’t have much power, but you have to like the premium lineup spot while looking at a non-imposing matchup against RHP Trevor Williams and the Pirates.
Anthony Santander (OF - BAL) has been a beast lately with eight hits, two homers, six runs, and eight RBI over his past five outings. He’s a switch-hitter who could jump on Jake Arrieta’s vulnerability against left-handed bats, as the Philly pitcher held a .387 wOBA split to LHB last season.
Gregory Polanco (OF - PIT) follows the write-up of Bryan Reynolds while looking to jump on DeSclafani’s career .349 wOBA vs. LHB. Polanco is more of a boom-or-bust fantasy prospect, but hitting in Great American Ball Park could give him a much-needed boost to smack a homer.