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 six-game main slate starting at 7:10 ET.
Hyun-Jin Ryu - LA Dodgers (at Arizona)
Ryu hasn’t been good through his past two starts, allowing 15 hits and 11 earned runs through 10 innings. However, we need to consider the quality of competition while facing the Yankees and Braves in those contests. He’ll face the Diamondbacks tonight (on the road), who rank middle-of-the-pack in most major hitting categories. Ryu pinned down Arizona a few weeks ago (Aug. 11), tossing seven scoreless frames in that tilt. In summary, this is a decent spot for him to get back on track.
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Daniel Murphy - Colorado (vs. Pittsburgh)
Some people are wondering if Murphy is wearing down as we hit the final months of the season. That’s a legitimate question, but it’s one that doesn’t impact daily fantasy as much as season-long leagues. Murphy rested yesterday, so he should be ready to take advantage of the hitter-friendly atmosphere offered by Coors Field. The matchup isn’t bad either while facing Pittsburgh RHP Trevor Williams, who has allowed five or more earned runs in three of his past four starts.
Ryan McMahon - Colorado (vs. Pittsburgh)
McMahon piggybacks on the rationale listed with his teammate, Murphy, in the previous write-up. After all, this Colorado-Pittsburgh tilt has a massive 14.5 over/under that should feature plenty of runs from both sides. McMahon woke up in the Rockies’ previous homestand (Aug. 12-18), going 8-25 with five homers, five runs, and eight RBIs through six games. It’s time for him to rekindle that power upside at Coors Field.
Justin Turner - LA Dodgers (at Arizona)
Turner seems to be rounding into another hot-streak, stringing together six hits, two homers, and four RBIs over his most recent four outings. Tonight’s matchup feeds into his wheelhouse, facing struggling Arizona RHP Merrill Kelly. The D-Backs righty has allowed six or more earned runs in four of his past six starts, and the Dodgers represent one of his most difficult matchups of that recent span. In other words, Turner and company are in an excellent position to take advantage.
Corey Seager - LA Dodgers (at Arizona)
Take the previous write-up of Turner and directly apply it to Seager. The LAD shortstop has looked comfortable at the plate with 11 hits and six doubles over his last eight games. That should continue against the aforementioned struggles of D-Backs’ RHP Kelly, and Seager checks in with a discounted salary compared to the high-end price of Trevor Story and Kevin Newman.
A.J. Pollock - LA Dodgers (at Arizona)
You’ve probably caught on by now, but I’m all about a Dodgers’ stack against Arizona RHP Kelly’s recent generosity. The majority of these LAD hitters (except Bellinger) check in with moderate price tags, including the mid-range salary of Pollock. The Dodgers’ outfielder has posted four hits over his past two games, and you better believe he’ll be motivated to show up against his former team ... Turner, Seager, Pollock, and Joc Pederson are on my shortlist as a viable stack.
Nick Senzel - Cincinnati (at Miami)
Even though Cincinnati will see a negative park shift in Miami, we can’t entirely forget about their bats. That especially holds when considering Marlins’ RHP Robert Dugger owns an inflated 7.59 ERA through 53.1 Triple-A innings year. Senzel is brimming with confidence after registering four hits, one homer, three runs, three RBIs, and two steals through the first three games of this series. He’ll look to continue his destruction of Miami pitching tonight.