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.
Chicago Cubs - The park factor could be better, but the Cubbies step in with the highest run-scoring projection (of the main slate) regardless. Kansas City RHP Brad Keller is the definition of a mediocre pitcher, and he could be rusty after missing time with a positive COVID-19 test last month. The Royals’ bullpen is generous as well.
Milwaukee Brewers - The Brewers find themselves in a nice breakout spot against over-the-hill southpaw Gio Gonzalez. The veteran was hammered in his first appearance of the season (3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER), and Guaranteed Rate Field is kind to right-handed power.
Miami Marlins - The Marlins are more of a tournament stack, but I’m definitely keeping an eye on them. Remember, this game will be played in hitter-friendly Oriole Park even though Miami is listed as the home team. Baltimore LHP Wade LeBlanc has blow-up potential.
Tyler Chatwood - Chicago Cubs (at Kansas City) - DK: $9,400 FD: $9,600 Yahoo: $35
Chatwood is the most reliable fantasy pitcher on tonight’s five-game slate. Starting in Kansas City’s pitcher-friendly park against a subpar Royals’ lineup definitely promotes his cause. Chatwood has been brilliant to begin the season, allowing just one earned run with 19 strikeouts through 12.2 innings in two starts. Is he for real, or is this breakout a mirage? Time will tell, but he has the safest floor/ceiling/matchup combination of any hurler taking the bump this evening.
Also Consider: Touki Toussaint, Jordan Yamomoto (tournaments)
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Manny Pina - Milwaukee Brewers (at Chicago White Sox) - DK: $2,800 FD: $2,000 Yahoo: $9
Looking at Yahoo and DraftKings, I’m either going to roll with Willson Contreras or punt the catcher position. While building a few preliminary lineups, it appears that the latter carries more viability. Pina epitozimes the strategy of punting the catcher and hoping they run into fantasy production. The matchup potential against Gio Gonzalez definitely helps.
Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs (at Kansas City) - DK: $5,000 FD: $3,700 Yahoo: $21
Rizzo headlines any Cubbies stack, as they step in with the highest run-scoring projection of this slate. The lefty slugger has recorded a hit in four straight games, including a two-hit outing yesterday. As mentioned earlier, Kansas CIty RHP Brad Keller could be rusty after spending time away from baseball (positive COVID-19 test), and the Cubs could chase him out of the game early.
Keston Hiura - Milwaukee (at Chicago White Sox) - DK: $4,900 FD: $3,300 Yahoo: $22
I’m really liking the Brewers’ bats against the White Sox tonight. White Sox starter Gio Gonzalez is on the downhill slide of his career, and I’m expecting the Milwaukee right-handers to knock him around. Hiura makes for a centerpiece within that, especially considering the low opportunity cost at second base.
Jed Gyorko - Milwaukee (at Chicago White Sox) - DK: $2,900 FD: $2,200 Yahoo: $9
Gyorko makes for a nice, cheap hitter on DraftKings - where value is harder to find. You probably don’t need his savings on FanDuel or Yahoo. Gyorko is a platoon bat who will potentially see a healthy lineup spot against LHP Gonzalez tonight. He’ll help further your DraftKings cap space to roster some of the other headline picks in this article … As for FanDuel and Yahoo, Kris Bryant and Brian Anderson make for strong picks at different salary levels.
Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs (at Kansas City) - DK: $4,500 FD: $3,500 Yahoo: $20
Baez is far and away the best shortstop on this abbreviated five-game slate. I believe you should arrange your cash game lineups around him due to the lack of opportunity cost at the position. After all, the Cubs represent the highest run-scoring projection of the night, and Baez should definitely play a role in bringing that to fruition.
Kyle Schwarber - Chicago Cubs (at Kansas City) - DK: $4,700 FD: $2,800 Yahoo: $18
Schwarber’s upside might be muted by the pitcher-friendly ballpark in Kansas City, but he still makes for a strong choice through all DFS formats. Batting cleanup for a Chicago team primed to score runs is a coveted position, and that especially holds true for the five-game main slate. Blending a Cubs stack of Rizzo/Baez/Schwarber (and maybe Bryant or Contreras) makes for a solid strategy through all DFS formats.
Avisail Garcia - Milwaukee (at Chicago White Sox) - DK: $4,200 FD: $2,800 Yahoo: $17
Garcia has a career 119 wRC+ mark against left-handed pitching. That should be on full display against LHP Gonzalez, who has become more generous with age. As mentioned earlier, the build of Guaranteed Rate Park in Chicago gives a boost to right-handed power. “Avi” has a sweet blend of contact and power to make for a viable DFS streamer through all formats.
Jesus Aguilar (1B - MIA) is one of my favorite tournament options. As mentioned earlier, the Marlins will benefit from a positive park shift in Baltimore tonight. Aguilar steps into a nice righty/lefty matchup against Baltimore LHP LeBlanc’s .356 wOBA split to right-handed bats.
Speaking of power upside, Austin Riley (3B - ATL) finds himself in a non-imposing matchup against Toronto RHP Nate Pearson. Defined as a boom-or-bust fantasy commodity, Riley is the type of guy who could legitimately lift two homers or give you a goose egg. I’m expecting him to slip through the proverbial cracks due to a slow start to the season.