This article will outline the best daily fantasy MLB plays of the day at every position. We will take a comprehensive look at FanDuel and DraftKings 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 10-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Joey Lucchesi – San Diego (at San Francisco)
Lucchesi was a trendy sleeper option heading into this season, and he’s making good on those expectations by tossing 10.1 scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts to begin the season. There’s a good chance he’ll keep dominating against a subpar San Francisco lineup. If you recall, Lucchesi already pinned down the Giants with seven strikeouts and three hits allowed through 5.1 innings in his first start of the year. Oracle Park in San Francisco makes for a pitcher-friendly atmosphere for the Padres’ pitcher.
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Mark Reynolds – Colorado (vs Atlanta)
Reynolds will keep getting opportunities at first base with Daniel Murphy and Ryan McMahon both injured for Colorado. The veteran right-handed slugger will hold the platoon advantage over Atlanta LHP Max Fried. The Rockies unsurprisingly check in as the highest-scoring team of the night while playing in their hitter-friendly home ballpark. Reynolds smacked a homer last night against the Braves, and he remains cheap with a $3000 salary on FanDuel.
Mike Moustakas – Milwaukee (at LA Angels)
Picking on Matt Harvey isn’t a bad idea these days, as the veteran righty has allowed 10 earned runs and 14 hits through 10 innings to begin the season. Most of that damage came last Thursday against the Rangers, and facing a red-hot Brewers’ offense doesn’t inspire confidence for a bounce-back. Harvey’s main vulnerability comes in the form of a .354 wOBA split to left-handed bats, so you better believe that Moustakas, Yelich, and Shaw will be licking their chops in this matchup.
Nolan Arenado – Colorado (vs Atlanta)
As mentioned earlier, Colorado has the highest run-scoring projection of the night. Arenado will settle into this reasonable righty/lefty matchup in the hitter-friendly atmosphere of Coors Field. The All-Star third baseman hasn’t hit a homer this season, but this seems like an excellent spot to make that happen. Even if it doesn’t, Arenado is a well-rounded player who could come up with multiple hits, runs, and RBIs.
Trevor Story – Colorado (vs Atlanta)
Story is definitely happy to be back home, hitting three homers with seven RBIs over four games in this current homestand. We all know he’s an elite hitter against left-handed pitching, which should be on full display against Atlanta LHP Max Fried. The shortstop position has a pretty low opportunity cost (as usual), which makes Story more of a priority on this slate.
Khris Davis – Oakland (at Baltimore)
Mark Canha – Oakland (at Baltimore)
I’m going to pair these teammates in the same write-up. Oakland checks in with the second highest run projection of the night, just behind Colorado in Coors Field. They will step in against Baltimore LHP John Means as the opener with a shaky Orioles’ bullpen backing him up. Khris Davis absolutely feasts on left-handed pitching, and the park boost in Baltimore should help the cause. Mark Canha is a platoon bat against southpaws, and he’s brimming with confidence after smacking a round-tripper in yesterday’s loss. Canha is cheap on DFS sites, helping you make room for his well-aligned teammate.