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 eight-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Jose Berrios - Minnesota (at Miami)
This is an absolute no-brainer in my opinion, as Berrios checks in with the best combination of floor, ceiling, and matchup potential on this evening slate. He’s facing a Miami team that ranks bottom three in almost every major hitting category on the season. Getting the benefit of pitcher-friendly Marlins Park doesn’t hurt either. The Minnesota ace has looked good recently, allowing just two earned runs with 12 strikeouts over 12.2 innings in his last two starts. Berrios is a strong -185 moneyline favorite who should be considered through all formats.
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Ji-Man Choi - Tampa Bay (at Boston)
First off, you’ll need to double-check the weather for this game, as there’s a 40-50% chance of rain in Boston. Assuming they play this one, we should see plenty of runs from both sides. The hitter-friendly atmosphere of Fenway Park could help make that a reality. Choi is a moderately-priced fantasy asset looking to jump on Boston RHP Rick Porcello’s .340 wOBA split to left-handed bats.
Michael Chavis - Boston (vs. Tampa Bay)
I’m interested in a Boston stack against Tampa RHP Andrew Kittredge, who owns an inflated .365 wOBA split to right-handed bats through his MLB career. That could help the competent Red Sox sluggers lift some hits into/over the monster of Fenway Park. Chavis is a strong candidate to take advantage, and he carries a moderate salary at an otherwise subpar second base position.
Asdrubal Cabrera - Texas (vs. Seattle)
Keep your eye on the Rangers tonight, as they’ll enjoy their hitter-friendly home ballpark against the generosity of this Seattle pitching staff. Erik Swanson will open for the Mariners before giving way to Wade LeBlanc as the bulk pitcher. Both hurlers have yielded blowup performances several times this season, and Cabrera is a cheap switch-hitter who could jump on either arm.
Elvis Andrus - Texas (vs. Seattle)
Andrus is another comfortable cash game lift while holding the platoon advantage over mediocre Seattle LHP LeBlanc - who will serve as the Mariners’ bulk pitcher this evening. I’m not going to argue against climbing the salary ladder at shortstop while looking towards Javier Baez or Xander Bogaerts in quality matchups. However, Andrus has an appealing draw himself, and the price tag is much more agreeable.
Mookie Betts - Boston (vs. Tampa Bay)
Take everything I said in the write-up of Boston 2B Chavis, and directly apply it to Betts. Go ahead and lump J.D. Martinez into the conversation as well, given that each Red Sox right-handed bat will have an opportunity to make some fantasy noise against Tampa RHP Kittredge’s .365 wOBA split in that regard. Betts is an all-around player who can contribute in every category, so he’s the highest priority in my opinion.
Austin Meadows - Tampa Bay (at Boston)
Meadows finds himself with an attainable price point while looking to jump on the park boost in Boston. Facing Red Sox RHP Porcello (.340 wOBA split to lefty hitters) could help make that a reality. Porcello currently holds a 5.55 ERA after allowing 30 earned runs across 29 innings over his previous six starts, and the Rays’ offense could extend those woes tonight.