This article aims to find the best overall MLB DFS Plays and Bargains to help you construct a cash-worthy lineup. The following write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, meaning injury information, weather, and lineup cards could alter the fantasy landscape. Checking starting lineups and scanning our MLB Headlines Feed should keep you in the loop.
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Kenta Maeda – LA Dodgers (at San Diego)
You have to like the way Maeda has been pitching lately. He’s taking an aggressive, fantasy-friendly approach with only three runs surrendered and 27 strikeouts through 19.2 innings over his most recent three starts. There’s a good chance he’ll retain that remarkable strikeout pace against a San Diego offense that punches-out at the second-highest clip (25.5%) in all of Major League Baseball. In addition to that, the Padres rank last in wOBA and 28th in wRC+ on the season. The pitcher-friendly atmosphere of Petco Park gives Maeda another boost to profile as a comfortable cash-game commodity in DFS.
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Mitch Moreland – Boston (vs Texas)
Boston has one of the highest run-scoring projections of the night, which is impressive considering there’s an 11.5 over/under in Colorado. Stacking the Red Sox isn’t a bad idea regardless of format (cash games or tournaments). Moreland checks in with a non-imposing $3100 salary on FanDuel while looking at a dream matchup against Texas RHP Bartolo Colon in hitter-friendly Fenway Park. Colon has a vulnerable .358 wOBA split against left-handed bats, and Moreland has a very good track record against the veteran hurler.
Daniel Descalso – Arizona (at Colorado)
Descalso has cooled off at the plate, but he’s still enjoying a pretty good season overall. A high-scoring game (11.5 over/under) in the hitting utopia of Coors Field could help him get back on track. Descalso should hold a premium lineup spot with several RBI opportunities in this likely “scorefest” against RHP German Marquez and his .340 wOBA vs left-handed bats.
Rafael Devers – Boston (vs Texas)
Devers represents another economical stacking option for the highly touted Red Sox. Similar to the write-up of teammate Mitch Moreland, Devers stands to benefit from facing Texas RHP Bartolo Colon (and his .358 wOBA split vs LHB) in Fenway Park. You could look to climb the salary ladder at third base with Nolan Arenado or Jake Lamb this evening, but I’ll probably save the cap space without completely sacrificing upside by selecting Rafael Devers.
David Fletcher – LA Angels (vs Seattle)
I’m not too enthused with the mid-range options at shortstop, so the choice becomes spending on a high-end option or punting the positon. Trevor Story, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Jean Segura are all noteworthy prospects, but I’d rather spend on outfielders, pitching, or utility on FanDuel. The last few times LAA faced a left-handed pitcher, David Fletcher took control of the leadoff spot. That increases his fantasy potential and lineup security in front of Trout, Upton, and Pujols. Fletcher is a reasonable candidate for double-digit fantasy points while holding this premium lineup spot. He’s minimum salary ($20000) on FanDuel.
David Peralta – Arizona (at Colorado)
Let’s get back to the 11.5 over/under on this slate. David Peralta has a reasonable price tag ($3900 on FanDuel) compared to other high-end options like Betts, Martinez, Trout, or Benintendi. He should be mentioned as a fantasy prospect alongside those superstars while factoring in the park boost of Coors Field. The salary/floor/upside combination makes Peralta one of my favorite picks for cash games. I’m definitely making room for him on my squad.
I’m looking to take advantage of Arizona RHP Shelby Miller and his exploitable .359 wOBA vs left-handed bats. I understand that Parra has some concerning career numbers against Miller, but everyone has been hitting the Arizona hurler as of late – as Miller has allowed 14 earned runs through 14 innings in three starts this season after coming back from Tommy John surgery. In other words, he’s not the same pitcher, and it’s hard to believe an outing in Coors Field will bring him back to form.