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MLB DFS Plays: Thursday

Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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. 



 

Keep in mind that we are looking towards the main evening slate starting at 6:40 ET.




PITCHER

 

Clayton Kershaw – LA Dodgers (at St. Louis)

 

Kershaw is the obvious choice in cash games tonight. His elevated price point is fully attainable due to a plethora of value (and a shortage of top dollar picks) in this abbreviated evening slate. Unsurprisingly, Kershaw checks in with a massive -190 moneyline designation despite playing a quality Cardinals’ team on the road. St. Louis represents the lowest run-scoring projection of the night, and Clayton should see enough run support from his own offense to pick up the victory bonus. I’m not overthinking the pitcher position in my cash lineups.

 

 

Also Consider: Eduardo Rodriguez, Jason Vargas (tournaments)

 

 

 

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CATCHER / FIRST BASE

 

Matt Olson – Oakland (at Baltimore)

 

In case you haven’t noticed, Matt Olson is en fuego at the moment. The Oakland slugger has racked up five hits, two homers, and four RBI over his past four games. He’ll see a park boost in Baltimore tonight while facing Orioles’ RHP Dylan Bundy – who has a susceptible .366 wOBA split vs left-handed hitters. The A’s check in with the second highest run-scoring projection of the night, and Olson is a big reason why.

 

 

Also Consider: Salvador Perez, Mitch Moreland

 

 

 

SECOND BASE

 

Logan Forsythe – Minnesota (at Kansas City)

 

Forsythe makes for a strategic salary saver to help make Clayton Kershaw’s cumbersome price work. The Minnesota second baseman is only $2300 on FanDuel, and the matchup looks good against Kansas City RHP Heath Fillmyer – who holds a .380 wOBA split vs right-handed bats. Forsythe will continue to own a premium lineup spot for the Twins, putting him in good position to make some fantasy noise.

 

 

Also Consider: Whit Merrifield, Jonathan Villar

 

 

 

THIRD BASE

 

Kyle Seager – Seattle (at LA Angels)

 

Seager snapped his cold-streak last night by smacking a solo homer against the Padres. Hopefully that creates some positive momentum for tonight’s advantageous draw vs Odrisamer Despaigne and his 6.40 ERA. Despaigne has allowed 24 hits and 13 earned runs through 16 innings over his most recent five appearances. In other words, there’s a chance Seager and company will get to him tonight.

 

 

Also Consider: Rafael Devers, David Freese (value)

 

 

 

SHORTSTOP

 

Adalberto Mondesi – Kansas City (vs Minnesota)

 

Minnesota LHP Stephen Gonsalves is one of the better pitching prospects in the Twins’ system, but he has had a rude awakening to the major league level – currently holding an 11.68 ERA through four starts. His most recent performance allowed five earned runs on five hits (1:3 K to BB ratio) in 2.1 innings against the same Kansas City team he’ll face tonight. Take a strong look at Royals’ righties like Perez, Merrifield, and Mondesi. The latter has on a tear with nine hits, two doubles, one homer, five RBI, and four stolen bases over his past five games.

 

 

Also Consider: Jorge Polanco, Amed Rosario

 

 

 

OUTFIELD

 

Michael Conforto – NY Mets (vs Miami)

 

Conforto has found his groove lately, piling up seven hits, three homers, six RBI, and five runs over his most recent four games. Keep in mind that this is the second part of a doubleheader, so you’ll need to check the lineup card before clicking him into your lineup. If Conforto gets the start, he’s looking at a fantasy-friendly draw against Miami RHP Jeff Brigham.

 

 

Jorge Bonifacio – Kansas City (vs Minnesota)

 

Bonifacio will enjoy the same amazing matchup outlined with his teammate, Adalberto Mondesi. Even though the KC outfielder hasn’t been very good this season, he still holds enough power upside to feel confident in this amazing matchup. The salary of $2600 on FanDuel looks good too.

 

 

Also Consider: Andrew Benintendi, Eddie Rosario, Ramón Laureano, Kiké Hernandez, Jay Bruce, Jackie Bradley Jr.


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