Here are ten recommended DFS plays for Monday, and yes, Virginia, they collectively fit under the Yahoo Daily cap. Be sure to double-check on lineups and weather before you make your final commitments.
Scott Kazmir, SP, vs. TB (Ramirez), $45: Although the Rays offense gets an upgrade against southpaws (and we're playing one notable Tampa hitter, below), this is still the type of matchup you feel comfortable exploiting, and paying up for. Kazmir is a -159 favorite Monday and not at a prohibitive price.
Colin Rea, SP, vs. ATL (Perez), $25: I like one ace and one hyperspace on the mound, so we roll with Rea in his second MLB turn of the year. Rea was dominant in Double-A (1.08 ERA), so-so at Triple-A (4.39, but it's the PCL), and then credible in his first San Diego start (five innings, three runs, four strikeouts). The friendly park and opponent make you feel better (he's a heavy -190 favorite), and obviously it's the minimum price for a Yahoo pitcher.
Yan Gomez, C, at BOS (Barnes), $11: As mediocre as the season has been, at least Gomes has stepped forward somewhat in the second half (.784 OPS). He's not facing one of the AL's aces in this draw, and Fenway Park's been handing out crooked numbers this month.
Mark Canha, 1B, at BAL (Tillman), $7: It's a little unusual to go onto punt mode at first base, but there are name-brand outfielders I want to dial up. Canha is slotted second for a game at scoring-friendly Camden Yards, and Chris Tillman was not sharp in his return last week.
Dee Gordon, 2B, at MIL (Garza), $18: Platoon advantage is nice, especially for a left-handed rabbit (the platoon edge also translates to base-stealing). Gordon no longer has Christian Yelich or Giancarlo Stanton to ride shotgun, but maybe he'll get there on his legs alone.
Evan Longoria, 3B, at HOU (Kazmir), $17: I usually won't look to start hitters against one of my pitchers, but on an abbreviated slate, that's no longer a deal-breaker. Longoria has been somewhat overrated as a general commodity for a few seasons, but he's still raking against lefties this year (.340/.423/.521).
Jean Segura, SS, vs. MIA (Nicolino), $13: The batting average climbs up to .300 when facing a lefty, and he's also confirmed to bat leadoff Monday. Jean Genie, come through for us.
Nelson Cruz, OF, at TEX (Hamels), $21: Cole Hamels is no rag arm, but he allows homers, too. And when I see Cruz against a lefty in a friendly park (in August, no less), I want to take some hacks.
Mike Trout, OF, vs. CHW (Rodon), $21: There's been good and bad with Carlos Rodon this year, with the last start a beauty. But after pinching pennies elsewhere on the lineup, I'm fine to take the AL's premiere player against an inexperienced rookie, with the platoon edge added to the mix.
Ryan Braun, OF, vs. MIA (Nicolino), $19: I haven't always been in Braun's corner this year, but I can't deny the .294/.388/.529 slash against opposing lefties. Justin Nicolino is only three turns into his MLB career, but he concedes a .851 OPS in the platoon disadvantage.