MLB DFS Plays: Friday 10/22

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This article outlines the best daily fantasy MLB plays of the day at every position. We take a comprehensive look 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.

PITCHER

Top Play: Nathan EovaldiRed Sox (at Astros)

Down three games to two in the series, the Red Sox have no room for patience with their 2021 ace. If he responds poorly to his relief appearance on Tuesday, he could be bumped from the game early. Otherwise, expect about five innings and/or 80 pitches from Eovaldi. Facing the ‘Stros for a third time in a week could be detrimental to his effectiveness. Despite this, there’s no question he’s the superior play to Garcia. That’s not to say he’s guaranteed to outperform the Houston starter – this is, after all, baseball.

Pivot: Luis Garcia – Astros (vs Red Sox)

By comparison, Garcia will probably be lucky to last three innings. After bombing out of his first two postseason starts, the pressure will be heavy on Eovaldi for DFS purposes. The nature of these captain’s mode contests is such that we could potentially pivot away from all pitchers if we so choose. Houston has a much stronger bullpen than Boston, but they also don’t have the desperation of a do-or-die game. If Garcia flails again, they could put their best arms on ice so they’re fresh tomorrow. Those digging for a low-probability leveraged play might try Jake Odorizzi.

Also Consider: Hansel Robles, Garrett Whitlock, Adam Ottavino, Ryan Pressly, Kendall Graveman, Jake Odorizzi

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INFIELDERS

Top Play: Rafael Devers – Red Sox (at Garcia)

Devers is the top-projected hitter in the slate and thus he’ll also be among the most-used players. He leads in home run potential with around a 30 percent shot at a dinger. He also tops the charts in expected run production and trails only Jose Altuve in multi-hit potential. While we don’t think of the Crawford Boxes as helping left-handed hitters, we have seen some opposite field air balls from Devers in this series. It’s also not as if Minute Maid Park is tough on pull-heavy left-handed sluggers.

Pivot: Christian Arroyo – Red Sox (at Garcia)

Besides the (largely ineffective) catchers, Arroyo will be the least-targeted hitter among the starters. He’s a good value based on his cost but otherwise lacks redeeming features. We’re hoping for an outlier game because if he does pop off, as he did on Monday, he could offer the cleanest path to a GPP win. The Crawford Boxes feature prominently in our hopes and dreams for Arroyo.

Also Consider: Kyle Schwarber, Jose Altuve, Enrique Hernandez, Xander Bogaerts, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel, Christian Vazquez, Martin Maldonado

OUTFIELD

Top Play: Yordan Alvarez – Astros (vs Eovaldi)
Kyle Tucker – Astros (vs Eovaldi)

Alvarez and teammate Kyle Tucker are tops among the outfielders. They’re not quite on par with Devers and Altuve. While Alvarez is a slightly better value with a superior lineup role, Tucker could turn out to be the better play in part because of spot in the order. Chris Taylor was only in around 25 percent of lineups yesterday with around three percent picking him as their captain. Tucker has the best shot at being that down-lineup, multi-homer contest winner. Alvarez will probably be twice as popular for captain purposes.

Pivot: Chas McCormick – Astros (vs Eovaldi)

If yesterday’s game taught us anything, it’s that the bottom of the lineup could be the key to piles of winnings. McCormick or Jose Siri should be the least popular bats besides the catchers and Arroyo. Siri is minimum-priced while McCormick is nearly so. Siri’s unfettered aggression is seemingly exploitable while McCormick has done a better job of offering a balanced profile at the plate. He has enough pop to play DFS hero too.

Also Consider: Enrique Hernandez, Michael Brantley, J.D. Martinez, Hunter Renfroe, Alex Verdugo