MLB DFS Plays: Friday 10/29

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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: Luis Garcia – Astros (at Braves)
Pivot: Ian Anderson – Braves (vs Astros)

This is another instance of the pitchers being evenly matched. Rostership trends should be comparable both as the captain and a regular pick. Garcia has better strikeout potential while Anderson is far likelier to finish five or more frames. With three upcoming games and limited lights-out relievers on both teams, there is mild pressure to get a little longevity out of the starters either today or tomorrow. They’re nearly identical dollar-for-dollar values with Garcia perhaps possessing a more tangible upside.

On the reliever front, there are no sure things. Any plays you try will be a shot in the dark. The likes of Jake Odorizzi and Tucker Davidson could long relieve in the event of a blowout. If you're dead set to traverse this dangerous path, it’s probably wiser to take a stab at Ryan Pressly, Kendall Graveman, or Tyler Matzek. As always, relievers are best-used as long-tail gambles for huge GPPs.

Also Consider: Jake Odorizzi, Tucker Davidson, Ryan Pressly, Kendall Graveman, Tyler Matzek

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INFIELDERS

Top Play: Alex Bregman – Astros (at Anderson)

Bregman would be a better play in Houston where the ballpark is tailored to his profile. Still, this is a strong matchup for the Astros third hitter. He’s one of the top projections in two of the three categories that matter: multi-hit and run production potential. While his odds for a home run are worse than one-in-five, those aren’t particularly bad for a one-game slate at Truist Park. In fact, only one hitter (Adam Duvall) has better than a one-in-five shot at a dinger. Freddie Freeman, Kyle Tucker, and Yordan Alvarez are all right around that threshold.

The main draw for Bregman is value. Whereas the others with comparable projections are among the priciest hitters in the slate, Bregman is only the 10th-most expensive hitter. He also matches well against Anderson’s tendency to work down in the strike zone.

Pivot: Yuli Gurriel – Astros (at Anderson)

One of the challenges of Captain’s Mode is that the worst/inexpensive players are often the most-owned non-pitchers. Especially for rosters that use both starting pitchers, there just isn’t another way to do it (besides using relievers). That means they’re not very effective as pivots unless you use them as your captain.

It’s the mid-tier guys like Gurriel who turn out to be least-used. He’s a steady performer who has delivered some value in each of his last nine games. The Astros first baseman rarely strikes out, so you can be confident you’ll get multiple balls in play. Since the Houston lineup is so jammed packed, he often has runners on base to drive in despite batting down in the order. Power outcomes are unlikely versus a groundball pitcher.

Also Consider: Freddie Freeman, Jose Altuve, Austin Riley, Carlos Correa, Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Travis d’Arnaud, Martin Maldonado

OUTFIELD

Top Play: Kyle Tucker – Astros (at Anderson)

It’ll be interesting to see how the Astros handle losing the designated hitter. While undoubtedly their best offensive alignment, squeezing all of Tucker, Yordan Alvarez, and Michael Brantley onto the field comes at a real defensive cost. Garcia allows plenty of fly ball contact so they might opt to leave Alvarez or Brantley on the bench tonight. Assuming both Tucker and Alvarez start, the latter has a better price tag and lineup role. He’s also slightly likelier to homer. However, Tucker has an in-built advantage in that he’s at no risk of being replaced for defensive purposes. That duty will fall to one of the weaker defenders.

Pivot: Adam Duvall – Braves (vs Garcia)

As hinted earlier, Duvall has an extra burst of home run upside compared with the field. The general consensus is to only use him against left-handed pitching. His career data suggest he actually has no platoon split – he just so happens to be a very volatile hitter type and thus any split of his data is apt to yield odd discrepancies. Garcia can run afoul of home runs from time to time. Like Gurriel, Duvall’s mid-tier price tag makes him a tad awkward to roster with others of his ilk.

Also Consider: Michael Brantley, Jorge Soler, Eddie Rosario, Joc Pederson, Chas McCormick, Jose Siri