MLB DFS Plays: Monday 4/19

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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.

We’ll focus our attention on the six-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.

PITCHER

Top Play: Dylan Bundy - LA Angels (vs. Texas)

Bundy probably isn’t the most talented pitcher on this slate, but he has the best combination of skill, matchup, and potential run support. The Angels are listed as a -215 moneyline favorite at home, and Bundy will take on a Texas offense that ranks 23rd in wRC+ and second in strikeout rate to begin the season. Bundy has racked up 22 strikeouts through 19 innings so far this season, and he should at least continue that pace while recording a quality start with a great shot at a victory.

Pivot: Danny Duffy - Kansas City (vs. Tampa Bay)

Just when you think Danny Duffy’s best years were behind him, he starts to throw some more gems. I’m not calling for a true bounce-back season, but you have to consider him in DFS when he’s throwing like this. Duffy has given up one earned run with 11 strikeouts through 12 innings this season. That came against pretty good competition too, mowing down CLE and LAA. The matchup vs. Tampa doesn’t look great on paper, but Duffy will start in his pitcher-friendly home ballpark with the wind blowing in.

Also Consider: Dustin May, Joe Musgrove

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CATCHER

Top Play: Will Smith - LA Dodgers (at Seattle)

The Angels and Dodgers have the highest run-scoring projections of the night, so you’ll be seeing plenty of Los Angeles’ hitters in this article. Let’s start with Will Smith, who owns the platoon advantage over Seattle LHP Justus Sheffield. The Mariners’ southpaw owns a career .347 wOBA split to right-handed bats, creating a nice spot for Smith to post some rewarding fantasy production.

Pivot: Kurt Suzuki - LA Angels (vs. Texas)

The Angels will be a popular stack tonight, but let’s not overlook their catching options - whether it’s Kurt Suzuki or Anthony Bemboom. This tandem is filling in for Max Stassi, and I’d rather see the veteran, Suzuki, make the lineup tonight. The journeyman catcher has recorded three hits in his last three games, and he should have plenty of RBI opportunities tonight.

Also Consider: Salvador Perez

FIRST BASE

Top Play: Jared Walsh - LA Angels (vs. Texas)

Stack those Angles and stack those Dodgers! Jared Walsh should continue to bat cleanup in this hearty LAA lineup. He has had a ton of success in that spot with seven hits, two homers, and six RBI over his last six games. It comes with plenty of lineup security and RBI potential, making Walsh one of the best first basemen on this DFS slate.

Pivot: Carlos Santana - Kansas City (vs. Tampa Bay)

Santana is a powerful switch-hitter who can rack up fantasy points against anyone the Rays have throwing to him. He’s also significantly cheaper than the top options at first base. Most people will stay away from this low over/under, but Santana is one of the few options you can look towards in tournaments.

Also Consider: Brandon Belt

SECOND BASE

Top Play: Chris Taylor - LA Dodgers (at Seattle)

If you can roster Chris Taylor in the infield (or a utility spot), then go for it. He’s cheaper than the premium LAD options despite holding the platoon advantage over LHP Sheffield’s aforementioned vulnerabilities. Taylor has five runs, one HR, and three RBI over his last four starts, so he’s playing with some confidence at the moment.

Pivot: Josh Harrison - Washington (vs. St. Louis)

Also Consider: Tommy Edman

THIRD BASE

Top Play: Justin Turner - LA Dodgers (at Seattle)

Justin Turner is squaring off against a mediocre left-handed pitcher. Do I need to say more? He’s probably one of the best lifts of this Dodgers’ stack when considering pedigree, matchup, and positional scarcity. Third base isn’t great tonight, as Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado aren’t in great matchups, so paying the premium on Turner looks like the best route for cash games.

Pivot: Evan Longoria - San Francisco (at Philadelphia)

When looking outside a Dodgers or Angels stack, the Giants check-in as the next best option. They’ll get a drastic park boost in Philadelphia while facing the reverse-splits of RHP Chase Anderson (career .348 wOBA vs. RHB). Longoria has looked good to begin this season, hitting .304 with four homers and nine RBI. This is a nice spot for him to keep that going.

Also Consider: Matt Carpenter

SHORTSTOP

Top Play: David Fletcher - LA Angels (vs. Texas)

Fletcher isn’t too expensive while enjoying a premium lineup spot for the highest-scoring offense of this slate. Sure, he doesn’t have much power, but the LAA infielder has tallied seven hits over his past five games, and that type of efficiency will lead to runs with Trout/Ohtani/Upton/Walsh behind him.

Pivot: Paul DeJong - St. Louis (at Washington)

DeJong is a boom-or-bust DFS candidate. He’ll either get you nothing or smack a three-run homer to send you up the leaderboard. That’s what you are looking for in large-field tournaments. Even though Washington RHP Joe Ross is much more generous to left-handed pitchers, this matchup isn’t off-limits for right-handed bats.

Also Consider: Trea Turner

OUTFIELD

Top Play: Justin Upton - LA Angels (vs. Texas)

The last time we saw Upton he had a Grand Slam against Minnesota. The Angels haven’t played since Friday, so they should be well-rested and ready to feast on this Texas pitching staff. As mentioned with the previous LAA hitters, there should be plenty of RBI chances throughout the night. Upton is pretty cheap across all DFS sites too.

Top Play: Mookie Betts - LA Dodgers (at Seattle)

If you have the cap space to make Mookie Betts happen, then don’t hesitate. He’s in a prime spot against a mediocre left-handed pitcher. If you need some cheaper options to make your lineup work, then Austin Slater, Dylan Carlson, and others serve as viable alternatives.

Pivot: Dylan Carlson - St. Louis (at Washington)

I really like Carlson as a tournament option who is borderline cash playable. He usually hits down in STL’s order, so he could be underrated. Washington RHP Ross has a career .363 wOBA split to left-handed bats, and Carlson could take advantage as a switch-hitter. He has some nice power in his profile as well.

Also Consider: Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Austin Slater (GPP), Mike Yastrzemski

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