MLB DFS Plays: Monday 4/5

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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 seven-game evening slate starting at 7:05 ET.

HITTING STACKS

LA Angels (vs. L.Garcia) - Our handy MLB DFS Optimizer shows all the run-scoring projections of the night, and the Angels come out on top for this slate. The LAA bats are up against Houston RHP Luis Garcia, who is nothing more than a filler in this rotation. Garcia has only pitched 12.1 MLB innings, and his other experience goes back to High-A ball. Jared Walsh, Justin Upton, and Mike Trout make for a fine stack.

Tampa Bay (at Pivetta) - Boston RHP Nick Pivetta has posted a 5.38 ERA and 6.89 ERA in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Left-handed hitters have been a thorn in his side with a .357 and .442 wOBA split over those seasons. The Rays could exploit that with Austin Meadows, Brandon Lowe, and Yoshi Tsutsugo leading the way. Kevin Kiermaier could be a value option to consider as well.

LA Dodgers (at F.Montas) - I actually don’t mind Frankie Montas as a bounce-back candidate this season, but he could get off on the wrong foot against this hearty Dodgers’ lineup. Montas holds a .369 wOBA split to left-handed bats throughout his career, so Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Corey Seager, and even Gavin Lux are primed for fantasy success tonight.

PITCHER

Top Play: Jacob deGrom - NY Mets (vs. Philadelphia)

There should be no surprise in this write-up. deGrom is head and shoulder above the rest of the pitchers in this slate. The Mets haven’t played this season, so they’ll be rolling out their ace while other rotations are reaching for their fourth or fifth starter. I’m not getting cute at the pitcher position, even in tournaments. Lock in Jacob deGrom and differentiate with the bats if you are trying to go against the grain.

Pivot: Carlos Rodon - Chicago White Sox (at Seattle)

Dustin May looks decent, and Adrian Morejon has some things working in his favor. However, I believe Carlos Rodon is a sneaky-good SP2 in the evening slate. He wasn’t great last season, but the White Sox southpaw has some interesting strikeout upside if things are working in his favor. I know spring training doesn’t mean much, but it’s nice to see that Rodon piled up 16 K’s in 13.2 innings of work through that session. This Seattle offense doesn’t have a ton of depth, so it’s not that far-fetched to envision Rodon pinning them down.

Also Consider: Dustin May, Adrian Morejon

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CATCHER

Top Play: Yermin Mercedes - Chicago White Sox (at Seattle)

This guy can hit! Mercedes is still moderately-priced despite having a remarkable weekend with nine hits over three games. He has plenty of lineup protection within this legitimate White Sox offense, and I’m viewing Mercedes as a top play if he’s starting. That especially holds true on Yahoo and DraftKings - where you are required to start a catcher.

Pivot: Christian Vazquez - Boston (vs. Tampa Bay)

I’m thinking Vazquez will be underrated tonight. He usually hits down in the Red Sox lineup, and Boston hasn’t impressed offensively to begin the season. However, Vazquez is cheap while stepping into a welcoming spot to thrive. We all know Fenway Park is great for right-handed power, and Vazquez will take on Tampa Bay RHP Michael Wacha, who held a .371 wOBA split to right-handed bats in his last full season (2019).

Also Consider: James McCann, Willson Contreras

FIRST BASE

Top Play: Pete Alsono - NY Mets (at Philadelphia)

We’ll finally get to see the Mets in action tonight, and their offense could impress. The matchup looks good against Philadelphia LHP Matt Moore, who is easily past his prime. Citizens Bank Park is a hitter-friendly environment, and Moore carried a .390 wOBA split to right-handed bats over his last full season (2018). Pete Alonso’s omnipresent power looks great in this matchup.

Pivot: Bobby Dalbec - Boston (vs. Tampa Bay)

Dalbec is one of my sleeper picks for AL Rookie of the Year. He holds capable power while taking at-bats in a hitter-friendly ballpark. Dalbec should benefit from the analysis laid out in Vazquez’s write-up above. The Red Sox make for a sneaky-good stack in this matchup if their bats decide to wake up.

Also Consider: Jared Walsh, Max Muncy

SECOND BASE

Top Play: Brandon Lowe - Tampa Bay (at Boston)

Lowe was briefly mentioned in the “top-hitting stacks” section of this article. The Rays have a lofty run-scoring projection at Boston, and Lowe could help make that a reality. Stepping in against RHP Nick Pivetta’s inflated splits to left-handed bats really helps.

Pivot: Jake Cronenworth - San Diego (vs. San Francisco)

Cronenworth is usually overshadowed by teammates like Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, and others. However, I like this spot for him, as he’ll step in against San Francisco RHP Anthony DeSclafani - who holds a .355 wOBA split to left-handed bats throughout his career. Cronenworth is a contact-hitter who could reach base several times while racking up multiple runs and RBIs along the way.

Also Consider: Max Muncy, Gavin Lux

THIRD BASE

Top Play: Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs (vs. Milwaukee)

The wind is blowing out (10mph to left) at Wrigley Field. That puts the hitters from both sides in play. The Cubs will go up against veteran LHP Brett Anderson, who gives up plenty of contact. Kris Bryant has looked good to begin the season, racking up three hits with a homer, three runs, and two RBI over his last two games. He could keep that momentum in this well-aligned draw tonight.

Pivot: Evan Longoria - San Francisco (at San Diego)

The park factor at San Diego isn’t great, but don’t count out the Giants tonight. I’m not completely sold on Padres LHP Adrian Morejon, and there’s an outside chance that San Francisco gets to him. If that’s the case, it's probable that Longoria will lead the way. Longo recorded four hits and two homers in a three-game series at Seattle, so he’s currently feeling comfortable at the plate.

Also Consider: Anthony Rendon, Alex Bregman

SHORTSTOP

Top Play: Corey Seager - LA Dodgers (at Oakland)

We already touched on this in the “hitting stacks” section, and I’m not sure much more analysis is needed. Seager was incredible with eight hits in three games at Colorado over the weekend, and that run could continue in a welcoming draw in Oakland. As mentioned earlier, A’s RHP Frankie Montas has been generous to left-handed hitting throughout his career, so Seager/Bellinger/Muncy make for an interesting stack.

Pivot: Leury Garcia - Chicago White Sox (at Seattle)

We’ll need to monitor the lineup for this one. Tim Anderson left the game early last night, and there’s a good chance he’ll sit out this evening with a hamstring issue. Leury Garcia will probably take his place while holding a high position in the CWS order. Garcia is cheap on every DFS site, so he would make for a nice value play with excellent lineup security in the White Sox potent offense.

Also Consider: Javier Baez, Xander Bogaerts

OUTFIELD

Top Play: J.D. Martinez - Boston (vs. Tampa Bay)

We usually recommend Martinez against left-handed pitching, but it’s hard to pass on him in this situation as well. We talked about it earlier - Tampa Bay RHP Wacha holds a .371 wOBA split to right-handed bats. Martinez, Bogaerts, Vazquez, and Dalbec make for an interesting stack while trying to take advantage of that. You could also look towards Martinez and Bogaerts “a la carte” as well.

Top Play: Austin Meadows - Tampa Bay (at Boston)

Meadows got a brief shout-out earlier in this article, and it’s time to lock him in as one of the top outfield plays. There could be plenty of runs in this Tampa-Boston matchup in hitter-friendly Fenway Park. Boston RHP Pivetta has gotten hammered by left-handed bats over the past few seasons, and Meadows is a capable hitter who can give him fits. Go ahead and look towards him through all DFS formats.

Pivot: J.D. Davis - NY Mets (at Philadelphia)

If Davis is listed in the outfield on your DFS site of choice, then give him a look over there. If he’s at third base, then he’s still under consideration. The Mets have a chance to jump all over Philadelphia LHP Matt Moore tonight, and Davis is an underrated piece within that. Most people will look towards Alonso, Lindor, and others (rightfully so), but don’t forget about Davis.

Also Consider: Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger, Justin Upton, Kevin Kiermaier,