MLB DFS Plays: Monday 4/22

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Brad Johnson finds the best MLB DFS Plays for Sunday, June 16. (Getty Images)

MLB DFS Plays: Sunday 6/16

Brad Johnson finds the best MLB DFS Plays for Sunday, June 16. (Getty Images)

This article will outline the best daily fantasy MLB plays of the day at every position. We will take a comprehensive look at FanDuel and DraftKings 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.

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We will be looking at the 10-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.


Joe Musgrove – Pittsburgh (vs Arizona)

I never thought I'd be willing to spending on Joe Musgrove in daily fantasy baseball, but here we are. Give credit where credit is due: Musgrove has been sensational this season while allowing just two earned runs and 13 hits over 22.1 innings. Starting in pitcher-friendly PNC Park should help him keep the momentum, and this opposing D-Backs’ lineup isn’t the most intimidating group of hitters. It’s also worth noting that there’s no precipitation risk in this game, which goes a long way with tonight’s slate.

Also Consider: J.A. Happ, Yonny Chirinos (tournaments)


Jose AbreuChicago White Sox (at Baltimore)

As we noticed between the Orioles and Twins over the weekend, the ball is flying at Camden Yards! That should be the case again tonight, as we have two subpar pitchers taking the bump. David Hess steps in for Baltimore, carrying a .344 mark against right-handed bats. Jose Abreu has gotten off to a slow start this season, but he’s more than capable of taking advantage here. Abreu has posted three hits over his past two games, so maybe we’re seeing a turnaround in the works. This comfortable matchup should help.

Also Consider: Mike Ford, Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan McMahon


Brian Dozier – Washington (at Colorado)

Speaking of players getting off to miserable starts, Brian Dozier is currently hitting .177 on the season. However, he’s a streaky hitter who has picked up two homers over his past three games. The salary is reasonable and the timing is right with Washington playing in the hitting utopia of Coors Field to begin the week. We all know Dozier has conquered left-handed pitching over the past four or five years, and he gets LHP Tyler Anderson tonight.

Also Consider: Jose Altuve, Joey Wendle (punt)  


Alex Bregman – Houston (vs Minnesota)

Minnesota RHP Jake Odorizzi has started four games this season, looking pretty good in two home games and pretty bad in two road matchups. Tonight’s outing at Houston will probably add to his collection of glum road starts. Odorizzi sometimes struggles with homers while offering fastballs up in the zone. Houston has several capable hitters who could take full advantage of that pitch in that location. Bregman headlines that list, heating up with five hits and two homers over his past three games.

Also Consider: Renato Nunez, Maikel Franco


Carlos Correa – Houston (vs Minnesota)

I already mentioned the susceptibility of Minnesota RHP Jake Odorizzi, so it’s no surprise that Houston has one of the highest run-scoring projections of the night. Bregman and Correa make for a nice 1-2 punch within that (Altuve is good but somewhat pricey). Correa is heating up with two doubles and a homer over his past three games, and he checks in at a discount from the other legitimate (and expensive) shortstop – Trevor Story.

Also Consider: Trevor Story, Tim Anderson (tournaments), Hanser Alberto (punt)  


Charlie Blackmon – Colorado (vs Washington)

This is the Charlie Blackmon fantasy enthusiasts have grown to love over the years! After a gloomy start to the season, Blackmon posted nine hits, two triples, and two homers in the three-game weekend series vs Philadelphia. He’ll take that momentum into another strong home matchup against Washington RHP Jeremy Hellickson, who has a 2.68 ERA that is due for regression.

Mike Tauchman – NY Yankees (at LA Angels)

This article wouldn’t be complete unless we picked on Matt Harvey. The once-dominant pitcher has fallen from grace over the past few years, holding a .361 wOBA split to left-handed bats as evidence. Allowing 18 earned runs and 22 hits through 16.2 innings over his past three starts is condemning as well. Meanwhile, Tauchman appears to be figuring things out with six hits, three homers, and eight RBIs over his past five games. He won’t have the benefit of Yankee Stadium’s hitter-friendly dimensions, but squaring up against Harvey should more than suffice.

Also Consider: David Dahl, Brett Gardner, Jose Martinez, Victor Robles, Dexter Fowler (bargain), Chad Pinder (bargain), Trey Mancini (tournaments)

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