MLB DFS Plays: Monday 5/31

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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 nine-game main slate starting at 1:05 ET.

PITCHER

Top Play: Corbin Burnes - Milwaukee (vs. Detroit)

It’s no secret that Corbin Burnes is one of the best pitchers in the National League right now. He actually has the second-best odds to win the NL Cy Young award, trailing only Jacob deGrom in that race. Burnes has an excellent opportunity to pad his already impressive stats in a beautiful home matchup with the Tigers. Detroit holds the highest strikeout percentage (28%) of any team this season, and they rank 27th in overall wRC+. Burnes has racked up nine or more strikeouts in all but one start this season, and I’m expecting him to be at his best for this plum matchup.

Pivot: James Kaprielian - Oakland (at Seattle)

The rookie has been pretty impressive in his first three starts, racking up 19 strikeouts while allowing just three earned runs across 17.2 innings. He’ll face a rough Seattle offense that ranks 25th in wRC+ and a top-ten strikeout rate (26.1%) to boot. Kaprielian pinned down the Mariners for two hits and no earned runs across seven innings last week, and he could put together another quality start tonight.

Also Consider: Jose Berrios, Charlie Morton

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CATCHER

Top Play: Christian Vazquez - Boston (at Houston)

Vazquez isn’t necessarily the top overall play of his position, but I like his matchup/price/upside combination. The draw looks good against Houston RHP Jose Urquidy, who has reverse-splits with a career .342 wOBA mark against right-handed bats. He’s also making his first start since coming off the injured list, so perhaps he’ll be a little rusty. Vazquez didn’t play yesterday, so he should be fresh and ready to make an impact today.

Pivot: Gary Sanchez - NY Yankees (vs. Tampa Bay)

Sanchez is nothing more than a boom-or-bust fantasy asset at this point in his career. The righty/lefty matchup against Rich Hill is interesting, but the veteran southpaw has been pretty decent over the last month. That’s where the risk comes in, but Sanchez is still too cheap when considering the power upside at a thin catcher position.

Also Consider: Sean Murphy

FIRST BASE

Top Play: Freddie Freeman - Atlanta (vs. Washington)

Atlanta has one of the top run-scoring projections of this slate, so it makes sense to invest in Freeman here. The matchup looks great against Washington RHP Joe Ross, who holds a career .369 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Sure, the average is down for Freeman (.239) so far, but this is an excellent spot for him to get back on track.

Pivot: Ji-Man Choi - Tampa Bay (at NY Yankees)

Choi will see a nice park boost in Yankee Stadium while holding a premium lineup spot for the Rays. Yankees’ RHP Jameson Taillon has been somewhat mediocre lately, and I could see Tampa putting up some runs against him. Choi is a cheap, underrated bat to help your GPP lineups.

Also Consider: Eric Hosmer, Matt Olson

SECOND BASE

Top Play: Ozzie Albies - Atlanta (vs. Washington)

Albies echoes the rationale provided earlier with his teammate, Freeman. I’m loving this combination as a 1-2 punch in my cash game lineups. Both of them will look to jump all over Ross’ .369 wOBA mark to left-handed bats. Albies has been crushing the ball with eight hits, three homers, nine RBI, and eight runs over his last six games. He should keep that momentum in this welcoming draw.

Pivot: Kike Hernandez - Boston (at Houston)

Hernandez will look to benefit from the same matchup outlined with Vazquez earlier in the article. The Boston leadoff man is cheap while holding some capable upside for a sneaky-good offense in this DFS slate. Hernandez will look to jump on Astros’ RHP Urquidy’s .342 wOBA split to right-handed bats, and he’s a bankable value option to keep in mind at second base.

Also Consider: Jose Altuve

THIRD BASE

Top Play: Alex Bregman - Houston (vs. Boston)

We all know Alex Bregman carries a reliable fantasy floor/ceiling combination. That should be on full display in this sneaky-good matchup against Boston LHP Eduardo Rodriguez. Normally we would avoid Rodriguez, but it appears he’s going through something right now, allowing four or more earned runs in four of his last five starts. The Astros have a righty-heavy lineup to extend those struggles, and Bregman is probably the best option to lead the way.

Pivot: Matt Chapman - Oakland (at Seattle)

Chapman has been very disappointing this season. However, he still carries some appeal in DFS contests. Chapman is an All-Star caliber player with legitimate 35+ HR upside. He’s not playing like that at the moment, but there’s still plenty of talent in his profile. Chapman is dirt-cheap due to the recent struggles, and maybe he could turn it around against some fresh meat. Seattle RHP Logan Gilbert has had a tough time in the majors, allowing nine earned runs and 13 hits across 10.2 innings.

Also Consider: Manny Machado

SHORTSTOP

Top Play: Carlos Correa - Houston (vs. Boston)

Correa feeds into the write-up of his teammate, Bregman, earlier in the article. As mentioned there, Boston LHP Rodriguez has had a tough time recently, and those problems could be exacerbated on the road in Houston. Meanwhile, Correa is heating up with five hits, two homers, and four RBI over his last four games.

Pivot: Willy Adames - Milwaukee (vs. Detroit)

Adames is a cheap filler at shortstop, but he still has some “pop” in his bat to reach for fantasy upside. He’s also looking good with seven hits in his last four games. The heightened strikeout rate is alarming, but today’s matchup with LHP Tyler Alexander (.373 wOBA to right-handed bats) and the Detroit bullpen is worth a look.

Also Consider: Xander Bogaerts

OUTFIELD

Top Play: Austin Meadows - Tampa Bay (at NY Yankees)

Meadows isn’t cheap, and I’m not necessarily forcing him into my lineups. However, if I can organically click him into an outfield spot, then I’m going for it. Meadows will have the aforementioned park boost in Yankee Stadium while facing middle-of-the-road RHP Taillon: who has allowed four or more earned runs in two of his last three starts. Meadows is 5-8 with two homers and seven RBI in his last three games.

Top Play: Hunter Renfroe - Boston (at Houston)

Renfroe isn’t a top play, but he’s a very good “per dollar” acquisition on this slate. I’ve already belabored the point that Houston RHP Urquidy has a .342 wOBA split to righty hitters. Renfroe is swinging the bat well with seven hits, one homer, and four doubles over his last three games. Needless to say, he’s one of my favorite value hitters on this slate.

Pivot: Trevor Larnach - Minnesota (at Baltimore)

Alex Kiriloff is a great cash game play in this matchup, but teammate Trevor Larnach is the boom-or-bust power alternative in tournaments. This guy has outstanding raw power that will terrorize major league pitching for the next decade. Larnach is a rookie who is just figuring things out, but he has an opportunity to come through against Baltimore RHP Jorge Lopez and his .369 wOBA split to left-handed bats.

Also Consider: J.D. Martinez (if playing), Alex Kiriloff, Avisail Garcia, Lorenzo Cain, Tommy Pham, Mike Yastrzemski