MLB DFS Plays: Monday 5/24

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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 7:10 ET.

PITCHER

Top Play: Blake Snell - San Diego (at Milwaukee)

There are several quality pitchers on this slate, but part of me gravitates towards Snell. He hasn’t been as good as advertised to begin the season, but the lefty flamethrower seems to be rounding into form with 18 strikeouts through 10 innings over his last two starts. Tonight’s matchup sets him up for more of the same, as Milwaukee ranks 20th in wRC+ to left-handed pitchers with the seventh-highest strikeout split (26.9%).

Pivot: David Peterson - NY Mets (vs. Colorado)

Colorado ranks dead last in wRC+ on the road. It’s really not even close. The Rockies have a 58 wRC+ split while the next worst offense (Pittsburgh) is at 71. Mets’ LHP David Peterson isn’t someone you’ll usually turn to for DFS purposes, but he’s certainly in play due to the matchup potential. Peterson has flexed occasional fantasy upside this season, most notably striking out nine batters in 7.1 innings of work (2 ER) at Tampa Bay on May 14. There’s a chance he’ll get back to that form tonight.

Also Consider: Brandon Woodruff, Frankie Montas

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CATCHER

Top Play: Yermin Mercedes - Chicago White Sox (vs. St. Louis)

Mercedes has cooled off over the last week, but that just means we can grab him at a slight discount. The White Sox represent the highest run-scoring projection of this evening slate, as they’ll take on a left-handed pitcher at home. St. Louis hurler Kwang Hyun Kim has been solid so far, but this will be his most difficult task of the young season.

Pivot: Mitch Garver - Minnesota (vs. Baltimore)

We’ll need to double-check the weather here, as some precipitation is in the forecast for Minneapolis. Assuming this game plays, Mitch Garver steps in as a viable DFS catcher against left-handed tosser John Means. The Baltimore southpaw has been fantastic this season, but he regressed with four earned runs in his last start. Garver is a lefty-masher to jump all over him if those struggles persist.

Also Consider: Pedro Severino

FIRST BASE

Top Play: Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox (vs. St. Louis)

As mentioned earlier, the White Sox have the highest run-scoring projection of the night. Jose Abreu is one of the best bats within that, as he has an incredible blend of power and contact. Playing in their home, hitter-friendly park only makes matters better. Abreu has tallied multiple hits in three of his last five games while smacking two homers over that span. He’s an incredible play through all formats tonight.

Pivot: Ryan Mountcastle - Baltimore (at Minnesota)

I’m not sold on Minnesota RHP Matt Shoemaker, who carries a 6.08 ERA this season. He has allowed five or more earned runs in two of his last four starts, so there’s some realistic blowup potential here. Minnesota’s bullpen hasn’t exactly been iron-clad either. Ryan Mountcastle is a sneaky-good option to take advantage of here. He has posted multiple hits in three of his last six games while recording two performances with four RBI along the way.

Also Consider: Andrew Vaughn

SECOND BASE

Top Play: Cesar Hernandez - Cleveland (at Detroit)

Detroit RHP Spencer Turnbull is coming off a no-hitter. That won’t discourage me from taking Cleveland hitters tonight. In fact, there’s a chance that Turnbull regresses after stretching to throw 117 pitches last time around. I still believe Turnbull is nothing more than a mediocre pitcher, and Cleveland could get to him in this matchup. Cesar Hernandez is a comfortable option against him, holding upside with multiple hits, runs, and a little bit of pop.

Pivot: Jonathan Schoop - Detroit (vs. Cleveland)

Schoop is a cheap tournament pick who finds himself in an acceptable righty/lefty matchup against Cleveland LHP Hentges - who has allowed 23 hits and 11 earned runs through 15.1 innings this season. Schoop and a few of his teammates make for an interesting GPP stack while attacking that. Candelario and Grossman are also on my radar.

Also Consider: Nick Madrigal

THIRD BASE

Top Play: Matt Chapman - Oakland (vs. Seattle)

Seattle LHP Yusei Kikuchi really has his strikeout pitches working, but he has still allowed three or more earned runs in three straight games. On top of that, Kikuchi still carries an inflated .352 wOBA split to right-handed bats. Chapman is a lefty-masher who will look to jump all over that. The Oakland third baseman has been in a rut over the past week, but this matchup could wake his bat up.

Pivot: Kyle Seager - Seattle (at Oakland)

I understand that Kyle Seager doesn’t have good career numbers against Frankie Montas. That will make him even more underrated in tournaments. There’s still plenty to like here, as Montas carries a .359 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Seager is a veteran hitter who could flip the script on this individual matchup, so he’s someone to keep on the tournament shortlist.

Also Consider: Jose Ramirez, Josh Donaldson

SHORTSTOP

Top Play: Freddy Galvis - Baltimore (at Minnesota)

Don’t look now, but Freddy Galvis has been a monster at the plate with six hits, two homers, five runs, and four RBI over his last five games. He’s still cheap on all DFS sites, making for a nice bargain complement. I already mentioned the struggles of Minnesota RHP Shoemaker along with the Twins’ bullpen. There’s a good chance Galvis keeps his hotstreak tonight.

Pivot: Trevor Story - Colorado (at NY Mets)

Colorado has been terrible away from home this season, but we can’t forget about Trevor Story’s elite pedigree against left-handed pitching. If anyone from this offense is going to make some noise tonight, it’s Story. Most people only play the Colorado slugger at home, but don’t completely rule him out in this lefty/righty draw.

Also Consider: Tim Anderson

OUTFIELD

Top Play: Mark Canha - Oakland (vs. Seattle)

Canha is questionable with a sore elbow, so we’ll need to keep an eye on that situation. I also like teammate Ramon Laureano in this matchup, so that’s an easy substitution if Canha is out. As mentioned earlier, Seattle LHP Kikuchi still has trouble against right-handed bats, and Oakland has plenty of them to give him fits. Canha has racked up five hits, two homers, and four runs over his last three games - so he’ll look to keep that going.

Top Play: Trey Mancini - Baltimore (at Minnesota)

As you’ve probably noticed, I’m targeting hitters from the White Sox, A’s, and Orioles tonight. Trey Mancini is another guy who could take advantage of Minnesota RHP Shoemaker’s inconsistencies. Mancini is on fire, racking up nine hits, three homers, eight RBI, and seven runs over his last five games.

Pivot: Anthony Santander - Baltimore (at Minnesota)

Don’t forget about deeper Baltimore hitters like Anthony Santander and Cedric Mullins. Santander is my preferred option of that duo, as he has a nice power/contact combination. That has been on display with five hits, two doubles, and one homer over his last two games.

Also Consider: Ramon Laureano, Robbie Grossman, Cedric Mullins, Kyle Garlick (value), Jarred Kelenic (value)