MLB DFS Plays: Monday 6/28

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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 7:05 ET.

PITCHER

Top Play: Kyle Hendricks - Chicago Cubs (at Milwaukee)

We have two quality pitchers going head-to-head in Milwaukee. Both Freddy Peralta and Kyle Hendricks deserve some attention through all DFS formats. I’m leaning towards Hendricks as a noticeably cheaper lift with similar upside. The Chicago righty has tossed two straight scoreless outings (12 IP) while allowing only six hits with 12 strikeouts over that span. Hendricks could continue to dominate against a Milwaukee offense that ranks 25th in wRC+ with the fifth-highest strikeout rate (26.3%) in baseball.

Pivot: Anthony DeSclafani - San Francisco (at LA Dodgers)

The Dodgers are a good hitting team, and DeSclafani hasn’t done well against them in two starts this season. Most people will stay away from the Giants’ righty for those reasons. However, we need to consider that DeSclafani is cruising at the moment, allowing just one earned run across 21 innings with 22 strikeouts over his last three starts. Perhaps that will spill into tonight’s divisional battle in Los Angeles? Consider DeSclafani an interesting risk/reward pitcher on this slate.

Also Consider: Trevor Bauer, Zack Greinke

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CATCHER

Top Play: Christian Vazquez - Boston (vs. Kansas City)

Danny Duffy is starting for the Royals, but it appears that Kansas City is planning a “bullpen day” with a shortened outing from their starter. No matter how you slice it, this is a great spot for the Red Sox to put up some runs, especially considering that Kansas City relievers have the fifth-highest xFIP of any team. Christian Vazquez is a strong piece within Boston’s offensive hopes, as he’s heating up with six hits, one homer, and one stolen base over his last three games.

GPP Pivots: Max Stassi - LA Angels (vs. NY Yankees)

Stassi was on fire through mid-June, but he has actually cooled off over the past few weeks. We know he has some upside in his bat, and the LAA catcher should see plenty of RBI situations while hitting behind Shohei Ohtani, Anthony Rendon, and Jarred Walsh. This is an intriguing matchup for Stassi while stepping in against NYY righty Michael King, who has allowed 21 hits and 13 earned runs across 20.1 innings over his last five games.

Also Consider: Martin Maldonado, Gary Sanchez

FIRST BASE

Top Play: Josh Bell - Washington (vs. NY Mets)

Bell has a manageable salary despite flexing upside in the form of four hits, two homers, and six RBI over his last three games. He’s looking at another matchup to inflict some damage, taking on Mets’ RHP Jared Eickhoff, who holds a career .370 wOBA split against left-handed bats.

Pivot: Bobby Bradley - Cleveland (vs. Detroit)

Bradley doesn’t have much name recognition, and first base is loaded with other obvious DFS candidates. That leads me to believe that the Cleveland slugger will be underrated tonight. Detroit RHP Matt Manning looked serviceable in his first two MLB starts, but we can’t forget his Triple-A ERA of 8.07 ERA prior to that. Meanwhile, Bradley is rounding into form with two homers over his last five games.

Also Consider: Yuli Gurriel, Jarred Walsh

SECOND BASE

Top Play: Kiké Hernández - Boston (vs. Kansas City)

Hernandez has a moderate salary on most DFS sites, and he’s part of the optimistic Boston stack mentioned earlier in the article. In fact, the Red Sox have the second-highest scoring projection of the night. They only trail the Astros in that category (more on Houston later). Hernandez can score fantasy points in every way possible, and he has shown some pop in his bat over the last few weeks as well. The park factor and matchup are certainly in his favor tonight.

Pivot: Luis Rengifo - LA Angels (at NY Yankees)

This is a deep tournament pick who won’t break the bank. Rengifo is a switch-hitter who will look to take advantage of the hitter-friendly dimensions of Yankee Stadium. As mentioned earlier, New York RHP Michael King has been very mediocre in his last five starts. Rengifo is considered a boom-or-bust tournament pivot, but he has connected on two homers over his last eight games. In other words, he has some pop in his bat for a dirt-cheap infielder. The matchup and hitting environment don’t hurt either.

Also Consider: Jose Altuve, Whit Merrifield

THIRD BASE

Top Play: Abraham Toro - Houston (vs. Baltimore)

Toro isn’t the literal “top play” of this position, but I like him as a sensible value choice to squeeze in the other highlighted picks of this article. As mentioned earlier, Houston checks in with the top run-scoring projection of the night. Toro has looked good while filling in for Alex Bregman at third base, tallying a four-hit game along with a pair of four-RBI performances over his last ten. Now he’ll face subpar Baltimore RHP Tom Eshelman and a non-imposing Baltimore bullpen.

Pivot: Eduardo Escobar - Arizona (at St. Louis)

The trade rumors are swirling, as the White Sox have reportedly expressed interest in Escobar. You’ll want to double-check that he’s in the lineup because of that. Perhaps Escobar wants to pad his resume while looking to join a contender? He’ll have an opportunity to do just that against St. Louis LHP Wade LeBlanc, who is a spot-starter with a .363 wOBA split to right-handed bats since the beginning of 2019.

Also Consider: Jose Ramirez

SHORTSTOP

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

Stack those Astros! Houston should put up plenty of runs tonight, as their entire batting order holds DFS legitimacy. Of course, Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, Yordan Alvarez, and Yuli Gurriel are the best of that group (Toro too!). Correa has been sizzling hot over the last week, and now he’ll tee-off against RHP Eshelman’s .366 wOBA split to right-handed bats.

Pivot: Amed Rosario - Cleveland (vs. Detroit)

Rosario follows the rationale of his teammate, Bradley, mentioned earlier. I’m not convinced that Matt Manning is ready to be a consistent MLB pitcher. In other words, a blowup outing could be on the horizon. Cleveland makes for a sneaky-good stack with Amed Rosario checking in as a key part of that.

Also Consider: Xander Bogaerts, Gavin Lux

OUTFIELD

Top Play: Yordan Alvarez - Houston (vs. Baltimore)

The Astros have been scoring runs like no other lately, and Alvarez has been doing his part. The big lefty has slugged four homers over his last six games, racking up 11 RBI over that span. There’s more where that came from in this series, particularly tonight against Eshleman and company.

Top Play: Hunter Renfroe - Boston (vs. Kansas City)

If you haven’t noticed, stacking Houston and Boston hitters is a top strategy tonight. Renfroe is an accessible candidate from the latter. He’s a powerful pull-hitter who is built to take advantage of Fenway Park’s dimensions. Renfroe has always had home run hitting upside, but he’s starting to hit for contact as well with four multi-hit efforts over the past two weeks.

Pivot: Dylan Carlson - St. Louis (vs. Arizona)

Carlson is a cheap tournament pivot who is looking at a premium lineup spot and a good matchup vs. Arizona RHP Jake Faria and the D-Backs’ bullpen, who has the third-highest xFIP in all of baseball. Carlson is a switch-hitter with pop who can handle anyone Arizona throws at him.

Also Consider: J.D. Martinez, Kyle Schwarber, Aaron Judge, Kyle Tucker, Myles Straw