MLB DFS Plays: Monday 7/26

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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 main slate starting at 7:05 ET.

PITCHER

Top Play: Luis Garcia - Houston (at Seattle)

Garcia has plenty of things working in his favor tonight. For starters, his form is impeccable at the moment: registering 15 strikeouts through 11 innings over his last pair of starts. Only five hits have landed through that span. So now we have a confident flamethrower stepping into a welcoming matchup at Seattle. The Mariners currently rank 21st in wRC+ with the highest strikeout rate (26.4%) in baseball. Don’t overthink it: Garcia should continue to impress.

GPP Pivot: Wade Miley - Cincinnati (at Chicago Cubs)

Miley is having an incredible season exemplified by his solid 2.72 ERA. Not too shabby for a 34-year-old journeyman who was seemingly on his way out. I believe Miley can keep his impressive pace against the Cubbies tonight. Chicago has plenty of offensive weapons, but they actually rank 22nd in wRC+ this season. The Cubs have the third-highest strikeout rate (26.2%) as well. While Miley’s last outing against Chicago (July 4) was disappointing, he’ll retain fantasy upside against a Cubs’ offense that is worse than perceived.

Also Consider: Shohei Ohtani

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CATCHER

Top Play: Christian Vazquez - Boston (vs. Toronto)

If you frequent this column, then you already know the scoop. When I say “top play”, it doesn’t necessarily indicate the top projected scorer at a given position. It’s the top (relative) play after taking into consideration matchup, price, ability, etc. Vazquez is a perfect example of that. He’ll see plenty of RBI situations while hitting for a Boston team that holds the highest run-scoring projection of this slate. Of course, the hitter-friendly environment of Fenway Park doesn’t hurt. Neither does Vazquez’s “cheapskate special” price tag.

Also Consider: Willson Contreras, JT Realmuto

FIRST BASE

Top Play: Josh Bell - Washington (at Philadelphia)

You gotta love Josh Bell as a powerful switch-hitter, especially in this matchup. Philadelphia RHP Spencer Howard holds an unimpressive 5.50 ERA in his career. You should also know that Howard carries a vulnerable .359 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Add Philadelphia’s (relatively) hitter-friendly park to the mix, and you have an excellent situation for Josh Bell and Juan Soto. I’m holding both of those players in high regard on this DFS slate.

Also Consider: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Yuli Gurriel

SECOND BASE

Top Play: Jean Segura - Philadelphia (vs. Washington)

Let’s flip to the other side of this matchup. The Phillies have a robust scoring projection tonight, as they’ll look to pick on Joe Ross - who is fresh off the injured list. Segura is a leading candidate to make that a reality, as he’s currently riding a seven-game hit streak with a pair of homers inside that. It doesn’t hurt that he has solid career numbers against Ross.

Also Consider: Jose Altuve, Enrique Hernandez

THIRD BASE

Top Play: Rafael Devers - Boston (vs. Toronto)

When I say Rafael Devers is a top play, I mean he’s literally a top play. Our slick MLB DFS Optimizer has him projected as one of the top fantasy scorers of the night. Who can disagree with that? After all, Boston has the highest run-scoring projection of this slate. Devers is the best hitter within that while facing several bullpen arms from Toronto. This is why we are looking towards cheaper players at other positions: to make room for a guy like Devers.

Also Consider: Yoan Moncada, Josh Donaldson

SHORTSTOP

Top Play: Tim Anderson - Chicago White Sox (at Kansas City)

Tim Anderson is essentially a rich man’s Jean Segura - who was highlighted earlier in the article. Despite the cumbersome salary, I still believe you can make him work in tournament and cash game builds. The righty/lefty matchup against Kansas City LHP Mike Minor is something out of a dream. Minor has allowed 35 hits and 25 earned runs in his last five games (26 IP). That’s not good. The righty-heavy White Sox should have no trouble getting several runs across, and Anderson is a top lift within that.

Also Consider: Trea Turner, Bo Bichette, Jose Iglesias (GPP)

OUTFIELD

Top Play: George Springer - Toronto (at Boston)

I’ve talked at length about Boston’s offense, but we can’t forget the visiting Blue Jays either. They stand to benefit from the hitter-friendly environment of Fenway Park as well. Springer has an excellent floor/ceiling combination suitable for all DFS formats. He’s on a heater too: racking up nine hits with three homers over his last six games. Springer should remain productive in a non-imposing draw against Boston RHP Nick Pivetta - who has allowed 4+ ER in three of his last four starts. Pivetta also has a .348 career wOBA split to right-handed bats. Springer, Vlad Jr., Semien, and Bichette are firmly in play.

Top Play: Andrew Vaughn - Chicago White Sox (at Kansas City)

Remember when I talked about Kansas LHP Minor and his recent struggles? Andrew Vaughn stands to take advantage, and he’s a sneaky-good bargain on this slate. Vaughn is on fire with eight hits over his last four games, but his salary hasn’t been adjusted yet. Owning a premium lineup spot against a shaky pitcher presents another opportunity for Vaughn to keep his hotstreak.

GPP Pivot: Brent Rooker - Minnesota (vs. Detroit)

Rooker is a tournament filler with a minuscule salary. Despite that, there’s some power upside in his profile, smacking two homers in his last six MLB games. Fangraphs rates him 65/65 on the raw power scale. Tonight’s matchup looks decent as well, facing RHP Matt Manning, who has been fairly mediocre with a 5.79 ERA in limited innings. The Tigers’ bullpen can be classified as “charitable” too.

Also Consider: Juan Soto, JD Martinez, Max Kepler, Akil Baddoo, Jarren Duran