MLB DFS Plays: Monday 7/5

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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.


Top Play: Max Fried - Atlanta (at Pittsburgh)

Fried has been up-and-down this season, but this is an excellent spot for him to thrive. The Atlanta lefty allowed just one earned run in two of his last four games, so his form is pretty good at the moment. He’ll step into a beautiful matchup at Pittsburgh, which happens to be a pitcher-friendly park. The Pirates rank 29th in wRC+ this season, so I’m banking on Fried to pin them down. He faced Pittsburgh in late May, yielding just four hits and one earned run through seven strong innings. A repeat performance is very much in play.

Pivot: Kolby Allard - Texas (vs. Detroit)

Allard has been a pleasant surprise for the Rangers’ rotation, holding a 3.46 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 52 innings this season. He has a chance to improve those rates against a Detroit team that ranks 22nd in wRC+ and first in strikeout rate at 27%. Allard has been mediocre over his last few starts, but two of those came in tricky matchups against Oakland. He should get back on track tonight.

Also Consider: Rich Hill

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Top Play: Christian Vazquez - Boston (at LA Angels)

Vazquez isn’t the top overall play of this position, but he’s a fine pick through all formats. The Boston catcher is cheaper than guys like Salvador Perez and Willson Contreras, and I don’t believe he sacrifices much in terms of fantasy upside. The matchup looks great against LAA LHP Jose Suarez, who has a 6.51 career ERA with a .394 wOBA split to right-handed bats.

GPP Pivots: Tyler Stephenson - Cincinnati (at Kansas City)

Stephenson is an unassuming tournament pivot while holding a premium lineup spot for this capable Cincinnati offense. The park factor in Kansas City isn’t great, but I like the righty/lefty matchup against southpaw Mike Minor - who has allowed 14 earned runs through 10 innings over his last two starts.

Also Consider: Salvador Perez, Willson Contreras


Top Play: Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia (at Chicago Cubs)

The wind is blowing out of Wrigley Field tonight, which translates to a heavy 11.5 over/under for this game. We can stack players from the Phillies and Cubs for that reason. Everyone knows Rhys Hoskins has capable power upside, and that’s going to be boosted by the wind tonight. Go ahead and look towards the Philadelphia slugger through all formats.

Pivot: Yandy Diaz - Tampa Bay (vs. Cleveland)

Diaz is a sneaky-good bargain in a promising matchup against Cleveland LHP Logan Allen - who has an 8.84 ERA on the season. Allen has allowed 19 earned runs in 19.1 innings (23 hits) this season, so the Rays could jump all over him tonight. Don’t be afraid to assemble a stack of Tampa bats, and Diaz is a conveniently priced option within that.

Also Consider: Jose Abreu, Jonathan Schoop


Top Play: Kiké Hernández - Boston (at LA Angels)

I already outlined Angels’ LHP Suarez and his struggles against left-handed bats. Hernandez has been a platoon specialist against southpaws throughout his career, and he’ll have a chance to show off that prowess tonight. Hernandez has slapped four homers over his last eight games, adding a new dimension of fantasy upside to his well-rounded approach.

Also Consider: Whit Merrifield, Nico Hoerner


Top Play: Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs (vs. Philadelphia)

Here’s another pick from the Windy City. Not only will the wind provide a substantial boost to the Cubs’ offense, but they have a mouthwatering matchup to boot. Philadelphia LHP Matt Moore will take the bump, and he carries an inflated .398 wOBA split to right-handed bats since the beginning of 2018. Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Willson Contreras are top plays because of this.

Pivot: Eugenio Suarez - Cincinnati (at Kansas City)

Suarez is the definition of a boom-or-bust fantasy pick. He’s only hitting .177 on the season, but there’s still some power in his bat with 16 homers. The Cincinnati third baseman finds himself with an interesting matchup against the aforementioned struggles of Kansas City LHP Minor. He might be a long shot, but Suarez is a cheap tournament pick when assembling multiple lineups.

Also Consider: Hunter Dozier


Top Play: Wander Franco - Tampa Bay (vs. Cleveland)

Franco is the top prospect in baseball, and he has lived up to the billing with an outstanding run over the past week. He has a chance to keep that momentum in a cool righty/lefty matchup against Cleveland LHP Allen - who is struggling massively at the moment (discussed earlier in the article). Javier Baez is the top play of this slate, but Franco is a cheaper option who could provide similar numbers.

Also Consider: Javier Baez, Didi Gregorius


Top Play: Manuel Margot - Tampa Bay (vs. Cleveland)

Margot is a salary relief option who falls in line with the rationale provided when discussing his teammates earlier in the article. I really like the Rays against the struggles of CLE LHP Allen in this spot. As an added bonus, guys like Diaz, Margot, and Franco are somewhat cheap on most DFS sites - serving as a nice way to balance out your lineup.

Top Play: Hunter Renfroe - Boston (at LA Angels)

Renfroe is another economic source of power while settling into a promising righty/lefty matchup against Angels’ LHP Suarez. As mentioned earlier, Suarez has a .394 wOBA split to right-handed bats in his career. Renfroe has been on a nice little run lately, and this is one of his better matchups in some time.

Pivot: Andrew Vaughn / Brian Goodwin - Chicago White Sox (at Minnesota)

I like both of these guys tonight against Minnesota RHP Bailey Ober. I don’t believe Ober is a bad pitcher considering this stage in his career, but he seems to get overwhelmed when facing quality lineups. In two games against the White Sox this season, Ober has allowed nine earned runs in just 7.1 innings. Andrew Vaughn and Brian Goodwin both took him deep last week, and they remain underrated options within this well-aligned Chicago offense.

Also Consider: J.D. Martinez, Andrew McCutchen, Joey Gallo, Ronald Acuna, Bryce Harpe