MLB DFS Plays: Monday 8/23

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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 7:05 ET.

PITCHER

Top Play: Kyle Hendricks - Chicago Cubs (vs. Colorado)

This play seems risky on the surface, but I believe that Hendricks has one of the best floor/upside combinations of any pitcher on this slate. Sure, he had a blowup performance (9 ER) just over a week ago, but the Cubs righty calmed down with six innings of one-run ball in this next start. The matchup looks great too, as Colorado ranks dead last in wRC+ (65) away from home. They also have the fourth-highest strikeout rate at 25.9%. Hendricks has been up-and-down over the past month, but this is an excellent spot for him to thrive.

Also Consider: Zack Greinke, Marco Gonzales

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CATCHER

Top Play: Jacob Stallings - Pittsburgh (vs. Arizona)

We can save money at catcher by looking towards Jacob Stallings. This game will be played in Pittsburgh’s pitcher-friendly park, but don’t be surprised if both teams post plenty of runs. The Diamondbacks are making this a bullpen game, which doesn’t speak in their favor. That’s because Arizona’s bullpen ranks dead last in ERA on the season. Stallings and company make for strong fantasy bargains to take advantage.

Also Consider: Yan Gomes

FIRST BASE

Top Play: Yuli Gurriel - Houston (vs. Kansas City)

Kansas City LHP Daniel Lynch got absolutely shelled in the first few starts of his career earlier this season. He’s settled down since then, but tonight’s matchup vs. Houston will be a difficult task. The Astros saw Lynch six days ago, so they should be ready for him. Powerful right-handed bats like Gurriel, Altuve, Correa, and others will look to jump all over the rookie.

GPP Pivot: Christian Walker - Arizona (at Pittsburgh)

I really like Luke Voit as a first baseman, but Christian Walker is a strong bargain option to consider. Pittsburgh RHP Wil Crowe has a 5.23 ERA on the season with a .412 wOBA split to right-handed bats in his brief career. Walker is cheap while holding a premium lineup spot, racking up seven hits, one homer, three runs, and three RBI over his last five games.

Also Consider: Luke Voit

SECOND BASE

Top Play: Jose Altuve - Houston (vs. Kansas City)

As mentioned earlier, Houston has the highest run-scoring projection of the night. It’s really not even close. We all know the Astros are strong against left-handed pitching, and they’ll face rookie southpaw Lynch for the second time in a week. I wouldn’t be surprised if Houston got to him this time around, and Altuve is the leading candidate within that.

Also Consider: DJ LeMahieu

THIRD BASE

Top Play: Aledmys Diaz - Houston (vs. Kansas City)

Diaz is marginally cheaper than his teammates mentioned in this article. He’s a fine addition to a well-aligned Houston stack. On top of that, he’s swinging a hot bat with six hits over his past three games.

Also Consider: Matt Chapman, Patrick Wisdom

SHORTSTOP

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

Toronto RHP Alex Manoah is coming off a tough game where he gave up six earned runs across three innings. Now he’ll face the White Sox, who have one of the best offenses in the league. There’s a chance Chicago will kick him while he’s down, and Tim Anderson is a strong choice within a CWS stack. That’s assuming that he plays (day-to-day with a leg injury).

GPP Pivot: Andrew Velazquez - NY Yankees (at Atlanta)

If Anderson isn’t playing or you need someone cheaper, then Velazquez is an interesting fallback option. He’s hitting down in the Yankees’ order, filling up the box score with five hits, one homer, four runs, four RBI, and two stolen bases over his last four games. Get him while he’s hot (and cheap)!

Also Consider: Carlos Correa

OUTFIELD

Top Play: Bryan Reynolds - Pittsburgh (vs. Arizona)

I already mentioned how the Pirates make for an interesting stack against Arizona’s terrible bullpen. You could argue that Bryan Reynolds is the best lift within that. The switch-hitter has a solid contact/power profile that makes sense through all DFS formats. Reynolds will likely be underrated despite the strong matchup tonight.

Top Play: Luis Robert - Chicago White Sox (at Toronto)

Robert will try to latch on the angle provided earlier with his teammate, Tim Anderson. The Chicago slugger has racked up four multi-hit games over his last seven outings. He has smacked two homers over that span as well. If Toronto RHP Manoah continues to struggle, then this could be another big showing from Robert and company.

GPP Pivot: Daulton Varsho - Arizona (at Pittsburgh)

Varsho is a deep sleeper who you can look towards as a tournament filler. He’s dirt cheap despite posting five hits with two homers and five RBI over his last two games. That recent surge will likely keep Varsho in the lineup in this non-imposing matchup at Pittsburgh.

Also Consider: Aaron Judge, Ian Happ, Ketel Marte, Yoshi Tsutsugo, Jake Meyers