MLB DFS Plays: Monday 8/2

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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: Anthony DeSclafani - San Francisco (at Arizona)

Tonight’s slack lacks high-powered aces, but DeSclafani should suffice for DFS purposes. The Giants step in as convincing road favorites (-170 moneyline) at Arizona, a team that ranks 27th in wRC+ with an above-average strikeout rate (23.7%). DeSclafani was brilliant in his last meeting with the Diamondbacks (July 4): 8.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 7 K. I would be very surprised if he fails to record another quality start. Roll with DeSclafani as a sensible play through all formats.

Also Consider: Andrew Heaney, Tylor Megill

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CATCHER

Top Play: Omar Narvaez - Milwaukee (vs. Pittsburgh)

You are going to see plenty of Brewers and Yankees in this article, as those clubs represent the highest run-scoring projections of the night. Narvaez should retain a premium lineup spot in Milwaukee’s hitter-friendly ballpark. The matchup looks promising as well, as Pittsburgh RHP Bryse Wilson has allowed five earned runs and 12 hits across seven innings over his last two starts. Wilson also carries a vulnerable .374 wOBA split against left-handed bats throughout his MLB career. That falls perfectly into Narvaez’s wheelhouse.

GPP Pivot: Jonah Heim - Texas (vs. LA Angels)

The Rangers make for a sneaky-good stack on this slate. Heim will probably hit down in the Texas order, but he’s swinging a confident bat with five hits and four homers (!) over his last three starts. Heim has a chance to keep riding the power wave in a righty/lefty matchup against Angels’ LHP Jose Suarez - who has a 6.42 career ERA to go along with a .377 wOBA split to right-handed bats.

Also Consider: Gary Sanchez

FIRST BASE

Top Play: Anthony Rizzo - NY Yankees (vs. Baltimore)

Rizzo has played three games in a Yankee uniform, racking up five hits and two homers in Miami’s pitcher-friendly LoanDepot Park. Now he’ll shift to the hitter-friendly dimensions of Yankee Stadium, which tends to enhance left-handed power. Facing Baltimore RHP Jorge Lopez and a non-imposing Orioles’ bullpen doesn’t hurt. In other words, this is a perfect matchup for Rizzo to make a movie script impression in his home debut with the Yanks.

Also Consider: Rowdy Tellez, LaMonte Wade Jr.

SECOND BASE

Top Play: Kolten Wong - Milwaukee (vs. Pittsburgh)

Let’s get back to the Brewers! I already mentioned how Milwaukee is poised to score some runs against Pittsburgh RHP Wilson. Wong should make plenty of noise within that, especially considering Wilson’s .417 wOBA split to left-handed hitters. I’m not overthinking this one in the slightest.

GPP Pivot: Andy Ibanez - Texas (vs. LA Angels)

Ibanez stands to benefit from everything discussed in Heim’s write-up earlier. Angels’ LHP Suarez has been generous to righty bats throughout his career. Ibanez is building some momentum with three hits, four runs, and a homer over his last two games. Go ahead and keep him in mind in case you need a cheap middle infielder with upside.

Also Consider: Rougned Odor

THIRD BASE

Top Play: Abraham Toro - Seattle (at Tampa Bay)

Toro is a reasonable bargain to help you reach for the top-shelf picks of this article. He won’t have the same lineup security that he enjoyed in Houston, but Toro is swinging a confident bat at this point in the season. He has racked up seven hits (three doubles) and three runs in his last three starts. Oh yeah, he also homered in four straight games last week ... *Pause for effect* ... Toro is cheap with a nice combination of contact, power, and speed.

Also Consider: Eduardo Escobar, Kyle Seager

SHORTSTOP

Top Play: Willy Adames - Milwaukee (vs. Pittsburgh)

Adames is enjoying a breakout season in Milwaukee, and that should continue in this promising home matchup against the Pirates. I already mentioned how the Brewers should be able to push across plenty of runs against Pittsburgh RHP Wilson, and Adames will be presented with numerous RBI opportunities.

Also Consider: Brandon Crawford, Didi Gregorius

OUTFIELD

Top Play: Joey Gallo - NY Yankees (vs. Baltimore)

Gallo hasn’t made the same impression as his new teammate, Rizzo, but that could change very soon. Both left-handed sluggers will try to take advantage of the short right-field porch in Yankee Stadium tonight. Opposing RHP Lopez and the Baltimore bullpen could oblige. The Yankees have the highest projection of the night, and I’m loving a Rizzo/Gallo stack within that.

Top Play: Mitch Haniger - Seattle (at Tampa Bay)

Haniger isn’t a 100% can’t miss play tonight, but don’t overlook him either. I’m not sold on Tampa RHP Michael Wacha at this stage in his career. The last time he faced Seattle (6/18), Wacha gave up 11 hits and five earned runs through 3.2 IP. He has allowed 3+ ER in three of his last four starts. Haniger is a fantastic all-around hitter who could exacerbate those struggles tonight.

GPP Pivot: Adolis Garcia - Texas (vs. LA Angels)

You already know the deal with Texas. They are facing a vulnerable left-handed tosser who has an inflated split against right-handed bats. Adolis Garcia represents the best power bat in the Rangers’ lineup at the moment. He’s a boom-or-bust fantasy pick, but you can’t ignore this matchup for Garcia.

Also Consider: Aaron Judge, Avisail Garcia, Jackie Bradley Jr., Brett Gardner, Kole Calhoun