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.
Colorado Rockies - This shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the Rockies will be playing in their hitter-friendly ballpark. Facing the struggling-likes of San Diego RHP Garrett Richards doesn’t hurt either. Richards has allowed seven earned runs and eight hits through 2.2 innings over his past two starts.
San Diego Padres - We should see plenty of runs in Colorado tonight, as there are two quality offenses squaring off against mediocre pitching. The Padres have been on fire to begin the season, and that could continue against Colorado RHP German Marquez, who holds a 5.14 career ERA at home.
Atlanta Braves - Don’t overlook the Braves tonight, as they get a nice park upgrade in Boston. Facing opener RHP Colten Brewer is a “plus matchup”, and the Red Sox have the sixth-highest bullpen ERA at 5.39.
Shane Bieber - Cleveland (at Kansas City) - DK: $11,000 FD: $12,000 Yahoo: $61
Bieber is one of the best pitchers in the game right now, and he certainly deserves your attention through all DFS formats tonight. The question at pitcher comes down to Bieber vs. Gerrit Cole, but the former has been looking much better while stepping into a more comfortable matchup (and ballpark). Bieber’s opponent, the Royals, rank 22nd in wOBA while holding an above-average strikeout rate (23.6%) as well. If you recall, the Cleveland ace shut down Kansas City while tossing six scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts earlier this season. We can bank on another high-upside performance tonight.
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Austin Hedges - San Diego (at Colorado) - DK: $3,300 FD: $3,000 Yahoo: $11
Hedges is a boom-or-bust fantasy acquisition, but he has some things working in his favor today. First off, the park boost in Colorado doesn’t hurt. Also, the Padres will square off against Rockies’ RHP German Marquez, who has allowed 13 earned runs and 16 hits across 10 innings over his last two starts. Finally, Hedges has a respectable salary on DraftKings and Yahoo, which is exactly where we are looking to roster him. UPDATE: Hedges has been traded to Cleveland. Do not use him in DFS tonight.
Daniel Murphy - Colorado (vs. San Diego) - DK: $3,800 FD: $3,100 Yahoo: $11
Murphy hasn’t done much over the past few weeks, but he has everything we are looking for in a solid DFS play this evening. 1) The park factor and matchup looks great. San Diego RHP Garrett Richards has allowed seven earned runs in 2.2 innings over his last two starts. 2) The price tag isn’t imposing despite hitting in Coors Field. 3) Murphy should hold a premium lineup spot with plenty of RBI potential in this excellent situation.
Jake Cronenworth - San Diego (at Colorado) - DK: $4,700 FD: $3,300 Yahoo: $21
Cronenworth is expensive, especially on DraftKings and Yahoo. He’s not the highest priority for that reason, but I’m definitely scooping him up on FanDuel for only $3,300. Cronenworth has burst onto the scene for this powerful San Diego offense, currently hitting .361 with four homers and 17 RBI. That includes multiple hits in three of his last five games, which is something that could continue in hitter-friendly Coors Field.
Austin Riley - Atlanta (at Boston) - DK: 3,200 FD: $2,400 Yahoo: $13
Riley hits down in the Braves’ order, so he could be somewhat underrated tonight. I like him through all formats while stepping in against Boston’s right-handed opener Colten Brewer - who owns a .383 wOBA to righty batters in limited MLB innings. Remember, hitting in Fenway Park is a boon to right-handed bats as well. Riley has the necessary power to take full advantage, and he’s swinging a confident bat with five hits and two homers over his last three games.
Dansby Swanson - Atlanta (at Boston) - DK: $4,700 FD: $3,300 Yahoo: $20
Swanson follows the exact same rationale outlined with his teammate, Riley. He’s cheaper than premium shortstops like Story and Tatis, especially on FanDuel and DraftKings. However, Swanson could actually perform on their level tonight, as he’s looking at a strong matchup while holding an extremely hot bat.
Marcell Ozuna - Atlanta (at Boston) - DK: $4,100 FD: $3,200 Yahoo: $20
Ronald Acuna Jr. is in play as well, but he’s questionable with a hamstring issue. Looking towards his teammate slugger, Ozuna, is probably the safer route. Not only is Marcell healthier, but he’s significantly cheaper as well. Fresh off a three-hit performance on Sunday, Ozuna will look to inflict more damage while enjoying the hitter-friendly dimensions of Fenway Park. He’s acceptable on DraftKings and Yahoo, but I absolutely love his salary on FanDuel.
Raimel Tapia - Colorado (vs. San Diego) - DK: $3,800 FD: $3,200 Yahoo: $16
Tapia makes for an economical way to gain exposure to the high-scoring affair in Colorado. He’s hitting leadoff for the Rockies, looking to exploit RHP Richards’ recent susceptibilities. Tapia doesn’t have the power upside to take advantage of the altitude, but he’s a multi-hit candidate with run-scoring potential. His salary on DraftKings makes for a safe landing spot through all formats.
Max Fried (SP - ATL) will be pitching in Fenway Park against a capable Boston offense. However, J.D. Martinez (hand) could be out tonight, and the Red Sox have been pretty mediocre from a hitting perspective. Fried currently owns a 1.35 ERA, and his salary comes at a discount compared to the big three pitchers (Bieber/Cole/Giolito). He should get plenty of run support to help clinch a victory as well. He’s definitely an SP2 candidate.
Alec Bohm (3B - PHI) had the hot-hand last week, and he’ll look to create another spark tonight. Washington RHP Erick Fedde is nothing more than a borderline rotation guy, and he allowed four earned runs through five innings the last time he played Philadelphia. Something similar could occur tonight, and Bohm is a sneaky-good asset to deliver.
Kevin Newman (SS - PIT) doesn’t have much upside. However, he’s dirt-cheap while enjoying a park boost against Milwaukee LHP Eric Lauer, who has allowed 13 earned runs and 14 hits over 6.2 innings in his last two starts. Consider Newman as a legitimate punt play to help you stay under the salary cap.
Sam Hilliard (OF - COL) is a cheap filler who could be hitting down in Colorado’s lineup tonight. He’s a boom-or-bust option with four homers on the year, smacking three round-trippers in his last six starts. He’s in the right ballpark to flex that power, so consider utilizing him for potential upside.
Lucas Giolito (SP - CWS) could be underrated with Bieber and Cole headlining tonight’s slate. The Minnesota Twins were an offense to avoid at all costs last season, but they aren’t nearly as scary at the moment. Josh Donaldson, Mitch Garver, and Byron Buxton are injured while everyone not named Nelson Cruz is having a tough time. If Giolito can keep Cruz and Max Kepler quiet, he could end up with a finishing line.
Adam Eaton (OF - WAS) can be used as a cheap cash game filler as well as a tournament pivot. He’ll hold a premium lineup spot in a non-imposing matchup against Philadelphia RHP Spencer Howard, who has allowed eight earned runs and 19 hits in 11.2 innings this season. In fact, don’t overlook the Nationals as a tournament stack.
Josh Bell (1B - PIT) stands to benefit from the situation outlined earlier with his teammate, Newman. Bell is one of the few Pittsburgh hitters who can actually take full advantage of a sweet matchup in a hitter-friendly ballpark. The first base position is deep tonight, but Bell will likely be overlooked as a leverage opportunity in tournaments.