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 will be looking at the three-game slate starting at 7:35 ET.
Atlanta Braves - The Braves unsurprisingly have the highest run-scoring projection of tonight’s three-game slate. They’ll be taking on the subpar pitching staff of Baltimore, led by starter Jorge Lopez and his 5.95 career ERA.
Minnesota Twins - White Sox RHP Dylan Cease hasn’t been bad this season, but the “Bomba Squad” is starting to come back to life. Minnesota could cause Cease to regress closer to his 5.48 career FIP. Look to jump on him with left-handed bats.
This is a tough slate for pitching, as Kershaw, Dinelson Lamet, and Jose Berrios all find themselves in tough matchups. Touki Toussaint of Atlanta has a high strikeout rate and a well-aligned matchup in Baltimore, but it’s hard to envision him working more than three or four innings. That leads me back to Kershaw in his first start against the Padres. While San Diego ranks near the top in most offensive categories, they are actually outside of the top ten in wRC+ (109) against left-handed pitching. Kershaw has looked smooth in five of seven starts this season, and there’s a chance he’ll keep the Padres pinned down tonight.
Also Consider: Jose Berrios
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Travis d’Arnaud - Atlanta (at Baltimore) - DK: $4,700 FD: $3,400 Yahoo: $18
The Atlanta catcher is pricey on DraftKings, so feel free to hunt for a cheaper selection over there if necessary. d’Arnaud has the best matchup and run-scoring environment for a catcher, as he’ll square off against Baltimore RHP Jorge Lopez’s 5.95 career ERA. The Orioles’ bullpen isn’t great either, ranking in the bottom ten for xFIP over the past month.
Freddie Freeman - Atlanta (at Baltimore) - DK: $5,500 FD: $4,300 Yahoo: $26
You could argue that Freeman is the best overall hitter of tonight’s abbreviated slate. The Braves have been on fire over the last week, and Freeman has served as a catalyst with 14 hits, four homers, and 17 RBI over his most recent eight games. The Atlanta superstar will look to jump all over Baltimore RHP Lopez’s .375 career wOBA to left-handed bats.
Also Consider: Renato Nunez
Marwin Gonzalez - Minnesota (at Chicago White Sox) - DK: $3,300 FD: $2,500 Yahoo: $7
You could say that Marwin Gonzalez has been somewhat of a letdown since joining the Twins last season, but none of that matters in the DFS world. He’s swinging a hot bat at the moment with three hits and two homers over his last two games. Marwin could launch another “bomba” or inflict damage of some kind against White Sox RHP Cease’s .368 career wOBA to lefties.
Also Consider: Hanser Alberto
Josh Donaldson - Minnesota (at Chicago White Sox) - DK: 4,100 FD: $3,100 Yahoo: $17
Chicago RHP Dylan Cease is more generous to left-handed bats than righties, but Donaldson probably doesn’t care about that. He’s a professional hitter who is rounding back into form with five hits and two homers over his last five outings. The salary is plausible across the board, and Donaldson profiles as the best overall third baseman on tonight’s abbreviated slate.
Also Consider: Yoan Moncada
Jorge Polanco - Minnesota (at Chicago White Sox) - DK: $4,900 FD: $2,900 Yahoo: $11
Polanco is very expensive on DraftKings, but his salary meshes perfectly on FanDuel and Yahoo. The 2019 All-Star is finally starting to pick it up while holding a premium lineup spot for the Twins. Polanco is a switch-hitter who will look to take advantage of Cease’s .368 wOBA to left-handed bats. Hitting in front of Nelson Cruz doesn’t hurt his fantasy viability either.
Also Consider: Dansby Swanson
Max Kepler - Minnesota (at Chicago White Sox) - DK: $4,600 FD: $3,000 Yahoo: $11
To be honest, I’m not willing to spend $4,600 for Kepler on DraftKings. I’d rather lookt to his teammate, Buxton (more on him later) for a cheaper price. However, Kepler’s salary on FanDuel and Yahoo blends perfectly into a potential Minnesota stack. The Twins’ leadoff man returned to the lineup yesterday after missing almost two weeks with a groin injury. Kepler has capable power upside, and this is a great matchup against Cease’s aforementioned vulnerabilities to left-handed bats.
Nick Markakis - Atlanta (at Baltimore) - DK: $4,800 FD: $2,700 Yahoo: $10
Markakis is in a similar position as Kepler, where his salary seems too lofty on DraftKings compared to FanDuel/Yahoo. He looked good against the Nationals last series, coming up with three hits, two doubles, and two runs over his most recent two games. This is a great matchup to find more production, facing Lopez and a non-imposing Baltimore bullpen.
Byron Buxton (OF - MIN) is only $3,100 on DraftKings. Hold on, let me double-check that … Yep, that’s correct despite the Minnesota speedster heating up with three homers over his past four starts. Needless to say, I don’t mind him as a value filler over on DK.
Pat Valaika (1B/2B/SS - BAL) has different position eligibility on every site, but I believe he’s a formidable punt play no matter where you play him (assuming he cracks the lineup). Valaika has registered several multi-hit games this month, which includes a 4-4 showing against the Mets. Atlanta RHP Touki Toussaint currently holds a 7.89 ERA through 21.2 innings this season, so don’t sleep on the Orioles here.
Luis Robert (OF - CWS) could be underrated tonight. Most people will shy away from picking on Minnesota SP Jose Berrios, as he has looked good recently. However, the White Sox got to him earlier this season, and I wouldn’t be too surprised if they made that happen tonight. Teammate Eloy Jimenez has been hot, so most people will look to him in the White Sox outfield. Don’t forget about Robert’s elite upside.