MLB DFS Plays: Monday 9/7

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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.

HITTING STACKS

Toronto Blue Jays - Toronto checks in with the highest run-scoring projection of tonight’s main slate. Their bats have acceptable price tags as well, so you’ll see plenty of Jays featured throughout this article.

San Diego Padres - The Padres also have a lofty run-scoring projection, but their top players are insanely expensive across the DFS landscape. Still, it’s worth looking towards Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. against Colorado LHP Kyle Freeland (8 ER and 19 H in 6.1 IP over last two appearances).

Houston Astros - Oakland RHP Frankie Montas has struggled recently, and Houston could jump on him tonight. While the Astros’ run projection is middle-of-the-pack, we can still isolate certain hitters in this confident draw.

PITCHER

Dinelson Lamet - San Diego (vs. Colorado) - DK: $8,800 FD: $9,000 Yahoo: $56

Lamet is significantly cheaper than Max Scherzer on DraftKings and FanDuel, but he’s actually more expensive on Yahoo. Keep that in mind. The Padres’ hurler makes for a strong SP1 on the former two DFS sites, as he checks in with a heavy -208 moneyline designation. You could argue that he’s the best-aligned pitcher on this slate with one of the highest strikeout rates to boot. The Rockies rank 27th in wOBA (.288) on the road this season with a top ten strikeout rate (25.2%) to boot. Lamet should be able to take full advantage.

Also Consider: Max Scherzer, Zach Plesac

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CATCHER

Danny Jansen - Toronto (vs. NY Yankees) - DK: $3,500 FD: $2,300 Yahoo: $10

Yankees’ LHP Jordan Montgomery isn’t a bad pitcher by any stretch of the imagination. However, you could he’s very mediocre while struggling in recent outings. Montgomery has allowed 15 earned runs in 19.1 innings over his last five appearances, and now he’s facing a hot Toronto offense. Jansen should see numerous RBI opportunities as an adequate DFS value at this uninspiring catcher position.

Also Consider: Gary Sanchez, Kurt Suzuki

FIRST BASE

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - Toronto (vs. NY Yankees) - DK: $4,500 FD: $3,100 Yahoo: $18

Guerrero echoes the sentiment provided above with his teammate, Jansen. We all know Vlad Jr. has tremendous upside, and this is a nice spot for him to showcase that ability. As mentioned earlier, Toronto carries the highest run-scoring projection of the night, and Guerrero is a stacking pillar who could make that a reality.

Also Consider: Matt Olson, Yuli Gurriel

SECOND BASE

Tommy La Stella - Oakland (vs. Houston) - DK: $4,600 FD: $3,000 Yahoo: $16

La Stella is probably too expensive for $4,600 on DraftKings. However, the mid-range price tags on FanDuel and Yahoo are more comfortable. The Oakland infielder should hold excellent lineup security (and run-scoring potential) while hitting leadoff in this powerful lineup. La Stella has collected multiple hits in two straight games, and tonight’s matchup isn’t too shabby against Houston RHP Cristian Javier - who is due for regression (5.14 FIP vs. 3.35 ERA).

Also Consider: Aledmys Diaz, Cesar Hernandez

THIRD BASE

Alex Bregman - Houston (at Oakland) - DK: 5,200 FD: $3,500 Yahoo: $23

Oakland RHP Frankie Montas has had trouble recently, allowing 18 earned runs through 9.2 innings over his last three appearances. It’s tough to envision him getting back on track against this legitimate Houston offense. Bregman is a prime candidate to take advantage, and he checks in with a marginally cheaper salary than other premium infielders like Machado, Tatis, etc.

Also Consider: Manny Machado, Asdrubal Cabrera

SHORTSTOP

Jonathan Villar - Toronto (vs. NY Yankees) - DK: $4,000 FD: $2,700 Yahoo: $14

I really like Villar while holding a premium lineup spot for Toronto - the highest projected offense of the night. As you all probably know, Villar is a candidate for multiple hits, runs, and (maybe) steals any given day. He’ll look to jump on Yankee LHP Montgomery’s aforementioned struggles.

Also Consider: Carlos Correa, Fernando Tatis Jr.

OUTFIELD

George Springer - Houston (at Oakland) - DK: $4,600 FD: $3,700 Yahoo: $19

You could conceivable stack Houston tonight with Bregman, Springer, Diaz, and Correa. Of course, that would be an attempt to cash in on Oakland RHP Montas’ recent vulnerabilities after allowed 18 earned runs in 9.2 innings over his last three. Springer homered off Montas the last time around, and history could repeat itself tonight.

Randal Grichuk - Toronto (vs. NY Yankees) - DK: $4,200 FD: $3,300 Yahoo: $12

Grichuk is another piece within a healthy Toronto stack. He checks all the boxes: 1) platoon advantage vs. struggling pitcher. 2) hot bat with five hits over his last three games. 3) premium lineup spot with numerous run-scoring and RBI opportunities.

Also Consider: Franmil Reyes, Ramon Laureano, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Kole Calhoun, Josh Naylor

BARGAINS

Josh Naylor (OF - CLE) checks in as a fine dirt-cheap filler to help you snag the expensive picks of this article. He’ll likely start against Kansas City RHP Brad Keller - who holds a .315 career wOBA to lefties.

Kevin Gausman (SP - SF) is a strong SP2 candidate. I’m especially looking at his bargain salary over on Yahoo ($39), as guys like Scherzer, Plesac, and Lamet are all above $50. The matchup and park factor both look good, as his opponent (Arizona) ranks 28th in wRC+ this season.

GPP PIVOTS

Austin Meadows (OF - TB) and Ji-Man Choi (1B - TB) will certainly be underrated against Max Scherzer tonight. However, the Washington ace hasn’t exactly been dominant this season, allowing three or more earned runs in three of his last four outings. We can pick our spots against Scherzer, and these two Tampa bats make for sneaky-good tournament lifts.