This article will outline the best daily fantasy MLB plays of the day at every position. We’ll take a comprehensive look across the DFS industry to uncover these core recommendations, factoring respective salaries into the analysis.
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We will be looking at the six-game slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Ryu is pricey, but he’s also one of the most reliable arms on this six-game evening slate. We have some expensive hitters to consider alongside him, but "punting" a few positions (second base and one outfield spot) should help you build a reliable cash line with Ryu at pitcher. The Dodgers’ lefty has been on fire with five straight quality starts. One of those came via 10 strikeouts and two earned runs over seven innings against the Pirates. He’ll face that same Pittsburgh team tonight, looking to benefit from the pitcher-friendly atmosphere of PNC Park. I would be shocked if Ryu’s quality start streak was snapped while facing a Pirates’ offense that ranks 21st in wRC+.
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Daniel Murphy – Colorado (vs. Baltimore)
Colorado’s offense is in a truly great spot while facing a terrible Baltimore pitching staff in the hitting utopia of Coors Field. Murphy should get in on the fun while facing Orioles’ RHP Andrew Cashner and his .361 wOBA split to left-handed bats. The Colorado first baseman has noticed setbacks in injuries and general inconsistencies since joining his new squad, but Murphy appears to be swinging the bat much better while going 5-9 with a triple and homer (5 RBIs) over his past three games.
Ozzie Albies – Atlanta (at St. Louis)
Albies has been somewhat quiet since the calendar flipped to May, but a bounce-back could be in store after recording four hits over the past two games. The Atlanta second baseman has a reduced salary because of those recent struggles, and now is the time to buy low. St. Louis RHP Dakota Hudson carries a generous .427 wOBA split to left-handed bats, so don’t forget about the Braves when assembling DFS lineups tonight.
Gio Urshela – NY Yankees (at Kansas City)
The Yankees and Royals are playing a doubleheader tonight, so you’ll need to pay close attention to the starting lineups for this evening game. Maybe we’ll find some value in the Yankees? Either way, Urshela is a solid mid-range pick while facing Kansas City RHP Jorge Lopez, who carries a heightened 6.04 ERA that accurately reflects his pitching ability.
Trevor Story – Colorado (vs. Baltimore)
Let’s go back to Colorado, where Story checks in as one of the best overall hitters of this slate. The opportunity cost at shortstop is pretty low tonight, so I’m looking to climb the salary ladder with Story. The Rockies’ shortstop played the role of hero last night with a pair of homers, and he’s piping hot with seven hits and four homers over his past five starts. He has an excellent chance to keep the flame alive against Baltimore RHP Andrew Cashner’s .377 wOBA split to right-handed bats.
David Dahl – Colorado (vs. Baltimore)
Stack the Rockies in cash games! I don’t care how popular they are, this is an optimal strategy for cash lineups. They are facing MLB’s worst pitching staff in the best hitting environment in all of baseball. Dahl has gone 5-10 over his past three games, and this is an excellent breakout spot against Cashner and company.
Keon Broxton – Baltimore (at Colorado)
This is a nice landing spot for Broxton, as he went 2-4 with a homer in his Orioles’ debut last night. He’s cheap with a reasonable power profile to take advantage of the boost in Coors Field. Colorado LHP Kyle Freeland has gotten throttled at home this season, and Broxton holds the platoon advantage over him tonight.