MLB DFS Plays: Sunday 5/30

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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 have a 10-game main slate with some weather issues. The Miami-Boston game appears doomed for postponement so we’ll exclude it from consideration. The rest of the rain-impacted games have a chance to play – they just might need a late start. The winds are blowing in 10-mph at Wrigley.

PITCHER

Top Play: Lucas GiolitoWhite Sox (vs Orioles)

Giolito is the highest-priced pitcher with a dry game. He’s proven inconsistent this season, earning his price tag in six of 10 outings and flopping spectacularly once. That lone disasterpiece might explain why he’s more affordable than the likes of Max Scherzer and Brandon Woodruff despite similar expectations. He should deliver over six innings and eight strikeouts against a below average Orioles offense.

Pivot: Tyler Mahle – Reds (at Cubs)

There are quite a few deep-bargain punts to consider, but I’d rather invest in someone with contest-leading upside. Like Giolito, Mahle has suffered from uneven performance this season. When he’s on, he’ll pile up seven or more strikeouts while flummoxing opponents. Too often, he’s struggled to finish five frames. He also has a home run problem. The last time he faced the Cubs, they bopped three dingers. Using Mahle puts a lot of faith in the Wrigley winds.

Also Consider: Max Scherzer, Brandon Woodruff, Kyle Freeland, Matt Shoemaker, Brad Keller

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CATCHER

Top Play: Salvador Perez – Royals (at Shoemaker)

Perez is one of the few regular catchers we can count on to start Sundays. This is a standard recommendation for a player who is often the top-projected catcher in a given slate. He has a neutral matchup against a shaky, homer prone starting pitcher and an above average bullpen.

Pivot: Eric Haase – White Sox (vs Mike King)

There should be a few punts that crop up as lineups are released. Haase isn’t quite a throwaway, he has legitimate power potential centered around above average exit velocities and a 40 percent fly ball rate. The downside is a 31.4 percent strikeout rate. He’s performed as a sort of poor man’s Perez. His plate discipline is better than his 3.9 percent walk rate implies.

Also Consider: Mitch Garver, J.T. Realmuto

FIRST BASE

Top Play: Rhys Hoskins – Phillies (at Luis Patino/Josh Fleming)

The first inning matchup against Patino is difficult for Hoskins, but he should feel more at ease against Fleming. The Rays soft-tossing southpaw likes to nibble low in the zone where Hoskins gets his best swings. He doesn’t pair well against most Rays relievers so he’ll need to capitalize on the two plate appearance window against Fleming.

Pivot: Andrew Vaughn – White Sox (vs Keegan Akin)

Akin is a Quad-A caliber southpaw with an effective changeup. He’s only stretched out for three to five innings of work, meaning the White Sox will face a slew of relievers. Baltimore has finally developed a decent bullpen, but it does have a soft underbelly. Vaughn continues to hold his own without exactly thriving. All the markers are there for an incipient breakout.

Also Consider: Carlos Santana, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Alex Kirilloff, Miguel Sano

SECOND BASE

Top Play: Whit Merrifield – Royals (at Shoemaker)

The options at second base are rather pitiful. Several of the better choices, like Merrifield, are painfully overpriced. Others like Jose Altuve will need to overcome a difficult matchup. If you’re sitting on a pile of extra money, Merrifield offers a lovely blend of ceiling and floor. His batting line is dragged down by an atypical .257 BABIP. Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu profiles similarly with a more favorable matchup. I prefer to only use him at Yankee Stadium.

Pivot: Taylor Walls – Rays (vs Zach Eflin)

Walls is a high contact hitter whose plate discipline has evoked comparisons to Cavan Biggio. Unfortunately, it also means he walks and strikes out too often to be an ideal DFS target – especially since his power is rather limited. Eflin consistently fills the strike zone which should give Walls some pitches to hit. He’s a multi-hit and OBP play - basically a playable punt and bargain.

Also Consider: Jose Altuve, Jake Cronenworth, DJ LeMahieu, Marcus Semien, Willi Castro, Owen Miller

THIRD BASE

Top Play: Josh Donaldson – Twins (vs Brad Keller)

Early in the season, Donaldson had an issue with a low launch angle and too many ground balls. However, since May 4, he’s made over 50 percent fly ball contact. That’s good because Keller nibbles low in the zone with sinkers and sliders. He’s struggled this season but has pitched better of late. The Royals bullpen is exploitable if Keller makes a short start.

Pivot: Hunter Dozier – Royals (at Shoemaker)

Dozier’s .139/.205/.328 triple-slash is an eyesore, but it’s backed by relatively strong peripherals. While it’s true his plate discipline has eroded, he’s still making plenty of hard contact including career-best in barrel and hard-hit rates. His current .156 BABIP is bound to regress to his career .302 BABIP. We should expect adequate production from Dozier today with a one-in-five shot to homer.

Also Consider: Manny Machado, Alex Bregman, Eugenio Suarez, LeMahieu, Sano

SHORTSTOP

Top Play: Fernando Tatis Jr. – Padres (at Zack Greinke)

Top hitter in the slate is a coin flip between Tatis and a pair of outfielders we’ll discuss in a moment. While this matchup isn’t ideal, the wily Greinke isn’t immune to mistakes. In 10 outings, he’s tossed two gems, four middling performances, and four clunkers. As we know, Tatis can fill the boxscore in myriad ways.

Pivot: Adalberto Mondesi – Royals (at Shoemaker)

Mondesi is more of a bargain than a punt. The aggressive speedster matches up beautifully against Shoemaker. The Twins also used their four best relievers yesterday so there could be a modest fatigue factor in play too. Strikeouts are always a concern with Mondesi, but he makes up for it with his wheels.

Also Consider: Tim Anderson, Gleyber Torres, Javy Baez, Walls, Kevin Newman

OUTFIELD

Top Plays: Aaron Judge – Yankees (at Tarik Skubal)
Giancarlo Stanton – Yankees (at Skubal)

I can’t believe I didn’t highlight a Yankee sooner. Skubal is a homer prone fly ball pitcher who makes short starts. The Yankees can feast on him before turning to the dessert course – the Tigers laughable bullpen. Both Judge and Stanton share characteristics. They hit more grounders and thus are best used against pitchers who work up in the zone. These same pitchers, knowing they can induce ground balls if they execute low in the zone, are more likely to make mistakes over the heart of the plate.

Pivots: Tommy Pham – Padres (at Greinke)
Trevor Larnach – Twins (vs Keller)

Pham struggled through the first quarter of the season. It’s easy to forget he had a life-threatening stab wound over the winter. He also posted nearly normal peripherals. A rebound was always in the cards. Since a two-hit game on May 21, he’s batting .333/.478/.639 with two homers, two triples, and three stolen bases. Larnach is a southpaw slugger with a 116-mph max exit velocity and enough lift in his swing to punish Keller and/or the Royals bullpen.

Also Consider: Jesse Winker, Nick Castellanos, Austin Meadows, Kyle Tucker, Kirilloff, Wil Myers, Chas McCormick, Jorge Soler