MLB DFS Plays: Sunday 7/21

Spencer Limbach
Rotoworld

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.

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.

Editor’s Note: Stay ahead of the competition from wire to wire with rankings, customizable projections, trade evaluator, exclusive columns and more in our Season Pass. And start using optimized lineups with our DFS Toolkit!

Scroll to continue with content
Ad

We will be looking at the 10-game main slate starting at 1:05 ET.

PITCHER

James Paxton - NY Yankees (vs. Colorado) 

Paxton is a strong choice through all formats this afternoon, checking in as a substantial -200 moneyline favorite at home. His opponent, Colorado, isn’t nearly as intimidating on the road, and the Rockies have struggled while ranking dead last in wRC+ over the last 30 days. Meanwhile, Paxton has been sharp over his last three starts, allowing five earned runs with 21 strikeouts through 18 innings. I’m expecting a quality return on fantasy investment today. 

Also Consider: Blake Snell, Jack Flaherty 

CATCHER / FIRST BASE

Paul Goldschmidt - St. Louis (at Cincinnati) 

Cincinnati RHP Anthony DeSclafani is more generous to left-handed bats than righties, but I’m leaning towards Goldschmidt anyway. The St. Louis first baseman has been somewhat mediocre recently, causing his salary to dip on most major DFS sites. Goldschmidt will enjoy a substantial park upgrade in Cincinnati, and I’m intrigued with the buy-low opportunity. 

Also Consider: Carlos Santana, Nate Lowe

SECOND BASE

Jason Kipnis - Cleveland (vs. Kansas City) 

Kansas City RHP Glenn Sparkman is coming off his best outing of the season, but I’m expecting him to regress back to mediocrity this afternoon. After all, Sparkman hasn’t shown much outside that complete-game shutout to suggest any staying power moving forward. He carries a .355 wOBA split to left-handed bats, which puts Kipnis (and others) in daily fantasy consideration. The second base position isn’t exciting on this afternoon slate, while Kipnis emerges as one of the better picks in terms of salary, matchup, floor, and ceiling. 

Also Consider: Niko Goodrum, Kolten Wong

THIRD BASE

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - Toronto (at Detroit) 

Guerrero is seeing the ball well, tallying five hits with a homer, four runs, and five RBIs over his past two games. His string of dominance over the Tigers could continue while holding the platoon advantage over mediocre Detroit LHP Tyler Alexander. The mid-range salary is hard to pass up. 

Also Consider: Jose Ramirez, Tommy Edman

SHORTSTOP

Francisco Lindor - Cleveland (vs. Kansas City) 

Lindor is one of the most expensive shortstops on the board, but I’m making him a priority through all lineups today. He has the perfect blend of contact, power, speed, and everything in-between. Lindor finds himself in a promising matchup while looking to jump on the aforementioned .355 wOBA split (to lefties) of Kansas City RHP Sparkman. 

Also Consider: Jorge Polanco, Marcus Semien

OUTFIELD

Andrew Benintendi - Boston (at Baltimore) 

Boston checks in with the highest run-scoring projection of the early afternoon slate, so don’t sleep on those Red Sox bats. The park factor in Baltimore looks great, as does a matchup against Orioles’ RHP Asher Wojciechowski. Benintendi is a confident mid-range pick with the platoon advantage in this promising draw. 

Ramon Laureano - Oakland (at Minnesota) 

Laureano is one of the hottest hitters in baseball right now, collecting 20 hits with six homers, 15 runs, nine RBIs, and two stolen bases over his last 10 starts. Today’s matchup could throw more fuel on the fire while facing Minnesota RHP Michael Pineda and his .340 wOBA split to right-handed bats. There are several mid-range outfielders to consider on this slate, but none of them carry as much confidence as Laureano. 

Also Consider: Mookie Betts, Nelson Cruz, Tommy Pham, Khris Davis, Jackie Bradley Jr, Tyler Naquin

What to Read Next