MLB DFS Plays: Sunday 8/18

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.

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We will be looking at the nine-game afternoon (main) slate starting at 1:05 ET.

PITCHER

Jack Flaherty - St. Louis (at Cincinnati) 

Flaherty is blossoming into a top tier fantasy pitcher, allowing just four earned runs across 45.1 innings (56 K’s) over his last seven starts. That includes matchups against quality opponents like Houston (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 9 K) and the Dodgers (7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 10 K). Flaherty should be able to navigate this draw at Cincinnati, as the Reds rank 22nd in wRC+ this season with an above-average strikeout rate to boot. 

Also Consider: Zack Wheeler, Mike Clevinger

CATCHER / FIRST BASE

Sam Travis - Boston (vs. Baltimore) 

The Orioles are ready for this season to be over with, as they have gotten absolutely demolished through the month of August. They’ll throw southpaw Ty Blach to the wolves this afternoon, and the lefty has allowed 21 hits and 16 innings through 10.1 innings this season. Blach also carries a vulnerable .349 wOBA split to right-handed bats, which puts Travis and his teammates in firm DFS consideration as a quality stack. 

Also Consider: Eric Thames, Pete Alonso

SECOND BASE

Joe Panik - NY Mets (at Kansas City) 

The Mets recently picked up Panik to fill in for Robinson Cano (hamstring), who could be done for the season. Jeff McNeil has landed on the injured list as well, elevating Panik to more regular playing time with a premium lineup spot. That should be the case today, and this is a strong matchup against Kansas City RHP Glenn Sparkman and his .375 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Put it all together, and Panik is a solid bargain candidate at an underwhelming second base position. 

Also Consider: Cesar Hernandez, Austin Nola 

THIRD BASE

Mike Moustakas - Milwaukee (at Washington) 

Milwaukee won’t have the added boost of their hitter-friendly home ballpark, but that shouldn’t slow them down. The Brewers will step in against Washington RHP Erick Fedde, who carries a .381 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Moustakas leads the way from that side of the plate, making for an excellent DFS streamer through all formats. 

Also consider: Anthony Rendon, Jose Ramirez

SHORTSTOP

Trea Turner - Washington (vs. Milwaukee) 

If you have the extra cap space to make Xander Bogaerts work, then obviously go for it. However, don’t forget about Turner in a matchup against Milwaukee RHP Chase Anderson, who owns reverse-splits with a .353 wOBA split to right-handed bats. Turner has been on fire lately, racking up seven hits, two homers, six runs, nine RBIs, and one steal over his past five contests. He should continue to thrive in this promising draw. 

Also Consider: Xander Bogaerts, Bo Bichette 

OUTFIELD

J.D. Martinez - Boston (vs. Baltimore) 

Did you see this coming? Martinez has been the best hitter against left-handed pitching this season, and he’ll step into an outstanding matchup against the aforementioned vulnerabilities of Baltimore LHP Blach. Fenway Park's hitter-friendly dimensions improves Martinez’s upside even more, and he’s a spectacular DFS commodity through all formats this afternoon. 

Trent Grisham - Milwaukee (at Washington) 

Grisham is a moderately-priced outfielder to help offset the cost of Martinez - if you choose to click the Boston slugger into your lineup. Grisham will look to jump all over the previously mentioned draw against Washington RHP Fedde and his .381 wOBA split to left-handed bats. The Milwaukee rookie has looked fantastic at the plate, racking up six hits, two homers, six runs, and five RBIs over his last four starts. 

Also consider: Christain Yelich, Mookie Betts, Yasiel Puig, Oscar Mercado, Teoscar Hernandez, Juan Lagares (punt), Greg Allen (punt) 

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