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.
We will be looking at the 11-game main afternoon slate starting at 1:05 ET.
Justin Verlander - Houston (vs. LA Angels)
Verlander is the top ace on this slate, and it’s not even close. Sure, you’ll have to shell out a hefty premium to make him work, but we’ll show you enough cheap bats throughout this article to make that a reality. The AL Cy Young frontrunner has been amazing this season, holding a 2.50 ERA with 283 strikeouts across 212 innings. He’s gunning for his 20th win of the season today, and smart money says he’ll get there with ease.
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Mike Ford - NY Yankees (vs. Toronto)
Ford is one of those bargain candidates that will make it easier to afford Verlander at pitcher. The NYY left-handed slugger will look to pounce on the hitter-friendly dimension of Yankee Stadium (short right-field porch) against Toronto RHP Trent Thornton’s vulnerable .339 wOBA split to lefty hitters. Ford is brimming with confidence after going 2-4 with three RBIs yesterday, and this is an excellent spot to keep the momentum.
Luis Arraez - Minnesota (vs. Kansas City)
Arraez has been a hitting machine this season while holding a .347 average through 303 at-bats. He’s a candidate to leadoff for the Twins this afternoon, which puts him in excellent run-scoring opportunities ahead of Bomba Squad pieces like Nelson Cruz, Eddie Rosario, and Miguel Sano. The matchup looks great as well, facing Kansas City RHP Jorge Lopez’s .368 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Needless to say, Arraez is a candidate for multiple hits and runs in this one.
Mike Moustakas - Milwaukee (vs. Pittsburgh)
The Yankees, Twins, Brewers, and Astros represent the top stacks of this afternoon slate (followed by the Braves). Milwaukee finds themselves in a healthy situation in their hitter-friendly ballpark against Pittsburgh RHP Trevor Williams, who has allowed 11 earned runs and 14 hits across eight innings over his past two starts. I’m expecting the Brewers to inflict damage along those lines, and Moustakas is a strong (literally) candidate to lead the way.
Adeiny Hechavarria - Atlanta (vs. San Francisco)
Here’s another dirt-cheap option to make room for Verlander. We’ll need to double-check the lineup card before selecting Hechavarria, but he’s an interesting bargain candidate nonetheless. This is a promising draw against San Francisco RHP Logan Webb, who holds a .400+ wOBA split to right-handed bats throughout his brief MLB career … If Hechavarria isn’t in the lineup, my backup plan for saving goes through LaMonte Wade Jr. and/or Jake Cave in Minnesota’s outfield.
Eddie Rosario - Minnesota (vs. Kansas City)
I mentioned it earlier, but the Bomba Squad should be able to extend their home run total this afternoon. They’ll step in against Kansas City RHP Lopez and his aforementioned .368 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Rosario has collected multiple hits in four of his last seven games, and he has multi-homer upside in his back pocket. Perhaps that will surface in Minnesota’s final regular-season home game?
Trent Grisham - Milwaukee (vs. Pittsburgh)
The rookie is swinging a confident bat while going 5-7 with seven RBIs, four runs, and a stolen base over his past three games. As mentioned earlier, the Brewers’ offense finds themselves in an excellent spot against the recent struggles of Pittsburgh RHP Williams. Grisham will hold a premium lineup spot within that, profiling as an encouraging “per dollar” DFS candidate to continue the recent tear.