MLB DFS Plays: Sunday 9/13

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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.

As is often the case on Sunday, the three platforms offer different slates – eight games for DraftKings, 11 for FanDuel, and 13 on Yahoo. Notably, the Coors Field game isn’t included on DraftKings.

HITTING STACKS

Angels at Rockies Andrew Heaney is an unusual sinkerballer because he elevates the pitch. That is not an ideal approach at Coors Field. Although I usually fade these altitude games, I’m all in on a Rockies stack. Piling Angels against Ryan Castellani makes sense too.

Rays vs Martin Perez – Perez already has a couple solid outings against the Rays in the bag. They’ve upgraded their offense against southpaws since then – mainly by adding Randy Arozarena. Look for Rays with lift in their swings. That’s most of the starting lineup but notably excludes an undoubtedly popular Arozarena.

White Sox vs Spencer Turnbull – Turnbull is battling command and control issues lately. It’s caused him to get less out of his breaking ball. The White Sox have an aggressive offense that jumps on fastballs. They chased Turnbull after just two innings a couple weeks ago.

PITCHER

Tyler Mahle –Reds (Cardinals) – Yahoo: $39, DK: $8700, FD: $8400

Mahle has broken out this season in a big way. He’s inducing more whiffs and avoiding hard contact. Part of his formula for success includes a spike in fly ball rate. While that’s led to a painful 1.46 HR/9, he has an X-factor today – the Reds are visiting pitcher friendly Busch Stadium. The venue should help those high fly balls remain in the yard. Besides the home runs, Mahle delivers an ace-like 10.95 K/9 and 3.16 BB/9.

Our Rotoworld Player Projections love Mahle. He’s the top-rated pitcher.

Also Consider: Lance Lynn, Mike Clevinger, Sixto Sanchez (value), Michael Pineda, Triston McKenzie

CATCHER

Kyle Higashioka – Yankees (vs John Means) – Yahoo: $11, DK: $2600, FD: $2000

The Yankees backup backstop should get the nod today since Sanchez caught yesterday. A right-handed slugger with a hefty pulled fly ball rate, he matches up decently against Means. More to the point, he’s one of likeliest catchers to homer despite a near-minimum price tag. It's an all-or-nothing profile.

Also Consider: Max Stassi, Yasmani Grandal, James McCann

FIRST BASE

Jared Walsh – Angels (at Ryan Castellani) – Yahoo: $15, DK: $3700, FD: $2700

Walsh is in the midst of a four-game home run streak. The Angels recently promoted him to second in the lineup for the first two games of this Coors Field series. For Walsh to play again, it means one of Albert Pujols or Shohei Ohtani is on the bench. Lately, Pujols has drawn the short straw. Don’t be surprised if Walsh is asked to take the day off despite the power binge. That would be a shame since he’s bizarrely cheap for a visitor to Colorado.

Also Consider: Luke Voit, Jose Abreu, Carlos Santana, Cody Bellinger, Jose Marmolejos

SECOND BASE

Whit Merrifield – Royals (vs Chad Kuhl) – Yahoo: $15, DK: $4600, FD: $3300

Due to a fiery first week, Merrifield was unrosterable for much of this short season. He’s only recently dropped to a fair price. His strength as a DFS target is putting balls in play. This season, only 15.6 percent of his plate appearances have ended in a walk or strikeout. Balls in play mean opportunities for a hit. Although he usually makes soft contact, he can still occasionally sting one out of the park.

Also Consider: Keston Hiura, Jonathan Schoop, DJ LeMahieu, David Fletcher (value), Cavan Biggio

THIRD BASE

Nolan Arenado – Rockies (vs Andrew Heaney) – Yahoo: $20, DK: $5600, FD: $4300

I looked hard for an under-the-radar alternative to Arenado. Needless to say, I didn’t find it. Outside of Coors Field, the third base pool is uninspiring. Between Arenado and Anthony Rendon, the home field hero will draw more attention because he’s facing a southpaw. Over his career, Arenado is a .322/.396/.606 hitter against lefties and a .323/.377/.613 hitter at home. He gets the best of both worlds today against a pitcher I expect to be extremely homer prone.

Also Consider: Yoan Moncada, Ke’Bryan Hayes (value), Isaac Paredes (value), Kyle Seager, Eugenio Suarez, Anthony Rendon

SHORTSTOP

Adalberto Mondesi – Royals (vs Chad Kuhl) – Yahoo: $9, DK: $3100, FD: $2800

Mondesi is finally showing life at the plate. He’s hit a home run in each of his last three games and four of the last six. He’s also riding a nine-game hitting streak. Royals manager Mike Matheny even reinstalled him as the second hitter. Mondesi is stinging the ball during this streak. For the season, he has an 89.9 mph average exit velocity. Over the last nine days, he’s up to a 95.8 mph EV. The improved performance is not yet reflected in his price tag.

Also Consider: Trevor Story, Fernando Tatis, Bo Bichette, Francisco Lindor

OUTFIELD

Ryan Mountcastle – Orioles (at J.A. Happ) – Yahoo: $21, DK: $3600, FD: $3600

Although Happ has pitched better lately, he remains homer prone (1.72 HR/9). Meanwhile, Mountcastle continue to impress at the plate. Despite a high whiff rate and an overly aggressive approach, he’s batting .368/.436/.603. While I expect regression to eventually kick in (i.e. be careful drafting him next spring), there is no cause for concern today with a neutral matchup at very power-friendly ballpark.

Matt Kemp – Rockies (vs Andrew Heaney) – Yahoo: $14, DK: $3400, FD: $3300

There are plenty of Angels and Rockies outfielders we could talk about (ahem, Mike Trout). Instead, let’s dig a little deeper for Kemp. The Rockies designated hitter usually bats sixth against left-handed pitchers. When he starts, he’s rarely pulled. Kemp gives every appearance of being on his last legs as a Major Leaguer. His strikeout rate has ballooned even as his hard contact rate has plunged. The good news is he’s continued to punish southpaws with a .324/.405/.486 line in 42 plate appearances. Although his results don’t show a home-road split, his strikeout rate at Coors Field is a mere 18 percent compared to 40.8 percent on the road.

Also Consider: Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Kevin Pillar, Raimel Tapia, Kole Calhoun, Josh Rojas, Christian Yelich, Avisail Garcia, Whit Merrifield, Franmil Reyes, DJ Stewart, Austin Meadows, Hunter Renfroe, Kyle Lewis, Mookie Betts, Nick Castellanos