This article will outline the best daily fantasy MLB plays of the day at every position. We will take a comprehensive look at FanDuel and DraftKings to uncover these core recommendations, factoring respective salaries into the analysis.
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We will be looking at the five-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Aaron Nola – Philadelphia (vs Miami)
Nola has been uncharacteristically bad to begin the season. How bad? He allowed 16 earned runs through 19.1 innings over his first four starts. Nola scattered nine hits at Colorado through 5.2 innings, but his fantasy day was salvaged by nine strikeouts to go along with the all-important win. Even though he’s nowhere near the “ace form” we’ve seen in previous years, there’s a lot to like with the Philly righty tonight: 1) He’s cheaper than usual due to that underwhelming start. 2) The Phillies are strong home favorites with a -190 moneyline designation. 3) Nola’s opponent, Miami, ranks third in strikeout rate (26.3%) and 27th in wRC+ (65) on the season … In short, this is a great situation to expect a bounce-back.
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Logan Forsythe – Texas (at Seattle)
Forsythe is an interesting bargain choice through all formats tonight. He should hold a premium lineup spot while stepping in against Seattle LHP Marco Gonzales. Forsythe has been warming up lately with two homers and a double over his past four games, and the momentum from his 2-3 outing last night could carry into tonight’s respectable draw. Go ahead and look towards Forsythe as a legitimate value play to use at first base or the utility spot.
Second base can sometimes be a tricky position. That’s especially the case tonight with only five games on the main slate. LeMahieu checks in as one of the more stable options while facing a mediocre pitcher in LAA’s Trevor Cahill. DJ carries an unimposing mid-range salary while holding plenty of confidence following a 2-4 and three RBI performance last night. Meanwhile, Cahill has surrendered nine earned runs and 11 hits through 8.1 innings over his last two starts. There’s a decent chance he’ll continue to slide against the Yankees tonight.
Rafael Devers – Boston (vs Detroit)
Devers was listed in this spot yesterday, and he came through with two RBIs and a run while going 1-4 from the plate (16.2 FD points). Boston has a run-scoring projection that towers over everyone else on this main slate, profiling as a confident stack through all formats. Devers is an economical choice within that, hoping to take advantage of hitter-friendly Fenway Park. Facing Detroit RHP Jordan Zimmermann and his .349 wOBA split to left-handed bats should help.
Xander Bogaerts – Boston (vs Detroit)
As mentioned in the previous write-up, you’ll want plenty of exposure to Boston tonight. Other high-end shortstops like Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa are locked into tough matchups, so Bogaerts is the sensible choice for head-to-head and 50/50 DFS contests. Detroit RHP Jordan Zimmermann looked good through his first two starts of the season, but he has since coughed up 14 earned runs and 18 hits through 13.2 innings over his past three starts. He only has nine strikeouts through that span, and the Red Sox have an excellent opportunity to jump all over those high-contact tendencies.
J.D. Martinez – Boston (vs Detroit)
Keep stacking those Red Sox! By taking Aaron Nola at pitcher and selecting a few listed bargains of this article (Devers, Forsythe), you should be able to stack Martinez and Betts in the same lineup. That’s a recommended strategy in cash games, as Boston is in a great spot to produce some runs against Zimmermann and the Tigers. Martinez has gone 4-9 in this series so far, and I fully expect him to keep hitting in this matchup.
Niko Goodrum – Detroit (at Boston)
This is more of a tournament play than anything, but you can also utilize Goodrum in cash games if you need someone in this price range. He doesn’t have much name recognition, and most people will be looking to the Boston side in this matchup. However, the Tigers are fully capable of realizing the hitter-friendly environment of Fenway Park as well. Goodrum is a guy who can contribute in every category, and he’s always a threat for multiple hits to go along with some “pop” and stolen base potential. Boston RHP Rick Porcello holds a shaky 8.47 ERA while surrendering 28 hits over 17 innings through his first four starts of 2019. His main vulnerability comes in the form of a .346 wOBA split to left-handed bats. The switch-hitting likes of Goodrum could take advantage.