MLB DFS Plays: Thursday 4/15

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Spencer Limbach
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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.

We’ll focus our attention on the five-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.

PITCHER

Top Play: Julio Urias - LA Dodgers (vs. Colorado)

Urias is the best pitcher on the board tonight. He checks in as a massive -260 moneyline favorite while facing a Colorado offense that has trouble scoring runs on the road. Urias already faced the Rockies in hitter-friendly Coors Field, pinning them down for only three hits and one earned run across seven innings (6 K’s). I wouldn’t be surprised if he posted a similar performance this evening.

Pivot: Rich Hill - Tampa Bay (vs. Texas)

The veteran lefty has been a mixed-bag this season, but he’s coming off an encouraging start with seven strikeouts through six innings against the Yankees. A matchup with the Rangers looks great for Hill, as Texas has a ton of left-handed bats that will be locked into this tough lefty/lefty draw. The Rangers rank fourth in strikeout rate this season (28.7%), and that’s a number I expect to stick through the fall.

Also Consider: Sean Manaea

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CATCHER

Top Play: Will Smith - LA Dodgers (vs. Colorado)

Colorado LHP Austin Gomber was decent in his last start, but he could come crashing back to reality against a tough Dodgers’ offense. Gomber already faced LAD once earlier this season, struggling with control by walking seven batters in three innings (1 H, 1 ER). Needless to say, the Dodgers have one of the highest run-scoring projections of the night, and Smith could be a big part of that while retaining a premium lineup spot.

Pivot: Wilson Ramos - Detroit (at Oakland)

Don’t look now, but Wilson Ramos has been hitting like crazy. That includes five homers over his last six games. The veteran catcher finds himself in an interesting righty/lefty matchup against Sean Manaea, who has been up-and-down this season. Don’t count out the Tigers this evening, as they have been putting together some nice offensive performances lately.

Also Consider: Salvador Perez

FIRST BASE

Top Play: Josh Bell - Washington (vs. Arizona)

Washington has the highest run-scoring projection of the night. Bell should see plenty of RBI opportunities within that, and he’s primed for a breakout game. The salary isn’t too intrusive either. Arizona RHP Merrill Kelly holds an 8.10 ERA through two starts this season, and those struggles could continue in a tricky road start.

Pivot: Renato Nunez - Detroit (at Oakland)

Nunez is a solid hitter against left-handed pitching, and he’s worth keeping an eye on for tournaments. Nunez is cheap despite slapping two homers over his past three games, and he’ll likely hold a premium lineup spot for the Tigers.

Also Consider: Carlos Santana

SECOND BASE

Top Play: Jed Lowrie - Oakland (vs. Detroit)

Lowrie is another guy who has seemingly found the fountain of youth. The veteran switch-hitter has smacked two hits in each of his last four games, also clobbering two homers with nine RBI over that span. He’ll settle into a nice matchup against Detroit LHP Tyler Skubal, who has a .397 wOBA to right-handed bats through limited MLB innings.

Pivot: Joey Wendle - Tampa Bay (vs. Texas)

Tampa Bay is one of those teams who could fly under the radar tonight. Washington, Oakland, and the LA Dodgers represent the top stacks with Tampa Bay next-in-line. I believe the Rays could post a ton of runs on Texas RHP Jordan Lyles, who has a .358 career wOBA split to left-handed bats. Joey Wendle steps in as a non-imposing hitter to take full advantage.

Also Consider: Chris Taylor

THIRD BASE

Top Play: Matt Chapman - Oakland (vs. Detroit)

Let’s keep going with this Oakland stack against Detroit. As mentioned earlier, Detroit LHP Tyler Skubal has had a tough time with right-handed bats. Chapman always has legitimate upside, and he’s heating up with four hits over his last two games. It helps that the Tigers have one of the worst bullpens (in terms of overall WAR) in the league.

Pivot: Jeimer Candelario - Detroit (at Oakland)

Candelario just keeps hitting, picking up nine hits over his last five games. As stated earlier, the Tigers could be a sneaky-good stack in this limited evening slate. Candelario has proven to be a patient hitter who can rack up fantasy points in several different ways. He’s still reasonably priced despite the hotstreak.

Also Consider: Justin Turner

SHORTSTOP

Top Play: Trea Turner - Washington (vs. Arizona)

I’ll be spending at shortstop tonight while looking for bargains at other positions. Trea Turner is the premium option at this position, and I’m looking to build lineups around him. The Nationals have the highest run-scoring projection of this slate, and I like their chances against Arizona RHP Kelly and a bottom-ten bullpen. Turner is capable of multiple hits, runs, steals and maybe a homer.

Pivot: Marcus Semien - Toronto (at Kansas City)

Turner and Bo Bichette will likely be the most popular shortstops tonight. Don’t forget about Marcus Semien, who also finds himself in a good spot against Kansas City RHP Jakob Junis. Semien is only hitting .212 on the season, but his hits have counted in a big way with four homers to his name. He certainly has upside against a below-average pitcher tonight.

Also Consider: Bo Bichette

OUTFIELD

Top Play: Ramon Laureano - Oakland (vs. Detroit)

This write-up pertains to Laureano and Canha. You can play them both in the same lineup or look just towards Canha if Laureano is too pricey. Both of them are tearing the cover off the ball while settling into a beautiful matchup against Detroit LHP Skubal. As mentioned earlier, the Tigers’ bullpen is putting up too much resistance either.

Top Play: Austin Meadows - Tampa Bay (vs. Texas)

Let’s attack Jordan Lyles and his .358 career wOBA split to left-handed bats. Meadows is significantly cheaper than top outfielders like Mookie Betts and Juan Soto, but I believe he can produce similar output. He hasn’t been very good this series against Texas, but we know the overall talent is there. This is a great matchup for him to come through.

Pivot: Jorge Soler - Kansas City (vs. Toronto)

Soler is only hitting .129 with one homer on the season. You know the deal with him: he’s a boom-or-bust fantasy asset who will smack a homer (maybe two) or give you a goose egg. The matchup looks decent against Toronto RHP Tanner Roark, who struggled in his first start - and he’s definitely outside his prime.

Also Consider: Juan Soto, Mookie Betts, Mark Canha, Kyle Schwarber, Tim Locastro (punt)

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