MLB DFS Plays: Thursday 4/18

Spencer Limbach
Rotoworld
Spencer Limbach finds the best MLB DFS Plays on FanDuel and DraftKings for Thursday, April 18.

MLB DFS Plays: Thursday 4/18

Spencer Limbach finds the best MLB DFS Plays on FanDuel and DraftKings for Thursday, April 18.

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.

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 six-game main slate starting at 6:35 ET.

PITCHER

Domingo GermanNY Yankees (vs Kansas City)

You won’t find any big name pitchers in the 6:35 ET main slate. However, German makes for one of the few respectable cash options here. He checks in as a healthy -200 moneyline favorite against a Kansas City team that ranks below average in wRC+ this season. German has been dependable so far, allowing just three hits and two earned runs through 13 innings. He has 14 strikeouts as well. Target him with confidence while banking on his high win probability and healthy strikeout rate.  

Also Consider: Chris Paddack, Felix Hernandez

CATCHER / FIRST BASE

J.T. Realmuto – Philadelphia (at Colorado)

There’s a game in Coors Field tonight, and an unsurprising 11 run over/under has been attached to it. The Phillies check in with the highest run-scoring projection as a result, and we’ll be looking towards the right-handed Philadelphia bats against Colorado LHP Kyle Freeland. Realmuto fits the bill, holding an exciting blend of contact and power for any DFS format. He has racked up six hits, two doubles, one homer, three runs, and seven RBIs over his past three starts, and that upside persists while moving to the hitting utopia of Coors Field.

Also Consider: Luke Voit, Ji-Man Choi, Eric Hosmer (value)

SECOND BASE

Cesar Hernandez – Philadelphia (at Colorado)

Here’s the second Philadelphia stacking piece. Hernandez hits down in the Phillies’ order, but there’s still plenty of RBI potential with guys like Hoskins, Realmuto, and Franco in front of him. It doesn't hurt that Hernandez is swinging a hot bat with six hits, two homers, four runs, and three RBIs over his past four outings. He has also swiped a few bags this season, which serves as a nice little bonus. The price is inflated due to the “Coors Effect”, but I still believe Hernandez is a solid buy at an otherwise underwhelming second base position.

Also Consider: Garrett Hampson, Tommy La Stella

THIRD BASE

Yandy Diaz – Tampa Bay (vs Baltimore)

Third base is competitive tonight, but Yandy Diaz gets my vote. Here’s why: 1) He’s oozing with confidence at the plate while hitting .271 with four homers and eight RBIs to begin the season. That includes a 2-4 showing with a double and homer in last night’s rout of Baltimore. 2) The entire Rays’ lineup is firing on all cylinders, enhancing the RBI and run-scoring potential of Diaz. 3) Orioles’ RHP Andrew Cashner holds a vulnerable .383 wOBA split to right-handed bats over the past two years. 4) The Baltimore bullpen isn’t anything to fear. 5) Diaz checks in at a slight discount from guys like Nolan Arenado, Maikel Franco, and Manny Machado.

Also Consider: Gio Urshela, Hernan Perez (punt)  

SHORTSTOP

Scott Kingery – Philadelphia (at Colorado)

Here’s the third Philadelphia stacking piece. Jean Segura is expected to miss a few games moving forward, so it’s pretty safe to assume he’ll be out of the lineup tonight. That leaves Kingery to take over his premium lineup spot within this powerful Philadelphia offense. The 24-year-old has responded to extra playing time with nine hits, four doubles, two homers, six RBIs, four runs, and one stolen base over his last four games. He’ll look to keep that heater alive while moving to the best hitting atmosphere in all of baseball … FYI – the fourth Philadelphia stacking piece would be bargain OF Aaron Altherr if he cracks the lineup.

Also Consider: Trevor Story, Willy Adames  

OUTFIELD

Charlie Blackmon – Colorado (vs Philadelphia)

Blackmon checks in with a reasonable $3,600 salary on FanDuel. That's a pleasant surprise, as we are used to seeing him easily surpass the $4k threshold whenever playing at home. The discount probably revolves around Blackmon’s slow start to the season, hitting just .219 with no homers so far. However, returning to hitter-friendly Coors Field to face Philadelphia RHP Zach Eflin (.353 wOBA to left-handed bats) makes for a nice bounce-back situation.

Clint Frazier – NY Yankees (vs Kansas City)

If there wasn’t a game in Colorado tonight, then this article would be all about the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers will step in against Kansas City RHP Homer Bailey, who holds an inflated .380 wOBA split to right-handed bats over the past two years. Frazier has filled in admirably for an injury-plagued Yankees outfield, currently batting .333 with four homers and 12 RBIs over 13 games. He holds a mid-range salary that blends favorably with the other recommendations.

Also Consider: Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, Ryan Braun, Raimel Tapia, A.J. Pollock, Aaron Altherr (if playing)   

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