MLB DFS Plays: Thursday 5/16

Spencer Limbach
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Spencer Limbach finds the best MLB DFS Plays for the evening slate on Thursday, May 16. (Getty Images)

MLB DFS Plays: Thursday 5/16

Spencer Limbach finds the best MLB DFS Plays for the evening slate on Thursday, May 16. (Getty Images)

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.

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We will be looking at the five-game main slate starting at 6:40 ET.

PITCHER

Luis Castillo – Cincinnati (vs Chicago Cubs)

I understand that Castillo is pricey, but he strikes me as the best cash game (and tournament) option on this slate. His floor/upside combination outweighs all the other pitching options tonight, and you have to love the way he’s throwing right now. Castillo currently holds an outstanding 1.76 ERA with 70 strikeouts through 56.1 innings. No matter how you slice it, those are top-shelf numbers. Castillo will be tested against an encouraging Cubs’ offense, but he was able to post quality starts against the Dodgers and Brewers earlier this season. I believe the Reds’ ace will be up to the task here.

Also Consider: Jose Quintana, Marcus Stroman

CATCHER / FIRST BASE

C.J. Cron – Minnesota (at Seattle)

We don’t have much of a sample size on Seattle RHP Erik Swanson, who has been a filler in the Mariners’ banged-up rotation. However, the righty has allowed four or more earned runs in three of his past four starts, coughing up six runs (and 11 hits) vs Texas and seven runs (seven hits) at Boston last Friday. He’s certainly hittable while holding a .344 wOBA split to right-handed bats. Minnesota enters this series with some of the best offensive numbers so far this season, and Cron has been a key contributor over the past several weeks. The Twins’ first baseman will continue to hold a premium lineup spot while looking to jump on this favorable draw.

Also Consider: Daniel Vogelbach, James McCann

SECOND BASE

Eric Sogard – Toronto (at Chicago White Sox)

Sogard has (predictably) cooled off after his amazing start to the season. However, this is a promising spot to recapture that multi-hit potential, stepping in against White Sox RHP Dylan Covey – who carries a .355 wOBA split to left-handed bats over the past two seasons. The second base position doesn’t have much opportunity cost in this five-game slate, and Sogard has a mid-range salary to go along with a welcoming contact and power combination. I’ll be looking towards him through all formats.

Also Consider: Kolten Wong, Jonathan Schoop

THIRD BASE

Marwin Gonzalez – Minnesota (at Seattle)

Gonzalez got off to a terrible start this season, but he’s heating up while currently riding a seven-game hitting streak. That includes two homers over his past four starts and a lineup upgrade with some injuries in the Twins’ order. As mentioned earlier, Seattle RHP Erik Swanson is certainly hittable, and this is a great spot for Marwin to throw gasoline on his hot streak.  

Also Consider: Eugenio Suarez, Matt Carpenter

SHORTSTOP

Freddy Galvis – Toronto (at Chicago White Sox)

Galvis went through a brutal cold streak at the beginning of the month, but it appears that he’s breaking through with four hits, three doubles, two runs, and three RBIs over his past four starts. Galvis is a switch-hitter with a premium lineup spot to take advantage of Covey’s aforementioned .355 wOBA split to left-handed bats. His shortcomings over the past few weeks caused a lower-than-usual salary, so this is a nice buy-low opportunity.

Also Consider: Jorge Polanco, Dansby Swanson  

OUTFIELD

Byron Buxton – Minnesota (at Seattle)

It’s a little bit annoying that Buxton hits ninth for the Twins, but don’t let that steer you away from the Minnesota speedster. Buxton is playing some of the best baseball of his career right now, racking up eight hits, three doubles, and one homer over his past five games. He’s always a threat to swipe a bag or two, and now the former top prospect is flexing an encouraging blend of contact and power. Go ahead and look towards him through all formats in this favorable draw against Swanson in Seattle.  

Yasiel Puig – Cincinnati (vs Chicago Cubs)

Speaking of hot bats, Puig has notched six hits, two homers, six RBIs, and a stolen base over his past five games. He’ll hold the platoon advantage over Cubs’ LHP Jose Quintana, who has surrendered a fair amount of contact this season. Playing in hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park certainly feeds into Puig’s rationale as well.

Also Consider: Mitch Haniger, Starling Marte, Nick Senzel, Franmil Reyes, Billy McKinney

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