MLB DFS Plays: Thursday 6/20

Spencer Limbach
Rotoworld

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 10-game slate starting at 7:05 ET.

PITCHER

Jake Odorizzi – Minnesota (at Kansas City)

The Royals were able to get four runs off Odorizzi last Saturday, which is just as many as his last eight starts combined (42.2 IP). Odorizzi still leads the American League with a 2.24 ERA, and I’m expecting him to get revenge on Kansas City tonight. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he’s starting in the pitcher-friendly environment of Kauffman Stadium while checking in as a -200 money line favorite. The Royals rank 24th in wRC+ this season, and the potential absence of shortstop Adalberto Mondesi help’s the cause for “Odo”.

Also Consider: Charlie Morton, Adam Wainwright  

CATCHER / FIRST BASE

Eric Thames – Milwaukee (vs. Cincinnati)

Thames is known as a boom-or-bust DFS commodity, but I like his chances tonight. He’ll enjoy the hitter-friendly environment of Miller Park while stepping in against Cincinnati RHP Tanner Roark, who holds a .349 wOBA split to left-handed bats over the past two seasons. We all know that Thames is a streaky hitter, and he’s currently warming up with eight hits, two doubles, and three homers over his past five starts. Meanwhile, Roark is trending in the opposite direction after surrendering 10 earned runs and 20 hits across 18 innings over his past three starts.

Also Consider: C.J. Cron, Albert Pujols

SECOND BASE

Derek Dietrich – Cincinnati (at Milwaukee)

Dietrich is a second baseman with some “pop”, blasting 18 round-trippers on the season. He has been somewhat quiet over the past two weeks, but smacking a homer against the Astros on Tuesday could send him on another power bender. Dietrich will have the park factor and matchup on his side, stepping in against mediocre RHP Jimmy Nelson in Miller Park. Nelson has allowed eight earned runs through seven innings this season with six walks to boot. Look for Dietrich and company to take advantage tonight.

Also Consider: Robinson Cano, Cesar Hernandez, Luis Arraez (punt if playing)

THIRD BASE

Kyle Seager – Seattle (vs. Baltimore)

You can argue Seager as a low-owned GPP Pivot on this slate, but I like him through all formats. The Seattle third baseman is an excellent multi-hit candidate with homerun upside. In other words, he has a promising blend of contact and power worth targeting in cash games. A home draw against Baltimore RHP Dylan Bundy’s .378 wOBA split to left-handed bats adds even more confidence to the situation.

Also Consider: Kris Bryant, Eugenio Suarez

SHORTSTOP

David Fletcher – LA Angels (at Toronto)

Fletcher will have excellent lineup security tonight while likely hitting leadoff for the Angels. That puts him in run-scoring situations ahead of Mike Trout and Justin Upton. The matchup is intriguing as well, stepping into a righty/lefty draw against Toronto southpaw Clayton Richard, who owns a .361 wOBA split to right-handed bats. There are several quality shortstops to consider on this slate, but Fletcher has some of the best “per dollar” potential of the position.

Also Consider: Jorge Polanco, Jonathan Villar

OUTFIELD

Eddie Rosario – Minnesota (at Kansas City)

It’s pretty crazy that we are this far into the article before featuring a Minnesota hitter. The Twins unsurprisingly check in with one of the highest run-scoring projections of the night while facing Kansas City RHP Glenn Sparkman. The Royals’ hurler allowed four earned runs through five innings at Minnesota last Saturday, and his .367 wOBA split to left-handed bats could lead to more generosity. That’s where Rosario comes in, as well as teammates like Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco. Rosario is the definition of an old school “pure hitter” who has added to his All-Star resume with eight hits over his past four games.

Justin Upton – LA Angels (at Toronto)

Upton was activated from the injured list on Monday, and he has gone 3-8 with two homers in his first two starts of the season. He clearly looks healthy following a toe injury to begin the 2019 campaign. This is a dream matchup to keep him going, stepping in against LHP Richard and his aforementioned .361 wOBA split to right-handed bats.

Also Consider: Mike Trout, Max Kepler, Bryce Harper, Jeff McNeil, Kyle Schwarber, Lourdes Gurriel Jr, Jake Cave (punt)

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