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.
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We will be looking at the nine-game slate starting at 7:05 ET.
David Price – Boston (vs. Texas)
It seems that Price has turned back the clock to 2014. He has racked up 26 strikeouts with only three earned runs across 23.1 innings over his past four starts. Tonight, he’ll step in against a predominantly left-handed Texas offense that ranks 22nd in wRC+ against opposing southpaws. The Rangers also carry a 26.9% strikeout rate to lefty pitchers, which is the third-highest split in that regard. The Red Sox should give Price plenty of run support as well, which is something we’ll cover several times throughout the rest of this article. All in all, the Boston lefty checks in as a great all-around play on tonight’s slate.
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Michael Chavis – Boston (vs. Texas)
Chavis has cooled off a bit after a sizzling introduction to the major leagues. Because of that, his salary has relaxed on most DFS sites. This could be an excellent buy-low opportunity for the rookie, as he’ll square off against Texas RHP Adrian Sampson in hitter-friendly Fenway Park. Even though Sampson has looked better over his past two starts, he still carries a vulnerable .376 wOBA split to right-handed bats. That puts Chavis and his teammates on the map as solid DFS lifts.
Eric Sogard – Toronto (at Baltimore)
I’m hoping Sogard gets the start tonight, as he’s in a great position to make some fantasy noise. The Toronto infielder has regained his confidence at the plate with 12 hits, two doubles, and two homers over his last eight starts. This is a welcoming draw against Baltimore RHP Gabriel Ynoa, who is backed by one of the worst bullpens in the league. The hitter-friendly atmosphere of Camden Yards doesn’t hurt either.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Toronto (at Baltimore)
Guerrero remains underpriced despite flexing a strong contact/power combination. Sure, he’s not as consistent as we’d like, but that will come with time. He has an excellent matchup to post serious upside tonight, facing Baltimore RHP Ynoa – who holds a susceptible .392 wOBA split to right-handed bats. Vlad Jr racked up three hits, two runs, and one RBI last night, and he should be back for a second helping tonight.
Gregorius is finally back for the Yankees, and it didn’t take him long to make a fantasy splash. The New York shortstop has racked up two hits in each of his first three starts this season. He could keep that streak alive while holding a premium lineup spot against White Sox RHP Ivan Nova, who holds a .376 wOBA split to left-handed hitters. Nova has gotten trounced with a 6.28 ERA this season, and the Yankees represent an intriguing stack against him. Gregorius is a solid lift within that.
As mentioned earlier, Texas RHP Sampson has looked better lately, but a wave of regression could come crashing down tonight at Boston. Sampson carries a vulnerable .376 wOBA split to right-handed bats, which spells trouble considering the hitter-friendly dimensions of Fenway Park. Betts and Martinez are firmly in DFS consideration through all formats because of that. I don’t mind taking both of them while building a Boston stack alongside Chavis (and maybe Bogaerts).
Randal Grichuk – Toronto (at Baltimore)
If you haven’t noticed by now, Boston and Toronto represent a pair of quality stacks this evening. They complement each other in terms of salary as well, given that most of the Blue Jay hitters have relaxed price points to help absorb the costly Red Sox options. Grichuk is a confident bargain within that. He holds encouraging power upside while stepping into a well-aligned draw against Baltimore RHP Ynoa and his .392 wOBA split to righties. Due to his boom-or-bust nature, Grichuk is usually a hitter better reserved for tournaments. However, the matchup is good enough to take him in any format tonight.