MLB DFS Plays: Thursday 8/22

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 nine-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.

PITCHER

Mike Soroka - Atlanta (vs. Miami) 

Soroka is having a breakout season while currently sporting an impressive 2.41 ERA. That should continue tonight while hosting a Miami offense that ranks last in wRC+ (76) with the sixth-highest strikeout rate (24.4%) in baseball. As you can imagine, the Atlanta righty steps in as a convincing -300 moneyline favorite, and his salary is much friendlier than the other high-end option of this slate: Gerrit Cole

Also Consider: Gerrit Cole, Ryan Yarbrough

CATCHER / FIRST BASE

Danny Santana - Texas (at Chicago White Sox

Speaking of breakout, career seasons, Santana is in the midst of one while hitting .304 with 21 homers through 365 at-bats. The Texas switch-hitter will look to add to those totals in a promising draw against White Sox LHP Ross Detwiler, who holds a career .360 wOBA split to right-handed bats. The Rangers’ offense holds a top-five projection in the evening slate, and Santana is a quality choice within that. 

Also Consider: Freddie Freeman, Yuli Gurriel

SECOND BASE

Ozzie Albies - Atlanta (vs. Miami)

Atlanta carries the highest run-scoring projection of the evening slate, and Albies will look to make some noise within that. Miami RHP Sandy Alcantara has been fairly generous since the All-Star break, and starting on the road against this capable Braves’ offense could spell trouble. Albies is a moderately-priced second baseman to confidently place into lineups of any format. 

Also Consider: Cavan Biggio, Eric Sogard

THIRD BASE

Justin Turner - LA Dodgers (vs. Toronto) 

The Blue Jays deployed a bullpen approach yesterday, meaning RHP Jacob Waguespack will get the starting nod this evening. That’s worth noting for daily fantasy purposes, as Waguespack holds a .391 wOBA split to right-handed bats through limited big-league innings. Turner is one of the best righty bats from Los Angeles to take advantage; the other one will be mentioned later in this article. 

Also consider: Alex Bregman, Logan Forsythe

SHORTSTOP

Didi Gregorius - NY Yankees (at Oakland)

Oakland RHP Tanner Roark carries a vulnerable .360 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Playing in Oakland doesn’t give the Yankees much of a park boost, but Gregorius is a strong candidate to make something happen either way. The NYY shortstop has tallied eight hits and two homers over his past six starts, and I’m penciling in more production tonight. 

Also Consider: Trea Turner, Tim Anderson

OUTFIELD

A.J. Pollock - LA Dodgers (vs. Toronto) 

Remember earlier when I mentioned Toronto RHP Jacob Waguespack’s .391 wOBA split to right-handed bats? We were talking about Turner from the Dodgers then, but don’t forget about Pollock making some fantasy noise here too. The matchup looks great, and Pollock carries an affordable price with a strong floor/ceiling combination. 

Kevin Kiermaier - Tampa Bay (at Baltimore) 

Kiermaier practically did nothing last week, and his salary tanked as a result. However, he bounced back with four hits, one homer, and five RBIs over his past two games, and the price point hasn’t budged. That sets the stage for a perfect buy-low opportunity while facing Baltimore RHP Asher Wojciechowski’s .379 wOBA split to left-handed bast. Getting a boost at Oriole Park doesn’t hurt either. 

Also consider: Yordan Alvarez, George Springer, Austin Meadows, Hunter Pence, Delino DeShields, Victor Robles

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