This article outlines the best daily fantasy MLB plays of the day at every position. We take a comprehensive look 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.
We will be looking at the six-game slate starting at 7:10 ET.
Kansas City Royals - The Royals check in with the highest run-scoring projection of the night. They’ll square off against the generosity of Detroit RHP Michael Fulmer, who currently holds an inflated 8.17 ERA on the season.
Boston Red Sox - Boston finds themselves in a comfortable home matchup against RHP Alex Cobb and the Orioles. Cobb has allowed four or more earned runs along with eight or more hits in three of his last five starts. The Red Sox should be able to inflict some damage on him tonight.
Corbin Burnes - Milwaukee (at St. Louis) - DK: $8,400 FD: $10,600 Yahoo: $49
Burnes is expensive on FanDuel and Yahoo, but that evens out with our select hitters being cheaper on those two sites. Burnes has looked sharp this season while currently holding a 1.77 ERA through 56 innings. To make his case even stronger, Burnes is the top pitching candidate to work somewhat deep tonight, as he has tossed 6-7 innings in four of his last five starts. The matchup isn’t too shabby either, as St. Louis ranks 19th in wRC+ this year.
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Christian Vazquez - Boston (vs. Baltimore) - DK: $4,500 FD: $2,900 Yahoo: $16
Vazquez is expensive on DraftKings, but he’s more acceptably priced on FanDuel and Yahoo. You can look towards Tyler Flowers or punt with Pedro Severino if you need more savings on DK. As for Vazquez, he’ll benefit from the well-aligned matchup against RHP Alex Cobb and a non-imposing Orioles bullpen. Vazquez has racked up seven hits, two homers, and seven RBI over his last six games; he should continue to produce in tonight’s strong draw.
Renato Nunez - Baltimore (at Boston) - DK: $3,600 FD: $3,200 Yahoo: $12
Nunez will settle into a comfortable righty/lefty matchup against Boston southpaw Martin Perez - who owns a career .349 wOBA to right-handed bats. Not only that, but playing in Fenway Park helps right-handed power as well. Nunez will hold a premium lineup spot for the Orioles, making him a strong value proposition on the evening slate.
Also Consider: Max Muncy
Hanser Alberto - Baltimore (at Boston) - DK: $3,700 FD: $2,900 Yahoo: $8
Everything mentioned in the previous write-up also holds true for Hanser Alberto. The Baltimore leadoff man will hold the platoon advantage over Perez’s struggles, and Alberto is moderately priced on all DFS sites. I’m taking the savings here while utilizing the extra cash to invest in some expensive bats noted later in the article.
Also Consider: Michael Chavis
Turner can be labelled as one of those expensive bats, especially at a $5k+ salary on DraftKings. He’s better utilized on FanDuel and Yahoo, where the price point is more relaxed around the mid-range. The Dodgers are right alongside Kansas City and Boston for the highest run-scoring projection of the night. They will square off against a familiar foe, Oakland RHP Mike Fiers - who has allowed 8 ER through 17 IP over his last three starts.
Willi Castro - Detroit (at Kansas City) - DK: $3,400 FD: $2,900 Yahoo: $14
Take note that Adalberto Mondesi is a better play for a similar cost on FanDuel and DraftKings. He also fits into a Kansas City mini-stack against Fulmer. However, Mondesi is $5,000 on DK. That’s a bit too much, and I’m content rolling with Willi Castro over there (for only $3,400). Castro is quietly hitting .339 on the season, boosted by multiple hits in each of his last two games. He’ll continue to hold a premium lineup spot for the Tigers, and I believe he’s a respectable fantasy choice against mediocre LHP Kris Bubic tonight.
Also Consider: Adalberto Mondesi
Alex Verdugo - Boston (vs. Baltimore) - DK: $4,000 FD: $3,000 Yahoo: $19
Verdugo and teammate JD Martinez are two of the better “per dollar” hitters on this slate. Verdugo is swinging a hot bat with 10 hits over his last five games, and I’m expecting that to continue against RHP Alex Cobb and company. His salary doesn’t break the bank, and I’m definitely building my lineups around the Boston leadoff man tonight.
Whit Merrifield - Kansas City (vs. Detroit) - DK: $5,300 FD: $3,600 Yahoo: $18
Detroit RHP Michael Fulmer has been pretty bad this season, as the current 8.17 ERA suggests. Merrifield is one of the leading candidates to take full advantage tonight, and he’s an excellent piece within a Kansas City stack. Needless to say, Merrifield could live up to his nickname of “Two-Hit Whit” in this matchup.
Austin Hays (OF - BAL) will see the same benefit outlined with teammates Nunez and Alberto earlier. Hays is an underrated outfielder who could slip through the cracks in DFS tonight. He has recorded multiple hits in three of his last five games while smacking a pair of homers over that span.
Ryan Mountcastle (1B - BAL) is more of a tournament pivot within a Baltimore stack for DFS tournaments. As mentioned earlier, Boston LHP Perez has trouble with right-handed bats, and Fenway Park tends to enhance hitting power from that side of the plate. Looking towards Nunez, Alberto, Hays, and Mountcastle could make for an underrated stack in GPPs. Mountcastle is fresh off a three-hit game, and he’s currently hitting .330 for the season (109 ABs). He’s more than capable of producing in this confident spot.