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.
Toronto Blue Jays - You are going to see plenty of Toronto hitters littered throughout this article. Boston LHP Martin Perez has gotten knocked around over the last year, and the Jays should enjoy an upgrade in Fenway Park tonight.
Clayton Kershaw - LA Dodgers (vs. Arizona) - DK: $10,400 FD: $10,900 Yahoo: $53
Kershaw checks in as a massive -300 favorite in this home tilt vs. Arizona. He should be able to handle the Diamondbacks offense tonight, as Arizona currently ranks 28th in wRC+ this season. Kershaw has resumed his brilliant form by allowing just two earned runs and nine hits across 20 innings over his last three starts. He tossed 5.2 scoreless innings (6 K’s) against the Diamondbacks earlier this season, and a repeat performance seems likely.
Also Consider: Mike Clevinger
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Danny Jansen - Toronto (at Boston) - DK: $3,100 FD: $2,400 Yahoo: $10
Now it’s time to start stacking those Jays! Danny Jansen makes for an economical catcher within this confident situation. He’ll own the platoon advantage over Boston LHP Martin Perez, who holds a .351 career wOBA to right-handed batters. Even though Jansen is only hitting .151 on the season, I believe this is an excellent buy-low opportunity for the Toronto backstop.
Also Consider: Will Smith
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - Toronto (at Boston) - DK: $4,300 FD: $3,300 Yahoo: $19
Guerrero stands to benefit from Boston LHP Perez’s vulnerabilities as well as a significant upgrade in Fenway Park - which really helps right-handed power. Vlad Jr. hit his stride towards the end of August, racking up multiple hits in three straight games. This seems like the perfect opportunity to start a new multi-hit streak, and there’s credible power upside to boot.
Also Consider: Jose Abreu
Jonathan Villar - Toronto (at Boston) - DK: $4,100 FD: $3,000 Yahoo: $18
Villar can rack up fantasy points in every statistical category. He doesn’t have the same power as some of his teammates, but the speedy infielder could easily collect multiple hits, runs, and stolen bases. It helps that he’ll own a premium lineup spot within this well-aligned Toronto offense. Go ahead and look towards Villar through all formats on Thursday’s brief slate.
Also Consider: Jose Peraza (punt)
Franco is a value filler to help us stack TOR/LAD while potentially reaching for Kershaw at pitcher. He’s cheap across the board while holding legitimate upside for the Royals. Even though White Sox RHP Dylan Cease looked good against Kansas City last time around, he’s nothing more than a mediocre pitcher for all intents and purposes. I’m not afraid to pick my spots with a few Royals’ bats (more on that later), and Franco makes for an adequate bargain filler.
Also Consider: Manny Machado
Chris Taylor - LA Dodgers (vs. Arizona) - DK: $3,700 FD: $2,700 Yahoo: $11
Speaking of bargain filler, Chris Taylor makes for an economical way to gain exposure to the Dodgers tonight. As mentioned earlier, LAD could post some runs against the recent struggles of Arizona RHP Luke Weaver, who has allowed 38 hits and 25 earned runs through 27.1 innings this season. Taylor is coming off a two-hit, four-RBI performance on Tuesday, and he could inflict more damage in this tasty matchup.
Also Consider: Fernando Tatis Jr.
Teoscar Hernandez - Toronto (at Boston) - DK: $4,400 FD: $3,900 Yahoo: $22
Hernandez is having an excellent season with 12 homers and a .305 average. His salary is high across the board due to those numbers, but he’s still significantly cheaper than superstars like Bellinger, Betts, Trout, etc. This is a perfect opportunity for Hernandez to keep crushing the ball, settling into a confident righty/lefty matchup in Fenway Park.
Alex Verdugo - Boston (vs. Toronto) - DK: $4,600 FD: $2,900 Yahoo: $19
Verdugo’s salary is more acceptable on FanDuel than DraftKings or Yahoo, so take note of that. Newly-minted Toronto RHP Taijuan Walker is due for regression, as his 4.91 xFIP is much higher than the passable 3.27 ERA. Verdugo is a candidate to make that happen while swinging a hot bat (7 hits over last three games).
A.J. Pollock (OF - LAD) is similar to the write-up of Taylor, as both veterans make for economical extensions of a Dodgers’ stack. Pollock hasn’t done much lately, but he should see plenty of RBI situations against a pitcher that has been extremely generous this season.
Ryan O’Hearn (1B - KC) is another cheap Kansas City bat with some power upside. As mentioned earlier, White Sox RHP Cease doesn’t really scare me, and O’Hearn is a boom-or-bust entity who could get to him. The KC slugger is on my short list for cheap power.