MLB DFS Plays: Tuesday 8/24

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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.

PITCHER

Top Play: Jack Flaherty – Cardinals (vs Tigers)

Flaherty is now stretched out for a full outing. He projects for nearly seven innings with just under eight strikeouts opposite a volatile but largely exploitable Tigers offense. The almost the exact same projection as that for Corbin Burnes but at a considerably cheaper price tag. The redemptive aspect of the Detroit lineup is power – it’s a low-average, low-OBP, high-strikeout group. Busch Stadium is friendly to pitchers.

Pivot: Andrew Heaney – Yankees (at Braves)

Heaney’s fatal flaw is simple: he’s a fly ball pitcher with a history of above average HR/FB ratios. It’s not a good combination. Fortunately, and unlike his new home park, SunTrust Stadium plays reasonably pitcher friendly. He has some leeway to allow fly balls without being doomed to suffer homeritis. The Braves offense also features a number of fly ball hitters who match particularly poorly against him. As a result, he should last over five innings with about 6.5 strikeouts. Catch a little of the ceiling beyond that and he’ll be up near the aces of the slate.

Also Consider: Corbin Burnes, Charlie Morton, German Marquez, Jesus Luzardo, Erick Fedde, J.T. Brubaker

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CATCHER

Top Play: Salvador Perez – Royals (at Luis Garcia)

There are several high-quality bargains at the catcher position tonight so you might consider setting aside top plays. If you do have money left over, Perez is the likeliest backstop to homer. He matches well against Garcia. Both pitcher and hitter have relatively neutral launch angles which should favor Perez. His aggression against a pitcher who fills the zone is also advantageous. Lastly, the Crawford Boxes ensure even mishits can fly over a wall.

Pivot: Robinson Chirinos – Cubs (vs Marquez)

Willson Contreras supposedly won’t be activated until the end of the week which means Chirinos can benefit from this premium matchup in peace. This is my classic recommendation of an extreme fly ball hitter against a ground ball pitcher – circumstances that maximize home runs and other positive outcomes. As an added bonus, a steady 10-mph breeze is blow out to center at Wrigley Field.

Also Consider: J.T. Realmuto, Omar Narvaez, Elias Diaz, Mitch Garver, Wilson Ramos, Yohel Pozo

FIRST BASE

Top Play: Shohei Ohtani – Angels (at Spenser Watkins)

Ohtani is probably the top play of the entire slate. He comes with a better than two-in-five chance for a home run – an almost unheard-of power ceiling. Despite his lofty price tag, he’s actually par value too. Watkins is a soft-tossing right-hander without any whiff inducing offerings.

Pivot: Frank Schwindel – Cubs (vs Marquez)

This is the same recommendation as Chrinos – a deeply discounted, wind-aided Cubbie with fly ball tendencies opposite a ground ball guy. He has about a one-in-four shot at a home run despite costing nearly the minimum. It’s hard to pass up such value. He’s taken up residence as Chicago’s second hitter.

Also Consider: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Freddie Freeman, Jared Walsh, Yuli Gurriel, C.J. Cron, Pete Alonso, Paul Goldschmidt, Trey Mancini, Ryan Mountcastle, Nate Lowe

SECOND BASE

Top Play: Jorge Polanco – Twins (at Tanner Houck)

Houck is an interesting pitcher who has been mechanically comped to a right-handed Chris Sale. He’s pitched well though he’s had some issues with allowing hard contact. He also doesn’t pitch deep into game. The Red Sox bullpen is finally showing their true colors, posting a 5.21 ERA over the last 30 days. Polanco matches reasonably well against Houck, especially for power outcomes. The Green Monster is the kind of chip shot Polanco can clear with ease.

Pivot: Yonny Hernandez – Rangers (at Eli Morgan)

Think back to April and you might remember this same recommendation starring Nick Madrigal. Hernandez doesn’t have an ounce of power. What he does well is put balls in play. Expect five chances for a hit tonight. Morgan is a Triple-A caliber pitcher; one of the worst to take regular starts this season. Hernandez has between a 25 and 35 percent chance at a hit in every plate appearance. At his price, you just need a couple singles to reap value. GPPers will want some run production and a third hit tacked on.

Also Consider: Trea Turner, Marcus Semien, Jazz Chisholm, DJ LeMahieu, Luis Arraez

THIRD BASE

Top Play: Rafael Devers – Red Sox (vs Griffin Jax)

With so many opportunities to save cash, we have to figure out how to spend our budgets. Devers isn’t efficiently priced, but he does easily top the position. Jose Ramirez is the only one close to his projected output, and he’s an even weaker value. Jax has settled in recently with a series of decent outings. He’s a fly ball pitcher with a home run problem (2.25 HR/9). Devers likes right-handers who elevate the ball. Pencil in one-third of a home run.

Pivot: Carter Kieboom – Nationals (at Jesus Luzardo)

Kieboom is a roughly league average hitter at a minimum price. It’s not the sharpest matchup for him, even with Luzardo looking completely lost out there. While he’s an excellent dollar-for-dollar value, there are more efficient ways to configure your punts and top plays. Consider this a contrarian option in case you’re not interested in Devers, Ramirez, or a relevant stack.

Also Consider: Jose Ramirez, Austin Riley, Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Luis Arraez, Justin Turner, Patrick Wisdom, Phil Gosselin, Yonny Hernandez

SHORTSTOP

Top Play: Trevor Story – Rockies (at Justin Steele)

Story isn’t the safest top play – Rockies at sea level are usually an easy pass. Story himself is hitting .199/.290/.387 on the road this season. His approach makes this a volatile, high ceiling pick. His swing produces lift which might just overcome Steele’s 60 percent ground ball rate. He’ll also have the platoon advantage which never hurts when the pitcher doesn’t have a functional changeup. With help from friendly winds, Story is the likeliest shortstop to homer.

Pivot: Jose Barrero – Reds (at Burnes)

The Reds have to massage the lineup a bit to get Barrero a start, and they’re up against one of the five best pitchers in the league backed by two elite relievers. In short, this isn’t an ideal spot. It’s also a highly leverages opportunity. Barrero has the pop, discipline, and contact skills to wallop a surprise – especially if Burnes takes him lightly. He’ll be a better bargain on other days. Like Kieboom, I’d consider this a contrarian approach to lineup building today.

Also Consider: Fernando Tatis Jr., Xander Bogaerts, Dansby Swanson, Marcus Semien, Wander Franco, Jazz Chisholm, Andrew Velazquez

OUTFIELD

Top Plays: Franmil Reyes – Indians (vs Taylor Hearn)
Kyle Schwarber – Red Sox (vs Jax)
Christian Yelich – Brewers (vs Tyler Mahle)

Besides Ohtani, Reyes and Schwarber are the best power plays in the outfield. They’re both a tad under a one-in-three chance for a tater. Schwarber hasn’t homered since returning from the injured list though he has delivered a trio of doubles along with a .368/.538/.526 triple slash (26 PA). Jax is an exploitable opponent. Reyes is always one of the best plays for a multi-homer game, rare as they are. He’s rolled a double-dinger three times in 79 games. Of course, a single home run is a fine result too.

Yelich is showing some life lately. Over his last 10 games, he’s hitting .356/.383/.556 while cutting down dramatically on his strikeout rate. He’s also striking the ball hard while generating lift only slightly below his superb 2019 campaign. Undoubtedly, it’s a small sample of success. It’s also worth noting that he’ll face a homer prone fly ball pitcher this evening. The Reds bullpen has seen its share of flops too.

Pivots: Adolis Garcia – Rangers (at Morgan)
Jake Meyers – Astros (vs Brady Singer)

Garcia has dropped to a more rosterable price. An almost perfect clone for Adam Duvall, the Rangers slugging three-hole is a master of all-or-nothing outcomes. Facing Morgan gives a buff which is only partially offset by Progressive Field’s deep left field. He has comparable power potential to Schwarber and Reyes, just with less of a foundation for other types of positive results.

With Kyle Tucker returning and Chas McCormick day-to-day with a hand injury, Meyers should get another start in center field. He’s a well-rounded performer who brings a little bit of everything to the table. His best traits are premium speed and above average pop. Both his discipline and contact ability are roughly league average. While his lineup role isn’t desirable, he’s so deeply discounted that he’s still a strong play. Singer, despite mid-tier stuff, can’t seem to find his groove this year.

Also Consider: Shohei Ohtani, Justin Upton, Bryce Harper, J.D. Martinez, Kyle Schwarber, Alex Verdugo, Max Kepler, Fernando Tatis Jr., Wil Myers, Cedric Mullins, Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker, Michael Brantley, Jake Meyers, Joey Gallo, Tyler O’Neill, Harrison Bader, Dylan Carlson, Lars Nootbaar, DJ Peters, Ben Gamel, Anthony Santander, Austin Hays