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.
Athletics at Rockies – Southpaw Sean Manaea is visiting Antonio Senzatela. In terms of stuff, neither pitcher brings much to the table. They’ve managed to post solid ERAs all the same. Coors Field is a difficult wrinkle for Manaea, although it shouldn’t affect his frequently used changeup.
Braves at Orioles – This one pits Huascar Ynoa against Thomas Eshelman. Neither pitcher is effective against Major League caliber hitters. Ynoa has a 6.75 ERA with 6.75 K/9 and 7.36 BB/9. Eshelman has done a better job of preventing runs (3.96 ERA), but it’s all smoke and mirrors (3.96 K/9).
Mets at Phillies – It’s a battle between former Cy Young winners. Statistically, they’re very similar. They don’t induce whiffs and allow runs in bunches. Citizen’s Bank Park will help to amp up the offensive output.
Jack Flaherty – Cardinals (Brewers) – Yahoo: $47, DK: $9400, FD: $9800
Flaherty is the second-best pitcher in the slate, but he’s roughly 15 percent cheaper than Yu Darvish for a comparable projection. The Brewers offense is 25th in the league with an 85 wRC+(i.e. 15 percent below league average). They also have a 26.3 percent strikeout rate – second-worst in the league. Flaherty is finally fully stretched out and can be expected to throw 95 or more pitches. That should see him through at least six innings.
The only drawback with Flaherty is that he’s an obvious play in this slate. He won’t be as popular as Trevor Bauer yesterday, but he could appear in 40 percent of GPP lineups.
Murphy has emerged as one of the top-hitting catchers in the league. He works counts and is among the league leaders in hard contact rate and exit velocity. The strong performance, including a .250/.373/.478 battling line, has yet to manifest on the DFS scoresheet. For example, his 6.0 pts/g on DraftKings is comparable to Martin Maldonado and Austin Barnes. Part of this issue is lineup role. Although talented, Murphy bats ninth for the Athletics. Still, a visit to Coors Field at this price is a bargain. He’ll fit well in a wraparound stack or as a solo pick.
Walker recently cropped up on a list of home run underperformers – in other words, players who should have more home runs. He’s retained the hard contact and optimized launch angle that led to his 2019 breakout. Teheran’s efforts this season have proven futile (2.30 HR/9), and the Angels bullpen isn’t much better. Walker has around a one-in-four chance to homer.
Of the top first basemen, our Rotoworld Player Projections consider Walker to be the best value.
Perhaps my favorite 2020 breakout, Moore has one of the fastest swings in the league. He’s able to tap into out-sized power and has a knack for barreling the ball. All of this comes at the expense of an elevated strikeout rate, but that shouldn’t be an issue against Anderson (5.87 K/9). He also has enough speed to cause havoc on the basepaths.
Despite a down-lineup role, Bohm is quickly establishing himself as one of the best hitters in a loaded Philadelphia offense. Like Murphy, Bohm’s excellent .318/.369/.482 batting line hasn’t yet resulted in fiery DFS point totals. It’ll come. He frequently barrels the ball with an all-fields approach. The result is less power than you’d expect from a player of Bohm’s stature, but the consistency is a welcome tradeoff.
Adalberto Mondesi – Royals (at Matt Boyd) – Yahoo: $16, DK: $3100, FD: $2800
The suddenly hot-hitting Mondesi has a volatile-looking matchup against Boyd. One of the most homer prone pitchers in the league (2.68 HR/9), Boyd also records well over a strikeout per inning. He’s a fly ball pitcher which serves as a good matchup for a ground ball hitter like Mondesi. There’s risk for a golden sombrero.
We already covered Teheran’s issues with home runs. Calhoun is a classic all-or-nothing play with an extreme pulled contact rate and ideal launch angle. He also has a healthy walk rate to help balance out the homer-or-bust approach. The Diamondbacks have recently moved him to the cleanup role. Strikeouts shouldn’t be a problem tonight.
Ozuna is having a career year at the plate. In the past, he developed a reputation for mashing low-quality pitchers. Between Eshelman’s lack of strikeouts and a poor Orioles bullpen, Ozuna should receive plenty of opportunities to deliver big hits.
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