MLB DFS Plays: Wednesday 4/28

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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.

The Phillies-Cardinals game appears headed for postponement so we’ll skip that one while evaluating this 10-game slate.

PITCHER

Top Play: Tyler Glasnow – Rays (vs Athletics)

It’s a close call between Glasnow and Carlos Rodon for top play. The new Rodon has a juicier matchup, a friendlier price tag, and has been cut loose with '90s era workloads (110 or more pitches in last two outings). Glasnow though is more established at this level of dominance and should contribute enough strikeouts to make up for any challenges the Athletics mount. He too has been carrying a surprisingly hefty workload, averaging 100 pitches in his last four starts. Our DFS Projections also prefer Glasnow.

Pivot: German Marquez – Rockies (at Giants)

Marquez is a ground ball pitcher who records a strikeout per inning – generally a sign of fringe acedom. This season, he’s issued a few too many free passes. It’s probably a small sample thing. DFSers sometimes forget Marquez is quite potent when he wanders down from his mountain. He has a 3.53 career ERA on the road compared to a 4.96 ERA at Coors Field. Oracle Park is perhaps the best venue for him to visit – both for park effects and a below average opponent.

Also Consider: Zack Greinke, Steven Matz, Alex Wood, Huascar Ynoa, Alex Cobb, Rodon

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CATCHER

Top Play: Gary Sanchez – Yankees (at Dean Kremer)

Sanchez is the only catcher with a strong projection and a good value. Of course, you’re almost entirely beholden to him hitting at least one home run. Kremer allows more than his share of hard contact, and the Orioles bullpen is exploitable.

Pivot: Danny Jansen – Blue Jays (vs Erick Fedde)

Despite a galling .049/.133/.073 batting line, Jansen is no worse a hitter than a dozen other mediocre catchers in this slate. He costs the minimum and makes enough fly ball contact to do some damage against a pitch-to-contact swingman like Fedde. As you’ll see in a moment, a Blue Jays stack rates highly tonight.

Also Consider: Carson Kelly, Sean Murphy, Yasmani Grandal

FIRST BASE

Top Play: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Blue Jays (vs Fedde)

Vladito is generating more lift this season which might help him to avoid weakly hit ground balls against Fedde. He’s a multi-hit machine with enough power to potentially lead a deep slate.

Pivot: Rowdy Tellez – Blue Jays (vs Fedde)

Tellez matches up incredibly well against Fedde. This season, he’s generating extreme lift and hard contact. He’s the top bargain pick for a home run. He’ll go close to unrostered thanks to his hotter teammate and plenty of shiny alternatives in other locales. He’s slightly likelier than Guerrero Jr. to hit a home run, but far less likely to deliver multiple hits.

Also Consider: Shohei Ohtani, Jared Walsh, Trey Mancini, Freddie Freeman, Anthony Rizzo, Eric Hosmer, Mike Ford

SECOND BASE

Top Play: Jose Altuve – Astros (vs Justin Dunn)

Another of the top stacking options tonight, the Astros have a slam dunk matchup against Dunn and the M’s relief corps. Altuve is the only expensive second baseman worth the price of admission. He’s more than capable of filling up the boxscore. In two games since returning from the COVID list, he’s even shown a willingness to run.

Pivot: Rougned Odor – Yankees (at Dean Kremer)

Odor is a cheap all-or-nothing power play at a homer friendly venue opposite a homer-happy pitching staff. He even occasionally earns a valuable lineup role. He matches up well with Kremer although so does teammate Mike Ford. The lineup only has room for one of them.

Also Consider: Nick Solak, Marcus Semien, Josh Harrison, Jake Cronenworth, Nico Hoerner

THIRD BASE

Top Play: Cavan Biggio – Blue Jays (vs Fedde)

The Blue Jays leadoff man is another left-handed hitter with lift to his swing. He’s currently working through some swing-and-miss issues – possibly a sign he’s unsuccessfully attempted to adjust his mechanics. The likelier explanation is he’s attempting to be more aggressive at the plate – again unsuccessfully. Fedde induces hardly any swinging strikes from left-handed hitters

Pivot: Gio Urshela – Yankees (at Kremer)

Urshela hit cleanup yesterday and general has a valuable lineup role. He’s less power-centric than his teammates, not that he’s completely without hope for a homer. He has something like a one-in-five chance to contribute a dinger today. He’s curiously inexpensive for an above average hitter.

Also Consider: Alex Bregman, Manny Machado, Austin Riley

SHORTSTOP

Top Play: Fernando Tatis Jr. – Padres (at Widener)

Tatis took a break yesterday, bopping a lone double. The Padres stack is a second-tier option tonight and could be undersubscribed. Widener, despite modest success to date, is a miscast middle reliever. The DBacks bullpen is one of the worst in the league.

Pivot: Nico Hoerner – Cubs (at Huascar Ynoa)

Hoerner looked comically outclassed during the 2018 and 2019 campaigns. Through a mere 22 plate appearances this season, he’s playing like a utility man who belongs. He’s even recently nabbed the leadoff role. Don’t get me wrong, Hoerner is still a low ceiling, no-power hitter who ideally wouldn’t start for a big budget club like the Cubs. He rightfully belongs on the Pirates, Royals, or some other franchise typically lumped in the “second division.” A matchup against Ynoa is detrimental too – they’re both ground ball guys. Hoerner isn’t likely to hit any balls in the air. You’re hoping for multiple seeing-eye singles and/or a miracle homer. The Cubs punished Ynoa earlier in the season and could work as a contrarian stack.

Also Consider: Trea Turner, Bo Bichette, Tim Anderson, Carlos Correa

OUTFIELD

Top Plays: Giancarlo Stanton – Yankees (at Kremer)
Kyle Tucker – Astros (vs Dunn)
Trent Grisham – Padres (at Widener)

Stanton is pressing at the plate, swinging at too many pitches he can’t lift. Even so, he’s an extreme power hitter and a good value to boot. Tucker isn’t the top-rated Astros outfielder. However, he’s a Top 10 outfielder in this slate and also a deep value. Grisham projects almost identically to Tucker tonight with a much higher price tag. I highlight him here mostly because his rostership should be low relative to his talent.

Pivots: Joey Gallo - Rangers (vs Alex Cobb)
DJ Stewart – Orioles (vs Domingo German)

Gallo is having a deeply weird season. He’s cut his previously extreme launch angle – an adjustment I consider a positive development given the new baseball. The one glaring issue is that his rate of barreled baseballs is far below his norm. This might explain why he’s popped only two home runs to date. Despite his adjustments, Gallo should still be treated as a fly ball hitter. He matches up well against a resurgent Cobb. Stewart is a classic bargain power target. He has better than a one-in-four chance to homer against German. The Yankees starter has always been overrated for fantasy and DFS purposes. He typically has short outings and suffers from an acute case of homeritis (1.76 career HR/9).

Also Consider: Yordan Alvarez, Michael Brantley, Aaron Judge, Ronald Acuna, Ohtani, Walsh, Mike Trout, Mitch Haniger, Randal Grichuk, Austin Meadows, Randy Arozarena, Wil Myers, Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks