This article will outline the best daily fantasy MLB plays of the day at every position. We’ll take a comprehensive look across the DFS industry to uncover these core recommendations, factoring respective salaries into the analysis.
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Maeda checks in with a healthy discount compared to the "also consider" pitchers in this section. The Dodgers’ hurler has been somewhat up-and-down lately, but he’s coming off a strong bounce-back performance with six strikeouts and only one hit allowed through six innings against the Nationals. Maeda could use the momentum from that quality start to twirl another gem against the Padres. San Diego ranks 20th in wRC+ (88) this season with the highest strikeout rate (26.4%) in major league baseball. Maeda represents a healthy -155 home favorite in a low over/under and overall strong matchup. I have confidence playing him through all DFS formats.
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Yuli Gurriel – Houston (at Detroit)
Houston represents one of the best offenses of the night, and that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Detroit LHP Gregory Soto is making his second major league start, getting tagged for seven earned runs and nine hits (one strikeout) through four innings at Minnesota last Saturday. Previous to that, Soto had never pitched higher than the Double-A level. In other words, he could get shelled while facing a righty-heavy offense that has some of the best hitting metrics in the league. Gurriel is a solid mid-range lift within that, as he should see plenty of RBI situations with the platoon advantage.
Aledmys Diaz – Houston (at Detroit)
Diaz is an essential pick within the aforementioned Houston stack. He is locked into the starting second base position with Jose Altuve on the shelf, and Diaz has thrived while seeing regular at-bats. The Astros’ infielder is on a tear with seven hits, three homers, four runs, and 10 RBIs over his past four games. This is arguably his best matchup of that recent hotstreak, and Diaz will continue to hold top-notch lineup protection in this intimidating Astros’ order.
Asdrubal Cabrera – Texas (at Kansas City)
I’m looking to stack Houston and Texas in cash games tonight. The Rangers find themselves in a nice situation while facing Kansas City RHP Jorge Lopez – who has allowed four or more earned runs in five straight starts. Cabrera is a capable switch-hitter who could take full advantage of Lopez’s .361 wOBA split to left-handed bats.
Carlos Correa – Houston (at Detroit)
Here’s the third pillar of a Houston stack. Correa is my preferred cash game shortstop, and it’s not even close. He’s locked into a righty/lefty matchup against the aforementioned vulnerability of Detroit LHP Gregory Soto. Correa is swinging a confident bat with seven hits (four extra-base hits), four runs, and five RBIs over his past four games. It may sound crazy, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Astros posted double-digit runs tonight. Correa would likely get in on that action.
George Springer – Houston (at Detroit)
Springer is probably the hottest hitter in the league right now. In fact, I’m taking the discount with Dodgers’ RHP Maeda as part of a larger strategy to make room for Springer. We already discussed the matchup potential against Detroit LHP Gregory Soto, and Springer has racked up 15 hits with five homers over his past seven games. I fully expect him to keep that going.
Shin-Soo Choo – Texas (at Kansas City)
Astros and Rangers. Rangers and Astros … That’s how I’m approaching the positional spots in my cash game lineups tonight. Choo is a solid mid-range lift who should be able to jump on Kansas City RHP Jorge Lopez and his .361 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo are other candidates to get in on the action, as Mazara is cheaper and Gallo will cost a pretty penny.