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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We will be looking at the 14-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Sonny Gray - Cincinnati (at Seattle)
Some of the most talented pitchers find themselves in difficult matchups tonight (Strasburgh), which has me looking towards Cincinnati RHP Sonny Gray at Seattle. The Mariners are giving several young players a look to finish the season, which has them ranked 17th in wRC+ alongside a top-ten strikeout rate (24.4%) over the past 30 days. In other words, I’m not intimidated by the Seattle lineup, and Gray shouldn’t be either. The Cincinnati righty has been fantastic over the last month, allowing just five earned runs across 42.2 innings in his last seven starts. He has a good chance at earning a road victory tonight, as the Reds should be able to post some runs against the recent struggles of Seattle LHP Marco Gonzales.
Also Consider: Stephen Strasburgh, Chris Paddack
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Mitch Moreland - Boston (at Toronto)
Moreland is cheap despite swinging a confident bat with six hits, one homer, and four RBIs over his last four starts. Tonight’s matchup falls into his wheelhouse, facing Toronto RHP Tren Thornton’s .357 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Boston checks in with a top-five scoring projection on this expanded slate, and Moreland is a solid lift within that.
Kolten Wong - St. Louis (at Colorado)
The Cardinals were unable to cash in on a strong matchup at Coors Field yesterday, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore them tonight. St. Louis represents the highest scoring projection yet again, and it’s not even close. Facing Colorado RHP Antonio Senzatela (.354 wOBA vs. LHB) gives them a good shot at redemption, and I’ll be looking to building a Cards’ stack through all formats.
You have to love the switch-hitting third baseman tonight, as the matchup aligns perfectly while facing Kansas City RHP Glenn Sparkman’s .375 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Moncada holds a reasonably mid-range salary despite recording multiple hits in five of his last six. I’d be surprised if that hot streak was extinguished tonight.
Paul DeJong - St. Louis (at Colorado)
Here we go with another St. Louis recommendation, as DeJong stands to enjoy the hitting utopia of Coors Field. You could also look towards top-notch shortstops like Alex Bregman or Trea Turner, but DeJong tends to carry a shorter salary while arguably looking at a better situation. The Cards’ infielder entered this series with some wind in his sails after smacking two homers with five RBIs over his past five games. It’s time for him to rekindle that upside tonight.
Franmil Reyes - Cleveland (at LA Angels)
Reyes was listed in this spot yesterday, and he came through with a 1-2 performance with a double, walk, and four RBIs. He’ll enjoy the platoon advantage yet again, facing LAA LHP Dillon Peters (.378 wOBA vs. RHB). Reyes has flexed promising upside over the past few weeks, and it’s time to invest in him while the bat remains hot.
Shohei Ohtani - LA Angels (vs. Cleveland)
Let’s look to the other side of the same game, where Ohtani is another high-upside candidate with a bargain salary. The matchup certainly plays to his favor while stepping in against Cleveland RHP Adam Plutko’s .384 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Go ahead and keep Ohtani in DFS consideration through all formats.