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.
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.
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We will be looking at the nine-game main slate starting at 1:05 ET.
Jacob deGrom – NY Mets (at Miami)
There’s no way we’re overlooking the reigning NL Cy Young winner this afternoon. After all, the matchup couldn’t be better while facing a Miami offense that ranks dead last in wRC+ on the season. Starting in pitcher-friendly Marlins Park doesn’t hurt either. deGrom has looked sharp despite facing some tough competition lately (Atlanta twice, Phillies, and Cubs), and I’d be shocked if he loses steam in this welcoming draw. There’s enough value to blend him comfortably into your DFS lineups, as we’ll cover throughout the rest of this article.
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Eric Thames – Milwaukee (vs. San Francisco)
Milwaukee checks in with one of the highest run-scoring projections of this afternoon slate. They’ll look to take advantage of their hitter-friendly home ballpark while facing San Francisco RHP Tyler Beede and his .385 wOBA split to left-handed bats. You better believe that Thames, Mike Moustakas, and Christian Yelich are firmly in DFS consideration here, while Thames checks in with a non-imposing salary to boot.
Eduardo Escobar – Arizona (at St. Louis)
I was excited to roster some Diamondbacks against Adam Wainwright on Friday, but the St. Louis righty had his start pushed back to Sunday afternoon. The same rationale applies, as Wainwright carries an exploitable .380 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Meanwhile, Escobar is having a career season with a .295 average, 19 homers, and 68 RBIs. He smacked a round-tripper yesterday, and the Arizona infielder is in an excellent spot to inflict more damage.
Jake Lamb – Arizona (at St. Louis)
Lamb feeds off the analysis listed above with his teammate. As mentioned in that spot, Cardinals’ RHP Wainwright has a generous .380 wOBA split to left-handed bats. That puts Escobar, Lamb, and Ketel Marte on the map as legitimate DFS options this afternoon. Lamb seems to be regaining his upside with two homers over his past four starts. The salary remains inexpensive as well, creating an appealing buy-low opportunity.
Brandon Crawford – San Francisco (at Milwaukee)
Crawford has taken advantage of the park upgrade in Milwaukee with two hits, three runs, and one homer across two games. There’s a good chance he’ll continue to trend upward while facing Brewers’ RHP Jhoulys Chacin, who holds a .338 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Crawford is dirt-cheap on most DFS sites, serving as a respectable bargain to help preserve funds.
Max Kepler – Minnesota (at Cleveland)
Kepler loves hitting in Cleveland. He’s had a pair of three-homer games at Progressive Field in his career, and the Minnesota outfielder is fresh off a two-homerun performance yesterday. As long as you aren’t paying an arm and a leg, Kepler represents a fine DFS choice while swinging a hot bat. Cleveland RHP Shane Bieber was named MVP of the All-Star game, but he still holds a vulnerable .361 wOBA split to left-handed bats.
Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs (vs. Pittsburgh)
There’s plenty to like here with Schwarber. He’ll enjoy excellent lineup security to go along with the hitter-friendly dimensions of Wrigley Field. On top of that, Pittsburgh RHP Trevor Williams has been shaky while allowing 16 earned runs and 26 hits through 17.1 innings over his past three starts. Schwarber and the Cubbies could easily prolong those struggles this afternoon.