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 12-game slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Maeda was roughed-up against the Angles in his last start, but he has been pretty good throughout this season. Getting run support from one of the best offenses in the league doesn’t hurt. That should be the case tonight, as Maeda takes the bump as a mighty -280 money line favorite at home. He’s facing a Giants team that ranks 29th in wRC+ this year (76) with an above-average strikeout rate at 23.6%. Maeda tossed five scoreless innings at San Francisco this season, and he should be able to piece together another strong outing here.
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Max Muncy – LA Dodgers (vs. San Francisco)
Speaking of that intimidating Dodgers’ offense, they check in with one of the top run-scoring projections of the night. San Francisco RHP Tyler Beede has had a tough time in the majors so far, and I’d be shocked if he bounced-back tonight. Beede currently holds an 8.06 ERA through 22.1 innings while getting hammered by left-handed bats over a small sample size. Muncy is the perfect candidate to take advantage while heating up with 10 hits, four homers, and eight RBIs over his past nine games. He’s also much cheaper than teammate Cody Bellinger.
Kolten Wong – St. Louis (vs. Miami)
Wong went on a tear to begin the season, but things calmed down after that. Well, it seems like the Cardinals’ infielder is entertaining another hot streak while collecting 18 hits, seven runs, and six steals over his past 15 games. Tonight’s matchup against Miami RHP Elieser Hernandez could pad those numbers, as the Marlins’ righty holds a career .383 wOBA split to left-handed hitters. Needless to say, Wong and the Cardinals are a worthy stacking option in this slate.
Tommy La Stella – LA Angels (at Toronto)
Should La Stella be an All-Star this season? The numbers certainly carry some weight, as he’s hitting .303 with 15 homers and 39 RBIs. The Angels’ third baseman could continue his quest to the Midsummer Classic in one of his best matchups in a long time. Journeyman Edwin Jackson will start for Toronto this evening, currently holding an 11.90 ERA while allowing 36 hits compared to 15 strikeouts through 19.2 innings this year. You better believe the Angels are in full stacking consideration as well.
Marcus Semien – Oakland (vs. Baltimore)
Semien has almost everything you want in a DFS shortstop. He usually checks in with a shorter price tag than the elite options while holding similar upside. He’s in the midst of a cool 13-game hitting streak that includes five multi-hit outings along with a two-homer game. Tonight’s matchup aligns perfectly against Baltimore RHP Andrew Cashner, who has reverse-splits while allowing a .381 wOBA mark to right-handed bats. A couple of hits, runs, and RBIs could be in the cards for Semien.
Shohei Ohtani – LA Angels (at Toronto)
In case you somehow missed it, Ohtani had himself an impressive week while hitting for the cycle last Thursday. He has racked up 12 hits, three homers, and two steals total over the last seven starts. As mentioned earlier, Toronto RHP Edwin Jackson is one of the worst regular starters in the league at the moment. This is a golden opportunity for the Angels to really flex their muscle on offense. Ohtani checks in with a much cheaper salary than Mike Trout with comparable upside.
Jorge Soler – Kansas City (at Seattle)
He doesn’t get much national attention while playing for an otherwise bad Kansas City team, but Soler has impressed with 18 homers and 49 RBIs so far this season. It seems that he’s in a nice groove at the moment while collecting 11 hits, three homers, and nine RBIs over his last 10 games. Tonight, he’ll step into an intriguing righty/lefty matchup against Seattle southpaw Tommy Milone, a finesse pitcher who could flop at any given moment (.371 wOBA split to right-handed bats).