MLB DFS Plays: Saturday 8/24

Brad Johnson

This article will outline the best daily fantasy MLB plays of the day at every position. We will 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.

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We have a 12-game evening slate.

PITCHER

Mike ClevingerCleveland Indians (vs Royals)

It’s no secret that Clevinger is the top pitcher today. Not only is he the priciest by a wide margin, but he also projects to score around 25 percent more than the next-best arm. That kind of separation from the pack is worth scrounging together a large investment. The outlook is favorable because the Royals offense is rather limp. They’re not quite as futile as the Marlins or Tigers. Whit Merrifield, Hunter Dozier, and Jorge Soler form a solid foundation for a lineup. However, the rest of the unit is liable to roll over. Expect upwards of seven innings from Clevinger with a chance for double-digit strikeouts.

Also Consider: Mike Clevinger, Zac Gallen, Kyle Gibson, Chase Anderson (value)

CATCHER / FIRST BASE

Rowdy TellezToronto Blue Jays (at Felix Hernandez)

Tellez isn’t the best first baseman. However, he’s close enough to the top – roughly fourth-best in the slate. When taking his bargain basement price into consideration, he’s easily the top play at the position. The left-handed power hitter has shown few signs of carrying his excellent minor league performances into the majors. However, we can still count upon a pace of 30 home runs. Versus Hernandez, he projects for a little under one-third of a home run.

Also Consider: Travis d’Arnaud (value), Omar Narvaez (value), Pete Alonso, Freddie Freeman, Paul Goldschmidt

SECOND BASE

Cavan Biggio – Toronto Blue Jays (at Felix Hernandez)

If we’re taking Tellez over big-batted first basemen, then you better believe this is a perfect time to use Biggio. The fly ball hitter has yet to fully deliver on his potential. He already possesses arguably the best plate discipline in the league, but that has manifested as outright passivity at times. His combination of hard, fly ball contact matches up beautifully with Hernandez’s ground ball tendencies. Biggio is one of the best bets for multiple home runs.

Also Consider: Jose Altuve, Josh VanMeter, Jeff McNeil, Mike Moustakas

THIRD BASE

Rafael Devers – Boston Red Sox (at Dinelson Lamet)

Devers is a reminder that not all top prospects immediately fulfill their potential. His superb campaign doesn’t seem to be the result of a change in approach. Instead, he appears to be more confident at the plate and better able to identify breaking pitches. The juiced ball is undoubtedly helping matters too. Lamet has longstanding platoon issues against left-handed hitters. Devers is killing righties to the tune of .344/.405/.625.

Also Consider: Alex Bregman, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Moustakas, Matt Chapman

SHORTSTOP

Manny Machado – San Diego Padres (vs Nathan Eovaldi)

There isn’t any particular hook involved with this matchup that makes Machado extra attractive. Instead, we’re merely targeting a near-bargain priced superstar against a struggling hard thrower. Eovaldi has shown no sign of getting it together in 2019. Most worryingly, his command has abandoned him. If Machado doesn’t do damage, there’s a decent chance other Padres will chase him from the game. Then the Friars will have the opportunity to feast on the soft underbelly of the Red Sox bullpen.

Also Consider: Bregman, Bo Bichette, J.P. Crawford (value)

OUTFIELD

Max Kepler – Minnesota Twins (vs Edwin Jackson)

Somehow, we made it all the way to the outfield without explicit calling out a Twins slugger versus Jackson. The Tigers righty has coughed up 3.02 HR/9. He’s a ground ball pitcher opposite Kepler’s fly ball tendencies. He’s projected for a one-in-three chance at a home run. I think that’s pessimistic. This is my top value pick in the slate. Other Twins outfielders – namely Nelson Cruz, Eddie Rosario, and Jake Cave – are also in a superb position.

Jake Fraley – Seattle Mariners (vs Brock Stewart)

Quite a few of the names we covered today are expensive. You’ll need somebody affordable to round out the roster. Fraley doesn’t have any standout skills. Instead, he’s pretty decent at everything. He can hit for some pop, steal bases, and isn’t completely lost at the plate. His weakest trait is plate discipline. Fraley performed well against minor league pitching so there’s no reason to think he won’t continue to hit against a guy who belongs in the minors like Stewart. The Blue Jays bullpen is pretty squishy too.

Also Consider: Yordan Alvarez, Nelson Cruz, Austin Meadows, Mike Trout, Eddie Rosario, Aristides Aquino, Jake Cave (value)