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 eight-game main afternoon slate starting at 1:05 ET.
Shane Bieber - Cleveland (vs. Minnesota)
Cleveland has their back against the wall (from a division perspective) after dropping both games from yesterday’s doubleheader against Minnesota. They’ll turn to their de facto ace, Shane Bieber, in a crucial spot for division and wild card ramifications. Bieber has been sensational through the second half of this season, racking up 10 straight quality starts with 37 or more FanDuel points in each of those. He has recorded 20 strikeouts through 13.1 innings in his last two starts against the Twins, and I’m thinking the Minnesota bats will continue to be perplexed by his stuff.
CATCHER / FIRST BASE
The Rockies-Padres game isn’t included on this afternoon main slate, meaning Cubs-Pirates represents the highest over/under at 11.5 total runs. The wind is blowing out at 14 mph to center field in Chicago, and the ball could be flying all over the yard today. Rizzo is the leading candidate (from both teams) to make some noise within that, and I’m doing my best to squeeze him into cash game lineups.
Cesar Hernandez - Philadelphia (vs. Boston)
Hernandez checks in with a moderate salary and sneaky-good matchup against Boston RHP Rick Porcello, who has been flailing while coughing up 12 earned runs through eight innings over his past two starts. Those struggles could persist in a road start at Philadelphia, and Hernandez is a nice bargain choice to take advantage.
Jose Osuna - Pittsburgh (at Chicago Cubs)
Let’s get back to the high over/under of this Pirates-Cubs game. Osuna fits into most lineup combinations while holding a formidable blend of contact/power upside. He’ll hold the platoon advantage over Cubs’ LHP Jose Quintana, who has allowed eight earned runs and 12 hits through eight innings over his last two appearances. We should see plenty of runs from both sides this afternoon, and Osuna will likely hold a premium lineup spot for the Pirates.
Kevin Newman - Pittsburgh (at Chicago Cubs)
Newman carries a non-imposing salary on most DFS sites despite collecting 13 hits, seven runs, and two stolen bases over his past eight games. In other words, he’s an on-base machine who could rack up multiple hits, runs, and maybe even a homer in the best scoring atmosphere of this slate. The Pittsburgh leadoff man makes for an easy call when assembling cash lineups.
Kyle Schwarber - Chicago Cubs (vs. Pittsburgh)
Here’s another easy call for you. Rizzo is my favorite pick of this game with Kris Bryant next line - although he’s expensive. Schwarber’s salary is more attainable (especially when spending on Bieber at SP), and he’s fully capable of smacking a homer or two with the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field. It’s safe to say he’s my top “per dollar” outfielder in the player pool.
Kyle Tucker - Houston (at Kansas City)
You’ll probably need a cheap pick or two in order to make your lineup work. If he’s granted the start, Kyle Tucker of Houston makes for a strong bargain lift. The park factor in Kansas City doesn’t look great, but Tucker is fresh off a 4-4 performance while stepping in against Royals’ RHP Jakob Junis - who holds a .341 wOBA split to left-handed bats.