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 slate starting at 1:07 ET. Take note that games starting at 3:10 ET and later are not included in the following analysis.
Odorizzi has been sharp for the resurgent Twins this season, currently sporting an impressive 2.38 ERA. His bounce-back campaign should continue in a home matchup against the White Sox, who carry a below-average wRC+ (92) while holding the second-highest strikeout rate (26.2%) in baseball. Odorizzi is listed as a healthy -240 money line favorite, and he should see plenty of run support from Minnesota's piping hot offense.
Also Consider: Chris Paddack, Zack Wheeler
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Muncy was the featured pick of yesterday's MLB GPP Pivots article, and he came through while going 2-5 with two doubles and a pair of runs. Despite the unimpressive park factor in Pittsburgh, he's in the cash game conversation against Pirates RHP Chris Archer - who holds a .343 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Muncy is currently riding a hot streak with 10 hits, two homers, and eight runs over his past six games. I'd be surprised if that didn't continue.
Also Consider: C.J. Cron, Eric Thames (bargain)
Aledmys Diaz - Houston (vs. Boston)
Boston LHP Eduardo Rodriguez has struggled this season, most recently allowing 11 earned runs through 11 innings (15 hits) over his past two starts. Houston is the last team any southpaw wants to face, especially an inconsistent one that is trying to regain his confidence. Aledmys Diaz will continue to hold a premium lineup spot (Altuve injured) within that strong Astros' offense, and I like him as a mid-range second baseman with the platoon advantage over Rodriguez's erratic ways.
Also Consider: Jonathan Schoop, Luis Arraez (if starting), Adam Frazier
Mike Moustakas - Milwaukee (vs. Philadelphia)
Moustakas is pricey, but I believe he'll be worth every penny this afternoon. The Milwaukee infielder is currently swinging a hot bat with 11 hits, three homers, five RBIs, and 10 runs over his past eight games. This is a spectacular matchup in hitter-friendly Miller Park, as Moustakas will step in against Philadelphia RHP Zach Eflin. The Phillies' righty holds a vulnerable .350 wOBA split to left-handed bats over the past two years.
Also Consider: Eugenio Suarez, Marwin Gonzalez
Corey Seager - LA Dodgers (at Pittsburgh)
Seager was a featured pick in yesterday's analysis, and I'm looking for more here. The Dodgers' shortstop checks in with a discount compared to the other high-end options on this slate, so that definitely feeds into his DFS viability. Facing Pittsburgh RHP Chris Archer and his recent mishaps doesn't hurt either. Archer has given up 15 earned runs through 12.2 innings over his past three starts, and he currently holds a .343 wOBA split to left-handed bats.
Also Consider: Jorge Polanco, Gleyber Torres
Max Kepler - Minnesota (vs. Chicago White Sox)
It's hard to believe that we are this far into the article without featuring a Minnesota hitter. The Twins unsurprisingly check in with the highest run-scoring projection of this early afternoon slate, as they find themselves in another comfortable matchup against White Sox RHP Dylan Covey. Kepler, Polanco, Eddie Rosario, and others are firmly in the DFS conversation through all formats while trying to expose Covey's .354 wOBA split to left-handed hitters.
Aaron Hicks - NY Yankees (at Kansas City)
Let's go from one current Minnesota outfielder to a former Twins' center fielder. Hicks is a switch-hitter who has profiled better from the right side of the plate throughout his career. That's good news while stepping in against Kansas City LHP Danny Duffy, who holds a .340 wOBA split to righties over the past two seasons. The Yankees have the second highest run-scoring projection of this slate, and Hicks is a confident lift within that.
Also Consider: Christian Yelich, Eddie Rosario, Franmil Reyes, Wil Myers