Sunday DFS MLB Plays


Welcome to Sunday’s edition of RotoMinds Daily MLB Plays. We will be playing the all day slate which is where the most guaranteed money is around the industry.

Pitching Rankings

  1. Sonny Gray
  2. Francisco Liriano
  3. James Shields
  4. Gio Gonzalez
  5. Anibal Sanchez
  6. Jimmy Nelson
  7. Trevor Bauer
  8. Jason Hammel
  9. Carlos Frias
  10. Michael Wacha

Sonny Gray is the top play on a mediocre Sunday for starting pitching. Gray gets a matchup with a relatively weak Rays lineup in a great park to pitch in. Gray is usually a guy we like to target at home but this situation is very similar to pitching at home. Gray has seen a reduction in the LD% and a bump up in his K rate this season. Francisco Liriano was a disaster in his last start… fortunately we avoided Liriano that night. Many DFS players will have a poor taste in their mouth with this guy but I like him in this spot today. Liriano is a high variance player by nature, but we only need him for one day and the great part of DFS is we have the ability to pick our spots with players like Liriano and today is a day where I think Liriano is a fine play in all formats. James Shields is next in line but the win is difficult to project so you’re probably better off with Shields in tournaments or on multiple pitcher sites that don’t reward heavily for the win.

Catcher Rankings

  • Buster Posey
  • Brian McCann
  • Stephen Vogt
  • Miguel Montero
  • Rockies Catchers

Buster Posey …. This is a copy and paste from the past two days…is the top play at catcher tonight in a matchup with a below average pitcher at Coors Field. Posey is usually reserved for LHP matchups but the platoon advantage isn’t nearly as important when the game is played at Coors Field under these conditions. Posey is an elite play if you have the cap space to get him in tonight. Brian McCann has a favorable matchup and umpire tonight on Sunday Night Baseball. McCann is offered at a nice discount on FanDuel. Also consider Miguel Montero, Nick Hundley/Michael McKenry and other punt catchers. (Robinson Chirinos is nice but we won’t have the lineup in time. Love him in a tournament)

1st Base Rankings

  • Brandon Belt
  • Anthony Rizzo
  • Adam Lind
  • Ben Paulsen
  • Mike Napoli

Brandon Belt is the top play once again at Coors Field. Today the Giants get to pick on Chad Bettis. Bettis really struggles with all batters but lefties are definitely the real trouble for him. I almost want to regress the numbers or Bettis because I feel bad for the guy… it’s hard to imagine a big league pitcher having such poor numbers.  Anthony Rizzo is next in line again today. Our patience payed off big time last night with Anthony Rizzo when he hit a 3 run HR and finished the night with 6 RBI. Rizzo is in even better matchup this afternoon. Also look at Mike Napoli who also had a huge night for us last night with 2 HR’s at Fenway against a LHP. Ben Paulsen is a nice candidate for value if he is in the lineup.


2nd Base Rankings

  • Dustin Pedroia
  • Robinson Cano
  • Jason Kipnis
  • Joe Panik 
  • Brian Dozier

Dustin Pedroia is the top play at 2B tonight but there are several viable options so I can’t say he is a must play but he is a very strong target. Pedroia has strong splits against LHP in his career and gets the added benefit of playing at home in a hitters park. Santiago is FB/HR prone and he is pitching in the wrong ball park for those numbers today. Look for Pedroia to hit a few hard line drives… one of them might leave the yard. Robinson Cano ranks near the top… shocking! Cano always ranks well and usually disappoints yet continues to keep this numbers at an acceptable level. The numbers indicate that Cano is a fine play in all formats if you can stomach it. Joe Panik is a strong target (assuming he is in the lineup) against Chad Bettis at Coors Field. We all know about the massive shift in park factor we experience with Coors field. Also consider Brian Dozier because of his ability to hit LHP and the nice positive park shift he has this afternoon.

3rd Base Rankings

  • Kris Bryant
  • Adrian Beltre
  • Josh Harrison
  • Alex Rodriguez
  • Matt Carpenter

Third base is loaded with power hitters in good matchups on Sunday. Kris Bryant is the obvious top play here even with his limited sample size. Bryant gets Hellickson in a positive park shift. Bryant just missed a HR last night but managed to reach base (and steal a base) a few times. Fire away with Bryant if you have the salary cap to do so


ShortStop Rankings

  • Troy Tulowitzki
  • Ian Desmond
  • Xander Bogaerts
  • Ericky Aybar
  • Brad Miller

Troy Tulowitzki ranks as the #1 shortstop play tonight like every other night he takes the field at home. Ian Desmond is another strong target that continues to hit 2nd for the Nationals with Jayson Werth on the DL. Other strong plays are Xander Bogaerts (especially if he continues to hit 5th against LHP), Erick Aybar and Brad Miller who should both be leading off today.


Outfield Rankings

Mike Trout is once again the top play with the platoon advantage (not that it matters with him) in a great hitters park. Trout should have a multiple hit game against Wade Miley. There really isn’t much that we need to say about the best player in the game.

Hanley Ramirez, Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte all crush LHP and all rank at the top of the model today in their respective matchups. The Pirates broke out yesterday against Matt Harvey and I think we could see more of the same this afternoon.

Bryce Harper is obviously an elite play if you have the salary cap to spend up for him.

Colorado and San Francisco Outfielders – Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, Hunter Pence, Angel Pagan are all elite plays in cash and tournaments tonight thanks to their matchup at Coors Field with two below average pitchers on the mound. Both sets of outfielders ranks exceptionally well in the model. Also love Gregor Blanco if he is in the lineup.

Mookie Betts, Joc Pederson, Jorge Soler, David Peralta, Giancarlo Stanton, Anthony Gose, Dexter Fowler, Seth Smith, Josh Reddick, Denard Span, Michael Brantley, Brandon Moss.

Team Stacks

Giants – Belt, Pence, Pagan, Blanco, Posey

Rockies – Gonzalez, Blackmon, Paulsen, Tulowitzki

Red Sox – Pedroia, Ramirez, Napoli, Bogaerts

Rangers – Beltre, Andrus, Fielder, Chirinos

Yankees – Gardner, Rodriguez, McCann, Teixeira

Indians – Brantley, Kipnis, Moss, Santana

Cubs – Fowler, Bryant, Rizzo, Montero, Soler

Good luck!

Be sure to use the 5-24 Hitting Data and our optimal lineups when they are posted later this afternoon. 

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