Thursday DFS MLB Plays


Thursday Daily Plays

Pitching Rankings

  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Sonny Gray
  3. James Shields
  4. Chris Heston
  5. Jon Lester

Jacob deGrom is the clear cut top play in projection against the Brewers. The road environment and negative park shift are a little concerning for deGrom but he is still the top play with the most upside. The last few days are a perfect example of why I believe it’s optimal to play multiple cash lineups with top tier pitching in less than ideal conditions we really want to spread out our exposure. The Brewers are a scary team because of the power they have as a team, but they rank near the bottom of the league against RHP. Chris Heston and James Shields are both great plays that face each other this afternoon. Dropping to a guy like Heston really opens up your hitting with several high run scoring environments today.

Catcher Rankings

  • Stephen Vogt – Top play in projection in a big park shift + elite lineup spot… clearly the top play.
  • James McCann
  • Victor Martinez – V-Mart would be close to the top play if he was hitting left handed but there is a lefty on the mound against the Tigers so he will bat right handed today.
  • Matt Wieters – Decent tournament option but similar to Martinez, we prefer him from the other side of the plate.
  • Wellington Castillo – Great play if he is in the ARI lineup today (He should be against a LHP)

1st Base Rankings

  • Paul Goldschmidt – Goldy is the obvious top play at 1B and the top overall play in the RotoMinds model. 
  • Miguel Cabrera – Miggy is the #2 overall hitter in the model and makes a great play in any format that you can afford the price tag. Try to use multi position eligibility and play Miggy at 3B on DraftKings.
  • Ben Paulsen – Crushes RHP even though we haven’t seen it much this series.
  • Lucas Duda – Nice park shift for Duda in Milwaukee

2nd Base Rankings

  • Ben Zobrist – Zobrist is a switch hitter who is hitting from his better side today in a great matchup and positive park shift.
  • Aaron Hill
  • DJ LeMahieu – DJ’s value is strictly due to the lineup spot and park factor.

3rd Base Rankings

  • Brett Lawrie
  • Kris Bryant
  • Nolan Arenado – Huge power upside as we saw the other night with 2 HR’s. I don’t need to tell you he is a great play by now.
  • Pablo Sandoval – Contrarian value play.

ShortStop Rankings

  • Troy Tulowitzki – Tulo is the obvious top play here if salary cap isn’t a concern. Too expensive for cash games but a great tournament play.
  • Marcus Semien – Another guy who has his value tied to the lineup spot. Elite contrarian play if hitting top 5 tonight.
  • Cliff Pennington/Nick Ahmed – If hitting top 6
  • Jose Iglesias

Outfield Rankings

A.J. Pollock,  Carlos Gonzalez (if in lineup) and Charlie Blackmon are the top plays today and are all fine plays in all formats.

Outfield Tier 1:

Josh Reddick, Rajai Davis, Bryce Harper, Billy Burns, Yasmany Tomas, J.D. Martinez, Yoenis Cespedes

Outfield Tier 2:

Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, Travis Snider, Steve Pearce, Mark Canha, Curtis Granderson

Mike’s Top Four Team Stacks

Rockies – Blackmon, Gonzalez, Paulsen, LeMahieu, Hundley

Diamondbacks – Goldschmidt, Pollock, Tomas, Hill, Castillo

Athletics – Vogt, Zobrist, Burns, Semien

Mets – Granderson, Duda, Flores, Tejada



Good luck!

Be sure to use the our optimal lineups when they are posted later this afternoon.

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