With the holiday weekend over, we get back to big slates for MLB DFS. The all day slate contains 15 games, but we will be looking at the 12 games that start at 7PM eastern time or later tonight. Here is a group of top options at each position, broken down by price and projections.

Catchers

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Buster PoseyGiantsBraves$4,200
2Russell MartinBlue JaysYankees$3,400
3Miguel MonteroCubsDodgers$3,100
4Stephen VogtAthleticsTwins$3,000
5A.J. PierzynskiBravesGiants$3,000

  • Buster Posey is on fire right now. He is 7 for his last 17 and has four straight starts with 10 or more fantasy points.
  • Russell Martin hits left-handed pitching very well and draws CC Sabathia in his home hitter’s park today. He has put up 30 fantasy points twice in the last week, which is the kind of upside that can win you a tournament.
  • Stephen Vogt is in a good spot here as well. He is up to third in the order and faces a guy in Tyler Duffey who has struggled with left-handed bats.


1st Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Edwin EncarnacionBlue JaysYankees$4,100
2Joey VottoRedsRockies$4,300
3Freddie FreemanBravesGiants$4,000
4Eric HosmerRoyalsRays$3,700
5Mark ReynoldsRockiesReds$3,800

  • Edwin Encarnacion owns a .376 wOBA and a .268 ISO score against left-handed pitching since the beginning of 2015. He faces CC Sabathia who has been better this year, but still struggles against right-handed bats. They are hitting about .250 against him this year vs. a batting average over .300 in 2015.
  • Joey Votto has not flashed the upside we are used to, but his hard hit rate is still near the top of the league. He has the splits advantage against Jon Gray who has struggled at home in Coors field. The park bump is not huge from Cincy to Coors, but it is another factor that helps the projections for Votto today.
  • Eric Hosmer always goes low owned, but makes a great cash game play. He has ended up with multiple hits in his last four games and multiple RBI in four of his last five.


2nd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Daniel MurphyNationalsPhillies$3,900
2Ben ZobristCubsDodgers$4,800
3Dustin PedroiaRed SoxOrioles$4,500
4Starlin CastroYankeesBlue Jays$3,000
5Scooter GennettBrewersCardinals$3,800

  • Daniel Murphy has been unreal this season. He is batting over .380 with a wOBA against right-handed pitching of over .440 on the year. He always gets up with runners on since teams are actively pitching around Bryce Harper in front of him.
  • Zobrist owns left=handed pitching. He has a .407 wOBA with a .195 ISO score since the start of 2015. Scott Kazmir struggles more with right-handed bats too, so the matchup is ideal.
  • Kevin Gausman is a reverse split pitcher who right-handed bats tend to hit harder. Pedroia is no exception to this, as he already owns a 4-for-11 stat line against Gausman in his career. That Boston order is getting a park bump and should be able to put up some runs today.


3rd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Nolan ArenadoRockiesReds$5,300
2Josh DonaldsonBlue JaysYankees$4,700
3Kris BryantCubsDodgers$4,700
4Todd FrazierWhite SoxMets$3,700
5Matt CarpenterCardinalsBrewers$5,000

  • Jon Moscot might be the worst pitcher on this slate, and he faces the Rockies in Coors Field. The Reds bullpen might also be the worst one in baseball. Arenado crushes right-handed pitching and hits very well at home. Whether it is Moscot or one of the relievers, Arenado should have a field day today at the plate against a parade of weak right-handed pitchers.
  • Josh Donaldson faces a lefty in CC Sabathia at the Rogers Centre, which is a great home run and hitter’s park. CC struggles with righties and Donaldson owns a .382 wOBA and a .258 ISO score against southpaws since the start of last season.
  • Steven Matz is a good pitcher and may even be highly owned today. That makes a guy like Todd Frazier a good sneaky play. Frazier will likely go low owned and has big power against left-handed pitching. If you are looking for a guy that is cheaper and lower owned than his peers today, with equal potential upside, Frazier does fit that description.


Shortstop

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Jonathan VillarBrewersCardinals$5,100
2Xander BogaertsRed SoxOrioles$5,100
3Freddy GalvisPhilliesNationals$3,100
4Trevor StoryRockiesReds$5,500
5Jimmy RollinsWhite SoxMets$3,300

  • Villar has quietly been a fantasy stud lately. He has double digit fantasy points in seven of his last ten games. He is also hitting right-handed pitching very well from the top of that Brewers order where he will see the max number of potential at-bats.
  • Xander Bogaerts is absolutely on fire to start the season. He has taken a big step forward this year. Gausman struggles with right-handed bats, and Bogaerts is already 5-for-14 lifetime against him. He also gets a park bump with the game being in Camden Yards.
  • Trevor Story has been smashing at home in Coors field this year. His numbers are eye popping to start the season. He faces one of the worst starters on the mound in Jon Moscot and one of the worst bullpens in the league with his matchup against the Cincinnati Reds.


Outfield

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Carlos GonzalezRockiesReds$5,200
2Mike TroutAngelsTigers$5,300
3Mark TrumboOriolesRed Sox$4,800
4Jose BautistaBlue JaysYankees$4,300
5Miguel SanoTwinsAthletics$4,200
6Dexter FowlerCubsDodgers$4,900
7Adam DuvallRedsRockies$4,400
8Gregory PolancoPiratesMarlins$4,000

  • Carlos Gonzalez is back home in Coors field. He faces a weak right-handed pitcher in Jon Moscot who gets crushed by good left-handed hitters. We will keep mentioning how bad the Reds Bullpen is too, because when they chase Moscot early, it is not going to be any better for this Cincy team.
  • Trout faces Anibal Sanchez who allows a higher average and more home runs to right-handed bats. Trout smashes all pitching, but currently owns a .414 wOBA and a .287 ISO score against righties since the start of 2015.
  • Eric Surkamp is not a good pitcher and struggles with right-handed bats. Miguel Sano is the best statistical hitter on the Twins against left-handed pitching. He owns a .390 wOBA and a .248 ISO in those matchups since his call up last year.
  • Joey Bautista has the best numbers on the Blue Jays over the last two seasons against southpaws. His .389 wOBA and .292 ISO score even trump that of Josh Donaldson who is a known lefty masher. They both face CC Sabathia who has struggled with right-handed bats in 2015 and 2016.
  • Mark Trumbo is a monster against left-handed pitching, especially at home in his hitter friendly ballpark. Eduardo Rodriguez is not a scrub, but this is his first start of the season off the DL. Trumbo has been flashing his power and is in a good spot to do so again today.