Welcome to the MLB DFS Playbook for Thursday's main slate contests.

Just a seven-game slate tonight, but I'm digging a lot of the hitting match-ups, for sure. The pitching? Meh. I don't love it. Paying up for pitching has been a nightmare this season as the starters haven't been consistent enough to fully rely on and the bargain bats are even more sketchy. I'll still try to pay down for starters when setting up my lineups because in this juiced-ball era we're currently in, the bats have been what has pushed us over the cash lines more often than not.

Here are my favorties, and be sure to read the blurbs as you just might see a few names in there who are alos worth exploring.

KEY:
     
  In Lineup
     
  Not In Lineup
     
  Lineup Pending
(Max 3)
                        
Pos PlayerLineup MatchupOpponent Pitcher DraftKings*Own % FanDuel*Own % Yahoo! DailyBreakDownWeather
SP C. Sale (L) Pending $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $UPGRADE
SP C. Carrasco (R) CLE@CWS
Thu 8:10
M. Bañuelos (L) $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $UPGRADE
SPUPGRADE UPGRADE
SPUPGRADE UPGRADE
SPUPGRADE UPGRADE
C Y. Grandal (B) CLE@CWS
Thu 8:10
C. Carrasco (R) $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $UPGRADE
C R. Pérez (R) CLE@CWS
Thu 8:10
M. Bañuelos (L) $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $UPGRADE
CUPGRADE UPGRADE
CUPGRADE UPGRADE
1B J. Bell (B) MIL@PIT
Thu 7:05
C. Anderson (R) $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $UPGRADE
1B C. Santana (B) CLE@CWS
Thu 8:10
M. Bañuelos (L) $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $UPGRADE
1BUPGRADE UPGRADE
1BUPGRADE UPGRADE
1BUPGRADE UPGRADE
2B M. Chavis (R) Pending $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $UPGRADE
2B K. Hernández (R) NYM@LA
Thu 10:10
J. Vargas (L) $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $UPGRADE
2BUPGRADE UPGRADE
2BUPGRADE UPGRADE
3B M. Sanó (R) MIN@TB
Thu 7:10
C. Morton (R) $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $UPGRADE
3B M. Moustakas (L) $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $UPGRADE
3BUPGRADE UPGRADE
3BUPGRADE UPGRADE
SS J. Polanco (B) MIN@TB
Thu 7:10
C. Morton (R) $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $UPGRADE
SS X. Bogaerts (R) Pending $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $UPGRADE
SSUPGRADE UPGRADE
SSUPGRADE UPGRADE
OF C. Yelich (L) MIL@PIT
Thu 7:05
J. Musgrove (R) $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $UPGRADE
CF M. Trout (R) LAA@SEA
Thu 10:10
Y. Kikuchi (L) $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $UPGRADE
OF J. Martinez (R) Pending $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $UPGRADE
OFUPGRADE UPGRADE
OFUPGRADE UPGRADE
OFUPGRADE UPGRADE
CF B. Reynolds (B) MIL@PIT
Thu 7:05
C. Anderson (R) $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $UPGRADE
OFUPGRADE UPGRADE
OFUPGRADE UPGRADE
OFUPGRADE UPGRADE
OFUPGRADE UPGRADE