Welcome to another day of MLB DFS here at Fantasy Alarm. We get a great 9-game early slate on DraftKings kicking off at 1:10 PM EST.



This is a fun slate that thankfully does not have Coors Field in play. There are plenty of options at pitching as teams work through their rotations, meaning there are not any true aces on the card.

With that being said, let’s dive into the slate and see what we can find for top spends and value plays. 

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MLB DFS Picks & Daily Fantasy Playbook 

MLB Weather: Today, 5/25

Atlanta Braves vs Pittsburgh Pirates

There are some rain showers in the area with a chance the game will be delayed.

Seattle Mariners vs Washington Nationals

There is rain in the area but it is not expected to land until late in the game, if at all. 

MLB DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

The pitching on this slate is very interesting and there are a lot of different ways you can build lineups. Logan Gilbert may be the most talented pitcher on the slate but I’ve had bad luck rostering pitchers against the Nationals, but he has the talent to succeed. 

For stacking, I have a ton of interest in the Rangers, Royals, Astros, and even some Athletics. JP Sears is a talented pitcher, but the Astros have been one of the best teams against left-handed pitching for years.



Recommended MLB DFS Starting Pitchers

Top Options for Strikeouts

Best Odds for a Win



Core MLB DFS Pitchers

Reynaldo Lopez, Atlanta Braves

Reynaldo Lopez has been very consistent this year, holding a 1.54 ERA and only allowing more than two runs in a single game this season. Walks have been an issue with him, sitting at 3.28 BB/9, but his 8.49 K/9 helps to balance it out. He only found four strikeouts in each of his last two starts but now he gets the PIrates who hold the fifth-highest strikeout rate at 24.7%.

Much of his value comes from his usual built-in win equity while playing for the Braves, but Mitch Keller being on the other side may eat into some of that value. Still, I trust the Braves lineup to put some runs on the board, and with the Pirates at the bottom of most offensive categories against right-handed pitching, Lopez should be able to provide solid fantasy production and find the win.

Jose Berrios, Toronto Blue Jays

I’ll start by saying you can use either pitcher in this game, but I prefer the talent of Jose Berrios over Reese Olson. Berrios has come back down to Earth after an impressive start, allowing five home runs over his last three starts, but outside his blowup start against the Phillies, he’s been largely good this season.

The Tigers sit in the bottom half of the league in most offensive categories while supporting the seventh-highest strikeout rate against right-handed pitching at 24.3%. Berrios only holds a 7.16 K/9 but he should be able to find strikeouts in this matchup.

Brady Singer, Kansas City Royals

I don’t love the price tag on Brady Singer, but I do love the matchup against Tampa. He’s been terrific this season, with a 2.70 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 4-2 record. Over his last five starts, he has only allowed more than one run in one game while striking out at least six batters in four of five games. 

The Rays are near the bottom of the league in almost every offensive category against right-handed pitching while holding a 24% strikeout rate. This is a team that continues to struggle, centered around Randy Arozarena who is hitting a miserable .160 on the year. Not to mention, Aaron Civale is on the other side of this matchup and he’s been getting crushed for an entire month, giving Singer win equity.

Reese Olson, Detroit Tigers

On the other side of the Jose Berrios matchup is Reese Olson, who has been very good this year with a 2.16 ERA. He’s had a few eight-strikeout games, but generally, he isn’t going to provide a ton in that regard. Toronto also has one of the lowest strikeout rates at 20% so we won’t be expecting more than a handful.

Toronto is another team who have not found their groove, sitting in the middle of the league in most offensive categories. Reese has been great at limiting the damage, only allowing one home run across his 50 innings pitched. His main drawback is that he has not yet found a win this season, but he has had plenty of solid games in the way of fantasy production without the win.



Recommended MLB DFS Hitters

Highest Expected Run Totals  

Core MLB DFS Hitters

Note: Will Be Updated as Official Starting Lineups Are Released

Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox

The home run streak may have come to an end for Rafael Devers, but it was still an impressive feat and I am more than happy to continue playing him. Over his last 10 games, he hit six home runs with nine RBI and 12 runs scored. 

On the hill for the Brewers is Colin Rea who has allowed 12 runs over his last three starts. He’s allowing a .366 wOBA and .491 SLG to left-handed hitters which puts Devers, and most of the lefty-heavy Boston lineup in a great spot. Devers holds a .363 ISO and 1.065 OPS on the year against righties.

Corey Seager, SS, Texas Rangers

After a relatively quiet start to the season, Corey Seager is red hot, with home runs now in four straight games. He’s hitting .253 on the year, but over his last 10 games, he is hitting .306 with a 1.095 OPS with five home runs. He’s matched up against Chris Paddack who has had some excellent outings recently, but he has a 4.47 ERA on the year and has given up a home run in four of his last five games.

Christian Yelich, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

Christian Yelich is in an interesting spot here against Nick Pivetta. Yelich only has one home run and a couple of extra-base hits over his last 10 games, but he’s also stolen four bases. The former MVP has a great combo of power and speed and hits at the top of one of the best lineups against right-handed pitching this season.

For as good as Nick Pivetta has pitched this year, and it’s a small sample size, he has had trouble keeping the ball in the park, allowing 2.36 HR/9. Outside of the home runs, he’s been good but Yelich has a lot of power. I’m not the biggest believer in BvP numbers, but in his career vs Pivetta in 17 PA, Yelich is hitting .357 with a double and two home runs.

Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B, Kansas City Royals

Vinnie Pasquantino hasn’t exactly been lighting it up, but he does have hits in five of his last six games. The Royals are matched up against Aaron Civale which should be great for most of the roster, but especially for lefties as Civale is allowing a .387 wOBA and .531 SLG to lefties on the season.

Civale has a 5.92 ERA on the season and has allowed a home run in all but one start this year. He has been better at home but he has not reached the sixth inning since mid-April and the top half of this Royals lineup may do some real damage to him.



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