While there is Major League Baseball action happening pretty much all day, the main slate for today’s daily fantasy baseball purposes begins at 7:05pm EDT, with 10 games on both FanDuel and DraftKings. This is one of the more interesting slates in quite some time if you ask me, in that the highest priced pitcher on FanDuel is pitching at Coors Field, and overall, the pitching options are less than appetizing. With Coors on the slate, the Giants’ bats should command considerable attention, while everyone and their mother is going to want to play Cincinnati Reds’ prospect extraordinaire Elly De La Cruz after his promotion to the show. The Giants figure to be one of the top MLB DFS stacks on tonight’s main slate, but the Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, and Arizona Diamondbacks are quite intriguing as well. To gain an edge this evening, use our MLB projected ownership report and MLB DFS lineup generator to help create your FanDuel and DraftKings lineup(s). We have plenty of other tools to help lineup construction this evening, including our MLB DFS daily projectionsweather center, and our lineups page to ensure your top plays of the day are in the starting nine. Here are my top MLB DFS value plays for your daily fantasy baseball lineups on FanDuel and DraftKings for Wednesday, June 7.


MLB DFS Value Pitchers

Jaime Barria, SP Los Angeles Angels (FanDuel: $6,200 / DraftKings: $7,000)

Let’s take a swing for the fences here with Barria, a right-hander going up against a Cubs squad that has the seventh-highest strikeout rate against righties this season. They strikeout over 25 percent of the time on the road, and over the last two weeks, the Cubs have a 28.1 percent strikeout rate (2nd-lowest in MLB) and the league’s worst wRC+ at just 64! Barria handled a full workload in his last outing, and over his last two starts, he has a 12:3 K/BB ratio across 10 innings of work. The Angels should get to Jameson Taillon this evening, boosting Barria’s chances for a win.

Dean Kremer, SP Baltimore Orioles (FanDuel: $8,600 / DraftKings: $7,800)

Typically, I fancy left-handers against the Brewers, but over the last two weeks, this offense has been so bad that we have to consider Kremer at this price point. Over the last two weeks, the Brewers as a team are slashing .186/.282/.313 with the second-lowest wRC+ and seventh-highest strikeout rate in baseball. Kremer’s ERA and strikeout rate are better on the road than at home, and the biggest knock on Kremer tonight is that he’s going up against the best pitcher on the slate in Corbin Burnes. If you like Burnes tonight, you won’t be looking at Kremer, but if you think Baltimore gets to Burnes a bit, Kremer makes for a viable contrarian arm with a relatively safe floor (5+ IP, < 3 ER, 4+ K’s  in five straight starts).


MLB DFS Value Hitters

LaMonte Wade Jr. Jr., 1B San Francisco Giants (FanDuel: $3,400 / DraftKings: $3,900)

Wade Jr. has a .301 average and .958 OPS against right-handed pitching this season, and now he gets to go to Coors Field to face Connor Seabold, a righty who doesn’t miss bats and gets hit quite a bit. Seabold has served up a .515 SLG at home this season, not to mention a .356 BAA and .622 SLG to lefties at Coors Field. Wade had three hits last night, and over his last 13 games, he’s slashing .365/.450/.519 with a 10.3 percent barrel rate and 51.3 percent hard hit rate. The Giants figure to be popular tonight in a great matchup in the best hitter’s park in baseball, and Wade Jr. is a value at this price point. Any San Francisco stack tonight starts and ends with LaMonte Wade Jr. Jr.

Elly De La Cruz, 3B/SS Cincinnati Reds (FanDuel: $2,800 / DraftKings: $2,700)

There’s no way he wouldn’t have been included here, right? At this price point, you better believe it! This game has a very high O/U and Noah Syndergaard has been a trainwreck on the road this season, to the tune of a 9.90 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, and .349 BAA. The switch-hitting phenom posted a .653 SLG and 1.046 OPS versus righties in the minors prior to his call up, and Syndergaard has surrendered a . 536 SLG and .368 wOBA to left-handed hitters. De La Cruz had the two highest exit velocities in the game last night, including a 112 mph double, and a 108.7 mph ground out that had a .630 xBA. He’s pretty close to a must play tonight, but keep in mind he’s shortstop eligible only on DraftKings, whereas he has eligibility at third base and shortstop on FanDuel.

Gabriel Moreno, C Arizona Diamondbacks (FanDuel: $2,500 / DraftKings: $2,900)

Moreno had two base knocks last night, including two RBI and one run scored. He may only be hitting .250 over his last 29 plate appearances, but his strikeout rate is way, way down, his walk rate is way up, and a .261 BABIP is just unlucky. In June, he has a .331 xBA against fastballs, and Patrick Corbin uses a fastball (or variety of it) well over 50 percent of the time. Corbin has pitched better of late, but he still allows a bunch of hits, and he’s allowed eight walks over his last 11.1 innings pitched. Right-handed hitters have a .306 average and .494 SLG against Corbin this season, and Moreno has a .396/.414/.623 slash line against lefties this season. He’s a very affordable catcher on DraftKings, and a logical add-on to any Arizona stack tonight. If you need to save a couple hundred dollars behind the dish, take a look at Matt Thaiss of the Angels for $2,500 on DK.

Corey Dickerson, OF Washington Nationals  (FanDuel: $2,700 / DraftKings: $2,500)

Have you listened to the MLB DFS Podcast yet? If so, you can catch the livestream at 5pm EDT, but in the edition earlier today, Jon Impemba and James Grande talked about the left-handed bats for the Nats, and I couldn’t agree more! Lefties have hit Davies at a .375 clip with a .475 SLG, .407 wOBA, and .412 BABIP. Dickerson has an .804 OPS and .486 SLG against right-handed pitching this season, and he has a .469 SLG over his last 11 games. He should come up to the dish in some lucrative situations tonight, en route to a double-digit fantasy performance.

Whit Merrifield, 2B/OF Toronto Blue Jays (FanDuel: $3,000)

Houston’s Ronel Blanco has made just one start this year, but even in a relief role, he’s been far, far better at home (2.03 ERA) than on the road (11.25 ERA). Yes, the sample size is small, and one bad appearance on the road has inflated those numbers, but even so, the splits are a bit eye-opening. Righties have a .419 average and .605 SLG against him this season, and when we look at Merrifield’s numbers on the year, I see his .306 average against righties and .330 wOBA at home. Merrifield has hit safely in eight of his last night, posting a .393/.469/.500 slash line during this stretch. The veteran hitter is in the midst of an eight-game hit streak at home, and getting some exposure to both sides of the ball in this game seems profitable. The price is better on FanDuel from a value perspective.


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