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MLB DFS Plays: Wednesday 7/17

Spencer Limbach
Spencer Limbach runs through the best MLB DFS Plays for the evening slate (7:05 ET) on Wednesday, July 17. (Getty Images)

This article will outline the best daily fantasy MLB plays of the day at every position. We’ll take a comprehensive look across the DFS industry to uncover these core recommendations, factoring respective salaries into the analysis.

Please note, these player picks were organized early in the day. For MLB contests, always check lineups and weather closer to game time. Rain, wind, or unexpected managerial decisions could open up additional sources of value. Be sure to keep an eye on the MLB Headlines and Injuries desk.

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We will be looking at the nine-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.

PITCHER

Mike Clevinger - Cleveland (vs. Detroit) 

Clevinger checks in with a much cheaper salary than Gerrit Cole while holding a much better matchup as well. I’m not overthinking this one for cash games, as the Cleveland hurler is an excellent selection with a -280 moneyline designation. His opponent, Detroit, represents one of the worst hitting teams in baseball with the highest strikeout rate to boot. Clevinger has resumed his dominant form while combining for one earned run and 15 strikeouts through 11 innings over his most recent pair of starts. He should continue to thrive in this encouraging home draw. 

Also Consider: Robbie Ray, Eduardo Rodriguez 

CATCHER / FIRST BASE

Joc Pederson - LA Dodgers (at Philadelphia) 

Pederson has a strong combination of upside, matchup potential, and park factor to go along with a non-imposing salary. He’s swinging a confident bat too, collecting three hits with a homer, three RBIs, two runs, and a stolen base over his past two starts. Philadelphia RHP Nick Pivetta has struggled this season, currently holding an inflated 5.81 ERA. He carries an exploitable .348 wOBA split to left-handed bats, enabling Pederson and company to make a fantasy splash at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park. 

Also Consider: Carlos Santana, Matt Adams 

SECOND BASE

Jason Kipnis - Cleveland (vs. Detroit) 

Cleveland checks in with one of the top run-scoring projections of this evening slate, which inevitably puts Kipnis, Carlos Santana, Jose Ramirez, and Francisco Lindor on the daily fantasy map. All of those hitters will look to make some noise against Detroit RHP Spencer Turnbull and his .350 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Turnbull has struggled while allowing 13 earned runs and 21 hits across 15 innings over his last four appearances, and those inconsistencies could be evident tonight. As a result, Kipnis makes for a comfortable mid-range lift at an otherwise mediocre second base position. 

Also Consider: Max Muncy, Eduardo Escobar

THIRD BASE

Jose Ramirez - Cleveland (vs. Detroit) 

Ramirez stands to benefit from the rationale outlined in Kipnis’ write-up above. As mentioned there, Detroit RHP Turnbull has fallen on tough times recently while holding a .350 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Meanwhile, Ramirez is finally starting to turn things around while currently riding an eight-game hitting streak with three homers, four doubles, seven runs, and nine RBIs over that span. I fully expect him to pad those totals this evening. 

Also Consider: Hunter Dozier, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

SHORTSTOP

Corey Seager - LA Dodgers (at Philadelphia) 

Seager is back for the Dodgers after missing nearly a month with a hamstring injury. He’s rounding back into form while collecting three hits with a double, run, and RBI over his last two outings. As mentioned earlier, the Dodgers find themselves in an exciting matchup against Philadelphia RHP Pivetta and his .348 wOBA split to lefty bats. A park upgrade at Citizens Bank Park doesn’t hurt either, and Seager makes for a solid mid-range choice at shortstop. 

Also Consider: Francisco Lindor, Jonathan Villar

OUTFIELD

Andrew Benintendi - Boston (vs. Toronto)

Benintendi is one of my favorite “per dollar” options of this slate. He’s playing in hitter-friendly Fenway Park for a Boston offense that represents the highest run-scoring projection of the night. Toronto RHP Aaron Sanchez has gotten hammered this season while seeing his ERA rise to 6.22 at this point. He carries a vulnerable .371 wOBA split to left-handed bats as well. Benintendi is an excellent candidate to take full advantage, and he won’t break the bank either. 

Bryce Harper - Philadelphia (vs. LA Dodgers

Harper has been hitting the ball lately, but he only collected one run with no RBIs over his last six starts prior to last night. Well, that drought was corrected with a breakout 2-3, 2B, HR, 5 RBI showing yesterday. Harper could be back for more tonight while facing Dodgers’ RHP Kenta Maeda and his .354 wOBA split to left-handed bats. The Philadelphia superstar carries a lower-than-deserved salary due to that recent string of bad luck. As a result, we have a tempting buy-low opportunity. 

Also Consider: Juan Soto, Adam Eaton, Jackie Bradley Jr, A.J. Pollock, Alex Gordon