Major League Baseball (MLB) Must-Haves are our most highly recommended players for any given slate. Our experts select these picks above the rest and have determined they are most likely to reach or exceed value. These are the foundational players that we advise building your lineups around.
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Javier Baez (DK: $4,500 FD: $4,100): The Chicago Cubs are at home tonight for a matchup with right-hander Tyler Beede and the Giants. Weather is anticipated to be hot with wind blowing out to center-field near 10 mph at Wrigley Field. This makes for fantastic hitting conditions and Beede is currently allowing righties to hit him to the tune of a .229 xISO, 2.15 HR/9, a 5.31 FIP, and 47% hard-hit rate. Baez has clipped right-handers in 2019 for 20 homers, a .240 ISO, and over a 37% hard-hit rate. In the previous matchup between Baez and Beede, Baez crushed... Read More
Alex Bregman (DK: $5,300 FD: $4,400): Our first Must-Have of the day will be stepping into the box against right-hander Edwin Jackson in Houston tonight. Jackson has horrendous splits against right-handers this season thanks to a .345 xISO, .456 xwOBA, 4.74 HR/9, a .396 average, 9.90 FIP, and over a 43% hard-hit rate allowed against them. Bregman has already crushed a homer off of Jackson in just 9 previous plate appearances to go with a double, a walk, and a single. Against righties in general, Bregman has belted 20 homers to go with a .936 OPS, .260 ISO, and over... Read More
Andrew Benintendi (DK: $4,500 FD: $3,700): Our second Must-Have of tonight’s MLB slate is Andrew Benintendi of the Red Sox. Benintendi and the Red Sox will be facing Asher Wojciechowski and the lowly Orioles. Asher has allowed 2.25 HR/9 to lefties on the road this season with a 6.35 FIP. He has allowed a 39% Hard-Hit Rate to lefties; coupled with Fly-Ball Rate of 43% to lefties, you can see how he has run into some trouble with the long ball. Benintendi has hit righties well with an OPS of .820 and an xISO of .198. The left-handed Benintendi will... Read More
Tommy Pham (DK: $4,300 FD: $3,600): Our first Must-Have of the night is Rays’ outfielder, Tommy Pham. Pham will draw a matchup against lefty Daniel Norris, who has struggled against righties this season, allowing 1.68 HR/9, a .215 xISO, .356 wOBA, and a hard-hit rate over the 40 percent mark. Pham has been solid against lefties this season with an OPS of .904, .395 wOBA, and a 43 percent hard-hit rate. Pham also has some stolen base upside with 5 steals against lefties, which will come into play against Norris who has allowed eleven stolen bases on 17 attempts this... Read More
Shohei Ohtani (DK: $4,600 FD: $3,500): Our first Must-Have for tonight’s slate is Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani presents a great combination of both power and speed upside in his matchup against White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez. On the speed side of things, Lopez has struggled to limit stolen bases as he has allowed runners to swipe 75% of the bags that they have attempted to steal over his career. Ohtani is a threat to run and on the season has stolen 10 out of a possible 13 bases. The power potential is where the real upside lies tonight with Ohtani since... Read More