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.
Kole Calhoun (DK: $4,200 FDuel: $3,600 FDraft: $8,400): Kole Calhoun is leading off tonight for the Los Angeles Angels in the very hitter friendly park of Globe Life Park in Arlington. Going up against Drew Hutchison, Calhoun has a glorious matchup in the best hitters park on the slate. In the last month against righties, Calhoun is hitting to the tune of a .357 AVG, 1.216 OPS, .411 ISO, .492 wOBA, and a crazy 65.8% hard-hit rate. This becomes more appealing when we look at how poorly Hutchison has been to lefties this season. Hutchison has allowed left-handed hitters to... Read More
Shohei Ohtani (FDraft: $7,900 DK: $5,200 FDuel: $3,400): Our first Must-Have for tonight is the Angels’ young star in Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani has been a revelation for the Angels against right-handed pitching this year owning a very impressive 1.008 OPS and .320 ISO. He will be slotted in the heart of the order tonight facing off against righty Ariel Jurado. Jurado has not had a pretty start to his year. He is allowing 2.16 HR/9 to left-handed hitters and a hard hit rate of 43.3% to them as well. He is also primarily a ground-ball pitcher which Ohtani feasts off... Read More
Ozzie Albies (FDraft: $9,000 DK: $4,800 FDuel: $4,200): Our first Must-Have of the night is the Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies. He will step up to the plate at home against Jose Urena of the Miami Marlins. Urena has struggled all season against left-handed bats allowing 1.53 HR/9, .336 wOBA, 4.86 FIP and a 45% hard-hit rate with a low 17.3% K-rate. Albies is slotted in the 2-hole again tonight in the electric Braves lineup. He has posted strong numbers against right-handed pitching this year with a .771 OPS, .208 ISO, .328 wOBA, 105 wRC+, and a 35.4% hard-hit... Read More
Jonathan Villar (FDraft: $7,500 DK: $3,900 FDuel: $2,700): Our first daily fantasy MLB Must-Have of the day will lead off tonight against left-hander Jason Vargas in Baltimore. Villar is priced softly across the industry and tonight we find him in a matchup we refuse to fade. Across 70 plate appearances against lefties in 2018, Villar has hit to the tune of an .845 OPS, .258 ISO, .358 wOBA and an impressive 50% hard-hit rate. Villar is always a threat to steal a base as well since he already has 15 stolen bases to his name this season and now has... Read More
Nelson Cruz (FDraft: $9,100 DK: $4,800 FDuel: $3,700): Our first daily fantasy MLB Must-Have of the day is Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners. Taking the mound for the Athletics will be Sean Manaea. This year at home against right-handed hitters, he allows a 36.4% hard-hit rate while striking out batters at a low 15.9%. Additionally, he is a fly-ball pitcher allowing a 41.6% FB% to righties. Against fly-ball pitchers like Manaea, Cruz owns a .543 SLG% and a .910 OPS. Additionally, against LHP, Cruz owns a 1.024 OPS and a .366 ISO. Looking into Manaea’s pitching arsenal, he throws... Read More