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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Jose Altuve (DK: $4900 FD: $4,500): Our first Must-Have of the day will be stepping into the box tonight against right-hander Jake Odorizzi in Houston. So far in 2019, Odorizzi is allowing right-handed hitters to generate hard-contact over 56% of the time to go along with a 7.41 FIP, .354 xISO, and .492 xwOBA. Odorizzi is also susceptible to the stolen base since he allowed 13 attempts against him in 2018. Jose Altuve will be waiting to assault Odorizzi tonight with his already four homers, .825 OPS, .220 ISO, .347 wOBA, and 44% hard-hit rate against right-handed pitching this season.... Read More
Joc Pederson (DK: $5,200; FD: $4,100): Our first Must-Have today is on the pricier side, but for good reason. Joc Pederson has been absolutely crushing right-handed pitching this season with an OPS of 1.121 and an ISO of .466 to show for it. He will face Brandon Woodruff today who has struggled to left-handed hitters to start the year. Woodruff has allowed a 4.27 xFIP and 1.13 HR/9 to lefties this year while surrendering a hard-hit rate to the handedness 50% of the time! Joc also dominates Woodruff’s top two pitches thrown, a four-seam fastball at an average speed of... Read More
Alex Bregman (DK: $4,900, FD: $4,100): Our first Must-Have on tonight’s slate is the Astros’ third baseman, Alex Bregman, who draws a great matchup. The Rangers’ starting pitcher tonight, Adrian Sampson, has been absolutely horrible this season (and wasn’t much better in 2018); a deeper dive into his advanced analytics show that he has both the highest SIERA and xFIP of all pitchers on tonight’s slate, with both figures above 5. Making matters worse is the fact that Sampson is allowing a hard-hit rate of 43.2% so far in 2019, which has led to a HR/9 rate of 1.98. He’s... Read More
George Springer (DK: $4,900; FD: $4,200): Our first Must-Have of the night is Astros’ outfielder George Springer. Springer draws a fantastic matchup against against Rangers’ lefty Drew Smyly. In Springer’s career against Smyly, he already has two homers to pair with an xwOBA of .649 and an slugging% of 1.429. On the season against lefties, Springer is crushing to the tune of a .474 ISO, 1.070 OPS, and a hard-hit rate of over 41 percent. Drew Smyly has struggled against right-handed hitters this season allowing a hard-hit rate over 58 percent to go along with a FIP of 5.62, and... Read More
Mitch Haniger (DK: $4,800 FDuel: $3,900): Our first MLB Must-Have for tonight’s whacky slate is Mitch Haniger. Haniger will take on Chris Stratton who has struggled to start the season with his new team. He currently owns a 6.04 xFIP with a minimal 11.5 K% to all hitters. To righties, he is currently getting hit hard at a whopping rate of 43.5% and is holding a .369 wOBA to the same hitters. Last year, Stratton pitched for the Giants in the pitcher-friendly park of AT&T (now Oracle) Park. He is still adjusting to his negative park shift with the Angels... Read More