DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks
DraftKings MLB: Monday Picks

This article is part of our DraftKings MLB series.

PITCHER

Kenta Maeda, LAD vs. ARI ($9,000): The Diamondbacks have hit the ball fairly well away from Chase Field, but they are still a bottom-half team against the slider, according to runs above average. They also hit the second fewest fly balls in the league by percentage, which should allow Maeda to use his 44 percent ground ball rate to full advantage.

Adam Wainwright, STL at PIT ($7,400): Wainwright has had an up-and-down season, but should be able to use his ground ball tendencies to his advantage, as the Pirates hit the fourth-fewest fly balls in the league by percentage. The Bucs are also a bottom-10 team against the cutter, a pitch Wainwright throws 29 percent of the time.

CATCHER

Nick Hundley, COL vs. SF ($4,200): Hundley becomes an above-average hitter when facing left-handed pitchers, as evidenced by his .215 ISO and .369 wOBA over 79 at-bats. Matt Moore has called big ballparks home his entire career, but he sports an xFIP close to 5.00 on the road this year.

FIRST BASE

Ryan Howard, PHI at MIA ($3,600):Jake Esch allowed two runs over 4.1 innings in his major league debut against the Mets, but he walked three batters and gave up seven hits while striking out just two before departing. It is also worth noting that the 26-year-old has kept an ERA of 4.31 over 142 innings in the minors this season. Howard hasn't been relevant in most fantasy circles for quite a while, but has tallied a .260 ISO against right-handed hitters this year.

SECOND BASE

Ben Zobrist, CHC at MIL ($4,300): Zobrist has been consistent from both sides of the plate this year, but has shown a bit more power against righties, notching a .165 ISO over 315 at-bats. Opposing starter Zach Davies has kept a 4.40 xFIP and a 1.2 HR/9 rate against southpaws in his 24 starts.

THIRD BASE

Evan Longoria, TB vs. BAL ($3,800): I don't quite understand why Longoria can be had for less than $4,000, but far be it for me to question good news. The 30-year-old has tallied a .270 ISO against righties this season, and he should be able to use his fly ball tendencies to do damage against Ubaldo Jimenez, who carries a ground ball rate of more than 46 percent.

SHORTSTOP

Xander Bogaerts, BOS at SD ($4,900): Bogaerts is a bit pricey, but I couldn't go a full article without recommending at least one Boston bat against Edwin Jackson, who appears to be little more than a warm body at this point, as he has pitched to a 6.28 ERA over 16 games (eight starts). Meanwhile, Bogaerts has a .345 wOBA against righties this season.

OUTFIELD

Adam Duvall, CIN vs. NYM ($4,200): Duvall should have ample opportunity to connect off of Bartolo Colon in the hitters' haven of Great American Ball Park, as he will bring his 46 percent fly ball rate against Colon's ground ball heavy profile. Colon's strikeout rate plummets to just 11 percent when on the road, contributing to a 4.80 xFIP.

Khris Davis, OAK vs. LAA ($4,200):Jered Weaver has suffered against righties and lefties this year, as he has a 1.9 HR/9 rate against both. Davis has notched a .263 ISO against right-handed pitchers, and will enter with a 6.0 runs above average score against the curveball, a pitch Weaver throws 21 percent of the time.

Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE vs. HOU ($3,700):Mike Fiers has been thrashed away from Minute Made Park this season, logging a 5.57 ERA and 1.9 HR/9 rate over 63 innings. Meanwhile, Chisenhall comes in with a .168 ISO and a .338 wOBA against his opposite hand.

Other options: Mark Trumbo, BAL at TB ($4,300); George Springer, HOU at CLE ($4,500); Brandon Moss, STL at PIT ($4,700)

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Christopher Olson plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: DraftKings: Sommerset, FanDuel: Christop, Yahoo: Martins.
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