Baseball What’s up, team? Good to be back for the July 2nd edition of the DFS Core Plays, brought to you by RotoQL. We have some prime picks for Monday’s nine-game slate to get the week started and win you some money to spend while celebrating America’s Independence all week long!Have a happy and safe 4th of July! Don’t forget to head over to RotoQL, where despite most people taking the day off, we’ll still have all the plays to make your holiday prosperous! As always, RotoQL’s extensive research tools help set the foundation for these plays. RotoQL is the ultimate DFS assistant, combining all of the stats, trends, and research tools you need into a convenient and user-friendly format that cuts the difficulties out of your research, and gets you the money in your pocket quicker, and with less hassle than any other DFS platform. And if you’re looking for even more insight into the DFS world, RotoQL University has you covered. There you’ll learn strategies, bankroll management, contest selection, and how to put together winning lineups to take your daily fantasy game to the next level.Before you get to the plays, don’t forget to give me a follow on Twitter (@MikeVetch) f
or more daily fantasy content. I’m always down to answer your questions, so be sure to hit me up there and get a conversation going! MORE DFS: SN DFS | Lineup Builder DFS Picks: FanDuel, DraftKings core plays for Monday, July 2Corey Kluber, P, Indians @ Royals (DK: $12,500 | FD: $11,200)This pains me to say, but I’m going Kluber over Max Scherzer tonight, and yes, opponent does play a big part in the decision making. Despite Scherzer being in play almost any time he’s on the mound, it’s tough to make him your SP1 against the Red Sox — especially when Kluber and the Indians are facing the lowly Royals. The RotoQL numbers agree, Kluber ranks nine points higher than Scherzer on our research score, which takes into consideration other players in the field, opponent’s lineups, and recent performance. Add in Kluber’s discount in price, and it’s clear why he has the edge tonight. I’m not worried about recent struggles – if anything, I’m hoping that keeps some game log watchers off Kluber, who is in a great bounce-back spot as the top option on the slate.Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals vs. Red Sox (DK: $4,900FD: $4,400)Maybe it’s the fact that Rick Porcello gave up more barrels than any pitcher last year; maybe it’s seeing Harper with an under $5K salary; maybe it’s the ideal hitter’s weather — hot, humid, and wind blowing out. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but my gut is screaming to play Bryce at potentially low ownership. Let’s break this down for tournament: The Yankees have one of the highest projected run totals and just put up 11 runs in front of the nation on Sunday Night Baseball, so they’ll carry ownership. The Indians are one of the hottest offenses in baseball and facing Jakob Junis, so they’ll also carry ownership. Oh, and there’s a game in Coors, so there’s more inflated ownership to factor in. So, on a nine-game slate, with premium pitching to pay for, how many people are going to roster Harper? This guy is. Tonight doesn’t feel like a stack is going to win it all, meaning you’ll need a variety of players in the right spot. Harper as a one-off is never a bad idea.Gleyber Torres, 2B, Yankees vs. Braves (DK: $4,200 | FD: $3,600)Despite my belief they’ll be highly owned, I do want exposure to the Yankees, as I do almost every night. But instead of taking the big names like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, I’m going to continue to place my trust in the baby bomber because Torres has one of the sweetest swings in baseball and the confidence of a multi-time All-Star. Plus, when Torres is priced this cheap, he’s exceeded value nearly half the time and doubled his value rate 20 percent of the time. Torres is a player who provides big upside at the second base position, through both power and consistency. He’s proven to be as clutch as they come, as if this guy lives for the moment with runners in scoring position. Torres is the top rated second baseman on the slate, with the third-highest raw points projection and the top research score. To me, he is priced inefficiently and is in a spot to take advantage of.Omar Narvaez, C, White Sox @ Reds (DK: $2,900 | FD: $2,200)Yeah yeah yeah — I get it. Pitching is good on this slate, and you want a value play. Fair enough, I hear ya! How’s Narvaez for an off- the wall value roster?! I believe there’s going to be a good number of runs scored in this White Sox-Reds game, and while some DFS traditionalists will be stacking against James Shields, I’m looking to go against the grain and attack Luis Castillo, who could be a popular, cheap SP2 option as fantasy players continue to try and attack the White Sox. Castillo has better numbers against righties than lefties, but more importantly Narvaez has been producing when in the lineup as of late. He’s put together a .392 wOBA his last 50 at-bats against righthanded pitching and averaged over eight fantasy points a game in June. At his price tag, that’s good for exceeding value nearly 70 percent of the time. Oh, and he fills the catcher position, a spot that can often be a wild card even if you have the extra salary to spend. Narvaez offers a nice expected return, at a safe place to take a risk, and makes for one of the best values on the slate.