When baseball decided to make a slew of rule changes for the 2023 MLB season, it was done to add more excitement to the sport. One change was increasing the size of the bases from 15 inches to 18 inches, and some teams are taking advantage of that in the 2023 MLB season. One of those is the New York Mets, who have successfully stolen their last 34 attempted steals. For the past few seasons, MLB DFS players probably haven’t given much thought to speed when putting together lineups. But with speed back in the game, this is an aspect to consider when making MLB DFS picks.
Oakland’s Esteury Ruiz leads baseball with 40 stolen bases midway through the year, while Jon Berti led baseball with just 41 stolen bases last year. Which players should you target for MLB DFS lineups on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings that can contribute stolen bases and other counting stats? Before submitting Thursday’s MLB DFS picks, be sure to check out SportsLine Daily Fantasy expert Mike McClure’s MLB DFS advice, strategy and projections.
McClure is a daily Fantasy professional who has won over $2 million in his career. And when it comes to everyday Fantasy baseball, McClure is at his best. Recognized in the book “Fantasy Football (and Baseball) for Smart People: How to Turn Your Hobby into a Fortune” as a top MLB DFS player, McClure’s proprietary projection model simulates each game 10,000 times, taking into account factors such as matchups and recent results in charge. This allows him to find the best values on each site.
On Wednesday, McClure highlighted Guardians third baseman Jose Ramirez as one of his top DFS picks. The result: Ramirez went 2-for-3 with two walks, three runs scored and five RBIs, including a grand slam, to give DraftKings 40 runs and FanDuel 57.1. Anyone who included him in their lineup was well on their way to a profitable day.
With the 2023 MLB season in full swing, McClure has set his daily MLB Fantasy picks for Thursday, June 29. Head over to SportsLine now to see them.
McClure’s Top MLB DFS Picks for Thursday
One of McClure’s top MLB DFS picks for Thursday is Dodgers OF/SS/2B Mookie Betts ($6,300 on DraftKings and $4,400 on FanDuel). He reached base safely in four of five at bats, including a three-run home run on Wednesday. It was his third home run in the last five games and he is tied for sixth in baseball in 20 long balls.
Betts’ versatility sets him apart from other top hitters in the league. He’s been mostly an outfielder throughout his 10-year career, but he’s playing more infield this season with 16 games at second base and 11 at shortstop. Those options increase its everyday appeal to Fantasy baseball as a chance to add a powerful bat in the middle infield. The six-time All-Star is always a safe option to put in the MLB DFS lineups, but Thursday at Coors Field offers a juicy game against Rockies starter Chase Anderson, who has allowed 16 runs in his last two starts.
McClure’s MLB DFS strategy includes drafting Cubs outfielder Mike Tauchman ($2,500 on DraftKings and $2,800 on FanDuel). Tauchman has reached base safely in 13 of his last 14 games, and the southpaw hits .282 with an OPS of .793 against right-handers as Phillies RHP Taijuan Walker will take the mound on Thursday.
The six-year-old outfielder is having one of the best seasons of his career with a .275 batting average and .387 on-base percentage. It’s his highest on-base percentage of his career and best batting average since 2019. While he probably won’t produce much in the power department (two home runs and a slugging percentage of .373), Tauchman can get on base. With its cheaper price tag, the 32-year-old can outrun his costs and allow everyday Fantasy baseball players to surround him with more expensive players. See here who else you can choose.
How to set up your MLB DFS lineups for June 29, 2023
McClure is also targeting an underrated player who will explode for huge numbers on Thursday. The stars align for him to return tournament winning value and he comes at a prize that won’t break the bank. You can only see who it is here.
So what are the top MLB DFS picks for Thursday? Visit SportsLine now to see DFS millionaire Mike McClure’s full player pool and picks for FanDuel and DraftKings, and win big on MLB DFS.