MLB Opening Day 2022 is here, and as is usually the case, weather is going to be a major factor early in the season. MLB daily Fantasy players will have to take the conditions into account as they create their MLB DFS lineups. There will be some gusty winds blowing straight out in Cubs vs. Brewers, Royals vs. Guardians and Cardinals vs. Pirates on Thursday, but temperatures are expected to be in the 40s in all three stadiums, which could nullify the wind considerably. So should you be loading up on sluggers in those lineups or looking elsewhere in the MLB DFS player pool?
Playing batter vs. pitcher matchups is also critical to creating the best MLB DFS roster and Padres OF Wil Myers has an extensive history against Diamondbacks Opening Day starter Madison Bumgarner. Myers has a .975 OPS with six home runs in 68 career plate appearances against Bumgarner and could be a sneaky-good addition to your MLB daily Fantasy lineups. Before submitting any MLB DFS picks for Opening Day, be sure to check out the MLB DFS advice, strategy and projections from SportsLine daily Fantasy expert Mike McClure.
McClure is a daily Fantasy pro who has won almost $2 million in his career. And when it comes to daily 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 factors such as matchups and recent results into account. This allows him to find the best values on every site.
Now, with the 2022 MLB season nearing its beginning, McClure has locked in his top MLB daily Fantasy picks for Opening Day on Thursday, April 7. Head to SportsLine now to see them.
McClure’s top MLB DFS picks for Opening Day
One of McClure’s top MLB DFS picks for MLB Opening Day is Royals SS/3B Bobby Witt Jr. at $2,300 on DraftKings and $2,400 on FanDuel. The son of 16-year MLB veteran Bobby Witt Sr., the younger Witt was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft and he was able to overcome a slow start as a professional in 2019 and a canceled season in 2020 to cement his status as a top prospect last season in double-A and triple-A.
Across the two levels, Witt hit 33 home runs, drove in 97 runs and stole 29 bases while slashing .290/.361/.576. Now he enters the 2022 season as one of the league’s top prospects, and he was named the Opening Day starter at third base after an incredible spring. Witt posted a 1.223 OPS with three home runs, eight RBIs and two steals over 34 plate appearances this spring and his combination of power and speed make him a high-upside play for Thursday MLB DFS.
Another player McClure likes for Thursday’s season opener is Angels outfielder Mike Trout at $6,200 on DraftKings and $4,200 on FanDuel. Limited to just 36 games due to injuries last year, Trout’s streak of nine straight top-five MVP finishes came to an end. But when he did play, his bat was as potent as ever with a slash line of .333/.466/.624. It was a limited sample size of 146 plate appearances, but his average, on-base percentage and OPS (1.090) would all have set new career-highs for Trout had he maintained those numbers over a full season.
The outfielder missed a couple of games at the end of Spring Training due to an illness, but Angels manager Joe Maddon said he’s optimistic he will suit up against the Astros on Thursday. You would understand Maddon’s optimism as not only is Trout the best player in the game, but he has a knack for showing out on Opening Day. He’s reached base safely eight times over his last three games on Opening Day as fans are expecting a show and he’s delivering. He also slugged two homers last year versus Houston and that was the most homers he had vs. any team in 2021.
How to set your MLB DFS lineups for April 7, 2022
McClure is also targeting an undervalued player who is set to explode for huge numbers on Thursday. The stars are aligning for him to return tournament-winning value and he comes at a price 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 complete player pool and picks for FanDuel and DraftKings, and cash in big on MLB DFS.