MLB DFS players have a full day of action on Thursday, July 18, with some of the league’s top pitchers such as Stephen Strasburg, Noah Syndergaard and Madison Bumgarner among the expected starters. And there are some intriguing matchups such as Rays vs. Yankees, Nationals vs. Braves and Astros vs. Angels on the schedule. The key to cashing in on MLB DFS tournaments on sites such as FanDuel and DraftKings is figuring out which stars are worth their price and which overlooked players will surprise. Before locking in any MLB DFS lineups of your own on Thursday, be sure to see what Mike McClure has to say. He’s a DFS pro with almost $2 million in career winnings, and his top MLB DFS picks, player pool, advice and optimal lineups can help you make all the right calls.

When it comes to MLB, 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.

He got off to a hot start in 2019, producing lineups on SportsLine that have returned as much as 30x in the first half of the season. He’s also finished in the top 1 percent of tournaments four times and the top 0.1 percent of tournaments twice this season already. He cashed huge in three consecutive tournaments in mid-June, which included a top 2 percent finish when his DraftKings lineup generated a whopping 185.9 points. He also had an optimal lineup on FanDuel that cashed 8x for followers on the last Friday before the All-Star break. 

Then on Wednesday, he rostered Royals 2B/OF Whit Merrifield at $5,400 on DraftKings. The result: Merrifield went 3-for-3 with one RBI, one run scored and a stolen base — returning over 20 points and 4x value. Anybody who followed his advice was well on their way to a huge day. Now McClure has set his sights on Thursday’s MLB DFS slates. 

One of the top MLB DFS picks McClure is targeting for Thursday is Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal at $3,000 on FanDuel and $4,500 on DraftKings. Grandal has 19 home runs on the season and he’ll look to add to that number on Thursday against Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly, who’s given up a homer in each of his last five outings. Grandal has also been patient at the plate, recording a walk in five of his last six games, which will give him plenty of opportunities to score runs — a valuable DFS asset.

Another pick he loves: Twins outfielder Nelson Cruz at $3,800 on FanDuel and $4,500 on DraftKings. Cruz hit his 18th homer of the season yesterday against the Mets, and now he gets a mouth-watering matchup against Athletics starting pitcher Mike Fiers. Cruz is hitting .343 against Fiers in his career, so confidently lock him in your MLB DFS lineups and look for a big return against Oakland on Thursday.

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 huge value and he comes at a price that won’t break the bank. This pick could be the difference between cashing in big or going home with nothing. 

So what are the optimal MLB DFS lineups for Thursday? Visit SportsLine right now to see DFS millionaire Mike McClure’s complete optimal tournament lineups for FanDuel and DraftKings, and cash in big on MLB DFS.