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The 2022 MLB season is a month old now and MLB daily Fantasy baseball players are dialing in their strategies. However, a number of big stars have had pretty bad luck because of the wild weather and other unforeseen circumstances so far, like Twins shortstop Carlos Correa. After signing a three-year deal worth $105.3 million this offseason, Correa had just a .504 OPS through April 27.

But the two-time All-Star is now on a seven-game hitting streak where he's 14-for-31 with eight RBI and has raised his OPS by 204 points. He'll be a popular option for MLB DFS lineups on Thursday but who else in the MLB DFS player pool has a favorable matchup and should be targeted? Before you make your MLB DFS picks for Thursday, 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.

On Wednesday, McClure highlighted White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito in his MLB DFS player pool on both FanDuel and DraftKings. The result: Giolito gave up only three hits and three runs while striking out 10 over 5.2 innings to return 27.75 points on DraftKings and 44 points on FanDuel. Anybody that included him in their lineups was well on the way to a profitable day.

Now, with the 2022 MLB season in full swing, McClure has locked in his top MLB daily Fantasy picks for Thursday, May 5. Head to SportsLine now to see them

McClure's top MLB DFS picks for Thursday, May 5, 2022

One of McClure's top MLB DFS picks for Thursday is Phillies outfielder Kyle Schwarber, who is listed at $5,300 on DraftKings and $3,800 on FanDuel. Schwarber has always been a power factory but he made his first All-Star team last year and had the best season of his career while splitting his time between the Nationals and Red Sox.

After hitting 121 home runs with the Cubs over six years, Schwarber posted a .921 OPS with 32 homers and 71 RBI overall during the 2021 season. This season, he already has seven home runs, 16 RBI, and his .193 batting average is largely a product of a .188 BABIP that is 83 points below his career average. And he has a juicy matchup on Thursday, with a staggering five home runs in 13 at-bats against expected Mets starter Taijuan Walker.

Another part of McClure's optimal MLB DFS strategy includes stacking Schwarber with outfielder Bryce Harper ($5,800 on DraftKings and $3,900 on FanDuel). Harper won his second NL MVP trophy last year after leading the league in slugging percentage (.615) and OPS (1.044).

So far this season, it's been a bit of feast or famine but the peripherals seem to indicate some misfortune. Harper has a .273 BABIP that is 46 points below his career average and his 92.8 mph average exit velocity and 52.9 percent hard-hit contact rate both would be career-highs. 

How to set your MLB DFS lineups for Thursday, May 5, 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.