Saturdays area always fun to play DFS MLB because of 15 games and two slates of action. As I always warn you, make sure you recognize the game you’re joining before doing so. Best of luck this weekend!
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There are plenty of pitchers to like on this day. To start, Anibal Sanchez seems like the best bet of the day as he goes up against the Twins. He is holding opposing hitters to a .181 average and will be pitching in a spacious park. He has big strikeout potential as we’ve seen him strikeout 26 batters in his last 28.1 innings. The other early pitcher I like is Chris Archer. He gets the Astros and he has major strikeout potential as well. He has 33 strikeouts in his last 31 innings and has given up just three earned runs during that time.
The late pitchers are all pretty self explanatory. You need to use combinations of Stephen Strasburg, Garrett Richards, and Scott Kazmir. All three have strikeout potential and face good matchups. The Cardinals are hitting just .233 in their last five games. The Braves are hitting in the .230s against RHP. And finally, Kazmir gets a lefty heavy lineup that he just struck out ten times in 6.1 innings.
Others to Consider: Charlie Morton, Ryan Vogelsong
Two Mariners catchers have caught my attention today. I think Jesus Montero could be in store for a big game against Joe Saunders. He’s always been a solid hitter with solid home run potential. The other catcher is Mike Zuninio. He has been brutal against RHP, but is a .294 hitter against lefties.
Miguel Montero is certainly an option against a righty as he’s hitting over .300 against them on the season. Haren hasn’t been a dominant pitcher this season either.
Others to Consider: Yan Gomes
Paul Goldschmidt is the top first basemen for me and with good reason. He gets Haren who has given up a batting average in the high .200s to RHP. Goldy has averaged an extra base hit per six at bats this season against righties. I also like Justin Morneau even though he’s not at home. He has six hits in his last three games and is deserving of attention tonight.
Others to Consider: Jose Abreu, Anthony Rizzo
The top guy on the board for me is Chase Utley. He’s so good against righties this season and is 7 for his last 20 before Friday night’s game. He gets a good matchup against Edwin Jackson who just isn’t his old self. Daniel Murphy is another option against a RHP named Jesse Hahn who is making just his second start of his career.
Others to Consider: Dustin Pedroia, Robinson Cano, Scooter Gennett
Adrian Beltre is still hitting great with a .416 average in his last six games. He’s facing a righty, which is a great thing with his .331 average on the year against them. He has three home runs in the last 15 days. I’m a big fan of Luis Valbuena against Buchanan and the Phillies today. He’s hitting .429 in the last 15 days and more importantly has 7 hits in his last 10 at bats before Friday night.
Others to Consider: Justin Turner
I’m a big fan of a Cubs mini-stack today against the Phillies and it’s mostly because of Starlin Castro. He hit himself a home run on Friday and gets a good matchup against Buchanan. He has given up an extra base hit per seven at bats so far this season against RHB. For cheap, I like Eugenio Suarez against Sam Deduno. He has a few home runs already this season and could go deep again against a pitcher of Deduno’s talent.
Others to Consider: Jimmy Rollins
Lorenzo Cain has flown under the radar so far this season, but he can’t be ignored anymore. He’s hitting .314 with a home run in the last 15 days and .356 in the last seven days. Noesi has given up nine home runs in his last six starts, so another big fly could be in store for Cain.
Christian Yelich is 10 for his last 23 with four extra base hits, but we might not get to see him today. He left the game for injury issues, but if he plays then I like him against Charlie Morton.
Two Rangers bats you have to consider are Alex Rios and Shin-Soo Choo. Choo has struggled lately, but roped a line drive a few days ago and has shown signs of his normal self. I wouldn’t mind taking the risk against a guy like Erasmo Ramirez. I also think Rios is a great play. He’s hitting .349 against RHP and even has two stolen bases in the last 15 days.
Others to Consider: Gregory Polanco, Starling Marte
Chicago NL: Rizzo/Castro/Valbuena