Saturday is shaping up to be another lively night of fantasy baseball with Major League Baseball offering 10 games on the main fantasy baseball slate for DraftKings. Six of the 10 games are divisional matchups, so there are plenty of familiar foes clashing with less typical matchups like the Yankees continuing their stop at St. Louis.
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Carlos Rodon, San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics ($9,500) – As the Max pitching duel enters Max Scherzer ($10,600) and Max Fried ($9,500) is sure to get plenty of attention, the two face tougher matchups than Rodón, who takes on the A’s in the pitcher-friendly RingCentral Coliseum. Rodón was excellent in his first season in San Francisco, going 9-6 with a 3.00 ERA, 2.28 FIP and 11.56 K/9. He posted 38.6 DKFP in his last start, which was against the Cubs, and had 30.5 DKFP in a win the first time he faced the A’s this year. Rodón has at least seven strikeouts in six consecutive outings, making him the most reliable SP on the table, especially against Athletics, who have scored the second fewest runs in the Majors this season and only reach 0.215 as a team.
Other options – Max Scherzer ($10,600), Merrill Kelly ($9,000)
Reid Detmers, Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners ($8,600) – In case you haven’t been following the Angels closely (understandable), Detmers struggled after his no-hitter in May, including back-to-back starts in which he gave up nine combined earned runs and four circuits, and eventually ended up in the minors. He bounced back impressively, however, and went 1-0 in four dominating starts in July, allowing three earned runs in 24 innings and striking out 31 for an impressive 34.4% K%. He had a season-high 12 punches in his last outing, which resulted in 34.2 DKFP despite being a no-decision. Detmers should prepare well for this game in Seattle since the Mariners rely on left-handed hitters, and the rookie has held the left-handers to a .198 wOBA this season.
Other options – Aaron Ashby ($8,000), Nathan Eovaldi ($7,300)
Nolan Arenado, Cardinals of St. Louis versus. New York Yankees ($5,300) – Arenado has posted a double-digit DKFP in four straight games on home court for the Cardinals after going 2-for-3 with a walk and 12 DKFP on Friday against the Yankees. He’s hitting .296 with a .387 wOBA and 155 wRC+ in 98 games this season and has gone 12 for 37 (.324) since the All-Star break with four doubles, three homers and a .451 wOBA. He’s in a great match highlighted below in the stacks and is a great building block to build around 3B on this slate.
Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals ($4,800) – Bogaerts is hitting .378 on the year against lefties with three home runs and a .451 wOBA. He must be able to access Daniel Lynch ($6,900) Saturday night and stay warm. He had four singles and 16 DKFPs Friday night and hit .333 (23 for 69) with six doubles, two home runs and a .388 wOBA in his last 19 games.
Other options – Brandon Drury ($5,400), Francisco Lindor ($5,100)
Nathaniel Lowe, Texas Rangers versus. Chicago White Sox ($3,300) – Lowe has been locked in the cleanup spot for the Rangers and provides a very affordable upside from that roster spot. Since the All-Star break, he’s hit a sizzling .344 with five doubles, a triple, three homers and a .404 wOBA. He hits .282 on the season with a .340 wOBA and has consistently been one of the best low-cost 1Bs to include in your roster.
Paul DeJong, St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Yankees ($3,300) – DeJong lost his job earlier this season and was sent to Triple-A, but has come back strong since returning to the roster following Edmundo Sosa’s trade to the Phillies. He only had 4 hits for 19 (.211), but those four hits were for extra bases with two home runs and two doubles. His two-out, two-run brace in the eighth was the difference in Friday’s game and pushed him to 11 DKFP. DeJong has good extra base potential and has a 63.6% hard hit rate with a 35.4% barrel rate since returning, so he hits the ball very well and gets a good game on Saturday.
Other options – Jose Miranda ($3,600), Vinnie Pasquantino ($2,100)
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees to the cardinals of Saint-Louis ($6,000) – Picking Judge in this spot isn’t new or exciting, but it’s still the right choice as he continues to be very productive in almost every contest. On Friday, he didn’t homer but still posted 17 DKFP by going 2 for 4 with his 11th stolen base of the year. In his most recent 14 contests, he’s gone 21 for 52 (.404) with 13 walks, three stolen bases, 10 home runs and a .624 wOBA. If you’re spending at OF, Judge is a choice that usually pays off.
Eloy Jiménez, Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers ($4,800) – Jiménez has also crushed him since the All-Star break, going 19-for-45 (.422) with two doubles, four home runs and a .493 wOBA. He appears to be fully healthy after leg and hand injuries, and he’s starting to be the hitter he was during his 2019 breakout before multiple injuries sidelined him for a few seasons.
Other options – Starling Marte ($5,100), Hunter Renfroe ($5,000)
Chris Taylor, Los Angeles Dodgers versus. San Diego Padres ($3,800) – Taylor returned Friday night after missing nearly a month with a foot injury. He started and played 2B on his return and finished with 16 DKFP thanks to a two-RBI double and a steal of third base in the third inning. Taylor’s numbers were down a bit before the injury, but he’s a key contributor in a top line-up when healthy and can bring a nice element of speed as well. If he’s able to keep contributing, his salary will likely go up, so take advantage of it for less than $4,000 while you can.
Mickey Moniak, Los Angeles Angels vs. Seattle Mariners ($2,000) – The Angels acquired Moniak in exchange for Noah Syndergaard at the trade deadline, and it looks like Moniak will be the CF replacement for Brandon Marsh, who was also traded to the Phillies on a separate deal. Moniak was the first overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, but fell short of high expectations. The Angels are expected to give him an extended audition in the remaining weeks of the season to see if the 24-year-old southpaw can help move forward. He had five home runs and five stolen bases in 20 Triple-A games this year and made his second start with the Angels on Thursday. Moniak has a ton of potential, so it’s worth picking up a flyer if you’re looking for a Saturday night minimum wage OF.
Other options – Alek Thomas ($3,300), Alex Verdugo ($3,200), Jonathan Davis ($2,100)
St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Yankees – While the Cardinals will start ex-Yankee Jordan Montgomery ($7,700) against his former team, they will face German Domingo ($6,500), who will get at least one more start while the Yankees determine their new rotation outside the trade deadline. Germán allowed 13 points in 12 2⁄3 innings with a FIP of 7:30. He gave up four homers in those three starts and allowed right-handers to post a .499 wOBA against him. Paul Goldschmidt ($6,100), Nolan Arenado ($5,300) and Tyler O’Neill ($4,900) make a solid right-handed core to build a stack around with Nolan Gorman ($3,800), Paul DeJong ($3,300), Lars Nutbaar ($2,100) and Yadier Molina ($2,200) offering cheap games to fill in the gaps.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies – The Diamondbacks offer a nice stack of value against the Rockies and Antonio Senzatela ($6,400). Senzatela has a 4.87 ERA and 4.10 FIP this season and has allowed at least three runs in five straight starts. One of those outings was against Arizona, and he went just two innings while allowing three runs on four hits. Marte Kettle ($4,700), Josh Rojas ($4,500) and Christian Walker ($3,600) all have a very good history against Senzatela. There are some very nice even cheaper options too with Alex Thomas ($3,300), Jake McCarthy ($2,900) and friday night hero Geraldo Perdomo ($2,500) all bringing good potential at affordable salaries.
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