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Fantasy Baseball Picks: Top DraftKings MLB DFS Targets, Values for July 25

Steve Buchanan gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Saturday, July 25th’s 11-game fantasy baseball DraftKings slate, which starts at 1:05 p.m. ET.

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It was so glorious to sit back, throw on the TV and watch some baseball while sweating some lineups. That sentiment will continue Saturday afternoon, as the schedule call for a massive 11-game slate. In these piece, I’ll give my picks at each position along with a value play. As always, feel free to follow me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.


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PITCHER

Stud

Lance McCullers, HOU vs. SEA, $8,500 - McCullers is making his first major league start since Sept. 30, 2018, after missing all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. With the extended layoff, he’s ready to go this afternoon against the lowly Mariners. Justin Verlander struck out seven last night to go with two runs allowed on three hits. This Mariners team is going to be one to pick on all season long and they could end up leading the league in K% when all is said and done. In McCullers’ final tune up before today’s start, he pitched five innings against the Royals, allowing one run on four hits while striking out six.

Other Option: Yu Darvish ($10,500)

Value

Steven Matz, NYM vs. ATL, $7,200 - Matz at home last season always felt like a recipe for success and that’s what we’re hoping for today. While his overall numbers were “meh” he was great at Citi Field. Through 89 23 innings, Matz produced a .288 wOBA with a 3.46 FIP with only eight of his 27 home runs allowed. The Braves are a team that will strike out against lefties and this could turn out to be a great start for Matz. For as cheap as he is, he’s worth a flier.

Other Option: Ryan Yarbrough ($7,300)


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CATCHER

Stud

Mitch Garver, MIN at CWS, $5,300 - Despite scoring 10 runs last night, the Twins were a very low-owned stack. I don’t expect that trend to continue this afternoon. Nonetheless, I think it’s extremely warranted to have some exposure. Garver will be facing Dallas Keuchel ($6,700), who’ll be making his White Sox debut. The problem is, he faces a very good team against lefties. Garver completely obliterated lefties last season with a .468 wOBA, a .415 ISO and 12 of his 31 home runs.

Other Option: Pedro Severino ($4,100)

Value

Wilson Ramos, NYM vs. ATL, $3,100 - Ramos is sooooo cheap for the matchup we want to target in him, which is facing a lefty. Max Fried ($8,700) isn’t a push over by any means but when Ramos had a .396 wOBA with a .178 ISO with five of his 14 home runs against lefties, it grabs my attention. Truly, you could do a lot worse at this price range so I’m all for saving some dough for the rest of your lineup and inserting Ramos.

Other Option: Victor Caratini ($3,300)


FIRST BASE

Stud

Rhys Hoskins, PHI vs. MIA, $4,200 - I don’t think you need to pay up at first base this afternoon, as I don’t see a lot of matchups I want to target. With that in mind, Hoskins going up against Caleb Smith ($6,900) is a fantastic mid-tier play. Smith really struggled away from Marlins Park, allowing a .360 wOBA, a putrid 6.08 FIP and 19 of his 33 home runs to right-handed bats. Hoskins with his .279 ISO and .427 wOBA at Citizens Bank Park against lefties certainly does the trick for me.

Other Option: Josh Bell ($4,700)

Value

Colin Moran, PIT at STL, $3,100 - Overall, I’m a fan of Adam Wainwright ($9,200) in this start against the Pirates but I think a couple of the Pirates’ bats could give him trouble. One of them being Moran, who hits from the left side. Lefties gave Wainwright the most trouble and produced a .332 wOBA with a 4.77 FIP and nine of his 22 home runs allowed. Moran isn’t a flashy name but the salary savings could be worth it with some decent pop.


SECOND BASE

Stud

Max Muncy, LAD vs. SF, $4,400 - Some curious pricing here at second base, as Muncy is somehow only the seventh most expensive option. I mean, he’s not someone who’ll go 3-for-4 consistently but this is cheaper than I expected. At home against righties last year, Muncy posted a .353 wOBA with a .226 ISO.

Other Option: Brandon Lowe ($4,800)

Value

Hanser Alberto, BAL at BOS, $3,700 - Alberto was a left-handed slayer last season and now has the benefit of facing Martin Perez ($5,500). Last season, Alberto posted a ridiculous .400 wOBA but a subpar .136 ISO. Sure, the power isn’t great but if Alberto is going to consistently get on base against lefties, I’ll take it.

Other Option: Kolten Wong ($3,800)


THIRD BASE

Stud

Nolan Arenado, COL at TEX, $5,000 - I’m never huge on Rockies bats on the road but when I see Arenado going against a lefty, I can’t help but to get all the feels. Even though he only hit seven home runs on the road against lefties, he still produced a .264 ISO against them. Third base is an expensive position and you can go a number of ways here but I think Arenado won’t see very high ownership, furthering his appeal for me.

Other Options: Alex Bregman ($5,400)

Value

Jean Segura, PHI vs. MIA, $3,600 - Like Hoskins, I think Segura is simply too cheap for the matchup that he’s in. I mentioned how poor Smith was on the road and with how well Segura is hitting lefties, this is a no-brainer in my mind. When he was facing them at home last season, Segura produced a .379 wOBA with a .286 ISO. Those numbers were the best of any split last season, so his $3,600 price tag is a steal.

Other Options: Wilmer Flores ($4,200)


SHORTSTOP

Stud

Jorge Polanco, MIN at CWS $4,400 - Shortstop doesn’t do much for me on this slate so I may as well roll with another Twins bat to add onto the stack. Polanco posted respectable numbers against lefties last season with a .306 wOBA and a .153 ISO. The real appeal here for me is the players hitting in front of them and how well they hit lefties, putting Polanco in a good spot to potentially collect some RBI and then come around to score.

Other Options: Jonathan Villar ($4,100)

Value

Jose Iglesias, BAL at BOS, $3,200 - As I mentioned, I really don’t like much at this position. Why would you bother with Iglesias who has very little power? To be totally honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Orioles handle Perez early and Iglesias is hitting near the top of the lineup, which is honestly insane. Either way, at $3,200, I’m more than happy to punt this position and hope Iglesias can at least grab a hit off Perez.


OUTFIELD

Stud

Nelson Cruz, MIN at CWS, $4,900 - I don’t even have to think when Cruz is facing a lefty. I put him in my lineup and move on. The ageless wonder produced a .436 wOBA with a .319 ISO on the road against lefties last season. With how powerful this Twins lineup is, Cruz should be in a great spot to put up some fantasy production this afternoon.

Other Options: Mike Trout ($5,900), Eddie Rosario ($4,700)

Value

Andrew Benintendi, BOS vs. NAL, $3,900 - If we’re going to get Benintendi in the leadoff spot for the Red Sox, sign me up at $3,900. Almost all of his power came at home last season, cracking off a .200 ISO against righties to go with a .337 wOBA. He’ll be facing Alex Cobb ($5,200), who isn’t going to generate many strikeouts and has had issues with the long ball for years now.

Other Options: Darin Ruf ($2,300), Yoenis Cespedes ($3,600)

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