MLB will wrap up the weekend with a 15-game slate that will begin with a pair of matchups at 1:05 p.m. ET and end with a 7:08 p.m. ET battle between the Cardinals and Cubs. Let’s go over the best fantasy targets at DraftKings ahead of the action.
Shane Bieber, Indians vs. Mariners ($11,000) — Pitchers don’t get much more consistent than Bieber. MLB’s strikeout leader has racked up 122 Ks and has eclipsed 25 DKFP in five of his last 10 games. Bieber was underwhelming the last time he faced Seattle, but don't expect him to fall below expectations again. Ony the New York Mets have fewer hits than the Mariners this season, so there’s a good chance Bieber will finish as one of the top fantasy performers on the slate.
Carlos Rodon, White Sox vs. Tigers ($10,200) — Rodon hasn’t pitched much as most aces but boasts an impressive 13.27 Ks per nine innings. He’s tallied at least eight Ks in seven of the nine games he’s appeared in this season. Detroit is only second to the Tampa Bay Rays in strikeouts and is a bottom-10 team in most batting metrics.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays vs. Red Sox ($5,000) — Vladdy has become the American League MVP frontrunner in recent weeks. The third-year infielder leads MLB in home runs (20) and RBIs 52. He’s also batting .338 on the year. Guerrero is batting 4-for-6 with two home runs and four RBIs against the Red Sox this week.
Nick Castellanos, Reds vs. Rockies ($5,200) — Castellanos leads MLB in hits with 83 and .362. He’s racked up a ridiculous 16 hits in his last 10 games, and seven of those were doubles. Few batters have better floors than Castellanos, and the Reds’ explosive offense has tons of potential against a Rockies team that’s given up the second-most earned runs (306) in MLB.
Logan Gilbert, Mariners vs. Indians ($6,700) — Seattle is letting Gilbert loose, and his pitch count has increased with each appearance he’s made this year. The 24-year old logged a season-high 105 pitches against the Los Angeles Angels his last time out and scored a career-high 23.1 DKFP. Cleveland is outside the top 20 in runs, hits, and batting average. The Mariners’ young right-hander could build momentum and put together his best performance of the year.
Cedric Mullins, Orioles vs. Rays ($3,400) — There’s no reason for Mullins to be dirt cheap. The 26-year-old outfielder leads Baltimore in batting average (.321) and is tied for second in MLB with 78 hits. Mullins has racked up 18 hits in his last 10 games, and Tampa Bay’s Michael Wacha hasn't shown much fantasy potential as a starter.