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MLB DFS targets for early slate on Saturday, June 5th

We go over some top picks to consider for Saturday’s afternoon’s early slate on DraftKings.

Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox reacts after getting out of a bases loaded jam against the Baltimore Orioles on May 30, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images

MLB’s main slate on DraftKings will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET and includes nine of the 15 games on tap for Saturday. This slate is loaded with high-upside fantasy plays and we’ve identified a few that could help you maximize the potential of your DFS lineups. Let’s go over some of the best pitchers and batters worth rostering.

Top Pitchers

Lucas Giolito, White Sox vs. Tigers ($9,500) — Giolito has won his last three starts while averaging 33 DKFP per game and comes into the weekend with an ideal matchup. The Tigers scored eight runs on Chicago Friday, but have been far from consistent at the plate and rank 27th in team batting average (.227). Giolito has dialed u more than 10 Ks in two of his last three starts and only the Tampa Bay Rays have struck out more than Detroit this season.

John Means, Orioles vs. Indians ($9,200) — Means hasn’t recreated the magic of his no-hitter earlier this season but can score big against Cleveland. The lefty hasn’t scored more than 20 DKFP since early May, but the Indians’ stagnant offense bodes well for his production on Saturday. Only the New York Mets have fewer hits than Cleveland. Means has a .80 WHIP and .188 BABIP, so he’s bound to rake up DKFP if the Indians bat like they have all season.

Top Hitters

Tim Anderson, White Sox vs. Tigers ($4,800) — Chicago’s leadoff man is piping hot and has tallied three multi-hit games in his last five outings. He’s amassed 11 hits and scored six runs over his last 10 games and batters behind him like Yoan Moncada ($5,400), Yermin Mercedes ($4,900), and Nick Madrigal ($4,600) will make Anderson all the more dangerous when he gets on base.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Astros vs. Blue Jays ($5,400) — Guerrero hasn’t been this cheap in a while and there’s not a ton of risk associated with playing one of MLB’s best hitters at this price. While he was hitless in Friday’s game against Houston, he’s tallied 11 hits with nine RBIs over his last 10 games. His .330 batting average and ability to carry an offense often make him a threat to rank toward the top among hitters.

Value Pitcher

Tarik Skubal, Tigers vs. White Sox ($6,900) — Skubal’s price has never been higher, but he’s still one of the most cost-effective arms on this slate. He’s eclipsed 21 DKFP in his last three starts while securing two wins and boasts 85.8% LOB. He might give up hits, but he’s been solid at limiting damage.

Value Hitter

Carlos Correa, Astros vs. Blue Jays ($4,100) — There’s no guarantee that Correa will hit two home runs again as he did on Friday, but the shortstop could kick off the weekend with a strong start. He’s been walked 12 times while tallying 11 hits and 10 RBIs over his last 10 games. Correa has gone yard four times during that span.