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Fantasy Baseball Picks: Top DraftKings MLB DFS Targets, Values for August 29

Steve Buchanan gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Saturday’s fantasy baseball slate on DraftKings, which starts at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Washington Nationals v Boston Red Sox Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Saturday features a seven-game slate beginning at 7:05 p.m. ET. We do have a couple of games to watch in terms of weather with Miami-Washington the biggest threat followed by Philadelphia-Atlanta. As always, this article will give plays as if we don’t have any weather concerns, so make sure to check before first pitch.

As for the rest of this slate, we have some really enticing matchups to target and we’ll talk all about that below. As always, feel free to throw me a follow on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.

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PITCHER

Stud

Dylan Bundy, LAA vs. SEA, $10,300 - I loved when Bundy was traded to the Angels and it’s looking as if he did too. He looks like a completely different pitcher in the AL West and has specifically dominated the Mariners in two prior starts. He pitched 15 innings against them allowing four runs on eight hits with 18 strikeouts for an average of 30.8 DKFP. He’s by far the most expensive pitcher on this slate but I have no problem paying the premium for him. The Mariners enter this game with a .323 wOBA, a .159 ISO and a 23.4 K% against righties.

Other Option: Justus Sheffield ($7,300)

Value

Brett Anderson, MIL vs. PIT, $6,400 - This is more of an opponent play than a pitcher play, but Anderson going against the Pirates is awfully enticing. To his credit, Anderson is pitching quite well thus far this season, having not allowed more than two runs in all five starts. He doesn’t bring much strikeout upside with a 17.5 K%, but he’s not walking batters and is inducing a massive amount of ground balls at 62.5%. With numbers like that at a $6,400 salary against the Pirates, it’s hard not to like him here.

Other Option: Luke Weaver ($7,600)


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CATCHER

Stud

Elias Díaz, COL vs. SD, $4,000 - The catcher position is a total disaster this evening, so I wouldn’t go out of your way to stress over it much. If Diaz ends up drawing the start tonight, which I’m hoping he does against the lefty Adrian Morejon ($6,200), he’d be in a great spot at Coors for cheap (considering the other bats). Díaz has shown some good numbers against lefties in the past but a lack of consistent playing time has plagued him otherwise. If you want to get some exposure to Coors relatively cheap, this could be the way.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Elias Díaz is not in the lineup for tonight’s game vs. the Padres.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Adrian Morejon has been placed on the injured list and SP/RP Michel Baez will start in his place tonight vs. the Rockies.

Other Option: Kurt Suzuki ($4,200)

Value

Jose Trevino, TEX vs. LAD, $3,100 - If you want to punt the catcher position, I’d totally side with you on that. Trevino would be a great way to do that since he’s been batting third in a struggling Rangers offense. Yes, Texas isn’t hitting well but the Rangers do face Ross Stripling ($8,400) who has a horrific .473 wOBA with 9.24 FIP (!) against right-handed hitters including six of his 10 (!) home runs allowed. At $3,100, you really can’t go wrong here.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jose Trevino is not in the lineup for tonight’s game vs. the Dodgers.

Other Option: Joey Bart ($3,500)


FIRST BASE

Stud

Mitch Moreland, BOS vs. WAS, $4,900 - You may not even realize because I can’t imagine you pay much attention to the Red Sox but Moreland is absolutely crushing the ball this season. Now he’ll take on Anibal Sánchez ($7,100), who has allowed six home runs in five starts to go with a .443 wOBA and a 7.15 FIP to lefties. All Moreland has is a .522 wOBA and a .509 ISO against righties this season. No biggie.

Other Option: Eric Hosmer ($5,100)

Value

Albert Pujols, LAA vs. SEA, $3,000 - I think first base is a position you want to pay up for but if you’re desperate to save salary I don’t hate Pujols as an option. Overall, I do like Sheffield a lot in this start but Pujols is consistently hitting lefties well. Since last season, Pujols has a .325 wOBA against lefties with a .234 ISO against them. Not shabby numbers for someone at just $3K.

Other Option: Justin Smoak ($3,300)


SECOND BASE

Stud

Keston Hiura, MIL vs. PIT, $5,000 - We haven’t seen much of JT Brubaker ($5,700), who is set to take the mound for the Pirates but given how well Hiura has been hitting as of late, I’m good with rolling with him. On the year, Hiura has only a .298 wOBA but a .195 ISO against righties with five of his seven home runs. The Brewers’ offense looks as if it’s coming around as of late, so Hiura in the heart of it is in line to do some damage.

Other Option: Ketel Marte ($4,900)

Value

Luis García, WAS at BOS, $3,200 - In one of the highest projected totals on the evening, according to the DraftKings Sportsbook, García is a very cheap way to grab some exposure. He has been great since being called up and against righties, he has a .382 wOBA and a .161 ISO. In a game with an 11.5 run projected, getting García in your lineup at $3,200 is an extremely efficient way to get involved in this one on the cheap.

Other Option: Derek Dietrich ($3,600)


THIRD BASE

Stud

Nolan Arenado, COL vs. SDP, $5,500 - The Rockies are facing a lefty at home, so I figure you already know what to do here. Arenado has essentially had all of his production and power at home, boasting a .419 wOBA and a .381 ISO at Coors this season. For reference, he only has a .223 wOBA and a .057 ISO on the road thus far. If you have the salary to use here, you can never go wrong with Arenado at Coors against a lefty.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Adrian Morejon has been placed on the injured list and SP/RP Michel Baez will start in his place tonight vs. the Rockies.

Other Option: Rafael Devers ($4,900)

Value

Eduardo Escobar, ARI vs. SF, $3,900 - The “value” at third base is simply not there on this slate. Like first base, you’re better off paying up at this position rather than trying to find someone cheap. I’m not even crazy about Escobar against Trevor Cahill ($5,900), as Escobar has simply not been hitting well. Against righties, he’s sporting just a .252 wOBA with a .112 ISO. Not exactly a ringing endorsement by any means. But, if you’re thinking Cahill is pitching over his head, which is likely, Escobar will check in at extremely low ownership.

Other Option: Luis Urías ($2,900)


SHORTSTOP

Stud

Trea Turner, WAS at BOS $5,400 - Turner is hitting at a completely different level as of late, averaging a massive 14.4 DKFP over his past 10 games. In that span, he has two home runs, five doubles, two triples and nine RBI. When he’s bored, he’s stolen three bases as well. Now he’s in a game with an 11.5 implied run total and faces a very, very poor Red Sox bullpen. For me, this is a no-brainer but the ownership could be shifted more toward Trevor Story ($5,700) or Fernando Tatis Jr. ($6,100) at Coors Field, making me like Turner even more if that’s the case.

Other Option: Trevor Story ($5,700)

Value

Brandon Crawford, SF at ARI, $3,200 - Like Moreland, it’s easy to overlook the fact when a player on a bad team is hitting well. This is the case with Crawford, who is averaging 9.1 DKFP over his past 10 games. In that span, he has two home runs, three doubles and six RBI. Tonight, he’ll face Luke Weaver ($7,600), who has always struggled against lefties and has already allowed a .431 wOBA with an 8.59 FIP and six of his eight home runs allowed. In a very top-heavy position, Crawford could be a very sneaky play.

Other Option: Isiah Kiner-Falefa ($2,800)


OUTFIELD

Stud

Juan Soto, WAS at BOS, $5,700 - Soto is showing no signs of cooling off anytime soon and has the Red Sox bullpen to continue his torrid streak against. The Sox are starting with Chris Mazza ($5,000), who has only pitched 5 2/3 innings, all against the Yankees, allowing four runs on nine hits with a 7:3 K:BB ratio. As for Soto, against righties, he’s posted a .525 wOBA with a .391 ISO and five of his nine home runs.

Other Options: Mike Yastrzemski ($5,300), Alex Verdugo ($4,600)

Value

Matt Kemp, COL vs. SDP, $2,900 -This is a very confusing salary for Kemp but one I’m very excited to take advantage of. Sure, maybe Kemp isn’t annihilating the ball but for someone who should start in the Rockies’ lineup at Coors Field against a lefty, this salary is simply too good to pass up. On the year against lefties, Kemp has a solid .347 wOBA but only a .103 ISO. Still, we’ve seen him do very well against lefties in the past, so add that to Coors Field and he feels like a hell of a value.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Adrian Morejon has been placed on the injured list and SP/RP Michel Baez will start in his place tonight vs. the Rockies.

Other Options: Alex Dickerson ($3,200), Adam Eaton ($3,400)

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