Saturday features a six-game main slate starting at 7:15 p.m. ET. Let’s go position-by-position and break down everything you’ll need to know to set your lineups.
Joe Musgrove, San Diego Padres vs. New York Mets ($8,700) - The Mets have a minor league offense, and they weren’t great when they were healthy (91 wRC+, .295 wOBA, .122 ISO against right-handed pitching). It’s been common for DFS players to stream cheap pitchers against the Mets, so Musgrove is a no-brainer. Other than two games against the Giants at the beginning of May, Musgrove has been a star (33.5% K rate, 2.65 xFIP). With his affordable price tag, it’s possible to squeeze both Musgrove and Jacob deGrom ($11,100) into a lineup.
Other Option: Jacob deGrom ($11,100)
Kohl Stewart, Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants ($4,800) - It’s risky to play minor league call-ups, especially under emergency circumstances. However, Stewart pitched well in his first start (five innings pitched, three hits, zero earned runs). The Cubs had several options to fill their rotation vacancy and they chose Stewart because of his minor league stats (2.75 xFIP, 26.4% K rate and a 61% ground ball rate in four starts).
Other Option: Alex Cobb ($6,900)
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Sean Murphy, Oakland Athletics at Colorado Rockies ($4,300) - This isn’t rocket science. It’s a six-game slate, so Coors Field is very appealing. Murphy has an above-average amount of power against left-handed pitching (.206 ISO), and he plays half of his games in the sixth-most friendly pitcher’s park, according to Statcast. Kyle Freeland ($5,300) has only pitched a couple of games this season, but in those two games, he’s walked a lot of batters (16%) and struck out very few (12%). That is a recipe for disaster in Coors Field.
Other Option: Buster Posey ($4,600)
Gary Sánchez, New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox ($3,900) - The Sanchise looks more like Bland-chez this season, but he’s starting to turn it around. Over the last week, Sánchez has a .345 wOBA and a 122 wRC+, but his ISO is .105. The lack of power is a concern, but today he’s facing Eduardo Rodriguez ($6,600) in Yankee Stadium. As much as Sanchez has struggled this season, he still owns a .302 ISO vs. left-handed pitching.
Other Option: Elias Díaz ($3,300)
Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves ($4,800) - Charlie Morton has been serviceable this year, but he could fall apart at any moment. He is allowing a .200 ISO, 41% hard contact and 1.9 HR/9 to right-handed batters. His fly-ball rate is not astronomic (39%), but he’s allowing a lot of hard-hit fly balls to right-handed batters. Muncy has a .395 wOBA, .252 ISO, and a 155 wRC+ against right-handed pitching. Morton might escape with minimal damage, but as far as one-offs go, Muncy appears to be the best Dodger bat on this slate, assuming he’s in the lineup. It should be noted that Muncy is day-to-day after leaving Friday night’s game early. Albert Pujols ($2,600) could be an interesting value option at 1B if he draws the start.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Max Muncy is not in the lineup for today’s game vs. Atlanta.
Other Option: Matt Olson ($5,100)
C.J. Cron, Colorado Rockies vs. Oakland Athletics ($4,400) - This is a pretty good deal for Coors Field and a platoon advantage. Cron has a .402 wOBA, .227 ISO and a 142 wRC+ against left-handed pitching this season. Cole Irvin ($7,000) only strikes out 17% of left-handed batters and allows a 41% fly-ball rate to lefties. He might be able to get away with that in Oakland, but not in Colorado.
Other Option: Danny Santana ($2,500)
Ryan McMahon, Colorado Rockies vs. Oakland Athletics ($5,400) - There aren’t many pay-up options at second base tonight, and McMahon has the most favorable matchup. He’s at home in Colorado, and he’s facing a lefty that struggles with lefties (Cole Irvin vs. LHB - .380 wOBA, .185 ISO). As luck would have it, McMahon is a lefty that can hit lefties (.335 wOBA, .200 ISO, 43% hard contact). However, McMahon is day-to-day with a “very minor” groin strain, so monitor the Colorado lineup before lock.
Other Option: Ozzie Albies ($4,300)
Rougned Odor, New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox ($2,900) - Quietly, Odor is having a good season with the Yankees. This is another lefty vs. lefty spot, but just like McMahon, the batter has been fine against lefties (.363 wOBA, .294 ISO, 135 wRC+, 48% hard contact), and the pitcher is struggling with left-handed batters (Eduardo Rodriguez - .348 wOBA, .200 ISO, 1.7 HR/9). This isn’t Coors Field, but Yankee Stadium allows its fair share of home runs.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Rougned Odor is not in the lineup for tonight’s game vs. the Red Sox.
Other Option: Jed Lowrie ($3,900)
Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics at Colorado Rockies ($4,700) - He’s a notorious lefty masher and he gets a park upgrade moving from Oakland to Colorado. This game has an over/under of 11 runs on DraftKings Playbook. It would be very risky to not have exposure. Chapman has not hit a home run since May 5, but he’s facing a pitcher on the verge of a meltdown. Freeland didn’t look good in his first two starts and those were games at pitcher’s parks against very bad offenses (New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates).
Other Option: Rafael Devers ($4,500)
Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels ($3,500) - Seattle’s offense is miserable (87 wRC+), but Seager is having an impressive season. It’s hard for Seager to score fantasy points when no one gets on and no one drives him in. DFS players are basically shooting for a home run, and the odds are favorable. Seager has a .243 ISO and a 48% hard-contact rate against right-handed pitching. Alex Cobb ($6,900) has been great against left-handed batters this season, but this is a new trend in his career. Has he figured something out or is it a small sample size (15 innings pitched)?
Other Option: Justin Turner ($4,300)
Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees ($4,800) - Stacking Rays left-handed batters against Jameson Taillon ($7,500) did not work out earlier this week. Perhaps a Boston stack will not work either, but Bogaerts hitting in Yankee Stadium is very appealing. Taillon has been fine against right-handed batters (3.83 xFIP), but Bogaerts is not just any right-handed batter (vs RHP - .393 wOBA, .237 ISO, 151 wRC+).
Other Option: Fernando Tatis Jr. ($4,900)
Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs ($3,800) - Crawford is always one of the popular value plays at shortstop. Not many shortstops have Crawford’s power, and if they do, they typically cost more. The Giants are above average against right-handed pitching this season (103 wRC+, .187 ISO), and that’s another reason why the Stewart play is risky. Crawford is a major reason why those numbers are above average (.412 wOBA, .287 ISO, 165 wRC+ against right-handed pitching).
Other Option: Gavin Lux ($3,700)
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox ($5,000) - Stacking against Eduardo Rodriguez has been easy money this season. Judge has a .485 wOBA, .298 ISO, 218 wRC+ and a 58% hard-contact rate against left-handed pitching and he’s playing in a hitter’s park. At his price, he’ll be one of the most owned players on the slate.
Other Option: Mookie Betts ($5,100)
Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox ($4,100) - His stats are terrible, but it’s Giancarlo Stanton facing a struggling left-handed pitcher at Yankee Stadium. This isn’t a complete narrative play, his hard contact rate against left-handed pitching is 42%. Since coming off the IL last week, Stanton has a 50% hard contact rate, but just a .200 BABIP. Soon his game will turn around, and a matchup against Eduardo Rodriguez could be the turning point.
Other Option: Zach McKinstry ($2,800)
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