Early Fantasy Baseball Picks: Top Targets, Values For June 13

Wednesday afternoon brings a five-game DraftKings fantasy baseball slate with relatively clean weather forecasts. Let’s get you set for the slate, and as always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.

Pitcher

Stud

Chris Sale, BOS at BAL, $13,500 — Sale is by far the biggest name on the slate, as he faces the Orioles. As you’d expect, the Red Sox are massive favorites in this game and the largest on the slate. This will be the second time Sale will face Baltimore, as he previously threw five innings, allowing only one run on two hits with eight strikeouts for 22.85 DKFP. Despite the huge salary that comes with rostering Sale, he’s in a great spot against an Orioles club that owns a just a .302 wOBA and a 21 K% against lefties.

Value

Jhoulys Chacin, MIL vs. CHC, $5,900 — I’m surprised how low Chacin is priced, as he has pitched quite well for the Brewers as of late. He’s averaging 18.78 DKFP over his past five games while allowing no more than one run in three of those starts. Chacin also has been his best at home, where he owns a .273 wOBA and a 3.31 FIP. Admittedly, I don’t love this spot against the Cubs, but at just $5,900, Chacin is a worthy SP2 option.


Catcher

Stud

Wilson Ramos, TB vs. TOR, $3,500 — The catcher position is, as usual, weak. Ramos will face Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ ($10,900), and he has been doing his thing against southpaws, as he comes into this game with a .320 wOBA and a .161 ISO against them with a 105 wRC+. Other Option — John Ryan Murphy ($3,600)

Value

Mike Zunino, SEA vs. LAA, $3,200 — If I’m looking to save some money at catcher, Zunino always is one of my go-to options. He always packs some power against right-handers, as he owns a .262 ISO with a 102 wRC+ in the split. If you’re looking for that potential quick 14 points, Zunino is the option on the cheap.

Other Option — Christian Vazquez ($2,700)


First Base

Stud

Ryan Braun, MIL vs. CHC, $4,800 — Braun should draw the start with Cubs lefty Mike Montgomery ($6,800) on the hill. Braun is sporting a solid .366 wOBA against lefties with a .267 ISO and three of his eight home runs on the year. Braun also has hit well as of late, averaging 9.3 DKFP over his past 10 games with three home runs and nine RBI. Other Option — Paul Goldschmidt ($5,400)

Value

Josh Bell, PIT at ARI, $3,300 — This is more of a GPP play, as Bell is not someone I’d consider in cash. Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke ($9,300) sports a .387 wOBA against lefties with a 5.08 FIP. Bell usually lands in the heart of the Pirates’ order, which makes him an intriguing option.

Other Option — Albert Pujols ($3,600)


Second Base

Stud

Daniel Descalso, ARI vs. PIT, $3,800 — Descalso, as well as the rest of his Diamondbacks teammates, has crushed the ball of late. He’s averaging 11.3 DKFP in his past 10 games with two home runs and 12 RBI. I like this spot for him against Pirates starter Jameson Taillon ($7,600), who struggles against lefties. Taillon is allowing a .363 wOBA in these matchups with a 5.29 FIP and a 33 percent hard-hit rate. Other Option — Ben Zobrist ($4,200)

Value

Jonathan Villar, MIL vs. CHC, $3,700 — Switch-hitting Villar, who draws a matchup against Montgomery, has a .399 wOBA against lefties with a .297 ISO and a 152 wRC+. I’m not a believer in Montgomery, and I think he’ll have a tough go against this Brewers lineup this afternoon.

Other Option — Ian Kinsler ($3,700)


Third Base

Stud

Jake Lamb, ARI vs. PIT, $4,400 — Lamb is another D-Backs lefty to target against Taillon. Lamb has provided a much-needed spark to Arizona’s offense since returning from the disabled list. In his limited time back, Lamb sports a .339 wOBA with a .224 ISO and all four of his home runs. Other Option — Yangervis Solarte ($3,900)

Value

Kyle Seager, SEA vs. LAA, $3,500 — Seager feels a bit too cheap for this matchup against Angels right-hander Garrett Richards ($7,800) to ignore. While Richards has been good against lefties, he has allowed five of his eight home runs against them while carrying a 4.16 FIP. Seager should check in with low ownership, adding to his appeal.

Other Option — Daniel Descalso ($3,800)


Shortstop

Stud

Manny Machado, BAL vs. BOS, $4,700 — I’m usually not in favor of rostering hitters against Sale, but how often can you get Machado at potentially low ownership? And to his credit, Machado has seen his fair success against the Red Sox ace, as he’s 6-for-16 lifetime against Sale with a home run and two doubles. To boot, Machado owns a .380 wOBA against lefties with a .299 ISO on the year. Other Option — Xander Bogaerts ($4,900)

Value

Ketel Marte, ARI vs. PIT, $3,700 — Are you noticing my love for the lefties against Taillon? Marte has been yet another hot-hitting D-Backs batter who can hit from the left side. He’s coming off a huge game Tuesday night, when he scored 23 DKFP, marking his sixth game over his past 10 where he has reached double-digit fantasy points.


Outfield

Stud

Mike Trout, LAA at SEA, $6,000 — Trout is on a different planet of late and feels about as matchup-proof as you can get. He’ll face Mariners lefty Marco Gonzales ($6,300), who’s allowing just a .312 wOBA against righties. That said, Trout has an absurd .514 wOBA against lefties with a .426 ISO and a 239 (!) wRC+. Trout is on the short list of players I’d happily pay $6K for on a given day. Other Options — J.D. Martinez ($5,500), Starling Marte ($4,300)

Value

Mitch Haniger, SEA vs. LAA, $3,900 — Haniger is heating up at the plate again, as he’s coming off a 32-DKFP performance Tuesday night. His power has been very impressive this year, as he enters this game with a .241 ISO against righties. A hair under $4K feels like a bit of a bargain for someone who can park one against righties, whom he has 13 of his 15 home runs on the year.

Other Options — Dee Gordon ($3,700), Corey Dickerson ($3,900)


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