Saturday features a nine-game slate of fantasy baseball starting at 7:05 p.m ET. As you prepare, make sure to be following @DKLive for the latest MLB news updates and lineup information. As always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
StudCorey Kluber, CLE vs. KC, $11,000 — I’m not a Kluber guy by any means, but give credit where it’s due, he’s been pitching well lately. Over his last 10 games, he’s averaging 25 DKFP, spanning 65 innings with a K/9 of 10.6. Tonight he’ll face a Royals team that he’s averaged 20.7 DKFP against in four games with a K/9 of 9. The Royals have been decent hitting wise, posting a .311 wOBA with a .187 ISO over the past two weeks but they haven’t been really able to figure out Kluber all season long. I think he gets it done here tonight
Other Option — Aaron Nola ($10,500)
ValueZack Godley, ARI vs. SD, $6,200 — Another guy I’m not huge on overall, but has plummeted in salary is Godley. He’s fallen all the way down to $6,200, his lowest salary of the season. He’s certainly pitched like he deserves it, averaging just 10 DKFP in his last five starts. With that being said, he’s been successful against this Padres club, facing them four times while averaging 15.3 DKFP against them with a K/9 of 12.5. Getting someone with that type of strikeout potential at $6,200 certainly makes you consider the play today.
StudWillians Astudillo, MIN vs. CWS, $3,700 — The man continues to hit, so as long as he’s doing so, he’ll land in my lineup. Astudillo enters this game averaging 9 DKFP over his last 10 games and specifically against lefties has a .377 wOBA with a .160 ISO and a 36.4 percent hard-hit rate. He’ll matchup against Carlos Rodon ($7,000) who’s really been hit hard lately, posting a .407 wOBA in September with a 39 percent hard-hit rate.
Other Option —
J.T. Realmuto ($4,100)
ValueIsiah Kiner-Falefa, TEX vs. SEA, $3,000 — He’s certainly not a sexy option going up against James Paxton ($10,000) but his numbers against lefties are good enough at this price point to consider. At just $3K, he owns a .345 wOBA against lefties with a .147 ISO and a 27 percent hard-hit rate. Eligible at both catcher and third base, he can be utilized to help save some salary somewhere in your lineup.
Other Option — Alex Avila ($3,100)
StudJesus Aguilar, MIL vs. DET, $5,300 — Aguilar has to top the list as one of the best options at first today as he takes on Daniel Norris ($5,300). Norris, who has only pitched 39.2 innings on the year, has already allowed seven home runs on the year with three of them coming on the road. Against righties, he sports a .337 wOBA with a 5.11 FIP and a 44 percent hard-hit rate. It doesn’t hurt that Aguilar has a .394 wOBA with a .278 ISO at home against lefties either.
Other Option — Edwin Encarnacion ($4,700)
ValueRyan O’Hearn, KC vs. CLE, $3,500 — Kluber is certainly an option tonight, but I’ll be taking a look at O’Hearn as well. All this guy does is hit against righties and has some really impressive numbers to back it up. In these matchups, O’Hearn has a .485 wOBA against righties with a .419 ISO with 10 of his 12 home runs. If you’re looking for a salary saver with some upside, this could be the route to go.
Other Option — Jay Bruce ($3,800)
StudJose Ramirez, CLE vs. KC, $5,200 — I’m fairly certain I don’t have to really get into why Ramirez is a good play on any given night. Instead, we can look the numbers for Jakob Junis ($7,200) against lefties. On the year, he sports a .337 wOBA with 13 of his 32 home runs allowed on the year with a 43 percent hard-hit rate allowed. Ramirez is the most expensive second base option on the slate, but he’s also one of the most productive.
Other Option — Robinson Cano ($4,900)
ValueLogan Forsythe, MIN vs. CWS, $3,100 — Forsythe doesn’t provide much upside to be honest, but he’s a decent salary saver if you need it. Frankly, I think you can’t avoid paying up at second base tonight, as they low-salary options really don’t jump out at you. I don’t really have a ton to say to convince you to play Forsythe, so maybe we can just pretend I didn’t write him up. If anything, you’ll get ownership and potentially a couple of runs from him if the Twins really hammer Rodon.
Other Option — Hernan Perez ($3,500)
StudMatt Chapman, OAK vs. LAA, $4,100 — Third base is a bit odd on this slate, as the majority of the high-priced options are in average matchups at best. Chapman likely has the best of the bunch as he faces Tyler Skaggs ($6,400). Against righties, Skaggs owns a .327 wOBA with 10 of his 13 home runs allowed and a 40 percent hard-hit rate. Against lefties, Chapman owns a .352 wOBA with a .164 ISO and a 42 percent hard-hit rate.
Other Option —
Wil Myers ($4,500)
ValueJeimer Candelario, DET vs. MIL, $3,900 — Yeah, I know, not much salary difference between the stud and value picks. We have like two days left in the regular season, so calm down. Candelario has been posting some great numbers against lefties on the year and matches up against Wade Miley ($6,000). In these matchups, Candelario owns a .361 wOBA with a .203 ISO and a 40 percent hard-hit rate. Not too shabby numbers for someone just under the $4K range.
Other Option — Kyle Seager ($3,700)
StudTrea Turner, WAS vs. COL, $5,700 — Turner has been having himself a great end of the season and gets to end it in Coors Field. He’s averaging 12 DKFP over his last 10 games with a home run, four doubles and four stolen bases. He faces Jon Gray ($8,400) who has really struggled as of late, with eight home runs allowed and a 33 percent hard-hit rate in 23 innings through September.
Other Option — Francisco Lindor ($5,100)
ValueMarcus Semien, OAK vs. LAA, $4,100 — Shortstop is another position where I think you really can’t go too cheap. Semien is likely where I’d go if I was going to pay down at this spot, as he gets his favorable matchup against a lefty. Facing Skaggs, Semien owns a .328 wOBA against them with a .185 ISO and a 37 percent hard-hit rate.
Other Option — Jean Segura ($4,200)
StudBryce Harper, WAS vs. COL, $5,400 — Harper has a good opportunity to pad some of his stats before he hunts for a monster contract this offseason. Facing Gray certainly gives him a good opportunity to do so. Against lefties, Gray owns a .351 wOBA with 17 of his 26 home runs allowed and a 4.61 FIP. Harper has been hitting well as of late, averaging 8.6 DKFP over his last 10 games with a home run, four doubles and five runs knocked in.
Other Options — Juan Soto ($5,200), Michael Brantley ($4,800)
ValueLewis Brinson, MIA vs. NYM, $3,100 — Brinson is a decent option if you really need to save some salary as he faces off against Steven Matz ($6,700). Brinson has some decent power against lefties, sporting a .160 ISO and 40 percent hard-hit rate. It’s been a very up and down season for Matz, who will enter his final start with a .325 wOBA against righties with a 38 percent hard-hit rate allowed.
Other Options — Mark Canha ($3,800), Robbie Grossman ($3,900)
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