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Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

Greg Vara

Vara is the lead golf writer at RotoWire. He was named the 2013 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year. In addition to producing the weekly preview and the bulk of the draft kit content, Vara participates in Yahoo!'s "Experts Picks" where he routinely dominates. He also picks college football games against the spread in his "College Capper" article.

PITCHER

Chase Anderson, MIL vs SD ($39):
Anderson is one of the hottest pitchers in the majors, and he gets what looks like the best matchup on this slate. He has allowed just one run over his past four starts, racking up 30 strikeouts over that span. Heíll now face the Padres, who have the second-lowest wOBA against righties this season and the highest K% at 25.8 percent.

Masahiro Tanaka, NYY at OAK($37): Tanaka has struggled for most of the season, but heís shown improvement. Two of his last four starts were awful, but the other two were very impressive, which gives me hope that heís on the right track. The Aís are a tough team to peg, as they look great one game and awful the next, but they come in with the third-highest K% against righties this season and are a bottom-half team in wOBA against them.

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CATCHER

Yadier Molina, STL at BAL ($11):
Wade Miley takes the mound for the Orioles, and while he managed to tread water for the first couple months of the season, the league has caught up to him. Miley has allowed at least four runs in four of his past six starts, twice failing to get through three innings. Opposing righties have been particularly hard on Miley, so weíll want to target any able-bodied righties in the Cards' lineup. Molina has hit lefties well historically and comes at an affordable price to fit nicely into a Cardinals stack.

FIRST BASE

Edwin Encarnacion (game 2), CLE at MN ($20):
If you liked the Indians on Friday night, and I certainly did, then youíll like them again in this spot as itís almost of carbon copy of that matchup. The Twins again send an inexperienced lefty with a spotty track record to the mound and, just like Friday, I expect the Indians to take advantage. Encarnacion had a big game against lefty Nik Turley, and heís the most likely Indians hitter to get to lefty Adam Wilk.

SECOND BASE

DJ LeMahieu, COL vs SF ($17):
Matt Cain at Coors Field; should I go on? Seriously, Cain has been predictably bad this season, and a trip to Coors Field is sure to end in disaster. Cain wasnít always bad, which is why many Rockies have poor lifetime numbers against him, but one guy who doesnít is Lemahieu, who is 9-for-22 with three extra base hits in his career.

THIRD BASE

Justin Turner, LAD at CIN ($18):
With all the potent left-handed bats in the Dodgers' lineup, it comes as a surprise that Turner leads the team in wOBA against righties this season (.414). Turner and the Dodgers face Asher Wojciechowski, who has allowed 10 runs over his last 15 innings.

SHORTSTOP

Dansby Swanson, ATL vs MIA ($16):
Swanson started the season so poorly that itís a wonder he stayed in the majors, but he managed to fight through his slump and now heís producing like we all thought he would. He leads the Braves in wOBA against lefties this season and now faces Jeff Locke, who has surrendered three runs in fewer than five innings in each of his past two starts. Swanson is averaging 5.1 fantasy points per game this season, but over his past nine games heís averaging 8.5.

OUTFIELD

Daniel Robertson (game 2), CLE at MN ($7):
With Michael Brantley out for the weekend, there are going to be some low-priced options in the Indians' outfield, and considering the matchup against Adam Wilk, they should all have a high upside. Robertson hasnít produced at a high level this season, but if heís batting second again, he has the potential for a big game, as he leads the Indians in wOBA against lefties this season at .396.

Giancarlo Stanton, MIA at ATL ($22): A left-handed starter facing the Marlins means one thing: itís Stanton time. Stanton leads the majors in wOBA against lefties this season at a whopping .570, and he'll now face Jaime Garcia, who has been serviceable this season but Stanton comes in 7-for-10 lifetime against him, including three home runs.

Charlie Blackmon, COL vs SF ($27): As mentioned earlier, Matt Cain is on the hill for the Giants, so if you can find room for the Rockies' high-salary players, then you probably should. Blackmon, who has a .410 wOBA against righties this season, comes at a steep price, but heís worth it more often than not.
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