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Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

Joel Bartilotta

Joel has 12-plus years of Fantasy experience, and can recall riding a young Daunte Culpepper to a championship in the 2003-04 season. He covers EPL Soccer, MLB, NBA and Daily Fantasy sports for RotoWire. He's active with EPL, NFL, MLB and NBA fantasy games.

PITCHER

Corey Kluber, CLE at OAK ($59):
One of the league's best strikeout pitchers facing the swing-heavy A's makes Kluber the can't-miss pitcher of the day. Kluber, who has at least eight strikeouts in eight consecutive games (averaging 37 fantasy points per game in that span) has the third-highest strikeout percentage in baseball (33.8), while the A's strike out at the league's second-highest rate (25.7 percent).

Jhoulys Chacin, SD vs. SF ($38):
Chacin's numbers are far from desirable, but he's a different pitcher at home. At Petco Park, he has a 1.68 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in nine starts. San Francisco ranks 28th in scoring, 29th in batting average and 30th in slugging percentage this season.

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CATCHER

Willson Contreras, CHC at BAL ($16):
Few catchers are as hot as Contreras, as he has a .344 average and 1.056 OPS in his last nine games. He faces a weak lefty in Wade Miley, giving Contreras the platoon advantage and against a pitcher who has a 1.32 HR/9 and a 5.18 BB/9 this season.

FIRST BASE

Mike Napoli, TEX vs. KC ($15):
Napoli's volatile and has a tough matchup against left-hander Danny Duffy, but he's a good value nonetheless. He has the platoon advantage and has five homers in his last eight games. He's worth the risk with so many other first basemen facing even tougher matchups.

SECOND BASE

Robinson Cano, SEA at CWS ($17):
Stacking against righty Mike Pelfrey is usually a good idea, and Cano at $17 is simply a steal. The last three seasons, Pelfrey has allowed a .392 OBP and .853 OPS to lefty batters; this year it's .377 and .881, respectively. Cano, who has a .931 OPS and seven homers in his last 17 games, has a .370 wOBA against right-handers this season. Whit Merrifield, Chris Taylor and Joe Panik are the same price as Cano, and he is undoubtedly the best option of the four.

THIRD BASE

Kyle Seager, SEA at CWS ($13):
Seager has offered little reason to trust him this season, but his price is getting way too cheap. Seager likely will regress back to the mean in the second half, as he ended the first half on pace for his worst season since his rookie campaign. He has posted at least a .764 OPS in four consecutive seasons. This is a good place to start that second-half surge, as he gets the platoon advantage against the aforementioned Mike Pelfrey.

SHORTSTOP

Francisco Lindor, CLE at OAK ($13):
Lindor is too cheap to fade in such a quality matchup. He is regularly a $20 talent, and it's strange to see him in the same price range as players like Freddy Galvis, Jordy Mercer and Alcides Escobar. Those names don't matchup with Lindor, especially when he has a favorable matchup against youngster Paul Blackburn, who is making his third career start.

OUTFIELD

Charlie Blackmon, COL at NYM ($21):
Blackmon has arguably been one of the three best players in fantasy this season, but his price does not reflect it. Not only is he averaging an absurd 8.9 fantasy points per game, Blackmon gets the platoon advantage against righty Seth Lugo, who has allowed a .319 average and .340 wOBA to left-handed batters this season.

Michael Conforto, NYM vs. COL ($10):
Conforto has been the Mets best hitter all season, and it's crazy to see his price so low. He is a dangerous DFS player when facing a righty, as he has a .409 wOBA vs. right-handers this season. Tyler Chatwood's 4.84 BB/9 and .340 play into Conforto's hand as the likely be the table-setter for the Mets.

Matt Kemp, ATL vs. ARI ($9):
Not only is Kemp having a nice bounce-back year, he gets a fantastic matchup against southpaw Patrick Corbin. Kemp has dominated lefties throughout his career and should take advantage of Corbin. The price makes it a low-risk play, as he's just $2 north of the minimum. Not surprisingly, the RotoWire Optimizer has Kemp has the greatest value on the slate at 7.55x.

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