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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

Stephen Strasburg, WAS at SD ($53):
Strasburg comes at a steep price for a guy making his first start off the DL, but he looked strong in his rehab start and heís facing the Padres. The downside is that thereís virtually no chance he goes deep into this game, but he can do plenty of damage against the Padres, who have the fourth-lowest wOBA and second-highest K% against righties this season.

Kevin Gausman, BAL vs. LAA ($40): The idea of using Gausman a couple months back seemed outrageous, but heís piled up enough quality starts that I now trust him again. He has recorded eight strikeouts in four of his past six starts while allowing more than two runs just once in that span. The Angels have certainly played better since the return of Mike Trout, and while they don't strike out at a high rate, they have the sixth-lowest wOBA against righties this year.

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CATCHER

Robinson Chirinos, TEX vs. CHW ($14):
Derek Holland returns to his old stomping grounds and unless heís got something up his sleeve, this wonít be a friendly homecoming. Holland has a 5.68 ERA after allowing 10 runs in his last 7.2 innings. With Holland on the mound, you can safely stack the Rangers, and Chirinos offers one of the cheapest options and a .384 wOBA against lefties this season.

FIRST BASE

Freddie Freeman, ATL vs. CIN ($22):
Robert Stephenson takes the mound for the Reds, and while heís been okay as a reliever, heís been a disaster as a starter, allowing 15 runs in his last 17.1 innings. Meanwhile, Freeman has a .461 wOBA against righties this season, which is second-best in the majors.

SECOND BASE

Jonathan Schoop, BAL vs. LAA ($21):
JC Ramirez takes the mound for the Angels with a 4.26 ERA, which is a reflection of a lot of peaks and valleys this season. He appears to be in one of those valleys right now, which is good news for Schoop, who has a .363 wOBA against righties this season, the second-best mark on the team (Trey Mancini).

THIRD BASE

Anthony Rendon, WAS at SD ($19):
Heís not the most consistent player in the league, but you have to wonder how much better Rendonís numbers would be if he were consistently in the top five spots in the batting order. As it is, heís usually in the sixth spot yet he still manages to put up some big numbers. Rendon enters with a .467 wOBA against lefties this season and gets a crack at Travis Wood, who has a 6.46 ERA.

SHORTSTOP

Corey Seager, LAD at DET ($21):
Michael Fulmer enters with a respectable 3.78 ERA, but heís been really bad over his past four starts, allowing 19 runs in his last 22.2 innings, including 11 in his last two starts. Seager has improved against lefties this season, but it's his solid .374 wOBA against righties that we're after.

OUTFIELD

Delino DeShields Jr., TEX vs. CHW ($15):
As mentioned earlier, with Holland on the mound for the White Sox, there are a number of bats in play with the Rangers. DeShields offers another somewhat cheap option among some more expensive ones, and with a lefty on the hill, he has plenty of upside. DeShields enters with a .345 wOBA against lefties this season and nearly half if his 20 stolen bases have come against them.

Dexter Fowler, STL at PIT ($21): We are just past halfway through August and Fowler is likely in the lead for player on the month, as heís crushed it since his return from the DL. His price has caught up with his production, but thatís no reason to fade him, especially when he has a nice matchup against Chad Kuhl, who has a 4.64 ERA after allowing seven runs in his past 11 innings. Fowler enters with a .375 wOBA against righties this season, which is second on the Cardinals.

Justin Upton, DET vs. LAD ($24): Upton enters with a .443 wOBA against lefties this season, and while Hyun-Jin Ryu is no pushover, heís certainly not elite either. Ryu had a nice little run recently, but he wasnít sharp in his most recent start when he allowed three runs in five innings to the lowly Padres.
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