Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Baseball series.

The lack of elite pitching is evident on Saturday and that's why I'm going big with one of the more trustworthy options. And because of that lack of pitching, there are a lot of places to go for hitting – with everyone in my squad at 18 bucks or less.

PITCHER

Aaron Nola, PHI at MIA ($53): In a mixed bag of pitchers, Nola may be the best bet and is worth the price. He's been dominant over his last three outings, reaching seven innings in each with a minimum of 32 fantasy points. The Marlins are hitting well as of late – outside outside of Friday's shutout – but they still have displayed subpar power with a .153 ISO against righties over the last month. Nola has carved through better lineups and looks to be at his best after a recent one-hitter.

Kyle Hendricks, CHC at SD ($36): Hendricks brings a little more risk, but he returned to form with 35.6 fantasy points in his last start against the Giants. He struggled before that performance, but started the season with 18 fantasy points in seven of his first eight outings. He should hit that number against the Padres, which sport some of the worst numbers against righty arms in the last month with a 26.9 K%, .108 ISO and .275 wOBA.

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CATCHER

Buster Posey, SF vs. OAK ($13): San Francisco's bats have struggled of late, which is why a lot of them come on the cheap. Posey is a prime example and enters with a stout .381 wOBA against southpaws, which is slightly below last year's .415 rate. Brett Anderson worked the Indians last start, but it's hard to put much faith in him after a .351 wOBA allowed to righties last year.

FIRST BASE

Wilmer Flores, NYM vs. WAS ($15): Flores has done most of his damage against righties with seven homers and a .365 wOBA. That should work against Austin Voth, who is making his major-league debut. It's been a long time coming, although it's not like he was dominating Triple-A with a 3.61 xFIP in 15 starts. The over/under in this game is pushing nine runs, and that's mostly due to Voth.

SECOND BASE

Kolten Wong, STL vs. CIN ($13): Wong's price has jumped in the last week due to a recent tear and he's edging closer to last year's .343 wOBA against righties. Luis Castillo is struggling to put together good starts, as can be seen from his 5.58 ERA and a brutal 1.94 HR/9 and 4.67 xFIP against lefty bats.

THIRD BASE

Jurickson Profar, TEX at BAL ($16): Profar's having an up-and-down season but has a hit in his last ten games, and that streak should be extended against Yefry Ramirez. The rookie righty has been fine in his four starts, but that's all it can be called with a .364 BABIP allowed to lefty bats and a 3.93 ERA.

SHORTSTOP

Nick Ahmed, ARI at ATL ($16): Ahmed's price continues to rise, yet he's still worth playing against a struggling southpaw. He sports a solid .236 ISO and .357 wOBA against them, which is where all his success comes. Sean Newcomb hasn't done well of late, going just 6.1 innings in his last two outings and allowing eight hits and 10 runs with nine walks. His 4.49 xFIP against righties over the last two years also looks to be a problem against this Arizona lineup.

OUTFIELD

Odubel Herrera, PHI at MIA ($18):Eric Thames ($19) was in this spot, but he left Friday's game with a hamstring injury. Herrera will do with more power, with 12 homers and a .343 wOBA against righty arms. Trevor Richards walked seven batters last time out and has struggled to a 4.73 xFIP against lefties in his rookie season.

Ian Happ, CHC at SD ($14): Happ's been all over the place this year, but I wanted to write about at least one guy against Luis Perdomo. The righty hurler is getting roped every outing and has allowed 24 hits and 15 runs in his last three to go with a career .361 wOBA allowed to lefty bats. Happ comes in with a solid .410 BABIP against righties and that'll work fine without a high price like most of his teammates.

Andrew McCutchen, SF vs. OAK ($13): If you need to save money, it makes sense to bank on the cheaper Giants. McCutchen fits the mould with a .337 BABIP against southpaws this year, which plays off last year's excellent .360 ISO and .462 wOBA. Anderson is worth betting against mainly because he hasn't been a reliable MLB pitcher since 2015 and managed a 4.27 xFIP against righties last year.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adam Zdroik
Adam writes on sports ranging from NFL and MLB to soccer and college basketball. Outside of writing, he has worked with a professional soccer team, Sporting Kansas City, and in the stats department at ESPN. He is a former Streak for the Cash winner and Michigan State graduate.
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