Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Baseball series.

Pitcher

Jon Lester CHC vs. LAD ($55): It will be difficult to fade Lester in a two-pitcher format, as the Dodgers finished the regular season with the worst wOBA in the league against left-handed pitching. It is also worth noting that the Dodgers were a bottom five team when it came to flyball rate, while Lester kept the ball on the ground 47 percent of the time.

J.A. Happ, TOR at CLE ($41): Two-game slates sometimes force us to make selections based on a process of elimination. While I am not necessarily thrilled to take Happ against a capable Cleveland lineup, I can't see selecting Josh Tomlin and his massive home run rates (more on that later). Happ kept a wOBA under .300 against both sides of the platoon in 2016, while notching a HR/9 rate of 1.00.


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Catcher

Yan Gomes / Roberto Perez, CLE vs. TOR ($7): There is no powerhouse option behind the plate, so it makes some sense to roster a low-cost bat with a platoon advantage to save up for the heavy artillery. Gomes played just 74 games this season due to injuries, but did tally a .171 ISO against left-handers. Perez ended the season sporting a .160 ISO against southpaws.

First Base

Anthony Rizzo, CHC vs. LAD ($17): Rizzo should probably be on the list of guys who need to be strongly considered for DFS lineups, as he finished the 2016 season with a Runs Above Average score of nearly 15.00 against the slider, a pitcher Kenta Maeda threw 29 percent of the time. Maeda's strikeout and walk rates went from fantastic to mediocre when he faced lefty hitting, which contributed to a 4.74 xFIP against his opposite hand.

Second Base

Ben Zobrist, CHC vs. LAD ($15): Zobrist showed a decent amount of power against righties this season, tallying a .182 ISO over 380 at-bats. The Zorilla should be a particularly tough out against Maeda, having walked more times then he struck out in 2016.

Third Base

Josh Donaldson, TOR at CLE ($20): Tomlin had serious issues keeping the ball in the park against righties during the regular season, which resulted in a 2.00 HR/9 rate over 97.1 innings. Donaldson produced a .272 ISO against same-handed pitchers in 448 at-bats this year.

Shortstop

Troy Tulowitzki, TOR at CLE ($14): Tulo's numbers have looked less impressive since leaving Coors Field, but he showed good peripherals against righties this season, tallying a .196 ISO and a 35 percent hard contact rate. The Blue Jays are a predominately right-handed offense, which should allow them to put some runs on the board against Tomlin.

Outfield

Yasiel Puig, LAD at CHC ($8): Puig's 2016 season was a long and strange journey, but let's not forget that it ended with him tallying a .210 ISO against lefty pitching. Lester doesn't give up many dingers, but this price can help you assemble a Blue Jays stack while providing the potential to rack up points.

Rajai Davis, CLE vs. TOR ($11): Traditionally Davis has handled left-handed pitching, but that didn't hold true in 2016, as he registered just a .670 OPS against southpaws. The reason he appears here is because of his penchant for stealing bases (he stole 43 this season). On a slate where there is bound to be a significant amount of overlap, it may come in handy to have a lesser-targeted asset who is a threat to get you four points whenever he reaches first.

Brandon Guyer, CLE vs. TOR ($9): Guyer offers us another cheap platoon matchup, as he hit .333/.461/.553 with a .220 ISO against lefties this year. Guyer went 3-for-4 with an RBI in his lone postseason contest against David Price and the Red Sox.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Christopher Olson plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: DraftKings: Sommerset, FanDuel: Christop, Yahoo: Martins.
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