It’s a great Saturday filled with baseball and there is plenty of DFS to take part in over on FanDuel. Let’s take a look at the top plays at each position and see if we can put together a winning lineup. Make sure to double check the weather on the RotoGrinders’ Weather Page before making your lineups!
Chris Sale - Boston Red Sox- $11,600 - The matchup may not be ideal, but Chris Sale is still the clear #1 option on the mound this afternoon. He leads all qualified MLB pitchers with a 2.62 xFIP and 12.27 K/9 through his first 16 starts. Sale has racked up double-digit strikeouts in 10 of his 16 starts and absolutely dominated this Toronto squad when they squared off earlier this season; tossing 8 shutout innings while allowing just five base runners and posting a season-high 13 strikeouts.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. LHP in 2017: 0.323 wOBA: 0.165 ISO: 0.208 K%: 99 wRC+
Jose Berrios - Minnesota Twins- $9,800 - After absolutely dominating batters at the AAA level for the last year, Berrios has handled life in the big league's quite well through his nine career starts. He owns a very impressive 7-2 record to go along with a 2.98 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 60.1 innings of work. Opposing hitters own just a .196 average and his mid-90's fastball rates out as one of the best fastballs in the entire league (10.6 wFB). Today, he'll turn his attention towards a Royals team that own an ugly .301 team wOBA against right-handed pitching this season. Like any young pitcher, he carries some degree of uncertainty every time he takes the mound, but his upside outpaces the risk.
Kansas City Royals vs. RHP in 2017: 0.302 wOBA: 0.161 ISO: 0.209 K%: 83 wRC+
Jonathan Lucroy - Texas Rangers - $2,500 - It's been a disappointing offensive season for Lucroy, but if you're rolling with Chris Sale on the mound, you'll need to find some solid value somewhere. While the "pop" looks to have been drained from his bat this year, it's worth noting that Lucroy has punished left-handed pitching to the tune of a .295 average and .357 wOBA during his MLB career. He figures to occupy a spot somewhere in the middle of the Texas batting order with Derek Holland on the mound, and Holland has surrendered a .382 wOBA and a troubling 41.4% hard-hit rate to right-handed batters this season. At this bargain price-point, Lucroy doesn't need to do much of anything to exceed value.
2017 vs. LHP : 0.307 wOBA, 0.137 ISO, 86 wRC+
Gary Sanchez - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.407 wOBA, 0.264 ISO, 157 wRC+
Buster Posey - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.378 wOBA, 0.15 ISO, 138 wRC+
Willson Contreras - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.305 wOBA, 0.174 ISO, 85 wRC+
Evan Gattis - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.306 wOBA, 0.255 ISO, 91 wRC+
Lucas Duda - New York Mets - $3,100 - Duda's asking price has been on the rise in recent weeks, but there's still some value to be found here. Duda has been swinging the bat very well since returning to the lineup and now owns an impressive .915 OPS on the young season. He's punished right-handed pitching his whole career and that's continued this season as he owns a .391 wOBA and a ridiculous 45.6% hard-hit rate. Add in the fact that Jeremy Hellickson's 5.69 xFIP is the worst among all qualified pitchers in MLB this season and that Duda is 5 for 11 with three doubles and a home run off of the right-hander in their previous meetings, and he shoots way up my rankings at first base today.
2017 vs. RHP : 0.391 wOBA, 0.292 ISO, 145 wRC+
Paul Goldschmidt - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.447 wOBA, 0.31 ISO, 173 wRC+
Joey Votto - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.423 wOBA, 0.288 ISO, 161 wRC+
Edwin Encarnacion - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.39 wOBA, 0.176 ISO, 144 wRC+
Brandon Belt - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.37 wOBA, 0.253 ISO, 132 wRC+
Mike Napoli - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.324 wOBA, 0.265 ISO, 97 wRC+
Jose Altuve - Houston Astros - $4,000 - Three things in this world are certain; Death, taxes and Jose Altuve against left-handed pitching. With two more hits in last night's game, the diminutive second baseman extended his hitting streak to nine games and finished the month of June with a .354 average and 1.007 OPS. His assault on left-handed pitching has continued in 2017 as he's posted a .393 wOBA and .200 ISO against southpaws in 65 at bats this season. Jordan Montgomery has been impressive in his rookie season, but his 4.27 xFIP hints that some regression is imminent and Houston was able to knock him around a bit in their only previous meeting.
2017 vs. LHP : 0.393 wOBA, 0.2 ISO, 150 wRC+
Robinson Cano - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.375 wOBA, 0.241 ISO, 139 wRC+
Josh Harrison - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.397 wOBA, 0.242 ISO, 148 wRC+
Jonathan Villar - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.29 wOBA, 0.159 ISO, 72 wRC+
Dustin Pedroia - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.382 wOBA, 0.103 ISO, 135 wRC+
Elvis Andrus - Texas Rangers - $3,300 - Elvis Andrus has been swinging a white-hot bat lately, but he still finds himself with a very reasonable 3.3K asking price. He picked up two hits in last night's game and has gone 12 for 29 (.414 average) with three home runs over his last seven games. Andrus is locked into a role as the #2 hitter in the dangerous Texas batting order and has proven to be a major weapon on the base paths as well; his two stolen bases last night gives him 20 stolen bases on the season. As mentioned above, right-handed batters own a .382 wOBA off of Derek Holland this season, firmly making Andrus a fine option in all formats.
2017 vs. LHP : 0.312 wOBA, 0.167 ISO, 89 wRC+
Carlos Correa - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.38 wOBA, 0.172 ISO, 141 wRC+
Xander Bogaerts - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.323 wOBA, 0.077 ISO, 96 wRC+
Jean Segura - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.368 wOBA, 0.145 ISO, 135 wRC+
Jordy Mercer - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.237 wOBA, 0.1 ISO, 43 wRC+
Jake Lamb - Arizona Diamondbacks - $3,900 - After announcing his arrival to the Big Leagues with 29 home runs in his first full season last year, Jake Lamb looks poised to blow those numbers out of the water this time around. The 26-year-old will step into the batter's box today owning a .929 OPS with 18 home runs and 65 RBI's through just 77 games. Lamb has crushed right-handed pitching for a .433 wOBA and .307 ISO and has had success off of Tyler Chatwood in their brief history; going 4 for 13 with a pair of home runs. With lefties having posted a .343 wOBA off of Tyler Chatwood during his career, Lamb is stands out as the top option at the hot corner.
2017 vs. RHP : 0.433 wOBA, 0.307 ISO, 164 wRC+
Manny Machado - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.287 wOBA, 0.191 ISO, 73 wRC+
Adrian Beltre - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.31 wOBA, 0.083 ISO, 87 wRC+
Kyle Seager - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.341 wOBA, 0.193 ISO, 116 wRC+
Anthony Rendon - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.368 wOBA, 0.215 ISO, 126 wRC+
Curtis Granderson - New York Mets - $3,600 - Granderson stayed hot last night as he pushed his hitting streak to nine games and reached base twice. His bat has come alive down the stretch and he's thriving as the Met's leadoff man. Granderson just wrapped up the month of June owning a .316 average, 1.153 OPS and unloaded eight home runs. Opposing pitcher Jeremy Hellickson's 5.69 xFIP is the highest among all qualified pitchers in MLB locking Granderson in as one of the best dollar-for-dollar options of the day.
2017 vs. RHP : 0.341 wOBA, 0.245 ISO, 112 wRC+
Adam Duvall - Cincinnati Reds - $3,700 - Adam Duvall is definitely no longer a value option, but his recent production makes him look like a bargain at this $3.7K price-point. Duvall connected on his 19th home run of the season in last night's 5-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs and now sports a .322 average and .981 OPS through 90 at bats during the month of June. He's launched home runs in three of the last four games and boasts a very impressive ..351 wOBA and .258 ISO against right-handed pitching this season. While Eddie Butler has pitched quite well for the North-siders thus far this season, his 5.65 SIERA indicates a significant regression is on the horizon and Duvall should have plenty of chances for damage this afternoon as he's locked into a spot behind on-base machine Joey Votto.
2017 vs. RHP : 0.351 wOBA, 0.258 ISO, 113 wRC+
Bryce Harper - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.431 wOBA, 0.308 ISO, 167 wRC+
Aaron Judge - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.459 wOBA, 0.362 ISO, 192 wRC+
George Springer - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.469 wOBA, 0.38 ISO, 202 wRC+
Mookie Betts - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.348 wOBA, 0.25 ISO, 112 wRC+
Andrew McCutchen - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.487 wOBA, 0.386 ISO, 207 wRC+
Jay Bruce - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.399 wOBA, 0.311 ISO, 151 wRC+
David Peralta - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.358 wOBA, 0.149 ISO, 115 wRC+
Chris Young - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.277 wOBA, 0.042 ISO, 64 wRC+