You have now made it to Saturday, a glorious day where many of the baseball games are being played during the day. Once again, the Cubs and Diamondbacks will get us started at 2:20pm eastern and we will end it late with the Rockies visiting the Padres in San Diego. Here are the guys that you should be targeting for fantasy lineups for all of the games on Saturday.
James McCann (DET) $2,400
If you somehow took a chance on James McCann for your lineup on Friday, then you were rewarded with 29 unlikely fantasy points. McCann will likely be in the lineup once again on Saturday after his huge night, and it will be against lefty Chris Sale. While another 29 points is probably out of the question, it’s never a bad idea to play the hot hand at a position like catcher and save some big money.
Total so far: $2,400
Justin Smoak (TOR) $2,900
We’re going to stay cheap again, this time at first base with Justin Smoak. Smoak has not put up a bad game in his past three, scoring seven points in each of his last two games and another 14 before that. Smoak is a lefty, and will go against Steven Wright. The two have faced each other five times, with Smoak getting one hit, and he should get more on Saturday.
Total so far: $5,300
Rougned Odor (TEX) $3,700
On Saturday, we will finally see the return of Rougned Odor after he was suspended for decking Jose Bautista. Odor will be raring to go, and gets to face Nate Karns in his return. Karns has pitched against Odor twice, getting the best of the Ranger in each one, but returns are always fun to watch. If Odor doesn’t get the start, then Jurickson Profar is a fine replacement for your lineup.
Total so far: $9,000
Kris Bryant (CHC) $5,200
Kris Bryant has really been heating up for the Cubs, and he has at least nine points in each of his past three games with an average of 13 in that span. Bryant will get a crack at Edwin Escobar on Saturday, and that spells good news for most of the Cubs hitters. Escobar has only one start so far this season, and it did not go well.
Total so far: $14,200
Carlos Correa (HOU) $3,400
As long as DraftKings keeps listing Carlos Correa in the $3,000’s, then you always have to give him a look for your lineup. Correa scored 17 in his game on Friday, and has averaged 11.2 in his past five. Correa has a good match-up, as well, as Kendall Graveman of the Athletics so far is 2-6 with a 5.09 ERA.
Total so far: $17,600
Bryce Harper (WAS) $4,900
After missing two games with a knee injury, Bryce Harper had a rough return, batting just 1-for-4 with one strikeout. Now that Harper has gotten back into the swing of things, Harper should have an easier go at it for Saturday. Harper goes against Dan Straily on Saturday, who he has never actually faced.
Total so far: $22,500
J.D. Martinez (DET) $3,200
J.D. Martinez was one of our value picks on Friday, and he certainly came through with 17 fantasy points, and is now averaging 9.4 over his past five. That makes Martinez a safe and cheap option yet again, even if he is going against Chris Sale. At his price, getting another seven points still isn’t a very big problem, and he’s projected to be one of the highest scoring outfielders of the day.
Total so far: $25,700
Franklin Gutierrez (SEA) $3,400
A familiar face in our outfield lineups, Franklin Gutierrez took the day off on Friday after putting up scores of 11, eight and six in three straight games. Gutierrez figures to be back in the lineup for the Mariners, and will go against Martin Perez. So far, Gutierrez is only 1-for-6 against Perez, but it should be a good game for Gutierrez.
Total so far: $29,100
Clayton Kershaw (LAD) $14,100
The reason why we have picked so many cheap players is because we were saving up for Clayton Kershaw. In his past five starts, Kershaw’s worst performance was 31 fantasy points. Yes, that’s right, his worst performance. Kershaw has peaked at 53 points in that span, and is the biggest no-brainer of the day.
Total so far: $43,200
Junior Guerra (MIL) $6,800
Now you might be thinking “Who in the world is Junior Guerra?” and that’s a normal question if you don’t watch a lot of Brewers games. For his price, Guerra has been fantastic in his past five starts. Guerra peaked at 31 points in that span, and has gotten at least 14 to mark an average of 20.4. If you can get that again out of Guerra on Saturday at that price, then you’ll be golden.
Grand Total: $50,000