I think the most interesting game for DFS Saturday is White Sox-Rays, so of course that game is not available on most slates. FantasyAces does not have that game on either slate, while it is only available on the full-day slate on FanDuel. DraftKings included that game on the early slate as well as the full-day, and as you will see below, I will probably have a lot of Rays in all of the lineups where they are available.

The day is split evenly between the early and late slate, so I have split my picks, as well. The easiest position to fill, in both slates, is outfield, so I am probably filling that position last. As a whole I like the hitters in the early slate better, though catcher is a notable exception.

 

CATCHER

            2015 Regular Season   2016 Regular Season   Salaries    
Player Team Bats Opp Pitcher Throws AVG HR OBP OPS AVG HR OBP OPS DK FD Aces
Kurt Suzuki MIN R LAA Jered Weaver R .240 5 .296 .610 .087 0 .154 .371 2600 2200 3750
Stephen Vogt OAK L KC Chris Young R .261 18 .341 .784 .273 1 .314 .738 3400 2400 4350
Jonathan Lucroy MIL R @PIT Jonathon Niese L .264 7 .326 .717 .273 0 .333 .666 3400 2900 4700
A.J. Pierzynski ATL L @MIA Tom Koehler R .300 9 .339 .769 .160 0 .192 .392 3400 2100 4050

EARLY SLATE

Left-handed batters slugged .411 against Chris Young last season, and Stephen Vogt had an .832 OPS against right-handed pitchers.

Kurt Suzuki is a .288 batter in his career against Jered Weaver, and while neither is the player he once was, that probably favors Suzuki more than it favors Weaver. Perhaps equally important, Suzuki  is quite cheap, and catcher is a good place to save money in the early slate.

LATE SLATE

A.J. Pierzynski is 7-for-15 with two home runs against Tom Koehler, and you cannot beat his price on FanDuel.

Jonathan Lucroy has a .362 career wOBA against left-handed pitching. He is the best way to get some exposure to Jonathon Niese, outside of maybe Ryan Braun.

 

FIRST BASE

            2015 Regular Season   2016 Regular Season   Salaries    
Player Team Bats Opp Pitcher Throws AVG HR OBP OPS AVG HR OBP OPS DK FD Aces
Lucas Duda NYM L CLE Josh Tomlin R .244 27 .352 .838 .226 0 .273 .531 4400 2500 4800
Adam Lind SEA L @NYY CC Sabathia L .277 20 .360 .820 .160 0 .160 .320 2900 2100 4300
Albert Pujols LAA R @MIN Ricky Nolasco R .244 40 .307 .787 .216 1 .293 .617 4400 3000 4700
John Jaso PIT L MIL Taylor Jungmann R .286 5 .380 .839 .341 0 .391 .879 3300 3100 4200
Freddie Freeman ATL L @MIA Tom Koehler R .276 18 .471 .841 .107 1 .324 .538 4600 2900 5000
Paul Goldschmidt ARI R @SD Andrew Cashner R .321 33 .435 1.005 .200 3 .319 .819 4900 4600 5750

EARLY SLATE

I probably should have more Cubs in my lineup, but there are just too many guys I like at other positions who cost less. The same is true at first

Albert Pujols is 13-for-35 with three home runs against Ricky Nolasco.

Adam Lind is 7-for-15 against CC Sabathia, and which makes Lind playable even if they drop him down in the order with a lefty on the mound.

Josh Tomlin has allowed 1.46 HR/9 in his career, including 1.78 in 10 starts last season. Lucas Duda is off to a slow start, but he has hit at least 27 home runs in two consecutive seasons, and he could easily get his first homer of the season Saturday.

LATE SLATE

Freddie Freeman is too good a hitter to cost so little against Tom Koehler. The rest of the position is pretty ugly in the night slate, which makes it even easier to roll with Freeman.

Paul Goldschmidt is 7-for-23 with three stolen bases against Andrew Cashner, and while Goldschmidt is worth considering anyway, I would especially like him if Derek Norris is catching for the Padres.

John Jaso is 11-for-26 over the last week, and he should lead off against Taylor Jungmann. Sign me up.

 

SECOND BASE

            2015 Regular Season   2016 Regular Season   Salaries    
Player Team Bats Opp Pitcher Throws AVG HR OBP OPS AVG HR OBP OPS DK FD Aces
Neil Walker NYM L CLE Josh Tomlin R .269 16 .328 .755 .250 2 .250 .667 4100 2600 4650
Logan Forsythe TB R CWS John Danks L .281 17 .359 .803 .216 2 .275 .680 4100 3200  
Jed Lowrie OAK B KC Chris Young R .222 9 .312 .712 .205 0 .256 .487 3100 2200 3950
Kelby Tomlinson SF R @LAD Scott Kazmir L .303 2 .358 .762 .167 0 .167 .334 3200 2500 3800
Dee Gordon MIA L ATL Tom Koehler R .333 4 .359 .777 .325 0 .341 .816 4700 3800 5350

EARLY SLATE

Logan Forsythe is pretty much an automatic play against a weak lefty like John Danks. Forsythe had a .972 OPS against lefties last season.

Jed Lowrie is 4-for-10 in his career against Chris Young, and Young has struggled through two starts this season.

Neil Walker has been pretty streaky in his career, and it looks like he may be in a hot streak. He hit his second home run of the season Friday to extend his hitting streak to four games.

LATE SLATE

Kelby Tomlinson has a .367 career wOBA against left-handed pitchers. He has been starting against lefties, especially with Brandon Crawford ailing, and is a fine play when he is in the lineup.

Only five catchers allowed more stolen basses than A.J. Pierzynski last season, and I love Dee Gordon’s chances both to get on base and to steal one in this game. Gordon is 7-for-25 with two steals in his last five games.

 

THIRD BASE

            2015 Regular Season   2016 Regular Season   Salaries    
Player Team Bats Opp Pitcher Throws AVG HR OBP OPS AVG HR OBP OPS DK FD Aces
Evan Longoria TB R CWS John Danks L .270 21 .328 .763 .244 2 .262 .701 4600 3000  
Yunel Escobar LAA R @MIN Ricky Nolasco R .314 9 .375 .790 .317 1 .391 .928 3500 3000 4200
Brett Lawrie CWS R @TB Erasmo Ramirez R .260 16 .299 .706 .263 0 .300 .616 3400 2400  
Trevor Plouffe MIN R LAA Jered Weaver R .244 22 .307 .742 .200 1 .222 .565 3700 2400 4400
Jake Lamb ARI L @SD Andrew Cashner R .263 6 .331 .717 .294 1 .390 .861 3700 2500 4050
Adrian Beltre TEX R BAL Yovani Gallardo R .287 18 .334 .788 .283 2 .340 .862 4400 3700 5050

EARLY SLATE

Yunel Escobar is 11-for-31 against Ricky Nolasco, and he will continue to have DFS value while he is batting leadoff.

Evan Longoria is a very nice value on FanDuel, but I would consider him on every site. He has a .384 career wOBA against left-handed pitchers.

Brett Lawrire has a give-game hitting streak and he is 4-for-7 in his career against Erasmo Ramirez. I really wish this game was more easily available.

Trevor Plouffe has six RBI in 14 at-bats against Jered Weaver. The Twins are impossible to trust despite what should be a fantastic matchup, and Plouffe is your best bet if you want some exposure to Weaver.

LATE SLATE

Jake Lamb is 4-for-11 with two walks against Andrew Cashner and 6-for-16 over the last week. His price is still quite low on FanDuel and FantasyAces.

Adrian Beltre has a .946 career OPS at Globe Life Park in Arlington, no matter what they are calling it these days. He is batting .333 with two home runs over the last week, and is more than good enough to jump all over Yovani Gallardo.

 

SHORTSTOP

            2015 Regular Season   2016 Regular Season   Salaries    
Player Team Bats Opp Pitcher Throws AVG HR OBP OPS AVG HR OBP OPS DK FD Aces
Luis Sardinas SEA Bats @NYY CC Sabathia L .196 0 .240 .456 .231 1 .231 .693 2200 2100 3300
Javier Baez CHC R COL Christian Bergman R .289 1 .325 .733         3600 2300 3700
Marcus Semien OAK R KC Chris Young R .257 15 .310 .715 .281 4 .378 1.034 3400 3300 4300
Elvis Andrus TEX R BAL Yovani Gallardo R .258 7 .309 .666 .364 0 .421 .815 3700 3000 4150
Alexi Amarista SD L ARI Shelby Miller R .204 3 .257 .544 .467 0 .500 .967 2500 2600 3750
Carlos Correa HOU R DET Justin Verlander R .279 22 .345 .857 .286 3 .348 .896 4500 4400 4800

EARLY SLATE

I don’t know how much longer Marcus Semien’s hot streak will last, but I suspect it is at least one more game. Chris Young hasn’t had a FIP under 4.5 since 2011, and Semien has four home runs over his current five-game hitting streak. Hopefully they will finally move him up in the order.

Javier Baez is dirt cheap on FanDuel and FantasyAces, but that will almost certainly change after he has played a couple of games. Baez has 10 home runs in 80 career games, while Christian Bergman has allowed 1.21 HR/9 in his career.

I had Tim Beckham penciled in here, but I prefer Luis Sardinas if the Mariners bat him second, as they did the last time they faced a lefty. Anyone batting that high has some value against CC Sabathia.

LATE SLATE

Alexi Amarista has two hits in three consecutive games.

Elvis Andrus has four runs scored and three RBI over his current four-game  hitting streak.

As you probably already figured out, the late slate is pretty ugly at shortstop, and I wouldn’t blame you at all for simply plugging in Carlos Correa and moving on. After all, Justin Verlander isn’t nearly as scary as he used to be.

 

OUTFIELD

            2015 Regular Season   2016 Regular Season   Salaries    
Player Team Bats Opp Pitcher Throws AVG HR OBP OPS AVG HR OBP OPS DK FD Aces
Kole Calhoun LAA L @MIN Ricky Nolasco R .256 26 .308 .730 .412 1 .559 1.033 4300 3100 4400
Daniel Nava LAA B @MIN Ricky Nolasco R .194 1 .315 .560 .286 0 .333 .619 3000 2300 3400
Steve Pearce TB R CWS John Danks L .218 15 .289 .711 .286 0 .286 .572 3200 2200  
Nelson Cruz SEA R @NYY CC Sabathia L .302 44 .369 .935 .256 2 .356 .869 5100 4200 5400
Randall Grichuk STL R CIN Brandon Finnegan L .276 17 .329 .877 .241 2 .371 .888 3200 3100 4650
Angel Pagan SF B @LAD Scott Kazmir L .262 3 .303 .635 .385 1 .455 1.045 3500 3100 4500
Socrates Brito ARI L @SD Andrew Cashner R .303 0 .324 .779 .259 1 .259 .703 3000 2700 3450
Starling Marte PIT R MIL Taylor Jungmann R .287 19 .337 .781 .348 2 .400 .943 4500 3700 5150
Ryan Braun MIL R @PIT Jonathon Niese L .285 25 .356 .854 .297 3 .350 .918 4700 3800 4850
Nick Markakis ATL L @MIA Tom Koehler R .296 3 .370 .746 .306 0 .405 .905 4000 3300 4400

EARLY SLATE

Kole Calhoun is 12-for-31 against Ricky Nolasco and 13-for-28 over his current eight-game hitting streak.

Daniel Nava is batting second against Ricky Nolasco, and he is a career .282/.377/.408 hitter against righties.

I could make an argument for Mike Trout, but I think Nelson Cruz is the best outfielder available in the early slate, if you can afford him.

As I have said earlier, I pretty much like all of the righties in the Tampa Bay lineup, but I give Steve Pearce a slight edge over Brandon Guyer and Desmond Jennings thanks to Pearce’s four-game hitting streak.

Separating the St. Louis outfielders is extremely difficult as well, especially because each one costs more or less depending on the site. That being said, Randal Grichuk is 6-for-14 with nine runs, six RBI and two homers over his last five games, so he is my pick.

LATE SLATE

Angel Pagan has been batting first or second against lefties, and for good reason. He batted .318 with a .358 OBP against lefties last season.

Ryan Braun is 5-for-16 with four walks against Jonathon Niese, and Braun is 6-for-18 over his last four games.

Nick Markakis is 6-for-11 against Tom Koehler, and he has more walks than strikeouts this season.

Starling Marte has at least two hits in seven of his last nine games, including a 3-for-5 effort Friday. Marte stole a base Friday against Jonathan Lucroy as well, and given Lucroy’s inability to limit base stealers, Marte has an excellent shot at another stolen base Saturday.