From a MLB DFS perspective, things are generally all over the place on Saturdays, and today is no different. All three major sites are beginning their MLB DFS main slates at 7:05 on the East coast but the one exception is that DraftKings is including the second half of the doubleheader between the Mets and Rockies as their sixth game. A lot can change throughout the day, so stay up to date with the latest MLB news and MLB Weather as we dig through tonight’s MLB lineups in a quest for some MLB fantasy picks that can help save some salary cap space. 

DFS Value Pitchers


Jeffrey Springs (TB); DraftKings - $4,000; FanDuel - $6,200; Yahoo - $32

At this price, especially on DK, does it really matter that the deepest Springs has gotten in a game so far this season is 4.2 innings (76 pitches)? It is a good thing that it came in Springs’ most recent start as he scattered four hits while not walking a batter or allowing a run. In 21.2 innings so far this season, Springs has a 1.66 ERA (2.10 xERA) while striking out almost a batter an inning while walking 1.25. Opposing hitters haven’t been able to square up the ball on Springs out of 56 events, there have just been two barrels against him along with a hard-hit rate of just 30.4%. It’s also a favorable matchup for Springs against Baltimore tonight. 


Brad Keller (KC); DraftKings - $6,700; Yahoo - $32

Keller has gotten off to a strong start this season with a 2.89 ERA and 1.01 WHIP, but we do have to get past the lack of strikeouts (5.15 per nine innings). The good news is that Keller walks less than two batters per nine innings, and at worst his 4.06 FIP still means we should get a quality start out of the right-hander. Minnesota’s offense isn’t at it’s best and Keller has generally pitched consistently this season with only one start of more than three earned runs allowed (five against Texas two starts ago). With a 51.1% ground ball rate, Keller does a good job of limiting damage from that perspective and an opposing launch angle of just 8.1 degrees also helps. 

DFS Value Hitters


Tyrone Taylor, OF (MIL); DraftKings - $3,300; FanDuel - $2,100; Yahoo - $13

Patrick Corbin is going to be a popular pitcher to target tonight, and Taylor historically has been better against left-handers (.277 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 130 at bats). The outfielder hit his second home run of the season last night to bring his batting average up to .216. Taylor does have a career high 90.2 MPH exit velocity and he gives us cheap exposure to Milwaukee tonight. 

Ryan Mountcastle, 1B (BAL); DraftKings - $2,600; FanDuel - $3,300; Yahoo - $12

I generally don’t like to pit hitters against pitchers, but in this case it’s hard to pass on Mountcastle who is slated to make his return to action today. The right-hander has the platoon advantage against Springs and prior to his quick stint on the Injured List, he was having success with a .268 batting average along with four home runs and 16 RBI. Mountcastle owns a career high 47% hard-hit rate and 91.5 MPH average exit velocity and he should pick up where he left off, and at a discounted price at that – especially on DK. 


Keston Hiura, 1B/2B (MIL); DraftKings - $2,400; FanDuel - $2,100; Yahoo - $11

At this point you can see that I’m looking to stack against Patrick Corbin, and it’s really hard to bypass Hiura as part of that tonight. In his first game since getting the call back to Milwaukee, Hiura went deep on Wednesday for his third home run of the season. There are always going to be concerns about Hiura and his struggles to make contact, but his power upside also can’t be ignored. Corbin simply has not been very good this season and all four his home runs allowed have come against right-handed hitters. With Hiura at this price, I’m willing to take a chance on the infielder going deep tonight. 


Jed Lowrie, 1B/2B (OAK); DraftKings - $2,300; FanDuel - $2,400; Yahoo - $7

It seems strange to see Lowrie generally batting third in Oakland’s batting order, but that also gives us a potential situation to exploit for DFS purposes as it’s hard to argue with his price point. Lowrie picked up two hits last night for the second straight game, and third in his last five, which brought his batting average up to .250 through 24 games with two home runs, nine RBI, and 11 runs scored. He does a good job of getting on base, 12.9% walk rate, while also limiting his strikeouts (16.9%) which does give Lowrie a decent floor. 


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