Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Baseball series.

Saturday's all-day MLB slate begins at 1:05 PM Eastern time and features 17 games, including Twins-Orioles and Braves-Indians doubleheaders. Below, you'll find which individual pitchers and hitters are primed to provide the best value, as well as the top lineup stacking options in this expansive schedule.

Pitching Overview 

Jacob deGrom will be skipped over after being placed on the 10-day IL with elbow soreness, but owners willing to spend top dollar have an elite alternative lined up in Nationals ace Max Scherzer ($61), who will be taking on the light-hitting Miami lineup in cavernous Marlins Park. 

Stepping down a notch in price, Jose Berrios ($49) brings an AL-best 0.73 WHIP into the first half of the Twins' doubleheader in Baltimore. Cincinnati's Luis Castillo ($45) has been filthy despite control problems, allowing just nine hits and four earned runs to go with a 32:13 K:BB through 24.2 innings. Therefore, his upside is massive in San Diego.

Toronto's Matt Shoemaker ($38) likely won't get much run support, but he's kept the ball down with a 51.6 percent ground ball rate and 23.7 percent strikeout rate en route to a 1.75 ERA through 25.2 innings. Another solid outing should be in order at the pitcher-friendly Oakland Coliseum for the affordable righty.

Key Values/Chalk

Nicholas Castellanos ($15) is Detroit's best hitter at this point and he's primed to take advantage of a favorable matchup against Chicago's Ervin Santana, who enters with a 10.38 ERA and 11.76 FIP. Leadoff man Charlie Blackmon ($15) produced a .413 wOBA at home against righties last season for the Rockies and draws the surprisingly wild Aaron Nola, who sports an ugly 7.45 ERA and 6.21 FIP in the early going with 11 walks and five home runs allowed through 19.1 innings. 

The top third of Cleveland's lineup features left-handed hitters Leonys Martin ($18) and Jason Kipnis ($16) sandwiching switch-hitter Jose Ramirez ($14). All three are strong values at their respective prices in the 4:10 game against Braves righty Julio Teheran, who has allowed a .339 wOBA to batters from the left side in his career compared to a .268 mark against right-handed hitters.

Willson Contreras ($18) has been arguably the league's best-hitting catcher this season and should keep rolling at home against Zack Greinke, who has surrendered 24 earned runs in 26 career innings at Wrigley Field. On the other Chicago team, first baseman Jose Abreu ($17) has been mired in a slump but gets a golden opportunity to right the ship against subpar Tigers southpaw Daniel Norris, who has been moved into the starting rotation with Matt Moore done for the year due to meniscus surgery.

Stacks 

The first-place Rays have a nice opportunity to create further separation against the last-place Red Sox in the AL East, as Boston will be sending Rick Porcello (11.12 ERA, 7.96 FIP) to the mound in Tampa. Porcello has alternated rises and drops in ERA with every season since 2013, so he's due for a poor season after dropping from 4.65 to 4.28 between 2017 and 2018.

Staying in the AL East, hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium should feature plenty of offensive fireworks from the home side against Royals righty Heath Fillmyer, who has struggled to a 9.00 ERA through two starts. Among the top options in pinstripes are Gleyber Torres ($18) - who has been moved into the cleanup spot due to teammates' various injuries - and Brett Gardner ($16), who has started to heat up at the plate following a slow start.

Another frequently stacked team is the Astros, and this is as good a time as any to target Houston sluggers like Jose Altuve ($23), Carlos Correa ($19) and George Springer ($25). They'll take on Adrian Sampson - who gave up seven runs over four innings in his last start - at Globe Life Park in Arlington, which boasts a league-high 1.35 park factor last season.

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Sasha Yodashkin
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