Fantasy Baseball Picks: Best DraftKings MLB DFS Goals, Values for June 11
This Saturday, Major League Baseball has games scheduled throughout the day, with five games under the lights of the DraftKings evening slate featuring fantasy baseball. Registrations will lock at 7:15 p.m. ET when the Cubs face the Yankees in New York and the Dodgers face the Giants by the Bay. The other three games in play are also being held in the West, as the Mets, Red Sox and Rockies visit the Angels, Mariners and Padres respectively.
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MacKenzie Gore, San Diego Padres versus. Colorado Rockies ($10,000) – On the 10 SP programmed to start, Clayton Kershaw ($10,000) and Gore are the most expensive, but I’ll go with Gore since Kershaw was just off the injured list and could be limited or out of form. Gore comes into this outing in exceptional form, having allowed a run on just 11 hits over 22 innings in his last four games with no team getting more than three hits in any of those games. He’s allowed just multiple runs in one of his eight games since his MLB debut, posting a 1.27 ERA and striking out 54 in 42 2/3 innings during that span. Gore was one of the most touted pitching prospects in all of baseball heading into the season, and he’s lived up to the hype and been dominant as of late for the Padres. Facing the Rockies away from Coors Field is a pretty solid game for the 23-year-old southpaw, so pay for Gore with confidence on Saturday.
Other options – Clayton Kershaw ($10,000), Michael Wacha ($8,500)
Jordan Montgomery, New York Yankees versus. Chicago Cubs ($7,600) – Montgomery doesn’t hit a lot of hitters with a career low of 6.94 K/9, but he’s still been great at limiting damage on his way to a 3.02 ERA and 3.61 FIP . He’s allowed three or fewer runs in each of his 11 starts this season and averaged 13.8 DKFP per outing, despite only having one win. His lower strikeout totals lower his cap, but he’s still the best game under $8,000 since being at home and in a decent game against the Cubs.
Other option – George Kirby ($7,100), Kyle Freeland ($5,500)
Manny Machado, San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies ($5,400) – Machado hit his 10th homer of the season on Friday and hits an impressive .332 with a .224 ISO and .410 wOBA. Six of his 10 homers have come against lefties, against whom he has a .464 wOBA this season. Machado is 7 for 24 (.292) specifically against Kyle Freeland ($5,500) and is also on the favorable side of his home/road splits as he sports a wOBA .465 at home.
Christopher Morel, Chicago Cubs at New York Yankees ($4,100) – Morel has taken over as the Cubs’ first hitter, and the 22-year-old rookie can be on your list at 2B or the OF. He’s hit safely in 18 of his last 19 starts, with multiple hits in four of his last five. His .305 batting average over that span includes seven doubles, two triples and two homers for an ISO of .207 and a wOBA of .387. His spot in the roster gives him plenty of opportunities, and he makes sense in the opposite game against Montgomery due to his hot streak and still-affordable salary.
Other options – Trea Turner ($5,800), DJ LeMahieu ($4,800)
Jose Trevino, New York Yankees vs. Chicago Cubs ($3,400) – Catcher can be a tough spot to fill at times, but Trevino has warmed up and is in for a good game as shown below in the stacks. He didn’t start on Friday but went 1 for 1 after coming off the bench. In his last eight games, Trevino is 10-for-21 (.476) with a triple and two home runs, which helped him earn a .582 wOBA. He continues to share time with Kyle Higashioka ($3,000) but should return to the lineup on Saturday as he’s been the most productive offensive option lately.
Eduardo Escobar, New York food at Los Angeles Angels ($3,200) – At the start of the season, Escobar struggled with his new team in the Big Apple, but he warmed up as the temperature started to rise. The 33-year-old has struck safely in six of his last seven games, including four multi-hit performances. He’s 12 for 28 (.429) with two doubles, a triple and a home run for a .501 wOBA during that span. He generally hits better against southpaws but will be on the more favorable side of the split as a switch hitter, as detailed in the stacks below.
Other options – Ha-Seong Kim ($3,000), Elehuris Montero ($2,000)
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees vs. Chicago Cubs ($6,300) – Judge is always an expensive option to consider, but he’s put on such a show that he’s often been worth his big paycheck lately. He has eight homers in his last 19 games, going 23-for-74 (.311) with an ISO of .365 and a wOBA of .433. The judge is up to 22 homers on the year and hits .308 with an impressive .437 wOBA. He’s been elite in just about every situation, but especially at Yankee Stadium and against right-handers, against whom he has a .488 wOBA this year.
Jeff McNeil, New York Mets at Los Angeles Angels ($3,700) – McNeil has battled a few nagging injuries this season, but when he’s been healthy he’s been productive for the Mets. In his last 23 games, he has reached 0.329 with a wOBA of 0.367. He doesn’t usually hit for a ton of power, but has six doubles and two homers in that span. In the left-handed good game highlighted below, it can be a solid game on this list and offer good value under $4,000 so you can spend on Judge or other more expensive bats.
Other options – Mookie Betts ($6,000), Julio Rodriguez ($5,700)
Jurickson Profar, San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies ($3,600) – Profar helped keep the San Diego offense afloat while waiting for the return of Fernando Tatis Jr. (wrist). He’s held first place in the Padres’ last 14 games and gone in tears, posting a .433 wOBA while going 21 for 58 (.362) with four doubles, a triple and two homers. The switch hitter also has four stolen bases, giving him multiple ways to return value from the top of the line.
Austin Slater, San Francisco Giants versus. Los Angeles Dodgers ($2,800) – After coming off the disabled list a week ago, Slater went 3 for 10 (.300) with a triple. He’s taken the lead in each of his two most recent starts and will likely be there again when the Giants take on Kershaw. Slater generally does well against southpaws in general and is 6 for 15 with three homers in his career against Kershaw. Getting any first batter under $3,000 is always worth considering, and with Slater’s history against Kershaw and favorable splits, he’s one of the best plays of the day.
Other options – Brandon Nimmo ($3,800), Randal Grichuk ($3,300), Taylor Trammell ($2,200)
New York Yankees vs. Chicago Cubs – The Yankees are at or near the top in nearly every offensive category, especially the power categories as they lead the Majors with 88 home runs in 55 games this season. They only needed two points to beat the Cubs on Friday, but they have a good chance to bounce back against Matt Swarmer ($6,800) Saturday. Swarmer posted at least 19.9 DKFP in each of his two Majors starts but allowed five runs in 12 innings, including three homers. He allowed 20 homers in 19 games at Triple-A last year. so, it’s not just a matter of sample size. A homerun-prone pitcher in a homerun-friendly park should make for short nights for Yankees power hitters. Judge (discussed above), Giancarlo Stanton ($5,500), Anthony Rizzo ($5,600) and DJ Le Mahieu ($4,800) are big payday games with a huge advantage at the top of the range while Joey Gallo ($3,800), Trevino (discussed above)Isiah Kiner-Falefa ($3,900) and Aaron Hicks ($3,100) offer a bit of pay relief and more match-up exposure.
New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Angels – A New York-New York stack makes sense since the Mets are also in a solid matchup against Michael Lorenzen ($8,200), who allowed eight runs in his last 12 1/3 innings. All season, Lorenzen dominated against right-handers, but he was hit hard by left-handers, allowing them to hit .275 and a .389 wOBA. The five home runs he allowed also came up against left-handed hitters, so try to lean into the split by considering left-handers. Brandon Nimmo ($3,800)McNeil (discussed above), and even Luis Guillorme ($3,300)as well as switches Francisco Lindor ($5,100) and Escobar (discussed above).
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