Since it's Saturday, I am going to do something different for today. DraftKings has split the games up in to two different cards - early and late games. I will highlight players I like from both the early and the late games so you can input them to your rosters. This is a bit untraditional for me since I have my daily format, but if I like I will keep it going whenever there is a split card.
All players' prices based on DraftKings values
SP Early - Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros, $8,700 - The last time Keuchel faced the Mariners in Seattle he had 25.3 fantasy points, 8 strikeouts in 6 innings, and he got the win. I like Keuchel as an early value play due to his price.
SP Late - Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals, $8,400 - Remember when I told you to take Roark last week? I will continue rolling him out until he looks like Taylor Jordan, remember him? The guy Roark was battling for the final rotation spot. Roark gets the Phillies tonight, who has either been anemic offensively or they can mash, high-risk high reward situation.
Catcher Early - I won't choose a specific catcher here, but I like a few options. You could go Josmil Pinto ($3,600) who gets lefty Wei-Yin Chen, or you could go Brian McCann ($3,400). I think McCann is the better value since he is a higher tier catcher, and he faces a struggling pitcher in Jake Odorizzi.
Catcher Late - Travis D'Arnaud, New York Mets, $3,000 - Playing in Coors Field is always a bonus, but D'Arnaud gets Franklin Morales, who isn't exactly Clayton Kershaw. D'Arnaud has some pop, and with the altitude in Colorado, I wouldn't be shocked if he goes yard.
First Base Early - You can take either Matt Adams ($3,700) or Anthony Rizzo ($4,000). I personally prefer Rizzo, who is swinging a hot bat. Actually he isn't even swinging, he is drawing a ridiculous amount of walks. Rizzo took Wainwright deep yesterday, and I think he's starting to heat up.
First Base Late - Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves, $4,600 - Freeman faces Ryan Vogelsong tonight in Atlanta. I like Freeman a lot due to the fact that not only can he hit for power, but he can hit for average also, and draw some walks.
Second Base Early - Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins, $4,400 - Dozier is a guy I targeted in a lot of my actual fantasy leagues.... Actual fantasy ....Yeah that made sense. I truly believe Dozier is a star, capable of a 20/20 season, with a ton of runs scored. Dozier gets Wei-Yin Chen, sp I think Dozier has the advantage in this matchup.
Second Base Late - Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds, $3,800 - There is a lot of value here. Phillips is always underpriced, and he usually contributes decent points fantasy wise. Yovani Gallardo struggles against the Reds, and I can see Phillips creating some runs tonight.
Third Base Early - Nothing really entices me third base wise in the early games, you could take Carlos Santana ($4,000) or Kelly Johnson ($3,200). Everyone else is a little overpriced in my opinion given their respective pitching matchups.
Third Base Late - Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers, $4,200 - Ramirez has four homers, and 11 RBIs against Johnny Cueto in his career. This matchup stood out the most to me based on historical stats. Ramirez is also reasonably priced; the only problem I have is he hasn't been hitting that well recently.
Shortstop Early - J.J Hardy, Baltimore Orioles, $3,400 - Hardy is without a doubt my favorite shortstop for the early card. He gets a weak pitcher in Kevin Correia, and he is reasonably priced at $3,400.
Shortstop Late - The late card is terrible for shortstops. There is no way I am paying $6,000 for Troy Tulowitzki. I think value wise Danny Espinosa is the best bet at $3,400. He is a switch hitter, and he will be hitting in a hitters ball park (Nationals play in Philly tonight).
Outfield Late - In the late games I like Justin Upton ($5,600), Evan Gattis ($4,000), and Jay Bruce ($4,100). All three of these guys have potential to have big games tonight. I'm not sure you could fit all three in to your lineup without a punt, but it is possible.
As always be sure to check the weather in the city your players are playing in. Don't forget to check lineups either, nothing worse than having a rostered player on your squad that isn't in the lineup.