So, you’re probably wondering why the Sunday DFS writer is here on Saturday.  Did you have a moment of panic after tying one on last night and think you lost a whole day?  Did Razzball fire Mitch Staniger?  Fear not my friends.  While the former may very well be true, the latter is not.  My buddy Mitch is just traveling this morning, so he asked if I’d take on the task of filling his Saturday shoes.  I’ll give it my best shot!  You won’t have to wait too long for Mitch though, he’ll be back tomorrow in my Sunday slot.

The beauty of working on Saturday after writing the previous Sunday’s DFS article is you see many of the same pitchers.  Last week, I gave you “Mac and Cease” on the mound who provided 52 and 40 FanDuel points, respectively.  Each are scheduled to return to the mound today.  I also gave you a mini-Braves stack of Olson and Riley that netted almost 47 FanDuel points combined.  Throw in the catcher and pair of OF selections who all netted double-digit points and you can guess how my Sunday DFS turned out.  I hope yours was just as profitable.  What’s that you say?  “Enough with the history lessons Builder, let’s get back to the present.”  I couldn’t agree more!  LFG!

I could take the easy route and go back to the well for some of these names in great matchups today but that’s just not my style. I’ll steer clear of the two young stud SP and do my best to find other offensive gems to build your Saturday rosters around.  Let’s make some money together!

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Luis Severino, SP: DK: $10,400 / FD: $9,500 – Streamonator’s overwhelming favorite SP today is Luis Severino…and for good reason.  Severino comes into this game against the Tigers sporting a 3.38 ERA and 1.10 WHIP, with a K/9 north of 9.50.  His last 3 starts have each gone 6+ IP as well.  So any fears stemming from the February 2020 Tommy John surgery should be put to rest by now.  All he’s doing so far is essentially matching his 2017 numbers that netted him an All-Star game showing.  Trust Streamonator and start him with confidence!

Walker Buehler, SP: DK: $9,800 / FD: $10,300– I’ll admit, this may be a homer pick for me.  I’m not a Dodger fan but I’m a Walker Buehler fan…all the way back to our days at Vanderbilt.  Coming into the season, Buehler was regarded as a contender for the NL CY Young Award.  He hasn’t been as dominant as expected but has been pretty damn good regardless, with Ws in 5 of his last 7 starts (and 2 ND).  Over that stretch, he surrendered 14 ER but amassed 38 Ks and only 9 BBs.  If you’re scoring at home, he’s averaged just about 35 FanDuel points per game there.  Plus, the Dodgers are breathing a sigh of relief now that the Pirates have left town.  Who would have thought the Dodgers would rather see the Mets than the Pirates right about now?  With that logic firmly in play, this pick makes perfect sense.

Travis d’Arnaud, C: DK: $4,400 / FD: $3,200 – Travis d’Arnaud tends to get one day off per series.  I’m going out on a limb to say that won’t be today when the Braves take on LHP Kyle Freeland.  Travis is sporting a .972 OPS versus LHP and half of his HRs this season have come against southpaws.  Throw in the Coors effect and this is a no-brainer.

Josh Bell, 1B: DK: $3,900 / FD: $3,100 – The Nationals haven’t been running out a particularly strong lineup this season but apparently Josh Bell didn’t get that memo.  Over the past 3 series, Bell has been averaging an attractive 12 FanDuel points per game.  Today he lines up against a RHP (Tyler Mahle) where he’s logging a .331/.404/.504 triple slash and all 5 HRs this season.  It doesn’t hurt his prospects to be playing this game at Great American Ball Park either.

Tommy Edman, 2B: DK: $5,000 / FD: $3,600 – The Cardinals and Cubs line up for a double-header today with the Southsiders throwing out LHP (Brault) and RHP (Swarmer).  I will primarily be targeting Edman versus Brault where the splits line up well with his .894 OPS vs LHP.

Jose Ramirez, 3B: DK: $6,100 / FD: $4,600 – The Guardians visit Camden Yards for an afternoon game against RHP Tyler WellsJose Ramirez is carrying a 1.105 OPS with 10 HRs against RHP this season.  Do we really need any more justification to pay this price tag?

Andres Gimenez, SS: DK: $4,200 / FD: $3,000 – Let’s do a Guardian’s mini-stack today.  I’ll be adding Andres Gimenez to balance out Jose Ramirez’s high salary.  Gimenez is on a roll lately, with 7 H and 5 RBIs over the past week, adding a SB for good measure as well.  For the season, his Barrel %, Hard Hit Strength, Hit Distance and xSLG are all up.  At this rate, the 2021 scuffles will soon become a distant memory.

Teoscar Hernandez, OF: DK: $8,200 / FD: $3,200 – It’s too early to say Teoscar Hernandez is back but most signs are pointing to that conclusion.  After scuffling most of the season, then spending 3+ weeks on the IL, Teoscar is starting to dial himself back in right when the Blue Jays need him most.  He’s currently riding an 8-game hit streak, including 4 doubles and a HR, which has pulled his OPS up almost 200 points.  In his last 5 games alone, he’s contributed 82 FanDuel points to those astute DFS players who’ve taken a chance on him.  I may be a few days late to the party here, but I expect there’s still plenty left on the tab to enjoy today.

Jose Siri, OF: DK: $2,800 / FD: $2,000 – Here’s an off-the-radar name to consider today.  Jose Siri is firmly a strong-side platoon player in the Astros outfield.  Today, the Astros line up against RHP Ronald Bolanos so I expect Siri to be in the lineup.  Since mid-May, Siri is scoring double-digit FanDuel points in half of his games played.  Clearly, this is a dart throw but if he’s in the lineup and you need to save salary to spend elsewhere, he’s a good name to consider.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Looks like a great day for baseball with no major weather concerns anywhere.

Doing Lines In Vegas

I like the plus odds given to the Padres (+115) @ Brewers and the Mariners (+110) @ Rangers.

For my lock, Logan Webb is getting plus odds (+105) to pitch over 5.5 innings in Miami today.  On the season, he is pitching 6 or more innings in 80% of starts this season.  I feel good about this one.