There are a couple of teams still vying for Wild Card and also some jockeying for division crowns. I think this is the time to load up on players from those teams are there is simply no days off for those teams. Couple that with teams that are currently locked into the playoffs that need to continue building continuity and at-bats so they can stay hot as they roll into the beginning of the final stretch.
Give me all of the players that are playing for something and let’s make some money!
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Max Scherzer, SP: DK: $11,000 / FD: $10,600 – Big Game Max is what I fully expect to see on Saturday as the Mets are in a position to win the NL East. The defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves are standing in the way and Max will bear down and deliver a performance to carry your DFS squad. Mark down 7+ innings and double-digit Ks on his way to a victory for Scherzer and you have the makings of an ace for Saturday.
Luis Castillo, SP: DK: $9,900 / FD: $9,200 – After signing an extension with the Mariners, Castillo put up an embarrassing performance. That is an aberration and I will happily bet on a Castillo rebound on Saturday. The Mariners were awful in their previous series against Oakland, in Oakland and Seattle is looking for some payback. They roll into the weekend with a Wild Card ticket already punched based on the walk-off win on Friday. The Mariners are on the poised for their first playoff appearance since their 2001 season where they set the record for wins with 116. I prefer not to discuss how that season ended, rather I will focus on Castillo and his ability to dominate the A’s on Saturday. I am confident Castillo will match Scherzer thus providing two aces on Saturday, both garnering a win and double-digit strikeouts.
Alejandro Kirk, C: DK: $4,700 / FD: $2,300 – Stay hot, big fella! The 2022 All-Star selection just keeps hitting. Kirk brings a .291 average and 14 HR/62 RBI. I have him as the current third best catcher for 2022 only behind Will Smith and JT Realmuto. His average is tops in the league which tells me he will continue to hit even if the power is not to the same level as those two names (and Cal Raleigh who walked off the A’s to send the M’s to the playoffs with his 26th HR). The Jays are locked into the Wild Card mix and need to keep hitting in order to take it to the next level.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B: DK: $5,200 / FD: $4,000 – Opposite of Kirk, I will ignore the lackluster batting average Rizzo brings into Saturday and focus on the 32 HR and 75 RBI while noting the Yankees can play spoiler to the Orioles. I would love to see the Birds in the Wild Card playoff, but I need a 1B that mashes and think Rizzo is my guy for Saturday especially against Austin Voth and his 10+ ERA and 2+ WHIP.
Eduardo Escobar, 2B: DK: $4,100 / FD: $2,400 – Escobar is quietly having a nice end to the season and is probably flying under the radar more than he should. Over his last 15 games he has 3 HR and and RBI per game. If you expand that view to 30 games, he has 8 HR and 25 RBI. Not a bad stat line for a lower priced option at a thin position. I’ll take Escobar in support of the Scherzer start and we have the beginning of a Mets stack. Stay tuned…there may be more Mets in your reading future.
Eugenio Suarez, 3B: DK: $4,700 / FD: $3,500 – Suarez is back after a brief hand injury and right in the middle of the Mariners lineup needing his power bat more than ever. Suarez, playing in a pitchers park only trails Austin Riley for the 3B HR lead. His 31 HR are a Mariners 3B record and me, and all other Seattle faithful, are banking on him helping Castillo to a win on Saturday. It cannot hurt for Suarez to be facing a LHP (JP Sears) sporting an ERA near 4.50 and 1.50 WHIP.
Francisco Lindor, SS: DK: $5,000 / FD: $3,600 – Finishing up the NYM stack with Lindor who has raked over this last 15 games at a .328 clip with 3 HR and 12 RBI. The Mets need Frankie to stay hot in support Scherzer and to ensure they stay ahead of the Braves in the standings. The keystone pairing with Escobar should provide solid stats to bolster your Saturday DFS lineup.
Kyle Tucker, OF: DK: $4,800 / FD: $4,100 – Introducing the most boring 29 HR, 100+ RBI, 25 SB player in MLB. If you watch Tucker night in and night out, you would never think his stats were that solid. Trust me, I own him in every one of my season-long leagues and I would have never guessed his numbers were this impressive. He just shows up and does his job. There is no fanfare surrounding Tucker, but he just keeps putting up huge stats. Down the final stretch (30 games), Tucker has 7 HR, 22 RBI, and 6 steals. Those numbers require you to pay attention and that is why I am here recommending him for your DFS lineup.
Mitch Haniger, OF: DK: $4,800 / FD: $3,100 – My final DFS column for 2022 must include my favorite Mariners player and the guy I patterned by pen name after, MH17! After crushing two HR on Thursday against the Rangers, Haniger officially announced being ready for the Wild Card playoffs and I am here for it! Injured for a lot of the season, let’s hope Mitch can stay healthy to wrap up the regular season and that he has a big day as the third player of my Mariners stack. Bring it home, Mitch for me and the Mariners!
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
No nasty weather on the horizon for Saturday.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Let’s get crazy and bet both the Mets and Mariners to make it out of the first round. Parlay for better payout.