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MLB DFS targets for early slate on Saturday, April 24th

We go over some top picks to consider for Saturday afternoon’s early slate on DraftKings.

Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman #0 of the New York Mets throws against the Colorado Rockies during the second inning at Coors Field on April 18, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

There are seven games for the early state on Saturday afternoon, with the first two games beginning at 1:10 p.m. ET. The Kansas City Royals will take on the Detroit Tigers, while the Seattle Mariners will play the Boston Red Sox up at Fenway.

As of right now, there’s only one game that might be affected by weather, which could be the Cincinnati Reds vs. the St. Louis Cardinals. We are going to go over some top options on DraftKings and give out a few value picks to help you build your lineup.

Top Pitchers

Freddy Peralta, Brewers vs. Cubs ($9600) — Peralta has been a flat out stud for the Brew Crew after beating out Josh Lindbolm for the last spot in the rotation. The 24-year-old has an ERA of 2.00, 2-1 record, and 31 strikeouts in 22.5 IP. He’s also averaging 22.5 fantasy points per game, which is pretty good for a backend of the rotation pitcher. The last time he faced the Cubs, Peralta had eight strikeouts, four walks, and only gave up one hit in 5.0 IP (28.3 fantasy points).

Marcus Stroman, Mets vs. Nationals ($8500) — The New York Native and former Blue Jays starter is putting on a show this season for the Metropolitans. He has a stellar record of 3-0, an ERA of 0.90, and averaging 22.2 fantasy points per game. In his last two starts, Stroman has put up back-to-back 20-plus fantasy point performances. On Saturday afternoon, he’ll be facing a Nationals’ lineup that was held to zero runs and 15 strikeouts by Jacob deGrom on Friday.

Top Hitters

Byron Buxton, Twins vs. Pirates ($5900) — The 27-year-old outfielder has been a force to be reckoned with this season for the Twins. The former first-round selection is finally living up to his potential and its paying major dividends in the Twin Cities. This season, Buxton is hitting .426 with six home runs, 11 RBI, and an OPS of 1.407. He is also averaging 13.0 DKFP, which is what you want to see from a player at his value. Buxton has recorded a hit in four out of the Twins’ last five games.

Jesse Winker, Reds vs. Cardinals ($4600) — It would be easy to pick Winker’s teammate in Nick Castellanos, who has been downright impressive this season. But Winker is holding his own, leading the Reds in batting average at .382. Along with his superb batting average, he also has three home runs, 10 RBI, and recorded a hit in eight-straight games. The Reds are going up against pitcher John Gant, who is struggling against left-handed hitters this season (.353/.500/.647 with a home run and three RBI).

Value Pitcher

Brady Singer, Royals vs. Tigers ($6500) — If Peralta and/or Stroman are taking up too much of your salary cap, then look no further than Brady Singer. The Royals 24-year-old pitcher has strung together two solid performances after struggling in his season debut against the Texas Rangers. In his most recent start against the Blue Jays, he struck out six for the second straight week and only allowed three walks and two hits in 6.0 IP (22.5 DKFP).

Value Hitter

Bobby Dalbec, Red Sox vs. Mariners ($3500) — The young power-hitting first baseman is starting to turn things around after a slow start to the season. Dalbec has recorded a hit in three straight games, which is a tremendous sign. In his last three starts, the 25-year-old infielder scored 13.0, 6.0, and 7.0 fantasy points. He has yet to hit a home run this season (.269, zero home runs and 4 RBI), but could be due for one against Mariners starter Chris Flexen.