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MLB DFS targets for early slate on Saturday, May 29th

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

Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs watches his solo home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 27, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

There are 10 games for the early slate on Saturday afternoon, with the first game beginning at 2:05 p.m. ET. The Milwaukee Brewers will play the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of a doubleheader. 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

Yu Darvish, Padres vs. Astros ($10,600) — Darvish is the highest-valued pitcher at an impressive $10,600, which is $500 more than the next best option in Brewers pitcher Freddy Peralta. The Padres ace has a record of 5-1, an ERA of 1.75, and is averaging 24.7 fantasy points per game.

Darvish is coming off another dominating performance against the Mariners, where he scored 23.6 fantasy points (7.0 IP, 7 hits, 1 earned run, and 5 strikeouts). In his last five outings, the veteran pitcher is averaging 25.54 fantasy points per game.

Trevor Rogers, Marlins vs. Red Sox ($8,800) — Rogers has been one of the best rookie pitchers this season and will look to continue his solid pitching against one of the best offenses in the majors in the Boston Red Sox.

Just like Darvish, Rogers has a sub 2.00 ERA at 1.75 and a record of 6-2 through 10 starts. In his last start against the Phillies, he failed to go over 20 DKFP for only the fourth time this season (15.7). However, he still managed to get through 5.0 IP and only gave up 3 hits, 1 earned run, 3 walks, and had 5 strikeouts. This season, Rogers is averaging 21.1 fantasy points per game and 24.23 DKFP in his last three starts.

Top Hitters

Kris Bryant, Cubs vs. Reds ($5,800) — We haven’t talked about Bryant a lot this season, but he has been the best player in the Cubs lineup. Despite being mentioned in numerous trade rumors, Bryant is hitting .318 with 11 HRs, 32 RBI, .997 OPS, and averaging 9.8 fantasy points per game. The 29-year-old is in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak, and while he’s only hit one home run, he’s averaging 8.5 fantasy points per game.

Trea Turner, Nationals vs. Brewers ($5,500) — Turner is usually known for his speed on the base path, but he is also showing some pop in his bat. The 27-year-old joins Fernando Tatis Jr. as the only two shortstops to reach double-digit home runs (10). Turner is hitting .316 at the plate and averaging 9.6 fantasy points per game. At only $5500, he’ s a good option if you don’t want to pay up for Tatis Jr. or even Bo Bichette.

Value Pitcher

Frankie Montas, Athletics vs. Angels ($8,000) — If you want to save salary cap at the pitcher spot and potentially use it for another position, then Montas is nice value pick at $8K. The right-handed pitcher has a record of 5-4 with an ERA of 4.93 in 10 starts this season. He’s also averaging 14.7 fantasy points per game.

Montas is coming off one of his best starts against the Mariners. While he suffered his second straight loss, his 11 strikeouts were critical to his 22.1 fantasy points. He allowed 6 hits (2 HRs), 4 earned runs, 3 walks, to go with the 11 strikeouts in 6.0 IP. The strikeouts will be key for him against the Angels, as well as not giving up the long ball.

Value Hitter

Andrew Benintendi, Royals vs. Twins ($3,800) — Benintendi has been one of my favorite value plays this season because he gets on base in a Royals’ lineup that has the likes of Salvador Perez, Whit Merrifield, and Carlos Santana. The former Red Sox outfielder is hitting .284 with 4 HRs, 16 RBI, and averaging 7.0 DKFP this season. He’s also recorded a hit in three straight contests and six out of his last seven games.