Pitching is always critical in daily Fantasy baseball, but with most MLB teams turning to the middle or back of rotations on Saturday, the MLB DFS player pool isn't particularly loaded with talent on the hill. Julio Urias is by far the most expensive pitcher available on FanDuel and DraftKings, but can you trust the young left-hander against a talented Nationals offense? Meanwhile, Padres right-hander Chris Paddack is now two seasons removed from a brilliant rookie campaign where he went 9-7 with a 3.33 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 140 2/3 innings.
But after posting a 4.73 ERA a season ago and lasting only four innings in his season debut, is he a viable option for your MLB DFS lineups on Saturday? Despite the dearth of pitching options, there's only one game (Angels vs. Blue Jays) with an over-under in double-digits (via William Hill Sportsbook) on Saturday so you'll also have to lean heavily on individual matchups for position players. Before locking in any MLB DFS picks for Saturday, be sure to check out the MLB DFS advice, strategy and projections from SportsLine daily Fantasy expert Mike McClure.
McClure is a daily Fantasy pro who has won almost $2 million in his career. And when it comes to daily Fantasy baseball, McClure is at his best. Recognized in the book "Fantasy Football (and Baseball) for Smart People: How to Turn Your Hobby into a Fortune" as a top MLB DFS player, McClure's proprietary projection model simulates each game 10,000 times, taking factors such as matchups and recent results into account. This allows him to find the best values on every site.
On Friday, McClure had Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove as one of his top pitching options on both FanDuel and DraftKings. The result: Musgrove threw the first no-hitter in Padres history, striking out 10 and finishing only a hit batter away from a perfect game on his way to nearly 70 points on FanDuel and well over 50 on DraftKings. Anybody who had him in their lineup was well on the way to a profitable day.
Now, with the 2021 MLB season rolling on Saturday, McClure has locked in his top MLB daily Fantasy picks. Head to SportsLine now to see them.
McClure's top MLB DFS picks for April 10, 2021
One of McClure's top MLB DFS picks for Saturday is Angels outfielder Mike Trout for $5,900 on DraftKings and $4,500 on FanDuel. Despite hitting 17 home runs while driving in 46 runs and posting a .993 OPS during a shortened season, Trout finished a career-worst fifth in AL MVP voting in 2020. He's quickly made sure that he's back in the conversation as a frontrunner in 2021.
Trout is 12-for-28 with three home runs and three doubles to start the season and he's slashing an obscene .428/.568/.857 already. After tallying a career-high 55.7 percent hard-hit contact rate in 2020, a staggering 73.7 percent of Trout's batted balls in 2021 have left the barrel at 95 mph or higher. Trout is also drawing walks at an absurdly high rate (24.3 percent) and his average exit velocity is a career-high 96.3 mph, so you'll definitely want to ride the hot hand on Saturday night against the Blue Jays.
Part of McClure's optimal MLB DFS strategy also includes rostering Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts ($5,500 on DraftKings, $3,100 on FanDuel). Bogaerts is 8-for-12 in his last three games and he should be fresh coming off two days off. He'll also have a juicy matchup against Orioles left-hander Bruce Zimmerman.
Bogaerts has an .857 career OPS against left-handed pitching and Zimmerman gave up three extra-base hits during his start against Boston on April 4. Even though Bogaerts went 0-for-4 during that contest, expect him to be a little more confident having seen Zimmerman multiple times in that game and he's a solid option for MLB DFS lineups.
How to set your MLB DFS lineups for April 10, 2021
McClure is also targeting an undervalued player who is set to explode for huge numbers on Saturday. The stars are aligning for him to return tournament-winning value and he comes at a price that won't break the bank. You can only see who it is here.
So what are the top MLB DFS picks for Saturday? Visit SportsLine now to see DFS millionaire Mike McClure's complete player pools and picks for FanDuel and DraftKings, and cash in big on MLB DFS.