Before his start in Friday night's 5-1 win against San Francisco, Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger had been slogging through the month of July with just 10 hits, 14 strikeouts, and a .200 batting average. However, he might have snapped that cold spell in the eighth inning of Friday's win with a grand slam that iced the game for Los Angeles. Daily Fantasy baseball players now have a decision to make about whether or not to consider him for MLB DFS lineups on Saturday as well.
The Dodgers and Giants continue their series on Saturday evening, and San Francisco will send left-hander Alex Wood to the mound. Bellinger is 0-for-4 in his career against Wood, but other Dodgers in the MLB DFS player pool like Mookie Betts (5-for-9 career vs. Wood) or Freddie Freeman (.300 in 20 career at bats vs. Wood) may be safer options. Before you make your 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 over $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 highlighted Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. as one of his top MLB DFS picks on DraftKings and FanDuel. The result: Gurriel Jr. had six hits with a double and five RBI in Toronto's incredible win over Boston to return 36 points on DraftKings and 48.1 points on FanDuel. Anybody that included him in their lineups was well on the way to a profitable day.
Now, as the 2022 MLB season continues, McClure has locked in his top MLB daily Fantasy picks for Saturday, July 23. Head to SportsLine now to see them.
McClure's top MLB DFS picks for Saturday, July 23, 2022
For Saturday, one of McClure's MLB DFS picks is Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, who is listed at $6,100 on DraftKings and $4,600 on FanDuel. Judge had a nice return to form following the All-Star break on Friday against Baltimore, in which both of his hits were home runs and he finished with four RBI. With his performance on Friday, Judge extended his major league lead in home runs to 36 on the season -- six more than the next closest player, Philadelphia's Kyle Schwarber.
New York continues its series against Baltimore on Saturday and will face right-handed starting pitcher Jordan Lyles, who is coming off of one of his roughest games this season in his last start. Lyles only pitched 2.2 innings against Tampa Bay on July 17 and gave up six runs in a 7-5 loss. In nine at bats between the two this season, Judge has just two hits, but they both were home runs.
Another part of McClure's optimal MLB DFS strategy includes rostering Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe ($4,300 on DraftKings and $2,900 on FanDuel). After missing a month with back and head injuries, Lowe returned to the team two games before the All-Star break and finished those matchups a combined 6-for-8 with two doubles. On Friday against Kansas City, Lowe went 2-for-5 with an RBI in Tampa Bay's 7-3 win.
For the season, Lowe has played in just 35 games but is striking out at the lowest rate of his career (24.5 percent). In eight career games at Kansas City, Lowe has 11 total hits, three home runs and seven RBI with batting splits of .306/.342/.583. In his only plate appearance against Royals probable starting pitcher Brady Singer, Lowe had a walk, but 10 of his 14 extra-base hits this year have come against RHPs.
How to set your MLB DFS lineups for Saturday, July 23, 2022
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 pool and picks for FanDuel and DraftKings, and cash in big on MLB DFS.