Identifying the top high salary and value first baseman plays from around Major League Baseball for your July 9 DraftKings lineup.
Our goal is to help you win DraftKings contests with consistently strong lineups. To accomplish that, we’ll be highlighting some higher salary players worth paying up for, and some value picks that will help you save salary in key areas. These picks are specifically for DraftKings lineups, so all references to prices and fantasy points are based on DK figures.
As always, be sure to double-check final MLB lineups and monitor weather situations before locking in your DFS lineups.
Mike Napoli, Indians (4,900): Napoli has been an ideal addition to Cleveland’s lineup this season. Sure, he’s second in the majors in strikeouts, but that doesn’t matter in DraftKings scoring. What does matter, however, is his 60 RBIs, which are tied for fourth in the American League. Napoli is 10-for-41 with three doubles and two home runs against New York Yankees lefty CC Sabathia (5-6, 3.48 ERA).
Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (4,600): Rizzo enters Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh on a seven-game hitting streak, but he’s only reached double-digit DK points in two of those games. He could be in store for a big game against Pirates rookie right-hander Chad Kuhl (1-0, 4.09 ERA). Rizzo has dominated right-handers this season (.327, 15 HRs), so Kuhl could be in for a long day.
Mark Reynolds, Rockies (3,900): Anytime you can get a starter from one of the teams in a Coors Field game for less than 4,000, you’re getting real value. That’s certainly the case with Reynolds, who has a combined 47 DK points over his last four games. Reynolds is hitting .306 against righties this season, so the matchup against Philadelphia Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff (6-9, 3.30 ERA) works in his favor.
Yonder Alonso, Athletics (2,600): Alonso is only viable for GPPs, but there’s upside here, especially given his success so far in the series against Houston. Alonso is 4-for-8 with a home run and four RBIs through the series’ first two games. On Saturday, he draws a matchup with right-hander Lance McCullers (4-2, 3.57 ERA). For this dirt-cheap price, he’s worth a roll of the dice.
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