Over the course of the last decade, Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado has proven himself as one of the best all-around players in baseball. After a good but not great — by his standards — start to his Cardinals career in 2021, he’s absolutely scorching. Arenado is on a six-game hitting streak to begin the year with four home runs and 12 RBI, while posting a 1,587 OPS. He’s had multiple RBI in every game but one, and MLB daily Fantasy players will be rushing to get him in their MLB DFS lineups on Saturday to take advantage of the hot hand.
But Arenado has become one of the most expensive options in the MLB DFS player pool and he’s only 2-for-8 off expected brewers starter Adrian Houser in his career. So should you be splurging for Arenado and sacrificing lineup differentiation, or are there better ways to spend your money on Saturday? Before you make your MLB DFS picks, 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 D.F.S. 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 giants starting pitcher Charles Rodon in his MLB DFS player pool on both FanDuel and DraftKings. The result: Rodon picked up a win over the Guardians after throwing seven innings of one-run ball where he gave up just two hits and struck out nine to return 32.75 points on DraftKings and 55 points on FanDuel. Anybody that included him in their lineups was well on the way to a profitable day.
Now, with the 2022 MLB season in full swing, McClure has locked in his top MLB daily Fantasy picks for Saturday, April 16. Head to SportsLine now to see them.
McClure’s top MLB DFS picks for April 16, 2022
One of McClure’s top MLB DFS picks for Saturday is rockies outfielder Chris Bryant, who is listed at $4,000 on DraftKings and $4,300 on FanDuel. After spending the better part of seven years with the Cubs and then half a season with the Giants, Bryant signed a seven-year, $182 million contract with the Rockies this offseason and will now get to enjoy the spoils of hitting in Coors Field 81 games a year.
Through his first seven games with the Rockies, Bryant is 11-for-29 with three doubles and a couple of RBIs. He has an .889 OPS on the season but he’s only barreled two of the 25 balls he’s put into play. With a career barrel rate of 10.1 percent, it’s only a matter of time before Bryant starts hitting the ball authoritatively and taking advantage of the thin air in Denver. And with the wind blowing out against a pitcher who has allowed 25 home runs in 114 career major league innings (Mark Leiter Jr.) he’s a solid bet for Saturday.
Another part of McClure’s optimal MLB DFS strategy includes rostering Cubs outfielder seiya suzuki ($4,800 on DraftKings and $3,700 on FanDuel). After an incredible nine-year career in Japan where he hit 185 home runs and had a career OPS of .985, Suzuki signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the Cubs this offseason and the organization also paid an additional $14.625 million posting fee .
But the 27-year-old is very quickly living up to the hype that comes with an investment of that size, belting three home runs and driving in 10 during his first seven games. He’s slashing .368/.500/.895 early in the season and there’s pretty clear home run potential on Saturday given the conditions in Coors Field.
How to set your MLB DFS lineups for April 16, 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.