Daily Dime: Starting Madison Bumgarner and searching for hitting bargains

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Here are 10 DFS recommendations for Saturday but be sure to double-check the weather and lineups before first pitch approaches.

Madison Bumgarner, SP, at Phi (Gonzalez), $10200 at FanDuel: Saturday features many top pitching options, but Bumgarner is only the fourth-highest priced despite the Giants being tied (with the Dodgers) as the most favored team of the day. San Francisco leads MLB in batting average, OBP and slugging percentage on the road this season and faces a pitcher who’s allowed 13 earned runs over 17.0 innings this year (albeit with a solid 13:3 K:BB ratio). Moreover, the Phillies have scored 20 fewer runs than any other team in baseball.

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Adam Lind, 1B, at Min (Graham), $2500: He has a .298/.374/.543 line with nine homers over 151 at-bats versus RHP this season. Lind is facing a pitcher making the first start of his career and yet somehow there are 31 first basemen more expensive.

Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, at Col (Rusin), $2900: The weather in Colorado needs to be looked at closer to game time, but there are numerous strong options for the Marlins if this game is played, including Hechavarria who has a 1.027 OPS against southpaws this season.

Marcell Ozuna, OF, at Col (Rusin), $3400: Ozuna also owns a 1.024 OPS against LHP while Martin Prado is batting .318 against them. Giancarlo Stanton’s numbers versus LHB and his history at Coors Field are absurd, so if this game is played, he’s worth paying the top price ($5300). In other words, stack the Marlins if the weather cooperates.

Miguel Montero, C, at Was (Ross), $2500: He has a .361 OBP on the year and will be facing a pitcher making his first career appearance in MLB. Montero is the No. 25 most expensive catcher.

Neil Walker, 2B, vs. Atl (Teheran), $2700: He has a .775 OPS against righties and is facing Julio Teheran, who’s given up a .350 BAA versus left-handers. This is a second basemen who bats cleanup, so he’s underpriced here.

Pablo Sandoval, 3B, vs. Oak (Sanchez), $2200: He has one hit over his past 21 at-bats and doesn’t have a multi-hit game since May 10. This helps explain why he’s as cheap as it gets, but Sandoval is still batting .293 against RHP this season and is hitting in a park that’s increased run scoring more than only one other in the American League over the past three seasons.

Will Venable, OF, at Cin (Lorenzen), $2400: He has a .281 batting average with three homers and three steals in fewer than 100 at-bats against right-handers this season and will be facing a starter who’s walked more batters than he’s struck out this year in a park that’s increased home runs (by 52 percent) more than any other over the past three years.

Matt Kemp, OF, at Cin (Lorenzen), $2200: He’s undoubtedly been a huge disappointment, but Kemp was drafted fairly high two months ago and is now the cheapest price there is in DFS despite sporting a better hard-hit% than his career mark. He will also be playing in a park Saturday that’s increased HR for RHB by 33% over the past three years, which leads MLB.

Josh Donaldson, 3B, vs. Hou (Oberholtzer), $4900: He’s batting an absurd .450/.477/.850 against southpaws and owns a 1.156 OPS at home (with a 1.367 OPS over 15 career at-bats against Brett Oberholtzer), so if you want to spend some money on someone, Donaldson seems like a good bet.

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