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Dodgers' Charlie Culberson is starting at second base on Saturday

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Charlie Culberson is batting eighth on Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

With Culberson making the start at second base, Chase Utley heads to the bench. Madison Bumgarner is on the mound for the Giants.

Our models project Culberson for only 3.7 FanDuel points off his $2,000 salary.

Austin Barnes is catching for the Dodgers on Saturday

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes is batting sixth on Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Yasmani Grandal is sitting on Saturday, so Barnes will fill in behind the plate.

Our models project Barnes to score 7.5 FanDuel points off his $2,100 salary.

Kyle Farmer is starting at first base for the Dodgers on Saturday

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/catcher Kyle Farmer is batting seventh on Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Bellinger is getting a day off with lefty Madison Bumgarner on the mound, so Farmer is filling in at first base.

Our models project Farmer to score 5.8 FanDuel points off his $2,000 salary. He is eligible at catcher.

Yasiel Puig is batting cleanup for the Dodgers on Saturday

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is back in the lineup on Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Puig got the day off on Friday, but is in batting cleanup against southpaw Madison Bumgarner. Curtis Granderson heads to the bench.

Our models project Puig to score 8.9 FanDuel points off his $3,400 cost.

Ryder Jones starting at first base for Giants on Saturday

San Francisco Giants infielder Ryder Jones will start at third base and bat eighth against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Jones was absent from Friday's lineup, but will take over at first base on Saturday, as Buster Posey moves over to catcher.

Jones is averaging 4.57 FanDuel points per game this season, and is available for $2,000 tonight.

Dodgers' Cody Bellinger is out of the lineup on Saturday

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger will not start on Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Bellinger is likely just getting a day off with lefty Madison Bumgarner on the mound. Kyle Farmer is getting the start at first base and is batting seventh.

For the rest of the season, our models project Bellinger to hit .286 with 1 home run, 4 runs, and 5 RBIs over 31 plate appearances.

Pablo Sandoval out of Giants' lineup on Saturday

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is not in Saturday's lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Sandoval started at third base and hit seventh on Friday, but will go to the bench in favor of Kelby Tomlinson in Saturdays' game.

After going 1-for-4 with 1 home run Friday, our model projects Sandoval for 0 homers, 1 RBI and a .231 average over 14 remaining plate appearances this season.

Dodgers' Kike Hernandez is batting third on Saturday

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder/infielder Kike Hernandez is starting in left field on Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Hernandez is in the lineup as usual with a lefty on the mound, but will move up to third in the order with Cody Bellinger sitting tonight. Andre Ethier heads to the bench. Madison Bumgarner is pitching for the Giants tonight.

Our models project Hernandez for 9.4 FanDuel points off his $2,100 salary.

Kelby Tomlinson starting Saturday for Giants

San Francisco Giants infielder Kelby Tomlinson is starting at third base and batting seventh against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Tomlinson was absent from Friday's lineup, but will replace Pablo Sandoval on Saturday against the lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Our model projects Tomlinson for 7.5 FanDuel points at a cost of just $2,000.

Denard Span starting for Giants on Saturday

San Francisco Giants center fielder Denard Span is batting third against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Span was absent from Friday's lineup, but will replace Gorkys Hernandez, who moves to left field on Saturday.

Our model projects Span for 11.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,900.

Dustin Garneau is catching for Oakland on Saturday

Oakland Athletics catcher Dustin Garneau is batting ninth on Saturday against the Texas Rangers.

What It Means:

With Garneau entering the lineup, catcher Josh Phegley heads back to the bench.

Garneau is averaging 5.2 FanDuel points a game and costs $2,300 on Saturday.

Mark Canha is in the lineup for Oakland on Saturday

Oakland Athletics outfielder Mark Canha is starting in left field on Saturday against the Texas Rangers.

What It Means:

Canha is batting eighth against Rangers right-hander Miguel Gonzalez. Khris Davis is at DH, and Ryon Healy heads to the bench.

Canha is averaging 6.3 FanDuel points a game, and costs $2,400 on Saturday.

Raul Alcantara is starting for Oakland on Saturday

Oakland Athletics pitcher Raul Alcantara is starting in place of Sean Manaea for Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers.

What It Means:

With Manaea getting scratched with a minor back issue, Alcantara will take the mound tonight. Alcantara was also forced to make an emergency start on Monday when Jharel Cotton was scratched.

Alcantara has a 9.20 ERA and 1.57 WHIP over 14 2/3 innings. This will be just his third start this season.

Drew Robinson starting at third base for Rangers on Saturday

Texas Rangers third baseman Drew Robinson will start and bat ninth against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

What It Means:

Robinson was reported to be on the bench in favor of Will Middlebrooks, but will indeed start at third base.

Our models project Robinson for 7.3 FanDuel points at a cost of just $2,000.

Oakland's Sean Manaea is a late scratch on Saturday

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea will not start Saturday's contest against the Texas Rangers.

What It Means:

Manaea has been scratched with a minor back issue. Raul Alcantara will start in his place.

Manaea has a 4.56 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over 28 starts this season.

Ketel Marte is out of the lineup on Saturday

Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Ketel Marte will not start on Saturday against the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

Marte appears to just be getting a routine day off. Adam Rosales is filling in at shortstop.

Our models project Marte to hit .250 the rest of the season. He's averaged 7.5 FanDuel points a game.

Will Middlebrooks starting for Rangers on Saturday

Texas Rangers third baseman Will Middlebrooks will start and bat ninth on Saturday versus the Oakland Athletics.

What It Means:

Middlebrooks was not in Friday's lineup, but on Saturday will replace Drew Robinson at third base.

Our model projects Middlebrooks for just 4.7 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,000.

Robinson Chirinos starting for Rangers on Saturday

Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos will start and bat seventh against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

What It Means:

Chirinos sat out Friday's game, but will replace Brett Nicholas on Saturday against the lefty Sean Manaea.

Our model projects Chirinos for 11.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,900.

Diamondbacks' Adam Rosales is in the lineup on Saturday

Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Adam Rosales is starting at shortstop on Saturday against the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

Ketel Marte appears to be getting a routine night off. Rosales is batting eighth against left-hander Dillon Peters.

Rosales is averaging 5.6 fantasy points a game on FanDuel this season. He costs the minimum $2,000 tonight.

Shin-soo Choo out of Rangers' lineup Saturday

Texas Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo is not in Saturday's lineup against the Oakland Athletics.

What It Means:

Choo started in right field and led off in Friday's game, but will make way on Saturday for Nomar Mazara, who is sliding over from left field.

After going 1-for-5 with a homer on Friday, our models project Choo for 1 home run, 3 RBI and a .276 average over 34 remaining plate appearances this season.

Delino DeShields starting for Rangers on Saturday

Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. will start in left field and bat first against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

What It Means:

DeShields was not in Friday's lineup, but lead off and start in left field Saturday as Nomar Mazara slides over to right field.

Our model projects DeShields for 11.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,300 on Saturday.

Brian Anderson is in the Marlin's lineup on Saturday

Miami Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson is batting seventh on Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

What It Means:

Anderson is getting the start at third base against Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker. Derek Dietrich heads to the bench.

Anderson is averaging 7.3 fantasy points a game on FanDuel this year. He costs $2,300 on Saturday.

Erick Aybar out for San Diego against the Rockies

San Diego Padres shortstop Erick Aybar is out of the starting lineup for Saturday's home game against the Colorado Rockies.

What It Means:

It's a routine day off for Aybar, and Yangervis Solarte will slide over to shortstop, Cory SPangenberg will move to third base and Hunter Renfroe will enter the lineup starting in the outfield.

Aybar has only managed a .285 wOBA through 102 games in 2017, and numberFire's models project him to bat .263 while adding 2 runs and 2 RBI in 21 plate appearances over the remainder of the season.

Cardinals' Jedd Gyorko is starting at third base on Saturday

St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyorko is batting cleanup on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

What It Means:

Jose Martinez is out with a sore thumb, so Matt Carpenter is moving to first base, and Gyorko is getting the start at the hot corner. Right-hander Gerrit Cole is on the mound for Pittsburgh.

Our models project Gyorko to score 10.5 FanDuel points off his $2,800 salary.

Jose Martinez (thumb) is out of the Cardinals' lineup on Saturday

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jose Martinez (thumb) will not play in Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

What It Means:

Martinez flew back to St. Louis and is having his thumb examined after being forced to leave Friday's game with soreness. The team should be able to give an update on his status soon. Matt Carpenter is filling in at first base, while Jedd Gyorko gets the nod at third base.

Martinez is having a stellar second half, posting a .419 wOBA since the All-Star break. On the season, he's averaged 8.0 fantasy points a game on FanDuel.

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