We are back tonight with Game 3 of the World Series as the series switches to L.A. with Boston carrying a 2-0 lead into this one.
Once again, we are facing a one-game showdown style contest as Rick Porcello of the Red Sox takes on rookie Walker Buehler of the Dodgers.
This is going to be another dandy so let’s get some DraftKings MLB DFS Picks in and tidy up some profits tonight!
*This lineup is aimed at GPPs*
FLEX – Manny Machado (LAD) – $10,000 vs. BOS
Controversy has allowed Machado around these playoffs, but he’s continued to be the most productive bat the Dodgers have to offer regardless. Machado is hitting .286 in the two games this series while he’s driven in three runs and scored one himself. He’s done some damage earlier in the postseason as well which is why he carries a .471 SLG and .774 OPS into tonight’s Game 3 action. Machado is matchup-proof in the sense that he sported very even lefty/righty splits in the regular season in case left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez makes an appearance out of the Red Sox bullpen tonight. Machado has also enjoyed plenty of career success against Porcello as he has gone 13 for 38 (.342) with two homers and a double against the right-hander. He is the first of many Dodgers in this one tonight which gives this lineup GPP status.
FLEX – Max Muncy (LAD) – $9,100 vs. BOS
Muncy didn’t start either of the first two games against the Red Sox in Boston despite the DH being in effect. I found that odd as Muncy clobbered left-handed pitching as well in the regular season, but surely he gets the starting nod tonight against a right-handed starter. After all, Muncy demolished right-handed pitching to the tune of a .334 ISO and 1.001 OPS in the regular season, a number that climbed to a .368 ISO and 1.038 OPS at home against right-handed pitching. Although he’s been rather cold at the plate in this series and dating back to the NLCS against the Brewers, Muncy can change the game with one swing of the bat as he clubbed 35 homers in just 395 at-bats. It’s tough to think of anyone in this game tonight with more power upside than the breakout slugger.
FLEX – Joc Pederson (LAD) – $7,100 vs. BOS
Aside from maybe Ronald Acuna in Atlanta, there were few leadoff hitters with as much home run upside as Pederson this season. He starts only against righties, which makes sense due to his .132 ISO and terrible .512 OPS against southpaws this season. It also makes sense because Pederson obliterated right-handed pitching to the tune of a huge .295 ISO and .893 OPS in the regular season. He didn’t have an extra-base hit in the NLCS or so far in the World Series, but Pederson owns a nice .813 OPS across 107 postseason plate appearances with five long balls in that stretch. Given his projected spot atop the Dodgers’ lineup, I think Pederson has plenty of cross-category upside tonight.
FLEX – Cody Bellinger (LAD) – $7,400 vs. BOS
Completing our four-man Dodgers stack tonight is Bellinger who brings some quality power upside to the table in this one against a right-handed starter and an almost all right-handed bullpen. It hasn’t been a pretty postseason for the slugger as he owns a .128 average and. 458 OPS for the postseason so far, however Bellinger pounded right-handed pitching for a .240 ISO and .880 OPS in the regular season. His lack of production to this point should lower his ownership while there’s a good chance that he plays the entire game tonight given his left-handed bat against a right-handed starter for the first time in this series.
FLEX – Andrew Benintendi (BOS) – $9,500 vs. LAD
The Red Sox are also facing a right-handed starter for the first time in this series, something that bodes well for Andrew Benintendi and his cross-category upside. The young left fielder hit for a .184 ISO and .877 OPS against right-handed pitching in the regular season, but he also stole 21 bases on the year, 17 of which came against a righty. He’s hitting .283 for the postseason and while he hasn’t homered yet, he’s doubled four times including one in Game 1 of this World Series. He’s also swiped two bases in these playoffs, albeit with both coming in the ALDS against the Yankees. His spot in the two-hole gives hikm plenty of that cross-category upside tonight.
FLEX – Brock Holt (BOS) – $6,500 vs. LAD
Certainly Holt is a GPP play as he likely won’t start this game, although he could indeed be a factor at some point due to his ability to play just about every position on the field. While it’s mostly attributed to just one game in the ALDS when Holt amazingly hit for the cycle, he owns a .333 average and 1.145 OPS so far in these playoffs. He also owns a .360 average and 1.167 OPS in his postseason career across 27 plate appearances. He hasn’t logged an at-bat in this series yet, but in GPPs holt can be a sneaky play full of confidence with an impressive, albeit brief, postseason career under his belt.