If I have more to work with than just the one-game showdown contests, I’ll always look to shove out a multi-game lineup. Now that the divisional series are starting, that’s certainly going to be the case some nights as the 2018 MLB playoffs progress.
Tonight we get a fun two-game slate, as the Brewers host the Rockies and the Dodgers host the Braves. Colorado gives Milwaukee a dangerous opponent in game one of their series, while both of these potent offenses could tee off in this one. The Dodgers game is set up as more of a pitcher’s duel, though, making this a very interesting MLB DFS slate.
I don’t think full stacks are absolutely necessary on slates this small. If I come to it organically I’ll be fine with it, but I’m really just going after the best matchup, good prices and/or great splits.
Let’s see what my favorite MLB DFS lineup looks like for tonight in FanDuel GPPs:
SP: Hyun-Jin Ryu – Los Angeles Dodgers ($10k)
For pitchers, I’m looking for quality starts and wins and I’m basing a lot of this on feel – specifically if I believe their team is going to win. I have very little concern about the Dodgers in this series, while Ryu has been lights out every since returning from injury back in mid-August. Since then, he’s posted a cool 1.88 ERA and has displayed sharp control.
Ryu isn’t normally a guy I’m paying for at this price, but our options are limited here. Mike Foltynewicz isn’t much cheaper and he’s on the road against the Dodgers. That’s not ideal, plus the Brewers could wreck Antonio Senzatela and you can’t trust what Milwaukee puts out there in what will be a bullpen outing for the Brew Crew.
It’s Ryu or bust for me tonight. He could be popular on a two-game slate or maybe people get scared off by the price tag. I’m not letting ownership dictate this one. L.A. is favored to defend their home turf in game one and a (likely) strong Ryu performance is a big reason why.
C/1B: Tyler Flowers – Atlanta Braves ($2k)
You can also consider Kurt Suzuki here at $2.5k. Both Atlanta catchers smash southpaws and are dirt cheap. I am not overly interested in Braves sticks tonight, but I’ll take a crack at a cheap righty. Suzuki has the better splits, but Flowers would save me more cash and offers fine upside in this spot.
2B: Travis Shaw – Milwaukee Brewers ($4.1k)
Shaw will get a crack at a beatable righty in a terrific park. He’s always a threat to send one into the stands and Senzatela is no stranger to contact (10 HR allowed in 13 starts). He could have a tough time in this park, while Milwaukee is stacked with bats that hit righties well. Shocking, I know, but Shaw is one of them.
3B: Mike Moustakas – Milwaukee Brewers ($3.6k)
I’ll continue my Brewers love with Moose, who also blasts right-handed pitching and could flex his power muscle in this spot. He hasn’t donged in a while, but he’s at least been efficient with a knock in each of his last four contests. Hopefully he can launch here and be a great pivot off of some superior 3B options.
SS: Orlando Arcia – Milwaukee Brewers ($2.4k)
Arcia might be the glue that keeps this MLB DFS lineup together. He was fantastic (4 hits) in a clutch road win over the Cubs on Monday and I wouldn’t be that shocked if he can keep it going. Milwaukee needs him for his defense and he’s dirt cheap, so here’s to hoping he can keep the good times rolling.
OF: Joc Pederson – Los Angeles Dodgers ($3.1k)
Pederson isn’t always the most efficient bat and I don’t feel amazing about picking on Folty. However, he’s a great price, mashes righties and is at home. The Dodgers in general can really get cooking at Dodger Stadium, so as rock solid as Folty is, you shouldn’t be shy about using Dodgers bats unless you’re using him.
OF: Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies ($2.5k)
I don’t know the exact starting lineups as I write this, but I have to imagine CarGo gets the nod in a hitter’s haven. He has solid power and is just way to cheap, assuming he’ll get some work against some right-handed hurlers in this one.
You never know what the Rockies are going to do. They lifted Charlie Blackmon in a must-win game after all. Still, Gonzalez is way too cheap and should have a chance at launching one tonight.
OF: Adam Duvall – Atlanta Braves ($2.2k)
I don’t know if Duvall gets the nod, but he’s historically crushed southpaws and if the Braves are going to use him during the playoffs, this is the exact type of spot to do it. He’s a risky play just because he’s so inefficient, but he offers power and is cheap.
Util: Christian Yelich – Milwaukee Brewers ($4.8k)
I don’t even know how you fade Yelich right now. He’s kind of the main reason why the Brewers are here right now and he’s a legit MVP candidate because of it. He’s red hot, too, having notched 12+ fantasy points in eight straight games. I find it hard to believe he regresses when Milwaukee needs him the most.
Overall, I am on the Brewers as a full stack and I’m paying up for Ryu. I actually like the Dodgers plenty on this slate, but I’m not going to force their pricey bats when they’re in a pitcher-friendly park against a very good ace like Folty.
The Rockies are a dangerous team to fade in this spot. They have loads of power, they’re not facing an elite pitcher and they’re in a fantastic park for power. I’m going to bet Milwaukee’s bullpen strategy gives them fits, however, and that the red hot Brewers roll to yet another win.
If that all breaks right, I could have a gem here.
Whether you’re with me or not, hopefully I steer you in the right direction with some of my MLB DFS picks. Either way, good luck in your daily fantasy baseball contests and enjoy the games!