The Milwaukee Brewers advanced to the NLCS on Sunday, as they went into Coors Field and took out the Colorado Rockies, 6-0. The emphatic win earned them a 3-0 sweep in their series and suddenly they look like a viable threat to at least reach this year’s World Series.
Los Angeles had an opportunity to join them with a win in Atlanta, but couldn’t make it happen. I’m not sad about it, however, as it pushes the Dodgers/Braves onto Monday’s daily fantasy baseball schedule. It could have been an awesome four-game slate, but a three-game schedule is still pretty great considering it’s playoff time.
We get six pitchers to consider and a slew of bats. Let’s dive in and see who I like for today’s FanDuel MLB DFS lineup:
SP: Luis Severino – New York Yankees ($9.2k)
There are a few solid pitching options on the docket today, but Sev is easily the best. He’s got one of the worst matchups in a hitter’s park, but let’s face it, nobody has a cakewalk matchup during the MLB playoffs.
The good news is Severino tends to be great at home and the last time he battled the Red Sox he dropped a solid 46 fantasy points on them. Severino isn’t without risk, but that could play into him being a contrarian option. If I can get the most talented arm at a discount and at low ownership, I’m all for it.
C/1B: Edwin Encarnacion – Cleveland Indians ($3.4k)
The Astros can sweep their series with the Tribe today, but they have to attempt to do so on the road at Progressive Field. That’s not the easiest place to win in and Dallas Keuchel isn’t the most reliable ace alive.
Keuchel has not been in good form over his last several starts and this is not a good road matchup. I’m interested in righty power from the Indians and it starts with Edwin, who feels a bit too cheap in this spot. He’s historically wrecked southpaws as well, so he seems like a great play on this slate.
Gary Sanchez ($3.2k) is a nice pivot off of Edwin if you’re not into Indians sticks tonight.
2B: Gleyber Torres – New York Yankees ($3k)
Torres tends to bat low in the order, but he’s way too cheap when you consider his monster upside. He’s at home in a great park and Nathan Eovaldi is far from unbeatable. I prefer to use Torres against a southpaw, but he wrecks both sides of the plate and you’re getting him at a steep discount.
I’m looking at Jose Ramirez or Jose Altuve if I want to spend more at 2B.
3B: Josh Donaldson – Cleveland Indians ($3.3k)
I’ll keep my love for Cleveland rolling with Donaldson, who is another guy who can wreck left-handed pitching (.387 wOBA, .241 ISO) and is probably too cheap. Dallas Keuchel is a good pitcher, but he doesn’t whiff at a high rate and is more vulnerable against the right side of the plate.
SS: Charlie Culberson – Atlanta Braves ($2.4k)
Rich Hill isn’t normally a guy I go again, but the Braves are at home in a do-or-die game. I’ll give a few of their righties a chance here and Culberson – should he start – saves me some serious coin. He’s flexed his power muscle a bit this year (.168 ISO) and Hill happens to struggle against righties (46% hard hit rate).
OF: Yasiel Puig – Los Angeles Dodgers ($2.6k)
If the Yanks aren’t the popular chalk, it’s the Dodgers. They’re on the road in a park that has become pitcher-friendly, but they get to face Mike Foltynewicz again and they wrecked him in game one. I don’t want to go out of my way to stack against Foly (he’s a good pitcher), but a cheap one-off like Puig who can hit righties (.396 wOBA, .263 ISO) isn’t a bad idea.
You can also look at the lefties here – namely Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger, as well as Manny Machado. A full Dodgers stack isn’t a terrible idea, but that’s not the route I’m taking.
OF: Ronald Acuna – Atlanta Braves ($3.5k)
I am not going out of my way to stack the Braves, but they have the momentum in this series and Acuna specifically just slammed last night. He mashes southpaws (.285 ISO) and is arguably way too cheap given his upside.
OF: Melky Cabrera – Cleveland Indians ($2.7k)
I’ll wrap a three-man Tribe stack up with Melky Cabrera. I’m mostly sticking to the right side against Keuchel and you can look to Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor if you’re able to cram them into your lineup somehow. Cabrera is just too cheap given his upside (.363 wOBA, .176 ISO) in this spot.
Util: Aaron Judge – New York Yankees ($4.7k)
I’d love to stack Yankees tonight, but they arguably have the best matchup on the board and could be pretty chalky.
Going chalk on a small slate isn’t a terrible idea, so I’ll use a couple pinstripes bats and cap it with Judge. Judge is a monster against both sides of the plate and is red hot with a dong in each of his last three games. I’ll ride the wave, but a pivot to a probably lower-owned Giancarlo Stanton isn’t a bad idea.
Based on matchups and the way these series are trending (or could trend), I like the Yanks and the Indians the most tonight. I could be wrong and Houston pulls out the broom, but I think Cleveland defends their home turf and gets at least one win in this one.
New York is a better stack on paper, but I’m not going to force it. Instead, I’ll ride Severino and hope the two Yanks I do confide in get the job done.
I love the balance with this team, but don’t ignore how cheap some of the other Yankees and Astros are. If you want pure value, diving down to Folty isn’t a terrible idea, as he’s at home and should be able to figure the Dodgers out the second time around.
Whether you use this squad or not, I wish you luck tonight. Enjoy the games!