The MLB playoffs rage on with Thursday night’s clash between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox. The two just went to battle last night, but are out there again for another meeting. If you’re still trying to win cash playing daily fantasy baseball, you can attempt to do so in FanDuel’s one-game showdown contest.
I’ll do my best to walk you through the best team for tonight’s game five tilt. Let’s get to it:
MVP (x1.5 pts): Alex Bregman – Houston Astros ($9k)
Two elite pitchers take the mound tonight and Houston is facing elimination with Boston up in this series, 3-1. The Red Sox probably smell blood and I wish you luck actually nailing the bats that score in this one, but I have to lean toward Houston saving face at home.
Boston is probably going to win this series, but they are not a lock to win another game on the road here to force their way to the World Series. I think there’s a chance the Astros keep this thing going and with southpaw David Price on the mound, their powerful righties could potentially have a field day.
It starts with Bregman, who owns a nasty .407 wOBA and .247 ISO versus lefties. David Price is good, but he can give up contact. I’ll take a shot on Bregman powering the Astros into a game six in Boston.
IF: Ian Kinsler – Boston Red Sox ($4.5k)
I need at least one Boston bat, so I’ll dump here and save with Kinsler. He isn’t even for sure starting as I write this, so be sure to check in on that before finalizing your lineup for the night. He and his Red Sox brethren take on Justin Verlander on the road, so I don’t feel particularly great about him but he is cheap.
OF: George Springer – Houston Astros ($8.5k)
I’ll head back to my full four-man Houston stack and Springer is another guy (.358 wOBA, .190 ISO) that fares well against left-handed pitching. His power on that side of the plate hasn’t been that amazing this year, but he still offers plenty of pop and will hopefully show up in this spot. Consider pivoting up to J.D. Martinez or Mookie Betts here if you feel so inclined.
UTIL: Tyler White – Houston Astros ($5k)
White is surprisingly cheap despite a nasty ISO (.288) against lefties. That leads the Astros and I have to think he starts tonight. He’s not the most efficient stick, but Houston needs him here and I’m going to bet you will as well.
UTIL: Jose Altuve – Houston Astros ($8k)
If you’d like to cram a big Boston bat in here, just pivot to Carlos Correa and get off of Springer. I prefer the full Astros stack, but like I always say, you can mix and match my MLB DFS picks with your own. You don’t have to just copy the lineup you see here. This is me chasing my favorite picks to build a lineup, but your process doesn’t have to end here.
Altuve isn’t exactly the best against lefties, but he’s a very good hitter and offers some pop. With Houston’s season on the line, I don’t think I can fade him.
It’s pretty simple; Houston is at home and they need to win if they want to keep playing. Whether they do or not, I anticipate a pretty good showing from JV and I expect their bats to come out to play, too. Let’s hope the ones I’m using sound off the most and lead this lineup to a big win.
Good luck and enjoy the game!