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FanDuel MLB DFS Playoff Picks – October 19th

We could be one game away from the World Series, which means we’re likely one game away from all showdown slates for MLB DFS. The Boston Red Sox punched their ticket to the final baseball series of the 2018 MLB season and I’m guessing tonight the Los Angeles Dodgers will do the same.

It’s been a fun ride for the Milwaukee Brewers, but the Dodgers can smell a title shot and in a hitter’s park against lefty Wade Miley, they just might explode. You can go the other way and ride the wave of the Brew Crew, but I’m expecting the Dodgers to win easily.

Here’s my favorite team for FanDuel’s one-game showdown contest tonight:

MVP (1.5x points): Manny Machado – Los Angeles Dodgers ($9.5k)

Wade Miley heads back to the rubber to try to help the Brewers force a game seven. I’d love to see it, but I don’t think it’s happening. Miley has also been a regression candidate for basically all year, so it’d only be fitting for him to come crashing back to earth in the most important game of his life.

Machado doesn’t need Miley to crater to pay off, as he’s simply a very good hitter. He hits both sides of the plate well, but I’m targeting him for his upside and his nasty .390 wOBA and .233 ISO versus southpaws. He has as much upside as anyone and given his steep price tag there’s a slight chance he could be somewhat contrarian.

IF: Justin Turner – Los Angeles Dodgers ($8.5k)

I also love JT’s splits (.443 wOBA, .240 ISO) and I think L.A. finishes Milwaukee off here, so I’ll keep the Dodgers hype train humming along. It’s also worth noting that Wade Miley gives up a little more power to right-handed hitters, so that’s understandably the focus for Dodgers sticks on this slate.

OF: Domingo Santana – Milwaukee Brewers ($4k)

I don’t even know if Santana starts as I write this, but he’s the bare minimum at FanDuel and he does hit lefties well. He’s worth a shot against Ryu, who is a very good pitcher but can give up some contact to the right side of the plate.

UTIL: Chris Taylor – Los Angeles Dodgers ($6k)

CT3 is another guy who can hit lefties but hits pretty well from either side. He’s a great price and helps me pay up for my two favorite Dodgers mashers.

UTIL: Yasiel Puig – Los Angeles Dodgers ($6.5k)

Ditto for Puig, who isn’t very efficient against lefties, but offers a ton of power. The Dodgers as a whole get a big park upgrade here and I’m anticipating they show up big against a matchup they absolutely can thrive in.

Even if Wade Miley slays them, he probably only lasts about five innings. It’s not crazy to think L.A. can blast off once he exits. Again, I’m pulling for the Brewers here, but I get the sense this one ends tonight. If so, you’re probably going to want to be on the Dodgers.

If you want to mix in some Brewers bats, consider using Ryan Braun ($7k) over Puig in the last utility spot.

Whatever you decide, I wish you luck. Thanks for reading and enjoy the game!

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