We break down our top plays and analysis for the Playoff MLB DFS slate on FanDuel and DraftKings (October 9, 2016). Focusing on pitchers, hitters and strategy to help you win your MLB DFS contests for the slate.
We shared a number of different columns with you every single day of the MLB season. The Pitching Rundown, Hitting Rundown, Cheat Sheet and Starting 5 are being condensed into a “one stop shop” article throughout the Playoffs.
I’ll be taking the lead on this column, going into the starters taking the mound for their respective clubs for each slate, and will provide some insight into the hitters/stacks to target as well.
With the slates being condensed thanks to a much smaller group of games at this point, we highly recommend that you focus your bankroll on GPPs if you’re into tournaments – or sitting back and relaxing until April if you’re a cash game baseball player.
Yesterday turned out to be a wash, as the Nats/Dodgers game was postponed to Sunday due to weather.
That created a 3-game day for us to work with here. FanDuel has split things into 2 slates. One that includes all day games, and another that focuses exclusively on the ones in the late afternoon.
Games on the Slate
Los Angeles (-114) @ Washington (+105); Over/Under = 7.5 Runs
Cleveland (+129) @ Boston (-140); Over/Under = 9.5 Runs
Texas (+176) @ Toronto (-192); Over/Under = 9 Runs
High Level Strategic Thoughts
For the 3 game slate, you will want to pick out your top 2-3 stacks and go heavy on them. You may even be able to get away with focusing on your top 2 stacks and finding at least 1 or 2 bats in the lower part of the order as that will help give you a strong chance at a unique lineup in GPPs.
For the 2 game slate, you almost always need to have representation of bats from at least 3 teams. Getting one or two bats against your SP may feel uncomfortable, but that often results in a unique lineup and can lead you to the differentiation you require in larger field tournaments.
Overall, if you play in a contest that has less than 300 entries or so, you don’t need to go crazy contrarian… but in the larger field contests like the $3 and $5 GPPs, you’ll need to take a couple extra risks (at least with a portion of your entries).