We break down our top plays and analysis for the Playoff MLB DFS slate on FanDuel and DraftKings (October 15, 2016). Focusing on pitchers, hitters and strategy to help you win your MLB DFS contests for the slate.
With the 2016 MLB Regular Season in the books, it’s time for us to turn to the Playoffs and continue our MLB DFS talk.
FanDuel and DraftKings have some great contests (GPPs in particular) to take part in to continue battling it out on the diamond to win some DFS cash, and the Fantasy Cruncher team is here to help you do just that.
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.
We have another 2 game slate, with both games happening on the same day (for the first time in a little while). That should give us an opportunity to see all 4 lineups before we lock our rosters in, but only time will tell.
It’s shaping up to be a fairly chalky day, so I won’t blame you if you decide to sit this one out. It may be a tie for top spot in some GPPs if things go the way I expect them to – or the margin of error will be (very, very) slim and we’ll see a very weird lineup or two come out on top.
Games on the Slate
Toronto (-126) vs Cleveland; Over/Under = 8.5 Runs
Los Angeles @ Chicago (-195); Over/Under = 7.5 Runs
High Level Strategic Thoughts
Like I’ve mentioned before, this will be a fairly typical 2-game slate, where you are going to need to pick the right hitters (and pretty much every single one of them that produce in a significant way) and couple them with the right arm(s) to find your way to cashing in GPPs. Again, this is not a day that I would play cash games – a little dabbling into tournaments can’t hurt if you want a little skin in the game, though.
You are likely best to play the multiple lineup strategy today, choosing the top 1 or 2 pitchers you like and coupling them with different combinations of bats. This may be a day to have exposure to 3 arms, but going heavy with your top option.
The Jays/Indians game has a total a full run higher than the Dodgers/Cubs game – but when you add things up and look at the implied team totals, Vegas actually likes the Cubs and Jays to get the same 4.5 runs, making them your top 2 “chalk” offenses to have exposure to.
Analyzing the Arms
Let’s start with the night game and then work backwards. I talked about both of these guys yesterday, so much of this will be a reminder for those of you that read our October 14-15 slate column.