We break down our top plays and analysis for the Playoff MLB DFS slate on FanDuel and DraftKings (October 18, 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.
Things are starting to really wind down for us in MLB DFS, and we have another 2 game slate to work with (and it could very well be our last, if the Jays can’t force a game 5 with Cleveland).
I’ll keep things nice and light today, focusing on my top picks and recommendations for how to attack the slate.
Games on the Slate
Cleveland @ Toronto; Over/Under = TBD (expect a very close spread and a O/U of 7.5 runs)
Los Angeles vs Chicago (-118); Over/Under = 6.5 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 those that go off) 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.
I expect the TOR/CLE game will be a tight spread when the Vegas line is announced, with a total (in all likelihood) coming in a run higher than the CHC/LAD matchup.
It’s all about being different on this kind of slate, so don’t be shy to have a somewhat uncomfortable lineup here – either with money on the table or a couple bats against your SP(s). It could be the ticket to success.
Analyzing the Arms
We have 4 very, very good pitchers going today.
I had this to say about Arrieta and Hill yesterday, and nothing has really changed here: