We break down our top plays and analysis for the Playoff MLB DFS slate on FanDuel and DraftKings (October 19, 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.
With the Jays forcing a game 5 last night, we have ourselves another 2 game slate to work with on Wednesday.
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 (-180); Over/Under = 8.5 Runs
Los Angeles vs Chicago (-110); Over/Under = 7.0 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.
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 is often the ticket to success.
Analyzing the Arms
After a day with 4 excellent arms, it’s a bit of a different situation today.
Marco Estrada has shown he has ice in his veins when he gets the ball in the playoffs. The only blemish on his game 1 start against Cleveland was a changeup that he left down and in to Francisco Lindor. Otherwise he was excellent. He is the biggest favorite on the board today and is a great option on both sites. Pricing is not an issue at all today, so play him with confidence.