With all four divisional series games on the docket today, we’ll touch on a few players you can use for DFS lineups. Whether you’re playing the Classic or Showdown style contests, these players are options. No more introduction and straight to the picks. Here are my favorites for today’s games.
Disclaimer: Pricing included is for DraftKings Classic style contests.
P – Zack Greinke ($9,100)
Greinke put together one of the best seasons of his career, and that’s saying something considering he is a two-time ERA champion and former Cy Young Award winner. Between the Astros and the Diamondbacks, Greinke pitched over 200 innings and went 18-5 with a 2.93 ERA and 0.982 WHIP. Manager Kevin Cash did a nice job of mixing lefties and righties into today’s lineup, but that doesn’t worry me a whole lot. The Rays in the lineup are a combined 9-46 (.196) with 15 strikeouts against Greinke.
3B – Anthony Rendon ($4,500)
The regular season MLB RBI leader and NL MVP candidate hit southpaws very well, batting .316 with a team-leading 10 HRs against them. He’s 2-6 (.333) with a bomb lifetime versus Rich Hill, who has only pitched in 13 games this season and isn’t fully stretched out. Even if Rendon doesn’t do damage early, Hill, most likely, won’t last long in this game. He would then give way to a more questionable than years past, Dodgers bullpen.
OF – Giancarlo Stanton ($3,900)
Stanton has now played a grand total of 20 games this year, regular season and postseason combined. That, along with inconsistency, is why his price is below $4,000. But Stanton still has an extreme amount of power and is more than capable of taking one deep. In the first two games of the series against the Twins, Stanton went 0-3, but he’s walked four times, which more than likely, means he’s seeing the ball well. In a small sample size, Stanton is 3-11 with one homer and two walks against the Twins’ starter Jake Odorizzi.
OF – Marcell Ozuna ($4,300 DK)
Looking for a hitter that has a huge track record against one of the potential pitchers tonight? Look no further than Marcell Ozuna versus Julio Teheran. He’s put up ridiculously good numbers against him, hitting 17-48 (.354) with three bombs and nine runs batted in. On top of the BvP stats against Teheran, Ozuna has a tendency to be a streaky hitter. So far, in the three postseason games, Ozuna is 6-12 with two RBIs, three doubles, and two hits in each game. The Cardinals were only able to squeak out four hits in yesterday’s ballgame, and two of them came from Ozuna. Ride the hot hand and don’t fight against the large sample size versus Teheran. Even if the starter winds up being Dallas Keuchel, Ozuna could be a good option. Also, Teheran could be used out of the pen.
St. Louis Cardinals vs Dallas Keuchel
Keuchel has been a solid mid-season acquisition for the Braves and has playoff experience. But this game taking place in St. Louis doesn’t project well for Keuchel. During the regular season, Keuchel had a 5.01 road ERA. Being that Keuchel is a pitch-to-contact pitcher that relies on getting soft contact and groundballs. It’s very relevant information that the Cardinals grounded into the fifth-fewest double-plays this season (25). Also, the fact that they just saw him in Game One of the series and their lineup is predominantly right-handed, might work in their favor. Keuchel struggles a lot more against right-handed batters than lefties this season, 14 of his 16 home runs allowed have come to righties, and they have a .339 wOBA compared to a .268 wOBA to lefties.
Washington Nationals vs Rich Hill
Rich Hill hasn’t been known to give up a ton of bombs, but he also hasn’t pitched much this season and the Nationals beat lefties to a pulp. Against them, they rank fifth-best in the Majors in terms of wOBA (.347), OPS (.828), and third-best in batting average (.283). Also, the Nats’ hitters are a combined 20-60 with five dongs and a .464 wOBA against Hill. Rendon and Kendrick are my favorite options, but they are all viable.
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