We have a full day of playoff baseball, as four games from the Divisional Round will take place starting this afternoon.
This article will outline the best daily fantasy MLB plays of the day at every position. We’ll take a comprehensive look across the DFS industry to uncover these core recommendations, factoring respective salaries into the analysis.
Please note, these player picks were organized early in the day. For MLB contests, always check lineups and weather closer to game time. Rain, wind, or unexpected managerial decisions could open up additional sources of value. Be sure to keep an eye on the MLB Headlines and Injuries desk.
We will be looking at the four-game Monday slate beginning at 1:05 ET.
Zack Greinke - Houston (at Tampa Bay)
Max Scherzer at home is a strong candidate as well, but Greinke finds himself in a better matchup with a cheaper salary. The Houston #3 starter was fantastic in his last start of the regular season, tossing 8.1 scoreless innings with two hits and nine strikeouts at Seattle. He checks in as a solid -140 road favorite with a chance to help the Astros advance to the ALCS.
Also Consider: Max Scherzer
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Howie Kendrick - Washington (vs. LA Dodgers)
I’m liking Kendrick as a bargain choice with the platoon advantage over Dodgers’ left-handed pitcher Rich Hill. Kendrick has been a sparkplug for the Nationals throughout most of this season, hitting .344 in 334 at-bats. He should hold a premium lineup spot this evening, which is enough to consider him an accommodating value play or utility filler.
Also Consider: Freddie Freeman
Luis Arraez - Minnesota (vs. New York Yankees)
Kendrick and Arraez represent two of the better value picks on this slate. By locking in both infielders, you should have enough salary to comfortably roster an ace pitcher with high-upside outfielders. Arraez has been playing through an ankle injury, but the rookie continues to produce with three doubles in the first two games of this series. He consistently puts the ball in play, and I’m willing to take a chance on him to make something happen again tonight.
Also Consider: Ozzie Albies
Tommy Edman - St. Louis (vs. Atlanta)
The Cardinals were able to frustrate Atlanta LHP Dallas Keuchel in Game 1, as the southpaw lasted 4.2 innings with five hits, one earned run, and no strikeouts. I wouldn’t be surprised if he labored through this St. Louis lineup again, and Edman should hold a premium lineup spot in front of RBI producers like Paul Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna. In other words, the rookie is a strong “per dollar” pick on this slate.
Paul DeJong - St. Louis (vs. Atlanta)
DeJong follows the same rationale of his teammate, Edman, listed above. He singled and drew a walk in two at-bats against Keuchel in Game 1, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he jumped on the platoon advantage this afternoon … Trea Turner is an outstanding DFS shortstop in this slate, but DeJong could post better value with a softer price tag.
Marcell Ozuna - St. Louis (vs. Atlanta)
Ozuna has been a beast against left-handed pitching throughout most of his career, holding a 126 wRC+ and .205 ISO split in that regard. He has come out swinging in this series too, collecting two hits in each of the past three games. I’m expecting the heater to continue today, making the St. Louis cleanup hitter a strong lift through all formats.
Giancarlo Stanton - New York Yankees (at Minnesota)
Stanton only played nine games since coming back from a knee injury in September. There’s a chance he’s still somewhat rusty, but I’m interested in him for DFS purposes tonight. Minnesota RHP Jake Odorizzi is a fly-ball pitcher, and the Yankees could jump all over that tonight. Stanton and Juge are the leading candidates in that regard, and the former carries a much cheaper salary. Stanton was replaced in favor of Cameron Maybin (for defense) in each of the past two games, but there’s a chance he’ll see all nine innings if this one stays close.