Here we go with a two-game MLB DFS Playoff Slate with the Yankees-Astros and Cardinals-Nationals in action. The Yankees and Astros will start things off at 4:08 ET.
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.
Gerrit Cole - Houston (at NY Yankees)
It’s going to be difficult to shy away from Cole, even in tournaments. He’s the only pitcher who can confidently rack up a quality start, let alone a rewarding fantasy line of seven (or more) innings and 10+ strikeouts. As for the other options (Patrick Corbin, Luis Severino, Dakota Hudson), there’s a good chance they’ll get the hook before completing five innings. Cole has allowed one or less earned runs with 10 or more strikeouts in each of his past four starts. Facing the Yankees on the road will be a difficult environment, but Cole is more than capable of silencing the crowd.
Also Consider: Patrick Corbin
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Howie Kendrick - Washington (vs. St. Louis)
The veteran infielder has come up huge for Washington this postseason. Kendrick has achieved multiple hits in three of his past four games, including a brilliant 3-4 showing with three doubles, three RBIs, and two runs yesterday. His DFS salary remains somewhat cheap despite that impressive play, and he’s a solid lift through all formats.
Also Consider: Yuli Gurriel
Kolten Wong - St. Louis (at Washington)
The second base position is rough tonight. Jose Altuve and Gleyber Torres are the most legitimate options, but both of them come with an expensive salary. For that reason, I’m interested in punting this spot with Wong’s non-imposing price tag. Sure, the lefty/lefty matchup isn’t ideal, but Wong held a premium lineup spot the last time St. Louis faced a southpaw (Dallas Keuchel last series). Taking the savings with Wong should help roster Cole and the high-upside bats you really want (see below).
Also Consider: Jose Altuve
Anthony Rendon - Washington (vs. St. Louis)
At third base, Rendon and Alex Bregman are the top choices with Tommy Edman entering the conversation as a value candidate. My vote goes to Rendon, who has been a beast in the playoffs while going 11-29 (.379) this October. He went 2-3 with a double and two runs last night, and I believe the Nats’ third baseman will pick up where he left off tonight.
Also consider: Tommy Edman
Paul DeJong - St. Louis (at Washington)
Trea Turner and Carlos Correa are the top lifts (in that order) at shortstop, but we need to pick our spots when climbing the salary ladder. In other words, I’d rather take Rendon, Bregman, or an expensive outfielder instead of the pricey shortstops ... That leaves us with DeJong as an interesting mid-range option with the platoon advantage over Washington LHP Corbin. The Cardinals’ shortstop has come through with multiple hits in two of his past four outings, and this is a plausible situation for him to make some fantasy noise.
Also Consider: Carlos Correa
Juan Soto - Washington (vs. St. Louis)
Soto has been a monster this postseason while repeatedly coming up with clutch hits for the Nationals. Needless to say, he carries a comfortable blend of contact and power, which is very similar to the rationale for his aforementioned teammate, Rendon. Cardinals’ RHP Dakota Hudson has been sharp over the past few months, but he still carries a .351 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Because of that, Soto and Adam Eaton deserve consideration in this matchup.
Jose Martinez - St. Louis (at Washington)
Martinez is a “cheapskate special” to help squeeze the aforementioned players in the same lineup. Similar to the rationale used with DeJong, Martinez is an economical choice who holds the platoon advantage over Nats’ LHP Corbin. He went 2-4 yesterday, which could translate to confidence at the plate tonight … I’ll be looking towards Martinez as a capable bargain filler, assuming he cracks the starting lineup.