With this being the final weekend of the MLB regular season, it is vital to practice proper bankroll management. With many teams either already eliminated from playoff contention or already having their playoff positioning decided, the unpredictability is at an all-time high. We will likely see everyday players either getting days off or simply being pulled from the game early.
That being said, there is still money to made, so let’s dive in and analyze the FanDuel slate.
Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs, $12,700 – Arrieta has been the best pitcher in baseball for the entire second half of the MLB season. He has been incredibly consistent and draws an elite matchup against the depleted offense of the Brewers this evening. The Cubs ace is also a large favorite at -205 in this game with a low total of seven on the MLB odds board. Rostering Arrieta will force you to make some sacrifices elsewhere, but that is a totally acceptable strategy tonight.
Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners, $9,000 – Iwakuma is another guy that has been pitching rather well lately, going at least six innings in each of his last five starts. Much like Arrieta, Iwakuma will have the benefit of facing off with a weak offense as well in the Athletics. He is also a sizable favorite at -175 on the money-line.
Miguel Montero, Chicago Cubs, $2,400 – The catcher position appears to be rather barren tonight, so saving some salary here appears to be viable strategy. Montero does not draw the best lineup spot (usually sixth), but that is something we can ignore due to his bargain level price of $2,400. The Cubs have an elite road matchup against Ariel Pena this evening.
Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox, $3,800 – The White Sox offense is in a phenomenal spot tonight when they take on Alfredo Simon and the atrocious Tigers bullpen. Abreu did not have the spectacular season that he did last year, but still remains one of the premier power hitters in MLB. Tonight’s matchup is elite and Abreu has a very reasonable price tag on FanDuel at $3,800.
Jose Altuve, Houston Astros, $3,300 – The current price tag ($3,300) for Altuve on FanDuel is much too low and just about as cheap as I’ve ever seen it. He is one of the best pure hitters in all of baseball and offers uncanny stolen base upside as well. Tonight’s matchup with Rubby De La Rosa is very appealing for Altuve’s skill set. In addition to the solid matchup, the Astros still have something to play for, which is important at this point in the MLB season.
Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees, $3,200 - As mentioned in the introduction, it's important to take a team’s playoff probability into consideration. The Yankees are still fighting for their playoff spot, so even a struggling Rodriguez is a guy we should consider. With his recent struggles have come with a substantial price decrease to $3,200. A-Rod continues to hit in the middle of the order for the Yankees, which makes him a viable 3B option tonight.
Carlos Correa, Houston Astros, $3,400 - With Troy Tulowitzki on the shelf, Correa is likely the best hitting shortstop in MLB right now. Much like teammate Jose Altuve, Correa has a great price and matchup. With shortstop lacking many appealing options, Correa becomes a prime target at the position.
Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners, $3,700 – Due to playing in a less-than-ideal hitting environment (Safeco Field) for half of his games, Cruz is a guy that frequently goes overlooked in DFS. That said, he is one of the few power hitters that I’m willing to throw ballpark factors out the window for. His power is unique and his 44 home runs back up that fact. Cruz should be able to take advantage of a matchup with Aaron Brooks tonight.
Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates, $3,500 – Much like the Mariners, the Pirates play in a ballpark that is less than ideal for DFS. That being said, tonight they draw a very favorable home matchup against Keyvius Sampson. Polanco will bat leadoff for the Pirates and offers a solid combination of speed and occasional power.