We have reached the final day of the regular season, but there are still contests to be entered and won on FanDuel. Be sure to check the starting lineups, as many players are getting the day off with most teams coasting to the end of their seasons.
Jacob deGrom – NYM vs WAS - $10,800 – It is a very tough day for pitchers, as all the top choices are on teams that will be in the playoffs. That means we don’t know for sure how deep into the game these guys will be asked to go. For that reason, I’m dropping down from Clayton Kershaw at $13,000 to Jacob deGrom at $10,800. deGrom has been so good, that he can likely pay off his salary even if he only goes six innings.
Lance McCullers – HOU at ARZ - $8,700 – If you want to drop down a little farther, Lance McCullers is pitching in a big game for Houston, who still has a shot at the AL West title. After a three-week break from the rotation in August, he has come back with seven straight starts allowing three runs or less and has at least six strikeouts in five of those games. Arizona has a bit of a watered down lineup with both David Peralta and Ender Inciarte out.
Miguel Montero – CHC at MIL - $2,300 – Montero is in the lineup today, and makes an easy salary saving play at catcher. Milwaukee's Jorge Lopez is making just his second career start and has a tough Cubs lineup to deal with. With nothing standing out at catcher, you should be looking to spend your money elsewhere.
Eric Hosmer - $3,200 – Hosmer is a strong cash game play at his reasonable salary, with a .379 wOBA and .384 OBP against right-handed pitching. After the Twins were eliminated from postseason contention, they decided to throw Ricky Nolasco in today’s season finale, which is a boost to the Royals value. Nolasco can be hit hard, and is likely to be rusty with this being his first start since May.
Jose Altuve – HOU at ARZ – The Astros are playing like they mean it as they chase the AL West title. They face left-handed starter Robbie Ray, who will have his hands full with the top of this Astros lineup. Altuve is an elite hitter against lefties with a .407 wOBA and .427 OBP.
Derek Dietrich – MIA at PHI - $2,200 – A game between the Marlins and Phillies will be easy to overlook today, with more high profile games around the league, but this Marlins team should not be ignored against David Buchanan. Buchanan has been awful against left-handed batters with a .453 wOBA allowed and just a 7.7% strikeout rate. Dietrich is an underrated hitter against right-handed pitching with a .379 wOBA and .240 ISO.
Carlos Correa – HOU at ARZ - $4,000 – Correa is easily the top play at shortstop today, if not the top play overall at any position. I am not even considering anyone else at the position. He has been an elite performer in his rookie season with a .381 wOBA and .287 ISO against left-handed pitching.
Mike Trout – LAA at TEX - $4,900 – Trout is reclaiming his spot as the best hitter in the league with clutch performances with the Angels season on the line. Texas starter Cole Hamels is a strong pitcher that you don’t want to play just anyone against, but Trout is a top tournament option against any pitcher in the league. He comes in with a .425 wOBA and .284 ISO against left-handed pitching.
George Springer – HOU at ARZ - $3,400 – I’m going to mention the third bat at the top of the Astros order to go along with Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. This is such a scary trio for a left-handed pitcher to face, you can make a strong case for rostering all three of them today. Like Correa, Springer provides both power and speed with a .392 wOBA against left-handed pitching.
Jacoby Ellsbury / Brett Gardner - $2,700/$2,300 – The Yankees are putting their best lineup on the field today against Chris Tillman, which puts these outfielders in play at their depressed prices. Tillman has had a very disappointing season with a 5.05 ERA and 4.66 SIERA. It is hard to imagine him shutting down this Yankees offense, and while Ellsbury and Gardner have not been great, these prices are simply too low for top of the order hitters on a strong offense.