The MLB Playoffs continue on Sunday with two more ALDS games. This means yet another chance to play daily fantasy baseball on FanDuel before the sport is gone for the winter. In the playoffs on a two-game slate, we will really need to pick our spots with great pitchers and a limited player pool, so have fun and play within your means. Be sure to verify that your preferred plays are going to take the field today by checking our starting lineups page.
Dallas Keuchel – HOU vs KC - $11,000: On FanDuel with the four fantasy points that come with the win, we are going to want to put ourselves in a position to maximize points in the typically stingy world of “Playoff Baseball.” Houston are heavy -180 ML favorites to garner the victory Sunday against the Kansas City Royals.
The Royals are a tick above league average in scoring efficiency against southpaws with a 102 wRC+ (weighted runs created plus which is an advanced metric that neutralizes ballpark factors and creates a league-wide baseline of 100) and as a team they have the lowest strikeout rate against lefties at 15.4%. That is okay with me, as Keuchel is a phenomenal ground ball pitcher. One more note of caution, because this is the playoffs and everyone left is pretty darn good, the current Kansas City batsmen have a .299/.349/.402 slash line in 117 at-bats against the Houston pitcher. They have just one lonely home run and nine doubles in that stretch, so as long as the Houston defense comes to play, Keuchel is my top option Sunday.
Marco Estrada – TOR at TEX - $8,900: If you are looking for an alternative, then RHP Marco Estrada is your guy. Adrian Beltre is dealing with a sore back and is day-to-day. The Blue Jays are slight road favorites with a -125 ML shot at the win and Estrada has been strong in his last three starts with a 3.05 ERA over 20 2/3 innings. On the season, the Rangers have been just below league average with a 95 wRC+ against right-handers and they have a .192/.300/.288 slash line in 52 at-bats against Marco. Rarely do we see a slugging percentage that is lower than the on base percentage, but Texas has managed just three extra-base hits against Estrada with a robust 30.7% strikeout rate.
Russell Martin – TOR at TEX - $3,200: Over the last two seasons, Martin has posted a .370 wOBA against left-handed pitching, and he is a solid option against LHP Martin Perez, who has allowed a .300/.352/.425 slash line against the last 270 batters he has faced this season.
Evan Gattis – HOU vs KC - $3,300: Though it has been a while since he has been behind the dish, FanDuel does allow us to utilize El Oso Blanco at the catching position. Over his last two seasons he has a .330 wOBA and a .230 ISO against same-handed pitching. He is a fine option if Martin is not in the lineup Sunday.
Prince Fielder – TEX vs TOR - $3,400: While Prince has slowed down in the home run department, he still has a .370 wOBA over his last two seasons in lefty/righty matchups.
Edwin Encarnacion – TOR at TEX - $4,800: This price point will likely dissuade a lot of gamers from rolling with E-Squared, however, he has been outstanding since the beginning of 2014 with a .375 wOBA and a .230 ISO against lefties.
Jose Altuve – HOU vs KC - $3,400: While we prefer the diminutive Altuve in righty/lefty matchups, he is no slouch against same-handed pitching with a .330 wOBA over his last 950 at bats. If there is any roster slot I am willing to punt on Sunday, it would be the keystone position, so it will be key to monitor who is starting for the four teams in play.
Josh Donaldson – TOR at TEX - $4,600: As in the movie Highlander, there can be only one. For us that is the Big Bopper affectionately known as Josh DONGaldson. If you can scrimp at other positions, he is the best bet on the board.
Troy Tulowitzki – TOR at TEX - $3,600: Back from injury, this is the reason that the Blue Jays acquired Tulo. If he is in the lineup for Toronto, you will want to get him in yours on Sunday.
Carlos Correa – HOU vs KC - $4,000: It is looking like shortstop is going to be a spend position and I have no issues rolling with the rookie phenom coming off of a terrific season.
Shin-Soo Choo – TEX vs TOR - $3,800: While he does not provide savings, he will be in a favorable lineup position for the Rangers and he wreaks havoc in lefty/righty matchups with his bat and with his legs.
Georg Springer – HOU vs KC - $3,600: Springer is a fine option as many gamers will overlook him after he missed a lot of time this season with injuries. He is a premium play as he has compiled a .342 wOBA and a .200 ISO against right-handed pitching over the last two seasons when healthy.