The next FanDuel MLB slate comes in the form of a two-day contest through Thursday and Friday. Tonight’s game is a big one, as the Dodgers-Nationals play an elimination game to decide who will meet the Cubs next round. Friday holds Game 1 of the ALCS between Toronto and Cleveland.
I’m changing up the format for this article, listing plays by primary and secondary picks.
Max Scherzer – SP – Washington (FanDuel Price: $10,400)
Scherzer is the best option on this slate, and you probably don’t need me telling you that. Playing at home, in an elimination game is clearly the route you’ll want to take in your lineups. He’s only $500 more expensive than the other ace in the player pool, Corey Kluber. The Indians’ pitcher has a more difficult matchup against the homerun-hitting Blue Jays, so siding with Scherzer isn’t necessarily a difficult decision.
Carlos Santana – 1B – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
Marco Estrada isn’t a bad pitcher, but he’s the worst one on this slate. Cleveland also represents the most generous hitter environment of the two games, especially to left-handed power. Santana has taken advantage of that throughout the season, blasting 34 round-trippers. He’s the best “per dollar” first baseman in this slate, considering that Encarnacion has a difficult draw vs Kluber.
Jason Kipnis – 2B – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
I had a tough time deciding between Kipnis and Daniel Murphy at the same price. Ultimately, I decided on going with a full-out Cleveland stack of infielders with Santana-Kipnis-Ramirez-Lindor. As I mentioned in Santana’s write-up, the Indians have probably the best matchup on the board, and they are full capable of taking advantage.
Trea Turner – OF – Washington (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
The rookie has been a revelation for the Nats this season, and he hasn’t flinched in the playoffs either. Turner has racked up six hits over the past three games, including five runs and consistent fantasy production along the way. He has a righty/lefty draw against Rich Hill, something that’s worth considering in this two-game slate.
Jayson Werth – OF – Washington (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Werth is a lefty-masher with a reasonable salary. The Nationals and Indians are favored in their respective games, and those are the offenses I’m looking to target. Werth is a solid, mid-range compliment to the aforementioned picks.
Jose Ramirez – 3B – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
I already explained my love for the Cleveland infield in the write-ups above. The switch-hitting bat of Ramirez factors into that equation. Josh Donaldson is too expensive for a difficult matchup, and the same can be said for Justin Turner. That leaves Ramirez as a serviceable mid-range play in a decent matchup, and he’s a great addition to a Cleveland stack.
Lonnie Chisenhall – OF – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Chisenhall is cheap and capable of upside. You’ll need to be careful of selecting Cleveland hitters strategically, as you can only click four into your lineup. However, as far as outfield plays below $3000, Chisenhall may be the one I have the most confidence in.
Jose Lobaton – C – Washington (FanDuel Price: $2,100)
The catcher position is pretty ugly in this slate. Russell Martin and Yasmani Grandal are the two most capable names, but they also hold the most difficult matchups (Kluber and Scherzer respectively). That’s why I’m considering dipping down to the switch-hitting likes of Lobaton. His near-minimum salary will enable you to select the primary picks above, and you’re just hoping he can scratch across some form of production.