The Giants’ extra-innings victory was not only a celebratory event for San Francisco fans, but daily fantasy enthusiasts are excited to welcome another two-game FanDuel slate, starting at 5:05 ET.
The key things to know revolve around pitching changes. Joe Ross will start for the Nationals, while Clayton Kershaw is taking the bump for LAD (not Urias). Ross hasn’t made an appearance since September 29, so we can assume he’ll be on a short leash. Kershaw is coming off three days’ rest, but
Clayton Kershaw – LA Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $9,800)
It has to be Kershaw in this spot, right? Despite coming off three days’ rest, he’s still the premium pitching option for fantasy purposes. The Dodgers need him to pitch as far as he can go, so I wouldn’t be too hesitant based on the rest issues … Looking at the other pitchers, John Lackey is serviceable in SanFran’s pitcher-friendly park, but Kershaw is the easy choice at just $600 more.
Buster Posey – San Francisco (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
You could look towards Willson Contreras in a righty/lefty matchup, but I’m not overthinking this one. Posey is too cheap at $2800, which is actually less than most of the starting catchers (Grandal, Contreras). He is far and away the most talented hitter at the position, and the draw against John Lackey isn’t prohibitive.
Adrian Gonzalez – LA Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
I mentioned in the introduction how Joe Ross hasn’t pitched in a while. The Dodgers’ could help him shake off the rust in a not-so-friendly manner. Anthony Rizzo is a fine pick to aspire towards, even in a lefty/lefty matchup, but Gonzalez is the best “per dollar” pick of the position at just $2900.
Chase Utley – LA Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
I believe the Dodgers’ are a smart stack, relative to the other teams in this slate. They are at home, playing in a must-win game, facing a starting pitcher who hasn’t thrown a meaningful pitch in nearly two weeks. Utley will get his chances to exploit those factors from the leadoff spot.
Conor Gillaspie – San Francisco (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Gillaspie did it again last night, and he’s having an outstanding postseason at this point in time. He’s clearly swinging a confident bat, and the salary is still extremely low despite that fact. Of course, Kris Bryant and Justin Turner are two appealing options. I would try to work in Kris Bryant first. If that doesn’t work, spinning down to the red-hot Gillaspie is the next best move.
Corey Seager – LA Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $3,700)
Not much analysis needed. Seager is far and away the top option of the position, and the Dodgers represent the highest projected scoring team in this slate. You can easily squeeze Kershaw, Bryant, and Seager into the same lineup without sacrificing too much at other positions.
Denard Span – San Francisco (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Jorge Soler – Chicago Cubs (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Span is one of my favorite “per dollar” outfielders in this slate. He’s cheap, hitting leadoff, swinging a hot bat, and settling into a non-imposing matchup against John Lackey. There’s several ways he can rack up fantasy points, and I certainly want him on my team tonight … Josh Reddick is another piece of the Dodgers’ hitting stack, but he’s behind Seager, Gonzalez, and Utley in terms of priority. Remember, you can only have four players from one team on FanDuel, and that includes pitchers … For that reason, I’m looking to find value with Jorge Soler, then spending up on teammate Dexter Fowler. Both are in reasonable situations against left-hander Matt Moore. Soler should see a nice lineup boost against the southpaw.