Walker Buehler - Los Angeles Dodgers (vs. San Diego Padres) Yahoo: $40 DK: $8500 FD: $8900
Los Angeles’ SP has a great matchup tonight against the San Diego Padres. The Padres are batting .173 with 16 strikeouts in 55 at bats against Buehler. So far this Playoffs the Padres are struggling against opposing right handed pitchers batting .294 with 21 strikeouts in 74 at bats. The Padres are hitting much better against left handed pitchers batting .357 in 28 Playoff at bats. The stat that really caught my eye was that eight of the Padres starting nine are batting a combined 8 for 50 with 16 strikeouts against Buehler. Enough said? Buehler has averaged 15.4 DK points per outing so far this season and I expect that number to rise after a killer start tonight against the San Diego Padres.
Other SP Option: Framber Valdez - Houston Astros (vs. Oakland A’s)
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Martin Maldonado - Houston Astros (vs. Sean Manaea) Yahoo: $7 DK: $4000 FD: $2500
Houston’s Catcher is in a prime spot today against Manaea and Oakland’s bullpen. Maldonado is batting 5 for 10 against Manaea with two doubles and a triple. The Houston Astros are slight underdogs with a high 9.0 O/U. So far this Playoffs, Maldonado is struggling with a .094 batting average over his last 10 games. Most will be flocking towards safer plays in Will Smith and Travis d’Arnaud but for GPP purposes, give me Houton’s number nine batter, struggling or not.
Other C Option: Will Smith - Los Angeles Dodgers (Zach Davies)
Freddie Freeman - Atlanta Braves (vs. Sandy Alcantara) Yahoo: $27 DK: 5400 FD: $4200
Yes, Alcantara has been on fire as of late. And yes, he will likely be a popular play on today’s slate at very reasonable salaries. With that said, Alcantara has had trouble against opposing lefties allowing a .268 batting average with three home runs in 71 at bats throughout the 2020 season. Conversely, Alcantara is allowing a mere .190 batting average to opposing right handed batters over 64 at bats this season. If Atlanta wants to succeed today, Freeman is going to need to show up in a big way. The Atlanta Braves are favored at - 200 with an 9.0 O/U.
Jose Altuve - Houston Astros (vs. Sean Manaea) Yahoo: $12 DK: $4300 FD: $3200
Altuve is making the most of his opportunities despite the fact that he’s not batting particularly well. Houston’s second baseman is batting just .231 over his last 10 games but he is still averaging 8.5 DK points per game (which is high for a .231 BA). Altuve is producing with home runs and RBI. If the Astros succeed, Altuve will benefit. Altuve is just starting to warm up. You can never count the Astros out when October rolls around. High projected percentages or not, invest in Altuve on today’s four game slate.
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Alex Bregman - Houston Astros (vs. Sean Manaea) Yahoo: $14 DK: $4500 FD: $3600
Bregman is batting .261 with three home runs in 23 at bats against Manaea. Houston is heating up at the perfect time. Hated or not, the Astros are here to stay and are obviously experienced in the Playoffs. Bregman homered last night and now has three long balls over his last 10 games. With shockingly low salaries, Bregman is my top pivot play of the day for GPP pivot purposes only.
Carlos Correa - Houston Astros (vs. Sean Manaea) Yahoo: $8 DK: $4500 FD: $3100
Correa performed very well last night with two home runs totaling 35 DK points. Houston’s Shortstop is now batting .343 with four home runs over his last 10 games. If you’re going to be investing in an Astros stack, Correa is a logical inclusion. Manaea is allowing right handed batters to hit .277 with four home runs over 159 at bats. Manaea is a viable play as he did shut down the Astros back on 9/10 where he allowed only two hits over 7.0 innings pitched. Have both sides of this game. GPP matchup of the day.
George Springer - Houston Astros (vs. Sean Manaea) Yahoo: $24 DK: $5100 FD: $4000
Springer also performed last night in Houston’s 16 hit, 10 run effort. Manaea has pitched well in one start against Houstons so far this season, and it was recently. Investing in both sides of this game is important. Both Houston batters and Sean Manaea could hit value at low ownership and cheap salaries. Springer is batting .366 with a double, a triple and three home runs over his last 10 games. He also has a .324 batting average in 34 at bats against Manaea