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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/14/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

It's Wednesday and we're still rolling through the AL and NL Championship Series with the main slate starting at 5:05 CT. The Tampa Bay Rays are on the verge of an impressive sweep over Houston as they're up 3-0 and will be throwing out their ace in Glasnow. The Braves barely held on to win last night after taking a huge early lead, and they're now up 2-0 on the favored Dodgers. However, The Dodgers will have a clear pitching edge in this one and one has to believe that they'll have Clayton Kershaw ready, so they're far from out of this series.

I'll be going through some of the best plays at each position on DraftKings with a GPP/tournament lineup build in mind. That's not to say that these players won't work in cash-game lineups, but we're looking to provide high-upside plays for the most part (it's more fun that way, anyway). As a reminder, it is best practice to stack 3-5 hitters from the same team for DFS purposes, so try to envision how the games will play out and build your lineups from there This mindset changes a bit in these condensed slates - use your best judgment but be careful not to put all your eggs in one basket. Utilizing unique lineup combinations (i.e the nine, one, two, and three hitters) is another great way to differentiate.

In this article, I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the DraftKings main slate on 10/14/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel and other sports too.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me on Twitter @kringstad19

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Tyler Glasnow - SP, TB vs HOU ($9,100)

Glasnow has a few blemishes in his profile that include a relatively-high 4.08 ERA, 1.7 HR/9, 23.4% HR/FB%, and 38.4% Hard%. That being said, he's also rocking a solid 1.13 WHIP, 2.75 FIP, 3.04 SIERA, and .199 batting average against. What we're attacking here is his unmatched upside and potential ceiling as his 38.2% K% is astronomical and a 14% SwStr% is extremely high as well. Though the 'Stros don't strike out often (only Tucker, Correa, and Maldonado have K%'s over 20% against RHP), many of their best hitters are RHH, a split in which Glasnow held a 37.9% K% and 3.35 xFIP against this season. Glasnow struggled in his last start, which could keep rostership down, but he had five straight starts of 21+ DK points prior to that and has hit 33+ DK points twice. The Astros are projected for a slate-low 3.9 runs - Glasnow is worth the pay-up tonight.

Julio Urias - SP, LAD vs ATL ($7,800)

There's not much to love about the rest of the pitching options, but it's usually a safe call to select the pitcher on the team that's the biggest favorite on the slate. The Dodgers are projected for 5.9 runs (Braves 4.3 runs) and the Dodgers are in desperation-mode to win this game, which gives Urias decent win-equity. However, that does mean he'll likely have a short leash, and they've shown zero hesitancy to pull him (and other starters) early if the situation calls for it. So there is significant risk here. That being said, he holds the best ERA on the slate (3.49), doesn't give up homers (0.9 HR/9), and has a small speck of strikeout ability (19.8% K%). Ozuna, Acuna, and Freeman are the hitters to worry about here, but the rest of the lineup has been unimposing against LHP and d'Arnaud, Albies, and Swanson hold a .232 wOBA or worse against southpaws this year. They also strike out a lot against LHP with five starters holding a 29% K% or higher this season.

Other options: Will Smith (ATL vs LAD) $4,000 or whichever reliever you believe gets the most IP

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Will Smith - C, LAD vs ATL ($4,800)

Smith is the best catcher option on the board and he looks especially good today as he holds a 1.040 OPS, .350 ISO, and .427 wOBA against RHP this season. He should continue to slot in the middle of the order and that has value as the Dodgers have a high 5.9 run implied total against the inexperienced Kyle Wright.

Brandon Lowe - 2B, TB vs HOU ($4,100)

We keep hearing the announcers saying "Eventually, this guy will start hitting like he did in the regular season." While it's easy to agree with that due to the law of averages and how statistics work, we're all still waiting. He went hitless last night to bring his playoff slash line to .077/.077/.077. That's about as ugly as it gets. I'm going right back to the well as he's the cheapest 2B on the board and has some great RHP splits with a .238 ISO and .355 wOBA. An argument can be made for Chris Taylor, but he'll likely hit in the ninth spot and is actually more expensive than Lowe.

Willy Adames - SS, TB vs HOU ($3,300)

Adames isn't the most exciting play in the world, but we have to work with what we have at the position and pick our spots. Correa is facing Glasnow, Swanson has the worst handedness splits for any projected starter today (outside of Albies), and selecting Corey Seager is going to handicap you at every other position (though he looks great today). Adames hit a decent .259/.332/.481 with a .222 ISO, .342 wOBA, eight homers, 23 RBI, 29 runs scored, and two steals during the regular season, but he has struggled so far in the playoffs. He hits RHP much better and while Greinke is a decent pitcher, he has struggled with his most frequent pitch, the fastball. He has allowed a .325 average (.306 xBA), .542 SLG (.580 xSLG), and .381 wOBA (.374 xwOBA) with his fastball this year, and it just so happens that Adames posted a .359 wOBA and five homers off the pitch in 2020.

Other options: Corey Seager (LAD vs ATL) $5,200, Yuli Gurriel (HOU vs TB) $2,900, Ji-Man Choi (TB vs HOU) $3,400

 

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Marcell Ozuna - OF, ATL vs LAD ($4,200)

Ozuna just continues to mash, but he's still just the seventh-highest salaried outfielder in the DraftKings player pool. He's behind AJ Pollock. If that doesn't scream "value," I don't know what does. He has the best handedness splits for any hitter today with an insane .356/.463/.867 slash line against LHP this season. It's a small-ish sample size of just 54 plate appearances, but he also put up a .511 ISO and .527 wOBA against southpaws this season, which honestly seems like a typo or an error in the database. His exit velocity, hard-hit rate, xBA, xSLG, xwOBA, and barrel rate were all in the top sixth percentile in the MLB this season. Urias throws his four-seamer 55.9% of the time and Ozuna posted a .403 AVG, .783 SLG, and .515 wOBA against the pitch this season.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TB vs HOU ($4,500)

I'm just going to keep recommending this guy until he proves me wrong - and he hasn't yet. He's hitting .337 with 10 homers, 15 RBI, and a 1.113 OPS since being called up to the majors. He has a .250 ISO and .349 wOBA against RHP and while he does have a high 37.7% K% against them this year, veteran Zack Greinke shouldn't be an imposing matchup for this unfazed prospect. I'm putting my money on Randy 100 times out of 100. He has a 14% barrel rate...his Stacast comparison? Nelson Cruz. *mind-blown emoji*

Cristian Pache - OF, ATL vs LAD ($2,000)

Pache, a 21-year-old, had four at-bats during the regular season with the Braves. He's the Braves number one prospect and the 14th-best prospect in the MLB, according to MLB Pipeline. He has good power and speed, though it obviously remains to be seen if (or how quickly) his skills will translate to the big leagues. He hit 1-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in his start last night and he's a very good source of value at the DraftKings minimum again tonight.

Other options: Manuel Margot (TB vs HOU) $3,000, Austin Meadows (TB vs HOU) $3,400, Mookie Betts (LAD vs ATL) $5,700, Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL vs LAD) $5,000

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

The Dodgers. They have the highest implied total against Kyle Wright and only have two players in their projected lineup with an ISO lower than .220 against RHP. Everyone is in play - the only players I'd curb exposure to are Joc Pederson and Max Muncy. The Rays are my other favorite stack against Greinke and company, while the Braves (top hitters only) could make for an intriguing contrarian stack as well. Springer, Brantley, and Tucker would be my targets if making leverage stacks against the chalky Glasnow.

 

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Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 14th, 2020

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Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for October 14th, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below on this list.

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/13/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday with 2 game slate featuring Game 2 of the NLCS and Game 3 of the ALCS. The NLCS features the veteran Kershaw versus the youngster Ian Anderson, where the ALCS features a couple of arms we may target. As mentioned yesterday, lineup construction is much different on these 2-game postseason slates, so get weird with your building.

Kershaw will be very popular when looking at the slate, while the second-best option (or maybe top option) is Anderson. I see no flaw in taking both arms in the NLCS and loading up on the bats in the ALCS. As you will see in the write-up, the Astros are a heavy target today, followed closely by the Rays. This does not mean the Dodgers and Braves are not in play, as they both make for strong contrarian plays, and if you are starting Kershaw and/or Anderson, do not feel like you can't use a bat against your pitcher.

This article will provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/13/2020. The lineup will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Clayton Kershaw - P, LAD vs ATL ($8,800)

Kershaw will take the bump tonight, trying to tie up the NLCS. He has had a solid season and has carried that into the postseason. He has put up 20 or more DK points in each start, even though he allowed three runs, including two home runs in his last start versus the Padres. He faces a Braves team with a lot of swings and misses in their lineup, which was showcased this season as they struck out 27.8% of the time versus LHP. They also hit .248 with a .176 ISO. Kershaw is the top target today and should be able to rack up the strikeouts over 6+ innings.

Ian Anderson - P, ATL at LAD ($8,300)

Anderson finished the season on a strong note, and that continued into the postseason. He has thrown at least five innings in both postseasons starts allowing a total of five hits, ZERO runs, and has struck out eight or more in each start. He has scored over 30 DK points in each game and has looked absolutely outstanding. He will take on a very talented Dodgers lineup tonight who struck out 20.2% of the time versus RHP this season and will look to put the Braves up 2-0. Anderson makes for a strong SP2 or a sneaky SP1 if fading Kershaw.

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Martin Maldonado - C, HOU vs Ryan Yarbrough ($3,800)

Maldonado has grabbed the starting nod in the first two games and has gone 1-5 with a double for the Astros. Like most of his teammates, he has struggled versus the talented Rays pitching. Well, tonight may be different as he faces the lefty Yarbrough, and Maldonado loves himself an LHP. On the season, he is hitting .279 with a .380 wOBA. Maldonado brings some savings at the catcher's position in a matchup he can exploit.

Yuli Gurriel- 1B, HOU vs Ryan Yarbrough  ($3,100)

It has been a really quiet postseason for Gurriel, but he woke up a bit in Game 2, going 2-3 with a run scored and was hit by a pitch. He has hit lefties very well in his career, and that did not change in 2020 as he hit .290 with a .274 ISO. The season ended in a bit of a slump, showcased in his extremely cheap price tag for this slate. It also does not hurt that Gurriel has already taken Yarbrough deep once in his career in a tiny sample. The Astros will be very popular tonight, and taking the savings on Gurriel could be an interesting way to get a little different.

Ozzie Albies - 2B, ATL at Clayton Kershaw  ($4,400)

We saw it last night when Albies hit the big home run off Jake McGee, but Albies loves facing LHP. In his career, he is hitting .345 with a .399 wOBA versus LHP. He will be facing Kershaw tonight, who has been a beast but has given up one HR/9 versus RHH this season. The Braves will be the uber contrarian play tonight, and Albies would make for a great leverage GPP play. He is one of the Braves I have circled if I want to use a Braves bat in my Kershaw lineups.

Alex Bregman - 3B, HOU vs Ryan Yarbrough ($4,800)

Bregman may be one of the hottest hitters and the most unlucky hitters over the last couple of days. He managed to go 2-4 in ALCS Game 1 but was robbed often in Game 2. He managed to go 0-5 and left six Astros on base, but the Rays defense robbed him often. When looking at his Statcast page, all five at-bats had balls in play with an exit velocity of over 98.4 MPH with a high of 106.8 MPH. All five plate appearances also had an xBA of .330 or better, with one having an xBA of .670. Bregman is seeing and hitting everything right now and is a must today versus Yarbrough as the Astros are about to break out in a big way.

Other Options: Joey Wendle (TB at HOU) $4,100

Carlos Correa - SS, HOU vs Ryan Yarbrough ($4,100)

Correa may be the hottest hitter in the postseason, and that should continue on Tuesday night. Correa has hit safely in six of eight games, including five home runs. He goes up against the lefty Yarbrough tonight, and on the season, Correa hit .279 with a .330 wOBA versus LHP. He is in line for another strong game in a game the Astros should get going in. As you can tell, I am all in on the Astros tonight after watching all the hard-hit balls and runners left on base in the first two games. If I want small exposure, I would stack Bregman and Correa and load up on the Rays and Braves.

Other Options: Corey Seager (LAD vs ATL) $4,900, Dansby Swanson (ATL at LAD) $4,000

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Kevin Kiermaier/Manuel Margot - OF, TB vs Jose Urquidy ($3,100/$3,200)

The outfield is a great spot to get some savings and some Rays exposure. The value in both Kiermaier and Margot cannot be ignored. Margot hit another home run in Game 2 and continues to be a major piece of the Rays lineup this postseason. Kiermaier, who I have written up a lot this postseason, continues to be a very tough out for the Astros. They will be facing Urquidy, who gave up four solo home runs in his start versus the A's, and that could easily continue tonight. Both are great values tonight.

Marcell Ozuna- OF, ATL at Clayton Kershaw ($4,300)

Similar to Albies above, Ozuna is a major target if fading Kershaw. Ozuna has hit safely in four of six postseason games, including three multi-hit games. To saw Ozuna hit lefties well may be an understatement as he hit .356 with a .527 wOBA and a .511 ISO!!!! Straight mashing LHP. He also had a 50% hard-hit rate and a 43.8% HR/FB rate. When he makes contact is loud and with authority. An Ozuna/Albies stack in the middle of the Braves order is quite appealing in your contrarian builds.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TB vs Jose Urquidy ($4,700)

I could not write a DK picks article and not mention the Man of the Postseason, Randy Arozarena. DK has paid attention, and his price tag has climbed in a big way, but that has not stopped Randy from raking. He has now hit safely in seven of nine games and has hit safely in both ALCS games versus the Astros. He will face Urquidy tonight and will look to exploit his reverse splits. On the season, Urquidy allowed RHH to hit .292 with a .368 wOBA and 2.2 HR/9. Randy should be popular tonight and for excellent reasons.

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays (Ryan Yarbrough, LHP)
  • Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros (Jose Urquidy, RHP)



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (10/13/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

For those who have not been scared off by FanDuel’s live scoring bungle, the two-game Championship Series extravaganza returns Tuesday. Not surprisingly, Monday featured a bushel of key home runs, and the nature of FD’s scoring means that isolating those bats moving forward will be paramount.

Whether you’re aiming for roster variance or a last-minute addition, we’ve got you covered for the latest two-game pocket -- in which there’s even fans in attendance in Arlington!

I'll provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 10/13/2020. Be sure to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports. Feel free to follow me on Twitter, @davithius.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Ian Anderson - ATL vs. LOS ($9,400)

Facing off against the Dodgers’ vaunted offense may give some fantasy managers reason for pause, but Anderson has simply made allowing runs anathema. He has compiled 17 strikeouts over 11 ⅔ scoreless IP thus far in the postseason, and while the Reds and Marlins don’t quite boast the same level of thump that L.A. does, his high-strikeout production should stand out with only four starters to choose from.

Working back into the regular season, Anderson is yet to allow more than three earned runs in a start, and he’s exceeded more than two ER just once in eight starts for a sparkling average of 38.2 FD points per start. Globe Life Field has played rather large to this point in the playoffs, despite Atlanta making the yard look small during the 9th inning of Game 1. With none of the Dodgers’ batters having gotten a look at Anderson yet in their big league careers, he should have a distinct advantage while quickly developing into a future anchor of the Atlanta rotation on the season’s biggest stage.

Ryan Yarbrough - TAM vs. HOU ($7,000)

There is a tremendously high likelihood that Yarbrough will not face the Astros’ batting order three times through, which on a normal night, would severely cap his value. Alas, in this two-game slate, Yarbrough is the better of the low-priced pitching options due to Houston’s Jose Urquidy’s lack of strikeouts (5.2 K/9 this year) and propensity for the long ball (8 HR allowed in 2020). By rostering the southpaw, fantasy managers should have carte blanche to load up on the offensive end.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Travis d'Arnaud - C, ATL vs. LOS ($3,100)

The culmination of d’Arnaud’s development into a premier offensive catcher is nearing completion during the 2020 postseason. Having hammered the ball to the tune of a 1.221 OPS, d’Arnaud has become a middle-of-the-order anchor, and despite facing Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw, is a strong play at the crowded C/1B slot. d’Arnaud has notched a hit in each of his first six playoff games this year, delivering 17 total bases in that span. With Will Smith not a guarantee to start with Austin Barnes serving as Kershaw’s personal catcher, d’Arnaud’s price tag allows fantasy managers to pivot off of the high-priced Freddie Freeman/Max Muncy duo, as well.

Ozzie Albies - 2B, ATL vs. LOS ($3,800)

Just moments after Albies’ terrific splits and production against left-handers was mentioned on the television broadcast during Game 1, he promptly unleashed a booming two-run blast from the left side of the plate. Prior to that, he even collected an opposite-field single as a left-handed batter, indicating that he’s locked in heading into Game 2. But those splits that were referenced? They should definitely be in Albies’ corner again as he squares off with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. During the 2019 regular season, Albies hit above .300 against every type of pitch when batting right-handed, mashing breaking pitches to the tune of a .438 mark, which will likely play a role when facing Kershaw, who has a myriad of breaking stuff in his arsenal.

Austin Riley - 3B, ATL vs. LOS ($2,600)

After slugging the go-ahead home run in Game 1 on Monday, Riley showed that the pop in his bat is difficult to ignore no matter his position in the batting order. As was mentioned earlier, home runs become even more of a slate-shifter in smaller contest windows, making his homer upside worthy of consideration when factoring in his price tag.

Carlos Correa - SS, HOU vs. TAM ($3,500)

If there was an overall postseason MVP Award handed out, Correa would have to be its leading candidate. Having gone 11-for-26 with five home runs and 13 RBI while slashing .423/.559/1.000 in his first seven playoff appearances this year, Correa is producing at an elite level. With the shortstop spot uncharacteristically thin Tuesday, paying up is likely unavoidable (unless pivoting to Willy Adames), and Correa likely provides the best bang for the buck due to his current stretch of production.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

George Springer - OF, LAD vs. ATL ($4,200)

The stylings of “Playoff George” have been evident yet again in 2020, having collected a hit in five of his first seven postseason games. Having mashed to the tune of a .995 OPS during the regular season away from Minute Maid Park, the persistent road nature shouldn’t be an impediment to Springer delivering; he’ll hold down the leadoff spot yet again, an additional notch in his belt.

Austin Meadows - OF, TAM vs. HOU ($3,300)

Much in the same ilk as Riley, Meadows’ power has the potential to shift the leaderboard in a hurry. Both of his hits this postseason have left the yard, and with a spot atop Tampa Bay’s batting order likely his, Meadows presents one of the highest upsides of any outfielder on the slate. Urquidy yielded four home runs the last time that he took the mound in Game 3 of the ALDS, giving him eight long balls to his credit across 38 1/3 IP this season.

Cristian Pache - OF, ATL vs. LOS ($2,000)

With Adam Duvall (oblique) having departed Game 1 due to injury, Pache stepped in, showing that he’s the next man up in the outfield. At the minimum FD price tag for Game 2, Pache is a pure punt play, albeit one that has top prospect (No. 10 in the Majors, per MLB Pipeline) and extra-base hit (57 XBH in 2019) chops. For those fantasy managers looking to pack as much thump into a lineup as possible, Pache is worthy of consideration so long as he is among the starting nine.

 



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Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 13th, 2020

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Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for October 13th, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below on this list.

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MLB Injury Roundup for October 13th, 2020

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/12/20): MLB DFS Lineups

After just one measly game yesterday, we get overloaded with a two-game slate on Monday, with the Astros and Rays kicking things off at 4:07 pm (EST) in San Diego, followed by Atlanta taking on the Dodgers in Arlington at 8:08 pm (EST).

Tonight we have four pitchers going who all have some warts but are all priced reasonably, which should make it easy to squeeze in a lot of the pricey bats you desire. And just in case you were wondering, Randy Arozarena is still going full videogame-mode on everyone. I think I speak for most of the St. Louis Cardinals fan base when I say that Matthew Liberatore better secretly be Blake Snell. Sigh.

This article will provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/12/2020. The lineup will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Lance McCullers Jr. - SP, HOU at Tampa Bay ($7,500)

Pitching is shaky but affordable on the two-game slate and I'd rather pick my poison against the relatively coldest offense. As long as McCullers can avoid giving up a home run to Randy Arozarena, the rest of the lineup has been ice cold. Tampa has only scored five runs total in their past three games (albeit with two wins) and finished 2020 with a ho-hum .319 wOBA and a 26.3% K% that was the third-highest in baseball. And the Rays can throw a pile of lefties in their lineup but McCullers has had more success vs LHB, with a .325 wOBA (.383 wOBA vs RHB) and a 28.4% K% (21.3% K% vs RHB).

Charlie Morton - SP, TB vs Houston Astros ($7,100)

Whether I like the pitching options, or not, DK makes you use two and there are only four options at starter. And while Morton has a big risk potential, seeing how explosive the Astros have been as of late, he's the cheapest option on the board and always has the potential to rack up a lot of strikeouts. Plus, given the quality of their bullpen (along with their general philosophy) the Rays are unlikely to let Uncle Charlie get in too much trouble before giving him the hook.  And Morton was very effective in his last start, picking up the win over the Yankees after allowing one run over five innings, striking out six and scoring 21.6 points.

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Will Smith - C, LAD vs LHP Max Fried ($4,200)

Smith finally broke out of his playoff doldrums in Game 3 of the NLDS, going 5-for-6 with two doubles, after starting the playoffs hitless in his first four games of the postseason (15 PA). The Dodgers young catcher was fantastic against LHP in the regular season, posting a .426 wOBA and 18.8% BB%, with an 84.4% contact-rate and team-leading 52% FB%.

Freddie Freeman - 1B, ATL vs RHP Walker Buehler ($4,900)

The name on the opposing jersey usually doesn't matter; Freddie Freeman just smashes right-handed pitching. In 221 PA in 2020, Freeman has a .479 wOBA and .330 ISO, with a .372 AVG and 12 HR. Besides a variety of fastballs, Walker Buehler leans on his curve the most vs LHB (19% usage) but the pitch has allowed a .417 wOBA to them in 2020. Since 2016, Freeman has a .408 wOBA, .293 ISO, and 46% hard-hit rate versus curveballs. If you're going to pay a premium price, Freeman against a righty is always a good bet.

Chris Taylor - 2B, LAD vs LHP Max Fried ($3,800)

All Chris Taylor does versus LHP is hit lasers. He only has a 34.5% FB% but Taylor has a 34.5% line-drive rate that's the highest on the team and a 31% GB% that's the second-lowest. And these lasers are set to crush, not stun, with a 62.1% hard-hit rate that is the highest on the team by almost seven-points.

Dansby Swanson - SS, ATL vs RHP Walker Buehler ($4,200)

Like the rest of Atlanta's lineup, Swanson hits the snot out of the ball against right-handed pitching, with a 49.3% hard-hit rate that still only manages to be the fourth-highest on the team. Swanson has a .236 ISO and .367 wOBA vs RHP, while Buehler has had more trouble with righties this season, allowing a .326 wOBA compared to a .226 wOBA vs LHB. Whether for price or matchup, I don't love the shortstop options but think that Swanson could return a lot of value in a game that could be higher-scoring than people anticipate.

Justin Turner - 3B, LAD vs LHP Max Fried ($4,400)

Turner's lines weren't spectacular in the Dodgers series win over the Padres, going just 2-for-10, but he still filled up the stat sheet with walks, runs, and RBI, scoring a total of 28 points in three games. His .327 wOBA vs LHP is average but Turner has a 16.4% BB% and 81.8% contact-rate, with a 54.3% hard-hit rate that is the third-highest on the team. And while Fried succeeds against righties by getting them to pound his slider into the ground (60% GB%), Turner has just a 13% GB% against sliders thrown by LHP since 2016, with a 56.5% hard-hit rate.

 

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Randy Arozarena - OF, TB vs RHP Lance McCullers ($4,500)

I may have recommended McCullers above but if you recall, " as long as McCullers can avoid giving up a home run to Randy Arozarena". Bet against Arozarena at your own risk, as the electric 26-year-old continues to take baseball by storm, hitting yet another home run in the Rays Game 1 victory over the Astros. The former Cardinal has hit home runs in four of his past six games and continues to be one of the safest bets in DFS.

AJ Pollock - OF, LAD vs LHP Max Fried ($3,900)

Pollock quietly had a renaissance in 2020 and hit for more power than ever, with 16 HR in just 210 PA. He hasn't gone deep in the postseason yet but went 3-for-7 in the Dodgers last two wins over the Padres, scoring a combined 24 points. In 63 PA vs LHP, Pollock has a .467 wOBA and a whopping .464 ISO, with a team-leading 55.6% hard-hit rate.

Josh Reddick - OF, HOU vs RHP Charlie Morton ($2,900)

Reddick didn't put up superb numbers vs RHP in 2020, posting a .272 wOBA and .109 ISO, but did have a team-high 47.8% FB%. Morton allowed a 42.9% FB% to LHP, attacking them with virtually only fastballs (48.6%) and curveballs (40%). That sets up well for Reddick, who has an 83.5% contact-rate and 41.3% hard-hit against curveball from RHP since 2016. And if small-sample BvP is your thing, then Reddick has gone 3-for-6 against Morton, scoring 19 points on DK.

Mookie Betts - OF, LAD vs LHP Max Fried ($5,200)

Let's have a bonus outfielder because while Betts hasn't been spectacular vs LHP this season (.293 wOBA, .053 ISO), he does have a 45.9% hard-hit rate against them and could be particularly well-suited to hammer Max Fried's pitch mix. Fried attacks RHB with a combined 43% sliders and curveballs, along with four-seamers and sinkers. Since the start of 2016, Betts has a .270 ISO and .425 wOBA against left-handed sliders, a 91.8% contact-rate and .305 wOBA vs curveballs, and a .410 wOBA and .207 ISO vs four-seamers in Fried's velocity typical velocity range of 93-94 mph.



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (10/12/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Monday brings us a two-game slate with some terrific young pitching and a veteran pitcher hitting his stride. The matchups will be key in choosing the appropriate plays to select. The focus will be on recency biased streaky hitters and matchups with strong platoon plays.

Both games have an over/under at eight runs, so the games will be close and decided by the smallest of margin. The Rays lead the Astros 1-0 after picking up a tough 2-1 win last night while the NLCS begins tonight between Atlanta and Dodgers with L.A. coming in as sizeable favorites to win the series.

I'll provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 10/12/2020. Be sure to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports. Feel free to follow me on Twitter, @davithius.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Charlie Morton - TAM @ HOU ($8,000)

Morton was horrendous this regular season and could have some signs of age or was hindered by the quick ramp up. He has pitched fairly well as of late, however. In each of his previous three starts, Morton has recorded six or more strikeouts while going five innings pitched-not to mention only giving up five runs in that timeframe. The Astros are an offense that doesn't strike out a ton vs. RHP, but they also don't hit a ton, as shown by their .166 ISO and .315 wOBA.

Lance McCullers Jr - HOU vs. TAM ($7,500)

McCullers is the cheapest arm on the slate with big potential. His season was abbreviated due to injury, but it didn't stop Lance from picking up five quality starts in only 11 games. It wasn't all roses, and he did throw a clunker or two as well. The good news is McCullers has the pitch mix working well, and the strikeouts are aplenty while the walks are few. The Rays has the third-highest K% in the regular season with a weak .738 OPS. 

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Ji-Man Choi - 1B, TAM @ HOU ($2,500)

Choi is a feast or fathoms play due to his massive splits difference. His SLG% nearly 130 points higher vs. RHP than against a southpaw. The .783 OPS vs. RHP puts him in play because he likely winds up taking a walk if not hitting the ball hard. As mentioned, McCullers can throw a clunker if the two-seamer and curveball aren't inducing ground balls.

Jose Altuve- 2B, HOU @ TAM ($3,300)

Talk about getting hot when it matters. Altuve went deep last night-making it three consecutive games with a long ball. In his last five postseason games, Altuve is 8-24 with three HRs and 12 runs+RBI. He is a great pivot play off of Albies and Lowe that can provide double-digit points that will allow you to stack the outfield.

Justin Turner - 3B, LOS vs. ATL ($3,100)

Turner is slightly a splits play. While he has struggled a little in the regular season vs. LHP, his career stats paint a different picture. Turner has a .828 OPS and 126 wRC+ vs. LHP. He is the second-highest priced 3B on the slate, and going here will save you $600, as opposed to chasing Alex Bregman. Take the savings; there are some great options at outfielder to look at later.

Dansby Swanson - SS, ATL @ LOS ($3,500)

Dansby has reached safely in his previous four postseason games with a pair of home runs. During the regular season, he broke out very well, especially against RHP. Swanson slashed .294/.364/.510 with a .874 OPS vs. RHP, and all ten of his HRs came by why of RHP. 

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Mookie Betts - OF, LAD vs. ATL ($4,300)

After saving down at a few lineups, the payoff comes with added firepower like Mookie Betts. He has reached base safely in every game this offseason and put up nearly double-digit points in each outing. While the search continues for Mookie's first HR of the postseason, he is an elite-level talent capable of being a slate-breaker.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TAM vs. HOU ($3,300)

The first thing to do when building a lineup is to start by plugging Arozarena in at outfielder. His salary has started to creep up there, but the production remains strong. In last night's series opener, Arozarena went 1-4 with yet another home run. At this point, he is matchup proof, and unless the salary skyrockets to the highest on the slate, Randy should be in all builds.

Marcell Ozuna - OF, ATL @ LOS ($4,100)

More firepower was added with Ozuna after a monster season. Ozuna went off by hitting .338 with 94 runs+RBI while leading the National League in home runs(18). The Statcast slider below paints the perfect pitcher of season. Ozuna's type of season just finished-94th percentile or better in exit barrel%, xwOBA, and xSLG. If you want to dominate the DFS opposition, you'll need to stock up on heavy hitters today. 

AJ Pollock - OF, LOS vs. ATL ($2,900)

Pollock is a super value play at his $2900 salary for a few different reasons. AJ is having a productive postseason by going 4-15 with four runs and two RBI. He also crushed southpaws in the regular season by launching seven balls into the bleachers with a .818 SLG% and 1.185 OPS. 



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MLB DFS Prop Picks for Monday, October 12th - Monkey Knife Fight

The MLB playoffs are now well underway, and Monday features a pair of intriguing ALCS games. Although full-season fantasy leagues have been finished for more than a week now, fantasy players still have opportunities to make money with DFS.

Our friends at Monkey Knife Fight offer some of the coolest, and easiest to win, MLB DFS games in the industry. There are no massive tournaments where you have to get ridiculously lucky just to cash because, at MKF, you're not playing against other people, you're just playing against the house, and the dudes at MKF have fallen all over themselves to give you really attractive opportunities to make some money. With promo code 'BALLER' you can get a $50 deposit bonus.

The Astros vs. Rays props are too close to call for my taste, but the Braves vs. Dodgers game features props worth considering. I'll be making MKF picks every Monday, so check back again next week for more opportunities.

 

Atlanta Braves @ Los Angeles Dodgers

Hit Parade

Freddie Freeman, Dansby Swanson, Cody Bellinger more than 3.5 total hits

Freddie Freeman: 

53 batters have seen at least 100 fastballs above 96 mph since the beginning of last season, and none have posted a higher xwOBA against those pitches than Freddie Freeman (.504). Dropping that qualifier to 50 pitches expands the sample to 254 batters, and Freeman still ranks in the top-five, making him one of the best (if not the best) power-fastball hitter in baseball. Freeman will face off against a pitcher with a 97 mph average fastball velocity in Walker Buehler, and Buehler throws the pitch 54% of the time. Combined with the fact the Freeman has been arguably the best hitter in the National League with a resume that includes a .462 OBP that’s well-supported by a .341 xBA, a 28% chase rate, and an 8.5% swinging-strike rate, and Freeman’s relatively favorable matchup against Walker Buehler gives him a solid chance of reaching base multiple times on Monday. 

Dansby Swanson:

If Freddie Freeman is the league’s best high-velocity fastball hitter, Dansby Swanson isn’t far behind. Since the start of 2019, Swanson has posted a .302 xBA and a .710 xSLG against fastballs faster than 96 mph, good for a top-10 xBA among hitters who have seen at least 100 of those pitches. Swanson also owns a 9.8% swinging-strike rate and 22.8% chase rate against curveballs (Buehler’s best pitch by swinging-strike rate), and that strength should help insulate Swanson from strikeouts on Monday. All of that means that Swanson should pick up a hit or two on Monday, making him a solid addition to this prop.

Cody Bellinger:

Cody Bellinger feasts on fastballs outside of the strike zone. Only 11 hitters posted an xBA above Bellinger’s .309 mark against fastballs outside of the strike zone this season (min. 100 results), and his matchup against Braves starting pitcher Max Fried is favorable in that regard as Fried threw his fastball 42% of the time this season with more than half of those coming outside of the strike zone. A lefty-on-lefty matchup with Fried isn’t ideal for Bellinger, but the platoon shouldn’t have too much of an impact on Bellinger’s production. Indeed, Bellinger’s xBA against fastballs outside of the strike zone from southpaws sits .264 since he entered the league in 2017  -- still good for a top-30 mark this season better than any other hitter on the Dodgers. Combined with the fact that Bellinger is a generally excellent hitter who finished the season with a .339 xBA over his last 50 PA, Bellinger’s solid matchup makes him a strong fit for this prop.

 

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Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 12th, 2020

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Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for October 12th, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below on this list.

Understanding the injury landscape is key in all forms of fantasy baseball, especially when setting DFS lineups on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings. Consider this your one-stop overview of fantasy-relevant injuries around the MLB.

 

MLB Injury Roundup for October 12th, 2020

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DraftKings, FanDuel MLB DFS (10/11/20) (Premium Content)

Welcome to the ALCS everyone - we made it! We have a one-game slate on Sunday with a matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros for the AL pennant (everyone had this matchup in the ALCS, right? Right???). We will be pivoting with this article as we're looking at two similar, yet distinct showdown game style options. Those unfamiliar with the showdown game mode select a roster of six players, with those players being your "captain"(DraftKings) and "MVP" and "STAR"(FanDuel). For DraftKings, the "captain" earns you 1.5x the fantasy points and costs 1.5 times their standard salary. FanDuel is a little different-you have an "MVP" that scores 2.0x the fantasy points and "STAR" that scores 1.5x fantasy points. There is no additional salary cost with FanDuel. The last difference is while you have the option to select a pitcher on the DraftKings showdown slate, you don't have that luxury over on FanDuel.

The Rays have an implied total of 4.3 runs and are the favorites behind their innings-impaired ace Blake Snell. The scrappy (is that the word?) Astros sport a 3.8-run implied total and will be starting game one with Framber Valdez.

This article will provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/11/20. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. Be sure also to check out all the Vegas Odds for today's slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to hit me up on Twitter @davithius.

 

DFS Captain/MVP/STAR Selections

Alex Bregman ($9,000 FD, $9,000 DK, $13,500 DK CPT)

You absolutely have to nail these Captain/MVP/Star picks in order to make some noise in showdown DFS contests. You can do much worse than selecting Bregman for your Captain, MVP, or Star slot. He was much better hitting against southpaws this season as held a .319 average and .985 OPS against LHP, compared to a .214 average and .738 OPS against RHP. He holds a .209 ISO and .357 wOBA and though he hasn't barreled balls up this season, he's always a threat to go deep and he's in great form with multiple hits in three of his last four games played.

Randy Arozarena, ($7,000 FD, $9,600 DK, $14,400 DK CPT)

The phenomenal 25-year-old only had 64 regular-season at-bats as he was called up late to assist in the Rays' postseason run. He's done a bit more than "assist." He's hitting for a .359 ISO, .439 wOBA, and a 1.022 OPS in the small sample size. He's hitting an unbelievable 12-for-20 with three homers, two doubles, a triple, eight runs, and four RBI in the playoffs. He has gone hitless in two straight games, which could nerf his rostership, but he had four consecutive multiple-hit games prior to that. He has demolished LHP this year and though he's priced way up on DK, he still needs to be in consideration for your Captain slot with how he's hitting. He's an auto-play at either MVP, Star, or Flex on FanDuel at his price since they apparently haven't been paying attention these past few weeks.

 

DFS Utility Selections

Brandon Lowe ($8,000 FD, $9,200 DK)

Lowe should have low rostership as his price is still high despite going hitless in five straight contests. The public may be souring on him, but this is a player who hit .269/.362/.554 with 14 homers, 37 RBI, and 36 runs scored as one of the main catalysts of an upstart Rays' lineup. He held a .285 ISO, .398 wOBA, and 43.1% hard-hit rate this season and is a reverse-splits hitter with a .467 wOBA and 1.137 OPS against LHP this season. He's my favorite contrarian Captain/MVP/Star selection.

*DraftKings Only* Framber Valdez ($11,200 DK)

It's wise to pony up for one SP on DraftKings due to their raw point total projections, and Valdez is the pitcher you should be targeting. Snell has filthy stuff and holds a tidy 31% K% and a 42.6% K% against LHH this year, but he has been a mixed bag in his last four starts and just got crushed by the Yankees in his most recent outing. Plus, many of the Astros' best hitters are right-handed and they'll likely have just two LHH's in the order. Go off the beaten path a bit and consider Valdez for just $200 less than Snell. Valdez is in great form as he's averaging 27.15 DK points per game in his last four starts. His mediocre 21.4% K% for the season and matchup with the hot Rays team should keep rostership low and while the Rays have hit well against southpaws this season, Valdez has been equally effective against both sides of the plate as his sinker/curve-heavy (88.3%) pitch mix has helped him achieve the best groundball rate in the MLB at whopping 60%.

George Springer ($10,000 DK, $9,500 FD)

Springer is hot as he has seven hits (including a two-homer game) in his last four games played. He'll hit leadoff for a lineup that has been cracking since the regular season ended and the playoffs began. Baseball is a game of runs, and the 'Stros have been on one since the games started really mattering. Springer had a stellar regular season (.275 ISO, .389 wOBA) and is worth the pay-up with the platoon-advantage over Snell tonight.

Yandy Diaz ($4,500 FD, $6,000 DK)

Speaking of platoon-advantages, enter Yandy Diaz. Diaz should slot in at leadoff against the southpaw Valdez and he's been much better against lefty's in his career as his OPS was .241 higher against LHP in 2019.  His platoon-splits were even this year, but it's his spot atop the order and his impressive 16.7% BB% that look good here. He has had just one hit in his last four games, but he has six walks. Give Diaz a hard look with the Rays favored and projected for 4.4 runs today.

Yuli Gurriel ($6,000 FD, $4,600 DK)

Gurriel isn't exciting and he hasn't had a good year, but we need to save some salary and he notoriously crushes LHP. He holds an impressive .344 wOBA and a .940 OPS against LHP this season (.600 OPS against RHP). He'll likely slide into the seventh spot in the order and should be a somewhat-contrarian pick to stack up with the likely-chalky Bregman and Springer.

Manuel Margot ($5,500 FD, $5,000 DK)

Margot looks attractive due to his cheap pricing and the likely scenario that he slots into the fifth spot in the order, which is huge since the Rays are favored and projected to score 4.3 runs on Framber Valdez and company. He had a brutal season with an empty .269 batting average, but he has always had more success against LHP (.734 OPS against LHP since 2018) in his career. He has notably hit two homers in the playoffs and is a legitimate threat to steal a base (12-for-16 on SB's this season).

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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (10/11/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Sunday delivers us the opening game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros. Therefore, we will be pivoting with this article and looking at some showdown game style options. Those unfamiliar with the showdown game mode select a roster of five players, with those players being your "MVP" and "STAR". The "MVP" that scores 2.0x the fantasy points and "STAR" that scores 1.5x fantasy points. There is no additional salary cost with FanDuel.

Today's matchup showcases a pair of elite-level southpaws with high strikeout abilities. The over/under on this game sits at 8.5, so there will be some offense, but I wouldn't expect huge point totals. Batter splits will be crucial for success.

This article will provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/11/20. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. Be sure also to check out all the Vegas Odds for today's slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to hit me up on Twitter @davithius.

 

FanDuel DFS MVP Selections

Alex Bregman, HOU @ TB (FD $9000)

After a horrendous regular season by his standards, Bregman turned in up a notch in the ALDS. He collected two hits in three of four games while scoring five runs. Bregman gets the nod as the MVP because he can homer off a pitcher, regardless of handedness. He sports a .282 ISO with a .408 wOBA vs. LHP and a .221 ISO with a .367 wOBA vs. RHP. If Bregman goes off at the plate, you'll be taking home a nice payday by using him as the 2.0x MVP selection.

 

FanDuel DFS STAR Selections

Michael Brantley, HOU @ TB (FD $7000)

Brantley is selected as the STAR because of his tremendous plate discipline skills and should provide a safe floor with a fair ceiling. He is perennially a top-10 hitter in terms of contact% and z-contact%, so it means he makes a lot of contact in the zone-where good things usually happen. Brantley was on-fire vs. Oakland by going 8-19 with a pair of home runs in the series's final game. There is a solid chance he puts up another double-digit point total that will be increased by the 1.5x STAR multiplier.

 

FanDuel DFS Utility Selections

Randy Arozarena, TAM vs. HOU (FD $7000)

Arozarena is a must-play on the slate, mainly due to how incredible his production has been at the plate. He scorched eight hits in the ALDS with three home runs. Randy will most likely get the nod in the heart of the Rays lineup, and the potential is there for a big day. He would have been selected as the MVP or STAR, but I prefer to put the hitters facing Snell-as he gave up three HRs in his previous start.

Yuli Gurriel, HOU @ TAM  (FD $6000)

Guriel is a bit of a matchup play here as he squares off against southpaw Blake Snell. In a small sample, Guriel went off on left-handed pitching this season with four home runs in 66 plate appearances. Over the course of his career, Guriel has excelled against lefties with a .194 ISO and .366 wOBA. Much like his teammates, Bregman and Brantley, he often puts the ball in play, which leads to good things for his matchup.

Mike Brousseau, TAM vs. HOU (FD $5500)

The DFS cheat code against left-handed pitching has been Mike Brosseau this season. Not only did he catapult the Rays into the ALCS with a dinger against Aroldis Chapman, but all of the southpaws should fear Brosseau at the dish. He put up a robust .405 ISO and slugged .738 vs. LHP while being 98% better than the MLB-average in terms of wRC+. He is not an MVP or STAR because, against RHP, he isn't as effective and would be removed from the game.

 

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How I Won Tout Wars

I am extremely fortunate to be able to write an article entitled, “How I Won Tout Wars.”

It is truly a humbling experience, and I am both excited and proud to pen today’s words.

Including all of the draft preparation that I describe in my aforementioned articles, here a few of the reasons that (I think) I won in 2020.

 

Humble Beginnings

Before I had ever written a single baseball article, and before the ATC projections were released – I followed and greatly respected Tout Wars. Formed in 1998, Tout Wars features the best and brightest experts in the fantasy baseball industry competing against each other. I learned about the league while attending Baseball HQ’s First Pitch regional forums, hosted by Ron Shandler. I had attended one of their conferences each and every year since 2011.

Below is a photograph of the title page of the very first Baseball Forecaster book that I had purchased, which Ron Shandler autographed for me.

Earlier this year I was honored when Baseball HQ asked me to present at their First Pitch Florida conference. Ron was among the attendees for my 45-minute talk on advanced auction strategies.

I became even more interested in Tout Wars after reading Sam Walker’s book, Fantasyland which portrays his 2004 AL Only Tout Wars league experience. I also watched the subsequent video documentary, Fantasyland, which follows amateur player Jed Latkin’s 2008 fantasy experience. Latkin earned a one-time chance to compete in Tout Wars for the movie.

I had not come into the fantasy industry until recently. I never thought for a moment that I would ever get to compete in Tout Wars, much less win a contest. I was content just playing in my own home leagues, and participating in NFBC tournaments.

Then, one day in January of 2019, I received a message from Jeff Erickson inviting me to compete with the other Touts. My jaw dropped to the floor that minute, and it stayed there for quite some time. I played in the inaugural season of the Tout Wars Draft & Hold league, winning 2nd place honors. This year, I was invited to compete in the live Head to Head auction league.

This was an opportunity that I could not waste. I fully prepared for the affair. I heavily documented the steps that I took prior to the March 15 auction, and wrote the following two full articles:

Tout Wars Head to Head Points League – 2020 Recap – Part I

Tout Wars Head to Head Points League – 2020 Recap – Part II

If you have not done so yet, I urge you to read the above articles. They are not of the typical draft recap style. Rather, I embarked on a journey depicting my heavy preparation for the event – to help the reader learn how to tackle the game. Some of the topics include:

  • Deciding on a Hitter/Pitcher pricing split
  • Generating a market curve
  • Generating auction values
  • Replacement level values
  • Projection adjustments
  • Streaming mid-season
  • Reconnaissance of Opponents
  • Observing Nominations
  • etc.

Six and a half months later, I find myself as the 2020 Tout Wars Head to Head League Champion.

 

The ATC Projections

I am the author of the ATC projections, which can be found on FanGraphs. The ATC projections are a smart aggregation of other projections. ATC does not do well by producing an outsized projection for any single player, rather, its strength lies in the law of large numbers. It gets projections more right than wrong – and it does so better than anyone else.

In 2019, the ATC projections were crowned as the most accurate baseball projections of 2019. I was also crowned by FantasyPros as the #1 most accurate fantasy baseball expert of 2019. Having accurate projections heading into any league auction gives any user an advantage at the very start.

I have found that in the NFBC leagues that I play in (high stakes leagues), more and more players are using (or at the very least looking at) the ATC projections prior to their drafts. In all of my home leagues, I know that many of my friends examine them.

But in leagues such as Tout Wars – each expert has his or her own set of projections, a plan, and their unique methodology. I cannot be certain, but I would venture to say that my competitors likely did not pay that much attention to ATC.

What surprised me most of all, is that ATC worked well in the short 60 game season. I knew that using ATC is highly accretive for the 162-game affair, but with more variability in only 60 games – ATC was further tested. It passed the test.

 

Proper Valuation

It is important for one to perform individual player analysis in preparation for a league. Knowing the draftable player set well is essential to success.

However, I believe it is more important to understand your league’s format, and to properly valuate what a player is worth. You could have the best underlying projections at hand, but if you do not understand which categories and positions are the most and least valuable, you will not win the league.

As described in my pre-season recap article, the Head-to-Head Points format was not one that I was overly familiar with. To make matters worse, I was the newcomer to the league this year – which gave me a disadvantage from the get-go.

When applying the math – I realized that stolen bases were not valuable in this format. Quality starts, and pitchers who threw deep into games were immensely valuable. Starting pitchers with RP eligibility were given a huge replacement level bump, etc. Even if I had not used the ATC projections, the math of converting stats into points and then into auction values was where I believe that I gained a distinct advantage.

At the conclusion of the league’s auction, I calculated the following projected season point totals for each tout [starting players only]:

I projected that I had an 11% advantage over the league’s average position, edging Ian Kahn out by about 200 points. To compare, below are the final league standings.

Note that the original projected points were based on a 162-game season, and a standard play 1 opponent each week format. Final standings were for the 60-game short season, and a special play-all format.

Indeed, my projections and valuation were largely accurate. The touts with the 5 highest projected point totals ended up finishing in the top five.

 

Scouting

In great detail, I portrayed the scouting that I undertook in preparation for Tout Wars in Part II of my auction recap . I surveyed prior league draft results for each tout. I looked into each player’s likely targets. I even personally attended five hours’ worth of a different live 2020 auction of one of the touts – just to get any edge and information that I could.

As I have described many times in the past, your own valuation of players is not enough to win a league. Determining that Player A is worth $9, is not enough information on its own. In the quest to assemble the most value in the aggregate, subject to the $260 auction budget - one needs to ascertain if there is a market for Player A. Are others willing to spend $12? Will they spend just $6?

Consider the following simple example:

Shortstop Your Value Market Value
Player X $12 $7
Player Y $14 $12

Which player would you rather target during an auction?

Sure, Player Y will provide more value to your team than Player X ($14 to $12). However, I would rather be on the lookout to acquire Player X. The potential profit that one can derive from Player X exceeds that of Player Y by an estimated $3.

The task for the fantasy owner is to assemble the most value on your roster for the least amount of fantasy draft capital. Without having a good sense of what the market would pay for a player, you may not be able to maximize your roster’s value despite having excellent valuations. For instance, if you did not have an awareness that Player X’s market value was low – you may pay the $12 for Player Y, thinking that you would earn a $2 draft profit for the shortstop position. You might be leaving an additional $3 of profit on the table … and worse … one of your opponents will profit instead.

 

Draft Strategy & Tactics

Many people often confuse the difference between strategies and tactics. They are in fact two distinct elements of playing a game.

Strategies are the pre-planned moves that you execute. Strategy comes to fruition when the game (any game) is merely a blank canvas; it emerges during the part of the action when you have the most freedom to operate. Perhaps, you come to the draft deciding that you will target two high priced first basemen. Perhaps you plan to nominate high priced closers early on, etc.

A tactic is implemented in response to the way that a game unfolds. Tactics are needed where the action is the greatest. One draws upon his or her knowledge of the game on just how to react. In poker, a bluff is a tactic carried out in order to induce an opponent to fold his or her cards. One does not come into a poker room planning to buff a particular hand. Rather, one looks at their cards, reads the faces around the table, and in response - decides to aggressively bet on a weaker hand.

For Tout Wars, I prepared a detailed strategy. I estimated the likely pockets of players who would be available at bargain prices. For hitters, the ranges were clearer. For starting pitchers, I developed two plans of attack. The first, was a hotspot of 1A type pitchers. I planned to use my auction nominations early on largely to determine which pockets of players that I would play in.

I responded well in the midst of the auction to the hands that I was dealt. I ended up defaulting to my alternate plan, which included pouncing on mid-level pitchers such as Max Fried, German Marquez and Eduardo Rodriguez. As an additional example, I did not intend to purchase Alex Bregman, but I took advantage of the opportunity of a depressed cost.

I also employed more subtle in-game tactics such as bidding up Alex Chamberlain on players that I knew he would try to outbid the room. Successfully siphoning an extra $3-4 from an opponent’s auction budget is often just as important to the auction’s endgame - as saving cash on players that you yourself purchase. Every little bit counts.

Deciding on just how much to bid on mid-season FAAB is an important tactic to master. For Tout Wars - I periodically studied the player needs of other teams, and looked at their personal FAAB bidding history. I even got a hold of last year's Tout Wars HTH FAAB bidding by week to help me make informed decisions on just how much to bid. I made sure that my FAAB bids were somewhat random, so that no one else could track what I was doing.

Each of these tactics contributed to my overall success.

 

Adapting to the League

Consider the following exaggerated scenarios in a rotisserie format:

  • All other teams each spend a total of $240 on hitting, and only $20 on pitching.
  • All other teams do not draft a single closer. They all draft 9 starting pitchers.
  • All other teams spend only $1-2 on every catcher that they purchase.

None of the three above scenarios are strategies that I would employ at the outset of a league draft. I wouldn’t go into an auction with an intended 92%/8% hitter/pitcher split of auction funds. I wouldn’t punt saves from the get-go. I wouldn’t only want to spend $2 on JT Realmuto or Yasmani Grandal, etc.

Those three strategies seem quite strange to the naked eye, because … they are. I did say that they were exaggerated.

However:

  • If all of your opponents spend $240 on hitting, then if you only spend only $180 on hitting – you will likely finish dead last in almost all five offensive categories. Yes, you may finish with the most pitching points – but that still will leave you with an average overall score when combined with the hitting.
  • If all of your opponents do not draft closers, spending the usual ~$25 worth of funds will render your pitching spend as highly inefficient. You will also have a hard time winning the other pitching counting stat categories.
  • If all of your opponents barely pay for catchers, buying JT Realmuto at $15 is an overspend. You could have purchased for the next best catcher at a fraction of the cost. Realmuto isn’t 5 times better than the next backstop.

The point here is that playing the game without context can lead to an inefficient use of fantasy capital. Operating in a vacuum literally sucks value out of your roster. You need to be aware of the league norms, and adapt your strategies accordingly. The norms won’t be as ridiculous in the above examples, but adjusting to them will make a profound difference.

This rule does not only apply for the league draft; the in-season adaptation is also essential. If waiver wire pitchers are cheaply acquired in the league, there is no need to spend heavy there. If hitters are constantly churned each week, why not think more short-term? And so on ...

In Tout Wars, despite the fact that I was green to the league in 2020, I felt that I was able to quickly adapt to the league. For adjusting mid-auction - I had a lot of prior experience in doing so (even for new leagues). For me - the harder part was adapting to the week-to-week play.

How did I adjust quickly? I looked at what last year’s winner, Ian Kahn and runner-up Clay Link did for their teams. I looked at how they set their lineups, at the types (and quantities) of players they purchased each week, and what they had paid for them. I recognized the types of trades that were profitable in the format. I observed just how patient they were with underperforming players, etc.

In case a fellow league mate (or US General) reads this, I don’t want to give away all of the specific tidbits of information that I had acquired - but I do want to convey to you the importance of learning. Observing the two touts allowed me to catch up as fast as I could with the right strategy for this league’s dynamic. Just “doing your usual thing” is not how you win leagues. One needs to use his or her own bag of magic tricks, but must figure out what works for your particular audience. Each league is different, and one needs to adapt quickly.

 

Play the Matchups

Down the stretch of the season, as it became clear that I was going to contend for the league title, I shifted my focus on free agent pickups from long term to short term. I could no longer sift through the waiver wire for rest-of-season targets; I needed to put up as many points as I could each and every week. Playing from behind, I took each week as a single must-win contest.

As such, I spent a lot of time looking at matchups. For both hitters and pitchers, I looked at who they would face in the coming week, the ballparks they would play in – and most importantly, at the playoff status for their real-life teams. Some teams needed to fight towards the end, and some had already clinched their postseason berth. This made a large difference in both my free-agent acquisition targets, as well as how I set my team’s active lineup.

But not only did I look at the coming week’s schedule – I also looked ahead a week further into the future. I sometimes purchased “future two-start” pitchers (as I typically call them) a week in advance. Purchasing these types of pitchers allowed me to spend far fewer resources on them, as most teams were not looking to acquire them a week early. Had I waited the week to roster the future two-start pitchers, I would have to pay ten times the auction price [or more] to do so! That would not be an efficient use of fantasy capital. Sometimes, a player riding on your bench for a week can lead to a more optimal use of funds.

 

Luck

I could not have won Tout Wars without an element of luck. This is the truest statement that I have made thus far.

I got lucky.

I won’t say that I was extremely lucky; I believe that all of the elements described above played a large role in my winning. However, the difference between my 1st place finish and what could have been a 5th place finish required the fates to be on my side. Had a few pitchers pulled a muscle in the last week, I would not be writing this article. Had Andrea LaMont made one or two different decisions during the course of the season, she might be writing this article in my stead.

Of course, not everything broke right for me during the season either. I too had my fair share of injuries and poor play. I traded away Randal Grichuk to Ryan Hallam in the middle of the season, which proved to be a bad decision on my part. Eduardo Rodriguez never played a game in 2020, yet I had spent $10 on him in the auction.

The margin of error in a league full of experts is razor-thin. I was blessed in 2020 that I had just enough luck to go along with my gameplay. The combination of both earned me my very first experts league title.

 

Conclusion

I could have spent time today talking about the specific players who provided me the most and least value for my Tout Wars team this season. Sure, Marcell Ozuna was a fantastic $16 selection, who earned $31 of value in the format. But simply discussing players will not provide much help to you in the future. It won’t help me for 2021 either.

You see, it is not about the results – it is about the process.

Hopefully, I have given you some insight into my successful season in Tout Wars, and at the same time provided you with a few strategies and tactics for your fantasy leagues next year. I am surely hoping that the 2021 season will go on without interruption, and I hope to be writing this article again at its conclusion.



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Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for October 9th, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below on this list.

Understanding the injury landscape is key in all forms of fantasy baseball, especially when setting DFS lineups on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings. Consider this your one-stop overview of fantasy-relevant injuries around the MLB.

 

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The Division Series has taught us fantasy managers some valuable lessons: Dodger Stadium and Petco Park are now apparently hitter’s parks, Randy Arozarena is Mike Trout-lite, and that bubble series can provide loads of intensity. The odds are that this is the final four-game slate of the 2020 baseball season, so as my mate Ziggy Alberts sings, let’s enjoy this likely final Laps Around the Sun. 

If we’re being both analytical and honest, it’s tough to see a path for any starter beyond Sixto Sanchez or Kyle Wright going deep enough into a contest -- and having a long enough leash -- to merit DFS consideration. That could lead to taking some significant GPP shots in the dark with Frankie Montas, Jordan Montgomery, and others, but the Braves/Marlins game represents the best chance at securing an arm that could pitch deep into an outing.

I'll provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 10/8/2020. Be sure to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports.

 

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Sixto Sanchez - MIA vs. ATL ($9,500)

If Sanchez’s postseason debut against the Cubs last week is any indication of what’s on the docket Thursday, he’ll be far and away the top pitcher on the slate, irrespective of matchup. Having averaged 98.6 MPH on his four-seam fastball during the regular season, Sanchez took those fireballing tendencies and used them to propel him to a scoreless five-inning outing with six K’s in the Wild Card Series clincher. If there is any trepidation, it’s that his first two appearances versus Atlanta were of Jekyll and Hyde nature, slinging six scoreless Sept. 8, before cratering to the mean with a four-run, three-IP outing Sept. 23. 

With Miami’s collective backs to the wall Thursday, there’s little reason to believe that Sanchez would have anything mirroring a short leash, a true rarity for this slate. Having hit the 90-pitch mark twice in the regular season (while throwing 89 pitches last week), Sanchez has no length concerns.

Kyle Wright - ATL vs. MIA ($9,200)

As mentioned previously, Wright is listed here primarily due to his position as being the No. 3 starter for a club that holds a commanding 2-0 series lead. But there’s reason for optimism beyond that -- Miami’s offense remains the most exploitable of the eight teams taking the field Thursday. To close out the regular season, Wright reeled off three straight quality starts, holding opposing batters to a .164 AVG and .516 OPS in that stretch.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Luke Voit - 1B, NYY vs. TAM ($3,900)

The 2020 home run champ has yet to go deep during the postseason, but has still managed to log a crooked number in the FD points column in each of his first five playoff outings. With the Rays rolling out their stable of bullpen arms in an attempt to advance to the ALCS, whom Voit will face in each plate appearance is something like guess work. But as the ball continues to fly out of Petco Park at a prodigious rate, who better to consider than the Yankees slugger who posted an elite .595 xSLG this year?

Mike Brosseau - 2B, TAM vs. NYY ($2,500)

The two premier DFS sites feel vastly different about Brosseau; boasting a gaudy price tag on DK, Brosseau is a must-consider at his FD pricing. Of course, he’s had just one at-bat this series versus New York, so despite delivering a 1.121 OPS against southpaws this season, there’s no guarantee that he’s in the lineup. Having been a staple at the top of the order when starting, fantasy managers will want to check his status, with Jake Cronenworth and Jurickson Profar as entirely solid pivots should Brosseau not be among the starting nine.

Chad Pinder - 3B, OAK vs. HOU ($2,300)

Pinder has quickly transformed from punt play extraordinaire into anchor of the A’s lineup over the past two games, having socked homers in both. A staple in the No. 3 spot, Pinder retains an astoundingly low price tag for his recent production, which lends itself to him being a hot commodity in both cash and GPP contests for Game 4.

Carlos Correa - SS, HOU vs. OAK ($3,300)

Despite having embraced his role as proud Astros curmudgeon to the rest of baseball, Correa has backed up his proclamations with his play during the ALDS. The shortstop spot has been loaded with options on a nightly basis, as you could make the case for rostering two in most lineups. The Astros’ former All-Star was shifted up to the No. 5 spot for Game 3 and has now driven in a run in four straight games, having gone 7-for-16 this postseason. In his career versus Frankie Montas, he has reached base at a .444 clip, including a home run.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Mookie Betts - OF, LAD vs. SDP ($4,200)

Betts’ price tag has trickled down just far enough that getting his level of production is starting to seem like something of a bargain. All four of his playoff performances as a Dodger have seen him collect a hit thus far, as he has been an equal opportunity demolisher of opposing pitchers, righty or lefty. With Ronald Acuna Jr. having a tough matchup, and Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge tasked with facing the Rays’ bullpen, Betts stands out for both his matchup (Adrian Morejon) and his potential output from atop the L.A. lineup.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TAM vs. NYY ($3,400)

No matter the price tag, Arozarena is seeing the ball as well as any hitter on the planet at the current moment. After another multi-hit contest in Game 3 on Wednesday that saw him go deep, Arozarena will get a favorable matchup to start against Montgomery, who allowed all seven of his home runs during the regular season to right-handed batters.

Michael Brantley - OF, HOU vs. OAK ($3,200)

An anchor of cash lineups, Brantley makes his way onto the picks list today as an even ground selection due to the possibility of many of the lower-priced outfielders being removed before the completion of nine innings. Consistency has been the name of Brantley’s game, having delivered at least 6.5 FD points in each of his five playoff outings. He hit .331 with a .927 OPS versus righties this season, putting him in a prime spot against Montas on Thursday.



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/8/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday with 4 game slate featuring potential elimination games in all four games. There is not a ton of elite pitching targets, which means we will have bats for days. This is a slate to make sure you get the proper players in your lineups, and if that means leaving money on the table, then so be it.

When looking at the slate, it comes down to which stacks to build around. The Astros and A's have been home run derbies, which is likely not changing on Thursday. The Rays and Marlins bring some nice value options to the slate as well. There can be arguments made for nearly every offense today, and finding the right pieces of stacks will be clutch. I likely would not go all-in on stacks either. A few 2-3 man stacks with one-offs could be the trick, or even a 3-3-2 stack works great.

This article will provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/8/2020. The lineup will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Julio Urias - P, LAD at SD ($9,100)

Urias will take the bump as he tries to set up the Dodgers to win and advance to the NLCS. Urias has been outstanding for the Dodgers this season. Through 11 starts, he allowed two earned runs or less in nine of those starts. He finished the season with a 3.72 FIP, a 20% strikeout rate, and a strong 28.6% hard-hit rate. He faced the Padres earlier this season and threw 6.1 innings allowing two runs and struck out three. He is not a major strikeout as he did not strike out more than six in any game this season. He will go up against the powerful Padres lineup, a lineup that struck out over 23% of the time vs LHP with a .250 average and a .187 ISO. It will not be easy, but Urias brings a strong floor with some upside on a slate that does not have many great pitching options.

Sixto Sanchez - P, MIA vs ATL ($8,100)

Sixto was absolutely dominant in his first five starts of the season but struggled down the stretch in his last two starts. The last two starts left many questions going into the postseason, but he erased all doubts against the Cubs. He threw five shutout innings with six strikeouts for 18.5 DK points. Now he faces a powerful Braves lineup, a lineup teammates Sandy Alcantara and Pablo Lopez have had success against Games 1 and 2. He has faced Atlanta twice this year, the first time he threw six shutout innings with six strikeouts, but in his last start, he only lasted three innings and allowed four runs. His command was his key early in the season and will be the key to his success on Thursday. I will take my chances on Sixto getting the job done vs the Braves.

Other Options: Frankie Montas (OAK at HOU) $8,600

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Sean Murphy - C, OAK at Christian Javier ($3,800)

Murphy has been quiet the last couple of postseason games, but I will keep rolling with the slugger in a series that has turned into a home run derby. Murphy had success vs RHP in 2020, walking 19.6% of the time with a .232 ISO. He will face Javier, who has allowed 1.5 HR/9 to RHH this season, and then a beat-up Astros bullpen. The catching position overall is a mess, and Murphy brings some major upside to your lineups.

Other Options: Mike Zunino (TB at NYY) $3,300

Garrett Cooper- 1B, MIA vs Kyle Wright  ($3,400)

Before yesterday's 0'fer, Cooper had hit safely in nine straight games. Over that stretch, Cooper had four extra-base hits and was averaging over seven DK points per game. He gets a strong matchup vs Wright today. Wright has not been great this season, and since his recall, on September 8, he made four starts where he had a 5.50 FIP and allowed 11 runs and five home runs over 23 innings pitched. The Marlins faced Wright twice this year and have scored eight runs in seven innings with three home runs. One of those homers came from Cooper.

Other Options: Matt Olson (OAK at HOU) $4,700

Joey Wendle - 2B/3B, TB at Jordan Montgomery  ($3,700)

I've been promoting Wendle for quite some time now, and that is not stopping today. He had another big night on Wednesday, going 3-5, and put up his second straight double-digit DK night. He has hits in each of the three games vs the Yankees. Some may get concerned since there is a lefty starting, but I am not as Wendle hit .294 vs lefties this season. Montgomery likely won't be long for the game either, so Wendle should still get his as the Rays look to finish off the Yankees.

Other Options: Jon Berti (MIA vs ATL) $2,500, DJ LeMahieu (NYY vs TB) $4,900

Brian Anderson - 3B, MIA vs Kyle Wright ($3,800)

If you can't tell, I like the Marlins vs Wright. They have major upside and allow for some very nice salary relief; if I have to pick one team for salary relief, it is the Rays, but the Marlins are a close second. Anderson has hit safely in both games vs the Braves, putting up nine or more points in both games. He is coming off a strong September where he hit .287 with a .218 ISO and a 133 wRC+. When looking to stack the Marlins, Anderson hitting in the middle of the order becomes a strong piece of that stack.

Other Options: Justin Turner (LAD at SD) $4,500, Alex Bregman (HOU vs OAK) $4,400

Marcus Semien - SS, OAK at Christian Javier ($4,100)

As stated earlier, the A's and Astros series has turned into an offensive explosion, and Semien has been a major part of that. Semien has now hit safely in his last five postseason games, including four straight multi-hit games. He has scored eight or more DK points in the last five games. He went deep yesterday and has three extra-base hits over the last five games. He has a great matchup vs Javier today and is usually overlooked on these slates with some of the other shortstops in play. Do not forget about Semien when building your lineups.

Other Options: Corey Seager (LAD at SD) $5,000, Miguel Rojas (MIA vs ATL) $3,700

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Giancarlo Stanton - OF, NYY vs Ryan Thompson ($4,300)

When you think of players on a heater, Stanton's name is near the top of that list (we'll talk about Arozarena shortly). Stanton has hit safely in all five postseason games, with home runs in all five games. He has gone 7-19 with six home runs, 13 RBI, and at least 14 DK points in each game with 19 or more in four straight. He will face a bullpen game for the Rays tonight, which is not always easy, but his power has been undeniable, and the price tag is still way too low for his production. Sometimes it is just as simple as ride the heater in the postseason.

Tommy Pham- OF, SD vs Julio Urias ($3,200)

I have discussed Pham in almost every postseason article I have written, and it will not stop as DK continues to misprice him. He has hit safely in three of five postseason games but has reached base in all five games and put up at least five DK points in each game. Over the five-game stretch, he is hitting .400 with two extra-base hits and three stolen bases. He is hitting in the middle of the Padres lineup and gets a matchup vs the lefty Urias. Enjoy the continued value with Pham.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TB at Jordan Montgomery ($3,800)

Lastly, we once again talk about Arozarena. I should insert the man on fire walking gif and stop there, but some may frown upon that. He went 3-4 last night and homered once again. He has now hit safely in all five postseason games with four straight multi-hit games. Over the five games, he is hitting .600 with six extra-base hits (three straight games with home runs) and has scored at least 10 DK points in each game, including 17+ in the last four. He joins a major Rays attack tonight vs Montgomery.

Other Options: George Springer (HOU vs OAK) $4,800, Manuel Margot (TB vs NYY) $3,600, Khris Davis (OAK at HOU) $3,400

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros (Christian Javier, RHP)
  • Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, LHP)
  • Miami Marlins vs Atlanta Braves (Kyle Wright, RHP)



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Daily MLB Injury Roundup for October 8th, 2020

RotoBaller has assembled a list of daily MLB injury updates to help you prepare both your seasonal and daily fantasy baseball (DFS) lineups, every day of the MLB season.

Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for October 8th, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below on this list.

Understanding the injury landscape is key in all forms of fantasy baseball, especially when setting DFS lineups on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings. Consider this your one-stop overview of fantasy-relevant injuries around the MLB.

 

MLB Injury Roundup for October 8th, 2020

Note: this post is automatically updated throughout the day, every five minutes, in case new injury updates are reported.
 

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