DraftKings & FanDuel MLB Lineups & Picks for October 6, 2017

Written By Nate Weitzer on October 6, 2017

DFS MLB Lineups for October 6, 2017 at Draftkings.com & Fanduel.com

For the rest of this DFS MLB season, we’ll be writing up a group of pitchers and hitters that we’re considering for our cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. As with any DFS sport, the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than they are in real life due to matchup, price, park factor, etc. This is important when constructing a roster. And if you’re looking for new ways to play DFS, be sure and give BOOM Fantasy and DRAFT a try!

A quick reminder while playing DFS MLB, don’t forget baseball is a game of variance. In the playoffs, the sample size is much smaller and there are bound to be some lucky, or unlucky bounces of the ball.

Pricing on these short playoff slates can be somewhat irrelevant at times, since it’s very difficult to go over the salary cap unless you’re using a very high-priced SP. Go with your gut and pick the batters who you believe you’ll do best, and don’t worry about leaving money on the table.

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Best DFS MLB Pitchers for October 6, 2017

Despite the fact that he’s facing a very dangerous Yankees offense, Corey Kluber is deservedly the top SP option on this 4-game slate. He absolutely dominated the Yanks with 18 K’s over 17 IP (2 starts), including a CG at home and he’s been lights out with a 1.81 ERA and .179 BAA at Progressive Field this year. He’s fresh after only tossing 81 pitches in his final regular season tune-up and is a deserved CY Young candidate with an incredible 1.79 ERA and 0.77 WHIP since the ASB.

Clayton Kershaw is a somewhat dicey top option against a D’Backs lineup that he dominated over 2 regular season starts, but we have to consider his postseason struggles, recurring back issues this year, and the addition of lefty-masher J.D. Martinez makes facing Arizona’s lineup a lot more difficult for Kershaw.

Stephen Strasburg is another risk-reward option, but along with Dallas Keuchel, makes for a fantastic per-dollar play tonight. Strasburg struck out 13 over 7 IP in his sole meeting with the Cubs this year and is rocking a 29.2% K-Rate in his career against current Cubs hitters.

Keuchel faces a Red Sox offense that really struggled with a .298 wOBA over the final month of the regular season and posted a weak .139 ISO against LHP this year. Current Red Sox are 13-for-67 (.194) with 16 K’s in their careers against Keuchel, who was amazing at Minute Maid Park once again with a .187 BAA and 2.26 ERA over 11 starts this year.

For value, Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks seems like the safest option by far. He led the N.L. in ERA last season and rediscovered some of that magic with a 2.19 ERA and 22.7% K-Rate during the second half of the season. Drew Pomeranz and C.C. Sabathai are both risky options to consider, but are probably better to target with opposing hitters.

Best DFS MLB Hitters and Stacks for October 6, 2017

If he struggles, Taijuan Walker is the SP on this slate most likely to completely implode due to his complete lack of postseason experience. He posted solid DFS numbers against the Dodgers this season, taking advantage of their horrific slump in September and earning a lucky win in a 13-5 slugfest back in April. Yet he remains vulnerable with a 1.30 HR/9 ratio and 4.70 FIP against the platoon this year.

Corey Seager homered off Walker earlier this season and makes for a great mini-stack along with Cody Bellinger in the hopes that those young lefties will start a Dodgers rally early and knock Walker out of the game. The D’Backs bullpen was depleted by a marathon Wildcard game against the Rockies and that could open the floodgates for Big Blue to roll if Arizona simply packs it in after falling behind in Game 1.

Consider Curtis Granderson as a cheap GPP option against Walker and Chris Taylor as a very solid cash game play. Justin Turner might be the best 3B option on the board on FanDuel and he’s really thrived in RvR matchups at home, while Yasmani Grandal is a sneaky catcher with upside to consider if he starts.

You could be very contrarian and hedge against Kershaw by using Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock and lefty-destroyer J.D. Martinez as a Diamondbacks stack, but that’s a very risky strategy not recommended for high-stakes contests.

An Indians stack makes the most sense next to a Dodgers stack for the opposite reason – C.C. Sabathia’s experience is so extensive that it shows his age and vulnerability. The big 37-year-old southpaw could certainly struggle against an Indians team that hit .270 with a collective .341 wOBA against lefties this year.

Francisco Lindor posted much better power numbers against LHP and he has tons of upside along with Jose Ramirez as versatile infielders. Current Indians have hit .289 with 14 walks over 173 career at-bats against Sabathia and haven’t even faced him this season, in which he struggled at times. Edwin Encarnacion has a wealth of experience against the hefty lefty while Carlos Santana is 10-for-19 with a HR off Sabathia. You can also consider lefty-killing catcher Yan Gomes or Roberto Perez, depending on who is starting behind the plate.

Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa are two stand-alone hitters to seriously consider against Drew Pomeranz even if you’re buying into the Red Sox crafty lefty as a cash game play on the road. Predictably, Altuve is 7-for-17 in his career against Pomeranz and Correa is 3-for-5 over a limited sample size, while both RHB are very hot heading into this matchup.

It is worth targeting Hendricks with a couple of Nats bats, particularly playoff hero Daniel Murphy, who can serve as a great GPP option at 2B while the masses pay up for Altuve or perhaps Ramirez. Murph has 2 HRs over 13 career at-bats against Hendricks and notably set the record with homers in 6 consecutive postseason games back in 2015.

Anthony Rizzo is at a good price point on DK due to his struggles this year and makes for an intriguing tournament option along with Ben Zobrist due to their ability to grind out at-bats and come through in the postseason.

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Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.

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