Hello and welcome to the MLB DFS Showdown Playbook for October 15! We Game 1 of the ALCS between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros on our hands today as playoff action continues. We have an 8:15 pm ET start time, so plenty of time to make lineups. Make sure to check out all of our amazing MLB DFS tools as they are always worth going through before building your lineups as are the Vegas OddsHowever, as I am sure you have figured out by now, the new playbook will be a one-stop shop that includes everything from easy-to-read player write-ups and suggestions to MLB Weather Reports to lineup construction tips to our best value plays for DraftKings and FanDuel. You will be given core plays around which to build your lineups, DFS stacks to consider for GPP tournaments and key statistics to help you in your DFS research. Let’s dive in! 


MLB DFS Playbook October 15

Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers

Both Monty and JV are in play for me in this one. 

Jordan Montgomery, Texas Rangers

Monty was phenomenal in his first playoff start, but faltered in his follow up start with his worst start in over a month. I like him to bounce back today though. He is a good pitcher and road environments were nothing tough for Monty this season as he pitched to a 2.79 ERA and 1.15 WHIP on the road this season. He faced the Astros once this season and dominated them, firing 6.2 innings of one-run ball with 6 Ks and picking up the victory. 

Justin Verlander, Houston Astros

JV has proven he can handle the playoff atmosphere time and time again and we have no reason to think that won’t continue. It sure did in his first playoff start of this postseason as he tossed six shutout innings against the Twins with 6 Ks in a victory. 

Recommended DFS Hitters

Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros

Alvarez has proven to be a force in the playoffs in his career, already accumulating some of the best numbers in MLB history, despite being young still. He had four home runs, 6 RBI, and 7 runs scored in the four games against the Twins. This being a lefty-lefty matchup doesn’t matter for Alvarez, as he hits lefties just fine. 

Jose Abreu, Houston Astros

Abreu wasn’t great in the regular season but he still managed to hit 21 home runs and drive in 98 RBI. He has balled out in his last two games of the playoffs, bashing three home runs with 7 RBI, scoring 34 and 19 DK points in those two games. He posted a .741 OPS against lefties this season, compared to a .654 OPS against righties. 

Evan Carter, Texas Rangers

Carter looked great in the regular season as a rookie, hitting .316 with 6 home runs and 4 steals in 28 games of action and he has looked just as good in the playoffs. He has had playoff games of 21, 20, and 13 dk points already with a home run and steal while registering at least one hit in every game he has played. 

Nathaniel Lowe, Texas Rangers

Lowe hadn’t done much through the first four games of the season, but he did get on the board in his last game with a home run. I like his price tag for this game as he is one of the guys on the cheaper side of things, which is needed when you want to roster a pitcher or two. 

Honorable mention: Corey Seager, Adolis Garcia, Chas McCormick