Hello and welcome to the MLB DFS Playbook for October 16! We have a 2-game slate on DK and FD on our hands today as playoff action continues. We have a 4:37 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 Odds. However, 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 16
MLB Weather Updates
Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers
Wheeler has been my guy all postseason any time he takes the mound and we are going to keep going to that well today. It hasn’t let me down yet as he has been incredible, scoring 30 and 27.9 dk points in his first two playoff starts this postseason. He has pitched 6.2 and 6.1 innings while averaging 96 pitches per start, so as I've said multiple times, nobody has a better leash than Wheeler right now. He is the most expensive pitcher available, but for good reason.
Honorable mention: Framber Valdez
Recommended DFS Hitters
Much like Wheeler, Turner has been one of my headline plays all throughout playoffs, but it has proven to be a good decision time and time again, so why stop now. He has scored 20, 15, 7, 21, and 25 dk points in the Phillies 6 playoff games thus far, which is just insane production against some of the top arms in the league. He was amazing at home this year with a .926 OPS, compared to .680 on the road. Continue to ride the hot bat.
Jung has been performing very well in the playoffs, scoring 24, 14, 14, 8, and 3 dk points over his last 5 games with a home run, three doubles, and 6 runs scored. Jung smashed against southpaws this season, slashing .327/.368/.627 (good for nearly a 1.000 OPS - .995), compared to .247/.299/.419 against righties. He is swinging it well and facing a lefty, count me in.
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. He was shut down by Monty in Game 1, but I don’t expect that to be the case in Game 2 against Eovaldi.
Brantley doesn’t provide monster upside and he has no chance of getting you a stolen base, and the odds of a home run aren’t that great either, BUT he is a solid hitter and he is extremely cheap. I also like the Astros against Eovaldi more than any other matchup today. Brantley hit .310 at home this year in a small sample and he has scored double-digit DK points in two of his past three games.