Hello and welcome to the MLB DFS Playbook for October 20! We have a 2-game slate on DK and FD on our hands today as playoff action continues. We have a 5:07 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 20

MLB Weather Updates


Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers

Jordan Montgomery, Texas Rangers

I was high on Monty in Game 1 of this series and he came through with a very impressive outing, shutting down the Astros for 6.1 innings with 6 Ks and he picked up the win to finish with 26.7 dk points. It was his second outing in the playoffs with at least 26.2 dk points. He has thrown 93, 88, and 90 pitches in his postseason starts thus far, so his leash isn’t super short. I am excited to see this rematch duel between Monty and Verlander. 

Honorable mention: Justin Verlander

Recommended DFS Hitters

Favorite Infielders

Trea Turner, Philadelphia Phillies

I know, I know, I keep highlighting Turner every playbook that I write… but the results speak for themselves and it has been a good choice on a daily basis. He has scored double-digit DFS points in 7 of 9 playoff games thus far and has FOUR games with 20+ points. The Diamondbacks are sending bozos to the mound today, so the Phillies offense should have a field day, including another monster day from Turner. 

Christian Walker, Arizona Diamondbacks

Walker had a big year, hitting .257 with 34 home runs, 13 steals, and 108 RBI. The 13 steals are very impressive for a first base slugger like him, so it just adds even more upside. He has two steals and a home run in the playoffs already as well. He was better at home this year, hitting .270 with a .880 OPS, compared to .245 and .787 on the road, respectively. 

Honorable mention: Gabriel Moreno, Evan Longoria, J.T. Realmuto

Favorite Outfielders

Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies

I mentioned in Turner’s section how the Phillies are in line for a big day, well of course we have to also look at Harper with that being the case. Harper has also been a beast in the playoffs, scoring at least 7 dk points in seven straight games with four home runs in that span. The Phillies will be chalky, but it looks like good chalk to me. 

Lourdes Gurriel Jr, Arizona Diamondbacks 

Gurriel Jr. is coming off a strong game in which he scored 17 points by going 2-3 with a double and a stolen base. Much like Walker, Gurriel Jr. was also far better at home this year, hitting .269 with a .843 OPS, compared to .253 and .697 on the road, respectively. I expect this game to be a high scoring game while I expect the Rangers vs. Astros game to be more of a pitching duel. 

Honorable mention: Tommy Pham, Leody Taveras, Cristian Pache