Hello and welcome to the MLB DFS Showdown Playbook for October 22! We Game 6 of the ALCS between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros (Astros lead 3-2) on our hands today as playoff action continues. We have an 8:03 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 22

Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers

Nathan Eovaldi, Texas Rangers 

I don’t love either of these pitchers, but I lean Eovaldi of the two. Valdez has been getting shelled lately, struggling in four straight starts. Meanwhile, Eovaldi has scored 29.4, 28.8, and 25.9 dk points over his last three starts. He has at least 5 Ks in his last five starts and at least 7 Ks in his last three. Theonly concern here is that this is a MUST-WIN game for the Rangers, which could lead to a shorter leash than normal. 

Recommended DFS Hitters

Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros

Alvarez has two hits in four straight games and is averaging 16 dk ppg over that span with two home runs and 7 RBI. I have said it at least 5+ times this postseason, but it doesn’t hurt to say again, Alvarez is a monster in the playoffs and love the bright lights of a postseason atmosphere. It’s hard to cover an Astros game right now and not lock in Alvarez. 

Kyle Tucker, Houston Astros

Tucker has been pretty terrible in the playoffs, but he seems to be coming out of it a bit as he has scored double-digit points in two of the past three games. He had multiple hits in Game 5 with a double and a RBI. I will bank on it being a sign of a big breakout game coming for Tucker in what will likely be a low-rostered play. 

Adolis Garcia, Texas Rangers

Garcia is a streaky hitter and he is in a groove right now. He has homered in back-to-back games and has an RBI or more in four straight games. He has also scored a run in three of his past four games. The Rangers did damage to Valdez earlier in this series and I can see it happening again in this game, as e has really been struggling lately. 

Josh Jung, Texas Rangers

Jung has been great in his first taste of postseason action, hitting .316 with three home runs, eight runs, and eight RBI through the Rangers first 10 games of this playoffs. He smashed lefties in the regular season, slashing .327/.368/.627 against them with 9 home runs in 110 at-bats against southpaws. With how badly Valdez has been struggling, Jung feels like an elite play today. 

Honorable mention: Marcus Semien, Jose Altuve, Leody Taveras