Welcome to the first day of the divisional series! With the wild card round behind us and four teams sent home, baseball is starting to heat up as the eight remaining teams battle for the title. Coverage will start at 1:03 pm ET for this 4-game slate on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Pitching is headlined by Spencer Strider and Clayton Kershaw. Ronald Acuna Jr. and Corey Seager are the most expensive hitters at our disposal. 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, but let’s dive into your best tool, which is today’s MLB DFS playbook to help build some winning lineups today! 

MLB DFS Playbook October 7

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Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers

Spencer Strider, Atlanta Braves

Spencer Strider may have finished the season with two sub-par outings by his standards, but no pitcher has had a higher floor this year. He led the league in strikeouts by a massive margin of 44 and has owned the Phillies this year. He's had at least nine strikeouts in all four starts against Philly on the year with a perfect 4-0 record. Strider's ERA at home this year is a bit higher at 4.36 but it's hard to argue with a guy averaging 30.8 DK points against this Phillies lineup.

Justin Verlander, Houston Astros

Justin Verlander may have taken a step back this season but he is still the reigning Cy Young winner. He finished the season with a 3.22 ERA and 144 strikeouts across 162.1 innings. His 8.0 SO/9 may be his lowest since 2015, but this start comes against a Twins team that led the league with a towering 27.0% k-rate against right-handed arms. The Twins do have a few hot hitters he will have to deal with, namely Royce Lewis, but Verlander is a seasoned veteran and should be able to come out of this game with a win

Sneaky cheap pick: Kyle Bradish

Recommended DFS Hitters

Favorite Infielders

Corey Seager, Texas Rangers

Corey Seager had a career year, ending the season batting .327 with a 1.013 OPS. He has already carried this success into the playoffs with three doubles across two multi-hit games. Kyle Bradish is on the mound for Baltimore and though he's been surprisingly good this year, I like Seager and his .333 ISO too much. Bradish has only allowed 14 home runs on the year but as we continue to see, Seager can produce plenty of fantasy points without a bomb.

Ryan O'Hearn, Baltimore Orioles

Ryan O'Hearn was quiet for the last week of the regular season but had a solid year batting .289 with 14 home runs in 112 games. He's in a favorable matchup against Dane Dunning who has allowed a .341 wOBA and .433 SLG to left-handed bats on the year. Dunning has had some good starts against bad teams, but he has a 4.85 ERA over his last 10 outings and Baltimore is anything but a bad team.

Honorable mention: Austin Riley, Mookie Betts, Gunnar Henderson

Favorite Outfielders

Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves

It should come as no surprise that Acuna, the likely MVP of the NL, is my favorite outfielder on the card. His 41 home runs and 73 steals are almost impossible to comprehend, not to mention his .337 batting average and 1.012 OPS. Ranger Suarez has been a decent pitcher for the Phillies, but as we have seen all year, it just doesn't matter who's pitching when talking about Acuna.

Evan Carter, Texas Rangers

Evan Carter has been simply awesome since being called up in September. In 23 games he collected five home runs while batting .306 with a 1.058 OPS. He's been a spark in the Rangers' lineup and has started his postseason strong with 20+ DK points in both games. Carter also has four steals across 25 games, giving him extra upside if he gets on base.

Honorable mention: Corbin Carroll, Marcell Ozuna, Anthony Santander

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