Happy Saturday! Welcome to the MLB DFS Showdown Playbook for October 21! We have just one game again today as the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers travel back to Houston after the Astros took a 3-2 series lead in game 5 off Jose Altuve’s clutch 3-run homer in the 9th inning. Today we get game 5 of the NLCS with the Phillies trying to capture a win in Arizona after losing the first two games to even the series at 2-2. We are back to the game 1 starters with Zach Wheeler taking on Zac Gallen for the final game in Arizona of the series. 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, the new playbook will still be the one-stop shop for building some winning MLB DFS lineups so let’s jump right in! 


MLB DFS Playbook October 21

Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers

Zack Wheeler, Philadelphia Phillies

Zac Gallen is amazing, but he got roughed up in game one giving up 3 homers and 5 earned runs through 5 innings. I am riding with the hot hand in Wheeler who has been excellent this postseason. Through 3 starts he has racked up 26 strikeouts in 19 innings while only giving up 5 earned runs. I am wagering we will get more of the same today in game 5. 

Recommended DFS Hitters

With my recommended pitcher being Zach Wheeler, all of my recommended hitters are Phillies as well, but my favorite Diamondback hitters will be in the honorable mention in case you want to roll with them today. 

Kyle Schwarber, Philadelphia Phillies

Kyle Schwarber always has stretches where he is one of the best hitters in baseball and hits a home run almost every day. He is looking to be in that form right now with 4 homers in the last 4 games after another homer and a double in last night’s loss. I am betting we see another long ball from him tonight with the Phillies really needing to grab a win. 

Brandon Marsh, Philadelphia Phillies

Brandon Marsh has knocked a double in each of the last 3 games and has hits in each of his last 6 games, including a 3-hit game with a homer against Atlanta. The Phillies have plenty of stars that can deliver big for them, but I think we may get a more unlikely hero for them today if they’re going to manage a win in Arizona and I am looking for Marsh to be that guy with him looking decent at the plate right now. 

Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies

He may be hitless in the last two games but that does also come with 3 walks, a run scored, and a stole base. I don’t think he gets held hitless 3 games in a row. He homered off Gallen in game 1 and I don’t think that keeps someone like Gallen from challenging him right away here in game 5 I think Harper wins the battle again and can get to Gallen and provide some more offense today.

Honorable mention: Ketel Marte, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Jr. Gabriel Moreno