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2018 ALCS & NLCS Playoff MLB DFS Primer

Breaking down the ALCS and NLCS playoff match-ups to help you win MLB DFS cash on FanDuel and DraftKings this October.

We’ve decided to take a bit of a different approach to the ALCS and NLCS portion of the season. Rather than daily Primer articles or Cheat Sheets, we’re going to break down some of the most notable pitchers, hitters and respective stats that you should know as you build your lineups. Whether it’s for 2-game slates (traditional roster formats) or the single game setup – you’ll be able to come back to this column to help you along your way. Keep in mind strategy is paramount on small slates. And what I mean by that is simply roster construction beyond the chalk. In a high variance sport like baseball, often times you can leave money on the table in team salary and have a good chance at finding an optimal combination. The same can be said for NFL at times, but almost never for NBA which is one of the lowest beta sports. So, remembering these principles can really come in handy. I live by them when it comes to small slates and feel they are great to have top of mind when building your lineups:
  1. Lineup uniqueness is critical. That is why leaving money on the table is not a bad thing, at least for a good mix of your multi entry approaches.
  2. Playing 2-3 batters against your SPs is basically a necessity for small slates. Don’t be shy to do so.
  3. Play at least a couple hitters in the 7-8-9 slots. Ownership level is almost always 10-15 points lower, and often times they’ll be a part of an optimal lineup (particularly because they are almost always cheaper).
  4. Find hitters that show good skills against the “reverse” split (i.e. LHB vs LHP). Overlaying SPs that have exploitable LvL or RvR splits will help lead to an ownership advantage, too.
  5. Cash games require a pretty high precision of projections. In a high variance sport like MLB, this will often be difficult to handicap… we recommend focusing on GPPs.
  6. Multi-entry strategy will give you the best shot at capturing GPP glory. Single entry formats have a similar underlying narrative of being hard to “capture lightning in a bottle” due to the high variance nature.
  7. Varying up your exposure to “core” and “pivot” groups of players can set you up for success.
Now, let’s have a closer look at some of the scheduled starters for each series. This is a section we’ll update regularly as both series unfold as many of the managers are yet to announce things outside of their first 1-2 games (or if you’re MIL – all your SP cards are close to the vest right now).

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About Jared Kwart

Jared is an expert fantasy sports player for both DFS and season-long formats. Specializing in DFS Baseball, Football & Basketball, with tens of thousands of dollars in career DFS earnings. Active player on FanDuel, DraftKings & FantasyDraft. Annual NFBC high stakes league participant.

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