Tuesday night will see Game 2 of the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves play out. The Braves struck first in the series gaining a 1-0 advantage, and Clayton Kershaw will be replaced by Tony Gonsolin as LA's Game 2 starter.
With the potential for a low scoring game, DFS players will need to find the hidden potential in this match up to cash in. For the purpose of this article we're using FanDuel's $20K Tue MLB Squeeze ($5K to 1st) Tournament as a reference.
Scoring is based on hitters achieving results in the following categories:
Singles (1B) - 3 points
Doubles (2B) - 6 points
Triples (3B) - 9 points
Walks (BB) - 3 points
Hit by Pitches (HBP) - 3 points
Home Runs (HR) - 12 points
Runs (R) - 3.2 points
Runs Batted In (RBI) - 3.5 points
Stolen Bases (SB) - 6 points
A "Star" player is selected and that player receives a 1.5X bonus to their score. An "MVP" player is selected and that player receives a 2X bonus to their score. Three players are selected as Utility players for this contest and receive no bonus to their score.
Players are assigned a "salary" and you are given $35,000 in salary cap to form your team. Here are FindBet's picks for this game starting with the three Utility spots.
Ozzie Albies 2B ATL $7,000 salary - Atlanta's second baseman is able to help you in every scoring category. Expect Albies to be a table setter if the Braves are going to have a chance to take Game 2. If he's able to get on base he poses a threat to steal bases and score runs with an excellent middle of the order hitting behind him.
OZZIE. ALBIES. Sends one deep to put the Braves up 5-1 🚀 (via @MLB) https://t.co/tST66WRC9V— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter)1602559437.0
Justin Turner 3B LAD $6,000 salary - Turner has been a very consistent hitter which has resulted in consistent production from a DFS standpoint throughout the season. He won't get you the big games the same way teammates Mookie Betts or Corey Seager have throughout the season, but he is as good of a bet as any to produce in a difficult pitching matchup. Turner has a penchant for producing multi-hit games which he hasn't done in his past 8 games. If he can pick up a couple hits in a low scoring game he would be a steal at $6,000.
Will Smith C LAD $5,500 salary - While many players may be inclined to play the opposing catcher in Travis d'Arnaud who is riding a 7 game hit streak, we're going with Smith. d'Arnaud is a .200 (1-5) career hitter against Kershaw but will likely be in most lineups based on his recent production and salary. Smith went 0-4 in Game 1, but had a .294 average in the playoffs prior to that. He hit .289 in the regular season and has been a steady performer for the Dodgers all year. Hitting in the middle of the Dodger lineup could result in an offensive outburst like we saw from him in the close out game against the Padres in the NLDS.
Cody Bellinger is the first player with a HR and a HR robbery in a postseason game since ESPN began tracking robber… https://t.co/Oa7seDh4RU— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPN Stats & Info)1602129096.0
Cody Bellinger OF LAD $8,500 salary - Even though Bellinger has had a down year by his standard, for DFS he's still one of the most valuable players in baseball. His ability to change games with one swing is still there, and Bellinger shares the same benefits of hitting in the middle of this talented lineup as Will Smith. Ian Anderson has been a breakout star in the Braves' rotation and poses a threat to stifle the Dodger bats for a second game in a row. LA will need its stars to bounce back and that includes the 2019 NL MVP. Bellinger does his best work against righties, and if the Dodgers can set the table for him a home run with runners on will go a long way in this contest.
Freddie Freeman 1B ATL $7,500 salary - Many DFS players are going to be likely to plug Mookie Betts or Ronald Acuna Jr in this spot. Especially now that it's known that Clayton Kershaw will not start tonight, the temptation to deploy Acuna as your MVP in this game will be high. However, Freeman has played at an MVP level all season and the Braves are going to want to jump out to an early lead to prevent losing the momentum in this series. That could mean big production early from Freeman and a win for Atlanta and your DFS lineup.
Freddie Freeman starts off the NLCS with a MOONSHOT 😯 (via @Braves) https://t.co/sLyx1aaOTm— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter)1602548058.0
Updated 2:51pm 10/13/2020 --
As the NFL postseason got underway last week, it became clear we need to make some halftime adjustments with our picks this week.
The Ravens were an easy cover for us, especially once Lamer found his groove and the grooves in Tennessee's D. Throw in a few head scratching punts by Mike Vrabel and that does the trick.
Meanwhile, Stefon Diggs came up two catches short for us with three targets left on the table. It was always going to be tough to get that many grabs, but it was worth a few bucks just to see what would happen.
Please, please, please remind me never to bet unders. I haven't hit one all year and yet the siren's song calls me to shore. I maintain this is the best one I bet all year. The pick 6 and DK Metcalf bomb in the second quarter killed after the best start imaginable. After 15 minutes, we had a combined score of 3, 15 minutes of game time later? 30. Bananas.
Then I don't really know what else to say about Pittsburgh losing to Baker Mayfield and co. that hasn't already been said. I just have to edit my list of completely impossible things to put, "Snowing in the Sahara desert," and "Taylor Swift ever getting back together with Jake Gyllenhaal" above "The Browns beating the Steelers in the playoffs."
Put on your general manager hat for a moment and ask yourself this question: If my team struggled mightily the past couple seasons, is struggling now and will continue to struggle, would I trade my franchise star?
It's an extremely difficult decision to make, but it's something the Washington Wizards have to be pondering with shooting guard Bradley Beal.
Beal has been on an absolute rampage through 11 games, posting a league-high 34.9 points per game on 49% shooting and 38% from distance. He's also dishing out five assists and grabbing 5.3 rebounds with 1.5 steals. All that in 36 minutes a night, yet the Wizards are 3-8 which is the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference.
"I'm pissed off," Beal told reporters after his 60-point game on Jan. 6. "I'm mad. I don't count [them]. ... Any of my career-highs, they've been in losses. So I don't give a damn. You can throw it right out the window with the other two or three I've had."
His frustration is evident, and though he hasn't verbalized that he wants out of D.C., it's hard not to think that the idea hasn't crossed his mind at least once with how bad the Wizards have been recently.
From 2018-20, they went a combined 57-97 with John Wall sidelined after he tore his Achilles. Before this season began, the Wizards acquired Russell Westbrook in exchange for Wall and a pick, thinking they were getting an upgrade at point guard. Plot twist, they weren't.
Wall is healthy and playing good basketball in Houston while Westbrook is sitting back-to-backs and is currently nursing a quad injury. More importantly, he doesn't make them much better because of his lack of defense and is thus piling up meaningless triple-doubles that don't translate to team success.
Each Friday, FindBet will preview the week's DFS slate, highlighting players that are priced well on DFS sites, as well as some contrarian plays that can push your team to the top of the leader board.
Most NFL DFS games have you putting a team together with players from a certain slate of games. It could be just Sunday 1:00 PM games, or it could be every game that is slated for the week. Once the last game that has eligible players is over, the final payouts are made according to how many fantasy points each team scored. Each player is worth a certain dollar amount, and you have a cap of $60,000 to build your team with. You have to have 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX (RB, WR, or TE) and 1 DEF.
The general scoring rules include (6) points for each rushing and receiving touchdown, (4) points for each passing touchdown, (0.1) points for each rushing and receiving yard gained, (0.04) points for each passing yard, and also (0.5) points for each reception. There are other scoring opportunities for defenses. Let's take a look at players we like in the first round of the NFL playoffs this weekend.