FanDuel MLB: Sunday Playoff Value Plays
FanDuel MLB: Sunday Playoff Value Plays

This article is part of our FanDuel MLB series.

Sunday flips yesterday's script, as the only two games come from the Senior Circuit.

PITCHER

Walker Buehler, LAD at ATL ($9,300): Atlanta hasn't scored in two games, mustering only nine hits over 18 frames. Buehler has allowed two runs over his last 26.2 innings. Maybe that's too obvious and there's ample room for a fade, but the Braves' inexperience looks ripe for a sweep.

GPP Fade: German Marquez, COL vs. MIL ($10,000): Truthfully, all of the pitchers placed here could land in any spot, save for Wade Miley. And while Marquez turned in a tremendous season, he struggled with a 4.74 home ERA against 2.95 on the road. The Brewers possess confirmed power, and while all the negatives could suggest a GPP target for Marquez as a contrarian option, his price disagrees.

Cheap GPP Consideration: Sean Newcomb, ATL vs. LAD ($7,700): Having thrown in Game 1, Newcomb's longevity is obviously in question. And with the Braves offensive woes, you'd expect little to none. But Newcomb has fanned 10 over 10.1 innings in his last two outings against the Dodgers, allowing one run. He's also bumping a fresh Kevin Gausman from a projected start and comes in with far more upside than Wade Miley ($5,800), who isn't likely to work deep at Colorado.

CATCHER/FIRST BASE

Tyler Flowers/Kurt Suzuki, ATL vs. COL ($2,200/2,100): It's a coin flip as to who will start behind the dish for the Braves, but the meager price and price differential means you can flip back and forth until lineups are posted. Either option should hit in a run-producing spot in the lineup, although Suzuki owns the favorable .329 wOBA against righties.

SECOND BASE

Ozzie Albies, ATL vs. LAD ($3,100): The keystone looks to be a huge pile of yuck. If you're not planning to pay for Travis Shaw ($4,000), you're left with DJ LeMahieu or Albies, as the Dodgers have used Enrique Hernandez ($3,000, OF) over Brian Dozier. Albies hasn't been in good form throughout the second half, but should put enough balls into play with only an 18.1 percent fan rate while allowing free spending elsewhere.

THIRD BASE

Mike Moustakas, MIL at COL ($3,500): Two-game slates usually force you to choose where you want to pay up or down. But as the third-priced option, Moustakas looks like the best of both worlds. He brings a .207 ISO and .337 wOBA against righties on the road to the table, and after he posted 25.2 points in two games in Milwaukee, this price certainly doesn't suggest a Coors Field boost.

SHORTSTOP

Charlie Culberson, ATL vs. LAD ($2,400): Culberson is the correct GPP play here, with the top two options being very cost prohibitive and zero upside below them. Culberson has shown pop, and enters with a decent .346 wOBA and .206 ISO against righties. Orlando Arcia ($2,700) has a more stable floor, but not much in terms of upside. Pick your flavor if your budget doesn't allow for a hitless Trevor Story or free-swinging Manny Machado.

OUTFIELD

Christian Yelich, MIL at COL ($4,700): Any sub-5k price seems to make Yelich a must-own given his absurd second-half surge. He's slugged an obscene .770 since the All-Star break, and gets the added bonus of the Mile High air. Fitting him in at detriment to other positions may not matter.

Carlos Gonzalez, COL vs. MIL ($2,900): Come the postseason, head-to-head numbers matter more to managers than usual, so maybe they should to DFSers as well. A lefty-on-lefty matchup isn't preferred for Gonzalez and his .309 wOBA against, but he's fared well against Miley during his career, posting a .391 BA and 1.025 OPS across 23 at-bats. At this price, why not?

Yasiel Puig, LAD at ATL ($2,600): Puig talked big entering the series and while he hasn't provided dramatic fireworks, he's managed a respectable 9.1 points per game. He posted a .250 ISO against lefties in September, and qualifies as one of the few Dodgers searching for a long ball in this series.

UTILITY

Nolan Arenado, COL vs. MIL ($4,600): It's not suggested that this is a full lineup to be entered, but an Arenado/Yelich high-priced pairing in Denver certainly looks appealing. Arenado raked to the tune of a .555 wOBA, 241 wRC+ and .477 ISO at home against lefties. The only real question is how long Wade Miley lasts for Arenado to take advantage of the matchup.

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Chris Bennett
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