Yahoo DFS Baseball: Sunday Playoff Picks
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Sunday Playoff Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Baseball series.

The American League is taking Sunday off, but we have two National League games on the slate. On top of that, both the Rockies and Braves are trying to stave off sweeps. What you ultimately care about is building your best daily fantasy lineup. On that front, here are my recommendations. Be sure to get your lineup in by 4:37 PM ET, and good luck.

PITCHER

Walker Buehler, LAD at ATL ($49): Buehler ended the season red-hot, posting a 1.60 ERA over the final 60 days of the season and then blanking the Rockies for 6.2 innings in Game 163. He's also likely to get some offensive support, as the Dodgers ranked second in runs scored on the road. There are no easy games in the playoffs, but it feels safe to have confidence in Buehler at the moment.

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CATCHER

Chris Iannetta, COL vs. MIL ($9):Home is where the heart is for Iannetta. He slashed .272/.379/.497 at Coors Field, which are numbers that would suffice for a first baseman - let alone a catcher. He's also hit lefties a bit better than righties since 2016, and Brewers starter Wade Miley is a southpaw. It's rarely a bad idea to grab an offensive player when the game is in Colorado.

FIRST BASE

Max Muncy, LAD at ATL ($19): Don't worry about the lefty-versus-lefty matchup of Muncy version Sean Newcomb, as the Dodgers slugger sports a .891 OPS versus southpaws. Granted, that's not as good as his 1.001 OPS against righties, but he could see a couple of those out of the bullpen. That feels especially likely given that Newcomb had a 5.12 ERA at home this year, so he may not last long on the mound.

SECOND BASE

Brian Dozier, LAD at ATL ($7): I didn't set out to recommend a litany of Dodgers, but so far it's worked out like that. Dozier has been sitting against righties for a while, but a lefty on the mound should lead to an appearance from the 31-year-old. The veteran comes in with a career .443 slugging percentage, and hit 21 homers even in a down year. Maybe he will also be able to take advantage of Sean Newcomb and his 5.12 home ERA.

THIRD BASE

Mike Moustakas, MIL at COL ($17): Colorado starter German Marquez had a stellar year, but even he managed a 4.74 ERA at Coors Field. On top of that, he had issues with lefties by posting a .290 BAA versus them. Moustakas is a lefty, and certainly possesses the power to take advantage of the friendly confines of the Rockies' ballpark.

SHORTSTOP

Charlie Culberson, ATL vs. LAD ($8): Culberson averaged 7.3 fantasy points per game this season, third most among healthy shortstops. The two higher than him are, of course, Trevor Story and Manny Machado, but they will cost you $23 and $18 respectively. Certainly, they are better options in a vacuum than Culberson. However, the cost here is so low, the Brave could be worth a shot because he has to do so little to prove a nice value. And after all, you can't spend big at every position.

OUTFIELD

David Dahl, COL vs. MIL ($18): Dahl gave new meaning to the concept of home cooking this season. Though he looked woeful with a .597 OPS on the road, he sported a robust 1.051 OPS and slugged .688 at Coors. Wade Miley had a 2.57 ERA, but also a 3.63 FIP, thanks in part to a 0.33 home run per nine-inning rate that is unsustainable over a long period. That goes double for a guy who has given up 0.98 homers per nine innings over his career.

Carlos Gonzalez, COL vs. MIL ($11): The Rockies return at home, and that should help give their bats some life. That includes Gonzalez, who enters with a .946 OPS at home since 2016. He also posted a .719 OPS versus lefties, so he can get by while southpaw Wade Miley is on the mound. To further illustrate the fluky nature of Miley's season, he owns a career FIP of 4.11.

Chris Taylor, LAD at ATL ($10): With a lefty like Sean Newcomb on the mound, Taylor will likely find himself in the lineup. In addition to being much better versus southpaws than many of his fellow Dodgers outfielders, he ended the season with a 1.019 OPS over his final 22 games. Newcomb posted a 4.18 FIP in 2018, and his struggles at home have already been well documented.

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