After two fantastic Wild Card Games, the MLB Postseason is officially on to the four Division Series! in MLB DFS, we have two NLDS Game 1 contests… so who makes the cut for our daily fantasy lineup? Should you invest in Walker Buehler and his home success? Is it worth it to make a splash on Cody Bellinger or Freddie Freeman? If you’re looking to cash in on DraftKings for tonight’s Cardinals/Braves and Nationals/Dodgers games, then read on for our NLDS Game 1 DFS picks as we look for the best MLB DFS picks and best DFS value plays of the day.
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*All dollar values according to DraftKings as of 10/3/19
Dallas Keuchel, ATL vs. STL, $6,800
Priced as the #3 starting pitcher on Thursday’s 2-game slate of NLDS action, Dallas Keuchel offers up some intriguing value for a guy with a really good run of postseason success. For the 2019 season, Keuchel was nails at home, posting a 2.74 ERA at SunTrust Park compared to 5.01 away from home. Even including a 5-run outing against the Phils on September 17th, Keuchel posted a 2.57 ERA across his last six home starts on the year.
Then there’s Keuchel’s postseason pedigree: in 10 postseason outings (9 starts), Keuchel has a solid 3.31 ERA. Even better, Keuchel’s home postseason ERA is at a sparkling 2.22 in 5 home starts. In three career Division Series starts, Keuchel is 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA. On the value end, feel confident in the quality returns you can get from the former Cy Young winner today.
Yadier Molina, STL @ ATL, $3,800
Fading Will Smith and his .211 average against lefties as the highest-priced catcher for Thursday’s NLDS Game 1 DFS lineup, let’s go with Yadier Molina behind the dish. On his 2019 season, Molina hit a slick .320 with a .395 OBP against left-handed pitching. Molina finished the season strong, batting .285 with 6 home runs in the second half. Molina is a career .291 hitter against the Braves as well as a .280 hitter for his lifetime on the road.
He’s homered twice in eight career games at SunTrust Park and ended the year hitting .319 with 2 homers in his final 11 games. He’s also got 2 doubles in 5 lifetime at-bats against Dallas Keuchel, so watch out for Yadi to make a difference at just under four grand.
Click ahead to Page 2 for a look at Thursday’s top NLDS Game 1 DFS infield picks.