*All dollar values according to DraftKings as of 10/3/19
Freddie Freeman, ATL vs. STL, $4,700
Batting third for a Braves team that’s looking to embark on their first Division Series win since 2001, let’s invest in Freddie Freeman for our NLDS Game 1 DFS lineup. Freeman is 3-for-10 lifetime against Cards starter Miles Mikolas with a pair of home runs and 3 RBIs. 2019 was a career year across the board for Freeman, posting new career highs in home runs (38), RBIs (121) and runs scored (113).
Freeman did his heavy lifting against righties on the year, hitting .310 with 30 of his 38 home runs coming off of right-handed pitching. Freeman’s a .333 hitter in 9 career postseason games, hitting safely in 8 of those 9 games including all 5 home games. He hit .381 with 2 homers in 6 games against St. Louis this year and is a .320 hitter lifetime against the Red Birds. He hasn’t homered since September 1st but can be a good guy to invest in after being banged up toward the end of the regular season.
Howie Kendrick, WAS @ LAD, $4,000
One of baseball’s hottest hitters down the stretch in 2019, it’s going to be damn near impossible for Dave Martinez to take Howie Kendrick out of the NLDS Game 1 lineup even against a righty. For the regular season, Kendrick batted a remarkable .344 in 121 games, including a strong .327 average with 11 of his 17 homers coming off right-handed pitchers. Kendrick also hit .316 in road outings and was a .373 hitter in second half play for the Nats.
But check out these numbers: from August 17th to the end of the regular season, Kendrick batted a scalding .434 (!!) with 5 homers in 31 games (only 17 starts) and a .458 average in games he started in that span. Kendrick has a single in his only career at-bat against Walker Buehler and the former Dodger is a .279 career hitter at Dodger Stadium. There’s sneaky good value here should Kendrick be inserted into the NLDS Game 1 lineup.
Josh Donaldson, ATL vs. STL, $4,300
That back tightness is scaring me off of a mouth-watering match-up for Justin Turner, but Josh Donaldson is looking like a great value in his own right in the low $4,000s. He’ll bat clean-up behind Acuña, Albies and Freeman and is one of baseball’s best righty mashers. Against right-handed pitching, Donaldson hit .271 with 30 of his 37 home runs being off righties.
Donaldson was a .283 hitter at home on the year, with 22 home runs at SunTrust Park. He’s a lifetime .300 hitter against the Cardinals (9-for-30) and faces Miles Mikolas who posted a 5.40 road ERA and allowed a .297 average to hitters away from home. He’s been worth every last penny for the Braves this year, so let Donaldson bring the rain for your NLDS Game 1 DFS lineup.
Corey Seager, LAD vs. WAS, $4,200
Swinging an ultra-hot bat to end his comeback 2019 season, we’re letting it ride with Corey Seager at short in our NLDS Game 1 DFS lineup. Seager homered 7 times in September and finished the year by batting .396 with 3 homers, 5 doubles and 13 RBIs in his last 13 games. Seager has hit safely in six of his last seven postseason home games, batting .360 with a double, a homer and 5 RBIs in that stretch.
In his last home game against the Nats, Seager homered and drove in 5 runs, good enough for a 22 DKFP night. I’d normally be hesitant to go with Seager against a lefty (.240 vs. LHP in 2019) but even against Patrick Corbin who he’s struggled against (.160 lifetime), Seager is worth the risk today with the great run of form he’s been in.
Click ahead to Page 3 for a look at Thursday’s top NLDS Game 1 DFS outfield picks.