Daily Fantasy Baseball 2015: MLB DraftKings DFS Playoff Strategy for October 12

Curtis Calhoun@@CalhounCurtisFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2015

Daily Fantasy Baseball 2015: MLB DraftKings DFS Playoff Strategy for October 12

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    If you have a case of the Mondays, you're in luck. Monday features a full slot of four MLB postseason games to watch to start your week the right way.

    As each division series has gained ground, it's been easier to figure out which players are the best picks for daily fantasy baseball leagues. Star players have shined, but a few surprise players have made a huge impact for their respective teams.

    When attempting to figure out how to construct your daily fantasy baseball lineup for Monday, it's best to make positional offensive talents a priority. Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta is the only true ace who will take the mound on Monday.

    Here are five of the top daily fantasy baseball picks for October 12.

Jake Arrieta, SP, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals ($14,000)

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    Arrieta has been arguably the best pitcher in baseball since the All-Star break, and his impressive pitching has transferred over to the postseason. In his previous start against the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game, the 29-year-old recorded 11 strikeouts in a complete-game shutout.

    With the Cubs and Cardinals tied at one game apiece in their division series matchup, Arrieta will play a key role in shifting momentum in the series. The veteran pitcher was stellar against the Cardinals in the 2015 regular season with a 2-1 record and a 2.42 ERA.

    Arrieta might be this postseason’s Madison Bumgarner, and he has lived up to the prestige behind the title thus far. He’s a must-pick in all daily leagues as long as he continues his impressive streak of outings.

Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals ($3,000)

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    Castro has struggled so far with a .182 batting average in this year’s postseason. However, a favorable matchup against Cardinals starter Michael Wacha on Monday makes him a great value pick at shortstop.

    Castro has dominated against Wacha with a .455 batting average over his career. He has also demonstrated a great combination of precision and power at the plate against Wacha with a career 1.296 OPS and a .478 on-base percentage.

    Castro’s recent struggles make him somewhat of a risk against the Cardinals on Monday, but his past success against Wacha makes him a potential high-reward pickup. His reasonably low value makes him a risk worth taking on Monday.

Derek Holland, SP, Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays ($6,000)

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    Holland has been solid in the postseason over his seven-year career with the Rangers. He has recorded an unblemished 3-0 record with a 3.79 ERA over his postseason career and has had great performances against the Blue Jays.

    As a team, the Blue Jays are hitting a combined .220 against Holland with a .271 on-base percentage. The 29-year-old is one of the few pitchers to have success against the high-powered Toronto offense.

    The Rangers are just one game away from advancing to the American League Championship Series, and Holland should play a key role in helping Texas move on in the playoffs. His postseason experience and success make him a great value pick.

Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers ($4,400)

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    Granderson has quickly made an impact for the Mets this postseason with a .667 batting average and two multihit games against the Dodgers. The 34-year-old has been a great veteran presence for the Mets as they aim to take control of their series against Los Angeles.

    Granderson and the Mets will face Dodgers starter Brett Anderson on Monday, who has struggled against the Mets over his career. Granderson has recorded a .417 career batting average against Anderson with a remarkable 1.128 OPS.

    The veteran outfielder has a favorable matchup against Anderson and should keep up his hot hitting this postseason. Granderson is a great pickup who will outplay his value on Monday.

Colby Rasmus, OF, Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals ($3,600)

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    Rasmus has had an up-and-down seven-year MLB career but has been one of the biggest surprises of the postseason so far. He has recorded a .500 batting average during this year’s postseason with four extra-base hits over that span.

    Rasmus has always been a consistent option in the postseason as a member of the Cardinals and the Astros. He has recorded a career .474 postseason batting average with a 1.158 slugging percentage. Rasmus and the Astros face Royals starter Yordano Ventura on Monday, who has recorded an abysmal 5.59 ERA over his career against Houston.

    Rasmus has been one of the main spark plugs for Houston so far this postseason, and he should have another strong performance at the plate on Monday. If the Astros hope to advance to the American League Championship Series, Rasmus will have to play a key role in Game 4.

    All prices courtesy of DraftKings. Statistics via FanGraphs.com and MLB.com unless otherwise noted.

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