With all the one-game playoffs decided, DK Legends is ready to cash in on these great matchups for the divisional round. The cream truly rose to the top in this 2018 Major League Baseball season, as each ballclub participating in the October dance are loaded with top tier pitching and offensive talent.
For regular daily fantasy players, the playoffs can be a beneficial time to start taking down some tournaments. Many of the players with the highest daily fantasy averages are still playing; some coming into the postseason on a hot streak. But for all the great options to choose from, getting maximum value from every spot on your roster will be crucial for success.
Pitching Will Make or Break a Lineup
It will be tough choosing the right pitcher throughout the playoffs. No team really stands out as a huge favorite, and that has a lot to do with how strong the pitching is. Houston has Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton, all of whom are top 20 fantasy players. Cleveland, however, counters with Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, and Mike Clevinger.
The other AL matchup might not be as powerful, but neither Boston or New York has a decided advantage over the other. Chris Sale and David Price are hungry to prove their postseason prowess. The Yankees are confident that J.A. Happ will continue his streak of dominance, while hoping that Luis Severino will bring his game from the first half of the season when his turn on the mound comes up.
Over in the National League, the talent level in the pitching department drops off quite a bit. It’s in these matchups that a DFS player could really find some value, however. German Marquez and Kyle Freeland of the Rockies pitched well over the last month of the season, and could help Colorado capture some victories over Milwaukee. Atlanta is hoping for the best from a young Mike Foltynewicz, especially when the Dodgers bring a pitching staff loaded with postseason experience.
Plenty of Offensive Weapons at Each Position
Houston, Cleveland, Boston, and Colorado all have several top tier options. While they had historic regular seasons, the Red Sox have found their bats go silent for two straight Octobers. The Indians and Astros have proven their worth in the playoffs, but we’ve yet to see what Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado are capable of.
The Cleveland/Houston series might be the toughest to predict. They could find themselves in the middle of a 0-0 pitching duel, or slugging it out to a score resembling that of a football game. But both teams bring a ton of recent postseason experience. The superstars have been mentioned from each team, but there are also some bargains out their that possess the same playoff pedigree. Carlos Correa, Josh Reddick, and Michael Brantley are just such players to consider.
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It was only fitting for Tiger Woods to capture his first victory in five years at the Tour Championship this weekend at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. The 2018 PGA season has been a wild one. While the youth movement is definitely still in full effect, some of the old guard started making waves again this season, adding to the already deep pile of players who could provide great impact in daily fantasy contests on FanDuel and DraftKings.
Competitive Contests for the Final Weekend of Fantasy Play
Of course Tiger and Justin Rose were popular pickups in many four-day contests, but the real money was won by the savvy enough DFS players to draft cheaper options like Billy Horschel and Xander Schauffele. Those two were the only real “sleepers”, considering the condensed field of the playoff format.
On the reverse side of things, many crucial fantasy points were lost because of some lackluster weekends by some reliable sources. Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari were spendier choices that, while not scoring poorly, just didn’t bring the same thunder they displayed in earlier weeks.
A Great Year for DK Legends Golf
Throughout the year, we’ve provided our members with a variety of recommendations for good bargains, as well as a sneak peek at our expert’s FanDuel lineup each and every week. From the early run through the west coast, there were higher salary players such as Jon Rahm proving worth the cost, while some sleeper options like Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar were showing they could still bring their “A” game.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the year was the drop off in play from Jordan Spieth. While at first a fixture at the top of the salary list, the young phenom played inconsistently all season and could be found in less and less lineups.
Koepka, Molinari, and Patrick Reed managed to take home the majors, but they also cemented themselves as surefire options for your lineup each week. Additionally, players like Tony Finau, Schauffele, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, and Kevin Streelman were consistently putting up sneaky good numbers all season, but somehow remained at a good value.
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It’s been a pleasure playing through the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season with our fellow DFS golf fanatics. Hopefully a few of our hidden gems helped you bring in some more paydays. Fortunately, the PGA season starts back up again before we all know it, and we’ll be right back at it, mining for the hidden values each and every week!
With just few weeks left in the 2018 Major League Baseball regular season, the action is likely to create some excitement in daily fantasy contests. While several teams have wrapped up their divisions, those who are still battling for a spot in the postseason will be pulling out all the stops to make it happen.
There are multiple players peaking for their teams at the perfect time. Several of those can be added to your roster for a decent price, leaving room for you to secure some of those can’t miss, top tier salary players.
Crafting the Perfect Outfield
The outfield position might have the deepest pool of talent from which to choose. Of course Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Christian Yelich will cost you a good chunk of your payroll, but all three are tearing the cover off the ball. For those looking for a bit of a bargain, Shohei Ohtani, Yasiel Puig, Michael Conforto, and Charlie Blackmon all fall in the $3500 to $4000 range on FanDuel.
Some Surefire Infielders to Consider
Although the outfielders have been putting up huge daily fantasy numbers, there is some great talent available at each of the infield spots.
First basemen Paul Goldschmidt and Joey Votto continue to prove worthy of their lofty cost, but some under the radar players such as Philadelphia’s Carlos Santana and the A’s Matt Olsen are cheaper alternatives that have been seeing the ball well as of late. On the other corner, Anthony Rendon and Alex Bregman are two of the hottest hitters in baseball. Both are worth the price, but for those needing a more affordable option, Adrian Beltre continues to defy time and Justin Turner falls in that second salary tier despite producing at a solid clip all summer.
Up the middle, Adalberto Mondesi has been one of the few bright spots in a disappointing Royals season. He’s putting up numbers far above his peers and can be picked up for dirt cheap. Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Jose Altuve are of course viable options any night they’re in the lineup. With so few other middle infielders performing as well, consider spending a little extra in these spots.
Lights-out Pitching Options
Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander, and Blake Snell have been helping DFS players cash in all season. Each have been particularly dazzling to hitters over their last several outings, racking up the fantasy points along the way. For cheaper pickups, Zack Wheeler and Reynaldo Lopez could be great sleeper options. Both have put up a string of quality starts.
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At the BMW Championship held at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania this past weekend, the PGA Tour’s elite were notching birdie after birdie despite weather causing play to spill over into Monday. In the end, it was Keegan Bradley besting Justin Rose in yet another playoff, proving that the talent this season is so closely matched, that 72 holes isn’t enough to determine a champion many weekends.
Bradley tasted victory for the first time in six years, but as a daily fantasy golf pick, he’s been a solid bottom-tier player who consistently makes cuts, averaging 69.2 fantasy points per game on DraftKings, despite never really costing more than $7000 on any given weekend. But 28 birdies at Aronimink let him put up 137 points on FanDuel, a monster number for any four-day contest.
Solid Play From Last Week’s Recommendations
Of the seven players we mentioned in the previous post, the thee more expensive options in Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, and Francesco Molinari all finished within the top 20. But our middle and lower tier choices of Kyle Stanley, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Chez Reavie, and Andrew Landry all finished in the middle of the pack. While the latter group all scored around 60 to 70 points on both DFS sites, it was other affordable picks like Bradley, Xander Schauffele, and Kevin Na that were swinging the results in DFS contests.
Building a Winning Lineup with a Short Field
With only 30 players to choose from when the Tour Championship kicks off in two weeks, daily fantasy players will have to apply their best research and a little extra savvy in order to best the competition on FanDuel and DraftKings. It’s easy to factor in Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, and Rory McIlroy into the equation, but who else really stands out as an impact player when they tee it up at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta?
Jordan Spieth won’t be one of those players to consider. For the first time in his career, he will miss out the finale of the FedExCup, but rising star Xander Schauffele will be there, and represents a great value pick at $8900 on FanDuel. He might have a little extra fire after Jim Furyk selected Tony Finau for the final Ryder Cup spot over him as well.
Speaking of Finau, the PGA pro earned his spot by finishing inside the top ten for the 11th time this season, most on tour. He is an attractive option for the Championship at $8600 on DraftKings.
Potential Low Salary Options
It’s hard to consider anyone who’s made it this far into the playoffs a sleeper pick, but nonetheless, there are several cheap options for filling out the back end of your lineup. Last week’s winner Bradley, Marc Leishman, and the suddenly on fire Billy Horschel are all available in that bottom tier and have the ability to go on birdie binges. Whether you take a flyer on one of these options, or try to take advantage of the lower price for a Bubba Watson or Jon Rahm, don’t forget to compare your picks against our expert’s lineup first, which will be made available to all prior to the start of the tournament on September 20.
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Bryson DeChambeau certainly was not ready to step into the shadows after his resounding victory at the Northern Trust. At this past weekend’s Dell Technologies Championship at the TPC Boston, the young phenom notched his second straight FedExCup win, besting over 200 of the PGA’s best golfers.
His affordable price tag on daily fantasy sites made him a popular pickup. He paid off in a big way, bringing in 126.5 points on FanDuel, sinking 23 birdies and and an eagle en route to the championship. Last week, we recommended looking at Jordan Spieth, Tommy Fleetwood, and Hideki Matsuyama as more affordable top tier options, and all put up a good amount of points to make them worth drafting.
Even our sleeper picks had great weekends. Louis Oosthuizen and Gary Woodland combined for over 160 points on FanDuel despite only taking up $18,600 in salary. Billy Horschel was forced to withdraw after nine holes with an illness, so he netted negative points on DraftKings.
DeChambeau Shoots Up the Salary List
The back to back wins obviously puts the 24 year-old in the company of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and the Justins as the top-priced talent for this weekend’s BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. This third round of the FedExCup will feature the PGA’s 70 remaining players vying to be one of the 30 in next week’s Tour Championship, so there is hardly a bad choice at any price on DraftKings or FanDuel.
Francesco Molinari has the type of game that could bode well at the BMW, so his $10,800 salary on FanDuel seems quite reasonable. The Italian pro has shown the ability to come up big in the brightest spots, so he stands out as valuable option. Tony Finau continues to cost somewhere in the second tier week after week despite his 76.5 scoring average on DraftKings.
Great Value in Middle and Lower Tiers
Rafa Cabrera-Bello has been stellar at finding the green in regulation, which could be a big advantage in this weekend’s tightly contested BMW Championship. For a player averaging 70.5 fantasy points per contest, his $8300 price tag on DraftKings makes him a steal. Kyle Stanley is another affordable option that could put up big numbers in four-day contests. He’s been playing well as of late, and his talents lend themselves to Aronimink well.
If you couldn’t resist stocking up on the slew of big guns and their lofty price tags, fortunately there are a couple of deep sleeper options that could help you fill out that sixth spot. Two players, Chez Reavie and Andrew Landry are on the outside looking in, so both will have extra incentive to bring their best to Pennsylvania. They are dirt cheap at $7600 and $7000 respectively on FanDuel.
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With a month to go in the 2018 Major League Baseball season, there are still many teams jockeying for a chance to make it to October. Some will do it with shut-down pitching performances and others will rely on the bats to hammer their way into postseason play. Either way, it’s all great news for daily fantasy baseball enthusiasts, as we can reap the benefits of the elevated play.
Now that the dog days in the rear view, it’s time to look at a few players that can not only help impact a playoff race, but put up big numbers in daily fantasy contests as well.
AL and NL West Crowns Could Come Down to the Wire
The Oakland A’s don’t seem to want to let the defending champion Astros run away with the division. While no one on the A’s pitching staff offers enough of a spark to warrant drafting them on any given day, a trio of players in Stephen Piscotty, Khris Davis, and Matt Chapman all have been great fantasy options recently. Each have cracked six home runs in the last two weeks, and all hover around the $4000 range on DraftKings.
The Rockies, Dodgers, and Diamondbacks are locked in a heated battle for the NL West. The hitting in Colorado has received most of the attention all season, and for good reason. But for those looking for a hot hand that won’t eat up a ton of salary, German Marquez represents a good option. Arizona has a ton of great pitching options, but as of late, it’s been Clay Buchholz providing the fantasy punch. With six quality starts out of his last eight appearances, the veteran righty has been more than worth his cost.
Clayton Kershaw is always awesome and will never not cost a pretty penny, but the Dodger hitters have been the real fantasy stars this past month. Manny Machado is working out nicely after his move from Baltimore. He continues to wear out pitchers despite switching leagues. Justin Turner has had a resurgence this season with an OPS over .900, but he’s been particularly hot in recent games, right when the Dodgers need him most.
Baseball’s Best Offenses Cooling Down
The heralded offenses in Cleveland and Boston were due to slow down at some point, but both teams have seen quite the dip in production recently. The lofty salaries of Mookie Betts and Jose Ramirez were worth it when you were almost guaranteed 18 to 20 points a night, but with so many cheaper options heating up down the stretch, it may be worthwhile to seek out players from those teams who still have that extra level of intensity in their matchups. The Tribe and the Sox are so far ahead in their divisions, many key players may end up taking some days here and there to keep fresh for the playoffs.
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The Northern Trust was a great start to the PGA Tour playoff season. While the early favorites all performed well in the first round of the FedExCup, it was mid-tier daily fantasy pick Bryson DeChambeau besting the packed field by an easy four strokes in route to victory. His 126.5 points on FanDuel was bolstered greatly by his -8 on Saturday.
Plenty of players scored well throughout DFS four-day contests. Of the players we recommended last week, Tony Finau proved to be a great value, as his second place finish included only one bogey all weekend. As one of the most consistent scorers in fantasy golf, Finau has paid dividends to those who have drafted him all season.
One surprise from the Northern Trust was a quartet of bargain basement players delivering dominant performances. Cameron Smith, Billy Horschel, Aaron Wise, and Ryan Palmer were on virtually no one’s radar but all managed to finish in the top five. Any one of them could be had for the cheapest price on both FanDuel and DraftKings.
While it’s hard to predict when players lingering around 100 in the world rankings will put together a solid four rounds, the help of proven research and analytics can help you mine a few diamonds like these from the rough.
Competition Tightens for Round Two of FedExCup
The field widdles down to under a hundred for the upcoming Dell Technologies Championship this coming weekend in Boston. Despite being the current points leader, DeChambeau is available for a reasonable $8700 on DraftKings. The usual suspects clutter the top of the salary list, with much of the early attention going to the defending champion Justin Thomas.
Lower down in that top tier, a DFS player can find Jordan Spieth, who regained some confidence with a third round 64 last weekend. Tommy Fleetwood and Hideki Matsuyama also represent good plays, as both have consistently put up big numbers week after week. By saving money on those top roster spots, one can take advantage of the big group of mid-tier players who could have a breakout tournament.
Finau is likely hungry to finally capture that second PGA tour victory after being so close all year long. At $8800 on DraftKings, he could be the steal of the weekend. Louis Oosthuizen is sitting right on the cut bubble and could be inspired to bring his A-game to avoid ending his season early. He didn’t appear to have any lingering back issues that sidelined him from the PGA Championship, so the former major champion could provide excellent value.
Sleeper Picks A-Plenty
Billy Horschel just might have the magic touch for the third straight week at a course that he finished second at in 2014. He’s ridiculously cheap at $8700 on FanDuel, but if he cracks a 100 fantasy points again, he won’t likely be as cheap in the coming weeks. Gary Woodland isn’t the most tantalizing of picks, but with three straight top-20 finishes at TPC Boston, he could provide some impact from that sixth roster spot. With the season coming to a close DKL has decided to let everyone have a winning lineup:
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Despite the crowds chanting for a hard-charging Tiger Woods, it was Brooks Koepka who hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy when play completed on Sunday. With the win at the PGA Championship, the 28-year-old phenom captured his second major this year and third overall.
The final major of the season saw most of the pre-tournament favorites put up solid numbers. For the upper tier players on daily fantasy sites, there were few misses, as the worst performance was from Tommy Fleetwood, who still put up 68 points on DraftKings. But as exciting as the play on the course was in St. Louis, many four-day contests were decided in the final holes with the low scoring on Sunday.
Sleeper Picks Providing Impact
Tournaments are often won and lost by that key player sitting deep down the salary list. For some reason, Rafa Cabrera-Bello remains a third-tier salary, but his 10th place finish shows he is a forced to be reckoned with in big tournaments. Those who felt nostalgic and spent the mere $8300 on Stuart Cink were treated to 96.2 points on FanDuel from his 4th place finish.
Adam Scott, who hasn’t been a player of notice for quite some time now provided DFS players on DraftKings with 97 points. Brandon Stone was started in less than one percent of lineups, but for the few who did, his 80.3 points are a ridiculously favorable result for someone who cost $7500 on FanDuel.
Golf’s Elite Taking the Week Off
Only a handful of the world’s best will be in attendance for the Wyndham Championship this weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be some fierce competition to make for an exciting daily fantasy weekend.
Webb Simpson, Henrik Stenson, and Hideki Matsuyama headline the field teeing it up at Sedgefield Country Club. Stenson hopes to defend his title, while Simpson would love to pick up a win in his home state. All have the talent to forge ahead of the pack, but with few other top tier options, their salaries are lofty on all daily fantasy platforms.
The players on the Fedex Cup bubble can really use a tournament like this to bolster their ranking. Shane Lowry is one such player who could have the extra incentive to be on his game. And at $9800 on FanDuel, could represent a steal from the mid-tier. Harris English is another bubble player, but he can be found near the bottom of the salary list. For those looking for a cheap sleeper option, English could put up surprising results.
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Despite already winning twice this PGA season, Justin Thomas wasn’t inspiring many prognosticators to shout his name very much recently. In fact, he was only owned by 14 percent of the players participating in four-day contests on FanDuel. That is likely to change after his resounding victory at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational this past weekend.
There were many birdies to be had at Firestone, and quite the mix of favorites and value picks cashed in for those who were able to strategize a way to fit them in their lineups.
Competitive Play at the WGC Bridgestone
The favorites put on a show this weekend in Akron. Thomas brought in the most points with his 21 birdies, but Dustin Johnson amassed 91.7 points in FanDuel four-day contests. Rory McIlroy, Tony Finau, and Jason Day all notched top-ten finishes as well.
At the end of play on Sunday, the leaderboard was mostly full of familiar names, though there were a few sleepers to shine through. We mentioned Anirban Lahiri as one who could provide an impact from that sixth spot in the lineup, and he did not disappoint. His -8 was good for sixth place, which is more than most can expect for someone available for $6800 on DraftKings.
Getting Ready for the Last Major of the Year
The best in the world will head to St Louis for the 100th PGA Championship held at Bellerive Country Club. Thomas not only won last week, but is also the current holder of the Wanamaker Trophy. Remarkably, he can be picked up on DraftKings for $9700. Johnson, McIlroy, and Jordan Spieth make up the top of the salary list, with Rickie Fowler, Tommy Fleetwood, and Brooks Koepka rounding out the upper tier.
There are an intriguing list of players to choose from in the middle section of salaries. Xander Schauffele and Matt Kuchar have put up great numbers all season, yet are still affordable options for those third and fourth picks. Thomas Pieters and Webb Simpson are also reliable players to be had in this price range. Both average around 60 points on FanDuel.
Diamonds in the Rough
There are too many tantalizing players teeing it up for this prestigious tournament. If you can’t resist stocking your lineup with the big guns, there is hope to finish out your roster with a hopeful option. Beau Hossler has five top tens this season, but only costs $6900 on DraftKings. Brendan Steele is another option for those seeking a real hidden value, as he’s available at $8700 on FanDuel. Their scoring potential could mean the difference between victory and coming up empty when play concludes on Sunday.
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While most of the PGA’s elite took the weekend off to prepare for the third major championship of the season, those who teed it up for the John Deere Classic gave daily fantasy golf players a wild weekend full of scoring. In the end, it was young phenom Michael Kim breaking away from the pack to earn his first victory on tour. The 25 year old shot a whopping 27 under, eight strokes better than the next best competitors.
Birdies Galore at Deere Run
Kim’s 158 points on FanDuel was certainly one of the best scores of the season for four-day contests, a slew of players also put up huge numbers. Francesco Molinari finished tied for second, while other recommendations from last week’s column such as Zach Johnson, Joaquin Niemann, and Harold Varner, III all outperformed expectations.
Other than Bryson DeChambeau having to withdraw due to injury, there were few disappointments for DFS players at the John Deere. With 49 players at least ten under par, winning scores in four day contests were breaking 700 points.
Anyone’s Game at Carnoustie
While we’re sure everyone is clamoring to hear all about the key players in this week’s Barbasol Championship, DK Legends brings you a preview of that other tournament happening across the pond. World number one Dustin Johnson and defending British Open champion Jordan Spieth top the list of early favorites heading into Thursday. The other usual suspects include Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, and Jon Rahm, making for a difficult choice when drafting from the top tier.
The good news about the log jam at the top of the salary list; however, is that hovering in a slightly more affordable range are several other players with a strong chance to be lifting the Claret Jug Sunday. Solid producers like Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, and Tiger Woods could be that first pick and spare you some extra cash when scouring the bargain bin for that last spot.
Fast Conditions Bring Out the Dark Horses
It’s The Open Championship, so weather and course conditions play a starring role from the onset. The winds will of course be present, though forecasts do show that those early to tee off could have it a little easier. Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, and Tony Finau are all great players in the wind and each can be had for decent prices on either DFS site.
With the firm fairways and greens, look for players with great short game stats. Ryan Moore, Emiliano Grillo, and Brian Harman all are well adept at getting out of trouble around the greens and are affordable enough to round out the bottom of your lineup.
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