As we saw in the division series these playoffs are all about bullpens. Kershaw is worth the price in his starts but I would avoid most big ticket starters at this point. You’re much better off using your budget to load on hitters. Keuchel should be worth his price in the ALCS but given the nature of these things stay away from the big dogs each day.
They may not log enough innings to really matter. A value play on Tanaka in Game One reaped rewards. Overall I would take the pitchers starting in LA/Chi and stay away from the AL guys unless the price is too good or you take Keuchel. Those lineups are too deep. Here is my League Championship Series Daily Fantasy Guide:
Chris Taylor- 2B/OF $3,900 Dodgers
I love this value here. He’s a solid producer as an OF but given his lineup spot, skill set and regular season numbers he’s a downright steal as a 2B. He should be in the $4,500 range with that eligibility and needs to be in your lineup as long as the value is there.
Marwin Gonzalez-OF/SS $3,800 Astros
Everything I just said above and then some. Hitting behind Altuve and Correa gives him huge upside in this series and he could very well be series MVP when all is over. You’re getting a SS for $3,800 who sported a .890 regular season OPS. By comparison Yankee superhero Sir Didi Gregorius (yes he’s knighted) is going for $4,400 in a similar lineup spot and had an .804 OPS this season. Both are major difference makers but take the value here and save the $600.
Aaron Judge- OF $4,100 Yankees
Sure he strikes out but you’re not punished there. He also walks enough and scores enough runs to be a decent value play when he’s not hitting home runs. The upside here of him in that Houston hitters park against a power pitcher is too enticing. His value should increase as the series moves on to Yankee Stadium but hop on now and get the early rewards.
Keep in mind these series go long and showing some patience and sticking with guys can pay major dividends. Good luck everyone! I’ll be back in a couple days as the series move to NY and Chicago.