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Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (10/18/17): MLB DFS Advice for FanDuel, DraftKings

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi finished his season strong after some injuries. He is among the five best starting pitchers at this moment. However, it has been the Rays style to trade starting pitchers once they become veterans if they have the young pitchers coming up behind them. That seems to be the... Read More

Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick (thumb) will not be on the World Series roster, according to manager A.J. Hinch. Marisnick likely would've only been able to pinch run or serve as a late-inning defensive replacement if he was on the roster, so the Astros will hold him out. Marisnick had surgery on an injured thumb... Read More

Houston Astros starting pitcher Charlie Morton will start one of either Game 3 or Game 4 of the World Series against the Dodgers, with starter Lance McCullers likely to start the other game. Both pitchers have earned it. Morton bounced back his second time around against the Yankees to shut them down in the decisive... Read More

Alex Bregman and the Astros will take on the Dodgers in the World Series beginning Tuesday night. The 23-year old had a fantastic second half of the season but is hitting only .190 with four extra-base hits through 42 postseason at-bats. After the All-Star break this season, Bregman posted a .315/.367/.536 slash line with four... Read More

Marwin Gonzalez has had a career year but will look to turn around a poor postseason up to this point. The World Series begins Tuesday night and the Astros will need their regular season RBI leader to heat up. Gonzalez drove in a team-high 90 runs this season but is hitting only .162 with two... Read More

Josh Reddick Looking For Revenge

Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick is excited to play against his former team, the Dodgers, in the World Series, according to the LA Times' Pedro Moura. He told the reporter, "Personally, I wouldn't rather do it against any other team. I wasn't really a fan favorite there. I got booed a lot as a home player."... Read More

Yuli Gurriel will enter Game 1 of the World Series as one of the most productive Houston hitters during the postseason. He has at least one hit in 10 of 11 games played thus far, hitting .366 through 41 at-bats with five extra-base hits. He absolutely destroyed in the ALDS, hitting .529 against the Red... Read More

Carlos Correa and the Astros are ready for their close-up when the World Series begins Tuesday night. Correa has, perhaps, the biggest upside among a slew of talented young players on Houston and has been flying under the radar thanks to a huge postseason from his double-play teammate Jose Altuve. Correa is hitting .295 through... Read More

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer and the Astros will face Dodgers left-handed ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the World Series. After a strong ALDS, Springer struggled against the Yankees and is slashing only .233/.329/.349 with three extra-base hits and 11 strikeouts through 43 postseason at-bats. These are not numbers reflective of a guy who... Read More

Justin Turner sat out Sunday's team workout, a move designed to keep him fresh for the World Series. He is still expected to start Game 1 on Tuesday. GM Farhan Zaidi described Turner as "banged up" and the day off as necessary for his chronically inflamed knees. Turner will likely DH once the series moves... Read More

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve's MVP campaign rolls into Los Angeles Tuesday night for Game 1 of the World Series. The postseason has only been an extension of Altuve's marvelous regular season, slashing .400/.500/.775 with five home runs, eight walks, eight runs batted in and 10 runs scored through 48 at-bats. In Game's 6 and... Read More

The Atlanta Braves exercised catcher Tyler Flowers' $4 million option for the 2018 season Monday while declining starting pitcher R.A. Dickey's $8 million option. Flowers had an extremely productive season, hitting 12 home runs and driving in 49 in 317 at-bats while splitting time with Kurt Suzuki behind the dish. Both catchers led the majors... Read More

New York Yankees impending free-agent third baseman Todd Frazier loved his time in New York this year and is fully open to re-signing this winter. "I would love to be back here. I've said that numerous times," Frazier said after the Yankees' 4-0 loss to the Astros in Game 7 of the American League Championship... Read More

The Boston Red Sox hired Alex Cora as their new manager Sunday. He received a three-year deal with a team option for the 2021 season, according to a source. Cora served as the Astros bench coach in 2017, and he will take over a team that won 93 games and back-to-back division titles. Cora becomes... Read More

Corey Seager took batting practice Sunday in anticipation of his return to action in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Seager wasn't on the NLCS roster due to a back sprain, but will be re-instated for the World Series. He's returned to full baseball activities and will likely slot back into his regular... Read More

Former Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway will be named as the new manager for the New York Mets, according to a source. Callaway joined the Indians as their pitching coach in 2013, and they led the major leagues in ERA (3.30), strikeouts (1.614), shutouts (19) and complete games (seven). Callaway will be replacing Terry... Read More

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced that starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel will pitch in Game 1 of the World Series and oppose Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw. The 'Stros will follow with Justin Verlander in Game 2 in LA. Keuchel had a great year (14-5, 2.90 ERA, MLB best 68 percent ground-ball rate), and he sports... Read More

The Boston Red Sox have offered their managerial job to Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora, and he is expected to accept the position as soon as the Astros' season is over. Cora played in the major leagues for 13 seasons but has no managerial experience, although he has interviewed a half-dozen times for managerial... Read More

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is hitting second and playing third base for Game 7 of the Championship Series against Yankees starter CC Sabathia on Saturday. Against the southpaw, outfielder Josh Reddick drops to ninth in the order. Bregman has just seven hits in 38 postseason at-bats (.184) this year, but he does have... Read More

Justin Verlander Is Postseason Gold

Justin Verlander shut down the Yankees again, this time twirling seven shutout innings while striking out eight to force a Game 7 in the ALCS. In 16 innings pitched against the Yankees, Verlander has allowed zero runs while striking out 21 hitters. Verlander only needed 99 pitches in a game where the Houston offense busted... Read More

The Cubs announced on Saturday that pitching coach Chris Bosio has been fired. Bosio had been with the club for six seasons. It’s a bit of a surprising move as he is a well respected pitching coach who has helped turn around Jake Arrieta’s career and was a big part of the development of Kyle... Read More

The San Francisco Giants announced on Saturday that Dave Righetti will no longer be the team’s pitching coach but will be re-assigned to the team's front office as a special assistant to the general manager. Righetti has been with the organization for the past 17 seasons serving multiple roles. Bullpen coach Mark Gardner has also... Read More

Houston Astros starting pitcher Charlie Morton has been tabbed to start Game 7 of the Championship Series against the Yankees on Saturday. However, manager A.J. Hinch said he won't be afraid to use as many pitchers as it takes to get 27 outs, meaning Morton will be on a very short leash if he's ineffective... Read More

Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein said he would like to re-sign impending free agents Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis but realizes the free-agent landscape. As much as the Cubs would like to have both back it is likely that both will reach the free agent market. Arrieta has previously stated his desire to test the... Read More

Speaking in his closing press conference of the year, Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said he told outfielder Albert Almora that he would have more of a role going into next year. Almora had a nice sophomore campaign in which he hit .298 with eight home runs and 46 RBI despite starting... Read More

Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jake Petricka (elbow) underwent a nerve transposition in his right elbow on Friday. Petricka has been dealing with multiple injuries over the past few season and has only thrown 35 2/3 innings over the past two seasons. He threw to the tune of a 7.01 ERA over 25 2/3 innings... Read More

Houston Astros catcher Evan Gattis is the designated hitter and is batting eighth against Yankees starter Luis Severino in Game 6 of the Championship Series on Friday. Designated hitter Carlos Beltran will start on the bench. Gattis has four hits in 14 at-bats (.286) this postseason, but he hasn't gone deep yet and has only... Read More

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw came out after the sixth inning of the Game 5 win over the Cubs on Thursday in the Championship Series and lines up to start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday in L.A. He'll be on regular rest, which is how he likes it. The Astros and... Read More

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa went 2-for-12 in the three games in Yankee Stadium, as the Astros now need to win to stay alive in the ALCS. The series has rapidly switched in momentum and the Astros are now scrambling for answers. What better place to find solace than Carlos Correa, their All-World shortstop. Correa went... Read More

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and the Astros will look to stay alive when they take on Yankees right-hander Luis Severino in Game 6 of the Championship Series on Friday night. Altuve has been the most consistent offensive force for the Astros this season and he has extended that to the postseason. Altuve has zero... Read More

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