FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball World Series Helper: Phillies at Astros, Game 6
For those unfamiliar with the single-game daily fantasy baseball format, scoring is identical to its full roster cousin, except you only roster hitters, and lineups consist of five flex spots. The one twist?
One of the five roster spots is your designated "MVP," who receives 2-times his total fantasy points, along with a "STAR" slot that gets 1.5-times the points. Naturally, it's crucial that you choose your MVP and STAR carefully if you want to be at the top of the leaderboards when it's all said and done.
On that note, let's highlight some of the top options for today's FanDuel single-game slate.
In a rematch of Game 2's pitching matchup, the Phillies will get a second shot against Houston's left-hander Framber Valdez after he allowed only one earned run in 6.1 innings during his last outing.
Through his third career opportunity starting in the playoffs, the Astros' southpaw has accounted for his best postseason performance, recording a 2.24 expected Fielding Independent Pitching rating (xFIP) and a 32.4% K-rate while allowing a .273 batting average in balls in play in 19.0 innings.
To best attack his heavy ground-ball rate (66.2% career percentage) and random lack of command (12.1% walk rate versus left-handed hitters, 9.0% against right-handed hitters), Philadelphia fly-ball batters with high weighted on-base averages are main targets in Game 6.
After an important victory to take the lead in the World Series, the Astros will attempt to clinch their second overall championship at home against Philadelphia's Zack Wheeler.
In his last appearance during Game 2, the Phillies' right-hander had his worst start this postseason, allowing a .308 expected average and a 61% hard hit rate, while also producing a concerning 13% walk percentage in five innings.
If Wheeler were to struggle again on Saturday night, it is likely Houston's offense were able to produce baserunners by inducing walks (9.6% against left-handed hitters) or lifting the ball in the air against his pitches (47.6% ground-ball rate).
At the Top
Yordan Alvarez ($9,500): Despite recording a .150 expected average in 22 plate appearances this World Series, Alvarez''s FanDuel salary has moved up 5.5%. Houston's lefty slugger remains their most dangerous power option with a 21.0% barrel rate and a .672 expected slugging percentage.
Bryce Harper ($9,000): Ranking first among his team with a 13.4 FanDuel point projection, Harper is still an elite option even against Valdez's splits against left-handed bats (.236 wOBA, 3.02 xFIP). The 30-year old has been in relatively solid form this series, accounting for a .259 expected average, a 45% hard hit rate, and a 19% walk percentage.
Jose Altuve ($8,500): numberFire's top overall option with a 14.5 fantasy projection has also been in top form in his most recent 22 at-bats, producing a .294 expected average and two extra base hits including one double against Wheeler in his first plate appearance during Game 2.
In the Middle
Kyle Tucker ($8,000): Even at his highest salary point during the World Series, Houston's outfielder profiles well in Game 6's matchup with a 12.8 FanDuel point projection, a 37.7% fly-ball rate, and a .482 expected slugging percentage. The 25-year old has been scorching the ball recently, recording a 67% hard hit rate, a 10% home-run percentage, and an average exit velocity at 95.2 mph in 18 at-bats.
Kyle Schwarber ($7,500): After an eye-popping 11.7% salary decrease, Philadelphia's slugger is an ideal mid-range option, accounting for a .263 expected average, a 23% walk percentage, and a 67% hard hit rate in 22 plate appearances.
Alex Bregman ($7,500): The Astros' third baseman is second among his team in fly-ball percentage (32.6%) and fourth in expected wOBA (.350).
J.T. Realmuto ($7,000): Despite his recent poor form including a .141 expected average and a 50% K-rate, Philadelphia's catcher ranks second on his team with a 12.2 FanDuel point projection and in value with a 1.75 rating.
Rhys Hoskins ($7,000): Since Game 2's matchup against Valdez, Hoskins' FanDuel salary has dropped 17.6% to his lowest point this series. With a 10.1 FanDuel point projection, 33.0% fly-ball rate, and a 11.1% barrel percentage, Philadelphia's first baseman still rates well in Game 6 even with a low .141 expected average in his last 22 plate appearances.
At the Bottom
Jeremy Pena ($6,500): Houston's rookie shortstop has not been afraid of the World Series spotlight, producing a .300 expected average, a 47% hard hit rate, and three extra base-hits.
Alec Bohm ($6,000): The Phillies' third baseman is a potential undervalued lower salary option when evaluating his recent form including a .293 expected average, a 58% hard hit rate, and three extra base hits during the World Series.
Chas McCormick ($5,000): At his lowest salary during this series, McCormick ranks fourth on his team in value with a 1.69 rating and sixth in expected fantasy production (8.4 FanDuel points).