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MLB DFS plays for Game 1 of the World Series

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After the weirdest MLB season on record, we have finally made it to the World Series. Daily fantasy baseball comes along with it, and we’ll be breaking down the day’s DFS slate for each game of the Fall Classic. Now, with postseason, that brings smaller tournaments and smaller slates. More game theory will come into play. But with baseball being a very high-variance sport, most times you’ll find my plays to tend toward the contrarian, hence the article’s name.

Going with a contrarian lineup strategy especially in showdown slates is a high-risk endeavor in fantasy sports, but with the potential for a high reward attached to it at the same time. When it hits, it can be the way to big success, because (obviously) not many DFS players will be on those options, making it easier to differentiate yourself and your plays.

(All pricing refers to DraftKings.)

Captain options

Tyler Glasnow ($15,900)

The Dodgers can strike out in bunches especially against a high-velocity fastball pitcher. Glasnow owns at least a 35% strikeout rate to both sides of the slate.

Randy Arozarena ($14,400)

I don't care who the pitcher is, Arozarena mashes lefties with a .400 average and four homers in 2020.

Hunter Renfroe ($9,600)

This is the cheap option with major upside. Renfroe is another right-handed bat that hits left-handed pitching extremely well and hitting cleanup.

Favorite flex options

Manuel Margot ($5,400, hitting 5th)
Yandy Díaz ($5,200, hitting 1st)
Corey Seager ($10,000, hitting 2nd)

Home run calls

Corey Seager
Randy Arozarena

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