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3 Dark Horse Picks to Win the 2021 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Tampa Bay Rays are one of our three dark horse picks to win the 2021 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.
The Tampa Bay Rays are one of our three dark horse picks to win the 2021 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook. / Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

The 2021 MLB season winds down with about one month of regular season action remaining. Across the league, the division and postseason races are beginning to heat up. Some races, such as the AL Central, seem all but wrapped up as the Chicago White Sox sit 9.0 games up in the standings.

But, taking a look out at the AL East shows a whole different story. Three teams remain in the hunt with the Tampa Bay Rays on top. The New York Yankees trail the division lead by just 4.0 games with the Boston Red Sox firmly on their heels (6.5 GB). Out west, the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers still remain 2.5-games back of the shocking San Francisco Giants.

Currently, six MLB teams own odds of +950 or better. The Dodgers are favorites to repeat as World Champs (+290) while the Houston Astros (+430) and Chicago White Sox (+650) round out the top three.

There's plenty of baseball left for these teams to make up ground, but it's time to start seriously thinking about postseason baseball. With that in mind, let's check out three dark horse picks to win the 2021 World Series, according to the latest MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

World Series 2021 Dark Horses

1. Tampa Bay Rays (+1100)

It's pretty remarkable to see the Tampa Bay Rays with just +1100 odds to win the World Series. Tampa Bay owns the best record in the American League at 77-48 and have played red-hot baseball since the start of July. In the past two months, Tampa Bay is 30-14 and has held the AL East division lead since July 31. In a rare move, Tampa Bay added a blockbuster name at the Trade Deadline with slugger Nelson Cruz. He adds a level of power to a Rays team that ranks second in runs scored per game (5.31) and seventh in staff ERA (3.69). That's already a recipe for success without mentioning the league-leading bullpen (3.05 ERA). Tampa Bay is a complete team with the bullpen depth to go on a long run in October.

2. San Diego Padres (+3800)

Of these dark horse picks, the San Diego Padres offer bettors the best value with their +3800 odds to win the World Series. Those odds rank just 11th in baseball and are telling of the Padres' recent woes. San Diego has played sub-.500 baseball since the start of July but still remain 10 games over .500. That goes to show how scary this team was to kick off the year. Better yet, nothing has really changed in terms of the roster. San Diego trails the NL Wild Card race by 1.0 game and will need a push to see postseason baseball. If they get there, watch out. The Padres bring a wealth of starting pitching talent in their top duo of Joe Musgrove (3.04 ERA) and Yu Darvish (3.70 ERA). San Diego ranks top-10 with 4.69 runs scored per game and it's hard to ignore the star power with names like Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado in the lineup.

3. Atlanta Braves (+1500)

It's taken a recent surge during the month of August (16-4), but the Atlanta Braves once again hold a firm lead in the NL East race. Atlanta holds a 4.5-game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies during an incredible hot-streak down the stretch. The Braves hold +1500 odds to win the World Series, which offers bettors some great value. When it comes to MLB baseball, staying hot into the postseason matters. With a month left, there may be no hotter team than Atlanta. The injury to Ronald Acuna Jr. remains a huge downside, but the Braves has persevered thanks to play from Adam Duvall. Atlanta ranks top-10 with 4.90 runs scored per game and this team has a proven ability to win on the road. In fact, Atlanta is 37-27 in road contests this year, which plays huge in postseason baseball.

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Adam Taylor McKillop is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Adam Taylor also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username atmckillop. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.