The Contrarian Corner will provide a list of players that can separate your MLB lineups from the rest of the pack. We’ll take a look at those players that will likely be low-owned, who have high-upside for the day. Here is the list of today’s daily fantasy baseball picks in the Contrarian Corner at DraftKings.
Carlos Carrasco ($8,800) – Cleveland Indians – With the masses focusing on elite options Jake Arrieta and Matt Harvey, Carrasco is a great swerve off of the top options while still providing similar upside. He had an impressive 26.5% K rate last season, while allowing just a .236 wOBA to LHB and a .252 wOBA to RHB. He is a slight favorite at home against a White Sox team who struck out the 5th most of any team last season (22.4%).
Shane Greene ($5,800) – Detroit Tigers – Greene is in play first and foremost because of his price, where there are 13 pitchers priced ahead of him on tonight’s slate. He is a slight underdog against A.J. Burnett and the Tigers, but his numbers from last year indicate that he may be ready to take the next step. He posted a 23.5% K rate, 50.2% GB rate, and allowed just a .297 wOBA against RHB. This Pirates lineup is loaded with righties, which gives Greene a chance ton continue his earl-season success (8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K vs. Minnesota).
Others to Consider – Hisashi Iwakuma ($9,100), Tim Hudson ($6,800), Daniel Norris ($5,600)
Steve Pearce ($4,000) – Baltimore Orioles – Pearce has dual eligibility (1B/OF) and is always in play when facing a lefty. He mashed southpaws to the tune of a .378 ISO and .472 wOBA in 2014. He makes for a great GPP mini-stack with fellow left-masher Adam Jones ($4,600). His teammate will be a popular play on tonight’s slate, but I see Pearce flying under the radar.
Jake Lamb ($3,600) – Arizona Diamondbacks – Lamb is off to an electric start this season, batting .400 with a homer, 2 doubles and 7 RBI. He sits out against LHP, but tonight he should be in the lineup, and draws a solid matchup against Odrisamer Despaigne, who allowed a .322 wOBA to LHB last season (.255 wOBA vs. RHB). He should be off of the chalk line, seeing as how he is playing in Petco Park.
Mark Canha ($3,400) – Oakland Athletics – Canha has been a tremendous blend of low ownership and big payoff thus far this season. Hitting near the top of the Athletics lineup, he has a hit in each game this season, including 3 multi-hit efforts. His matchup against Brad Peacock is ideal, as he allowed a .359 wOBA and 9 HR in just 54 innings vs. righties last season.
Chris Carter ($4,700) – Houston Astros – While Carter (1B/OF) has been absolutely terrible to start the season (1/22, 8 K), his power is among the best in the game (.261 ISO vs. RHP). He provides double-dong upside that few others possess on tonight’s slate. Vegas has this one pegged as the highest total on the night (9), and rookie Kendall Graveman allowed two HR in his first start against the Rangers. Carter is the ultimate boom or bust play.
Joey Votto ($4,400) – Cincinnati Reds – Votto seems to be back to his old self, having clubbed 3 homers while batting .345 in the early going. In his last full season (2013), he crushed righties with a .181 ISO and .419 wOBA. Jake Arrieta is one of the top pitchers on the board, but Votto is one of the top hitters. There won’t be many DFSers targeting the Reds tonight, which makes Votto a great contrarian play.
Michael Cuddyer ($4,100) – New York Mets – Cuddyer destroyed lefties last season, but he was no slouch against righties either (.362 wOBA, .194 ISO). Tonight’s matchup against David Buchanan has me interested. Buchanan has allowed a .364 wOBA to RHB over his short career, also giving up 10 HR in just 67 IP. Cuddyer is coming off of two solid games in a row. Take advantage of a great matchup here.
Others to Consider – Jose Abreu ($4,800), Jonathan Schoop ($3,500), Pedro Alvarez ($4,300)