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.
Francisco Liriano ($8,700) – Pittsburgh Pirates –While the masses will be moving toward other top options, Liriano comes in as a strong GPP play. He is a sizeable favorite (-150 currently) against a Cubs team that is striking out in 21.5% of AB this season. His K rate of 25.3% was elite last season. He has issues with command at times, but kept it in check with just 1 free pass against a patient Tigers offense last time out. He is a risky play, but he offers elite upside
Wade Miley ($6,900) – Boston Red Sox – Miley has everything you’re looking for in a contrarian play. His GB rate is among the highest on the board tonight (51.1%), his K rate (21.1%) fares well in a matchup with a Rays team that has struck out the 6th-most of any team in the league so far this season. He is a slight underdog, but Vegas has this one pegged as one of the lowest scoring games on the board at 7.5 runs. He is a medium-risk, medium reward option tonight.
Others to Consider – Taijuan Walker ($6,700), Jonathon Niese ($7,500), Kyle Lobstein ($5,600)
Steve Pearce ($4,200) – Baltimore Orioles – With a plethora of options at 1B tonight, Pearce makes for a nice contrarian play. He is off to a slow start to the season (.175 AVG, 2 HR), but had elite numbers against lefties last season (.378 ISO, .472 wOBA). Mark Buehrle is a contact pitcher, and Pearce has the ability to hit one a long way.
Prince Fielder ($4,900) – Texas Rangers –While Fielder hasn’t yet found his power stroke this season, his overall numbers are solid (.385 AVG, .881 OPS). A matchup with Chase Anderson, who allowed a .314 wOBA to LHB last season could be just what Prince needs to get going. It doesn’t hurt that this game will be played in hitter-friendly Chase Field.
Andrew McCutcheon ($5,100) – Pittsburgh Pirates –The bulk of DFS players tonight will be targeting bats like Adam Jones and Matt Kemp in the outfield, but “Cutch” makes for a great swerve. His career numbers against LHP are astounding (.245 ISO, .422 wOBA), and to further this point, opposing pitcher Travis Wood allowed a .371 wOBA to RHB last season. McCutcheon is in a great spot tonight.
Kendrys Morales ($4,400) – Kansas City Royals – The switch-hitting Morales is one of my favorite contrarian plays on tonight’s slate. Opposing pitcher Tommy Milone has been solid to start the season, but Morales has been even better (.358 AVG, 2 HR, 9 RBI, .990 OPS). He has a .172 ISO and .405 wOBA against LHP so far this season, and hitting in the heart of a red-hot Royals lineup puts him firmly in play tonight.
Luis Valbuena ($3,900) – Houston Astros – Being able to roster one of the hottest hitters in baseball for under 4K is a steal. Valbuena has really been heating up, with 4 HR, 6 RBI, 2 Walks and a SB over his last 4 games, including two dingers last night. Tonight’s matchup against the struggling Taijuan Walker could be a recipe for more fireworks for Valbuena.
Todd Frazier ($4,300) – Cincinnati Reds –After a hot start to the season, Frazier has cooled off, and his average now sits at just .231 on the season. However, if you look deeper, his .200 ISO against RHP this season is strong. He has yet to send one into the seats away from Great American Ballpark, but tonight’s matchup against fly-ball pitcher Mike Fiers in Miller Park play right into his strengths.
Others to Consider –Brian Dozier ($4,700), Adrian Beltre ($4,800)