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.
Michael Wacha ($8,300) – St. Louis Cardinals –I’m a big fan of rostering Wacha tonight at the discounted price of just $8,300. He is a monster Vegas favorite at -210 against a Phillies offense that currently ranks dead last in the league against RHP. Their team wOBA of just .255 and team ISO of .103 help vault Wacha to the top of my value plays. With so many aces on the mound, I feel he will fly under the radar, and spots don’t get much better than this.
Jeff Locke ($6,000) – Pittsburgh Pirates – Locke is in a fine spot tonight against a Cubs team that is striking out a whopping 27.1% of the time against LHP. His 58.6% GB rate this season plays well in Wrigley Field, and despite being a marginal underdog, I expect him to easily pay off his discounted price tag.
Others to Consider –David Phelps ($4,400), Chase Whitley ($4,100), Rafael Montero ($6,500)
Todd Frazier ($4,500) – Cincinnati Reds –I highlighted Frazier in last week’s column, and he delivered with a Grand Slam. While I’m not setting my expectations that high tonight, Kyle Lohse has allowed a monstrous .490 wOBA and 4 HR to RHB this season. If the Reds get it going tonight, the “ToddFather” will likely have a hand in it.
George Springer ($4,200) – Houston Astros –Springer is one of my favorite targets in GPPs. He is always underowned, and he possesses a great combination of power and speed. He walked 3 times last night and stole 3 bases en route to a 25-point performance. Tonight’s matchup against Tyson Ross and his 15.2% BB rate this season gives me even more reason to believe in Springer’s upside.
Pedro Alvarez ($3,600) – Pittsburgh Pirates –Alvarez has immense upside in hitters parks, and Wrigley Field plays into his strengths. A matchup against Travis Wood, who is currently allowing an awful 53.3% FB rate on the season inspires plenty of confidence on Alvarez tonight. He is available at both 1B and 3B tonight.
Danny Santana ($3,500) – Minnesota Twins –Given his price point, I expect a lot of players to flock toward Anibal Sanchez tonight, which will leave the Twins bats severely underowned. Provided he is in the leadoff spot tonight, Santana has SB upside at a great discount price if Sanchez is off his game again.
Adrian Beltre ($4,700) – Texas Rangers –Beltre has been one of the best hitters in the game against LHP throughout his career. A matchup against a subpar lefty in J.A. Happ tonight has me looking Beltre’s way. Happ has allowed just a .286 wOBA to righties so far this season, but has been taken deep twice. I like Beltre’s chances in this matchup.
Others to Consider –Yoenis Cespedes ($4,900), Steven Souza Jr. ($4,900), Joc Pederson ($3,500)