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.
Taylor Jungmann ($8,700) – Milwaukee Brewers With quite a few elite arms on the bump, swerving from the pack may be the way to go in GPPs. Jungmann has been tremendous, with a 2.89 FIP, 21.4 K rate, 51.8 GB rate, and an elite 0.25 HR/9. Tonight’s matchup against a Cubs team that strikes out more than any other team against RHP (24.3%) makes him a tremendous play tonight. He isn’t a household name, and his rising price will likely keep his ownership level low on a full slate.
Chris Tillman ($6,500) – Baltimore Orioles After an abysmal start to his 2015 campaign, Tillman has come on strong, allowing just 5 ER in 41 1/3 IP over his last 6 starts with a 30/6 K/BB ratio. He faces a Seattle team that has been hot over the past 30 days, tied for 7th-most runs scored in baseball. However, over that period they still boast a 20.7% K rate, which is only a marginal improvement over their 21.7% rate on the season. Tillman has big upside at a discounted rate.
Others to Consider –Luis Severino ($5,500), Carlos Carrasco ($10,100)
Carlos Gonzalez ($3,800) – Colorado Rockies CarGo is heating up once again, and is now hitting .363 with 13 homers in his last 21 games. Matt Harvey’s one weakness is power-hitting lefties (.313 wOBA, 13 HR allowed to LHB this season), and you’ll be hard pressed to find a hotter hitter at a better price point this evening. Get CarGo exposure in your GPPs!.
Lucas Duda ($4,500) – New York Mets Not only has Duda hit 98 points higher at Citi Field than he has on the road, his splits against LHP are better than his RHP splits. He boasts a .235 ISO and .385 wRC+ in lefty-lefty battles this season, and opposing pitcher Chris Rusinis allowing a .406 wOBA to lefties this season. The L/L matchup will scare off a lot of others, but this is an elite spot for the power hitter.
Carlos Correa ($4,400) – Houston Astros – Correa has been a thorn in the side for southpaws since his promotion to this bigs, posting an enormous .303 ISO and .417 wOBA in 75 PA. Madison Bumgarner is one of the best pitchers in the game, but he has a below average 0.99 HR/9 and has given up 15 longballs to righties already this season. I’m not going out of my way to pick on MadBum, but Correa is the exception.
Asdrubal Cabrera ($3,600) – Tampa Bay Rays-Cabrera is one of my favorite dark horse candidates to post a huge game tonight. The switch-hitter is batting an astronomical .465 over his last 11 games with 6 doubles and 2 homers. He matches up with Williams Perez, who is allowing a .378 wOBA to hitters from the left side of the plate this season. Asdrubal won’t be popular, but he could certainly post a nice total in this matchup.
Khris Davis ($3,600) – Milwaukee Brewers All “Baby Krush” has done over the last 4 games is post 2 double-dong games with 10 total RBI. He is an inconsistent hitter, but has been known to go on a tear when he gets hot. Opposing pitcher Dan Haren is allowing a whopping 1.54 HR/9 this season, and Davis has the power to turn on a mistake (.238 ISO vs RHP in 2015).
Others to Consider –Dominic Brown ($3,500), Jung Ho Kang ($3,600), Danny Valencia ($3,400)