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.
Kevin Gausman ($5,100) – Baltimore Orioles – While he certainly doesn’t come without risk, Gausman is the perfect cheap swerve off the popular plays on the mound. He has eclipsed 21 DK points in 3 of his last 4 starts, and now draws a matchup against a Mets team that is just 20th in team wOBA over the past 30 days. Gausman is sporting a solid 11.4% Swinging Strike rate over that same span, which pairs well with the Mets’ 23% K rate in the past month.
Anibal Sanchez ($7,300) – Detroit Tigers – Another intriguing swerve off of the chalk is Sanchez. The Cubs have a ton of power (.166 ISO over last 30 days), but also strike out more than any other team against RHP (24.1%). Sanchez has been inconsistent, but still possesses upside with his 20.9% K rate. His main issue is the longball, allowing 1.63 HR/9, so the risk is prevalent, but if he can keep the ball in the park, he has the potential to post a solid line at very low ownership.
Others to Consider –Eduardo Rodriguez ($6,300), R.A. Dickey ($7,000)
Trevor Plouffe ($3,800) – Minnesota Twins – C.C. Sabathia has been a sieve against RHB this season (.385 wOBA, 21 HR) and Plouffe has a proven track record of success against southpaws (career .203 ISO, .356 wOBA). The best part is that the field will be more interested in his teammate Miguel Sano, which will drive his ownership levels down lower than they rightfully should be in this matchup.
Eric Hosmer ($4,800) –Kansas City Royals – What does this guy have to do do be recognized? He is batting .397 with 6 HR and 26 RBI over his last 30 games, as well as a season long .212 ISO and .405 wOBA against RHP. Raisel Iglesias has struggled with LHB this season (.356 wOBA), and Hosmer receives a nice park bump to Great American Ball Park tonight.
Paul Goldschmidt ($5,500) – Arizona Diamondbacks – Remember how nobody wanted to target the D-Backs against Gerrit Cole? Tonight, Goldy draws a lefty in Francisco Liriano, who will be a fairly popular option in all formats. Certainly there are better matchups for the slugger, but it is impossible to ignore his .302 ISO and .487 wOBA against southpaws this season. His .448 wOBA against LHP leads all qualified hitters since the start of 2013, and due to his inflated price tag, his ownership will be incredibly low tonight, making him the perfect contrarian option.
Carlos Beltran ($3,800) – New York Yankees – Don’t look now, but Beltran has been one of the hottest hitters on the planet over the last 14 days. He has a ridiculous .462 ISO and .505 wOBA , including 5 HR. Tonight’s matchup with Mike Pelfrey will see a lot of gamers looking toward the Yankees, but Beltran will likely see the lowest ownership of the outfield trio once again. Time to take notice here.
Jackie Bradley Jr. ($4,000) –Boston Red Sox – A terrible lineup spot (9th) and rising price tag will likely scare some people away, but Bradley has been mashing the ball over the last few weeks (.439 ISO, .530 wOBA). While those numbers are clearly unsustainable, opposing pitcher Trevor Bauer has allowed a 30.8% hard hit rate, which is the 19th-worst among all qualified pitchers.
Others to Consider –Chris Davis ($5,000), Justin Upton ($4,300), Danny Valencia ($3,300)