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.
Patrick Corbin ($8,900) – Arizona Diamondbacks- Any time you have an ace like Max Scherzer on the mound, the opposing pitcher will almost certainly be low owned. Fortunately, Corbin has some upside as well, posting a 25.9% K rate and just a 4.5% BB rate in 26.1 IP this season. Despite the return of some key pieces, the Nationals have the second-lowest team wOBA over the past 30 days at just .273, as well as the highest K rate at 24.9%. Corbin owns massive upside tonight.
Justin Verlander ($6,200) – Detroit Tigers After a tumultuous return from injury that saw him allow 6 or more ER in 3 starts, Verlander has been electric in his last two starts, allowing just 2 ER an 11 hits over 16 IP with 13 K and 0 walks. While the Royals strike out less than any other team in baseball, Verlander’s value here is in pitching deep into the game. If he has the command he showed over his last two starts, he could be a tremendous value tonight.
Others to Consider –Danny Duffy ($5,500), Marco Estrada ($6,300)
Luis Valbuena ($3,400) – Houston Astros The masses will be on Kyle Seager and his depressed price tag, but Valbuena makes for a nice swerve at a lower price. He has multi-hit games in 3 of his last 4, and has a .239 ISO against RHP on the season. Opposing pitcher Yovani Gallardo has allowed 5 ER in each of his last 3 starts, and the Astros offense is a great one to target tonight.
Andrew McCutchen ($4,200) –Pittsburgh Pirates While I’m not jumping out of my seat to target Jake Arrieta, McCutchen has had some success against him in the past (7/17 with 2 XBH). This isn’t purely a BvP play though, as McCutchen is simply too talented of a hitter to be priced this low. He has a .213 ISO and .377 wOBA against RHP this season.
Kris Bryant ($4,100) – Chicago Cubs-Despite his recent struggles (4 hits in last 9 starts), Bryant has a .233 ISO and .352 wOBA against LHP this season. J.A. Happ has allowed 11 HR and a .333 wOBA to righties this season, and this is a prime spot for the young stud to bust out of his slump.
Kyle Parker ($3,000) – Colorado Rockies-Parker is a cheap way to get exposure to Coors Field tonight, assuming he is in the lineup. He has 3 seasons in the minors with 20+ HR, and while he has yet to produce at the major league level, he’ll face off against fly-ball pitcher Vidal Nuno tonight in the thin Denver air. Thinking outside the box is a great way to set yourself apart at Coors.
Manny Machado ($4,600) –Baltimore Orioles Machado is having a monster offensive season, particularly against RHP (.240 ISO, .388 wOBA). With some chalk plays on the board at the hot corner (Seager/Arenado/Donaldson especially), Machado will fly under the radar in GPPs tonight against Chris Bassitt.
Others to Consider – Jason Castro ($3,100), Brian Dozier ($4,800), Scooter Gennett ($2,800)