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.
Chris Heston ($8,200) – San Francisco Giants-Although tonight’s slate provides us with much better options on the mound than last night, the list is still fairly short. I’m looking toward Heston against the Padres and their 27th ranked offense against RHP. Heston sports an elite 56.3% GB rate to go along with an average 19.5% K rate. Last time he faced these same Padres, he held them to just 2 ER in 7 IP with 6 K. He is a fairly safe option who has a decent amount of upside as well.
Alex Wood ($6,500) – Atlanta Braves We have seen both Wood’s floor and ceiling over his last 3 starts, posting 32.9 FP against the Pirates and just 3.6 against the Rockies in Coors Field. Tonight’s matchup against the Dodgers isn’t nearly as daunting for a southpaw as it would be for a righty. Wood owns just a 17.6% K rate this season, but his career rate sits at a solid 22.2%. The Dodgers rank around the middle of the pack against LHP this season, and Wood’s price makes him an intriguing option in GPPs.
Others to Consider –Joe Ross ($5,000), Matt Shoemaker ($5,700)
Chris Davis($3,800) – Baltimore Orioles Davis sports a .236 ISO against RHP this season, and Nathan Eovaldi has been lost against lefties, allowing a .385 wOBA in 2015. Add in the park bump at Yankee Stadium for left-handed power and you have the perfect combination for an elite contrarian play at a discount.
Logan Morrison ($3,400) – Seattle Mariners LoMo is quietly putting together a solid campaign against RHP this season, with a .201 ISO and .334 wOBA in 263 PA. He also is drawing walks at a solid 10.4% clip, and now draws a matchup with the struggling Shane Greene, who is allowing a ridiculous .420 wOBA to LHB this season. The Mariners lefties aren’t necessarily contrarian plays, but LoMo will fly under the radar in this great matchup.
Carlos Correa ($4,900) – Houston Astros-While the masses will be on Troy Tulowitzki (for good reason), Correa presents us with the opportunity to swerve to another hot player. He has 4 hits, including a homer and a double over his last 2 games, and has destroyed LHP this season to the tune of a .315 ISO and .434 wOBA. He has elite upside against a rookie in Brian Johnson, who is making his first major league start.
Eddie Rosario ($3,000) – Minnesota Twins – Rosario draws a solid matchup against Matt Shoemaker, who has failed to best 10 DK points in any of his last 4 starts. Shoemaker is also allowing a .341 wOBA to LHB and has served up 10 HR to batters from the left side of the plate already in 2015. Rosario has a .151 ISO and .324 wOBA this season, which are far from elite, but he should be batting 2nd and provide some value against a pitcher who can’t seem to find any consistency.
Brandon Moss ($3,800) –Cleveland Indians-Now on the tail end of his career, Matt Garza has had significant struggles with LHB this season, allowing a .367 wOBA and 8 HR. Moss has the power to take advantage of Garza’s inability to keep the ball in the park, as evidenced by his .212 ISO. With a game in Coors Field tonight, power hitters like Moss will be underowned in GPPs.
Others to Consider –Josh Hamilton ($4,500), Jhonny Peralta ($4,400), Starling Marte ($4,300)