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.
Hisashi Iwakuma ($8,300) – Seattle Mariners- With some elite options on the bump tonight, Iwakuma will be overlooked in his matchup against the Diamondbacks. After struggling to start the season, he has been superb over his last 3 starts, allowing just 4 ER on 14 hits with an 18/4 K/BB in 20.2 IP. The Diamondbacks are near the middle of the pack this season against RHP with a .314 wOBA. Iwakuma’s struggles with the longball may be mitigated by pitching at Safeco Field, and Vegas has this one pegged as just a 7.5 run total, with Iwakuma listed as a sizeable favorite.
Julio Teheran ($7,500) – Atlanta Braves Targeting RHP against the Orioles has been a profitable endeavor this season. Baltimore strikes out at a 22.5% clip, which is the 3rd highest in MLB. Teheran is striking out batters at a 20.1% rate, and he possesses solid upside in this matchup against a struggling offense. He is a big underdog, but Vegas thinks this one will once again be low-scoring, as the total is listed at just 7.5.
Others to Consider – Wade Miley ($6,400), Zach Godley ($5,100)
Lorenzo Cain ($4,700) – Kansas City Royals While Cain generally garners interest when facing lefty, he has been no slouch against RHP either, posting a .161 ISO and .337 wOBA. Trevor Bauer has allowed a .321 wOBA and 10 HR to RHB this season, and his walk issues (9.7% in 2015) could come into play in a big way tonight against a patient Royals team.
Brandon Belt ($3,900) –San Francisco Giants The Giants are one of the best teams in all of baseball against RHP, and Belt is a big contributor. He has a .224 ISO and .383 wOBA against righties in 2015, and is in a tremendous spot against Wily Peralta, who is one of the worst pitchers in MLB against LHB (.380 wOBA and 5 HR in just 26 IP in 2015). Target his upside at a low ownership tonight.
Miguel Sano ($4,400) – Minnesota Twins-The Twins are a team that we typically target against LHP, and while the team as a whole is less than appealing, Sano is an intriguing play. He has a .325 ISO and .482 wOBA against RHP in 2015, and while Charlie Morton has been solid in R/R matchups this season (.269 wOBA), I’ll side with the hot hitter over the pitcher who has been struggling in the month of July.
Albert Pujols ($4,300) – Los Angeles Angels –With a lot of offenses in great spots tonight, the Angels will likely fly under the radar. We typically like to target players with the platoon advantage, but opposing pitcher Colin McHugh has shown some extreme reverse splits this season (.354 wOBA, 9 HR vs RHB in 2015). Pujols has a .292 ISO and .385 wOBA against RHP this season. Few players have his upside on tonight’s slate.
Maikel Franco ($4,300) –Philadelphia Phillies-Franco has put together an impressive year against LHP, with a 15.9% BB rate to go along with a .240 ISO and .374 wOBA. Felix Doubront may have been an effective pitcher at one stage of his career, but he has struggled with RHB in a small sample size this season, allowing a .359 wOBA. You can rest assured that the Phillies will be low owned tonight.
Others to Consider –Eric Hosmer ($4,100), Yasmani Grandal ($3,300), Billy Butler ($3,300)