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.
Taijuan Walker ($8,200) – Seattle Mariners-With a plethora of top arms on the mound, Walker will fly under the radar, and I’m just fine with that. He has allowed 1 or less ER in 5 of his last 7 starts and now draws a Tigers team that is missing Miguel Cabrera. His 23.1% K rate is solid overall, and his biggest issue of allowing the longball (1.28 HR/9 in 2015) hasn’t been a huge concern recently, allowing just 3 HR in his last 5 starts. He is a great contrarian play with upside.
Manny Banuelos ($5,800) – Atlanta BravesDespite leaving his first MLB start with dehydration, Banuelos still posted an impressive 24.4 DK points against the Nationals. Tonight’s matchup with the Brewers puts him in a great spot to post solid numbers at a discounted price. Milwaukee is striking out 20.1% of the time and is 17th in the league with a .311 team wOBA against RHP, and you don’t need much here to make Banuelos a solid value play…
Others to Consider –Johnny Cueto ($10.100), Yovani Gallardo ($7,200)
Stephen Vogt ($3,800) – Oakland Athletics With some chalky plays on the board (Posey, Coors, McCann), Vogt will likely go much lower owned than he rightfully should. He mashes RHP to the tune of a .247 ISO and .392 wOBA, and Nathan Eovaldi has been nothing short of terrible against lefties, allowing a .395 wOBA this season.
Prince Fielder ($4,900) – Texas Rangers While many DFSers will shy away from L/L matchups, Fielder has excelled in them, posting a .195 ISO and .353 wOBA against southpaws. In fact, his ISO is .020 higher against lefties. Playing at home against a subpar lefty in Robbie Ray doesn’t hurt his case either.
Mookie Betts ($4,500) – Boston Red Sox-Betts has been red hot over his last 7 games, piling up 13 hits, RBI and 6 XBH. He tends to go underowned amidst the more popular names in the Red Sox lineup, but he shouldn’t be. Tonight’s matchup against Dan Haren at home puts him in yet another great spot to succeed. Although Haren has been tough on righties this season, he has exhibited reverse splits throughout his career.
Justin Upton ($4,000) – San Diego Padres – While J-Up has struggled against southpaws this season, he still boasts a career .238 ISO and .386 wOBA against southpaws. Francisco Liriano has been very good against RHB this season, allowing just a .247 wOBA. All of these factors will keep Upton’s ownership levels very low.
Christian Yelich ($4,200) –Miami Marlins-Yet another L/L matchup that may benefit the hitter belongs to Yelich against Wade Miley. Despite average numbers this year (.283 wOBA) Yelich was strong against southpaws last season (.362 wOBA) and Miley has been a gas can this season. The Marlins are a popular target for opposing pitchers, which will drive his ownership levels into the floor.
Others to Consider –Carlos Correa($4,200), Alex Rodriguez($4,100), Cameron Maybin($4,100)