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.
Jose Quintana ($8,500) – Chicago White Sox – While the masses will be flocking to the sexy picks like Matt Harvey, Quintana makes for a great contrarian play for a few reasons. First off, players will see the big number the Pirates posted last night but may not look at their body of work. Pittsburgh ranks 21st in the league in team wOBA against southpaws, as well as posting just a .117 team ISO. They also strike out at the 2nd highest clip in the league against LHP at 24.8%.
Chris Tillman ($6,500) – Baltimore Orioles – Tillman checks in as the biggest favorite on the board tonight with odds north of -200. The high total in this game (9) will likely deter some players, not to mention Tillman’s struggles this season. The Phillies check in as the worst team in the league against RHP, and it isn’t even close. Tillman isn’t having a good season by any means, but matchups don’t get any better than this one.
Others to Consider – Alex Colome ($5,800), Scott Copeland ($4,200)
Paul Goldschmidt ($5,000) – Arizona Diamondbacks – Any time you can write up Goldy as a contrarian play, you know his ownership will be low. A matchup with Garrett Richards is far from ideal, but Goldy has torn the cover off of the ball this season (.366 BA, 1.162 OPS) and he is averaging a monstrous 12.1 FPPG. Take advantage of the low ownership here in GPPs.
Brandon Moss ($4,500) – Cleveland Indians While Moss has never been a hitter who posts a high batting average, what he does deliver is top-shelf power. He has a .267 ISO against RHP this season, and although Jake Arrieta is an excellent pitcher, this game is being played in a hitter’s park at Wrigley Field. Fire up Moss as an ideal swerve play at 1B or OF.
Alex Rodriguez ($4,500) – New York Yankees – Love him or hate him, A-Rod is having a great season, especially against RHP. He has a .238 ISO and .384 wOBA against righties this season, and David Phelps is an average pitcher. He makes for a great contrarian option tonight with a lot of top hitters slotted in at the hot corner tonight.
Josh Donaldson ($4,200) – Toronto Blue Jays – Some pundits believe that Matt Harvey is dealing with a “dead arm”, and after the debacle in San Francisco, I’m skeptical as well. Donaldson is known for being a lefty-masher, but he is no slouch against RHP either, posting a .235 ISO and .374 wOBA this season. The Blue Jays will be low owned due to the tough matchup, but they have as good of a chance as anyone to put up big numbers on Harvey.
Kole Calhoun ($4,300) – Los Angeles Angels- While the masses will be flocking to Mike Trout in this matchup, Calhoun may fly under the radar. Jeremy Hellickson has been getting crushed by lefties this season to the tune of a .412 wOBA and 18 ER allowed in just 24.1 IP. He is a great option tonight.
Lorenzo Cain ($4,200) – Kansas City Royals –The Royals are always criminally under-owned in GPPs, and tonight is a great night to target them against Matt Garza. Garza has allowed 1.32 HR/9 this season, and Cain has the skills to punish him in this hitter’s park. Get some exposure in your tournament lineups.
Others to Consider – Todd Frazier ($5,400), Travis d’Arnaud ($4,600), A.J. Pollock ($3,900)