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.
Jeff Samardzija ($8,000) – Chicago White Sox – “The Shark” has had his ups and downs this season, but his best start of the season (8 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9K) came against these same Twins at U.S. Cellular. Obviously this is a park downgrade from “The Cell”, and although the Twins are a better offense at home, their strength is against southpaws. Samardzija makes for a great contrarian play tonight, especially after the Twins exploded last night.
Colin McHugh ($7,100) – Houston Astros – Targeting the Angels can be a risky proposition, but outside of Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, this has been a bad offense all season long. They currently sit 21st in the league in team wOBA and strike out at a 19.4% clip against RHP. McHugh had some success against them earlier this season as well (7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7K). Obviously each start is independent of the others, but McHugh has the skills to be a difference maker in GPPs tonight.
Others to Consider – Stephen Strasburg ($9,000), C.J. Wilson ($8,600)
Billy Burns ($4,900) – Oakland Athletics – While many players target power in GPPs, I look for speed as well. A stolen base is worth 5 points, and Burns can rack them up in a hurry. He has 4 multi-hit games and 4 stolen bases in his last 8 games, and his increased price tag will drive his ownership levels down tonight. Chi-Chi Gonzalez is pitching above his head and is certain to come back to Earth sooner rather than later.
Lorenzo Cain ($4,700) – Kansas City Royals – Cain is heating up once again, with a combined 40 DK points in his last two games. He has a .167 ISO and .391 wOBA against LHP this season, and his matchup with the young Mike Montgomery is solid. He should bat 3rd tonight once again in a potent Royals attack on the young southpaw.
Stephen Vogt ($4,400) – Oakland Athletics – I expect the Athletics to put up a big number on Chi Chi Gonzalez tonight, and Vogt should have his hand in it once again. He is having a monster season, and is crushing RHP to the tune of a .283 ISO and .407 wOBA. His positional flexibility (C/1B) can be a big difference maker in GPPs as well.
Logan Morrison ($3,700) – Seattle Mariners – As you may know by now, Jeremy Guthrie is a train wreck against lefties (.413 wOBA, 9 HR allowed in 2015), and Morrison seems to fly under the radar quite often. LoMo has a .178 ISO and .346 wOBA against RHP this season and makes for a great contrarian play.
Marlon Byrd ($3,700) – Cincinnati Reds – Byrd has monster splits against LHP this season, with a .289 ISO and .425 wOBA. Jeff Locke is an average pitcher, and players will likely look past Byrd due to his recent return from injury and this game being played in a pitchers park. I’ll have a ton of exposure to him tonight as a contrarian play.
Others to Consider – Kyle Seager($3,500), Gregory Polanco ($3,200), Kike Hernandez ($2,700)