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.
Clay Buchholz ($7,200) – Boston Red Sox – While others are focused on the top picks of the night, Buchholz draws a solid matchup against a Twins team that has the 5th-highest K rate against RHP this season at 22.1%. His 24.1% K rate puts him squarely in play for GPPs tonight in a matchup against a lineup that is much better against lefties than righties.
Jeff Samardzija ($8,700) – Chicago White Sox –Coming off yet another impressive outing (7 IP, 0 ER, 5 K vs Toronto), “The Shark” is in another solid spot tonight against a Rangers team that is punching out 20.7% of the time against RHP. After a subpar April, he held batters to a .282 wOBA in May while striking out 32 batters in 36 innings of work. He’ll be far too low owned tonight.
Others to Consider –Chris Heston ($5,300), Ian Kennedy ($7,400)
Adam LaRoche ($4,500) – Chicago White Sox – Colby Lewis is coming off of one of the worst starts of his career, allowing 10 runs (9 earned) against the Indians in his last start. His struggles against lefties are well-documented, as he has allowed a .378 wOBA this season compared to .363 throughout his career. LaRoche will be FAR too low owned tonight in this matchup.
Justin Bour ($3,200) – Miami Marlins – While the masses will be flocking to the more expensive options (and for good reason), Bour will once again fly under the radar. He has homered in each of his last 3 starts, and is now batting .369 on the season with an impressive 1.060 OPS. Batting behind Giancarlo Stanton certainly doesn’t hurt either. He is an elite value play in GPPs.
Albert Pujols ($4,300) – Los Angeles Angels – Pujols draws a favorable matchup tonight against Odrisamer Despaigne, who is sporting a woeful .405 wOBA against RHB, and has allowed 19 ER in just 19.1 IP against them. Pujols has struggled at times this season, but still has a solid .187 ISO and .331 wOBA against RHP this season. He’ll fly under the radar with so many big bats at 1B.
Lonnie Chisenhall ($3,900) – Cleveland Indians – There are plenty of options at the hot corner tonight, and Chisenhall is one that could go severely under-owned. His matchup with Jeremy Guthrie and his awful .469 wOBA allowed to southpaws this season is elite, and his rising price tag will likely keep many gamers off of him. He will likely be hitting 5th or 6th in a lefty-dominant Indians lineup, and is one of my favorite plays of the night.
Evan Longoria ($3,900) – Tampa Bay Rays- As you may have noticed, Longo is one of my favorite targets against a southpaw, especially on a huge slate. He is always criminally under-owned, which is baffling considering his splits against lefties (.189 ISO, .431 wOBA in 2015, .250 ISO, .386 wOBA Career). He is far too cheap in this matchup, and I’ll own a ton of shares in GPPs.
Josh Donaldson ($4,300) – Toronto Blue Jays – While his numbers against LHP are elite (.410 ISO, .567 wOBA), DONGaldson has been no slouch against RHP either (.264 ISO, .369 wOBA). A matchup against Max Scherzer will keep the majority of players off him tonight, but his 46.9% FB rate says otherwise. Don’t get me wrong, Max has been an elite pitcher once again this season, but that just feeds into Donaldson’s low ownership. He has the ability to take him deep, and that’s what brings him solidly into play for me tonight.
Others to Consider –Ian Desmond ($4,200), Steven Souza Jr ($4,200), Lorenzo Cain ($3,900)