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.
Danny Salazar ($9,200) – Cleveland Indians- The masses will be flocking to some pricier arms, and although he has struggled over his last two starts (9 IP, 8 ER), Salazar makes for a great contrarian play tonight against the Rays. His 30.4% K rate ranks second behind only Chris Sale among hurlers tonight, and his biggest struggle of allowing the longball (1.39 HR/9) will be mitigated by Tampa Bay’s lack of power (.133 team ISO vs RHP).
Mike Montgomery ($6,800) – Seattle Mariners Coming off one of the most impressive starts of the season for any pitcher (9 IP, 5 H, 0BB, 10K vs KC), Montgomery draws an elite matchup tonight against the Padres in Petco. The Padres are striking out a whopping 24.1% of the time over the past 30 days, and Montgomery has been dealing. He won’t be as popular as he should be tonight.
Others to Consider –Danny Duffy ($5,700), C.olby Lewis ($7,100)
Danny Valencia ($3,200) – Toronto Blue Jays-The obvious play tonight is Josh Donaldson at home against a lefty, but Danny V has been a phenomenal hitter in this spot himself. He has a .132 ISO and .380 wOBA against southpaws since the beginning of 2014. Save yourself some cap and still get a piece of a southpaw at the Rogers Centre.
Andrew McCutcheon ($4,700) – Pittsburgh Pirates Since the beginning of 2014, Justin Verlander ranks as the 6th-worst pitcher in baseball against RHB with a .370 wOBA allowed (Among pitchers with 80+ IP). McCutcheon has shown some nice reverse splits against RHP this season with a .375 wOBA and .213 ISO. This matchup will scare some players off Cutch, but Verlander is a shell of his former self.
Dee Gordon ($4,600) – Miami Marlins- While I actually like Ryan Vogelsong as a cheap option, Gordon’s stolen base upside has me intrigued. If you glanced at the top of GPPs last night, there were a ton of lineups with Billy Hamilton and his 4 SB night. The only other player in baseball with that sort of speed on the basepaths is Gordon. Throw in Vogelsong’s .372 wOBA allowed to lefties, and you have the recipe for GPP gold.
Chris Parmelee ($2,900) – Baltimore Orioles – If you’re looking for a cheap play with some pop in his bat, look no further. Parmelee owns the platoon advantage over Colby Lewis tonight, and has been crushing the ball since his return to the majors (.459 ISO, .457 wOBA vs RHP). He is an elite punt play that will fly under the radar for some.
Kris Bryant($4,100) –Chicago Cubs-Bryant draws a mediocre lefty in Jon Niese tonight, and this is the type of matchup you want to exploit with the power-hitting rookie. He holds a .385 ISO and .465 wOBA against southpaws this season. I love his chances to go deep at a low ownership.
Others to Consider –David Peralta($3,900), Ryan Braun($4,300), Steven Souza($3,800)