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.
Anibal Sanchez ($7,800) – Detroit Tigers – Sanchez draws the Cubs and their league-leading 25.8% K rate vs RHP at Comerica Park tonight. He has had struggles with the long ball this season, having already allowed 13 on the young season. With that being said, if he can keep the ball in the park, his upside is immense, having eclipsed 8 strikeouts 5 times already this season. With all the great options on the slate, he will be severely underowned.
Matt Shoemaker ($8,000) – Anaheim Angels – The Rays have had some solid performances against southpaws this season, but now they face a righty who is starting to hit his stride. Their splits against RHP have been poor (21.1% K rate, .296 wOBA, .129 ISO). Shoemaker has been all over the place over his past 5 starts, but he has flashed his upside and now boasts a solid 22.6% K rate on the season.
Others to Consider –Noah Syndergaard ($8,700), Carlos Rodon ($5,700)
Bryce Harper ($5,100) – Washington Nationals – A few weeks back, it would have been crazy to consider Harper a contrarian play in any format, but a slow couple of weeks and a tough matchup with Masahiro Tanaka will keep his numbers low tonight. We all know how well left-handed power plays at Yankee stadium, and Harper’s monstrous .436 ISO and .499 wOBA against RHP put him in GPP consideration for me in any matchup.
A.J. Pollock ($5,000) – Arizona Diamondbacks – Pollock has been one of the more consistent players at the plate this season, ranking 12th in BA (.321) and 26th in wOBA (.375). He has also hit 7 homers and swiped 14 bases. He is a true all-around talent, and many players are scared off by his price. Tonight’s matchup against flame-thrower Carlos Frias doesn’t concern me in the slightest. He is a great contrarian play tonight.
Miguel Cabrera ($4,600) – Detroit Tigers – Another player who you wouldn’t expect to be a contrarian play is Miggy. Tonight he matches up against Jon Lester, which will drive his ownership level down. My favorite thing to do in GPPs is to slot Miggy in at 3B and take advantage of DraftKings’ multi-position eligibility. Miggy mashes southpaws, and is once again among the league leaders vs LHP (.325 ISO, .460 wOBA, and a whopping 1.83 BB/K rate). He always gives you great at-bats, and has the ability to dominate at any time.
Matt Weiters ($4,400) – Baltimore Orioles –Young sensation Eduardo Rodriguez will be a popular play tonight, and for good reason. This alone will keep the O’s ownership at a very low level. Weiters has been tremendous since his return (5/12 with a double, triple, home run and 3 RBI in 3 games) and is listed as the most expensive C on the slate. Take advantage of one of the best young hitters in the game at a very low ownership level tonight.
Yonder Alonso ($4,000) – San Diego Padres –Another player who has been red-hot since his return from injury is Alonso. He is 13/29 over his last 9 games with 3 XBH and 7 RBI. Tonight’s matchup against the hard-throwing Mike Foltynewicz is a great spot to target a value first baseman.
Evan Gattis ($4,800) – Houston Astros –Gattis is an elite play against southpaws, provided that they don’t have the name “Sale” on the back of their jersey. Now that last night’s dominance is out of the way, Gattis and his career .237 ISO takes on Carlos Rodon at a stacked 1B position. Swerving off of the obvious plays at a deep position can really set you apart from the field.
Others to Consider –Joey Gallo ($3,200), Ivan DeJesus Jr. ($2,300), Ryan Braun ($4,400)