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.
Noah Syndergaard ($7,200) – New York Mets –Playing an unfamiliar pitcher gives many players an uncomfortable feeling, but Syndergaard is an exception to this rule. He is one of the top prospects in the game, and his first start comes against a Cubs team that is striking out in a massive 25.8% of AB against RHP. Add in Syndergaard’s dominance in the minors (30.1% K rate in AAA, 32.2% K rate in AA), and you have the recipe for a great GPP play.
Rubby de La Rosa ($6,700) – Arizona Diamondbacks –I’m not in love with targeting the Nationals offense in a hitters park, but de La Rosa has some upside here. He currently has a 24.8% K rate, and the Nats as a team are striking out the 7th-most in the league against RHP. He has struggled with the longball, allowing 6 already this season, but if he can keep the ball in the park he can easily pay off this price tag.
Others to Consider –Ian Kennedy ($8,100), A.J. Burnett ($8,200)
Prince Fielder ($4,600) – Texas Rangers –While his power stroke is just now beginning to emerge, Fielder has been hitting the ball at an impressive rate this season. He has a .403 wOBA against RHP, and while Volquez has been solid, he is very beatable. Fielder went yard last night, and I like his chances in another solid matchup.
Luis Valbuena ($3,900) – Houston Astros – Valbuena is a power hitter who always seems to fly under the radar. Tonight’s matchup against Chris Heston has me looking his way a lot. Heston has allowed a .423 wOBA to LHB, and Valbuena is mashing righties to the tune of a .256 ISO and .348 wOBA. He has massive upside tonight.
Nolan Arenado ($3,900) – Colorado Rockies –Arenado is a guy who only seems to be a popular play when he is at home in the friendly confines of Coors Field. He is actually producing at a very high level on the road, with 5 HR and 5 2B in just 57 AB. A matchup against C.J. Wilson doesn’t worry me in the slightest. Arenado has top shelf power against LHP, where he has a career .229 ISO.
Torii Hunter ($5,100) – Minnesota Twins –Hunter is the ultimate contrarian play on tonight’s slate. He is priced up near the elite players, but he has actually produced at an elite level in May, batting .429 with 4 HR and 12 RBI and 6 multi-hit games. Alfredo Simon has been tough on RHB this season, but he is due to regress sooner rather than later. Hunter is a great GPP swerve tonight.
Steve Pearce ($3,700) – Baltimore Orioles – Pearce is the epitome of lefty-masher. While he hasn’t gotten it going quite yet this season, he posted a monstrous .378 ISO in 111 PA against southpaws last season. Mark Buerhle is a contact pitcher pitching in a batter’s park in Baltimore. Pearce is a swerve off the beaten path who has big-time upside. You can roster him at 1B or OF tonight.
Christian Yelich ($4,100) – Miami Marlins –Yelich is fresh off the DL, and tonight will be just his 5th game since his return. Over his last 2 games he has totaled 36 DK points via 3 hits, 2 SB and a HR. He is a very versatile player who will fly under the radar tonight against Mike Bolsinger.
Others to Consider – Josh Reddick ($3,700), Edwin Encarnacion ($4,900), Joey Votto ($4,500)