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.
Jose Quintana ($8,200) – Chicago White Sox – Quintana has been quietly impressive this season, posting a 22.8 K rate, 5.9 BB rate, and has allowed just a .196 wOBA to LHB. With that being said, the Indians trot out a predominately lefty-lineup. They currently rank 18th in the league against southpaws, with a .312 team wOBA, but those numbers are inflated by guys like Michael Brantley (.465 wOBA vs LHP) and Ryan Raburn (.432). I expect Quintana to be low owned tonight and produce at a high level.
Trevor Bauer ($6,800) – Cleveland Indians – Bauer ranks 20th in the league in Swinging Strike Rate (10.9%) and 19th in K rate at 25.1%. He has massive upside against a White Sox team that punched out 12 times last night against Corey Kluber. Bauer’s downfall is walks, but the White Sox rank 19th in the league in walks drawn against RHP. He is a medium risk/high reward option tonight.
Others to Consider –Michael Wacha ($8,200), Aaron Sanchez ($5,500), Tiajuan Walker ($6,000)
Danny Valencia ($3,000) – Toronto Blue Jays – I’m sure that I am not alone in loving the Blue Jays bats, but Valencia is the guy who always seems to fall through the cracks when Toronto faces a lefty. His .453 wOBA against southpaws this season in 26 AB is unsustainable, but he posted an impressive .366 wOBA in the same matchup last season. He is an elite value play tonight.
Michael Brantley ($5,300) – Cleveland Indians – I alluded to his Brantley’s impressive splits against LHP, and I love to target great hitters in a L/L matchup in GPPs because the masses are scared off with the lack of a platoon split. I honestly believe he is one of the top hitters in the game, and his .273 ISO, .465 wOBA and 7/3 BB/K ratio against lefties makes him a great option in tournaments today.
Hunter Pence ($5,000) – San Francisco Giants – Pence has exploded out of the gates in his first two games this season, going 4/8 with a double, a home run and a walk. Tonight’s matchup against Carlos Frias is less than ideal, but if you have watched Pence play, you know that his upside is always massive. There isn’t a player in the game who plays harder or hustles more than he does. His price tag will likely scare off many gamers, but I love his potential in GPPs.
Ben Revere ($4,500) – Philadelphia Phillies – Revere is a guy who never gets his due, but a spacious park in Coors Field suits his strengths perfectly. He is a speedster who is never afraid to take an extra base, as evidenced by his 2 steals in the last two games. He doesn’t have much power, but there are few players in the league who can turn a gap hit into a triple the way that Revere can. Get yourself some exposure.
Brian Dozier ($4,300) – Minnesota Twins – Francisco Liriano looks to be a fairly popular play tonight, which will leave the Twins bats with a very low ownership level. Dozier is one of the best middle infielders in the game against lefties (.204 ISO, .369 wOBA this season, .203 ISO, .351 wOBA in 2014). Liriano is a high-strikeout pitcher, but he also has struggles with command and big innings. The Twins are a pesky team who can sneak under the radar tonight.
Adrian Beltre ($4,500) – Texas Rangers – After a slow start, Beltre is starting to mash the ball. His season long numbers against LHP are impressive (.295 ISO, .398 wOBA), and he has been on fire over the past few weeks. A matchup with Wade Miley inspires a ton of confidence in Beltre for me tonight, especially when the masses will be on Josh Donaldson.
Others to Consider –Joc Pederson ($3,800), Todd Cunningham ($2,800), Nelson Cruz ($5,200)