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 ($7,700) – Boston Red Sox – Buchholz makes for a great contrarian play tonight against a Twins team that has mashed lefties, yet struggled against righties. Minnesota has the 3rd-highest K rate against RHP this season at 23%, and pairing that with the 25.6% K rate Buchholz has posted this season makes this a recipe for GPP-winning upside.
David Price ($10,600) – Detroit Tigers – While the Athletics are one of the top teams in baseball against RHP, they have been abysmal against southpaws, posting a .265 team wOBA and a measly .069 ISO. Price has the tools to dominate this weak lineup while standing in the shadows of the more popular plays of the evening. I believe he will be low owned, and with 21 punchouts in his last 13 innings of work, his ceiling is massive.
Others to Consider – Alex Colome ($5,600), R.A. Dickey ($6,600)
Paul Goldschmidt ($5,300) – Arizona Diamondbacks – While the masses will be flocking to Edwin Encarnacion as their pricy bat at 1B, Goldy will see a big drop in ownership. He draws a juicy matchup against lefty Jaime Garcia, and as usual, Goldy is crushing southpaws (.371 ISO, .524 wOBA in 2015). He has a ceiling as high as any player on tonight’s slate.
Michael Cuddyer ($3,800) – New York Mets – Jerome Wiliams has taken a beating from RHB this season to the tune of a .381 wOBA, 20 ER and 7 HR in just 30.2 IP. Cuddyer is on the tail end of his career, but he still possesses solid upside in a matchup against a weak SP. The Mets will likely fly under the radar again, and Cuddyer is a cheap way to get a picece of Jerome Williams.
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.
Nolan Arenado ($5,000) – Colorado Rockies – While Coors Field is where you generally want to pay top dollar for Rockies bats, Great American Ballpark is no slouch for right-handed power. Arenado actually has better splits away from home, and is slashing .310/.416/.771 on the road with 7 HR and 6 2B in just 84 AB. He is a great swerve off of the popular Josh Donaldson at the hot corner tonight.
Evan Longoria ($4,100) – Tampa Bay Rays – Longo has continued to mash lefties this season, posting a .219 ISO and .474 wOBA, while walking whopping 22% of the time. J.A. Happ has been a solid pitcher this season, so many players may be off Longoria due to his recent success. I love targeting Longo when there are other popular plays at 3B. Tonight is a great time to get him for cheap and at a low ownership %.
Prince Fielder ($4,500) – Texas Rangers – A great way to set yourself apart from the field is to target a bat against a pitcher who will be highly owned in GPPs. Danny Salazar vs Prince Fielder fits that bill tonight. Fielder is on an absolute tear right now, going 11/19 with 4 HR, 2 2B and 12 RBI over his last 4 games. The Rangers got to Salazar in Texas last time they faced off, and I’ll take the Fielder side of this matchup in GPPs tonight.
Others to Consider – Joc Pederson ($3,700), Luis Valbuena ($4,000), Jason Kipnis ($5,100)