3 Under-the-Radar Daily Fantasy Baseball Plays for 8/31/17
Marco Estrada, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
FanDuel Price: $7,800
Why He Will Go Overlooked:
With a main slate today of only six games, Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants looks primed to be the pitching option of choice. He has been throwing the heck out of the ball lately, recording a 3.73 xFIP in August while striking out 24.2% of hitters. Pitching at the friendly confines of his home stadium, he's likely to be a popular choice.
Marco Estrada, the owner of a 5.04 ERA this season, isn't likely to be as heavily played.
Why You Should Use Him:
While Estrada's ERA may be a tad high, his 4.58 SIERA this season would indicate he's been a bit unlucky. Recently, he's thrown the ball pretty well. Over his last seven starts, Estrada's posted a single-game swinging-strike rate greater than 9.0% in five of those turns. In a slightly larger sample, over his last 10 starts, Estrada's hit a swinging-strike rate of at least 9.0% seven times. That's tasty.
Though the Baltimore Orioles, Estrada's opponent tonight, are a powerful offense (10th in team wOBA at .328 in 2017), they still swing and miss a lot. On the season, they are striking out 22.2% of the time.
On a tough pitching slate, take a look at Estrada as a solid contrarian option.