3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Hitters to Avoid on 8/16/16
As is the case in most daily fantasy sports, finding information on players you might want to roster is a lot easier than finding players to avoid.
While you can get away with a zero from a hitter in daily fantasy, you certainly don't want to target guys whose matchups aren't enticing.
Here are three hitters you may want to lessen your exposure to or even fade altogether on Tuesday.
Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals
FanDuel Price: $2,800
Alex Gordon has been heating up at the plate in August, going 13-for-48 this month. He has averaged just under 11 FanDuel points per game over his last five contests, but he is up against Justin Verlander tonight, which could end the run of Gordon being a value.
Verlander has been very good against lefties this season. In 2016, left-handers have a .271 wOBA against Verlander with a 28.9% strikeout rate.
Gordon has not been great at the plate outside of August, and he has been poor against right-handed pitchers. He has a .299 wOBA this year against righties to go along with a 29.8% strikeout rate. Gordon has also faced Verlander more than any other pitcher throughout his career, and in 97 plate appearances, Gordon has a .205 average and 30.9% strikeout rate against the Detroit Tigers' ace.
Todd Frazier, 3B, Chicago White Sox
FanDuel Price: $3,100
Kluber has dominated righties this season, limiting them to a .248 wOBA. Right-handers also have a 27.0% strikeout rate and 26.7% hard hit rate against the former Cy Young winner.
Frazier has a .316 wOBA against righties in 2016. While Frazier strikes out much more against left-handers, his hard-hit rate drops to 30.2% this season against righties. With the talented Kluber on the hill, it’s hard to think Frazier will knock one out; Kluber has allowed only seven homers to righties this season.
Orlando Arcia, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
FanDuel Price: $2,900
Orlando Arcia hasn’t been bad at the plate since getting called up by the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this month. However, while he has been scoring runs and getting on base, he has not hit very well against righties so far in his brief career. The sample size is small, but it’s worth noting against Jason Hammel, who has been lights out against right-handed hitters.
Right-handed hitters own a .255 wOBA against Hammel this season. His strikeout rate against them is 21.5%, and his hard hit rate against righties is 30.1%.Arcia has only 43 appearances at the plate against righties in the majors, but so far it hasn’t been pretty. He has a .163 wOBA against them, putting him a difficult spot against Hammel.