3 Under-the-Radar MLB FanDuel Plays for 4/18/19
When being contrarian in daily fantasy sports, there's a fine line between taking a calculated risk and being reckless. But differentiating your lineups from everyone else is the name of the game if you plan on taking down one of those highly lucrative DFS tournaments. Whether it's because of Vegas totals, other options at a given position, or some gem you've found that everyone is overlooking, we can always find potential under-owned plays if we look hard enough.
Here are three such players to consider branching out for on FanDuel's main slate.
Tanner Roark, P, Cincinnati Reds
FanDuel Price: $7,300
Being away from home is always great for a Reds pitcher and puts him in a spot to limit the damage against the Padres, who have an implied team total set at 4.17, one of the lowest ones on the slate. The Padres' current roster had a 103 wRC+ versus right-handed pitchers last season, which is barely above average, showing they aren't a very dangerous lineup on this slate.
Roark has never been a big strikeout pitcher and only has a 19.4% K% this season, but he's been good at limiting hard contact over the years, allowing a career rate of just 26.0%, showing the easy outs will always be there for him. Roark has given up three or fewer earned runs in each of his three starts this season, making him a very safe option on this slate.
Mike Zunino, C, Tampa Bay Rays
FanDuel Price: $2,200
The Tampa Bay Rays come in with an implied team total set at 5.17 tonight, which is high considering they are at home in a very pitcher-friendly park. That total is so high since they are up against Andrew Cashner, who allowed a .370 wOBA and 1.20 homers per nine innings to right-handed hitters last season. You should love seeing numbers like that for the potential upside they bring.
Zunino isn't an elite hitter by any means, but he did finish with a .305 wOBA and a surprising .221 ISO versus right-handed pitchers last season, which should get you interested at his cheap price tag.
Aaron Altherr, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
FanDuel Price: $2,500
Odubel Herrera left yesterday's game early due to a hamstring injury, which puts Altherr in line to get the start tonight over Nick Williams, since he'll have the platoon advantage against left-hander Kyle Freeland.
The Phillies have an implied team total set at 5.50 at Coors Field, the best hitter's park in the league. It shouldn't come as a surprise that most of them will be popular, but with Altherr likely batting near the bottom of the lineup, ownership on him may be far lower compared to someone like Bryce Harper.
Altherr had a modest 92 wRC+ versus left-handed pitchers last season but also had a solid .190 ISO. That might make him a boom-or-bust option, but it's Coors Field, where the home runs can come easily.
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