3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Players to Avoid on 5/10/19
Baseball is here, and there are plenty of DFS contests to choose from on FanDuel's main slate. While we have plenty of pieces geared towards guys you should target in your DFS contests, it's also important to avoid sub-optimal options who are overpriced and/or in tough spots.
Let's check out three players to consider fading on FanDuel's main slate for May 10.
Paul DeJong, St. Louis Cardinals
vs Pittsburgh Pirates
FanDuel Price: $4,200
Is there a better hitter in all of baseball right now than Paul DeJong?
Since the calendar flipped to May, the young shortstop has posted a .915 OPS, slamming two homers to give him seven on the season. His .329 batting average so far this season is nothing to scoff at, either.
While the Birds blasted Pittsburgh Pirates pitching last night for 17 runs, they could find tonight a little tougher against Trevor Williams. A season ago, Williams neutralized same-sided bats for only a .295 wOBA, including a 22.9% strikeout rate and 31.8% fly-ball rate.
Their 4.54 implied team total is certainly one we can't shy away from, but a guy like DeJong may just be too expensive in this matchup.
Manny Machado, San Diego Padres
at Colorado Rockies
FanDuel Price: $4,200
And while German Marquez certainly wasn't Cy Young like at home last season with a 4.74 ERA, he makes life miserable for righty bats in any setting. Over this same timespan, righties managed a meager .255 wOBA, 35.0% strikeout rate, and 27.1% fly-ball rate.
A year ago, Manny Machado was pretty adept in this spot, rocking an .897 OPS, but this ain't your typical matchup with a righty hurler. Stay away here, even at Coors Field.
Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners
at Boston Red Sox
FanDuel Price: $4,000
One of the best young sluggers in the game, Mitch Haniger theoretically gets a tasty matchup with Eduardo Rodriguez of the Boston Red Sox. Why so juicy? Haniger bombed lefties last year for a .379 wOBA, including an .889 OPS.
Tonight, he faces no ordinary platoon advantage with this southpaw, though. Rodriguez was dominant in this split a season ago, recording a .296 wOBA, including a 24.3% strikeout rate and 26.6% hard-hit rate.
The Mariners sport a middling 4.23 implied team total, and while Haniger has shown to be solid in this type of matchup before, there could be some better options in his price range.
Matt Kupferle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Matt Kupferle also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username MKupferle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.