3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Players to Avoid on 5/22/19
Baseball is heating up, 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 22.
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (OF)
vs Minnesota Twins
FanDuel Price: $4,700
For Mike Trout's illustrious career, the numbers are insane, especially against southpaws -- a .401 wOBA, .939 OPS, and 36.8% hard-hit rate.
As absurd as those statistics are, he's actually elevated his play against same-sided arms -- even though those lefty numbers are nothing to scoff at.
What is interesting is that Martin Perez of the Minnesota Twins has dominated righties this season as part of a resurgent 2019 season. Through 184 plate appearances, righties own a paltry .275 wOBA and 33.6% hard-hit rate, along with a .337 slugging percentage.
Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies (1B)
vs Chicago Cubs
FanDuel Price: $4,200
To say that Rhys Hoskins is in a bit of a slump would be a massive understatement. Over his last 45 at-bats, Hoskins is without an extra-base hit, recording a lowly .366 OPS.
Taking that ugliness aside, his matchup against southpaw Cole Hamels could be even uglier. Over 179 plate appearances, Hamels has dominated righties for a .299 wOBA, including a 25.1% strikeout rate and 30.4% fly-ball rate.
With a tough matchup on tap, Hoskins slide may continue for another day.
Trey Mancini, Baltimore Orioles (OF)
vs New York Yankees
FanDuel Price: $3,700
Lost in the shuffle of this ugly Baltimore Orioles season is that their slugger Trey Mancini has already hit double-digit home runs in 2019. Owning a .918 OPS, he's been a bright spot in an otherwise dreadful year.
But Mancini's overall marks in this split aren't the greatest -- for his career, he owns a mere 24.1% fly-ball rate and a fairly pedestrian wRC+ mark of 107.
CC Sabathia appears he may pitch forever, and if he can keep getting righties out at this clip, maybe he will. A year ago, the southpaw dominated in this split with a .317 wOBA and 30.6% hard-hit rate, and while 2019 is still young, a .321 wOBA is in line with last year's numbers.
An Orioles implied team total of 4.13 runs means there could be plenty of batters crossing the plate, but Mancini may not be one of them.
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.