3 Under-the-Radar MLB FanDuel Plays for 5/23/19
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
Adam Plutko, P, Cleveland Indians
FanDuel Price: $7,600
It's tough to say who will be lower owned on a two-game slate, but let me say this, Adam Plutko is certainly the least talented out of this bunch.
We thought Blake Snell would be on the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays tonight, but his start got pushed back and now we are dealing with a slate without a stud pitcher. This should see most people flock to Corbin Martin going up against the free-swinging Chicago White Sox, leaving Plutko as one pitcher to go overlooked. Last season, he had an average 23.8% strikeout rate versus right-handed hitters, but only 12.7% against lefty hitters. This leaves something to be desired since his potential fantasy ceiling is limited due to the lack of strikeouts.
There is no doubt that Plutko brings a bit of risk with his 4.73 xFIP versus righty hitters and 6.40 xFIP versus lefty hitters from last season, so just know that his night could be over quickly against the Rays.
Charlie Tilson, OF, Chicago White Sox
FanDuel Price: $2,500
Charlie Tilson hit a grand slam last night, and while we don't want to chase that production, we want to look to him as a contrarian option tonight since we should see Corbin Martin as the chalk pitching option.
Martin only has two MLB starts under his belt, so if we look to some of his minor league numbers, we see that he had a 4.57 xFIP in Triple-A this season and a 3.56 xFIP in Double-A last year. Both his strikeout rate and walk rate increased from Double-A to Triple-A, but the latter is a smaller sample size. He appears to be a good pitcher but is clearly very unproven at the major league level.
For Tilson, he had 41 games under his belt last season in the Majors and finished with a modest .302 wOBA versus right-handed pitchers and a weak .033 ISO. He's a great value play, who should also go under-owned tonight, putting a White Sox stack in play if you want to live on the wild side.
Kevin Kiermaier, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
FanDuel Price: $2,800
If you aren't looking to roster Adam Plutko tonight, consider some Tampa Bay Rays players, namely Kevin Kiermaier.
This season, Kiermaier is looking strong versus right-handed pitchers with a .204 ISO, 35.6% hard-contact rate, and a 29.1% fly-ball rate. The power is showing up for him recently with two home runs in his last three games and a 57.9% hard-contact rate over the past two weeks.
Those are some serious power numbers for Kiermaier, and with a positive park shift set for the Rays, we see them coming in with an implied team total set at 4.83 tonight. As mentioned above, Plutko struggled with lefty hitters last season, holding a 6.40 xFIP while allowing a 52.1% fly-ball rate and a whopping 3.21 homers per nine innings.
The Rays are going to be up there in popularity tonight alongside the Houston Astros, but looking further down their lineup can offer some potential lower-owned options.