3 Under-the-Radar MLB FanDuel Plays for 5/30/19
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
Yusei Kikuchi, P, Seattle Mariners
FanDuel Price: $7,700
Over his last five starts, Kikuchi has allowed three or more earned runs twice while allowing just a single earned run in the other three starts. That's solid consistency for a pitcher in his first MLB season, and he's in a spot to continue that versus the Los Angeles Angels, who come into this game with an 84 wRC+ versus lefty pitchers, which is 22nd in the league.
Mike Trout headlines the Angels' lineup, but after him, there aren't many threatening hitters to worry about, which is why they are sporting a team .153 ISO in this split. One potential issue for Kikuchi is that the Angels only have a 15.9% strikeout rate versus left-handed pitchers, which is actually the lowest in the league. They don't provide a ton of upside for Kikuchi, which is another reason he'll likely be ignored, providing the chance at very low ownership.
Kendrys Morales, 1B, New York Yankees
FanDuel Price: $2,400
How risky do you want to get tonight? That is the question you have to ask when considering a player like Kendrys Morales versus Chris Sale.
Sale is without a doubt the best pitcher on this slate, which means he should carry the most ownership, thus making the New York Yankees one of the lower options on this slate. If DFS players are going to stack the Yankees, it likely won't include Morales, who is very cheap and has some strong history versus Sale.
If you are a believer in BvP aka batter versus pitcher, take a look at the numbers for Morales against Sale. He has 11 total hits, including three home runs and three doubles, along with seven RBIs in 41 career at-bats.
Morales also has 10 strikeouts in those 41 at-bats, so he's a clear boom-or-bust option tonight, but should carry some of the lowest ownership on the slate.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers
FanDuel Price: $3,600
The Brewers have a negative park shift against their hitters tonight but are facing a struggling pitcher. Does that mean we should target them?
There is no doubt that Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove is struggling right now with a 5.41 xFIP since the start of May, which is noticeably different than his 3.88 xFIP up to that point. Musgrove isn't giving up the long ball, rather just getting hit all over the place with 27 hits and 22 earned runs in just 24 innings pitched over that span.
If we have a struggling pitcher, we want to attack him with hitters who are consistent overall, such as Mike Moustakas. He comes into this game with a super solid .370 wOBA, .299 ISO, and a 49.0% hard-contact rate versus right-handed pitchers this season.