3 Under-the-Radar MLB FanDuel Plays for 6/3/19
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
Eric Lauer, P, San Diego Padres
FanDuel Price: $7,400
A smaller three-game slate brings us limited options to start the week, but how can we find some lower owned options in tournaments?
There are two legit aces on the mound today and one borderline ace, which is where most of the ownership should be concentrated tonight, leaving a pitcher like Eric Lauer to go overlooked. In his last three starts, he has been quietly strong, though he does lack some upside due to his only 19.7% strikeout rate, which is why DFS players will look elsewhere.
Lauer has 18 innings pitched over his last three starts, with three earned runs allowed, a modest 14 strikeouts, but zero walks. Preventing hitters from getting on is always a plus and his 5.6% walk rate is the second best of any pitcher in action tonight. Lauer is up against the Philadelphia Phillies, who have a 98 wRC+ versus left-handed pitchers this season, the definition of average.
Omar Narvaez, C, Seattle Mariners
FanDuel Price: $2,900
I've said it before and I'll say it again, catchers are often passed on since you don't "have" to roster one of them given roster construction and present an opportunity for lower ownership in tournaments.
Catchers generally have the lowest projections on a day in and day out basis, which means they aren't rostered at a high rate and leaves a player like Omar Narvaez in a beneficial spot. The Seattle Mariners are up against Corbin Martin, who only has 16.1 innings pitched in the majors this season, but is allowing a 4.79 xFIP, 1.04 homers per nine innings and a 12.8% walk rate to left-handed hitters this season.
Yes, that's clearly a very small sample size for Martin, but he is struggling right now and with Narvaez coming in posting a .340 wOBA, .174 ISO, and 42.7% fly-ball rate versus right-handed pitchers, he has the power upside at just under $3K tonight.
Chris Taylor, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
FanDuel Price: $2,400
We all know that the Dodgers are one of the best teams in the league, and they come in with nine wins in their last 10 games -- a trend they will look to continue tonight versus Robbie Ray. Ray has a fantastic 30.1% strikeout rate versus right-handed hitters, but also has a 15.0% walk rate and is allowing a 44.8% hard-hit rate. It seems that Ray has a few outcomes when he is pitching, a strikeout, a walk, or he gets hit very hard.
That could be considered a wide range of outcomes, but that is something to embrace with a hitter like Taylor, who has a surprisingly strong .239 ISO versus left-handed pitchers and has hit three of his four home runs against lefty pitchers.