3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Players to Avoid on 6/10/19
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 June 10.
Hyun-jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers (SP)
at Los Angeles Angels
FanDuel Price: $10,700
In a crosstown series against the Los Angeles Angels, the likely front-runner for the NL Cy Young Award could be in for a bit of a battle tonight. As strong as Hyun-jin Ryu has been for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2019, his 24.1% strikeout rate isn't a huge number. In fact, it's good for only sixth-best on tonight's abbreviated main slate.
His strikeout rate becomes amplified when you notice that the Halos carry the lowest strikeout rate in the league (16.4%). Want further proof Ryu is someone to stay away from today? With a noted shift of bringing in the fences at Angel Stadium, this place now clocks in third in home run factor so far in 2019.
Ryu has been a boss this season, but he's got a lot of things working against him today, making him a little riskier than he's been for most of 2019.
Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies (SS)
vs Chicago Cubs
FanDuel Price: $4,700
Story has been making plenty of loud contact so far at home as shown by his 1.104 OPS in Denver this year, but he's faced with a stiff test versus Yu Darvish. Darvish continues to be solid against same-sided batters, limiting them to only a .322 wOBA with a 28.2% strikeout rate and 29.8% fly-ball rate.
Weather could be a slight factor here, too. The summer heat hasn't hit Colorado yet, and with a slight breeze blowing in from left field, there are a few reasons to pass on the Rockies' slugging shortstop.
Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees (C)
vs New York Mets
FanDuel Price: $4,200
A yo-yo of a 2018 season left fantasy owners and DFS players wondering what kind of version of Gary Sanchez would show up in 2019. Rest assured, dude is ballin'. After ripping only 18 home runs last year, Sanchez now has 19 already for this season.
But adding to that total tonight could be a tall task even though he's facing a lefty, Jason Vargas. Over his last three starts, spanning a combined 21 innings, Vargas has allowed just two earned runs while striking out 17 hitters. He's limited bats to a 20.7% hard-hit rate in that span. Over the season, Vargas has quieted right-handed hitters, limiting them to a .309 wOBA in 142 plate appearances.
On top of that, Sanchez has been much worse this season with the platoon advantage, posting a 41.5% strikeout rate and .327 wOBA in the split, compared to a 23.8% strikeout rate and .408 wOBA against righties. And this is a New York Yankees offense that collectively struggles against southpaws, owning a 27.0% strikeout rate and .295 wOBA versus in the split.
With the way Sanchez is hitting the ball this season, he could pop a dinger in any matchup, and the Yankees have a juicy 5.79 implied total. That should draw people to Sanchez, but it may be a night to tread with some caution.
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.