3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Players to Avoid on 6/24/19
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 24.
Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox (SP)
at Boston Red Sox
FanDuel Price: $10,700
Is this the beginning of the end for Lucas Giolito?
Probably not, but this certainly isn't a matchup we necessarily want to target for DFS purposes, either. Giolito faces a Boston Red Sox offense that has climbed their way to sixth in team wOBA (.333), and that strikes outs at the seventh-lowest rate in the league (21.3%).
Giolito was pounded in his last start by the Chicago Cubs, allowing three home runs on his way to his lowest-scoring outing since April. Against a tough opponent tonight, Giolito may be struggling to put up a big score yet again.
Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies (OF)
at San Francisco Giants
FanDuel Price: $4,400
There's almost no reason to roster Charlie Blackmon tonight, outside of his sizzling play as of late.
First, he leaves Denver. It's no secret that the outfielder is a boss in Colorado, recording a 1.002 OPS and .242 isolated power (ISO), but those marks fall to .739 and .162, respectively, on the road.
Now, factor in that he's up against a southpaw in Drew Pomeranz -- Blackmon owns an .826 OPS against lefties, but is far better against righties with an .887 mark.
Finally, this ain't a normal road park -- San Francisco's home park has been the hardest in the league to homer in over the last three seasons.
All of these factors make Blackmon one to shy away from on Monday.
Christian Walker, Arizona Diamondbacks (1B)
vs Los Angeles Dodgers
FanDuel Price: $2,800
On a small main slate, there's always values we wanted to employ in order to roster those big bats, and Christian Walker looks like a value play at first blush -- he gets the platoon advantage against Clayton Kershaw, and he gets to hit at home, which ranks third in park factor over the last three years.
Don't get too sucked in, though -- while Father Time is creeping up on Kershaw, he's still been nasty against righties this season, limiting them to a .289 wOBA, 24.2% strikeout rate, and 28.6% fly-ball rate.
Walker has actually struggled in this split as well -- he owns a 22.1% strikeout rate and .311 wOBA against lefties, so look elsewhere to fill that C/1B slot tonight.
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.