3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Players to Avoid on 6/26/19
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 26.
Matt Boyd, Detroit Tigers (SP)
vs Texas Rangers
FanDuel Price: $9,400
But, there are some warning signs coming. While he's posted some silly strikeout numbers, June has been unkind to the southpaw, as he has averaged only 28.75 FanDuel points in his last four starts, zero wins, and only one quality start.
While the Texas Rangers, Boyd's opponent, strike out plenty (25.7% team rate), they also rank seventh in team wOBA (.332), second in hard-hit rate (42.6%), and ninth in isolated power (.193, ISO).
Boyd is a pretty reliable commodity in a tough pitching year, but this may be a bad night to roster him.
Jorge Polanco, Minnesota Twins (SS)
vs Tampa Bay Rays
FanDuel Price: $3,700
Speaking of break out candidates, Jorge Polanco has been a big part of the Minnesota Twins surge to the top of the AL Central. Polanco has blasted 11 home runs and a .922 OPS on his way to a huge first half.
While Polanco has been strong so far, he's hit a bit of a power drought as of late. He's got only one long ball since June 6th, including a .701 OPS since the middle of the month.
His opposing hurler, Charlie Morton, also has been tough on lefty-bats -- this season, he has limited them to a 31.0% fly-ball rate, including a 32.2% strikeout rate and .292 wOBA over 180 total batters faced.
The Twins have been a great bet this year, but don't count on continued production from Polanco tonight.
Austin Meadows, Tampa Bay Rays (OF)
at Minnesota Twins
FanDuel Price: $3,800
Staying in Minnesota, a game with a lofty over/under of 9.0 runs generally indicates some run-scoring opportunities. And those definitely look likely -- but could be challenging for the Tampa Bay Rays and Austin Meadows tonight.
Although Jake Odorizzi comes off a dud of an outing, where he allowed four earned runs and eight hits to the lowly Kansas City Royals, that loss snapped a 10-0 stretch over 11 starts made, where he averaged over 41 FanDuel points per game.
While you'd likely assume that the righty has been brilliant against same-sided bats, he's been pretty nasty against lefties, too. Spanning 144 plate appearances, he's allowed a meager six extra-base hits, including only two home runs.
Overall, Odorizzi's 27.2% strikeout rate, including his .231 wOBA allowed in 42 1/3 innings pitched, makes Meadows an easy fade.
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.