3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Players to Avoid on 8/12/19

While we have plenty of pieces geared towards guys you should target in your DFS contests, it's also important to narrow down your short list of plays and avoid the suboptimal ones who are overpriced and/or in tough spots.

Let's check out three guys to consider fading on tonight's FanDuel main slate.

Zach Plesac, P, Cleveland Indians

FanDuel Price: $8,500

The Cleveland Indians are sending Zach Plesac to the mound against the Boston Red Sox after a huge series win against the Minnesota Twins. Plesac, in his rookie season, has pitched his way to a 3.13 ERA, but a deeper look at his numbers suggest that regression is on the horizon. His FIP is 4.95 and he has only struck out 18.5% of batters he has faced.

The righty also carries reverse splits which will not bode well for him in this matchup against hitters like Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez. Despite their struggles this season, the Red Sox have a strikeout rate of 21.1% which is the 7th lowest total in the Majors. Opting for Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez ($8,900) is a much sharper move.

Austin Meadows, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

Fanduel Price: $3,800

After being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays from the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, Austin Meadows has experienced a breakout season. However, he faces a tough matchup on the road tonight against lefty Joey Lucchesi and the San Diego Padres.

Although Meadows has experienced overall success this season, he has only hit four of his 19 home runs against lefties and sees his wOBA drop to .314 compared to .388 against righties. Additionally, Petco Park, home of the Padres is one of the worst environments in the Majors for offense, which further limits his upside.

With a plethora of outfield options, leave Meadows on the bench and consider David Peralta ($3,800) or Andrew Benintendi ($3,900).

Bo Bichette, SS, Toronto Blue Jays

Fanduel Price: $4,000

Bo Bichette has been historically great since being called up to the Toronto Blue Jays but his price tag is simply too high to expect any value. Although opposing pitcher Ariel Jurado certainly has been prone to some poor outings, Bichette's price suggests that he is significantly better than his true skill. Bichette's last two games proved it possible to limit him and some regression is certainly foreseeable in the near future.

With superstar shortstops Xander Bogaerts ($4,000) and Francisco Lindor ($4,100) available in the same price range the decision should be relatively easy.

Gabriel Billig is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice Gabriel Billig also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username gpbbsb. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his/her personal views, he/she may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his/her personal account. The views expressed in his/her articles are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.