3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Players to Avoid on 9/4/19

The Athletics have a solid matchup tonight versus Patrick Sandoval, but is every player a viable option? Matt Chapman has even splits this season at the plate, does that mean we should avoid him?

While we have plenty of pieces geared towards guys you should target in your DFS contests, it's also important to narrow down your shortlist 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.

Jose Berrios, P, Minnesota Twins

FanDuel Price: $8,200

Jose Berrios has acted as the ace for the Minnesota Twins during their surprisingly successful season. Berrios has a solid 3.87 FIP and 3.8 WAR in his best season to date. However, he is best left on the bench tonight against the Boston Red Sox. Although the Red Sox have been disappointing following their World Series title last year, they still lead the league with a .349 wOBA against righties. Furthermore, Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez has had a strong season and cuts into Berrios' chance at picking up a win.

Hyun-jin Ryu ($8,400) has a good chance to get back on track against the Colorado Rockies.

Matt Chapman, 3B, Oakland Athletics

FanDuel Price: $3,800

On the surface, Matt Chapman seems like a strong play against young Los Angeles Angels lefty Patrick Sandoval. Sandoval has a 5.24 ERA but has been a victim of bad luck according to his 3.31 FIP. Additionally, he has shown reverse splits and limited righties to a .281 wOBA. Chapman, who has become en elite third baseman, has roughly even splits. Although Sandoval looks like a pitcher to target, he is actually underrated and makes Chapman avoidable tonight.

Consider starting Hunter Dozier ($3,900) who will be going up against struggling journeyman Edwin Jackson.

Marcell Ozuna, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

FanDuel Price: $3,800

Disregarding the fact that Marcell Ozuna will be going up against lefty Madison Bumgarner, who has turned in another quality season, there is even more evidence to suggest that Ozuna should always be left on the bench against lefties. Ozuna, a righty with some pop, has unexpectedly struggled mightily against lefties this season. He has a mere .258 wOBA and strikes out at a 27.7% rate against lefties. Furthermore, Ozuna has a 56 wRC+ against southpaws which means that he has been 44% below league average when facing them. Those numbers are alarming for someone considered to be a strong hitter. For the foreseeable future, Ozuna should always be left on the bench against lefties.

Save salary with Bryan Reynolds ($3,400) who has annihilated righty pitching this season.

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