3 Under-the-Radar MLB FanDuel Plays for Wednesday 9/15/21
When being contrarian in daily fantasy sports, there's a fine line between taking a calculated risk and being reckless. But differentiating your lineups from everyone else's is the name of the game if you plan on taking down one of those highly lucrative DFS tournaments. Whether it's because of bookmaker totals, other options at a given position, or some gem you've found who everyone is overlooking, we can always find potential under-rostered plays if we look hard enough.
Here are three such players to consider branching out for on FanDuel's main slate.
Ranger Suarez, P, Philadelphia Phillies ($8,800)
Suarez has managed to post 34 FanDuel points or more in four straight starts, and that's bolstered by his solid 25.0% strikeout rate and allowing a total of 3 earned runs in that time. Consistency and good point-per-dollar production are what we are getting from Suarez, and he can replicate that tonight versus the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs come in with a 95 wRC+ (22nd in the league), .171 ISO (17th), 25.3% strikeout rate (3rd), and 30.0% hard-contact rate (29th) versus left-handed pitchers this season. This should be an easy matchup for Suarez with his 3.57 xFIP, 60.7% ground-ball rate, 58.0% medium-contact rate, and 6.3% HR/FB rate this year.
Bobby Bradley, 1B, Cleveland Indians ($2,500)
The Cleveland Indians are in a great spot tonight, and some of their players could go overlooked.
With a 4.50 implied run total, the Indians have the eighth-highest implied team total on the slate, a clear step behind the top options. This is a bit surprising because their matchup versus Griffin Jax is amazing due to the fact he is a terrible pitcher. Jax comes in allowing a 5.72 xFIP, 2.36 HR/9, 10.0% walk rate, 46.5% fly-ball rate, and 43.0% hard-contact rate versus left-handed hitters this season. I want as much exposure against Jax as I can possibly get tonight if the home run upside is going to be there.
We can look to Bobby Bradley, who shouldn't be as popular as Franmil Reyes or Jose Ramirez but still carries plenty of power. Bradley comes in with a 103 wRC+, .214 ISO, 34.1% fly-ball rate, 36.3% hard-contact rate, and 25.8% HR/FB rate versus right-handed pitchers.
Bradley is a bit of a boom-or-bust option sometimes, but the boom tonight could be a home run.
Ryan Mountcastle, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles ($3,400)
The Baltimore Orioles shouldn't be popular tonight.
I know, shocker. The Orioles as +154 home underdogs aren't going to be popular, and I get it. As always, I'm not trying to fully stack them, but Ryan Mountcastle is an awesome option as a one-off for tournaments.
This game is in Baltimore, which is a solid hitter's park, and it should have some wind blowing out to left. This should be a nice boost to hitters tonight, which is always nice.
That should benefit Mountcastle, who has a 38.4% fly-ball rate, 36.8% hard-contact rate, 22.9% HR/FB rate, and .259 ISO versus left-handed pitchers this season. This also lines up against Nestor Cortes, who is allowing 1.29 HR/9 to righties, along with a 4.63 xFIP and 52.0% fly-ball rate.
Extra wind combined with a high fly-ball pitcher? Sign me up.