3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Hitters to Avoid on 6/8/16
As is the case in most daily fantasy sports, finding information on players you might want to roster is a lot easier than finding players to avoid.
While you can get away with a zero from a hitter in daily fantasy, you certainly don't want to target guys whose matchups aren't enticing.
Here are three hitters you may want to lessen your exposure to or even fade altogether on Wednesday.
Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, Boston Red Sox
FanDuel Price: $3,300
After a slow start to the season, Jackie Bradley has turned it on over the last month and has been a very nice fantasy asset to both daily and season long players. However, the Red Sox are heading on the road tonight in San Francisco to play an interleague game against the Giants and Madison Bumgarner.
While Bradley has not been bad against left-handed pitchers this season, there are some interesting splits that stand out that could make him one of the landmines on tonight’s slate. Even though Bradley’s wOBA against lefties has been very good this season at .441, it’s a different story when he's on the road. In 2016, his wOBA on the road against lefties drops to .274, and for his career, his overall wOBA on the road is .280, compared to .347 when he plays at Fenway. Combine that with his lower hard hit and fly ball rates against lefties this season, and tonight may be a night to avoid Bradley.
Bumgarner has been filthy against lefties this season, and it likely won’t stop tonight. Lefties have a wOBA of just .209 against him this season through 66 total batters faced, and for his career that number is .246. Bumgarner is striking out over 31 percent of the lefty hitters he has faced this season, and their hard hit rate against him is just 24.4 percent.
Brandon Crawford, SS, San Francisco Giants
FanDuel Price: $3,200
Speaking of tough lefty-lefty matchups in San Francisco tonight, David Price has been all over the place this season, and while consistency has not been his strong suit, he has still been solid against left-handers for the most part in 2016. Now he faces off against a lineup full of lefties tonight, and one of the bigger landmines in San Francisco’s batting order is Brandon Crawford.
Through 65 at-bats this season against lefties, Crawford has a wOBA of just .259. His power drops significantly against lefties with an ISO of .062, compared to .212 against right-handers, and for his career, his strikeout rate against lefties is nearly 25 percent.
Price has been pretty wild over his last two starts. He walked seven total batters over his last two, and while lefties own a wOBA of .327 against him this season through 61 total batters, lefties' wOBA against Price is only .260 in his career.
However, this season some of his splits are still pretty good despite not being great over his last few starts. Lefties are still only hitting .232 against him this season, and his hard hit rate against lefties this season is just 27.3 percent, more than 10 points lower than against right-handers.
Brett Lawrie, 2B, Chicago White Sox
FanDuel Price: $2,500
The White Sox are also hosting an interleague game on Thursday evening, as they welcome in Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals. Scherzer has been his usual dominant self this season, and that makes it tough to roster many White Sox tonight even if you're considering a tournament stack against him. Brett Lawrie is one of those Chicago players who may be better left off your rosters tonight.
Lawrie has really struggled against right-handed pitching this season. His wOBA is .303 against righties and he is hitting just .225 through 173 at-bats this season against them. He is striking out a ton already, and his strikeout rate is 28.4 percent against righties this season.
Righties own a wOBA against Scherzer of just .205 this season through 157 total batters, and Scherzer is striking out close to 39 percent of the righties he has faced this season. Righties have a hard hit rate of 22.6 percent against him. For a guy who is striking out a lot like Lawrie, it’s better not rostering him tonight.