3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Players to Avoid on 9/10/19
While we have plenty of pieces geared towards guys you should target in your DFS contests, it's also important to narrow down your 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.
Lance Lynn, P, Texas Rangers
FanDuel Price: $9,200
Lance Lynn has been one of this year's most surprising stars in his first season with the Texas Rangers. Lynn has accumulated an amazing 5.9 WAR, per FanGraphs, while striking out over 27% of batters he faces. Despite his success, his matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays as well as the alternative pitching options available indicate that leaving him on the bench is the optimal strategy on tonight's slate.
The Rays rank seventh in baseball with a 104 wRC+ against righties and will be sending one of their better pitchers, Ryan Yarbrough, to the hill, which lowers Lynn's chance of picking up a win. Couple that with the fact that the Rangers have -41 Defensive Runs Saved, the seventh-worst mark in the league, and it is not difficult to pass on Lynn.
Pete Alonso, 1B, New York Mets
FanDuel Price: $4,100
In yesterday's article, I recommended starting Pete Alonso at the catcher/first base slot, and he paid off big time with two home runs. However, tonight's matchup has me suggesting that you leave Alonso out of your lineups against young righty Zac Gallen. Gallen has allowed only one home run to righties this season in 31.2 innings of work while also holding them to a .271 wOBA. Of course, Alonso has the power to hit anybody, but his price is simply too high to be worth a start in this matchup.
Bryce Harper, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
FanDuel Price: $4,000
In his first year with the Philadelphia Phillies, Bryce Harper has continued to produce offensively with 30 home runs and 3.6 WAR. Surprisingly, Harper has reverse splits this season, his wRC+ against lefties is 137, compared to 113 against righties. Even though he if facing a lefty tonight in Max Fried, Harper should be avoided. Fried has held lefties to a miniscule .260 wOBA while allowing only two home runs in 37 innings of work in the split. Additionally, the Atlanta Braves have 25 defensive runs saved, which is the 10th-best mark in the league.
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