DraftKings MLB DFS Contrarian Picks (9/23/19)

These off-the-board plays are stellar tournament options on the abbreviated Monday slate

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  • Zach Eflin ($6,800) owns a 1.50 ERA over three starts against the Nationals in 2019.

  • Randal Grichuk ($4,300) has launched five homers over his last eight games.

  • The Cardinals have 20 homers and 14 stolen bases over their last 11 contests and is a great option against talented D-Backs rookie Alex Young.

Zach Eflin ($6,800)

Phillies @ Nationals

After nearly a month of making appearances out of the bullpen, Zach Eflin looks to be back in control as a starter. The righty owns a 1.57 ERA over his last five starts and earned a win in his most recent outings in Atlanta against a stout Braves offense.

Opponents are hitting .215 off Eflin over the five-game stretch. His terrific ERA is largely credited to his high 57.0 percent ground ball rate and low 5.3 percent walk rate.

Eflin has had success against the Washington Nationals this season, posting a 1.50 ERA and 21 strikeouts over 18 innings. Eflin won two of the contests, despite two of the three games being in Washington D.C. Look for Eflin to be a quality arm on a slate that features just six games.

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Randal Grichuk ($4,300)

Orioles @ Blue Jays

Randal Grichuk has been on an absolute tear of late, collecting at least one hit in 12 of his last 13 games. The outfielder has clobbered five homers, driven in eight, and scored seven runs of his own over his last eight contests. Grichuk is a streaky power hitter and now is the perfect time to jump on him.

Grichuk faces Chandler Shepherd, a Baltimore Orioles pitcher that allowed two long-balls and three runs over 4.0 innings in his latest outing against the Toronto Blue Jays. Grichuk was responsible for launching one of the homers off of Shepherd.

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Cardinals (Stack)

Cardinals @ Diamondbacks

Alex Young comes in as the fourth-most expensive pitcher in this shallow slate of games. His $6,700 DraftKings price tag is largely due to his eight inning shutout performance against the Cincinnati Reds three outings ago, when he struck out a career-high 12. However, the rookie has struggled since, allowing 10 hits and two round-trippers over his last two starts (7 2/3 innings). Young’s 7:6 K:BB ratio is pretty tasteless, too.

The St. Louis Cardinals offense comes in as an inexpensive source today, but the club has managed to produce 58 runs over their last 11 contests. Young has allowed four homers over the month (20.0 innings). The St. Louis offense has swatted 20 long-balls and swiped 14 bags over their last 11 games, making them supreme for fantasy purposes. They’re a solid stack option for the day.

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