3 Best Dark-Horse Picks to Win the NL Cy Young in 2022 on FanDuel Sportsbook

Larry Rupp
The three best dark-horse bets to win the NL Cy Young in 2022 on FanDuel Sportsbook.
The three best dark-horse bets to win the NL Cy Young in 2022 on FanDuel Sportsbook. / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The start of the 2022 MLB season is right around the corner with Opening Day slated for Thursday, April 7. It's the perfect time to make some last-minute wagers on betting futures on FanDuel Sportsbook, especially when it concerns the National League Cy Young race.

The injury suffered by Jacob deGrom changed these odds completely as Max Scherzer is now the new favorite (+700). Reigning Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes is a close second at +750. However, bettors can also get decent value by targeting some intriguing dark-horse picks.

Here's a look at the three best dark-horse bets to win the NaL Cy Young in 2022, withodds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

NL Cy Young Dark Horses 2022

1. Max Fried, Atlanta Braves (+2500)

While Max Fried may not be considered a long shot at +2500, it is safe to say he is being underrated with these odds. He checks in outside the top 10 candidates despite owning a career record of 40-18 to go along with a 3.34 ERA. The 28-year-old has also posted a WHIP under 1.09 in each of the last two seasons and struck out an impressive 208 batters in 221.2 innings pitched during that span. The Braves are coming off a World Series title and are the favorites to win the NL East division. The idea of Fried reaching 20 wins is not unrealistic given the combination of his recent success and the lineup supporting him. He's a great dark horse to target.

2. Freddy Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers (+3000)

Everyone tends to mention Milwaukee's stellar starting rotation anytime the Brewers are praised as World Series contenders. However, the conversation is always centered around Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff. Don't forget how dominant Freddy Peralta is, too. The powerful right-hander finished with 10 wins last season after posting a 2.81 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. That level of production lines up with other NL team's aces. Peralta is fresh off his first All-Star game nod and has improved his stats with every passing year. We have only seen a glimpse into what the 25-year-old is truly capable of. If the Brewers can run away with the NL Central title, it'll be hard to deny how impactful it is having Peralta on the mound every five days.

3. Ranger Suarez, Philadelphia Phillies (+8000)

Bettors looking for a true long shot should shift their attention toward Ranger Suarez of the Philadelphia Phillies. The closer turned starter broke out in 2021 and finished with a minuscule 1.36 ERA in 106.0 innings pitched. Not only that, but Suarez put together his first career complete game shutout and averaged 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. While the four-year pro's inexperience may be seen as a disadvantage, it also means that few batters have faced him often. Suarez has an arsenal of pitches that includes a downright nasty changeup. He uses it to rack up strikeouts and force ground ball outs. The Phillies are going to put up a ton of run support this season, so watch out for Suarez.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.