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MLB GPP Plays: Thursday

Thursday, July 12, 2018


This article looks to uncover some underrated MLB DFS Tournament Options for large-field contests. The following write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, meaning injury information, weather, and lineup cards could alter the fantasy landscape. Checking starting lineups and scanning our MLB Headlines Feed should keep you in the loop.

 

 

 

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PITCHER

 

Steven Matz – NY Mets (vs Washington)

 

There’s plenty of star-power at the pitcher position tonight, as Scherzer, Severino, Kluber, and Paxton serve as the headliner picks. Don’t forget about quality arms like Snell and Stripling attracting plenty of fantasy attention as well. Due to this, Mets LHP Steven Matz will likely be underrated despite having a salary that is disproportionately cheaper than his recent production level. Going toe-to-toe with Max Scherzer should dissuade many DFS enthusiasts as well. However, Matz profiles as a serviceable value pitcher to stack around in tournaments. He has notched 35+ FanDuel points in five of his last seven starts, clearly finding his groove. The fact that he’s a southpaw should help while locking hitters like Eaton, Harper, and Soto into a lefty/lefty draw. Matz also has solid career numbers against shortstop Trea Turner, creating a maneuverable path to success against this Nationals’ offense.

 

 

 

CATCHER / FIRST BASE

 

Wilson Ramos – Tampa Bay (at Minnesota)

 

Catchers are usually ignored on FanDuel due to the merging of them with first base over there. That creates an opportunity with high-upside backstops in tournaments on most nights. This evening is no exception, as Tampa catcher Wilson Ramos fits the mold. Ramos has been on fire with seven hits, three homers, eight RBI, and five runs over his most recent five games. He’s squaring off against the up-and-down nature of Minnesota RHP Kyle Gibson, and the ball tends to carry in Target Field during this time of year.

 

 

 

SECOND BASE

 

Devon Travis – Toronto (at Boston)

 

Toronto is one of my favorite “sneaky-good” tournament stacks of the night. Boston LHP David Price hasn’t exactly been dominant this season, especially considering he allowed 12 earned runs and 15 hits over eight innings through his last two starts. Playing in hitter-friendly Fenway Park gives a boost to these Toronto right-handed hitters, and Devon Travis is ready to take advantage. He has solid career numbers against Price to begin with, and Travis is heating up with four hits, one homer, six RBI, and three runs over his last four games.

 

 

 

THIRD BASE

 

Kyle Seager – Seattle (at LA Angels)

 

Most people won’t even look at Seager in a lefty/lefty matchup against Tyler Skaggs, but I’ll kindly ask you to reconsider in large-field tournaments. If you glance throughout Seager’s career splits, he’s actually pretty good against left-handed pitching. In fact, he is hitting southpaws better than righties this season, holding a .342 wOBA and 121 wRC+ in that regard. His splits last year were nearly identical against left and right-handed pitching as well. On top of that, Seager has some inspiring career numbers against Skaggs, and he tends to hit better at home.

 

 

 

SHORTSTOP

 

Aledmys Diaz – Toronto (at Boston)

 

Diaz falls into the same rationale as teammate Devon Travis above. They are both cheap Toronto bats hoping to take advantage of David Price’s recent struggles along with the park upgrade at Fenway. Even though Diaz is hitting towards the bottom of the lineup (could stifle his ownership rate further), he’s a capable bat who has been heating up with five hits, two doubles, one homer, three RBI, and four runs over his most recent four starts.

 

 

 

OUTFIELD

 

Kevin Kiermaier / Carlos Gomez – Tampa Bay (at Minnesota)

 

As mentioned earlier, Minnesota RHP Kyle Gibson has been better this season, but he still has consistency issue. This Tampa lineup has been heating up, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that continues at Target Field. Kiermaier seems to be rounding into form after missing nearly two months with a thumb injury. Gomez is a true wild card, but there’s upside with power and multi-hit potential. Keep both of these guys in mind when trying to be different in large-field tournaments.

 

 

Teoscar Hernandez – Toronto (at Boston)

 

Hernandez piggybacks from the rationale of teammates Devon Travis and Aledmys Diaz within a sneaky-good Toronto stack. In fact, I’d probably look towards Smoak, Travis, Diaz, and Hernandez as a viable tournament combination on FanDuel; the cumulative salary is pretty cheap too. Hernandez hasn’t done much over the last week, but he has showcased some rewarding fantasy upside throughout the season to garner DFS consideration in this situation.



Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for Rotoworld. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.
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