Welcome to the MLB GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays away from the popular lifts. These recommendations are usually risk/reward commodities meant to be used in large-field tournaments. Typically, blending these low-owned hidden gems with well-aligned staples contributes to a viable GPP strategy.
Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our MLB News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
We will be looking at the 13-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Danny Duffy - Kansas City (vs. Detroit)
Duffy isn’t the same fantasy-friendly pitcher as a few seasons ago, but he could get the job done tonight. Most of that revolves around the ineptitude of Detroit’s offense, as the Tigers rank 29th in wRC+ with the second-highest strikeout rate at 26.0%. I wouldn’t be surprised if we witness a quality start alongside a victory from the Kansas City southpaw. Duffy has posted a quality start in four of his last five appearances, and this is his best matchup in recent memory.
Nate Lowe - Tampa Bay (at Baltimore)
Lowe is a rookie who could offer rewarding upside for a cheap salary. He’ll see a park upgrade in Baltimore while facing Orioles’ RHP Dylan Bundy and his .371 wOBA split to left-handed bats. That bullpen isn’t scaring anyone either. Lowe slapped two homers in three games prior to the All-Star break, and this is an excellent situation to keep the heater alive. Go ahead and keep the rookie on your tournament shortlist.
Ketel Marte - Arizona (at St. Louis)
Marte is somewhat pricey, but you can’t ignore that he’s having a career season while hitting .311 with 20 homers and 50 RBIs. Changing his swing has translated to success from both sides of the plate, and I’m expecting Marte to get the job done while standing in as a left-handed hitter this evening. Of course, facing St. Louis RHP Adam Wainwright and his .380 wOBA split to left-handed bats should help.
Evan Longoria - San Francisco (at Milwaukee)
Most DFS enthusiasts have written off Longoria as a washed-up player without much to offer for fantasy purposes. The move to San Francisco’s pitcher-friendly park certainly fed those doubts. However, “Longo” finds himself in a nice hot streak with five homers and nine hits over his last five starts. He’ll see a nice park boost in Milwaukee tonight while facing Brewers’ RHP Chase Anderson and his .357 wOBA split to right-handed bats.
J.P. Crawford - Seattle (at LA Angels)
Felix Pena is listed as the “bulk pitcher” for the Angels tonight, and I’m looking for exposure against his .368 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Daniel Vogelbach, Kyle Seager, and J.P. Crawford are all acceptable candidates in that regard. Crawford has been heating up over the past month, carrying multi-hit potential with some “pop” for an economical shortstop. Definitely keep him on your tournament radar.
Jackie Bradley Jr. - Boston (vs. LA Dodgers)
Kenta Maeda is a name-brand pitcher, but he isn’t exactly someone to fear. That especially holds true when considering the shift to hitter-friendly Fenway Park tonight. Jackie Bradley Jr has looked better over the past month, and there’s a chance he’ll jump on Maeda’s .352 wOBA split to left-handed bats.
Avisial Garcia - Tampa Bay (at Baltimore)
As mentioned earlier, Baltimore RHP Bundy holds a vulnerable .371 wOBA split to left-handed bats. He also carries a .342 wOBA split against righties over the past two seasons, and it would be a mistake to completely ignore that. Garcia could take full advantage tonight, and the park boost in Baltimore should help. “Avi” will likely carry an extremely low ownership rate, as he’s usually an overlooked option within an underrated Tampa offense.