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.
With that, let’s dive into tonight’s main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Joey Lucchesi – San Diego (at Toronto)
I really liked Lucchesi as a sleeper pick heading into the season, but his current 4.28 ERA has been pretty mediocre so far. Having said that, tonight makes for an excellent opportunity to live up to that preseason hype. Lucchesi has had flashes of upside through nine starts on the year, and facing the Blue Jays could inspire more of that. Toronto currently ranks 28th in wRC+ with the sixth highest strikeout rate at 25.1%. If Lucchesi can work around Vladimir Guerrero Jr. he should be in line for a quality start.
Mark Canha – Oakland (vs. Seattle)
Oakland makes for an intriguing stack tonight. The first base position is loaded with a full 14 games on tap tonight, so Canha could slip through the cracks despite looking at a beautiful matchup. He’ll face Seattle LHP Wade LeBlanc, who has started one game since missing a month of action with an oblique injury. That outing did not go well, as he yielded seven earned runs and seven hits through 2.1 innings against Minnesota. He’ll face another righty-heavy squad with some pop in the Oakland A’s. Canha is getting regular playing time with Kendrys Morales out of the picture, making the most of his opportunities with five homers over his past eight games.
Hanser Alberto – Baltimore (at Colorado)
Alberto probably won’t even be the most popular second baseman on his team, as Jonathan Villar also carries eligibility at the position. However, Alberto will likely carry a premium lineup spot while looking to take advantage of the park boost in Coors Field. It doesn’t hurt that he’s swinging a confident bat with seven hits, two doubles, and a homer over his past three starts. He’ll square off against Colorado RHP Jeff Hoffman, who has had trouble escaping damage at Coors Field.
I had a tough time narrowing down the GPP Pivots at third base. Mike Moustakas, Yoan Moncada, and Brian Anderson were also in the running. However, Fletcher is slightly cheaper while looking at a comfortable righty/lefty draw against Texas LHP Drew Smyly – who carries a .369 wOBA split to right-handed bats. Fletcher has racked up four hits and a homer over his past two starts, and hitting leadoff in front of Mike Trout doesn’t hurt.
Anderson has bad career numbers against Minnesota’s All-Star pitcher Jose Berrios. However, the Twins’ ace hasn’t been very sharp lately while allowing 20 hits and nine earned runs through 10.1 innings over his past two starts. If Berrios can’t turn things around, the White Sox make for a sneaky-good stack on this slate. That includes the moderate price of Anderson, who carries upside with an ideal blend of power, speed, and contact.
Eloy Jimenez – Chicago White Sox (at Minnesota)
Jimenez follows the same thought-process used in Anderson’s write-up above. Twins RHP Berrios hasn’t been hitting his spots lately, and that sometimes results in leaving breaking balls hanging for the other team to clobber. Jimenez is certainly capable of that, smacking three homers over his past two outings.
Chad Pinder – Oakland (vs. Seattle)
Pinder doesn’t have a ton of name recognition as a platoon hitter for Oakland. However, he carries some pop in his bat, and the salary is very cheap. Pinder has scorched two homers over his past four starts, and he steps into a favorable righty/lefty matchup against Seattle LHP Wade LeBlanc.