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 14-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Marcus Stroman - Toronto (at Detroit)
Any time you see “at/vs Detroit” in the headline, you should at least stop for a moment to consider the viability of that pitcher. Stroman has been reasonably good while holding a 3.25 ERA to go along with quality starts in four of his last five appearances. He’s firmly in trade discussions, but that shouldn’t interfere with his ability to control this favorable matchup. The Tigers carry the worst wRC+ (77) of any team in baseball. They are also proud owners of the highest strikeout rate at 26.2%. So yeah, this is the perfect opportunity for Stroman to thrive, which would serve as a fitting sendoff if this turns out to be his last game in a Blue Jays uniform.
This power-hitting rookie should always enter your tournament radar as long as he’s facing a non-imposing righty pitcher. That’s the case tonight, as Lowe and company will step in against White Sox RHP Reynaldo Lopez and his .341 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Lowe has been on fire with 14 hits, five homers, and 11 RBIs over his last 10 starts, and this is an excellent spot to pad those numbers.
David Fletcher - LA Angels (at Seattle)
Fletcher is a cheap tournament pivot with excellent lineup security while hitting at the top of this intimidating Angels’ order that features Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, and Justin Upton in the middle. Seattle RHP Mike Leake has been all over the place this season, most recently yielding eight hits and four earned runs in just 0.2 innings against the Angels last Friday. If those struggles persist, Fletcher and company will gladly shorten his outing this time as well.
Eugenio Suarez - Cincinnati (vs. St. Louis)
St. Louis RHP Adam Wainwright carries a .366 wOBA split to left-handed bats. As a result, most people will be looking towards the Reds’ lefty hitters in this draw (Votto, etc). However, let’s not forget about the upside of righties like Suarez and Puig. They stand to benefit from the hitter-friendly environment of Great American Ballpark, and Suarez is swinging a confident bat with three homers over his last four games. He serves as a sneaky-good pivot away from likely popular (and costly) third basemen such as Jose Ramirez, DJ LeMahieu, and Mike Moustakas.
Orlando Arcia - Milwaukee (at Arizona)
Arcia is a frequent member of this article series, as he’s usually dirt-cheap with capable upside at a tricky shortstop position. That holds true for this slate, and the Brewers find themselves an encouraging matchup as well. Arizona RHP Taylor Clarke is making his first start since July 2, and I don’t believe he’ll improve his already inflated 6.21 ERA on the season. In limited MLB innings, Clarke holds a .402 wOBA split to right-handed bats, so I’m definitely keeping an eye on Milwaukee bats like Arcia, Ryan Braun, and Lorenzo Cain.
Ramon Laureano - Oakland (at Minnesota)
Laureano has quietly been one of the hottest hitters in baseball lately. The Oakland outfielder has racked up 15 hits with five homers, 13 runs, eight RBIs, and two stolen bases over his last eight games. Meanwhile, Minnesota RHP Jake Odorizzi had a brilliant start to the season, but he has been trending downward over the last month. This is a classic case of an underrated hitter facing an overrated pitcher, which jumps off the scream as a leverage opportunity in large-field tournaments.
Kiermaier’s analysis comes in the footsteps of teammate Nate Lowe, who was mentioned earlier in this article. As stated in that write-up, White Sox RHP Lopez has had several blow-up appearances this season, and facing a solid Tampa offense on the road could work against him. Kiermaier is in position to take advantage of Lopez’s .341 wOBA split to left-handed bats, and I highly recommend keeping the Rays’ outfielder on your tournament list.