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 10-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Joe Musgrove - Pittsburgh (at St. Louis)
Musgrove is one of those guys who could realistically toss seven scoreless innings or get shelled for eight earned runs. That’s how this season has gone for the Pittsburgh righty. However, Musgrove has seemingly found his groove while allowing just three earned runs across 15 innings (14 K’s) over his last three appearances. This is a sneaky-good matchup as well, given that St. Louis ranks dead last in wRC+ over the past 30 days.
Votto got off to a terrible start this season, but he has been much better over the past month. He’s not the most exciting first base option, as most DFS enthusiasts will gravitate towards Daniel Murphy, Carlos Santana, Freddie Freeman, or Brandon Belt instead. However, don’t forget about Votto in a reasonably good matchup against Chicago RHP Kyle Hendricks. It doesn’t hurt that the wind is blowing out in Wrigley Field tonight.
Ozzie Albies - Atlanta (at Milwaukee)
Albies has upside via power, speed, and contact while hitting down in Atlanta’s order. The Braves’ infielder has recorded five multi-hit performances over his last eight games, and he could easily grab another tonight. Milwaukee RHP Adrian Houser carries a .366 wOBA split to left-handed bats, and the hitter-friendly environment of Miller Park presents an additional boost.
Don’t forget about the White Sox tonight. Kansas City RHP Jakob Junis has been mediocre at best while allowing 21 hits and 12 earned runs across 17.2 innings over his past three starts. Junis also carries a vulnerable .351 wOBA split to left-handed bats. That’s where Moncada comes in as a capable switch-hitter with extreme upside. Third base is absolutely loaded tonight, and I’m assuming Moncada will hold a lower-than-deserved ownership rate despite this appealing draw. This is definitely a leverage situation to keep in mind.
Orlando Arcia - Milwaukee (vs. Atlanta)
Arcia is probably the riskiest player featured in this article, especially considering that he’s working his way back from a shoulder injury. Assuming he’s in the lineup tonight, Arcia checks in as a cheap shortstop with some “pop” and a hitter-friendly environment. He’ll hold the platoon advantage over Atlanta LHP Max Fried, who has allowed eight earned runs and 19 hits through 10 innings over his last two starts.
Christin Stewart - Detroit (at Cleveland)
Stewart is starting to wake up with multiple hits in three of his last five games. He’ll see somewhat of a park upgrade in Cleveland (especially for left-handed power) while facing Indians’ RHP Adam Plutko’s .398 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Definitely keep an eye on the Detroit lefties like Niko Goodrum, Jeimer Candelario, and Victor Reyes. However, Stewart is my favorite pick to inflict the most damage tonight.
Jackie Bradley Jr. - Boston (vs. Toronto)
The Rockies, Giants, and Indians carry the highest run-scoring projections of the night, which could take some attention away from Boston despite the intriguing home matchup. Bradley is a cheap pick within that, looking at a confident draw against Toronto RHP Trent Thornton’s .357 wOBA split to left-handed bats. “JBJ” is on my shortlist while building multiple tournament lineups, and I don’t mind utilizing him as a cash game filler if you find yourself seeking value.