MLB GPP Pivots: Saturday 4/20

Spencer Limbach
Rotoworld

Welcome to the MLB GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays on FanDuel and DraftKings. 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 popular picks 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 7:10 ET.  

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PITCHER

Aaron Nola – Philadelphia (at Colorado)

Nola has been pretty bad to begin the season, allowing 15 earned runs and 19 hits through 13.1 innings over his last three starts. However, it’s worth mentioning that all of those outings came against divisional teams, facing the Nationals twice and Mets once. Perhaps getting out of the division will help Nola get back on track? The park factor in Colorado won’t help, but Nola’s salary is dirt-cheap compared to what we have come to expect from the Philadelphia ace. There aren’t many intriguing value pitchers in tonight’s evening slate, so taking a chance on Nola’s talent makes for a feasible tournament strategy.

CATCHER/FIRST BASE

Robinson Chirinos – Houston (at Texas)

This recommendation is tailored for FanDuel, as Chirinos will likely hold a minuscule ownership rate with the catcher and first base positions combined over there. However, don’t necessarily rule out his mid-range salary, especially considering the hitter-friendly environment of Globe Life Park. Texas RHP Adrian Sampson was shelled for seven earned runs in his last start, and quality right-handed bats have given him problems in the early going. Houston has plenty of those, and Chirinos is an underrated stacking extension within that.

SECOND BASE

Phil Gosselin – Philadelphia (at Colorado)

The second base position doesn’t have much to offer in terms of compelling upside. Jose Altuve and Cesar Hernandez are expensive, but they are the only options with legitimate DFS potential here. You could look towards value with Phil Gosselin, assuming he’s in the lineup. Jean Segura and Scott Kingery are both dealing with hamstring issues, so Gosselin could get the start tonight. If that’s the case, he’ll probably hit down in the Philadelphia order. However, there’s a chance he’ll take advantage of the “Coors Effect”, and the opportunity cost is very low at second base.

THIRD BASE

Hernan Perez – Milwaukee (vs LA Dodgers)

Perez could get the start as a platoon bat to deploy against Dodgers’ left-handed pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. Perez isn’t exactly a “lefty masher”, but he’s serviceable enough with a 104 wRC+ split against southpaws over the past three years. The hitter-friendly atmosphere of Miller Park could oblige as well. Go ahead and keep him in mind as a cheap third baseman with a little bit of pop.

SHORTSTOP

Fernando Tatis Jr. – San Diego (vs Cincinnati)

I’m hoping Tatis is ignored in favor of name-brand shortstops like Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, or Trevor Story. Tatis’ matchup doesn’t look great on paper (L.Castillo), so that could scare some people as well. However, the San Diego shortstop has been on fire in the month of April, hitting .316 with six homers, 13 RBIs, and three stolen bases. That includes a homer and three steals against the Reds last night, so he can run on this opponent. There’s upside within his exciting profile, and Tatis is definitely worth a look in tournaments this evening.

OUTFIELD

Yasiel Puig – Cincinnati (at San Diego)

San Diego LHP Eric Lauer has one of the more generous splits of the night, allowing a .350 wOBA mark to right-handed bats. Significant contributions have been few and far between to start the season, but this sets up as a favorable spot for Puig to showcase his well-rounded skill set. He’s another guy with potential for multiple hits with a home run and stolen base.

Ryan Braun – Milwaukee (vs LA Dodgers)

Dodgers’ left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is no slouch, but he could run into trouble against this intimidating Milwaukee lineup in hitter-friendly Miller Park. Ryan Braun holds a bargain salary and premium lineup spot within that, and he’s still a respectable hitter against left-handed pitching. The veteran bat hasn’t done much since the first few weeks of the season, but facing a non-elite southpaw at home makes for an interesting time to buy low on Braun.

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