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 11-game main slate beginning at 7:05 ET.
Eduardo Rodriguez - Boston (at Philadelphia)
This isn’t necessarily the best matchup for Rodriguez, but that will likely reduce his ownership rate in large-field tournaments. Truth be told, the Phillies rank 19th in wRC+ this season, so there’s room for E-Rod to maintain his hot streak of 44+ fantasy points in four of his past five starts. The lone miss came at Colorado, which is pretty understandable. His counterpart, Philadelphia RHP Aaron Nola, has looked somewhat shaky lately, so Rodriguez could be looking at a road victory to spark fantasy upside.
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Vogelbach hasn’t done much from a fantasy point of view lately, but we can’t dismiss the Seattle slugger. He still carries immense power upside, which could be on full display against White Sox RHP Dylan Cease’s .394 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Cease has allowed 13 earned runs across 12 innings over his past three starts, and I’m not afraid to target him with an all-out Seattle stack.
Dee Gordon - Seattle (vs. Chicago White Sox)
Speaking to that Mariners’ stack, don’t forget about Gordon as a bargain lift at second base. Sure, he doesn’t carry power upside like his teammates, but the speedster is a candidate for multiple hits, runs, and maybe a steal or two this evening. He’ll look to jump on the aforementioned vulnerability of White Sox RHP Cease to provide a strong return on investment for fantasy backers.
Rafael Devers - Boston (at Philadelphia)
I briefly touched on this earlier, but Philadelphia RHP Nola has been shaky while allowing nine earned runs across 10 innings over his past two starts. If that continues, the Red Sox could represent a sneaky-good stack with a tiny ownership rate against the Phillies’ ace. Devers is a strong lift within that while holding capable upside in the midst of a career season (.314, 29 HR, 107 RBI).
Willy Adames - Tampa Bay (at LA Angels)
Let’s jump back into the bargain bin to select Adames as an economical shortstop for tournaments. Trevor Story, Alex Bregman, and Francisco Lindor will get all the love at this position, but their marked-up salaries will likely keep you from finding upside at other positions. Adames represents a cheaper path without skimping on potential. The Tampa shortstop went 2-3 with a homer and three runs last night, and there’s a chance he’ll come back for more against Angels’ RHP Jaime Barria’s .371 wOBA split to right-handed bats.
Avisail Garcia - Tampa Bay (at LA Angels)
Take the last ten or so words of the previous write-up, and directly apply it to Garcia. Yeah, I’m talking about the part where I explain LAA RHP Barria’s .371 wOBA split to right-handed bats. Tommy Pham, Adames, and Garcia are excellent candidates against that, and the latter finds himself in the midst of a hot streak with multiple hits in three of his past five.
J.D. Davis - NY Mets (vs. LA Dodgers)
Dodgers’ LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu has been dominant for most of the season, but he found a rough-patch after allowing 17 earned runs across 13.1 innings over his past three starts. Those struggles could carry into tonight’s road start against the Mets, and a capable hitter like Davis is in line to take advantage if that’s the case. Davis has smacked five hits over his past three games, and I like him as a tournament choice this evening.