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 beginning at 7:05 ET.
Gallen struggled with command through his first few starts since moving to Arizona. It appears that he’s back on track after allowing five earned runs, four walks, and 12 hits through 17 innings over his last three starts. That’s pretty impressive considering the level of competition against Milwaukee, San Diego, and the LA Dodgers. Tonight’s road start against the Mets is tricky, but Gallen could be a sneaky-good tournament lift considering his talent level and recent form.
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Ryan O’Hearn - Kansas City (at Chicago White Sox)
Things haven’t exactly panned out for O’Hearn, who was labeled a sleeper for season-long fantasy leagues prior to the season. Regardless, he could give your DFS lineup a boost tonight while displaying that exciting power upside against White Sox RHP Ivan Nova’s .348 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Nova had a nice stretch from mid-July into August, but he’s currently under regression’s spell after allowing 10 earned runs and 19 hits through 8.1 innings over his past two starts.
Starlin Castro - Miami (vs. Milwaukee)
Sure, Miami is the worst hitting team in baseball, but we can still find some interesting tournament bats within their lineup. Take Starlin Castro for instance, as the Marlins’ infielder has posted five multi-hit performances with five homers, 13 runs, and nine RBIs over his last 11 games. He’ll look to keep that heater alive against Milwaukee RHP Chase Anderson’s .358 wOBA split to right-handed bats.
Jon Berti - Miami (vs. Milwaukee)
Take the final sentence in the previous write-up and directly apply it to Berti. The Miami utility man has been a sneaky-good fantasy asset lately, collecting seven hits with one homer, nine runs, and two stolen bases (seven walks) over his last eight contests. As mentioned earlier, Milwaukee RHP Anderson is generous to righties, and the Brewers’ hurler has coughed-up 17 earned runs across 15.1 innings over his past four starts … If you’re not interested in the Marlins tonight, Kyle Seager is another third baseman with upside against the recent generosity of Cincinnati RHP Trevor Bauer.
Trea Turner - Washington (at Minnesota)
We usually stay away from hitters facing Minnesota ace Jose Berrios, but the right-hander is having a tough time at the moment. Berrios has allowed 29 earned runs over his last six starts while noticing a drop in velocity as well. There are plenty of elite shortstops on this slate (Francisco Lindor, Alex Bregman, Trevor Story, even Paul DeJong), but don’t forget about Trea Turner as a vessel to exploit Berrios’ current vulnerabilities.
Kevin Pillar - San Francisco (vs. Pittsburgh)
Most people will avoid this game featuring a pair of lackluster offenses playing in a pitcher-friendly ballpark. However, I have my eye on San Francisco in large-field tournaments, as they’ll look to jump on Pittsburgh RHP Mitch Keller - who carries an 8.18 ERA through 33 major league innings. Keller has struggled with hitters from both sides of the plate, and Kevin Pillar stands out as someone with realistic upside. Brandon Belt and Mike Yastrzemski are another pair of Giants on my GPP list.
Kyle Tucker - Houston (vs. Oakland)
Houston has one of the best offenses in baseball, which creates excellent lineup security (and numerous RBI opportunities) for a sneaky fantasy option like Tucker. The ownership rate should be tiny due to a lack of name recognition with the Houston outfielder hitting down in the order. However, Tucker has looked confident at the plate with five hits, two doubles, one homer, and five RBIs over his last three starts. The matchup looks reasonably attractive against Oakland RHP Tanner Roark’s .347 wOBA split to left-handed bats.