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 nine-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Robbie Ray - Arizona (at Texas)
I’m thinking most people will be looking towards Gerrit Cole or Mike Clevinger while paying up at pitcher tonight. Ray checks in as a short moneyline favorite (-120) while traveling to hitter-friendly Globe Life Park in Texas. That could turn the DFS crowd away from him despite the Arizona southpaw allowing just four hits and two earned runs with 16 strikeouts through 12.1 innings over his past two starts. Texas ranks bottom five in wRC+ against left-handed pitching with one of the highest strikeout splits in that regard. That definitely puts Ray in fantasy consideration through all formats.
Lowe has been making quite the impact for Tampa while collecting 10 hits with five homers over his last seven games. Tonight’s matchup doesn’t necessarily look great against NYY RHP Domingo German, but Lowe could run into a round-tripper while getting help from the short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium. The rookie slugger remains moderately priced despite his obvious upside.
Brock Holt - Boston (vs. Toronto)
Holt doesn’t have great career numbers against Aaron Sanchez, which could cause many people to avoid him in daily fantasy. However, Sanchez is having arguably his worst season as a professional, and his .371 wOBA split to left-handed bats is ripe for the picking. The second base position doesn’t have much opportunity cost tonight, so taking Holt at a bargain salary in this pleasant matchup could pay dividends.
White Sox RHP Ivan Nova is known for his generosity to left-handed bats, but I’m not opposed to stacking righties against him either. Nova surrenders plenty of contact regardless of handedness, and Dozier checks in with a hot bat after racking up six hits, one homer, five runs, and five RBIs over his past three games. The 27-year-old third baseman is having a career season, and that could continue against a subpar righty in Nova.
Jonathan Villar - Baltimore (vs. Washington)
Villar has been quiet lately, and most DFS enthusiasts will overlook him while playing for an underwhelming offense. However, let’s not forget about Villar’s legitimate blend of speed, contact, and power. He’ll square off against Washington RHP Erick Fedde (.384 wOBA split to left-handed bats) in Baltimore’s hitter-friendly park. In other words, this is a favorable spot for the Orioles’ shortstop to get back on track.
Victor Robles - Washington (at Baltimore)
Looking to the other dugout of this Washington-Baltimore matchup, Robles could be an underrated option that pays dividends. The Nationals unsurprisingly carry a heavy run-scoring projection while facing Orioles’ RHP Aaron Brooks followed by a generous bullpen. The park upgrade in Baltimore doesn’t hurt either. Robles usually hits down in the Washington order, but that shouldn’t deter you from his exciting blend of power, speed, and contact.
Jake Bauers - Cleveland (vs. Detroit)
It’s no secret that Cleveland makes for a comfortable hitting stack tonight. Most people will focus on players like Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Carlos Santana, and Jason Kipnis from the Tribe. Bauers should be included in that list even though he’s not necessarily a “name-brand” option like the others. Bauers has collected 14 hits over his last ten games while flexing some impressive upside along the way. Facing Detroit RHP Spencer Turnbull and his .350 wOBA split to left-handed bats could encourage more the same.