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 six-game (main) evening slate beginning at 7:05 ET.
Peters recorded a pair of solid outings on the road last week, allowing six total earned runs with 13 strikeouts across 13.2 innings against the intimidating offenses of Cleveland and Boston. He’s looking at an easier draw this time around, returning home to face a Pittsburgh team that ranks below average in most of the major hitting categories. Peters admittedly comes with some risk, but he’s still cheap while stepping in as a home favorite with the aforementioned intriguing matchup. He tied a career-high with eight strikeouts at Boston last Thursday, advertising some appealing fantasy upside.
CATCHER / FIRST BASE
Miami RHP Elieser Hernandez carries a heavy .384 wOBA split to left-handed bats into this date with the Dodgers. Most DFS enthusiasts will look towards Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson, and Corey Seager as a result, but don’t forget about the underrated-likes of Matt Beaty. He’s fresh off a 2-5, 3B, HR, 4 RBI performance at Marlins Park yesterday, and Beaty makes for a nice bargain alternative from the high-end first basemen.
Luis Rengifo - LA Angels (vs. Pittsburgh)
Rengifo has been featured in this column several times this season. He’s a cheap switch-hitter with some “pop”, and that could be on full display while facing the generosity of Pittsburgh RHP Chris Archer and his .354 wOBA split to left-handed bats. The Angels carry one of the highest run-scoring projections of this evening slate, and Rengifo is a sneaky-good pick within that.
Todd Frazier - NY Mets (at Atlanta)
Frazier is definitely on the other side of his prime years, but he’s still a viable fantasy option in the right situation. That could be the case tonight, stepping in against Atlanta LHP Dallas Keuchel, who has gotten shelled to the tune of 20 hits and 15 earned runs across 16 innings over his past three starts. Frazier has solid numbers against left-handed pitching throughout his career (.346 wOBA, 118 wRC+, .248 ISO), and they could be on full display if Keuchel’s struggles carry into this tilt.
J.P. Crawford - Seattle (at Detroit)
The Mariners will be a trendy stack against washed-up Detroit RHP Edwin Jackson, but Crawford has potentially fallen out of DFS enthusiasts’ favor. The Seattle shortstop hasn’t done much of fantasy significance lately, and the DFS masses could shy away from an uninspiring recent game log. However, this is exactly the matchup Crawford needs to break his recent slump, as Jackson holds a career .343 wOBA split to left-handed bats, which has gotten worse over the past two years.
Alex Gordon - Kansas City (vs. St. Louis)
Gordon started the season on fire, but he has really fallen off the pace over the past month or two. Due to that, he could be hidden from DFS view for most people assembling lineups. I’m keeping him in tournament consideration with a breakout opportunity against St. Louis RHP Dakota Hudson, who carries a .395 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Gordon represents one of the few legitimate Kansas City lefties to take advantage of that.
Adam Duvall - Atlanta (vs. NY Mets)
Duvall follows the same arc as Gordon in the previous paragraph (fast start before burning out), although the Atlanta outfielder compressed it into two weeks. Duvall came on strong in his first week as a Brave, but he has gone 2-28 over his last seven games. He’ll settle into an encouraging spot to reverse that fortune, squaring up against the mediocrity of NYM southpaw Steven Matz. Duvall has been better against left-handed pitching throughout his career (101 wRC+, .228 ISO), making him a respectable tournament option for a bargain salary.