The purpose of this article is to outline potential popular selections at every position, then give some sneaky pivot plays with lower ownership rates for tournament consideration. Essentially, it’s your traditional tournament picks segment with an emphasis on getting away from those groupthink selections of the day.
In other words, I’m playing devil’s advocate in going against the grain. Hopefully, this will help find some lower-owned pivot plays to accompany the popular, well-aligned picks in your FanDuel lineups.
We are focusing on the main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Pivot: Blake Snell – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $6,900)
If you are looking for a value pitcher to stack around, Snell is your guy. He’s somewhat of a wild card with control issues at times; however, I really like the matchup at hand. Kansas City has struggled mightily with left-handed pitching, ranking near the bottom in crucial categories when qualifying that split. Snell checks in as a solid -140 home favorite in a ballpark that leans pitcher-friendly.
Pivot: Austin Hedges – San Diego (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Hedges is a boom-or-bust power bat with a good draw against Nick Martinez of Texas (.356 wOBA, 1.36 HR/9 vs RHB). People will likely ignore Hedges and his Padre teammates due to an underwhelming environment for hitters and an overall lack of name recognition. There’s a decent chance the matchup potential could outweigh park factor with the San Diego bats, and they represent a sneaky-stack this evening.
Pivot: Luis Valbuena – LA Angels (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
The Angels’ offseason acquisition finally made his season debut at the turn of the month. Valbuena is an established veteran with a strong .355 wOBA, .220 ISO against right-handed pitching over the past three seasons. A matchup against mediocre Oakland pitcher Kendall Graveman is a decent situation to put those numbers in action.
Pivot: Yangervis Solarte – San Diego (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
As mentioned earlier, the Padres make for a sneaky-stack tonight. Texas pitcher Nick Martinez carries a .347 wOBA against left-handed bats, and Solarte is a switch-hitter who could take advantage. This promising matchup could be lost on most DFS enthusiasts who will likely gravitate towards Zobrist, Odor, or even Schimpf at a similar salary.
Pivot: Wilmer Flores – NY Mets (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
Flores is a cheap tournament filler who will likely enjoy a nice spot in the order against a left-handed tosser. Wilmer is a platoon hitter with a sparkling .377 wOBA .276 ISO against southpaws, something that corresponds nicely with the inconsistent ways of Giants’ LHP Matt Moore (gave up 21 ER in past four starts).
Pivot: Zack Cozart – Cincinnati (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Cozart was a pivot recommendation yesterday, and he came through with a homerun (21.7 FP). Even though he’s been on fire as of late, most people will likely shy away from a matchup with NYY pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Cozart will still be hitting in his hitter-friendly home ballpark, and Tanaka sometimes struggles with the deep ball. Keep Cozart on your tournament radar tonight.
Pivot 1: Joc Pederson – LA Dodgers (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
The Dodgers’ bats are in a good position against Pittsburgh RHP spot-starter Trevor Williams. The 25 year-old hurler has struggled with command as a reliever this season (5.40 ERA through 11.2 IP), and facing the Dodgers in Los Angeles probably isn’t the place to feel things out. While most people look towards red-hot rookie Cody Bellinger, don’t forget about Pederson’s upside if he’s in the lineup.
Pivot 2: Cory Spangenberg – San Diego (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
One more underrated Padre, Spangenberg could see a nice lineup spot in a promising draw with Nick Martinez and his aforementioned generosity to left-handed hitters. There isn’t a ton of upside in the power department, but Spangenberg could rack up multiple hits and runs en route to a solid fantasy outing.