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 evening contests starting at 7:07 ET. Due to the brevity of this five-game slate, I will create a straight list of sneaky GPP Pivots instead of running through every position. We’ll be back with the original format tomorrow.
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Joey Gallo – 3B – Texas (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
I’m giving the Rangers’ offense a strong look in this evening “main” slate. They are facing Tampa RHP Erasmo Ramirez, who actually threw an inning of relief during the marathon game at Minnesota yesterday. He’ll start anyway, and the exhausted Rays’ bullpen will try to back him up. That creates a nice leverage situation for the Texas hitters, and Gallo has plenty of upside within that. Ramirez owns an exploitable .355 wOBA, 1.69 HR/9 split against left-handed hitters to get the party started.
Daniel Norris – SP – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $6,700)
If you frequent this column (or any other advice fantasy MLB advice article on Rotoworld), then you know targeting left-handed pitchers against Kansas City is a savvy move. The Royals rank 28th in wOBA and 29th in wRC+ vs southpaws this season. That makes sense, as KC’s best hitters stand from the left side of the plate (Moustakas, Hosmer). The situation looks even better considering the pitcher-friendly environment of Kauffman Stadium. Norris has shown some decent fantasy ability at times this season, notching 35 and 49 fantasy points in two of his five starts this month.
Nomar Mazara – OF – Texas (FanDuel Price: $3,400)
I’m doubling-down on the Rangers, recommending Mazara based on the same rationale outlined with teammate Joey Gallo. Mazara is a capable left-handed bat with a premium lineup spot to take advantage of Erasmo Ramirez’s splits and a tired Tampa bullpen.
Andrew Romine – OF – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Romine has taken over second base and the leadoff spot with Ian Kinsler on the shelf. That provides a nice fantasy opportunity with excellent lineup security for this bargain salary. The matchup looks good for this switch-hitter, facing the struggling-likes of Jason Hammel and his 5.98 ERA.
Tyler Flowers – C – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Kurt Suzuki started at catcher for Atlanta yesterday, so it should be Flowers’ turn tonight. That makes for an intriguing fantasy occasion against Ricky Nolasco and his .349 wOBA 1.51 HR/9 vs right-handed hitters. Flowers has been excellent this year, bringing his average up to .357 with multiple hits in four of his past five starts.