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 7:07 ET.
Pivot: Jake Junis – Kansas City (FanDuel Price: $6,400)
Junis is nothing more than a tournament differentiator while assembling multiple lineups. Having said that, there’s some capable upside in his profile. He has collected three quality starts in his past five starts, including an eight inning, four hit, seven strikeout, one earned run (win) performance vs Seattle on August 6. Junis is starting in a pitcher-friendly park against an Oakland team that ranks 21st in wOBA with the fourth-highest strikeout rate.
Pivot: James McCann – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
McCann looked very good in the weekend series vs Minnesota, racking up five hits, a double, a homer, five RBI, and three runs through three games. There’s a good chance that confidence could spill into a welcomed matchup vs Texas LHP Martin Perez (.364 wOBA vs RHB) in hitter-friendly Globe Life Park. There are plenty of viable catchers to consider this evening, but don’t forget about McCann’s interesting price/upside combination.
Pivot: Logan Morrison – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Everybody loves Logan Morrison when he’s hitting homers. That’s not happening at the moment, as “LoMo” has cooled off through the second half of the season. The Tampa slugger is looking at a nice bounce-back situation against RHP Nick Tepesch, who has been very generous through two MLB starts this season. The park boost in Toronto only furthers the cause for Morrison and his teammates (cue the foreshadowing).
Pivot: Brad Miller – Tampa Bay (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Miller is an extension of the previous write-up with Tampa teammate Logan Morrison. Like his fellow infielder, Miller has been struggling as of late, falling to a .198 average on the season. Facing RHP Nick Tepesch in a hitter-friendly park could remedy the situation.
Pivot: Cory Spangenberg – San Diego (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Spangenberg doesn’t get much love while playing for a bottom five offense in a pitcher-friendly ballpark. The Padres’ lefty has enjoyed some fantasy success despite that, racking up seven hits, two homers, five RBI, and three runs over his past five games. Philadelphia RHP Jerad Eickhoff carries a .373 wOBA 1.61 HR/9 split vs left-handed bats, which falls perfectly into Spangenberg’s wheelhouse.
Pivot: Jose Reyes – NY Mets (FanDuel Price: $2,100)
To be completely honest, I’m more excited about the salary relief of Jose Reyes than his actually fantasy prospects. However, the chance of hitting up in NYM’s order in hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium isn’t a terrible situation to give Reyes serious DFS consideration. Essentially, you’re clicking Reyes into your tournament lineup, hoping for the best, and feeling good about investing the savings into a top-dollar player you really want.
Popular Picks: Charlie Blackmon, Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Upton, Carlos Gonzalez, Gerardo Parra, Matt Adams, Corey Dickerson, Steven Souza, Kyle Schwarber, Brett Gardner, Shin-Soo Choo, David Peralta, Adam Jones
Pivot 1: Brandon Moss – Kansas City (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Moss returns to his old stomping grounds in Oakland, and there’s a chance he’ll make some noise. I like the Kansas City offense against struggling Athletics’ RHP Jharel Cotton, who has allowed 18 earned runs through 19.2 innings over his past four starts. Moss should see plenty of RBI situations, and you can’t beat the near-minimum salary.
Pivot 2: Rhys Hoskins – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $2,100)
The park downgrade in San Diego doesn’t help, but Hoskins will see a nice matchup and likely premium lineup spot (cleanup) for the Phillies. The highly-touted prospect has flexed extreme power upside at the Triple-A level, and it’s only a matter of time until that carries into the majors. Facing Padres’ LHP Travis Wood and his .394 wOBA vs right-handed bats could help the transition.