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: Jose Quintana – Chicago White Sox (FanDuel Price: $8,700)
There’s no shortage of quality pitching on this packed 15-game slate. In lieu of that, I’m expecting Quintana to yield ownership to the aforementioned names. This makes him a perfect GPP Pivot against a Kansas City team that ranks dead last in wOBA and eighth in strikeout rate against left-handed pitching. The spacious Kauffman Stadium could help mask a few mistakes as well. Quintana twirled a gem against the Royals last Wednesday (six innings, five hits, one run, 10 strikeouts, 55 fantasy points), and I’m anticipating him to pick up where he left off.
Pivot: Devin Mesoraco – Cincinnati (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Mesoraco is in the lineup for Cincy tonight (hitting 8th), making him a sneaky source for value. There’s no clear-cut options at catcher, so taking a cheap player in a quality matchup makes sense for tournament purposes. Mesoraco checks both of those boxes, looking at a draw against Tyler Glasnow, who holds a .378 wOBA, 1.21 HR/9 vs RHB in limited MLB innings. He also carries an inflated walk rate that could inspire some RBI potential throughout this Reds’ lineup.
Pivot: Kendrys Morales – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Tanaka has gotten better every start this season, but there’s still some room to target against him. He occasionally struggles with the deep ball, as do most pitchers in Yankee Stadium. Morales has the power upside to take advantage of the short right-field porch in New York. He’s also a switch-hitter who won’t get jammed by a lefty/lefty matchup from the bullpen … Mike Napoli ($2700) is another economical power first baseman to consider for tournaments, facing Mike Fiers (.365 wOBA, 1.88 HR/9 vs RHB).
Pivot: Kolton Wong – St. Louis (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
The matchup is great and Wong is on somewhat of a hotstreak. However, people will probably side with similarly priced players like Odor or Harrison due to a less than ideal lineup spot for Wong. This makes for a nice leverage opportunity in tournaments, as Wong will step in against Wily Peralta’s .382 wOBA, 1.48 HR/9 splits vs LHB.
Pivot: Chase Headley – New York Yankees (FanDuel Price: $3,400)
This is more of a hope that Headley will be underrated than a firm declaration. The fact that Miguel Sano is a similar salary and Gyorko/Rendon are cheaper could help the cause. The Yankees check in as one of the highest projected scoring teams of the night. Headley could be a cog within that, facing Mat Latos and his .323 wOBA, 1.59 HR/9 vs LHB.
Pivot: Didi Gregorius – New York Yankees (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
I’m not sure where Gregorius will hit in the Yanks’ order tonight. There’s a chance he could remain in the two-hole, or potential slide back towards the bottom-half. That will likely dictate his ownership rate, but I have a feeling most people will look towards Diaz, Bogaerts, or Cabrera for cheaper. Gregorius has been sidelined for pretty much the entire season up to this point, so he’s probably not in the front of DFS players’ minds quite yet. As mentioned in the previous write-up, the Yankees are one of the top projected offenses of the night, and Toronto pitcher Mat Latos is certainly beatable.
Pivot 1: Charlie Blackmon – Colorado (FanDuel Price: $3,800)
Most people will pass on Blackmon due to a park downgrade in San Diego. However, he possesses an ample fantasy arsenal to produce upside. He’s a threat for multiple hits, runs, and RBI anytime, and facing subpar pitcher Trevor Cahill doesn’t discourage that sentiment. As far as the park factor goes, Blackmon has actually hit eight homers in 106 AB’s at San Diego over the past three seasons (granted, smaller sample). That’s actually better than his homerun rate in Chase or Coors Field over the same span.
Pivot 2: Carlos Gomez – Texas (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
Using last Saturday as evidence, Gomez still has the ability to go off in any given game. The matchup looks good for upside against Mike Fiers, who carries a .365 wOBA, 1.88 HR/9 vs RHB from last season. The price isn’t as cheap as we’d like for Gomez, but that will likely play into his lower-than-deserved ownership rate.