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: Nick Pivetta – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $7,100)
Will lightning strike twice? Pivetta outdueled Chris Sale in his last start, tossing seven scoreless innings (9 K’s, 4 hits) en route to 52 fantasy points. The Philadelphia right-hander made six previous starts this season, and none of them suggested he possessed this kind of upside. There’s a good chance he’ll fall back to his usual statline of five innings, three earned runs, and four strikeouts. However, he’s brimming with confidence at the moment, and Jeremy Hellickson was surprisingly able to pin down the Cardinals’ offense last night.
Pivot: Chris Gimenez – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Gimenez is the Twins’ backup catcher, but there’s a chance he’ll start with a left-hander on the bump for CWS. Gimenez is cheap and capable of upside within this excellent matchup against David Holmberg and his .387 wOBA 2.51 HR/9 split vs right-handed bats. The ball has been flying like crazy at Target Field lately, and Minnesota owns a top three run-scoring projection on this slate. Keep an eye out for the lineup card, placing Gimenez in DFS tournament consideration if he gets the starting nod.
Pivot: Albert Pujols – LA Angels (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
I’m expecting many people to back Yankee pitcher Jordan Montgomery tonight, as he checks in with a whopping -215 moneyline designation. However, there’s still room for Pujols to make fantasy noise, holding the platoon advantage with a major park upgrade in Yankee Stadium. As good as Montgomery has been as of late, let’s not forget he’s a flyball pitcher starting in a small ballpark.
Pivot: Brandon Drury – Arizona (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
Drury was listed in this spot yesterday; I’m going back to the proverbial well as Arizona’s second baseman retains significant upside while facing Jeff Hoffman (.345 wOBA, 2.59 HR/9 vs RHB) in Coors Field. Despite playing in the best hitting environment, Drury will likely carry less ownership than the name-brand picks mentioned above.
Pivot: Ryon Healy – Oakland (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
This is probably my favorite pivot of the day. Third base is very competitive, leading many people to overlook Ryon Healy with much less name-recognition than the aforementioned popular picks. Healy has showcased some outstanding upside over the past few years, and this is an excellent matchup to take advantage of. Houston’s RHP Mike Fiers holds a .379 wOBA 2.22 HR/9 split against right-handed hitters.
Pivot: Chad Pinder – Oakland (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Pinder follows the same rationale provided with teammate Ryon Healy. The Oakland shortstop has plenty of “pop” with some impressive exit velocity tied to his name. He could jump all over this well-aligned matchup vs Mike Fiers and his gaudy reverse-splits.
Pivot 1: Hernan Perez – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Don’t sleep on Milwaukee’s outfield of Hernan Perez, Keon Broxton, and Domingo Santana. They’ll all look to take advantage of Pittsbrugh RHP Trevor Williams and his reverse-splits of .332 wOBA 1.53 HR/9 vs RHB. Of those three Brewer sluggers, Perez is my favorite with the best combination of power, speed, and lineup position.
Pivot 2: Robbie Grossman – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
As mentioned earlier, Minnesota checks in with a top three run-scoring projection. Grossman will likely have a premium lineup spot within that, leading him to a plausible upside expectation. Robbie is a switch-hitter who profiles marginally better from the right side of the plate. That will serve him well in an outstanding matchup vs CWS southpaw David Holmberg (.387 wOBA, 2.51 HR/9 vs RHB).