GPPs we are not interested in safe plays, since GPPs are all about UPSIDE. We want players who can explode, as all-or-nothing type players can become GPP gold, and your value players are just as important as your star players. You need your players to have huge nights in order to take down these big FanDuel tournaments.
My goal is to provide players who will be under-owned and/or have that big game upside you are looking for. I will also try to find as much value as I possibly can. Now, let’s get to the MLB GPP plays!
Jacob deGrom, New York Mets – It is hard to find an ace with huge upside that will be under-owned most nights, and Jacob deGrom will be exactly that tonight in New York. In his last two starts deGrom did not allow a run, while striking out 11 with only one walk. deGrom has ace stuff and he certainly has big game upside tonight in Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees have the second-most strikeouts in the American League this season and are an overrated offense. deGrom is indeed elite and he makes an excellent under the radar GPP play tonight.
Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals – Martinez has looked very sharp in his first two starts of the season (both wins over Cincinnati) and he draws a great matchup versus a banged up and struggling Brewers squad. Milwaukee sits in the bottom third in just about every offensive statistical category so far this season and I expect Martinez to take advantage of that tonight in Milwaukee. Martinez has electric stuff with huge K potential, and he just might be the best bang for your buck in GPPs.
Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants - This may be an obvious choice, but Posey simply has more upside than any other catcher in baseball and we are all about upside in GPPs. Posey hit .458 (24 AB) in Coors Field last season with three doubles, a homer and seven RBIs. You are going to have to pay up to get him tonight, which may actually make him a little under-owned.
Chris Iannetta, Los Angeles Angels - Punting the catcher position is something I do quite a bit in large field tournaments. If I can’t afford Posey tonight, I will be looking for a value catcher who has home run upside. Iannetta and the Angels will face LHP Wandy Rodriguez, who was just plain awful last season (6.75 ERA, 1.69 WHIP), and I expect them to score a bunch of runs off of him tonight. Iannetta is inexpensive, has home run upside and he has hit lefties very well in his career.
Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals - Adams has been fairly quiet with the bat this season, but he is capable of exploding on any given night. Adams raked against righties last season and will face RHP Matt Garza tonight in hitter friendly Miller Park. Garza has not pitched well this season (5.40 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, .300 BAA) and Adams has hit him hard in a small sample size (7-for-12, .583 BA with two doubles and a homer). “Big City” has big potential tonight.
Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals – Zimmerman has hits in four straight games, including three multi-hit efforts. Mat Latos has been very hittable this season (10.24 ERA, 2.38 WHIP, .395 BAA) and I think that continues tonight against Zimmerman and the Nationals. Zimmerman is another player who is rarely owned in tournament play and he could go off in Miami.
Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates – Walker is riding a six-game hitting streak and he has that big game upside we require in our GPPs. Walker mashes RHP and Josh Collmenter struggles mightily versus lefties. Walker has a nice park boost tonight and he has yet to have that huge game he is capable of. Perhaps we see it in this game.
Joe Panik, San Francisco Giants – Panik has reached base safely in seven consecutive games, compiling 12 hits along the way. Panik may not wow you in any particular offensive category, but he continues to work his way on base and score runs for the Giants. Panik is seeing the ball well right now and he has multi-hit/run upside in Coors Field tonight.
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies – Paying up for Tulowitzki tonight may actually be considered contrarian. Tulo is so expensive across the industry he has become under-owned in GPPs, even at Coors Field. We all know his upside and he is due for one of his monster games.
Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals - Peralta is handling RHP very well so far this season (.295 BA with four doubles, a homer and seven RBIs) and he will likely be hitting fifth in the Cardinals’ potent batting order tonight. Peralta is another Cardinal who happens to have Matt Garza’s number (.412 BA in 34 AB), and he makes a sneaky upside play at shortstop this evening.
Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays - It is hard not to love Josh Donaldson tonight. Not only is he a notorious lefty killer but he is smoking hot at the plate. In his last nine games, Donaldson has produced 17 hits, 10 runs scored, four doubles, four homers and 10 runs batted in. I like LHP Drew Smyly, but this is his first start of the season and he may be a little rusty. Big Josh has multi-homer upside in this game.
Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners – Seager has started to heat up with three multi-hit performances in his last five games. Seager has been an absolute beast when hitting in Safeco Field and facing a RHP in his career. RHP Phil Hughes has been roughed up in all three starts this season and has already allowed four home runs on the year. Seager is in a great spot to produce tonight.
Corey Dickerson, Colorado Rockies – Dickerson has three bombs in his last two games and he has put up ridiculous numbers against right-handed pitching in his short career. Fading Dickerson in Coors Field against a rookie RHP is a huge risk to take. Nobody would be shocked if he had another two homer game.
Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers - The Detroit Tigers have one of the deadliest offenses in baseball and both Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez have massive upside. Cleveland Indians starter Danny Salazar is very talented and capable of throwing a gem; he is also just as likely to self-destruct.
Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates – Polanco has five hits in his last two games, including two doubles, a homer and a stolen base. D-Backs starter Josh Collmenter dominates RHB, but lefties are his kryptonite. Polanco has jack-and-a-bag upside tonight in Chase Field.
Other Outfielders to Target – All the Rockies and Giants, Bryce Harper, Hanley Ramirez, Lorenzo Cain, Jon Jay, Seth Smith, Alejandro De Aza