This article looks to uncover some underrated MLB DFS Tournament Options for large-field contests. The following write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, meaning injury information, weather, and lineup cards could alter the fantasy landscape. Checking starting lineups and scanning our MLB Headlines Feed should keep you in the loop.
Jakob Junis – Kansas City (at Chicago White Sox)
His overall 4.82 ERA on the season isn’t impressive, but Junis has been rounding into form lately. He has looked very good while allowing just two earned runs with 16 strikeouts over 11 innings through his past two starts. That came against some pretty good lineups (Cardinals and Cubs) as well. Now Junis will take the bump against a White Sox team that ranks 24th in wOBA, 22nd in wRC+, along with having the highest strikeout rate (25.9%) of any team. Due to this, the Kansas City pitcher makes for an interesting tournament option to stack around for only $6800 on FanDuel.
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Justin Smoak – Toronto (at NY Yankees)
Lance Lynn has looked pretty good since making the move from Minnesota to New York. However, we need to remember that he carries a vulnerable .357 wOBA split vs left-handed bats, something that could come into play at hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium. The switch-hitting likes of Justin Smoak makes for the most capable bat to take advantage of that susceptibility. There’s a chance we’ll see a “Smoak-bomb” to the short right field porch tonight.
Scooter Gennett – Cincinnati (vs San Francisco)
Cincinnati has run into some tough pitching lately, coming off back-to-back series against the Diamondbacks and Indians. However, Scooter Gennett and company are looking at a nice bounce-back opportunity against San Francisco sport-starter Casey Kelly. It’s unlikely Kelly will work deep into the game, so we’ll likely see a collective effort from the Giants’ bullpen here. Either way, I believe Cincinnati has some sneaky-good upside in this matchup.
Eugenio Suarez – Cincinnati (vs San Francisco)
The same rationale outlined in the previous write-up directly applies to Eugenio Suarez. Taking at-bats in hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park against the San Francisco spot-starter makes for a confident situation. Most people will likely avoid Suarez and the Reds on tonight’s extended slate, but savvy tournament players will keep them in the back of their mind.
Willy Adames – Tampa Bay (at Boston)
Don’t look now, but Willy Adames is on a roll for the Rays. He has racked up 13 hits, three doubles, two homers, seven runs, four RBI, and four stolen bases over his last nine games. Adames could add to that line in a good spot against Boston LHP Brian Johnson and his .344 wOBA vs right-handed bats. Playing in hitter-friendly Fenway Park doesn’t hurt either.
Tommy Pham – Tampa Bay (at Boston)
Do you remember this guy? He was a fantasy favorite for the Cardinals earlier this season. He has since been traded to Tampa, then missing the past two weeks with a foot injury. He returned to the lineup yesterday, promptly contributing with a 2-3, double, RBI, 15.5 FP performance. Pham will enjoy the same well-aligned draw as teammate Willy Adames, facing Boston LHP Brian Johnson (.344 wOBA) in Fenway Park. I’m thinking most people forgot about Pham and his upside, creating a nice tournament opportunity with low ownership contingency.
Steven Duggar – San Francisco (at Cincinnati)
I’m liking a San Francisco stack through all formats tonight, as they receive a substantial park upgrade in Great American Ball Park. The matchup doesn’t look too shabby either, facing Cincinnati RHP Anthony DeSclafani and his .375 wOBA split vs left-handed bats. As a result, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford will likely be popular DFS choices. However, fellow lefty-handed bat, Steven Duggar, will likely be underrated despite stepping into the same confident draw. Duggar has notched two multi-hit performances in his past three starts, and he could make some fantasy noise tonight.