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.
Keep in mind that we are looking towards the main evening slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Luis Castillo – Cincinnati (at Miami)
Our cheapskate special of Jason Vargas worked out pretty well yesterday, and I’m looking to “swerve” from the popular arms for tonight’s slate as well. Castillo could be that underrated pitcher who profiles a solid return for a moderate salary. He has been finding his form as of late with only four earned runs allowed over 24.2 innings in his past four starts. Castillo has recorded 29 K’s while surrendering only 15 hits through that timeframe. In other words, he has been pitching very well, including a 63 FP performance at St. Louis (Sept 1) and 53 FP vs LA Dodgers (Sept 11). Facing a Marlins team that ranks dead last in wOBA and 10th in strikeout rate should help create another strong fantasy showing.
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C.J. Cron – Tampa Bay (at Toronto)
Cron makes for an interesting mid-range play while facing Jays’ RHP Sean Reid-Foley and his .381 wOBA split vs right-handed bats in limited major league innings. The park boost in Toronto could help as well. Cron has been swinging a confident bat with five hits, one homer, and six RBI over his past four starts, and I’m thinking that heater will continue in this advantageous draw.
Jeff McNeil – NY Mets (at Washington)
I really like the Mets’ offense as a tournament stack tonight. They are facing Washington RHP Joe Ross, who is making his second start of the season following Tommy John surgery that took more than a year to fully recover from. Ross allowed a ton of contact in his seasonal debut last Thursday (5 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 ER, 0 K), and that could pose some problems tonight. The Washington pitcher has been susceptible to left-handed bats throughout his career, holding a .385 wOBA 22.7% HR/FB split in that regard. McNeil and company could take full advantage tonight.
Jurickson Profar – Texas (vs Seattle)
First off, you’ll need to double-check the weather before rostering anyone from this game. If the forecast looks better as we approach first pitch, Profar makes for a nice tournament option. He’s a quality switch-hitter with and admirable blend of contact and power. Playing in hitter-friendly Globe Life Park doesn’t hurt either. While we’re at it, neither does a matchup against Seattle RHP Erasmo Ramirez and his .361 wOBA 22.8% HR/FB split vs left-handed bats.
Adalberto Mondesi – Kansas City (at Detroit)
I’m not sure how popular Mondesi will be tonight, but I’m looking towards him in cash games and tournaments alike. I’m sure the recent hotstreak of 18 hits, four homers, and six steals over his past 10 games will cause somewhat of an ownership surge. This is a great matchup for Mondesi to keep that momentum, facing Detroit LHP Francisco Liriano and his .368 wOBA split vs right-handed bats. The wind is blowing out strongly to left-center (18 mph) at Comerica Park too.
Michael Conforto – NY Mets (at Washington)
Conforto latches on to the same rationale used earlier with teammate Jeff McNeil. I like Conforto, McNeil, and Bruce as a high-upside stack in tournaments. We all know Conforto carries accomplished power upside, and that could be on full display against Joe Ross’ .385 wOBA 22.7% HR/FB splits vs lefties.
Jorge Bonifacio – Kansas City (at Detroit)
Bonifacio is another Kansas City who will benefit from a confident righty/lefty matchup against Francisco Liriano with the wind blowing out in Detroit. He’s cheap ($2.5k on FanDuel) while potentially seeing plenty of RBI opportunities in the middle of KC’s lineup. Bonifacio has capable power-upside to make a splash – as well as provide salary relief – for your DFS squad.