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.
Tyler Glasnow – Tampa Bay (vs Toronto)
Glasnow is probably disappointed the season is coming to an end, as he has been making some of his best starts over the past month. That includes notching 40+ FP in two of his last five appearances. He’ll settle into a nice home matchup vs Toronto this evening, a team that ranks middle-of-the-pack in most crucial hitting categories. It helps that Glasnow should receive adequate run support with Tampa’s bats facing Jays’ lefty Thomas Pannone. Glasnow checks in as a strong -170 home favorite as a result, and I believe he should be on your tournament radar.
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CATCHER / FIRST BASE
Willians Astudillo – Minnesota (vs Chicago White Sox)
The Minnesota catcher/utility man has burst onto the scene as a fan favorite. Simply put, “La Tortuga” doesn’t strike out, which has led to an amazing .357 average in the majors this season (nearly two months). Astudillo is swinging a hot bat with 18 hits and 11 RBI over his most recent ten starts. The Twins have been scoring runs at a brisk pace lately, and that could continue against White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito – who holds a 5.81 ERA by allowing 16 earned runs and 25 hits through 21 innings in his most recent four starts.
Keep in mind that the Twins and White Sox are playing a doubleheader, so Astudillo may not crack the lineup for the nightcap. In that case, teammate Tyler Austin and Miami’s J.T. Realmuto make for sneaky-good fantasy picks with upside in his stead.
Gleyber Torres – NY Yankees (at Boston)
Torres has been somewhat mediocre as of late, which will probably lead to a lower-than-deserved ownership rate tonight despite a cheaper price point. I’m viewing this situation as a perfect buy-low opportunity in a righty/lefty matchup against Boston LHP Brian Johnson’s .353 wOBA split vs right-handed bats. The hitter-friendly dimensions of Fenway Park don’t hurt either.
Brian Anderson – Miami (at NY Mets)
I’m liking J.T. Realmuto and Brian Anderson as tournament assets from Miami tonight. Here’s why: Mets’ RHP Corey Oswalt holds a 6.08 ERA with reverse-splits of .383 wOBA 27.8% HR/FB marks vs right-handed bats. Realmuto and Anderson are the most capable Miami bats to take advantage, especially while considering Anderson’s hostreak of eight hits, one homer, six RBI, and four runs over his past five games.
Marcus Semien – Oakland (at LA Angels)
Semien is good for cash games and tournaments alike, looking at a nice matchup against LAA RHP Jaime Barria, who carries a reverse-split by surrendering a .364 wOBA mark vs right-handed bats. Semien has been on fire lately with eight hits, three homers, and 12 RBI over his past seven games. It’s hard to believe he’s only $3000 on FanDuel while in the midst of this production bump.
Jake Cave – Minnesota (vs Chicago White Sox)
I mentioned earlier how White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito is someone to target against. Jake Cave has flexed capable power-upside for Minnesota this season, and he’ll probably be underrated in tournaments due to a lack of name recognition. If you haven’t noticed, I’m leaning towards a Minnesota stack in tournaments tonight, looking towards Cave, Astudillo, Grossman, and Polanco as my building blocks while keeping an eye on Tyler Austin as well.
Guillermo Heredia – Seattle (vs Texas)
I’m expecting Heredia to get the start tonight, as he’s a platoon hitter who usually gets playing time against left-handed pitchers. That’s the case this evening, as Seattle will settle into an intriguing draw vs Texas southpaw Martin Perez and his .377 wOBA split vs righty bats. While hitters like Cruz, Segura, and Haniger all make for obvious plays with upside, don’t forget about Heredia as a cheap GPP play who should see plenty of RBI situations to rack up fantasy production. He bullied the Rangers by going 4-6 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 runs, and a steal against them last week. Similar success could be in store tonight.