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MLB GPP Plays: Friday

by Chris Lowery
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

GPPs are very different from your cash games and you use a different strategy with them. In our 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!

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STARTING PITCHERS

Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays – Odorizzi has been outstanding for the Rays this season (2.09 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, .201 BAA) and he draws a nice matchup versus the Minnesota Twins in pitcher-friendly Target Field. Odorizzi’s K rate is a little lower than we would like (7.4 Ks per 9), but the Twins will help him with that as they strike out 24% of the time against right-handed pitching. Odorizzi is moderately priced across the industry and I love his upside in this game.

Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox - Rodon was a first round pick (third overall) for the Chicago White Sox in 2014, and he is their number one ranked prospect. Rodon is a can’t-miss prospect who has been fast-tracked to the Major Leagues thanks to his blazing fastball and nasty slider. He has been compared to teammate Chris Sale, in terms of his arsenal and upside. Rodon has struggled with control in his young career, but he can dial up the strikeouts with his electric stuff. He’s also inexpensive, so he makes a great risk/reward option in your GPPs.

Other Pitchers to Target – Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, Julio Teheran, Chase Anderson

CATCHER

Yasmani Grandal, Los Angeles Dodgers – Grandal has 17 hits in his last 10 games, including three doubles, three homers and 14 runs batted in. The 26-year-old Cuban-American is locked in right now and he should stay hot tonight against Rockies starter Eddie Butler. Left-handed batters have hit .423 against Butler in his career.

Jason Castro, Houston Astros – Catcher is one of the positions I love to look for salary relief. Jason Castro has started to heat up, but remains very cheap. He has hits in five straight games, including two home runs. Castro may not hit very high in the Astros lineup, but he does have home run upside and he makes a great value option at catcher this evening.

Other Catchers to Target – Buster Posey, Evan Gattis, A.J. Pierzynski

FIRST BASE

Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers – Fielder has been hot at this dish recently, hitting .370 (.435 OBP) in the month of May with three home runs and 10 runs batted in. Due to the lefty/lefty matchup, I expect Prince to be low owned tonight, yet Fielder has never had issues against lefties and he has hit Bruce Chen very well (7-for-22, .318 BA with two doubles and a bomb) in his career.

James Loney, Tampa Bay Rays – If you are looking to save at first base tonight, I like what Loney brings to the table. Loney can easily have a multi-hit game and he will bat in the heart of the Rays batting order. Phil Hughes has been hit very hard this year (5.11 ERA, .306 BAA and 9 HRs allowed), and I think that continues tonight. Loney is consistent and he has big game upside, not to mention he is hitting .643 against Hughes in 14 career at-bats.

Other First Basemen to Target – Adam Lind, Matt Adams, Adam LaRoche, Mike Napoli

SECOND BASE

Joe Panik, San Francisco Giants – Panik is riding a 10-game hitting streak and he has been very productive for the Giants, while hitting second in their batting order. Panik and the Giants not only have a nice park boost tonight but they will also face Jason Marquis, who is one of the most hittable pitchers (5.66 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, .312 BAA) in baseball. He may not have double-dong potential, but he does have multi-hit and multi-run upside. At his price, Panik provides excellent value.

Daniel Murphy, New York Mets – Murphy struggled to start the season, but he has picked up his offensive game of late, hitting .349 in his last 12 contests. Kyle Lohse has looked awful this season (7.03 ERA) and one would have to assume that he has declined and not likely to get it back at the age of 36. Murphy has similar upside to Panik; he lacks power, but he has been a hit machine against RHP in his career and is capable of a multi-hit/run game.

Other Second Basemen to Target – Robinson Cano, Kolten Wong, Justin Turner

THIRD BASE

Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers – I plan to pick on Cleveland Indians starter Bruce Chen a lot tonight, and you should too. Chen has not been a good pitcher in years and he was pounded in his Indians debut (4 IP, 10 H, 6 ER) against the Twins. Beltre has looked much better at the plate lately and he has massive upside. Oh, and as a bonus, Beltre is hitting .300 off of Chen in 30 career at-bats, with three homers.

David Freese, Los Angeles Angels – Freese has been a boom-or-bust option his entire career in daily fantasy and I like his boom potential tonight in Baltimore. Wei-Yin Chen is a decent pitcher, but he is homer prone and Freese is a better hitter versus southpaws.

Other Third Basemen to Target – Luis Valbuena, David Freese, Yasmany Tomas

SHORTSTOP

Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers – Picking a shortstop has not been fun recently, as it is by far the ugliest position on a nightly basis. Andrus will bat in the two-spot tonight against gas can Bruce Chen. Andrus has hit lefties very well throughout his career and he should easily pay off his salary tonight.

Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants – Crawford in inexpensive, he has underrated pop in his bat and he is facing Jason Marquis. It is that simple for me.

Other Shortstops to Target – Jimmy Rollins, Andrelton Simmons, Brad Miller

OUTFIELDERS

Curtis Granderson, New York Mets – Granderson is your BvP special of the day. Grandy has crushed Kyle Lohse over the years (8-for-17, .471 BA with three walks and four extra-base hits), and with Lohse struggling, I expect more of the same tonight.

David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks - Peralta has raked against RHP in his career (.312 BA, .342 OBP) and Chad Billingsley can’t get lefties out this season (.500 BAA with three homers allowed in 24 at-bats). Peralta should fly under the radar tonight and I love his upside in this matchup.

Alejandro De Aza, Baltimore Orioles – I expect De Aza to hit leadoff tonight for the Baltimore Orioles as they face RHP Jered Weaver. He can score points in multiple ways for your fantasy team, and LHB have hit Weaver very hard in 2015 (.313 BAA with six homers allowed). De Aza has jack-and-a-bag upside in this game.

Other Outfielders to Target – Ryan Raburn, Kevin Kiermaier, Andre Ethier, Michael Cuddyer, Travis Snider

Chris Lowery
Chris "Pepsi7" Lowery is the 2013 FanDuel Baseball Champion, pocketing $235,00 between that first place finish and a third place finish with his other entry. He also qualified for the FanDuel DFBC finals in 2012, finishing 7th. Impressively, MLB may not be his best sport as Chris is one of the best Daily Fantasy NHL minds in the business. Chris contributes to RotoGrinders, and you can follow him on Twitter @Pepsi7DFS.