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!
Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates – Trusting a pitcher in your cash games seems to be a little more difficult than usual tonight. Thankfully this is a GPP article and we only have to worry about upside, and Liriano provides plenty of that. He has been dominant in his first two starts this season (2.08 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, .136 BAA, 14 Ks in 13 IP) and he draws a Cubs team that has big strikeout potential in pitcher friendly PNC Park. Look for Liriano to throw another gem tonight.
Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians – Carrasco has filthy stuff and I simply can’t ignore him when he takes the mound. He can rack up 10 punchouts on any given night, regardless of his opponent, making him a great GPP option. After a brilliant season debut against Houston, Carrasco was roughed up a bit by the White Sox in his second outing before leaving the game after being hit by a line drive. Look for Carrasco to bounce back with a dominant performance tonight.
Derek Norris, San Diego Padres – Norris had a huge game in Coors Field last night (3-for-5 with 2 doubles an RBI and 3 runs scored) and he now has five hits in his last two games. Norris crushes left-handed pitching and I think we can expect him to do more of the same tonight against southpaw Tyler Matzek.
Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals – Are you looking to avoid Coors Field in your tournament play and go contrarian? If so, Perez is a nice pivot. Perez is swinging a hot stick this season and he happens to be a notorious lefty killer. Perez has that big game upside and he could very well out-produce Derek Norris tonight in GPPs.
Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees – Teixeira is no longer the hitter he once was, but he is still a big time power threat from the right side of the plate. Despite several down seasons, Teixeira has continued to mash against LHP. Teixeira still has two homer upside and he will certainly fly under the radar tonight.
Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds – Votto is another bat I expect to be low owned in tournament play tonight. Votto has bounced back nicely in 2015 (.375 BA, .492 OBP with 5 HR and 12 RBI) and will face a struggling Mike Fiers in hitter friendly Miller Park. Votto has six multi-hit performances in his last 10 games and he looks like the Votto of old. Another multi-hit effort is likely tonight.
Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins – Gordon has been nothing short of brilliant for the Marlins this season (.389 BA, .404 OBP). Gordon has hits in eight of his last 10 games, including five multi-hit games. Gordon is a pitcher’s worst nightmare and he is capable of a multi-hit/run/steal game on a nightly basis. Look for Gordon to reach base multiple times tonight versus Jerome Williams and wreak havoc on the base paths.
Jedd Gyorko, San Diego Padres - I wrote up Gyorko yesterday in my GPP article and I am going back to the well tonight. Gyorko is seeing the ball very well right now and he loves to face lefties. Gyorko has been a beast when hitting in Coors Field throughout his career and you can expect another big game from him tonight.
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies – You just can’t write a GPP article and not have Tulo listed as you top option at Shortstop when the game is in Coors Field. Tulowitzki produced video game numbers at home last season and he has WAY more upside than any other player at his position. If you can afford him, Tulo is a no-brainer.
Jordy Mercer, Pittsburgh Pirates – Whenever the Pirates face a left-handed pitcher, Mercer is always in play for me. In the last three years combined, Mercer has generated a .340 batting average versus lefties with a .382 OBP and a .913 OPS. Mercer is the best bang for your buck at Shortstop tonight.
Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers - The Brewer bats have struggled mightily this season and they are a banged up group, but this could all work in our favor tonight. Milwaukee is likely to be overlooked in GPPs and they are still a potent offense playing in a great hitter’s park. Opposing pitcher Jason Marquis is extremely hittable and not surprisingly, Aramis has beat him like a rented mule (.370 BA, 4 XBH and 9 RBI) in 27 career at-bats. Ramirez makes a great roll of the dice at the hot corner tonight.
Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks – Lamb has reached base safely in 10 consecutive games, including four two-hit games. All Lamb has done this season is hit (.414 BA, .514 OBP, 1.204 OPS) and he is in a great spot to produce again tonight, facing Nick Martinez in Chase Field. The 24-year-old Seattle, Washington native has explosive power and I think he is once again a sneaky GPP play at Third Base.
Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers – Like many Daily Fantasy Baseball players, I am still trying to figure out who Ryan Braun really is. Did the PEDs really help him? Is he healthy? With so many unanswered questions at this point in the season and his lousy production, I don’t expect him to be a popular play tonight. However, at the end of the day I want to believe there is still a superstar in there. Braun homered last night and he has owned Jason Marquis in his career (13-for-25, .520 BA with 6 XBH). The upside remains and I think Braun is a great boom-or-bust GPP option tonight.
Wil Myers, San Diego Padres, - Wil Myers may not be the sexiest Outfield option on the board tonight, but he has been extremely productive hitting atop the Padres’ batting order. Myers has six multi-hit games in his past 10 and he should remain hot tonight. With everyone else going with Justin Upton and Matt Kemp, Myers makes a nice pivot and could very well out-point them both tonight.
Delmon Young, Baltimore Orioles – Delmon Young not only hits great at the Rogers Centre, but he has absolutely crushed Mark Buehrle throughout his career. Young is 21-for-53 (.396 BA) off of Buehrle with two doubles, four homers and nine RBIs. Young is inexpensive, should be under-owned and has big game upside in this match-up.