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, GPPs are all about UPSIDE. We want players who can explode, 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 tournaments.
My goal is to provide players who will be under-owned and/or have that big game upside you are looking for on FanDuel tonight. 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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Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres – Ross has struggled at times this season, especially with walks, but he has traditionally been a beast when pitching at home (1.88 ERA, 1.99 BAAA 106 Ks in 100.2 IP in 2014). Ross may be having some control issues in 2015, but his 11.1 K/9 rate has been elite. The Houston Astros continue to lead Major League Baseball in strikeouts and they will not only be facing Ross in an extremely pitcher-friendly park, but they will also to lose their DH. All signs point to Ross throwing a gem tonight in Petco Park.
Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals – Although his strikeouts are not where we would like them to be, Wacha has pitched very well this season (1.33 ERA, 0.93WHIP, .200 BAA) and he will draw a match-up versus the National League’s worst offense (Philadelphia Phillies). With so many great arms throwing today, I expect Wacha to be under-owned in tournament play. His K upside is a tad limited as the Phillies do not strike out a ton, but he should be able to go deep into the game with perhaps a K per inning and come away with the all important win. At his moderate price across the industry, Wacha may be the best overall value play on the mound tonight.
Stephen Vogt, Oakland A’s – Vogt against a right-handed pitcher? Yes, please. All Vogt has done since becoming a full-time player is rake versus right handed pitching and this season is no exception (.367 BA, .439 OBP with 4 HR and 12 RBI). Jered Weaver has been hit hard by left-handed batters in 2015 (.354 BAA) and that bodes well for Vogt this evening.
Brian McCann, New York Yankees – McCann’s bat has started to come alive as he now has hits in five of his last eight games, including four multi-hit games. Any time McCann finds himself facing a right-hander in Yankee Stadium, he is in play for me. McCann has big game upside and he has owned Jake Odorizzi in his career (8-13, .615 BA, with a double, triple, two homers and six RBI).
Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds – After tearing it up to start the season, Votto has gone hitless in his last four games. Fear not fellow fantasy players, Votto’s bat should wake up tonight against the very hittable Kyle Lohse. Votto tends to fly under the radar in GPPs and makes a sneaky play tonight.
Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals – Adams has not been at his best this season, but I love his power potential against right-handed pitcher Severino Gonzalez tonight. Adams crushed RHP last season (.318 BA, .349 OBP with 12 HR and 53 RBI) and was a beast at home (.313 BA, .344 OBP). Maybe tonight is the night “Big City” breaks out.
Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals – If you are looking for an under-owned second baseman with jack-and-a-bag upside, Kolten Wong is your man. Wong contributes across the board offensively and will have the luxury of facing a rookie RHP tonight in Busch Stadium. Look for Wong and the Cardinals’ offense to have a productive night.
Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks – Hill has looked pretty bad this season (.156 BA) but he does have home run upside and he will face Kyle Kendrick in Chase Field tonight. Kendrick is a pitcher we should be picking on each time he is on the bump, and Hill (like many other hitters) has had a lot of success against him. Assuming he is in the lineup, Hill makes a great punt option at Second Base this evening.
Jordy Mercer, Pittsburgh Pirates – As my good friend Dean78904 would say “When the Pittsburgh Pirates face a LHP, it is Jordy Mercer day”. Mercer loves teeing off on lefties and he is easily the best bang for your buck at sShortstop tonight.
Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds – Cozart is swinging a hot stick, with hits in eight of his last ten games and he is now hitting in the two-spot in the Reds’ batting order. During his hot streak, Cozart has racked up 13 hits with six going for extra bases, including four homers. Cozart could easily have a multi-hit/run game atop Cincinnati’s order tonight versus Kyle Lohse.
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays – Longoria has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball during his six-game hitting streak. In those six games, Longoria has a very impressive 13 hits, including nine hits over his last three games. Longoria has always hit well in Yankee Stadium and Chase Whitley is not a pitcher to fear.
Yangervis Solarte, San Diego Padres – Solarte had a big night at the dish last night (3-4 with a double and two RBIs) and he is now hitting .320 on the season. I expect the Padres to score some runs tonight and with Solarte now hitting second in the order, I expect him to be heavily involved in their offensive attack. It is hard not to like Solarte as a value play tonight against Roberto Hernandez.
Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners – Cruz will face a bad left-handed pitcher (Ross Detwiler) in hitter-friendly Globe Life Park, and will be a dangerous fade in GPPs tonight. Cruz is a notorious lefty killer and is leading Major League Baseball in home runs (9) and RBIs (21). Fade him at your own risk.
Yoenis Cespedes, Detroit Tigers – I can’t believe I got all the way to the outfield before picking on “Gas Can” Mike Pelfrey. Cespedes has been rolling lately with hits in eight of his last ten games. During this ten-game stretch, Yoenis is hitting the ball with authority, generating two doubles, three homers, and 12 RBIs. Cespedes has massive upside in this matchup tonight.
Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds – Hamilton is a scary batter for opposing pitchers to face. If he reaches base, you know it is just a matter of time before he steals second and possibly third, creating a great deal of pressure on the pitcher. A stolen base threat like Hamilton can be just as intimidating as a big time power bat. Look for Hamilton to reach base multiple times tonight and create havoc on the base paths. Hamilton is worth owning for his stolen base upside alone.