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.
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Dan Straily – Miami (at San Diego)
Dan Straily of the Marlins may be a sneaky-good value pitcher to stack around tonight. He has been solid this season while racking up 30, 49, and 34 fantasy points (FanDuel) respectively over his past three starts. He’ll have the benefit of starting in pitcher-friendly Petco Park while facing a Padres’ offense that ranks first in strikeout rate (26.2%), 29th in wOBA, and 28th in wRC+. Hopefully the Miami offense gives him some run support tonight, but Straily has the ability to post a quality start regardless.
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Evan Gattis – Houston (at NY Yankees)
Even though Gattis is swinging a hot bat, he may be underrated tonight. Most people avoid catchers on FanDuel since the position is combined with first base. You can use Gattis in that spot or as a cheap utility play with upside. The Houston catcher has notched eight hits, two homers, seven RBI, and seven runs over his past six games. Playing in hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium against the struggling likes of CC Sabathia could keep that heater alive.
Yangervis Solarte – Toronto (at Boston)
Solarte started the season hot then slowed down in May. He’s a switch-hitter with capable power to take advantage of the hitter-friendly dimensions of Fenway Park. On top of that, Boston pitcher Rick Porcello is currently going through a rough-patch after allowing 17 earned runs over 21 innings in his last four starts combined. Porcello owns a .349 wOBA split vs left-handed batters for Solarte to take advantage of.
Kyle Seager – Seattle (vs Texas)
I really like Seattle as an underrated stack tonight. They’ll square off against mediocre Texas RHP Austin Bibens-Dirx, who holds a career 4.76 ERA through 75 major league innings. Safeco Field is kind to left-handed power, something Kyle Seager has shown us with regularity over the past few years. That could be on full display again tonight.
Nick Ahmed – Arizona (vs Cincinnati)
Ahmed isn’t the most confident DFS commodity, but he’s near minimum-salary on FanDuel ($2.2k) while flexing some capable upside. The Arizona infielder will likely hit towards the bottom of the lineup, but he’s feeling confident after collecting four hits with two homers, six RBI, and two runs over his past four outings. Cincinnati pitcher Luis Castillo has been better as of late, but there’s still a chance for regression while facing Arizona in a hitter-friendly park on the road.
Teoscar Hernandez – Toronto (at Boston)
Hernandez pretty much follows the same rationale of teammate Yangervis Solarte – listed above. Hernandez is enjoying a breakout season while holding a premium lineup spot for Toronto. He’ll look to take advantage of Boston RHP Rick Porcello’s recent struggles in hitter-friendly Fenway Park. Teoscar will likely have a small ownership rate despite the park shift an inherent upside.
Joey Gallo – Texas (at Seattle)
Gallo always carries multiple homerun upside when facing a mediocre right-handed pitcher. It’s sad to admit, but Felix Hernandez falls into the category of mediocrity at this point of his career. Hernandez owns a 5.58 ERA this year while a .348 wOBA and 17.4% HR/FB split to left-handed bats over the past two seasons. There’s a chance Joey Gallo and company will jump all over that. As mentioned earlier, Safeco Field can help left-handed power as well.