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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Michael Pineda, New York Yankees - Pineda has looked great this season (1.12 WHIP with 32 Ks in 31.1 IP) and the Blue Jays have always had trouble figuring him out. Pineda shut down this potent Toronto offense earlier in the season at Yankee Stadium (6 IP, 2ER, 6 Ks), and I would not be surprised to see a similar result tonight at the Rogers Centre. Not only do I like Pineda’s upside, but at his price he leaves plenty of room for those big bats.
Drew Smyly, Tampa Bay Rays - Sure it is risky taking a pitcher against that explosive Red Sox offense in Fenway Park, but Jake Odorizzi did just fine last night and Smyly has similar upside. Smyly has looked sharp in his two starts this season and he was outstanding in his last start versus the New York Yankees (6 IP, 2 ER, 10 Ks). Despite being one of the best offenses in baseball, Boston is hitting a measly .204 against left-handed pitching, which is good for second-worst in the American League. Smyly is inexpensive and he has double-digit strikeout potential.
Stephen Vogt, Oakland A’s – Vogt had yet another monster game last night (3-for-5 with a bomb and 5 RBIs) and he continues to destroy right-handed pitching (.379 BA, .468 OBP with 6 HR and 19 RBIs) this season. Trevor May has been extremely hittable in his young career and LHB are hitting .315 off of him this year. The way Vogt is swinging the bat these days he has be the top option at catcher tonight.
Yasmani Grandal, Los Angeles Dodgers - Grandal has started to heat up for the Dodgers, racking up seven hits in his last three games, including two doubles and a homer. Matt Garza has really struggled (4.60 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) this season and Grandal has big game upside in this matchup tonight.
Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals – Adams is riding a six-game hitting streak, including four of the multi-hit variety. Adams is at his best when facing a RHP at home and he has both of those in his favor tonight. Big City has a great price across the industry and he is one of the top bargains at first base tonight.
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies - Is it just me, or is Ryan Howard the oldest 35-year-old in the game? Howard will never hit for average, but he still has plenty of power in his bat. Shelby Miller continues to struggle versus LHB and can be homer prone. Howard is inexpensive and he has home run upside. As a bonus Howard has crushed Miller (4-for-7 with 3 bombs and 6 RBIs), in a small sample size.
Jose Altuve, Houston Astros - Altuve is having another terrific season for the Astros and he continues to murder southpaws (.516 BA). His salary is still quite reasonable on most sites and that makes him a very difficult fade. Some fantasy owners may choose to avoid Altuve this evening because he will be popular, but that could certainly backfire tonight. Fade him at your own risk.
Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks – Yes, Hill has been awful this season, but he has looked a little better recently, and it’s Coors Field. Assuming Tyler Matzek remains the Rockies starter, I like Hill’s potential tonight. Hill has hit LHP well throughout his career and like most hitters he has had a lot of success in Coors Field.
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies – I think we all know Tulowitzki is a great play any time, especially when he is facing an average pitcher at home. With his high salary and weather concerns in Colorado, I actually expect Tulo to be very under-owned tonight. He may be worth the roll of the dice on a roster or two this evening.
Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals – Shortstop is a wasteland again tonight and Desmond is too talented to be this cheap. Desmond has five hits in his last three games, including two doubles and a homer. Desmond contributes across the board offensively and is a bargain on most sites.
Yasmany Tomas, Arizona Diamondbacks – The D-Backs did not sign the 24-year-old Cuban to play defense, they expect him to hit. Tomas is projected to hit for a decent average with plenty of pop in his bat. So far though, he has yet to have that big game, and he is still homerless in young career. Tomas will face a weak LHP in the Majors’ best hitting ballpark, providing him with a great opportunity to break out.
Yangervis Solarte, San Diego Padres – Solarte has been productive hitting in the two-hole for the Padres and he has a great matchup versus whipping boy Ryan Vogelsong. Vogelsong continues to get hit hard by every opponent (9.31 ERA, 2.02 WHIP, .333 BAA) and I think Solarte can have a multi-hit/run game off of him tonight.
Josh Reddick, Oakland A’s – Reddick has hits in 12 consecutive games, including six multi-hit performances. He is very quietly having an outstanding year for Oakland and I expect him to remain hot tonight against Trevor May. For reasons unknown, Reddick never seems to be highly sought after in tournament play, despite his multi-homer upside.
Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins - If you are not on Stephen Strasburg tonight, you may want to have a peek at Marcell Ozuna. With eight hits in his last four games, Ozuna is swinging a hot stick. He will bat behind Giancarlo Stanton tonight, and with Stanton likely to be pitched around due to his sick bat and success against Strasburg, I can see Ozuna having multiple chances to drive in runs in this game. Ozuna has plenty of upside and he has hit Strasburg well (7-for-16 with 3 XBHs and 5 RBI) in a decent sample size.
Marlon Byrd, Cincinnati Reds – After a brutal start to the season, Byrd has finally picked up his offensive game. Byrd now has hits in six of his last nine games, including three home runs. RHB continue to tee off on Jeff Locke, and Byrd has always hit lefties well. Byrd will be low percentage owned and I like his potential tonight.