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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Eric Lauer – San Diego (at NY Mets)
Lauer was actually written-up in yesterday’s article, but his start was pushed back. So here we are today using the same rationale with him facing a Mets’ offense that ranks dead last in wOBA against left-handed pitching. NYM also has the highest strikeout rate (26.1%) of any team against opposing southpaws. As mentioned yesterday, Lauer has flexed upside at times this season, most notably racking up 57 fantasy points against the Dodgers on July 10 … The Padres lefty represents a low-cost, high-upside option who will likely carry a very small ownership contingency in tournaments.
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Josh Bell – Pittsburgh (at Cleveland)
The Pirates make for a sneaky-stack tonight. Cleveland RHP Shane Bieber has been pretty good this season, but regression may be setting in after allowing 11 earned runs and 22 hits over his past three starts (19 innings). Take note that Bieber also carries a vulnerable .411 wOBA split vs left-handed bats, and Pittsburgh will gain somewhat of a park shift in Cleveland. That puts Bell, Dickerson, Polanco, and others on my fantasy radar tonight. The Pirates’ first baseman has been swinging a confident bat with nine hits over his past five starts, and there’s a good chance he’ll keep the momentum in this favorable draw.
Niko Goodrum – Detroit (at Kansas City)
Goodrum has emerged as a solid fantasy option over the past month, but he still is usually undetected by most casual DFS players. I like his upside tonight against Kansas City RHP Burch Smith, who holds a .395 wOBA split vs left-handed bats. Goodrum is a switch-hitter who is capable of multiple hits with some power to boot. There’s a chance we’ll see all of that tonight.
Colin Moran – Pittsburgh (at Cleveland)
Moran is part of the sneaky-good Pittsburgh stack mentioned in Josh Bell’s write-up earlier in the article. As noted there, Cleveland RHP Shane Bieber owns a susceptible .411 wOBA vs left-handed bats. These PIT lefties also get a park boost playing on the road tonight. Moran is only $2600 on FanDuel while holding clear upside to take advantage of this matchup.
Tim Beckham – Baltimore (vs Boston)
Boston LHP Drew Pomeranz (and his 6.81 ERA) will be making his first start since May 31. Fantasy enthusiasts and the Baltimore offense are licking their chops. Beckham is in a position to thrive with this comfortable righty/lefty matchup against a struggling hurler. The entire Baltimore offense (Beckham, Schoop, Jones, Trumbo) makes for an economical stack in tournaments.
Dexter Fowler – St. Louis (at Cincinnati)
Fowler has been hitting down in the lineup (7th), so he’ll likely get less love than teammates like Carpenter, Ozuna, Martinez, etc. However, let’s not forget about Fowler as a confident choice within this St. Louis offense that represents one of the highest-scoring teams of the night. He’ll see a nice boost in Great American Ball Park while looking to jump all over Homer Bailey’s .366 wOBA vs left-handed bats.
Jackie Bradley Jr. – Boston (at Baltimore)
Similar to Fowler’s circumstance in the previous write-up, Bradley Jr will likely carry a lower-than-deserved ownership rate due to hitting towards the bottom of Boston’s order. That’s good news for opportunists looking for a sneaky-good option in tournaments. Despite his .210 season average, “JBJR” has been heating up with 13 hits, seven doubles, nine runs, and 13 RBI in the month of July. He has excellent lineup security with the top of the order (Betts, Benintendi, Martinez, etc) hitting behind him. On top of that, the matchup looks great against Baltimore RHP Yefry Ramirez and his .353 wOBA vs left-handed hitters.