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, as GPPs are all about UPSIDE. We want players who can explode, since 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!
Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals – Despite the hefty price tag, we simply cannot ignore Scherzer tonight. Mad Max has been nothing short of brilliant for the Washington Nationals in 2015 (1.51 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, .199 BAA with 85 Ks in 71.2 IP). Scherzer has gone at least seven innings in all but one start this season and he has hit double-digit strikeouts in four of his last six starts. Scherzer is a K machine and the Toronto Blue Jays strike out at a 23% clip on the road versus right-handed pitching. As a bonus, it is also very likely that the Blue Jays will rest some of their bigger bats (Jose Reyes, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista) in game two of their doubleheader. This only makes Scherzer even more appealing.
Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets - In order to load on some bats, we do need a value option at pitcher. Syndergaard not only has a very moderate price across the industry but he can also rack up the strikeouts. In his last three starts, Syndergaard has pitched at least six innings and he has a 16:1 K/BB ratio. With three plus pitches (fastball, curve, change), Syndergaard should continue to find success at the Major League level, and the San Diego Padres are up next on his hit list.
Stephen Vogt, Oakland A’s – I’ll admit it, I have a little bit of a man crush on Stephen Vogt. How can you not love this guy? Vogt has hits in seven straight games and he has absolutely murdered right-handed pitching this season. Even with the game in Coors Field, I think Vogt has more upside than any other catcher.
Yasmani Grandal, Los Angeles Dodgers - Colorado starter David Hale is a below average pitcher making a spot start for the Rockies tonight. Hale has been hit hard by lefties at both the Minor League and Major League levels. Grandal has raked versus right-handed pitching this year (.293 BA, .411 OBP with 6 doubles, 5 HR and 20 RBI) and I expect that to continue tonight in Colorado.
Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves – Freeman is riding a five-game hitting streak, including a three-hit performance in Arizona last night. During his hitting streak, Freeman has hit the ball with authority, producing three homers and driving in six runs. Josh Collmenter has always struggled with lefties and this year is no exception (.309 BAA, .838 OPSA). Collmenter has also struggled in Chase Field - in his six starts in Arizona this season, he has an ERA of 6.30 and opponents are hitting .349 off of him. Freeman crushes right-handed pitching and he has hammered Josh Collmenter in his career (8-for-15, .533 BA with 3 XBHs). Dollar for dollar, Freeman may just be the best play at first base this evening.
Adam LaRoche, Chicago White Sox – LaRoche has looked much better at the dish in his last seven games, generating 10 hits, including two doubles and two home runs. Colby Lewis has been hit extremely hard in his last three starts and lefties are still having their way with him. LaRoche is inexpensive and he has double-dong potential.
Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox - Minnesota Twins starter Mike Pelfrey is a “Gas Can of the Night” nominee each and every time he toes the rubber. Pelfrey has spent his entire career getting hit hard by lefties and righties alike, and I think we see more of that tonight. With hits in nine of his last 10 games, Pedroia looks like his old self, spraying lasers all over the field. Look for a multi-hit performance from him in this game.
Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins - Outside of Coors Field, the game in Fenway Park may be the highest scoring game of the night. Dozier is swinging the bat well these days and the entire Twins offense is on fire. With his power and speed upside, Dozier is certainly in play.
Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins – Speaking of hot Twins, Trevor Plouffe is absolutely locked in at the dish right now. Plouffe has five multi-hit efforts in his last seven contests, including three doubles, two homers and seven runs batted in. Look for Plouffe to keep rolling in what should be a high scoring affair in Boston tonight.
Pablo Sandoval, Boston Red Sox – Sandoval has cooled down quite a bit, but at his price (cheap on FD) across the industry, he is still tough to ignore. The Kung-Fu Panda will bat in the heart of the Red Sox lineup tonight against the very hittable Mike Pelfrey and he should be under-owned thanks to his recent struggles. Sandoval is a stud hitter from the left side of the plate and you have to love his matchup.
Jimmy Rollins, Los Angeles Dodgers – Rollins had a big game last night (2-for-4 with a walk, 2 runs and a bomb) and he continues to crush the baseball in Colorado (career .314 BA in Coors Field). Even with his increase in salary, Rollins and his jack-and-a-bag upside are worth paying for.
Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds – Assuming Cozart is hitting near the top of the Reds order, he will make a great value play at shortstop. Cozart has shown some surprising pop in 2015, producing eight doubles and six long balls. Philadelphia Phillies starter Sean O’Sullivan is not a pitcher to fear and I think the Reds get to him early and often in this one.
Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians – Left-handed batters have been Jeremy Guthrie’s kryptonite throughout his long career. This trend has continued in 2015, as lefties are absolutely killing him (.359 BAA, .436 OBPA, 1.096 OPSA). Brantley is a hitting machine and I expect a big game from him tonight.
Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox - Hanley has multi-hit performances in three of his last four games, producing a double and two home runs in the process. Ramirez has to be one of the top outfield options, considering the pitcher he is facing, the hitter friendly environment and his power upside.
Curtis Granderson, New York Mets – San Diego Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy has looked ugly in his last four starts and he is extremely homer prone these days. Even Petco Park could not save Kennedy’s gopheritis, as he has allowed nine homers in just 21.1 innings pitched at home this season. Curtis Granderson has had a lot of success against Kennedy (5-for-9, .556 BA, .667 OBP with 3 walks and a homer), in a small sample size, and he makes a great value play in the outfield.