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MLB GPP Pivots: Friday 4/26

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: April 26, 2019, 11:29 am ET

Welcome to the MLB GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays on FanDuel and DraftKings. These recommendations are usually risk/reward commodities meant to be used in large-field tournaments. Typically, blending these low-owned hidden gems with well-aligned popular picks contributes to a viable GPP strategy.

Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our MLB News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

With that, let’s dive into tonight’s main slate starting at 7:05 ET.  

PITCHER

Daniel Norris – Detroit (at Chicago White Sox)

Norris recently joined the Detroit rotation with Matt Moore succumbing to a season-ending knee injury. His first start was a good one, tossing five scoreless innings with six strikeouts and only two hits allowed. That came against the same White Sox team he’ll see tonight, and there’s a chance Norris will go beyond 79 pitches (total from last game) while transitioning into a full-time starter role. He’s cheap on both FanDuel and DraftKings while holding legitimate upside against a Chicago team with an above-average strikeout rate (24.7%).

CATCHER/FIRST BASE

Rowdy Tellez – Toronto (vs Oakland)

The last time Tellez was mentioned in this column, he hit a grand slam. Just saying. The power-hitting lefty is only $2,500 on FanDuel despite going 6-11 with two doubles, two homers, five runs, and eight RBIs over his past four outings. Oakland RHP Mike Fiers has allowed six earned runs in three straight starts (that’s 18 ER over 10 IP), so this is an appealing matchup in a hitter-friendly ballpark. Most of the attention will be on Vladimir Guerrero Jr making his debut for Toronto, but don’t forget about his teammates in DFS. More on that later in this article. 

SECOND BASE

Dee Gordon – Seattle (vs Texas)

Most people will ignore Gordon while hitting towards the bottom of Seattle's order. He doesn’t have much power upside either. However, this is a reasonably good matchup against Texas RHP Shelby Miller, who has surrendered 21 hits and 13 earned runs over 15.1 innings this season. He also carries a 13:6 walk-to-strikeout rate that could help Gordon reach base several times. If that happens, the speedy second baseman could rack up a stolen base or two along with multiple runs. It helps that the RBI producers in the top of the order are hitting behind him. Put it all together, and Gordon is an interesting tournament “swerve” at an otherwise underwhelming position.

THIRD BASE

Renato Nunez – Baltimore (at Minnesota)

A lack of name recognition could keep Nunez’s ownership rate somewhat low. He has been a fantasy beast with nine hits, four homers, six runs, and six RBIs over his last six games. That streak started last week against Minnesota, and Nunez has an excellent opportunity to keep the momentum against Twins’ pitching at Target Field. He’ll hold the platoon advantage over Minnesota starter Martin Perez, and the Baltimore infielder fired a homer off him last Saturday.

SHORTSTOP

Ronny Rodriguez – Detroit (at Chicago White Sox)

Rodriguez has looked good in a brief MLB stint this season, collecting six hits, three doubles, one homer, and four runs over five games. He’s cheap on FanDuel and DraftKings while stepping into a righty/lefty matchup against White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon. Rodriguez will also see a park boost at Guaranteed Rate Field, something that could help keep the hot streak alive.

OUTFIELD

Randal Grichuk – Toronto (vs Oakland)

Remember earlier when I mentioned Oakland RHP Mike Fiers and his struggles to begin the season? Well, Fiers holds a generous .341 wOBA split to right-handed bats, something that makes Randal Grichuk a tournament option on FanDuel and DraftKings. The Toronto outfielder has capable exit velocity along with multi-homer upside, which is something he’s already flexed this season. The Blue Jays make for an interesting tournament stack with Grichuk, Guerrero Jr., and Tellez leading the way.

Nicholas Castellanos – Detroit (at Chicago White Sox)  

White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon is pretty good, so I’m not suggesting a full-out stack against him. However, we can’t ignore this opportunity for Detroit hitters, especially righties with the platoon advantage. They’ll get a park boost at Guaranteed Rate Field, which really helps Castellanos as the most legitimate threat for the Tigers (sorry Miggy but it’s the truth). Castellanos got off to a slow start this season, so his salary makes for an encouraging buy-low opportunity. He smacked his first homer of the season yesterday, and maybe that’s the spark to get him going.

Spencer Limbach

Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.