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MLB GPP Pivots: Friday 5/17

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: May 17, 2019, 12:22 pm ET

Welcome to the MLB GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays away from the popular lifts. 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 staples 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.  


Jordan Lyles – Pittsburgh (at San Diego)

Pirates’ hurler Trevor Williams looked good against the Padres last night (3.2 IP, ER, 5 K) before leaving with an injury. Now it’s time for Jordan Lyles to take advantage of this favorable matchup, as San Diego currently holds the highest strikeout rate in the league (26.9%) while ranking 21st in wRC+. Lyles has flexed reasonable DFS upside this season, most recently allowing just one hit over six innings at St. Louis (1 ER, 6 K, W). This is an excellent spot for him to rack up his third-straight quality start.


Ryan O’Hearn – Kansas City (at LA Angels)

Tonight’s slate is massive with a seemingly endless supply of quality hitting matchups. I’m guessing that most people will lose sight of Kansas City against Matt Harvey. The Angels’ pitcher still owns a .355 wOBA split to left-handed bats over the past two years, and there’s significant blowup potential. O’Hearn has the necessary power to take advantage, checking in as a cheap GPP Pivot away from the popular picks.


Jonathan Villar – Baltimore (at Cleveland)

The Cleveland side of this matchup will likely be popular, but let’s not forget about the Baltimore hitters. Cleveland RHP Jefry Rodriguez has been decent as a rotational filler, but regression looms with a .387 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Villar has a nice blend of power, speed, and contact to rack up fantasy production for a mid-range salary at an otherwise boring second base position.


Miguel Sano – Minnesota (at Seattle)

He’s back! Sano made his season debut for the Twins last night while going 2-5 with a pair of doubles, one run, and one RBI. The former All-Star is cheap across several DFS sites while stepping into excellent lineup security within this deep Minnesota order. We all know that Sano has extreme power upside when he gets into a groove, and yesterday’s multi-hit performance will inevitably help his confidence. The Minnesota third baseman finds himself in a non-imposing righty/lefty matchup against Seattle LHP Marco Gonzales, who has struggled with command in his most recent appearances.


Freddy Galvis – Toronto (at Chicago White Sox)

Toronto has one of the worst offenses at this point in the season, currently ranking 29th with a wRC+ of 71. Most people will ignore the Jays in DFS for that reason. However, don’t overlook Freddy Galvis as a mid-range tournament diversifier. He’s the proud owner of a seven-game hitting streak with four doubles and one homer over that span. Tonight’s matchup is excellent for the switch-hitting shortstop, stepping in against White Sox RHP Ivan Nova and his .372 wOBA split to left-handed bats.


Leury Garcia / Charlie Tilson – Chicago White Sox (vs Toronto)

Toronto RHP Aaron Sanchez has been all over the place this season, most recently allowing 24 hits and 12 earned runs through 17 innings over his past three starts. His main vulnerability comes in the form of a .362 wOBA split to left-handed hitters. That’s good news for Garcia (switch-hitter) or Tilson, and one of those guys will step into a premium lineup spot (potentially leadoff) for the White Sox. Keep an eye on the ChiSox order tonight, and consider either of these guys if they find themselves in a favorable spot.  

Ketel Marte – Arizona (vs San Francisco)  

Marte has been a beast with nine home runs and 30 RBIs this season. That’s a dramatic shift considering he only had 14 homers through 520 at-bats last year. The switch-hitting outfielder tweaked his launch angle, and that’s definitely paying off. He’ll have a chance to keep that theme alive against San Francisco RHP Jeff Samardjiza and his .375 wOBA split to left-handed bats.  

Spencer Limbach

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