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.
We will be looking at the seven-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Merrill Kelly - Arizona (at Miami)
We have a group of quality arms within the same price range as Kelly, leading me to believe that the Arizona righty will have a lower-than-deserved ownership rate despite the promising matchup. Those pitchers include Sonny Gray, Chris Paddack, and the surging-likes of Brad Keller. As for Kelly, he has flexed upside numerous times this season, but he’s a true dice roll who is coming off seven earned runs through 2.1 innings in his last start (vs. Baltimore). Facing the bottom-feeding Marlins in a pitcher-friendly park makes for a strong bounce-back situation.
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Cheslor Cuthbert - Kansas City (vs. Toronto)
The Royals are one of my favorite tournament stacks tonight. Most people will be flocking to the Dodgers, Rockies, and Angels, but don’t sleep on Kansas City. They’ll step in against Toronto LHP Thomas Pannone and his 6.39 ERA on the season. Cuthbert is a capable platoon bat who should hold a premium lineup in this strong matchup. The Kansas City infielder has a promising contact/power blend, and he’ll hold respectable lineup security in this draw (more on that later).
Luis Rengifo - LA Angels (vs. Detroit)
The Dodgers and Angels check in with the two highest run-scoring projections of the night. Players like Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Kole Calhoun, and Andrelton Simmons are noteworthy hitters to consider through all formats. Rengifo is a cheap bat within an LAA stack, and he should have a tiny ownership rate without much name recognition supporting him. The switch-hitting infielder has a chance to jump on Detroit RHP Jordan Zimmermann’s .365 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Zimm has gotten shelled to the tune of 36 hits and 24 earned runs through 15.1 innings over his past four starts. So yeah, go ahead and look towards the entire LAA offense to feed off that generosity.
Manny Machado - San Diego (vs. Baltimore)
There are plenty of quality third basemen to consider tonight, as a legitimate case can be made for Justin Turner, Nolan Arenado, Eugenio Suarez, and Anthony Rendon through all formats. However, don’t sleep on Manny Machado in this comfortable draw against the forgiving Baltimore bullpen. This seems like a beautiful spot for Manny to flex on his former squad.
Jose Iglesias - Cincinnati (vs. Pittsburgh)
Don’t forget about the Reds tonight, as they’ll face Pittsburgh RHP Jordan Lyles - who has allowed 20 earned runs and 28 hits through 12 innings over his past four starts. There’s a good chance those struggles will continue against a capable Cinncinati offense in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark. Eugenio Suarez, Joey Votto, Nick Senzel, and Yasiel Puig are the obvious picks to take advantage, but Iglesias is a cheap option who could provide a solid return in this promising draw.
Hunter Renfroe - San Diego (vs. Baltimore)
We all know Renfore offers massive power upside, and that could be on full display against a charitable Baltimore bullpen. Most DFS enthusiasts will shy away from the Padres in somewhat of a pitcher-friendly environment at Petco Park. However, Renfroe (and teammate Franmil Reyes) doesn’t rely on cheap homers to boost his fantasy profile.
Jorge Soler - Kansas City (vs. Toronto)
Speaking of homers, Soler has 28 of them after going 2-4 with a round-tripper yesterday. He could add to that impressive resume while holding the platoon advantage over the aforementioned generosity of Toronto LHP Pannone. Soler carries a moderate salary in this favorable draw, so don’t forget about his upside when assembling lineups for large-field tournaments.