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 7:15 ET.
Miles Mikolas - St. Louis (at San Francisco)
Mikolas was great last season, but 2019 has been a different story. He currently holds a mediocre 4.34 ERA with a low strikeout rate at 6.51 K/9. However, a bounce-back performance could be in the cards tonight (no pun intended). Mikolas will take the bump against San Francisco, who ranks 28th in wRC+ this year. Starting in the pitcher-friendly environment of Oracle Park doesn’t hurt either.
Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia (at NY Mets)
Hoskins is expensive while settling into a perceived difficult matchup against Mets’ RHP Noah Syndergaard tonight. However, Syndergaard has been hardly dominant this season while holding a 4.56 ERA. In other words, don’t forget about Philadelphia’s intimidating offense simply due to name recognition of the opposing pitcher. For whatever it’s worth, Hoskins has had solid career numbers against Syndergaard, and this could be a time to catch the Philly slugger with a lower ownership rate.
Cesar Hernandez - Philadelphia (at NY Mets)
Hernandez follows the same rationale as his teammate, Hoskins. To review, Mets’ RHP Syndergaard isn’t necessarily a pitcher to fear through all DFS formats. However, the general public hasn’t exactly latched onto that sentiment, creating a low-owned pivot opportunity with Philadelphia’s offense. Hernandez is a switch-hitter who is capable of upside in every statistical category (hits, runs, HR, RBIs, steals).
Yoan Moncada - Chicago White Sox (vs. Chicago Cubs)
Speaking of well-known pitchers who have fallen from “dominant” status, go ahead and add Jon Lester of the Cubs to that list. The veteran southpaw has been better lately, but he has noticed his fair share of blemishes with a few blow-up outings over the past month. Meanwhile, Moncada is starting to realize the potential that made him a top overall prospect upon joining the White Sox. He’s on fire at the moment with seven hits, three homers, five RBIs, and a stolen base over his past four games. There’s a chance he’ll carry a lower-than-deserved ownership rate while holding a similar salary to competing third base options like Yuli Gurriel, Matt Chapman, and Nolan Arenado.
Fernando Tatis Jr. - San Diego (at LA Dodgers)
Tatis is an entertaining young talent, but his price has spiked to the point where he’s more expensive than Trevor Story, Javier Baez, and Alex Bregman on some DFS sites. I’m guessing some people may ignore him at that premium salary. On top of that, a lot of people will be looking towards Dodgers’ RHP Kenta Maeda as their pitcher tonight. Maeda hasn’t exactly been invincible this season, and Tatis has built-in upside with the ability to produce in every category.
Ramon Laureano - Oakland (at Seattle)
Oakland is one of the better offenses against left-handed pitching this season, which is bad news for Seattle LHP Marco Gonzales. Outfielder Ramon Laureano may be an underrated piece within a confident A’s stack this evening. Laureano is no stranger to rewarding fantasy performances after picking up five hits, one homer, six RBIs, five runs, and a stolen base over his past five starts.
Dominic Smith - NY Mets (vs. Philadelphia)
Smith is a cheap bat with power, but he may slip between the ownership cracks tonight. His recent game log isn’t very impressive after going 0-9 over his last three games. However, if Smith is granted the start this evening, he’ll have a chance to exploit Philadelphia RHP Jake Arrieta’s .367 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Let’s not forget about the mountain of upside Smith carved with six hits and three homers over three games at Philadelphia a few weeks ago.