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 13-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Dylan Bundy - Baltimore (vs. Toronto)
Bundy has been all over the place this season, and most DFS enthusiasts will avoid him because of that. However, I believe he could thrive in a promising home matchup against Toronto this evening. While the Blue Jays have plenty of young talent, they still rank 23rd in wRC+ with the ninth-highest strikeout rate at 24.1%. Bundy pinned down the Jays while allowing just three hits and one earned run (6 K’s through 6.2 IP) on July 5, and a repeat performance isn’t too far-fetched.
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Daniel Vogelbach - Seattle (at Houston)
Most people will be looking towards hitters from the Houston dugout, as the Astros step in with one of the highest run-scoring projections on the night. However, let’s not forget about some capable Seattle bats (especially lefties) against newly-acquired Houston RHP Aaron Sanchez and his .369 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Minute Maid Park tends to accentuate lefty power as well, so this is the perfect time to call on Vogelbach for some fantasy upside.
Scooter Gennett - San Francisco (at Colorado)
Gennett hasn’t done hardly anything in 22 games since coming back from injury on June 28. He’s hitting .219 with five RBIs and no homers, which is enough to cause DFS players to quickly move on to another second base option. Most people will wait for Gennett to fully bounce-back before even considering him in DFS. That makes for an interesting leverage opportunity with Scooter facing Colorado RHP Jon Gray (.346 wOBA split to left-handed bats) in hitter-friendly Coors Field.
Matt Thaiss - LA Angels (at Cleveland)
Thaiss probably won’t get the recognition he deserves while hitting down in the Angels’ order. He doesn’t have much name recognition either; well, not yet anyway. Thaiss doesn’t play every day, so you’ll need to double-check the lineup card before accepting him into your DFS squad. The LAA infielder is currently swinging a hot bat with nine hits, four homers, six runs, and 10 RBIs over his last six starts.
J.P. Crawford - Seattle (at Houston)
Crawford feeds off the same rationale listed with his teammate, Vogelbach, earlier in this article. As mentioned there, Houston RHP Sanchez carries a vulnerable .369 wOBA split to left-handed bats over the past two seasons, creating an opening for Crawford and company to make a fantasy splash. The Seattle shortstop is a candidate for multiple hits, runs, and maybe a steal or two.
Michael Conforto - NY Mets (at Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh RHP Chris Archer has gotten stung by the long ball this season, leading to a bloated 5.58 ERA. He currently holds a .350 wOBA split to left-handed bats over the past two years, and that number keeps increasing with every start. Conforto is a candidate to further that ascension in this sneaky-good matchup. The NYM outfielder is currently seeing the ball well with seven hits, three homers, six runs, and six RBIs over his past six starts.
JaCoby Jones - Detroit (at Texas)
Jones currently serves as Detroit’s leadoff man, and I really like him in this situation tonight. He’ll see a boost at Globe Life Park while facing Texas RHP Adrian Sampson, who carries a .416 wOBA split to right-handed bats. Jones has collected multiple hits in two of his past four games, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he came away with a similar performance in this well-aligned draw. Jones, Miguel Cabrera, and Brandon Dixon are three Detroit hitters on my radar against Sampson’s generous reverse-splits.