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 11-game main slate starting at 1:05 ET.
Sandy Alcantara – Miami (vs. Pittsburgh)
Alcantara has been all over the place in terms of control and subsequent fantasy production. In other words, he’s your classic risk/reward GPP Pivot who checks in with an economical price tag. There’s reason to be optimistic, as Alcantara has allowed just two earned runs with 14 strikeouts (11 hits) across 18 innings over his past three starts. Taking the bump in his pitcher-friendly ballpark will help, as does Pittsburgh’s 92 wRC+ that currently ranks 20th in the league. There’s a chance the Marlins could give him some run support while facing the struggling-likes of Pirates’ RHP Chris Archer.
Howie Kendrick – Washington (vs. Arizona)
I’m hoping Kendrick starts and gets lost in the shuffle (for DFS) at a competitive first base position. He has an attainable mid-range salary despite heating up with 19 hits, five homers, and 16 RBIs over his past 13 games. That raises his average to .323 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs on the season. Can you say All-Star? The 35-year-old has an opportunity to feed that resume while facing Arizona RHP Archie Bradley and (.357 wOBA split to RHB) and “bulk pitcher” Zach Godley (6.09 ERA this season).
Derek Dietrich – Cincinnati (vs. Texas)
Dietrich can be viewed through all formats, assuming the weather cooperates. He has some of the best power upside of any second baseman, which is something that deserves serious consideration in tournaments. It just so happens that the matchup corresponds perfectly as well. Dietrich will take his at-bats in the hitter-friendly environment of Great American Ball Park while facing Texas RHP Ariel Jurado and his .346 wOBA split to left-handed bats.
Cheslor Cuthbert – Kansas City (at Minnesota)
Hunter Dozier is currently injured, and Cuthbert has been promoted to the majors in an effort to replace him. He’s seeing regular playing time as a result, showcasing some capable power, speed, and contact as a result. He’s a sneaky-good pick against Minnesota LHP Martin Perez and his .370 wOBA split to right-handed bats over the past two years. Perez looked excellent through most of May, but he has struggled lately. Cuthbert and his teammates could take full advantage.
Dansby Swanson – Atlanta (vs. Philadelphia)
Swanson is priced similarly to the top shortstops like Trea Turner, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Jorge Polanco. I’m assuming that most DFS enthusiasts will encounter some form of sticker shock as a result. The Atlanta infielder will likely carry low ownership because of that. However, I would urge you to consider Swanson as a leverage piece in a strong matchup against Philadelphia LHP Cole Irvin, who has allowed 11 hits and nine earned runs over 8.1 innings over his past two starts. It doesn’t hurt that Swanson is on fire at the moment either.
Jeff McNeil – NY Mets (vs. St. Louis)
Cardinals’ RHP Dakota Hudson has looked really sharp lately, but he still carries an eye-popping .404 wOBA split to left-handed bats over the past two years. That could come back to bite him sooner than later, and McNeil is exactly the type of contact hitter to make it happen. The NYM outfielder has posted multiple hits in three of his past five outings, raising his average to .337 on the season.
Harrison Bader – St. Louis (at NY Mets)
Bader is a cheap tournament bat who hits down in the St. Louis’ order. However, he holds credible power upside while collecting five hits, two doubles, one triple, and one homer (two stolen bases) over his past seven starts. He has a welcoming draw against Mets’ LHP Jason Vargas and his .345 wOBA split to right-handed bats.