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 nine-game main slate starting at 1:05 ET.
Homer Bailey - Kansas City (vs. Detroit)
This is definitely a risky pick, but Bailey comes with a conveniently low salary and an encouraging matchup. He’ll take the bump against Detroit this afternoon, and the Tigers are one of the worst hitting teams in the league while sporting the second-highest strikeout rate as well. Bailey has been up-and-down all season, but he has flexed occasional upside with a pair of solid showings over the past month. One came via six scoreless innings (6 K’s) against the same Tigers’ bats he’ll see today.
Brandon Belt - San Francisco (at Milwaukee)
Belt doesn’t have very good numbers against Milwaukee RHP Jhoulys Chacin, meaning we’ll probably see the San Francisco first baseman with a lower-than-deserved ownership rate. Frankly, I’m not afraid of Chacin at this stage in his career, and Belt should be able to feed off his .338 wOBA split to left-handed bats. The other contextual factors are on Belt’s side as well, as he’s swinging a confident bat with an upgrade in hitter-friendly Miller Park.
Cavan Biggio - Toronto (at NY Yankees)
Toronto checks in as sizable underdogs today, but I’m not ruling out their offense for daily fantasy purposes. Yankees’ RHP Masahiro Tanaka has been shaky while allowing 10 earned runs through seven innings over his past two starts. Biggio is a capable left-handed bat with an enviable blend of power, speed, and contact. The prospect of hitting one to the short right-field porch of Yankee Stadium feeds his upside.
Todd Frazier - NY Mets (at Miami)
Frazier could be ignored by most DFS enthusiasts today. After all, he’s an over-the-hill, boom-or-bust slugger playing in a pitcher-friendly park. However, Frazier still has some homerun upside left in the tank, as he displayed against the Marlins on Friday. Miami RHP Sandy Alcantara owns a .343 wOBA split to right-handed bats while coughing-up eight earned runs through 11.2 innings over his past two starts.
Jung Ho Kang - Pittsburgh (at Chicago Cubs)
Kang is a feast-or-famine hitter who will give you a homer or a goose egg in your fantasy lineup. Having said that, he has rewarding DFS backers with a round-tripper in each of his past two starts, and the salary is dirt-cheap as well. Cubs’ LHP Jose Quintana has struggled at home this season while allowing 16 earned runs and 27 hits across 17 innings over his last three starts in Wrigley Field.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. - Toronto (at NY Yankees)
Remember earlier when I explained Tanaka’s recent struggles? Gurriel is one of the leading candidates to make some fantasy noise if the Yankee’s pitcher can’t regain his form. Gurriel has enjoyed an impressive breakout campaign while hitting .297 with 16 homers, 37 RBIs, and four stolen bases. He’s a perfect high-upside tournament pick that will stay out of the eyes of casual DFS players.
Alex Gordon - Kansas City (vs. Detroit)
Gordon had a terrific start to the season, then he inevitably slowed down. Well, he started to rekindle the flame while notching multiple hits in five of his last six starts prior to the All-Star break. This is a great opportunity to keep that momentum, as Gordon will step in against Detroit RHP Jordan Zimmermann and his .371 wOBA split to left-handed bats.