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 15-game main slate starting at 6:35 ET.
Dylan Bundy – Baltimore (vs. Detroit)
This is obviously a risky pick, as Bundy usually finds himself used in the write-ups to emphasize hitters in daily fantasy baseball. Having said that, the Orioles’ righty has had some flashes of fantasy upside lately. That includes 7.1 scoreless innings against Tampa on May 1 and 5.2 scoreless innings at Cleveland (7 K’s) on May 17. Tonight’s matchup couldn’t be much better while facing a Detroit offense that ranks 29th in wRC+ with the third-highest strikeout rate at 26.2%. That’s enough to place Bundy into tournament consideration while trying to toss his third gem over five starts.
Matt Olson – Oakland (vs. LA Angels)
Olson missed more than a month early in the season due to a hand issue. He has looked much better over the past week while racking up six hits, two doubles, and two homers through a four-game stretch. I’m expecting Olson to slip through the cracks tonight despite a reasonably good matchup against Angels’ long-man RHP Nick Tropeano, who carries a .365 wOBA split to left-handed bats.
Derek Dietrich – Cincinnati (vs. Pittsburgh)
Dietrich is a boom-or-bust fantasy commodity who gets a nice boost from Great American Ball Park. Opposing pitcher, Jordan Lyles of Pittsburgh, has been relatively solid this season, but pitching in Cincinnati could lead to trouble. Dietrich is a bargain hitter with immense upside, as his 14 homers this season would suggest.
Daniel Robertson – Tampa Bay (vs. Toronto)
Robertson is only hitting .200 on the season, but this is a nice buy-low opportunity in a confident matchup. The Tampa infielder has recorded two doubles, two RBIs, and three runs over his past two starts, which could build some momentum heading into this draw. He’ll step in against Toronto LHP Clayton Richard, who carries an exploitable .348 wOBA split to right-handed bats.
Willy Adames – Tampa Bay (vs. Toronto)
Adames piggybacks the rationale laid out in Robertson’s write-up above. Both Tampa hitters are extremely cheap while holding the platoon advantage over subpar Toronto LHP Clayton Richard. Adames hits down in the Rays’ order, so he’ll likely be ignored despite those factors working in his favor. The Tampa shortstop has two multi-hit performances with a homer in each of those over his past eight games, and this seems like an excellent time for him to reclaim that upside.
Domingo Santana – Seattle (vs. Texas)
Santana isn’t cheap, and I have a feeling he’ll be passed over for similarly-priced outfielders with more name recognition. That especially holds true on an expanded 15-game slate like tonight. Right-hander Adrian Sampson has been tabbed as the Rangers’ primary pitcher tonight, and he has been up-and-down all season while allowing five earned runs in two of his past three appearances. He also carries a .410 wOBA split to right-handed bats through limited innings. Keep an eye on Santana and company because of that.
Curtis Granderson – Miami (vs. San Francisco)
The park factor is discouraging, and Granderson is only hitting .187 on the season. However, his salary is in the basement as a result, and “Grandy” still holds a premium lineup spot for the Marlins. He has also smacked two homers over his past five starts. Tonight’s matchup is certainly favorable while facing San Francisco RHP Jeff Samardjiza and his generous .363 wOBA split to left-handed bats.