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.
With that, let’s dive into tonight’s main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Griffin Canning – LA Angels (at Detroit)
This is pretty much the definition of a risk/reward daily fantasy acquisition. However, there’s enough upside to take a chance on Canning tonight. The rookie’s first MLB start was a mixed bag while allowing four hits and three earned runs through 4.1 innings against Toronto last Tuesday. Canning managed to post six strikeouts in that contest, flexing some appealing fantasy potential. I’m thinking the Angels will give the 22-year-old a longer leash in his second career start, and this is a strong matchup at Detroit. The Tigers currently rank 23rd with a wRC+ of 83, and their 26.6% strikeout rate is the second-highest in baseball.
Logan Forsythe – Texas (at Pittsburgh)
Catcher and first base are deep tonight, which shouldn’t come as a surprise with 13 games on tap. Forsythe is a mid-range pick who will likely fall under the radar of most DFS enthusiasts. He’s a strong platoon option against Pittsburgh LHP Steven Brault, who has allowed eight runs through 8.2 innings out of the bullpen this season. Brault owns a vulnerable .361 wOBA split to right-handed bats over the past two years as well. That’s good news for guys like Forsythe, Delino DeShields, Elvis Andrus, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa (another GPP Pivot for catcher).
Cesar Hernandez – Philadelphia (at St. Louis)
Hernandez is an interesting second baseman who won’t break the bank. He’ll likely carry a low ownership rate as well, given that he’s hitting in the bottom third of Philadelphia’s order. However, the switch-hitter garners consideration against RHP Dakota Hudson of St. Louis. Hudson looked better in his last start at Washington, but he still holds a susceptible .458 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Bryce Harper is the marquee pick to expose that number, but don’t forget about the sneaky-likes of Hernandez and maybe even Odubel Herrera.
Howie Kendrick – Washington (at Milwaukee)
The Nationals are down several players, but Kendrick has served as a linchpin in the meantime. He’s heating up with eight hits, three runs, three RBIs, one homer, and one steal over his past five games. Kendrick and his fellow Washington hitters will enjoy a nice park boost in Milwaukee tonight. The matchup looks good against Brewers’ pitchers Adrian Houser and Freddy Peralta, who are expected to both pitch numerous innings before giving way to the bullpen.
Jorge Polanco – Minnesota (at Toronto)
The shortstop position is very top-heavy tonight, as Trevor Story, Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, and (maybe) Elvis Andrus all find themselves in quality situations. That will likely dilute ownership rates across the board, and Minnesota shortstop Jorge Polanco could slip through the proverbial cracks. Polanco has been a hitting machine this season, currently holding a .317 average with six homers. He went 3-4 with a double and homer last night, and there’s a chance he’ll continue to take advantage of the hitter-friendly atmosphere in Toronto. Blue Jays’ RHP Aaron Sanchez is a decent overall pitcher, but he has allowed four earned runs in two of his past four starts. As a switch-hitter, Polanco could jump on Sanchez’s .368 wOBA split to left-handed bats.
Yasiel Puig – Cincinnati (at Oakland)
Puig was briefly mentioned in today’s MLB DFS Bargains article, and I’m going to expand on that here. Oakland RHP Mike Fiers has been someone to target hitters against this season – coughing up six earned runs in three of his past five starts. Puig carries an encouraging blend of power, speed, and contact to take full advantage. His salary is very attainable as well. The Reds’ offense has been on fire over the last few games, and Puig is warming up with six hits, five runs, one homer, and one stolen base over his past three starts.
Chris Taylor – LA Dodgers (vs Atlanta)
I’m not sure how popular Chris Taylor will be tonight, but he deserves your attention as a bargain outfielder through all formats. He’s on fire at the momentum while posting four straight multi-hit outings with two homers, six RBIs, and one stolen base over that span. Taylor will hold the platoon advantage over Atlanta LHP Max Fried, and the Braves’ bullpen ranks bottom ten in xFIP and SIERA over the past two weeks.