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 7:05 ET.
Devin Smeltzer – Minnesota (at Cleveland)
Smeltzer’s journey to the big leagues is an incredible story, overcoming childhood cancer along the way. It turns out he’s a pretty good pitcher too. The rookie posted seven strikeouts with only three hits allowed through seven scoreless innings against the Brewers last Tuesday. That’s not too shabby for an MLB debut. Smeltzer doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but he throws strikes with enough variety to keep opposing hitters off balance. He’ll try to do exactly that tonight against a top-heavy Cleveland offense that ranks 26th in wRC+ this season. Smeltzer could have a chance to earn the victory tonight, as Minnesota’s offense is more than capable of providing adequate run support.
Ronald Guzman – Texas (vs. Baltimore)
The Rangers’ offense is in a nice spot tonight. Guzman is an underrated piece within that while hitting down in the order. Baltimore RHP Dylan Bundy has looked better lately, but he still carries a vulnerable .375 wOBA split to left-handed bats over the past two seasons. Throw in a hitter-friendly environment at Globe Life Park, and Guzman becomes an intriguing GPP Pivot. He’s capable of some power upside while collecting five hits, two homers, six RBIs, and one stolen base over his last six games.
Hanser Alberto – Baltimore (at Texas)
Alberto remains cheap despite racking up 15 hits, four doubles, one homer, eight runs, and two stolen bases over his last 10 starts. He checks in on the other side of this hitter-friendly atmosphere at Globe Life Park in Texas. Alberto should hold an adequate lineup spot for the Orioles while settling into a comfortable righty/lefty matchup against Rangers’ southpaw Drew Smyly – who carries a 6.98 ERA this season with a .374 wOBA split to right-handed bats.
Cheslor Cuthbert – Kansas City (vs. Boston)
Hunter Dozier is on the injured-list for Kansas City, resulting in Cuthbert getting promoted to the majors. He has responded with five hits and a homer over three games. Cuthbert has proven himself capable of producing in the big leagues over the past few years, and he’s looking to make the most of his opportunity this time around. Boston LHP Eduardo Rodriguez has been all over the place this season while allowing 11 earned runs and 15 hits over 11 innings over two starts before limiting the Astros to just one earned run in his last appearance. Cuthbert is a sneaky-good bargain in case we see Rodriguez’s wild side tonight.
Jose Iglesias – Cincinnati (at St. Louis)
Iglesias is cheap while hitting down in Cincinnati’s order, but he’s a fine GPP Pivot in tonight’s matchup. He’ll square off against St. Louis LHP Genesis Cabrera, who allowed five runs through 3.2 innings in his first start of the season last week. Prior to that, Cabrera held an unimpressive 6.35 ERA through 39.2 Triple-A innings. In other words, Cincinnati right-handed hitters could inflict some damage here. While Yasiel Puig, Eugenio Suarez, and Nick Senzel headline that group, don’t forget about middle infielders like Iglesias and Jose Peraza.
Jorge Soler – Kansas City (vs. Boston)
As mentioned earlier, Boston LHP Rodriguez has been up-and-down while currently holding a 5.05 ERA this season. He has allowed four or more earned runs in three of his last six starts. In the event that Rodriguez’s inconsistencies are on display, Kanas City slugger Jorge Soler will be in an excellent position to take advantage. Soler has blasted 15 home runs on the season with four of those round-trippers coming in the last eight games.
Derek Fisher – Houston (at Seattle)
Fisher could hold a premium lineup spot for the banged-up Houston offense tonight. That has been the case lately, as the left-handed outfielder has made the most of his opportunities with six hits, one double, one triple, one homer, four runs, four RBIs, and one stolen base over his past six games. As you can see, Fisher has the ability to post numbers in every hitting category, and that could come in handy against a Seattle spot starter or their bullpen that currently holds the fifth-highest xFIP.