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 14-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.
Brett Anderson - Oakland (at San Francisco)
Anderson should be in contention for a quality start tonight, and he could squeak out the victory bonus as well. Either way, I’m expecting the Oakland southpaw to deliver a respectable performance that will keep your fantasy squad in the thick of things. More importantly, his insanely cheap salary will allow you to assemble a high-upside collection of hitters. It helps that his opponent, San Francisco, ranks 28th in wRC+ this season. Taking the bump in pitcher-friendly Oracle Park doesn’t hurt either.
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Miguel Cabrera - Detroit (vs. Seattle)
The veteran slugger has come to life over the past few weeks, racking up 17 hits, three homers, eight runs, and nine RBIs over his last 12 games. He could be looking at more-than-usual RBI opportunities tonight, as the Tigers are in a position to make some noise against the generosity of Seattle LHP Yusei Kikuchi. The Mariners’ southpaw carries a .368 wOBA split to right-handed bats, which plays directly into Cabrera’s wheelhouse.
Josh Rojas - Arizona (at Colorado)
Rojas made his MLB debut last night, going 2-4 with a run and RBI. He’s minimum salary on some DFS sites, which presents a nice buy-low opportunity if he’s granted another start. Keep your eye on the lineup card, and definitely consider Rojas in hitter-friendly Coors Field if he’s given another opportunity. Rojas is a left-handed bat with a good chance to jump on Colorado RHP Jon Gray’s .354 wOBA split to left-handed bats.
Tommy Edman - St. Louis (at Kansas City)
Let’s move from one impressive rookie to another, although Edman has more of a track record with 154 major league at-bats under his belt. The 24-year-old utility man has looked great with eight hits, two doubles, one triple, and a stolen base over his last four games. He should hold a premium lineup spot against Kansas City RHP Glenn Sparkman, who carries an inflated .377 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Edman is a switch-hitter with the ability to take full advantage.
Orlando Arcia - Milwaukee (vs. Minnesota)
Arcia is another recommendation who looks great for tournaments and cash games alike, especially if you need some salary relief. The Milwaukee shortstop is no stranger to this MLB GPP Pivots column, as his usual blend of a cheap salary with power upside often catches our eye. He’ll look to make good on this excellent home draw against the struggling-likes of Minnesota LHP Martin Perez, who carries a .373 wOBA split to right-handed bats.
Dexter Fowler - St. Louis (at Kansas City)
Remember earlier when I outlined Kansas City RHP Sparkman and his .377 wOBA split to lefties? Well, Fowler is another switch-hitter poised to jump all over that. The Cardinals’ center fielder has been hitting leadoff lately, collecting seven hits with three doubles and a homer over his past five games. This is probably his best matchup in recent memory, and Fowler could certainly add to his hot-streak tonight.
Josh VanMeter - Cincinnati (at Washington)
VanMeter doesn’t have much name recognition, but he has an excellent matchup to thrive for fantasy purposes. Washington RHP Joe Ross holds a vulnerable .367 wOBA split to left-handed bats throughout his career, and VanMeter is a lefty slugger who has collected multiple hits in each of his past two starts. The rookie outfielder joins teammate Joey Votto (1B) as legitimate DFS choices in this encouraging draw.