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.
Anibal Sanchez - Washington (at San Francisco)
Sanchez has been a reasonably effective fantasy pitcher while holding an acceptable 3.80 ERA on the season. He could easily improve that mark tonight at San Francisco, who ranks 28th in wRC+ with an above-average strikeout rate of 23.0%. We can’t overlook that Oracle Park represents one of the best environments for a pitcher, which certainly elevates the floor/ceiling of Sanchez’s fantasy prospects. Needless to say, the Washington righty is a strong bargain option to stack around.
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Cheslor Cuthbert - Kansas City (at Boston)
The Royals represent a sneaky-good stack while noticing a substantial park shift in Fenway Park. On top of that, Boston RHP Andrew Cashner holds a generous .370 wOBA split to right-handed bats over the past two years. Cheslor Cuthbert, Whit Merrifield, Jorge Soler, and (maybe) Bubba Starling are prime candidates to take advantage. Cuthbert carries a mid-range salary to go along with a reputable contact/power archetype.
Luis Rengifo - LA Angels (at Cincinnati)
Rengifo is no stranger to this MLB GPP Pivots column, and his write-ups remain the similar every time: he’s a cheap switch-hitter with interesting upside at an otherwise underwhelming second base position. That’s true tonight, and Rengifo also finds himself in a promising matchup against Cincinnati RHP Anthony DeSclafani’s .394 wOBA split to left-handed bats. The boost in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark adds even more confidence to the equation.
Kyle Seager - Seattle (vs. San Diego)
Let’s add Seattle to the list of underrated stacks tonight. The Mariners will square off against San Diego RHP Dinelson Lamet and his .372 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Kyle Seager, Daniel Vogelbach, and J.P. Crawford are firmly in play here, and Seager gets the featured write-up while swinging a confident bat with seven hits, two homers, four runs, and five RBIs over his last five starts.
Jose Iglesias - Cincinnati (vs. LA Angels)
Angels’ LHP Jose Suarez is still figuring things out while carrying an elevated 5.66 ERA. That number could rise against a capable Cincinnati offense in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark. Iglesias is dirt-cheap while heating up with six hits and four runs over his past three starts. He’ll hold the platoon advantage over Suarez in this favorable spot.
Jorge Soler - Kansas City (at Boston)
Soler was listed in this column yesterday, but he failed to seize the matchup while going 0-3 with a run. He’ll have another opportunity to cash-in on the hitter-friendly environment of Fenway Park, and a draw against RHP Cashner (.370 wOBA vs RHB) looks even better. Soler is one of the few legitimate power threats on the Kansas City roster, and he could flex that upside tonight.
Kevin Kiermaier - Tampa Bay (vs. Toronto)
Kiermaier had a strong 2-4 showing with a triple and homer on July 31. Aside from that, he has gone 0-22 in five of his other most recent starts. That has caused his salary to plummet, and his ownership rate will likely dwindle as well. I’m seeing tonight’s matchup as an encouraging buy-low opportunity against Toronto RHP Trent Thornton’s .347 wOBA split to left-handed bats.