U.S. Markets open in 7 hrs 43 mins

MLB GPP Pivots: Friday 8/23

Spencer Limbach

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 13-game main slate beginning at 7:05 ET.

PITCHER

Lance Lynn - Texas (at Chicago White Sox

Lynn has notched a surprising bounce-back season to this point, holding a steady 3.60 ERA supported by a 3.05 FIP and career-high 10.20 K/9. Despite those numbers, I’m guessing he’ll take a backseat (through the eyes of DFS supporters) to other high-end pitchers such as Zack Greinke, Jack Flaherty, and Jose Berrios. That creates an interesting leverage opportunity in a strong matchup against the White Sox, who rank 24th in wRC+ with the fifth-highest strikeout rate at 25.4%. 

CATCHER / FIRST BASE

Eric Thames - Milwaukee (vs. Arizona) 

Thames represents a sneaky-good bargain lift at a loaded first base position. The Milwaukee slugger will enjoy a pleasant draw against Arizona RHP Merrill Kelly in the hitter-friendly environment of Miller Park. Kelly has looked decent at times this season, but he has struggled mightily as of late, allowing 24 earned runs through 25 innings over his last five starts. The D-Backs’ hurler carries a .345 wOBA split to left-handed bats, which could unlock Thames’ upside. 

SECOND BASE

Kolten Wong - St. Louis (vs. Colorado) 

I’m certainly keeping my eye on the Cardinals as a stack through all formats tonight. St. Louis will host the Rockies, who have RHP Peter Lambert taking the bump. Go ahead and draw your attention to the Cardinal left-handed bats, as Lambert holds an inflated .397 wOBA split to left-handed bats through his brief MLB career. Wong has tallied three hits (two runs, one stolen base) over his last three games, and he could be warming into a breakout performance in this favorable draw. 

THIRD BASE

Kyle Seager - Seattle (vs. Toronto) 

Seager didn’t start the season until May 25 due to a wrist issue. It appears that he’s finally rounding into form with 13 hits, six homers, 10 runs, and 15 RBIs over his past ten games. His hitting streak of 14 games was snapped on Wednesday, but Seager could start another one with a rewarding performance against Toronto RHP Trent Thornton’s .352 wOBA split to left-handed bats. 

SHORTSTOP

Jean Segura - Philadelphia (at Miami) 

The Phillies will notice a downgraded park factor in Miami, but facing Marlins RHP Hector Noesi (career .365 wOBA vs. RHB) more than offsets that issue. Segura is one of several Philadelphia hitters who could cash in on this advantageous matchup. The Phillies’ shortstop has notched seven hits, four runs, and four RBIs over his past five games, and I’d be shocked if he didn’t add to those totals this evening. 

OUTFIELD

Tommy Edman - St. Louis (vs. Colorado) 

Edman will benefit from the same matchup outlined earlier with his teammate, Wong. The rookie switch-hitter has proven himself capable of fantasy upside with three multi-hit performances, five runs, one homer, and one stolen base over his past six games. Edman makes for an interesting tournament choice against the generosity of Colorado RHP Lambert. 

Guillermo Heredia - Tampa Bay (at Baltimore) 

Heredia is nothing more than a platoon bat, but he’ll have a chance to shine against Baltimore LHP Ty Blach, who holds a .351 wOBA split to right-handed bats alongside a 12.06 ERA (21 ER in 15.2 IP) this season. Tampa will see a park boost at Oriole Park as well, so Heredia becomes an interesting tournament bargain to stack alongside fellow outfielder Tommy Pham