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MLB GPP Pivots: Monday 6/17

Spencer Limbach
Spencer Limbach uncovers some sneaky-good MLB GPP Pivots away from the popular picks for Monday, June 17. (Getty Images)

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 12-game main slate starting at 7:05 ET.

PITCHER

Mike Fiers – Oakland (vs. Baltimore)

Fiers isn’t an exciting fantasy option, but he’s relatively cheap with the ability to post a solid contribution to your DFS squad. In other words, he won’t carry your lineups, but you can make room for the high-upside bats alongside him. Fiers has posted five straight quality starts, and he should be in line for another while facing a Baltimore offense that ranks 24th in wRC+ with the ninth-highest strikeout rate (23.9%). The A’s represent a convincing -225 favorite while playing in their pitcher-friendly home ballpark. Put it all together, and Fiers makes for a plausible value option in tournaments.

FIRST BASE

Justin Bour – LA Angels (at Toronto)

Bour got off to horrible start this season, and he was sent down to the minors for nearly a month. He’s back with the major league club right now, proving his worth after blasting two homers with four RBIs over his past two starts. We all know that Bour carries tremendous strength, and it appears that his timing is better following that stint in the minors. The lefty slugger is dirt-cheap with obvious homerun upside while squaring off against the generosity of Toronto RHP Edwin Jackson and his 11.90 ERA on the season.

SECOND BASE

Joe Panik – San Francisco (at LA Dodgers)

Dodgers’ RHP Kenta Maeda will likely be a popular option through all formats tonight. However, Panik and Brandon Belt have pretty solid track records against him. Despite looking good with a 3.89 ERA on the season, Maeda has surrendered plenty of contact along the way. His current .356 wOBA split to left-handed bats could be exposed, while Panik and Belt are two of the leading candidates to take advantage from San Francisco.

THIRD BASE

Cheslor Cuthbert – Kansas City (at Seattle)

Cuthbert has been a frequent member of these GPP Pivot articles recently. He has an intriguing blend of power, speed, and contact while assuredly holding a tiny ownership rate with hardly any name recognition while playing on a bad team. Cuthbert will hold the platoon advantage over Seattle LHP Tommy Milone, who holds a .371 wOBA split to right-handed bats over the past two years. Milone has been decent lately, but that house of cards will come crashing down sooner or later. Cuthbert is a sneaky-good candidate to make that happen tonight.

SHORTSTOP

Tim Beckham – Seattle (vs. Kansas City)

Kansas City LHP Danny Duffy has been all over the place this season. He’s coming off a strong outing vs. Detroit, but the Royals’ southpaw allowed 10 earned runs through 7.2 innings over his previous two starts. Beckham is an economical shortstop with some “pop” while smacking 11 homers on the season. He’ll look to jump on Duffy’s .345 wOBA split to right-handed bats, and the Kansas City bullpen can also be very generous at times.

OUTFIELD

Alex Verdugo – LA Dodgers (vs. San Francisco)

The Dodgers represent an obvious stack with one of the highest run-scoring projections of the night. They’ll square off against San Francisco RHP Tyler Beede, who holds an 8.06 ERA alongside his shortcomings against left-handed hitters. Verdugo doesn’t get the same recognition as his teammates like Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, or Joc Pederson, but he deserves consideration through all DFS formats as well. Verdugo is hitting .299 on the season after collecting seven hits over his past four starts. Don’t sleep on him tonight.

Jake Bauers – Cleveland (at Texas)

Bauers is obviously a boom-or-bust GPP Pivot with a cringe-worthy .218 average. However, he has been flexing some power lately with three homers over his last ten games. That includes a career night while hitting for the cycle on a 4-5 performance with four RBIs. His confidence is up and this matchup is sneaky-good against Texas RHP Lance Lynn’s .358 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Bauers will enjoy a marginal boost in Globe Life Park’s hitter-friendly environment as well.