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 nine-game slate starting at 1:07 ET. Take note that games starting at 3:10 ET and later are not included in the following analysis.
There are plenty of quality pitching options on this slate, leading me to believe that Quintana could be underrated. He has been somewhat mediocre over the last three weeks, but the Cubs’ lefty has flexed admirable DFS upside several times earlier in the season. We could see some of that today while facing a Reds’ offense that ranks 25th in wRC+. Quintana checks in with a moderate salary despite the favorable matchup and -160 money line designation. The wind is blowing in/across Wrigley Field today as well.
Eric Thames – Milwaukee (vs. Philadelphia)
Thames is a cheap source of potential power in tournaments while looking to take advantage of Milwaukee’s hitter-friendly ballpark. He has an excellent opportunity to make that happen against Philadelphia RHP Zach Eflin, who carries a generous .350 wOBA split to left-handed bats. Thames is certainly a boom-or-bust DFS commodity, but he could pay dividends this afternoon.
Adam Frazier – Pittsburgh (vs. LA Dodgers)
Dodgers’ RHP Kenta Maeda will come off the injured list to start this afternoon. In the event that he’s rusty or carrying some lingering issues from a thigh injury, several Pittsburgh hitters could take advantage. Maeda holds a .352 wOBA split to left-handed bats over the past two years, so players like Josh Bell, Colin Moran, and Gregory Polanco are candidates to make something happen. Don’t forget about Frazier either, especially at a second base position with relatively low opportunity cost.
Brian Anderson – Miami (vs. Washington)
He doesn’t get much attention while playing for the Marlins, but Anderson has been looking good with five hits, three homers, and six RBIs over his last five games. The park factor isn’t great at Washington, but it isn't necessarily bad either. Anderson and company will look to jump on contact-oriented pitcher Erick Fedde of the Nationals. Fedde is a spot-starter who has limited damage this season despite only posting eight strikeouts through 15.2 innings. Regression could get the best of him today.
Adalberto Mondesi – Kansas City (vs. NY Yankees)
There are plenty of top dollar shortstops to consider, as Jorge Polanco, Gleyber Torres, Carlos Correa, and Javier Baez are all names to consider. Mondesi will likely carry a tiny ownership rate as the DFS public looks towards those aforementioned hitters over him. The matchup doesn’t look great against NYY RHP Domingo German, but Mondesi is an electric player who can rack up DFS production with a beautiful blend of power, speed, and contact. This is a leverage opportunity to utilize the red-hot shortstop.
Franmil Reyes – San Diego (at Toronto)
Hopefully Reyes cracks the lineup today, and I don’t see why he wouldn’t with the Padres gaining a designated hitter position in an AL ballpark. Reyes has extreme power upside suggested by 15 homers on the season, and he’ll see a nice park shift in Toronto. Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman has been reasonably good this season, but the Padres’ offense is playing with a ton of confidence, and Reyes is an excellent option to keep that momentum. You have to love that he has two-homer upside for a mid-range salary.
Curtis Granderson – Miami (vs. Washington)
As mentioned earlier, Washington spot-starter Erik Fedde doesn’t miss many bats, and he holds a .373 wOBA split to left-handed bats over the past two seasons. Insert Miami’s leadoff man, Granderson, who is warming up with four hits, one double, and two homers over his past three starts. Sure, the park factor isn’t great, but the matchup is intriguing with Granderson currently swinging a hot bat.