MLB GPP Pivots: Saturday 5/18

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.

With that, let’s dive into tonight’s main slate starting at 7:15 ET.  

PITCHER

Corbin Martin – Houston (at Boston)

This is obviously a risky situation with Martin heading into Fenway Park to take on the Red Sox. The rookie looked sharp in his first MLB start, allowing two earned runs and three hits across 5.1 innings with one walk and nine strikeouts. The punch-out upside makes him an appealing tournament play in daily fantasy, and others will probably tread lightly with a tough matchup on deck.

CATCHER/FIRST BASE

Jesus Aguilar – Milwaukee (at Atlanta)

Aguilar has been a flop so far this season, but he’s dirt-cheap on DFS sites while carrying power upside in his back pocket. Atlanta RHP Kevin Gausman has been fairly generous over his last few starts, and the Braves hurler carries a .342 wOBA split to right-handed bats over the past two years. That creates an opening for Aguilar and company, so definitely keep him on your list of potential tournament targets for the evening slate.

SECOND BASE

Jonathan Schoop – Minnesota (at Seattle)

The Twins continue to impress offensively, and Schoop is a sneaky-good lift within that. He carries homerun upside at an otherwise discouraging second base position. That alone deserves consideration in large-field tournaments. His price is cheap while facing mediocre LHP Wade LeBlanc, who is making his first start in a month after suffering an oblique injury. This could be another breakout spot for Minnesota’s offense, and don’t forget about Schoop hitting in the bottom-third of that lineup.

THIRD BASE

Miguel Sano – Minnesota (at Seattle)

Sano follows the same rationale of his previously listed teammate. The big fella smacked two doubles in his first game of the season on Thursday, but followed that up with a 0-4 performance last night. We all know Sano carries immense upside, and this righty/lefty matchup against LeBlanc could bring that out of him. I’m expecting a lower-than-deserved ownership rate at a competitive third base position.

SHORTSTOP

Brandon Crawford – San Francisco (at Arizona)

Crawford has been someone to ignore for daily fantasy purposes this season, but he finds himself in a favorable bounce-back spot tonight. Chase Field in Arizona isn’t the same hitting paradise of previous seasons, but it’s a much better offensive environment than San Francisco’s home of Oracle Park. Diamondbacks’ RHP Zack Godley currently holds a 7.65 ERA while allowing a .345 wOBA split to left-handed bats over the past two seasons. In other words, this is a great spot for Crawford to make some fantasy noise.

OUTFIELD

Franmil Reyes – San Diego (vs. Pittsburgh)

Reyes should definitely be on your tournament radar tonight, as he has discovered his power swing with four homers over his past five starts. Petco Park in San Diego isn’t exactly friendly to right-handed power, but that doesn’t seem to have much of an impact on Reyes. He’s a boom-or-bust fantasy commodity, but this is an interesting situation while taking on the Pittsburgh relievers.  

Austin Riley – Atlanta (vs. Milwaukee)   

Riley made his MLB debut on Wednesday, going 6-12 with a homer in his first three big league games. He doesn’t have any name recognition, potentially slipping through the cracks for daily fantasy purposes. Tonight’s matchup is favorable against Milwaukee RHP Chase Anderson, who owns a .332 wOBA split against right-handed bats.