MLB GPP Pivots: Saturday 8/24

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

PITCHER

Alex Wood - Cincinnati (at Pittsburgh) 

Wood has been pretty mediocre since making his first start of the season on July 28. However, some of that can be attributed to difficult matchups in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark. He won’t have to deal with either of those factors tonight, as Wood will take the bump in pitcher-friendly PNC Park against a Pittsburgh offense that ranks below average in wRC+ on the year and 28th in that category over the past two weeks. Cincinnati’s offense could provide enough run support (more on that later) for Wood to gain credit for a victory as well. 

CATCHER / FIRST BASE

Jesus Aguilar - Tampa Bay (at Baltimore) 

This has been a disappointing season for Aguilar, but he seems to be making the most of his new home in Tampa Bay. The first baseman is hitting .321 in 53 at-bats with the Rays, serving as the strong side of a platoon with Ji-Man Choi. Aguilar should get the start tonight with Baltimore LHP John Means taking the bump, and Means has allowed 12 earned runs through 12.1 innings over his last three appearances. Aguilar slapped a pair of doubles yesterday, and he should continue to enjoy the hitter-friendly atmosphere of Oriole Park. 

SECOND BASE

Freddy Galvis - Cincinnati (at Pittsburgh) 

Joey Votto has landed on the injured list, presenting an opportunity for Galvis to see regular at-bats with a premium lineup spot to boot. The Cincinnati infielder has delivered in that spot, collecting 15 hits, three homers, seven runs, and seven RBIs over nine starts with the Reds. Tonight’s matchup is definitely favorable against Pittsburgh RHP Trevor Williams, who has allowed 21 hits and 17 earned runs through 12 innings over his past three starts. 

THIRD BASE

Eugenio Suarez - Cincinnati (at Pittsburgh) 

I already mentioned how this is a sneaky-good spot for Cincinnati to score some runs. Most DFS enthusiasts will shy away from the discouraging park factor in Pittsburgh, but Pirates’ RHP Williams has gotten shelled in his past two home starts as well. Suarez is the best hitter Cincinnati has to offer (Aristides Aquino too), and I’m keeping my eye on the Reds for tournament purposes. Most people will lean towards Jose Ramirez, Miguel Sano, and Yoan Moncada at third base, but don’t forget about Suarez in the same price range. 

SHORTSTOP

Nick Ahmed - Arizona (at Milwaukee) 

Arizona is another intriguing offense that should slip through the cracks tonight. The park factor in Milwaukee provides a marginal boost, and Brewers’ RHP Chase Anderson carries a vulnerable .363 wOBA split to right-handed bats. That’s where Ahmed comes in, as the D-Backs’ shortstop has flexed upside with three homers over his past seven games. 

OUTFIELD

Leury Garcia - Chicago White Sox (vs. Texas) 

Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada profile as excellent picks through all formats tonight, as the matchup looks great against Texas LHP Kolby Allard (11 ER, 15 IP) at Guaranteed Rate Field. We can attach switch-hitting leadoff man, Leury Garcia, to that analysis, as the White Sox center fielder is swinging a confident bat with five hits, five runs, and a stolen base over his last three games. 

Jake Cave - Minnesota (vs. Detroit) 

If Eddie Rosario continues to miss time with hamstring tightness, Cave will see another start. He’s dirt-cheap on daily fantasy sites while posting a massive return with two homers yesterday. He could continue to rake against washed-up Detroit RHP Edwin Jackson, and hitting within one of the best offenses in baseball helps him out.