Thursday, August 16, 2018
This article looks to uncover some underrated MLB DFS Tournament Options for large-field contests. The following write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, meaning injury information, weather, and lineup cards could alter the fantasy landscape. Checking starting lineups and scanning our MLB Headlines Feed should keep you in the loop.
Jacob Nix – San Diego (vs Arizona)
Nix looked great in his MLB debut last Friday, tossing six scoreless innings with four hits allowed and four strikeouts vs Philadelphia. Was that beginners’ luck or a sign of things to come for the 22 year-old righty? I guess we’ll find out against Arizona’s quality offense. Nix will be starting in the pitcher-friendly atmosphere of Petco Park, which certainly helps. From a fantasy perspective, we know he has some upside as displayed with that gem from last week. There isn’t much opportunity cost at the pitcher position tonight, so taking Nix at a bargain salary and stacking your hitters makes for a viable tournament strategy.
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Tyler Austin – Minnesota (vs Detroit)
Austin carries legitimate multi-homer upside, and he’ll have a chance to display that with an intriguing righty/lefty matchup against Francisco Liriano and his .367 wOBA split vs right-handed hitters. Minnesota checks in with a top three run-scoring projection of the day, and Austin should hold a premium lineup spot with plenty of RBI potential. He’s only $2300 on FanDuel as well.
Devon Travis – Toronto (at Kansas City)
Most people will look to stack hitters from the Angels-Rangers matchup. That’s a pretty safe bet, but don’t forget about Toronto or Kansas City bats either. The pitchers from both sides (bullpens included) are unproven to say the least. Kansas City is turning to RHP Glen Sparkman, who is making his first MLB start. Sparkman holds a 5.06 ERA in eight relief appearances to go along with an inflated .438 wOBA vs right-handed bats in limited innings. Don’t be afraid to stack Toronto bats like Travis, Granderson, Smoak, Grichuk, and others. Remember that Kansas City has a bottom-five bullpen to boot.
David Freese – Pittsburgh (vs Chicago Cubs)
Freese is an economical platoon bat who will step in against Jon Lester. The veteran Cubs’ southpaw has been shaky in recent starts, and there’s a chance those inconsistencies will spill into tonight’s road matchup at Pittsburgh. Lester isn’t the same dominant pitcher of prior seasons, holding an exploitable .345 wOBA split vs right-handed bats. There isn’t much opportunity cost at the third base position (relative to other spots), and Freese has been heating up with eight hits over his most recent four starts.
Adalberto Mondesi – Kansas City (vs Toronto)
You have to love guys who can reach for fantasy upside in several different ways. Mondesi certainly fits that bill, showing flashes of fantasy potential with a four-hit game, four stolen bases, two doubles, a triple, and a homer over the past week. The matchup looks good for the switch-hitting speedster, stepping in against Sam Gaviglio’s .356 wOBA split vs left-handed bats. Toronto’s bullpen doesn’t offer much resistance either. I recommend keeping Mondesi in mind for tournaments even though he’ll likely be hitting towards the bottom of the order.
Randal Grichuk – Toronto (at Kansas City)
Take everything I said in Devon Travis’ write-up and directly apply it to Randal Grichuk. Truth be told, Grichuk has been underwhelming as of late, which is why he’ll probably carry a lower-than-deserved ownership rate despite a juicy matchup. Most people will probably take Granderson of the Toronto outfield, as he hit a grand slam yesterday. However, the matchup is just as good for Grichuk, who is poised for a breakout.
Jorge Bonifacio – Kansas City (vs Toronto)
You can basically take everything mentioned in Adalberto Mondesi’s write-up and apply it to Bonifacio. Toronto RHP Sam Gaviglio is pretty generous to right-handed bats as well, holding a vulnerable .341 wOBA and 23.1% HR/FB split in that regard. Bonifacio is a proven big league hitter with enough “pop” to jump on this advantageous draw.