The purpose of this column is to highlight some players with upside and well-suited for tournaments. While the majority of the hitter picks will likely have power upside, that's not necessarily the case for all the listed options. Other contextual factors such as batting order, ballpark, opposing pitcher, price, speed, etc also come into play, and you'll see these items sprinkled into the write-ups below. Along with that, we'll be gauging the ownership levels, giving you some plausible pivots from the popular choices in a given game slate.
Frankie Montas - SP - Oakland Athletics
If Frankie Montas continues to be priced like this, I will use him each and every night. He is in a home matchup against the high strikeout prone Mariners, and offers some of the best value on the slate. I will also be pairing him with a few bats on the Oakland side given they will have less ownership. Montas has a good groundball and strikeout rate, and is one of the top options.
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Matt Olson - 1B - Oakland Athletics
The A's offense is sneaky tonight, and we will get one of these weird Seattle games where they roll out a lot of relievers. Matt Olson has over a .200 ISO against right-handers dating back to last season, and even if a lefty gets brought in, I like his odds. The A's have an implied total over 4.5 at home, which is rather high for being in Oakland.
Xander Bogaerts - SS - Boston Red Sox
Xander Bogaerts has quietly been one of the best hitting shortstops in baseball this season. He gets Dylan Bundy tonight, who has allowed over a .350 wOBA to right-handers dating back to last season. Boston's outfield will draw most of the attention, so we usually get a ownership drop on the secondary options like Bogaerts.
Michael Conforto - OF - New York Mets
Hard to like what Michael Wacha has done this season, putting the Mets in a stackable spot at home. Wacha has struggled against both sides of the plate, so getting exposure to a Pete Alonso is wise here too. Conforto has monster power from the left side, and Wacha is allowing over a .200 ISO.