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.
Aaron Nola - SP - Philadelphia Phillies
Aaron Nola has a strikeout rate around 25% this season, and I know he hasn't been himself, but still tough to pass on him at these prices. He is in the best spot of anyone tonight, taking on the Marlins offense. Nola has struggled with lefties, but there is not a lefty worth fearing in this lineup. There is also not many lefties to begin with. Take the bargain with Nola and move on.
Top GPP Hitters
Yasiel Puig - OF - Cincinnati Reds
Chase Anderson is an arch rival of mine, because he tends to shut down guys that should do well against him. Anderson is a flyball arm, and allows a ton of hard-contact to both sides of the plate. Puig brings a lot of power and speed to the table, and is my favorite Reds bat tonight. He has over a .200 ISO against right-handed pitching dating back to last season.
Mike Moustakas - 2B - Milwaukee Brewers
Mike Moustakas has over a .200 ISO against right-handed pitching, and Miller Park is one of the best parks for left-handed power. Moose is a strong option in a potential high scoring game. Sonny Gray has been better in 2019, but still has flashed some issues over his last few starts. Brewers offense crushes at home, and I expect them to here.
Mallex Smith - OF - Seattle Mariners
Give me some SB speed with Mallex Smith tonight. Baltimore has been one of the worst at throwing out runners, and they also add in a weak pitcher on the hill. Smith has been much better since coming up from the Minors, and is a strong value.