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.
Walker Buehler - SP - Los Angeles Dodgers
Walker Buehler continues to showcase why he is one of the best young arms in baseball. He is in a home matchup against the Rockies, who fall off a table when on the road. There is a ton of strikeout upside for Buehler, as he has a K% north of 25% dating back to last season. He has been good against both sides of the plate, and is my favorite ceiling arm on the slate.
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Bryce Harper - OF - Philadelphia Phillies
It would be nice for Bryce Harper to get going, as his K% is at a career high, and the fantasy production hasn't quite been there this season. He still makes for a strong tournament play given the upside, plus he is back at home where this offense is just better in general.
Jackie Bradley Jr - OF - Boston Red Sox
Beating the JBJ war drum for some time now, it is nice to see him get going. He has been one of the unluckiest bats in baseball dating back to last season and even 2017. He is in a good spot, and I like to get him while he is hot here. Boston has over a five implied total, and are a strong offense to target.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - 3B - Toronto Blue Jays
I am not expecting Brian Johnson to go long, but even when he gets taken out the Sox bullpen isn't anything to be afraid of. Vladimir Guerrero Jr has shown great contact against lefties and the positive numbers are going to turn around once all the stats line up. Great spot for him, and Fenway is a good ballpark for his hitting ability.