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
DK: $9,600, FD: $9,600
Aaron Nola is viable in all formats, as him and Walker Buehler are both strong plays tonight. In fact they are the only viable pitchers because the main slate is only three games. Nola gets a strong matchup against the Padres who are heavily right-handed. Nola has a strikeout rate of 26% and 3.65 xFIP. After a struggling start, Nola has been solid over his last few starts and that trend should continue. He also has plenty of upside in this spot, as the Padres lineup has a 24% strikeout rate against right-handed pitching.
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Rhys Hoskins - 1B - Philadelphia Phillies
DK: $5,500, FD: $4,300
There are a few expensive power bats to consider in this spot, and Rhys Hoskins is one of them. He has a .350 wOBA and .170 ISO off lefties dating back to last season, but in 2019 alone he has a .294 ISO and .434 wOBA. Eric Lauer is a pedestrian left-hander who has allowed a .334 wOBA to right-handers dating back to last season. He is allowing over a 40% hard-contact and football rate to right-handed hitters. Only negative of this matchup is the ballpark.
Mitch Haniger - 1B - Seattle Mariners
DK: $4,300, FD: $4,100
Mitch Haniger has over a .200 ISO against right-handed pitching dating back to last season. He will face a young right-hander who has struggled in the bigs for a small sample size. Martin has allowed over a .400 ISO to right-handed hitters so far this season. He also uses his fastball over 60% of the time, which Haniger has over a .200 ISO against.
Justin Turner - 3B - Los Angeles Dodgers
DK: $4,300, FD: $3,300
Justin Turner is listed as probable tonight as he dealt with a hamstring injury the last few days. He is still a tournament play regardless, as Robbie Ray is a high strikeout arm, but also allows a ton of home runs. Turner has a over a .200 ISO against southpaws dating back to last season, and a .398 wOBA. Los Angeles has the second highest implied total on the slate.