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.
Jon Gray - SP - Colorado Rockies
Jon Gray gets to move out of Colorado and pitch in San Diego tonight. Big advantage for him as he gets a poor offense on the road and can bounce back. Love the value he brings on both sides, and even with higher ownership, I can make a leverage lineup with my bats. Gray has a 25% strikeout rate, and this Padres offense is just flat out bad against right-handed. Take the value and run with Gray.
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Javier Baez - SS - Chicago Cubs
Javier Baez has over a .300 ISO off left-handed pitching dating back to last season. He is a tremendous option on tonight's slate, and he gets a bump in Cincinnati, and Alex Wood is working his way back into form, but has struggled. . Baez brings power and speed, and I like the Cubs right-handed bats.
JD Martinez - OF - Boston Red Sox
Dillon Peters has struggled this season, although the ERA doesn't reflect it yet. JD Martinez has mashed left-handed pitching, with over a .400 wOBA and .300 ISO. The Boston implied total is over 6.5 tonight, and they will be an offense to target even at higher price tags.
Eugenio Suarez - 3B - Cincinnati Reds
Kris Bryant will draw the ownership on the other side of the diamond, but we know Eugenio Suarez can mash left-handed pitching. He has over a .380 wOBA and .200 ISO off southpaws dating back to last season. Cole Hamels has been a solid arm this season, so people should shy away.