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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.

Top GPP Pitcher

Madison Bumgarner (LHP), San Francisco Giants

FanDuel

DraftKings

Opp

FIP

K%

GB%

Opp Run Total

Moneyline

$11,300

$12,500

COL

2.84

27.3

39.6

2.5

-175

He will be extremely chalky tonight, but that changes nothing for me tonight. Bumgarner has been excellent over his first two starts, and tonight he faces a Rockies team that has been miserable at the plate to start the season. Toss in he is pitching at home and facing a team only projected to produce 2.5 runs tonight and Bumgarner should be one of your first locks in GPP lineups.

He will cost you plenty, but that will allow you to find some of those necessary pivots in GPP's with a few bats tonight. Not only is Bumgarner the best option on the main slate, but the secondary options are not very enticing, so securing him and staying with the field is a wise decision tonight.

Top GPP Hitters

Ryan Braun (OF), Milwaukee Brewers

FanDuel

DraftKings

Opp Pitcher

& Handedness

wOBA vs RHP


ISO vs RHP


wRC+ vs RHP


Batting

Order

Team

Run Total

$4,200

$5,100

Bronson Arroyo-RHP

0.354

0.215

124

3

5.25


Ryan Braun is facing the ageless wonder, well maybe not "wonder" but older pitcher in Arroyo tonight. His numbers against righties on their own are solid enough with 0.354 wOBA, but Arroyo simply isn't much of a threat on the mound these days making Braun the top option in the outfield tonight. Braun is only batting .214 on the young season, but also has two home runs, and facing Arroyo may help improve both of those numbers tonight. Keep tabs on starting lineups as much as possible since Braun has recently missed a game with a stiff back, but if he is a go he will be locked in to most of my lineups.

Jonathan Villar (2B), Milwaukee Brewers

FanDuel

DraftKings

Opp Pitcher

& Handedness

wOBA vs RHP



ISO vs RHP



wRC+ vs RHP



Batting

Order

Team

Run Total

$3,300

$4,700

Bronson Arroyo-RHP

0.34

0.145

108

1

5.25

It may be a Brewers stack sort of night with the old man Arroyo on the mound tonight. Villar makes for a good number two hitter to lock in to in your DFS lineups tonight either way. His cost is significantly more on DraftKings, but I would still be willing to work him in if possible. Like his teammate Braun, Villar is the top option at second base tonight, and for good reason. He just hit another home run last night and although he has had plenty of 0-4 nights, he has also exploded with output in the other games good for an average of 10.42 FanDuel points. I can't see him going 0-4 tonight against Arroyo.

Mike Moustakas, (3B), Kansas City Royals

FanDuel

DraftKings

Opp Pitcher

& Handedness

wOBA vs RHP



ISO vs RHP



wRC+ vs RHP



Batting

Order

Team

Run Total

$2,900

$3,400

Jesse Hahn-RHP

0.355

0.258

107

2

5

Moustakas is in a lefty vs righty matchup tonight which makes him a top option for me at third base. His wOBA is a splendid 0.355 and his power has carried over from his 2016 campaign as he has hit 3 bombs already this season. He has had a hit in all but one game this season and hitting .290 on the season. Jesse Hahn shouldn't scare anyone away and Moustakas comes at a nice price as well, especially on FanDuel.

Rajai Davis (OF), Oakland Athletics

FanDuel

DraftKings

Opp Pitcher

& Handedness

wOBA vs LHP



ISO vs LHP



wRC+ vs LHP



Batting

Order

Team

Run Total

$2,500

$3,900

Jason Vargas-LHP

0.299

0.139

79

1

3.75

Davis is unfortunately priced much higher on DraftKings than on FanDuel where I will be much more inclined to use him tonight. I do trust him more than some cheaper candidates on DraftKings such as Justin Bour ($3,300), Ryon Healy ($3,600), and Chase Headley ($3,300). The other consideration is Moustakas comes at a chepaer price tag on DraftKings to counteract additional cost.

Davis had been bumped down to the nine hole recently, but we project him to return to the top of the order tonight. His bat has been heating up over his past two starts and he should be in a good spot tonight against Jason Vargas. He is always a base stealing threat as well which adds some extra incentive to rostering him. I may not go in Rajai's direction on DraftKings tonight, but on FanDuel I will be much more inclined.

Good Luck!



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