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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

Alex Cobb (R), Rays

FanDuelDraftKingsOppFIPK%GB%Opp Run TotalMoneyline
$8,600$7,900vs LAA3.9716.1%47.5%3.5+103

If you haven't noticed, I like to pick on the Angels whenever I can. I assure you that I did not roster nor recommend attacking the Angels against Tommy Milone. Anyways, back to Alex Cobb here. He's in a great spot against an Angels offense that ranks 23rd in batting average against righties. It's good they don't hit too often, considering Cobb can sometimes struggle with collecting strikeouts. He comes into this game with just a 16.1% strikeout rate, which should make any DFS'er concerned if he somehow gives up a few runs. There is a HUGE concern for playing Cobb though. Looking at BvP, which isn't always a great measuring stick, Albert Pujols and Mike Trout are a combined 9-for-11 with two home runs. That is SCARY to note, but at the same token, he hasn't faced the Angels since 2012, when Cobb was just his second year in the big leagues. Now, five years later, Trout is still raking, but Pujols is a shell of his 2012 self.

Top GPP Hitter

Jose Altuve (R), Astros

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Team
Run Total
$4,100$4,900Jordan Zimmermann - R.380.18714513

Okay, so the Astros scored just one run yesterday, but that was against a starting pitcher in Michael Fulmer who is much better than Jordan Zimmermann. The $18 million starting pitcher boasts a 6.25 ERA this year with a surprising 4-2 record. He's been even worse on the road, compiling a 6.88 ERA. Zimmermann also is allowing a wOBA of .389 to righties this season. Jose Altuve has hits in ten of his past 11 games for a .333 average and two home runs. Altuve, we all know, is also a threat on the basepath, but hasn't swiped a bag since Cinco de Mayo. I'm not sure if I like my chances of a stolen base against Alex Avila. The good thing is that Altuve shouldn't have to rely on stolen bases since he should have an amazing time at the plate against Zimmermann. Even though Minute Maid is a pretty good hitters park, Altuve is hitting just .232 there this year.

Jose Abreu (R), White Sox

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wOBA vs LHPISO vs LHPwRC+ vs RHPBatting
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Team
Run Total
$3,600$4,800Patrick Corbin - L.470.26320534.5

I'm continuing my Jose streak here with Jose Abreu. There's really not much to say about him except he's been extremely good recently, kills left handed pitching, and gets one of the most favorable ballparks tonight. Okay, I lied, I guess there is a little to talk about in regards to Abreu. Abreu has a .392 wOBA and three home runs over his past nine games. He also has three home runs against lefties in just 38 at-bats this season. Chase Field is also averaging 2.89 home runs per game, and while it's not the highest in the league, it is still well over the National League average of 2.40. Oh, and Patrick Corbin has struggled against righties, allowing a .360 wOBA and a 1.64 HR/9 on the year. The odd tidbit about Corbin is that he has a much better ERA at home this year. At Chase Field, it's just 3.06 compared to 7.31 on the road.

Jorge Bonifacio (R), Royals

FanDuelDraftKingsOpp Pitcher
& Handedness
wOBA vs LHPISO vs LHPwRC+ vs LHPBatting
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Run Total
$2,500$3,600Jordan Montgomery - L.274.1076773.5

If you're looking for a contrarian play in the outfield, take a serious look at Jorge Bonifacio. Sure, his numbers against lefties aren't ideal for a supposed power hitting righty, but Bonafacio is still learning this game at the big league level. We've seen him come alive a bit lately, knocking three balls out of the park in his past four games while being on a six game hitting streak. The downside with Bonafacio is that he has a huge strikeout percentage of 26.4% and an under ten walk rate. Jordan Montgomery is coming into this game after two rough starts, allowing nine runs over his past two games. He's also averaging six hits allowed per game over his past two. His last start was against this Royals team, in Kauffman stadium. Bonifacio was 0-for-1 with a walk against Montgomery. With this game at a hitter friendly park in Yankee Stadium, Bonifacio could have a better chance to do some damage.

Ryan Schimpf (L), Padres

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Run Total
$2,900$3,200Matt Harvey - R.324.25310063.25

Matt Harvey's days in New York might be numbered and it's not like we have been seeing the Matt Harvey of 2013. His ERA is ballooned to 5.56 despite having his lowest BABIP of .252. In addition, his walk rate and HR/9 are both sky high, while his strikeout rate has dipped considerably. Harvey actually started the season like his old self but over the past four starts, he owns a 9.00 ERA and has allowed six home runs. Lefties against Harvey also have a .361 wOBA and a 2.18 HR/9. Schimpf on the other hand just keeps trudging along while being priced very reasonably. It's a night with a lot of good starting pitching, so you'll need to save some salary and Schimpf offers you that option. His overall numbers haven't looked great, but his advanced metrics like wOBA and ISO are very promising.



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