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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

Collin McHugh (R), Astros

FanDuelDraftKingsOppFIPK%GB%Opp Run TotalMoneyline
$7,900$7,800@ LAA3.9922%32.6%3.75-105

What's not to like about Colling McHugh here? Well, there is some concern, including his low strikeout and ground ball rate. Yes, it is a small sample size, so I'm not super concerned. McHugh gets a really good matchup against a woeful Angels offense. Outside of Mike Trout, no one really should scare you here. McHugh also gets another advantage of playing in a big park out west. Since he does give up more flyballs than most would like, this ballpark should cater to what he likes to do. It should be noted that he has a 5.82 ERA on the road this year, but that's a very small sample size, and for the majority, those ballparks were hitter friendly. He's also on a nice run, giving up just two runs over his past two starts, which spanned 11 2/3 innings. McHugh is priced nicely on both sites, which can save up a lot of cap space for him.

Top GPP Hitters

Andrew Benintendi (L), Red Sox

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$4,100$5,000Jeremy Hellickson - R.355.19011735.75

Jeremy Hellickson has not really enjoyed a positive time in the Orioles uniform. He's boasting a 6.35 ERA in four starts, and has given up 13 runs over his past two starts. On the season, Hellickson is allowing a .340 wOBA and a 1.81 HR/9 to lefties. In his first game at Fenway this year (in a Phillies uniform), he allowed six runs in five innings. In the month of August, Andrew Benintendi went deep six times with an impressive .430 wOBA. It's been a great sign to see Benintendi heat up after an awful July. He's also collected at least one hit in 15 of his past 16 games. Oddly enough, Benintendi has much better numbers on the road, but it's still Fenway Park and he's facing a pretty awful hitter.

Paul DeJong (R), Cardinals

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$3,500$4,500Jake Odorizzi - R.374.26413035.25

Paul DeJong still is pretty cheap on FanDuel. Even on DraftKings, I can see rostering him since DeJong has been so good this year. Against righties, DeJong has smashed 15 home runs for a .264 ISO. DeJong also has had a wOBA over .400 in each of the past two months. He's just a guy who has been able to put the bat on the ball a lot of times recently. Over his last 20 games, he's posting a .345 batting average and a .609 slugging percentage. Jake Odorizzi has had a rough go around since the beginning of July, as he owns a 6.35 in his past seven starts. He's also allowing a 2.39 HR/9 in that same span. There's been two instances where Odorizzi has also allowed seven runs in his starts over the past two months. This means he does have some blowup potential, which is always good for a red-hot hitter who hits in top three of the order.

Josh Harrison (R), Pirates

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$3,600$4,300Robert Stephenson - R.329.15110324

On the pod with Jason Guilbault, he talked about how good the pirates are for a stacking option against Robert Stephenson. Although I didn't disagree with his reasoning, I just have been burned too many times by the Pirates to roster them in a stack. However, I do really like one-off's, including Josh Harrison. Harrison gets the benefit of hitting high in the order and does face a very weak pitcher in Stephenson. Obviously, Harrison has been better against lefties on this year, but he can still hold his own against righties. Harrison is on a mini five-game hit streak and does own a .347 wOBA this month. He's not a huge power hitter, but does have some pop, going deep 16 times on the year. Somehow, Stephenson has four straight outings where he has given up three earned runs or less. Him and his 6.13 ERA are still not good options on this slate. He's also allowing a .381 wOBA and 2.12 HR/9 to righties on the year. Even though he has *slightly* better numbers at home, he's still pretty bad there and it's a small ballpark that could definitely get him into trouble.

Mike Zunino (R), Mariners

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$2,700$3,300C.C. Sabathia - L.312.2099674

Mike Zunino used to be a deadly deadly hitter against lefties. Now, he's still a pretty good hitter against lefties, but he's not always a must play against lefties anymore. He does get the benefit of hitting in Yankee stadium tonight, as well as facing C.C. Sabathia. Sabathia owns a 5.68 ERA at home this year. He only gave up two earned runs last time, but prior to that, he had a stretch of four straight games where he gave up four runs in each. Against righties, Sabathia is allowing a 1.38 HR/9. Zunino is 3-for-8 against Sabathia in his career. Zunino has looked good in the second half of this year as well, with a .356 wOBA and .260 ISO. Zunino has hit two home runs this month in 55 at-bats.



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