Daily Fantasy GPP Plays – June 1st
June 1, 2016 | Jason Bales
Welcome to Daily Fantasy GPP Plays. This title should be pretty self-explanatory, as this article will focus on a two or three tournament-style pitchers and four or five tournament-style hitters. Instead of looking for consistency, we will be looking for players with very high upside. Do not use any of these recommendations in 50/50 contests, as they will all be very risky. Let’s get down to it!
Felix Hernandez (at SD, $11,000)
Felix Hernandez gets a great matchup tonight against the San Diego Padres. He currently has an ERA under three with a 4-4 record and 53 strikeouts in 63 innings pitched. The Padres are seriously one of the worst offenses to ever play professional baseball. In his last three games, Hernandez has two games over 20 fantasy points, and he should be able to reach that mark again tonight. His price tag is a little bit high, but his upside is through the roof. Do not use him in 50/50 contests. He is a tournament only option.
Michael Fulmer (at LAA, $7,500)
Michael Fulmer has actually been pitching well of recent for the Detroit Tigers. In his last two games, he has 24.3 and 36.8 fantasy points against the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays respectively. Tonight, he gets another great matchup against the Los Angeles Angels, and if he continues to pitch the way he has been, it should be a great outing. His strikeout potential is fantastic, even though he only has one double-digit strikeout performance in the majors this season. In the minors, he was missing bats left and right. It is likely he will adjust shortly. Use him in tournaments, especially after considering his low price tag.
Albert Suarez (at ATL, $4,000)
It looks like the San Francisco Giants are going to go with the six-foot-three 235 pound right-hander Albert Suarez. Chris Stratton, who was recently recalled from Triple-A Sacramento was considered the favorite headed into Monday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, but he pitched in long-relief. All heads immediately turned to Suarez. His price tag alone makes him worth consideration. The Atlanta Braves have a horrible offense, as Jake Peavy recently proved, and Suarez is liable to crush value. Use him in tournaments and stack the Cincinnati Reds or Colorado Rockies.
Wilson Ramos (at PHI, $4,000)
Wilson Ramos has huge upside, especially against the Philadelphia Phillies and Adam Morgan. He is currently hitting well over .300 with six home runs and 25 RBIs. He does have three zeros in his last four games, but the other game was a 30 point outing against the St. Louis Cardinals in three at-bats. It is very unlikely that the Phillies keep the Nationals’ offense at bay, but use Ramos in tournaments only until he proves to be a bit more consistent.
Victor Martinez (at LAA, $3,700)
Victor Martinez gets a great matchup tonight against the Los Angeles Angels and Matt Shoemaker. He is hitting almost .350 this season with seven home runs and 31 RBIs. In his last four games, he has double-digit fantasy points in two of them, so it should be rather obvious that he makes for a tournament tournament play. He can also be used in 50/50 contests due to his great matchup, but he is better served in tournaments.
Whit Merrifield (vs TB, $3,400)
Whit Merrifield should be used in both 50/50 contests and tournaments, even with a tough matchup against Chris Archer and the Tampa Bay Rays. He is hitting .350 this season with four RBIs. In his last four games, he has 12, 19, five, and five fantsay points. His price tag is still rather low for his currently production level. He has the speed to steal bases, which increases his upside, and he has six hits in his last four games. Do not avoid him.
Michael Bourn (at HOU, $2,600)
Michael Bourn is a fantastic tournament option tonight against Mike Fiers and the Houston Astros. He has zero fantasy points in his last two games, but in the game prior, he posted 29 in four at-bats. He does not have much power, but he does steal bases, which adds upside to his over potential. He currently has a .355 batting average, so his chances of getting on base are rather high. Use him in tournaments only, as he scores very high or zero. His price tag is just too low.