Daily Fantasy GPP Plays – Sunday, October 2nd
October 2, 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!
Matt Moore (vs LAD, $7,400)
Matt Moore may not be the consistent fantasy option that he was when he pitched for Tampa Bay Rays, but he has shown off huge upside this season with the San Francisco Giants. In his last start against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Moore failed to get out of the second round, surrendering six earned runs quickly. That is the kind of risk that comes with his low price tag, but in his last start, which was against the Colorado Rockies, Moore gave up only one runs in almost eight innings of work. In that game, he struck out 11 batters and posted over 35 fantasy points. Again, for his price tag, that is fantastic. He is pitching better in San Francisco than he is away, and the Giants absolutely need to win this game to make the playoffs. Moore knows that, and he is a pressure pitcher. Use him in tournaments and, if needed to get a Colorado Rockies or Milwaukee Brewers stack, 50/50 contests.
Gabriel Ynoa (at PHI, $4,100)
Noah Syndergaard is not pitching tonight for the New York Mets. He was scheduled to start, but the Mets cliched one of the two available wild card spots, so he will not be needed. Instead, he will rest his arm to likely start on Wednesday against either the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals. Ynoa is entirely too cheap on DraftKings, but that is because he was not scheduled to start. He is generally a relief pitcher, but he does get a spot start every now and again. The Philadelphia Phillies are horrible offensively, and the Mets, even without Syndergaard, should win this game. That will put Ynoa close to value. If he pitches five mediocre innings, he will be worth his price tag. Do not use him in tournaments due to his talent level. Use him in tournaments due to his ability to reach value rather easily.
C.J. Cron (vs HOU, $3,600)
C.J. Cron gets a solid matchup tonight against the Houston Astros, and he can be used in both 50/50 contests and tournaments tonight. The Los Angeles Angels do not score a lot of runs, but Cron is hitting over .300 in his last 10 games with five RBIs and four walks. With almost eight fantasy points per game on average for the Angels’ first baseman, he is likely going to hit value tonight. In his last 10 starts, he has one game with zero fantasy points, so his consistency should be obvious. Against the Houston Astros a few games ago, he posted 21 fantasy points, and he is averaging almost eight fantasy points per game against the Astros this season.
Cesar Hernandez (vs NYM, $3,600)
The Philadelphia Phillies’ starters are underpriced tonight, as their price tags were dependent on Noah Syndergaard taking the mound. He will not be taking the mound, as previously stated. Gabriel Ynoa will take the mound. Even though he is a great tournament option tonight, that does not mean a couple of underpriced Philadelphia Phillies are not usable. Cesar Hernandez is one of those Phillies. He is hitting almost .300 this season with six home runs and 38 RBIs. In his last 10 games, he is hitting over .340 with over eight fantasy points per game on average. Hernandez can be used in all formats.
J.J. Hardy (at NYY, $2,900)
J.J. Hardy has been a fantasy owners’ dream all season long. He is hitting almost .275 with nine home runs and 47 RBIs. That is not fantastic, but his price tag has been down all season. He is the perfect salary relief option night in and night out. In his last 10 games, he is hitting .277 with two RBIs and two walks. Hitting in New York tonight, his upside is even greater. Hardy does not have huge power, but it is there. He does have the ability to hit home runs. In his last four games, he has three games with seven or more fantasy points. Use him in tournaments.