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Sam Wallach

Sam Wallach

A.L. Player Report September 4th, 2015

DFS Picks: Drew Hutchison (SP-TOR) - Drew Hutchison is unbeatable at home. This season Hutchison is 11-1 with a 2.46 ERA at Rogers Centre. He also has a .226 BAA and a 7.90 K/9. Hutchison's dominance at home warrants DFS attention for Friday's game. Hutchison and the red hot Blue Jays are slated to take on a slumping Orioles team. With Hutchison pitching like a Cy Young winner at home and the Orioles struggling to win ball games, you shouldn't ignore this matchup. DraftKings Value Pick $7,100 Brian McCann (C-NYY) - Brian McCann's splits against Jake Odorizzi are unreal. In 16 at bats McCann has six XBHs, nine RBIs, and only one strikeout. His .625 AVG and 1.960 OPS are...

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Schuyler Dombroske

Schuyler Dombroske

AL Daily Notes - September 3rd, 2015

Eduardo Escobar - Escobar continued his hot hitting Wednesday, picking up a single and a walk while scoring a run for the 11th straight game. He's really blossomed playing every day, hitting 295/375/577 over the month of August and scoring runs at a pace that would put him over 100 for a full season. Not only that, but the plate discipline has been vastly improved in the second half, and for the second straight season his power numbers have taken a big jump as he's raised his ISO another 47 points to .179 while posting an avg HR distance of over 401 feet. Add in the fact that Escobar is potentially eligible at 2B, SS, 3B, and OF, and suddenly...

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Nicholas Rossoletti

Nicholas Rossoletti

NL Player Blog- September 3, 2015

Raisel Iglesias- It was tough to understand what Raisel Iglesias could be when he got the call. So far, he has been absolutely fantastic. His 27% K Rate shows an elite level of strike out potential. His 7.2% BB Rate is completely acceptable for a player striking out as many batters as Iglesias. At this point, Iglesias is a must own player the rest of the season and he is only owned in about 50% of standard formats. For owners looking for that pitching boost heading into the playoffs, he is a must add. Kris Bryant- The early results on Kris Bryant's rookie season have been slightly mixed. The power is obviously there with a .218 ISO and 22 home...

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Phil Double

Phil Double

AL Player Analysis-September 2nd, 2015

Drew Smyly-Rays-SP Drew Smyly went 7 IP and gave up 0 ER on 4 H, 1 BB, and 10 K in the win against the Orioles. Drew Smyly has been an interesting case this year. He pitched well early on and then partially tore his labrum and was thought to be out for the season. He has made three starts since coming off the DL and the results have been mixed. He has given up 8 ER over 14 IP prior to yesterdays masterpiece. At this point in the season, he does offer upside, but I wouldn't expect much from him or the Rays. Heading into next season he will be an interesting player provided that he is healthy. He...

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David Regan

David Regan

NL Daily Notes - September 2, 2015

Darrin Ruf (1B-PHI) - Ruf had a huge night against the Mets and Jon Niese Tuesday, going 3-for-5 with a home run and six runs driven in. The huge night raised Ruf's disappointing slash to .245/.292/.406. it was his first start since August 27, a game in which he also homered, and with seven long balls in 192 at-bats, the power is certainly there. Ruf entered the game hitting an insane .365/.430/.581 against lefties, so those numbers continued to rise against the southpaw Niese- Ruf is hitting just .150 versus RHP, so this is a huge DFS alert. Use Ruf against all lefties, especially if you can get him for $3,000 or less. Yohan Flande (SP-COL) - Starting a Colorado...

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Menachem Greenfeld

Menachem Greenfeld

NL Player Analysis - September 1, 2015

As we head into the final month of the regular season, it's time to take a look at some of the candidates for 2015 fantasy MVP. These are not necessarily the best players overall, but players who have contributed the most relative to their price coming into the season. The following is a list of a few NL players who fall into this category and what to expect from them going forward. A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI The Diamondbacks have a number of outfielders right now that are exceeding expectations, but what Pollock has done this year has been other-worldly. After being drafted outside of the top-40 outfielders coming into 2015, Pollock entered Monday's game ranked 5th on the ESPN Player...

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Paul Sauberer

Paul Sauberer

NL Player Report- August 31, 2015

Adonis Garcia- OF- ATL- Idea- Garcia has hit 4 homers in 28 ABs against LH pitching. Chris Narveson has allowed 4 homers to RH hitters in 10 IP. In this collision of extreme but small sample sizes Garcia has a distinct edge. Value play- DraftKings salary $3100 Michael Cuddyer- OF- NYN- Hot- Cuddyer has hit safely in the last 6 games he has started and picked up 3 hits in 3 of those games, including yesterday. Scattered among them are 5 pinch hitting and defensive substitution appearances, in which he has gone 2-for-6, so Cuddyer's hitting streak is at one (that would be yesterday.) He had a BABIP of .302 when this stretch started so there may have been some...

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James Turvey

James Turvey

AL Player Analysis - August 31, 2015

Miguel Sano Sano continues to impress, going 1-for-2 with two runs, a home run and two RBI on Sunday. Sano reached via two walks in addition to his homer, and he's now slashing .287/.398/.591. Sano's 162-game projections are pretty absurd at this point. He's only played in 49 games and has 30/13/40 R/HR/RBI, meaning he is on pace for 99 runs, 43 home runs, and 132 RBI for a full season. Of course, it's a lot easier to do what Sano is doing over 49 games than 162, but the fact remains his numbers are incredible, and doubly incredible when thinking about the fact that this cat is still just 22 years old. He is striking out at an alarming...

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Josh Sperry

Josh Sperry

AL Player Report 8/30/15

Edwin Encarnacion - And the fantasy MVP for the evening went to Edwin Encarnacion who extended his hit streak to 24 games, oh and hit three homers and drove in nine runs in the Blue Jays 15-4 thrashing of Buck Farmer. The game now puts him at 29 homers and 90 RBI on the year, so if you want to think about it a tenth of his RBI on the season came yesterday alone. Over the hit streak he's bumped his average up to .269 and his wRC+ has skyrocketed to 143. Josh Donaldson - Josh Donaldson is probably the person not named Mike Trout to most likely win the MVP Award in the AL. With a 3-for-5, two RBI...

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Sam Wallach

Sam Wallach

N.L. Player Report August 30th, 2015

DFS Picks: Noah Syndergaard (SP-NYM) - At home Noah Syndergaard is a lock. 7-1 with a 1.82 ERA, I'll take that any day. Splits aside, Syndergaard owns a 9.80 K/9 and a 1.14 WHIP. His 96.9 MPH fastball ranks in the top five amongst all starters and his 77.1% strand rate helps him minimize damage. On Sunday Syndegaard will face the Red Sox, who are an extremely below average team on the road. Away from Fenway the Red Sox have scored 237 runs, which ranks 7th lowest in baseball. This failure is partially due to a team .237 BAA on the road. With the splits in his favor, how couldn't Syndergaard succeed? DraftKings Value Pick $ 10,600 Julio Teheran (SP-ATL)...

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Kyle Elfrink

Kyle Elfrink

Week 22 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

(Note: To make the list, I'll apply a loose definition that says you have to likely be unowned in a vast majority of 12-team mixed leagues. At the end of each player note, I'll also provide a suggested bid for those that use FAAB (Free Agent Acquisition Budget) for their waiver process (based on a $100 budget). Understand that this is only a suggestion ... if you just lost you're a starting outfielder to injury and you have an immediate need or gaping hole in your lineup, you will find it necessary to bid more in order to get that week's top available outfielder.) Hitters Aaron Altherr, OF, Philadelphia As Philadelphia goes into full-on rebuild mode, they've had to turn...

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Walter Kuberski

Walter Kuberski

AL Player Report- August 29, 2015

Blake Swihart (C-BOS): Blake Swihart went 2 for 4 with 2 runs and 1 RBI, hitting an inside-the-park homer to fuel the Red Sox to an extra-inning victory. While most catching prospects take several years to develop offensively, we may be looking at an exception in Swihart, who is carrying near league-average swinging strike and chase rates already while hitting linedrives 29% of the time! With continued development he could work his way into the picture in 1-catcher leagues as early as 2016. Jackie Bradley (OF-BOS): The lightbulb continues to go off for Jackie Bradley, who after another 2-hit, 1-homer night, is posting a wOBA near .500 in the month of August. He is hitting for power and average while...

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Phil Double

Phil Double

NL Player Analysis - August 27th, 2015

Zack Greinke-Dodgers-SP Zack Greinke went 7 IP and gave up 0 ER on 4 H, 2 BB, and 9 K in the win against the Reds. At this point Greinke has to be battling his teammate for the NL Cy Young Award. He comes into the game with a 1.67 ERA (2.67 FIP) and leaves with a 1.61 ERA. His strikeouts are down (8.09 K/9) and he has been aided by a high LOB% (85.4) and BABIP (.235). I wouldn't worry about regression the rest of this season, but next year Greinke will be in for some major regression and this will go down as his career year. He gets the Giants at home next time out. Joe Ross-Nationals-SP Joe...

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Paul Sauberer

Paul Sauberer

AL Player Report- August 28, 2015

Franklin Gutierrez- OF- SEA- Idea- John Danks was tagged for 7 runs in 5 IP Sunday against Seattle. He faces them again today. Gutierrez has a slash line of .333/.372/.625 with 5 homers in 72 ABs against LH pitching. This gives an advantage to Gutierrez. Value play- DraftKings salary $3800 Yovani Gallardo- P- TEX- Caution- Gallardo didn't allow a run yesterday but didn't register a quality start because he only lasted 5.1 IP. He only has 1 quality start in his last 10 appearances. Gallardo had looked like he might be getting a handle on some control issues that had plagued him since the All Star Break as he threw a combined 67 balls and 130 strikes in his previous...

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Menachem Greenfeld

Menachem Greenfeld

AL Player Analysis - August 27, 2015

Chris Bassitt, SP, OAK Bassitt finally had a rough outing, allowing 4 ER's on 7 hits and 5 BB's in 4.1 IP on Wednesday. This marked the first time in 10 starts that Bassitt allowed more than 3 ER's in a game. The truth is though, that with a mediocre 6.63 K/9 and 4.48 xFIP, an outing like this was probably long overdue. Not to take away from the nice stretch that he's had, but I wouldn't be surprised to see more outings like this in Bassitt's future. Colin McHugh, SP, HOU McHugh allowed two ER's in 6.1 innings while striking out 8 on Wednesday en route to his 14th win of the season. Through 5 starts in the month...

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Walter Kuberski

Walter Kuberski

AL Player Report- August 26, 2015

Francisco Lindor (SS-CLE): Lindor continued to show that his "bat" is rapidly approaching his "glove," as the rookie went 3 for 4 with 1 run and 3 RBI to push his season line to .306/.341/.433. He is posting marks close to league average in the swinging-strike and chase-rate departments and is hitting both lefties and righties well. The power numbers are likely to drop, as his 102 MPH avg. speed off of bat on his homers won't sustain a 13% HR/FB rate, but he should continue to improve his stolen base efficiency to offset those losses. Carlos Gomez (OF-HOU): Carlos Gomez woke up, hitting his 2nd AL homer as part of a 2-for-4, 2-run, 4-RBI night. What a disappointing season...

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Menachem Greenfeld

Menachem Greenfeld

AL Player Analysis - August 25, 2015

Nathan Eovaldi, SP, NYY Eovaldi threw 8 shutout innings and struck out 7, making it back-to back outings with 7+ strikeouts. The problem is that the last time he struck out at least 7 before these two starts was back on April 15. To his credit, he has been preventing runs with a 2.93 ERA over his last 12 starts, but his HR/FB% during that time is under 4.0% and that's unlikely to be sustainable. Unless, he begins racking up strikeouts on a more regular basis, I would still be cautious about using Eovaldi. Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, BAL Jimenez remained completely unreliable on Monday, allowing 7 ER on 10 hits in 5.2 IP while striking out 3. In 8 starts...

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Schuyler Dombroske

Schuyler Dombroske

NL Daily Notes - August 25th, 2015

Julio Teheran - Teheran only allowed four hits and a walk (and three ER) over 7 1/3 innings Monday to tally his 5th straight QS, striking out 5 and picking up his 9th win of the year. It's been a disappointing season for the Braves' ace, but these past five outings have shown a return to form of sorts, as he's begun to once again utilize the top of the strike zone, something that seems to have resulted in a marked control improvement. The BB/9 have been the most evident problem for him this year, and I would imagine it's no coincidence that this 5 QS run has seen the BB/9 drop to around 1.5. I believe in this return...

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Phil Double

Phil Double

AL Player Analysis-August 23rd, 2015

Eduardo Rodriguez-Red Sox-SP Eduardo Rodriguez went 6 IP and gave up 2 ER on 7 H, 0 BB, and 1 K in the loss to the Royals. Rodriguez looked good and has continued his up and down rookie season. Through 16 major league starts he has given up less 3 ER or less in 12 starts. The other four starts, he has given up 6 ER or more. Part of this is due to his lack of control, which is evident through his 2.81 BB/9 and if you look at his heatmap, there is a big red blob right in the middle of the zone. If he can command the zone better, he could turn into a fantasy stud. He...

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Walter Kuberski

Walter Kuberski

NL Player Report - August 24, 2015

Raisel Iglesias (SP-CIN): While Chase Anderson picked up the win, Raisel Iglesias stole the show, striking out 13 and allowing 1 earned run in 7 strong innings against the Diamondbacks. Iglesias, who has posted 5 straight quality-starts, is demonstrating better command and control of his deep arsenal. He has lifted his groundball rate up to 44% and his K-rate to 23% while lowering his BB-rate to 6.5%. His xFIP suggests more positive regression is in store as well. Aaron Nola (SP-PHI): Aaron Nola struck out 6 across 8 scoreless innings against the Marlins, picking up his 4th win. While Nola has been impressive thus far, fantasy leaguers should temper expectations for 2016 and beyond. While he has the control and...

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NL Daily Notes - May 6, 2015

Starling Marte (OF-PIT) - I always saw Marte as the guy who would settle in as the #2 hitter between Polanco and McCutchen, but he's looking like more of a middle of the order type these days. Tuesday, Marte...

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