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 socked HR #7 while walking twice and seeing his slash line rise to .284/.320/.527. Obviously we'd prefer a higher OBP and an EYE higher than its .20 mark, but it's tough to complain about the seven homers and four steals. He should continue to be a solid middle of the order guy and could even approach 30-100 with 20 steals, making him a second round type fantasy value. He's not a great Draft Kings value at $4,500, but I'd certainly take him over a $5,000 Ryan Braun.
Bartolo Colon (SP-NYM) - Colon continued to defy age Tuesday, running his record to 5-1 with 7.2 innings of one-run ball in a win over the Orioles. Colon also posted a solid 9:0 K:BB in lowering his ERA to 2.90. Incredibly, in 40.1 innings, Colon has a 34:1 K:BB. No, not a misprint. Colon had posted three consecutive seasons of a sub-1.4 BB/9 prior to this year, so the control isn't too surprising actually. Colon is usually in the 87-89 mph range with his fastball these days, but as long as his hefty body holds out, Colon should be pretty reliable.
Shelby Miller (SP-ATL) - So THIS is why the Braves traded Jason Heyward. Miller spun a complete-game three-hit shutout on Tuesday with an 8:1 K:BB. He lowered his ERA to 1.66 in the process with a 31:13 K:BB in 38 innings. Miller is now 4-1 on the year, and if he can just miss a few more bats and limit his free passes, this is a guy with top-20 starter potential. Miller took a bit of a step back last year with a 3.74 ERA and declining ratios, but so far so good this season in his new surroundings. I'm pretty bullish on him going forward. Miller's $7,000 Draft Kings salary is $1,500 below that of Jacob DeGrom as an example, and I'd take Miller all day and put the difference towards my outfield.
Freddie Freeman (1B-ATL) - I don't see Freeman ever developing into a guy who goes off to the tune of a .320-35-120 season, but what we have now isn't so bad either. Freeman was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and his fifth homer Tuesday, raising his slash to an impressive .301/.363/.534. I'm guessing that's close to his ceiling for this year as well as the coming years. Freeman's 8.2 BB% would be a career low if it holds up, but it's too early to worry about any sort of number like that. We'll take an .897 OPS from a first baseman most any day, and he's one of the more reliable bats around in terms of consistency.
Kelly Johnson (OF/3B-ATL) - The resurrection of Kelly Johnson's career is one of the more surprising storylines in the game to me so far this season. Tuesday, Johnson went 2-for-3 with a walk, home run, and four RBI against the Phillies. The home run was his sixth of the year and it raised his slash to a surprising .266/.319/.578. So the first two numbers in that line aren't spectacular by any means, but the .312 ISO is, and considering his his .147 ISO and .215 BA last year, what Johnson is doing so far in 2015 is pretty surprising. I wouldn't hesitate to use him against RHP in Draft Kings formats given his reasonable $3,500 salary.NL
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