Steven Souza (OF-TB): Steven Souza went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer, two walks, and two runs scored. Sign me up for the Souza train! The Rays gave up quite a haul to acquire Souza's services before the 2015 season, but the slugger fell short of expectations in each of the last two seasons, struggling to make consistent contact. However, after a torrid spring training, Souza is 10-for-24 with a 6:2 BB:K ratio in the young season. He's working his way into consistent playing time and run producing spots in the Rays' lineup. He should be owned in standard leagues, as the pedigree may finally have broken through. If available on the wire, I'd recommend spending 10 percent of FAAB in leagues with five outfielders to acquire Souza's services.
Chris Devenski (RP-HOU): Chris Devenski picked up the win after allowing one run on three hits and no walks with seven strikeouts across four innings in relief. Devenski has posted a 14:1 K:BB ratio through eight innings spanning two appearances. Thanks to one of the game's best changeups, Devenski misses plenty of bats and induces plenty of weak contact. He may see a spot start on occasion, but look for Devenski to serve as a Betances type in middle relief who could be a boon to your ratios and strikeouts while adding the occasional win. He's an especially sneaky add in head-to-head roto leagues.
Delino DeShields (OF-TEX): DD went 0-for-4 with a stolen base in his second start of the season. He's now 0-for-7 with three strikeouts on the season after serving as an on-base machine during the spring, but it's difficult to fault him seeing that he's had no opportunity to fall into a rhythm with how he's being deployed. He posted elite walk rates with 50+ stolen bases in the upper minors, but for the past two seasons has struggled to enter and maintain his way into the good graces of manager Brian Bannister. Bench for now, but if playing time doesn't open by the end of April, he'll become expendable in all but the deepest of leagues.
Aaron Judge (OF-NYY): Aaron Judge went 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk, two RBI, and two runs scored. After a monster spring, the Yankees decided to give Judge a starting gig, and so far, he is rewarding them for the show of confidence. The slugger posted a 44 percent strikeout rate in 27 games last season, but consistently posted a mark in the mid-to-upper 20's in the high-minors with double-digit walk rates. The 49 percent hard-hit rate he posted last season indicates his power potential, and with nearly every-day at-bats secured, he should be owned in all leagues for the upside.
Khris Davis (OF-OAK): Ian Kennedy served up 33 homers last season, but only 12 at home, which may make many DFS players avoid him for his tasty matchup against them A's. For those looking for a tournament play, Khris Davis offers tremendous upside at a likely low ownership rate given the matchup and park. Davis hit 32 of his 42 homers against righties, and seems to match up well against Kennedy's arsenal. He's also seeing the ball well in the early going and is quite streaky, so the ingredients are here for success. At $3300, sign me up!
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