Eric Thames- 1B- MIL- Idea- With 8 homers to lead the majors, Thames' price hasn't caught up with the value he is providing in DFS contests. Oddly enough he has only hit 2 homers in Miller Park, but that is a trend unlikely to continue. Adam Wainwright has had serious trouble against LH in a micro sample this season (.455/.500/.727 slash line.) His performance against them last season was nothing to write home about either, with a .304/.366/.475 slash line. Look for Thames to provide bang for the buck. Value play- Draft Kings salary $3800
Jett Bandy- C- MIL- Hot- Bandy homered for the third straight game, joining Travis Shaw in that feat. With 5 homers and 2 doubles he has more extra base hits than singles and is slashing .314/.368/.714. Bandy's BABIP of .304 is not outrageous, even for a catcher. He was projected for 14 homers in 326 ABs. Bandy is looking like he could get more playing time than that and could definitely challenge the 20+ homer level this season.
Ender Inciarte- OF- ATL- Cold- In 2 of his 3 previous major league season, Inciarte got off to a slow start. This year is following that pattern. After going 0-for-5 with 2 Ks against the nationals yesterday, Enciarte is hitting .234 with 1 stolen base. Before finishing with a .291 average with 16 steals last year he was hitting .219 with 3 steals after 25 games played through May 31. Enciarte was saddled with a .254 BABIP at that point. This year, it's even worse at .229. It was similar in his first major league season of 2014. If he doesn't snap out of this until Memorial Day this season as well, then that is a pattern to take into account for next year. It will also represent a possible buying opportunity if his owner is impatient this year.
Jon Jay- OF- CHN- Drop Value- With Ben Zobrist getting some starts in RF, Jason Heyward has made 6 starts in CF for the Cubs. This has cut into the playing time expected for the platoon of Albert Almora and Jon Jay. Jay has only made 4 starts there. His performance has been solid, hitting .333. Jay has had a tendency to post a high BABIP, but it has been even above his standards, clocking in at .467 so far. He is dealing with a very small sample size, only 26 PAs, so drawing any conclusions would be premature. Jay has drawn 3 walks, which makes his BB% a very impressive 11.5%, but considering his career mark is 6.7% it is likely an outlier. Jay's performance is likely to suffer more than Almora's from regression to the mean, but with playing time an issue, Jay's value is down from last year's with the Padres.
Scott Feldman- P- CIN- Hot- After suffering some control problems in his last start against Milwaukee, Feldman bounced back strong against Baltimore. He allowed one run on a solo homer in 7 IP, giving up 4 hits and striking out 4. Feldman didn't walk a single batter, after handing out 5 free passes in 5 IP against the Brewers. He has yet to give up more than 3 runs in a start this season, although a couple were less than 6 IP so didn't warrant a quality start. Feldman has been lucky so far, with a 2.38 ERA and 4.02 FIP. His performance has been solid as he's returned to the rotation after being in a swing role in Houston last year. Prior to that Feldman had posted ERAs under 4.00 for 3 straight seasons in a starting role. As a veteran presence on a young team, he has regained some value in deep mixed leagues.
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