Ryan Schimpf(3B-SD): Schimpf went 1-for-2 with a solo homer, two walks, and two runs scored. When it comes to OBP and points leagues, Schmipt could be one of fantasy's best-kept secrets. He is truly turning into a true three-outcome guy, carrying a 27 percent walk rate, 29 percent strikeout rate, and a 60 percent homers-as-hits rate heading into week 3. His high strikeout and fly ball rates will continue to exert downward pressure on his batting average and relegate him to deeper formats in ROTO, but he is a must own in OBP and points leagues.
Eric Thames(1B-MIL): Thames went 1-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk, and two runs scored. Thames has hit in every game but one this season and he has now homered in four straight. The veteran said he went to play ball in Asia to learn how to recognize spin and handle offspeed stuff, and so far, he's showing that the work paid off by posting microscopic chase and swinging strike rates while maintaining an above-average walk rate. They'll likely be inconsistencies down the road, but overall, I see Thames delivering excellent value in all formats for the remainder of the season. Buy.
Taijuan Walker(SP-ARI): Walker won after allowing one run on four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts over five innings against the Dodgers. The former Mariner entered the game with a high walk rate and a low strand rate; while he took care of what he could control--the control--the sequencing gods smiled upon him to push the strand rate closer to his career norm. He's still working on finding consistency with his modified delivery, and the home ballpark shows no mercy, so he may frustrate owners on a week-to-week basis. But, by season's end, I see him putting up the numbers akin to a solid number three starter in standard leagues.
Eugenio Suarez(3B-CIN): Suarez went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, continuing his hot start to 2017. Lost in the power barrage across MLB in 2016 was the solid season Suarez put up. His batted ball profile supports 20-25 homers and he stands to see an increase in his BABIP from 2016. His walk rate continues to rise too. Add in the confidence of his manager to put Suarez in the five-hole on most days, and you have a very underrated option in all formats. With Nick Senzel waiting in the wings, Suarez could be traded mid-season, so monitor his potential suitors closely.
Robbie Ray(SP-ARI): Ray ($8000) makes for a great cash game play across the board at FanDuel today for his matchup on the road against the Dodgers. Los Angeles was last in offensive production against lefties last season, and they are facing off against a pitcher who posted a .315 wOBA on the road (as compared to a .351 at home). Ray is fighting his control and allowing lots of hard contact, but the elite strikeout rate and the matchup are too much to pass up for the price.
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