Ervin Santana(SP-MIN): Ervin Santana won after allowing two hits and five walks with four strikeouts over seven shutout innings vs. the Indians. While Santana continues to deliver elite fantasy value, his peripherals suggest a major course correction looms. The veteran has allowed a .128 BABIP with a 98 percent strand rate through his first eight starts, so now could be a great time to sell. However, I wouldn't sell for less than 90 cents on the dollar of his current production level. His changeup has been better, as hitters have mustered a .177 AVG off of his compared to a .346 mark in 2016. He has turned himself into a complete pitcher.
Joe Biagini(SP-TOR): Joe Biagini won after allowing four hits and no walks with three strikeouts over five innings vs. the Mariners. That makes it nine shutout innings for Biagini since he was moved into the rotation. What's not to love here? Biagini has posted a 61 percent groundball rate, a 24 percent strikeout rate, and a 23 percent hard hit rate. While his upside is limited due to how deeply he'll pitch into games and the fact that his stuff will play down in his new role, Biagini possesses four pitches that should allow him to turnover lineups with continued success. He makes for a solid pickup in 15-team leagues and is an option in 12-teamers as a streaming option.
Lorenzo Cain(OF-KC): Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-4 with a double, a run, an RBI and a stolen base vs. the Orioles. It has been an odd campaign for Cain, who now boasts a higher OBP than slugging percentage on the year. He has a 20:24 BB:K ratio and is 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts, but he has only hit one homer on the year. His below average hard-hit and pull rates are concerning, and his 2015 power breakout is looking more like an anomaly. He is still a high-end option, especially in points leagues and for those owners needing stolen bases, but at this point we have to adjust our power expectations and embrace this new approach.
Leury Garcia(OF-CHW): Leury Garcia went 3-for-4 with two homers and three RBI vs. the Padres. With the effort Garcia moved his line to .304/.343/.489 with four homers and two steals in 99 plate appearances. He has cut his strikeout rate nearly in half from his previous MLB stints to put it more in line with what he accomplished in the upper minors. Look for him as a solid number five OF and a must-own option hitting a top the lineup. Charlie Tilson may have trouble finding playing time once his foot finally heals.
J.D. Martinez(OF-DET): Ricky Nolasco has allowed 7 homers in 19 1/3 innings to righties this season after allowing 18 in 107 innings last season. Martinez hit 28 of his 38 homers against righties last season, finding most of his success against fastballs, a pitch that Ricky Nolasco throws nearly 50 percent of the time and on which he's earned a negative pitch value. At $3300, the ingredients are here for a high ROI before the price catches up to the fact that J.D. is back.
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