Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, CLE
Encarnacion went 2-4 with his 6th HR of the season on Tuesday, as he tries to break out of a season long slump. His BA still sits at a paltry .207 mostly thanks to his shockingly high 27.7% K% (his career K% is 16.5%). The good news is that in May, his K% is actually only 18.3% compared to 33.0% in April, so there's hoping that maybe it was just a bad month. The other encouraging sign is that he currently holds a career-high 40.7% Hard%, so it looks like the power should still be there. It's way too early to give up on the slugger given the power that he's supplied over the past 5 years.
Jake Marisnick, OF, HOU
Marisnick had a huge game on Tuesday, going 3-5 with 2 HR's and raising his OPS to .882 on the season. Despite the big game, there are a lot of problems with owing Marisnick in fantasy, not the least of which is his current 43.4% K%. He doesn't have a history of hitting for power either, as he has yet to reach double-digit HR's in a season and his career Hard% is 23.8% (including an even worse 9.1% Hard% this season entering Tuesday's game). He will steal bases, but that's not enough to make up for his other current deficiencies.
J.C. Ramirez, SP, LAA
Ramirez turned in another strong outing on Tuesday, allowing just 2 ER's on 5 hits in 7 IP against the White Sox, although he only struck out 2. Ramirez had a 3-start stretch at the end of April in which he posted a 2.55 ERA and a 25:5 K:BB ratio across 17.2 IP and rightfully began garnering attention in the fantasy world. In his 3 starts since, Ramirez has still posted a solid 3.60 ERA but this time with just 8 K's in 20 IP. Whatever interest I had in Ramirez two weeks ago has quickly gone to the wayside.
Danny Salazar, SP, CLE
Salazar had a rough outing against the Rays on Tuesday, allowing 5 ER's in 5 IP on 4 HR's, although he did strike out 9. This type of outing has seemed pretty typical this season for Salazar, who now has a 5.66 ERA despite a league-leading 13.50 K/9. While his BB-rate is very high, he still has an excellent 3.16 xFIP, and has suffered from a .383 BABIP and an astronomical 23.7% HR/FB. He looks like a good buy-low candidate.
Joey Gallo, 3B, TEX
Gallo is always a threat to go deep especially when facing RHP's against whom he has hit 10 of his 12 HR's this season. On Tuesday, he will face Phillies' RHP Zach Eflin, who despite a 2.81 ERA for the season, also has a 4.70 xFIP, and has allowed 16 HR's (12 to LH-hitters) in 95.1 career IP. DraftKings Value Play Salary $4,400.
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