Matt Carpenter, 2B, 3B, 1B, STL
Carpenter homered for the third consecutive game on Sunday, and after a slow start to the season, he now has 5 HR's and 15 RBI over his past 10 games. He has developed into more of a power hitter the past couple of seasons by raising both his FB% and Hard% from his earlier career marks. Those gains have carried into 2017 as well, as he entered Sunday's game with a 41.9% FB% and 38.7% Hard%. If he stays healthy, he should easily surpass 20 HR's for the third straight year.
Matt Harvey, SP, NYM
Harvey was suspended for three games by the Mets for violation of team rules, and therefore didn't make his scheduled start on Sunday. It's just another step in the wrong direction for Harvey, who not long ago was one of the best pitchers in baseball. Besides for his career-high 5.14 ERA, his K% has decreased each year throughout his big league career and has fallen to a lowly 13.5% in 2017 to go along with a weak 7.4% SwStr%, also by far a career low. His BB% is also way up from previous seasons, as is his 34.5% Hard%, and he's actually gotten somewhat lucky with a .236 BABIP. I'm just not that confident that Harvey turns things around, at least not this year.
Gregory Polanco, OF, PIT
Polanco has started showing signs of life recently, going 5-10 with 3 doubles over his past 3 games. He hasn't homered yet this season, and with a decrease in his FB%, he's not very likely to match his 22 HR's from last year. Still, his SB's and other counting stats make him a worthy fantasy player, and he figures to knock a few balls out of the park before the season is over. It's too early to give up on Polanco.
Enny Romero, RP, WAS
With Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover on the DL and Blake Treinen struggling to open the season, the Nationals closer situation has become a big question mark, but maybe Sunday's bullpen debacle against the Phillies will bring some more clarity to the situation. With the Nationals leading 5-2 in the 8th, Matt Albers allowed 3 runs to tie up the game, and was followed by Romero who pitched a scoreless 9th. Blake Treinen ultimately gave up the winning run in the 10th. While Albers did pick up a save a few days ago, he wasn't being saved for the 9th on Sunday, and the fact that he allowed 3 runs won't help him get the next save opportunity. Meanwhile, Romero, who also picked up a save earlier in the week, has pitched well recently, with 6 K's and 0 BB's over his last 3 appearances spanning 3.1 scoreless IP. Despite a mediocre 4.40 ERA for the season, Romero has an excellent 15:3 K:BB through 14.1 IP and appears to have the hot hand. So, if I had to guess, he would have the upper hand for the next chance, at least until Glover returns.
Cody Bellinger, 1B, OF, LAD
Bellinger and the Dodgers will face RHP Trevor Williams and the Pirates on Monday, as Williams makes his first start of the season. DraftKings Salary apparently hasn't caught up to the fact that Bellinger is hitting .357 with 5 HR's in his 11 game MLB stint thus far, and that he has a 1.306 OPS and all 5 of his HR's against RHP's. Bellinger makes for an excellent DFS play at least until his salary adjusts, and especially when he has the platoon advantage against a mediocre pitcher. DraftKings Value Play Salary $3,600.
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