Jeff Hoffman (SP, COL) - Like most Rockies starters, Hoffman has been much better away from Coors Field. On the season, he owns a road ERA of 1.67, a road wOBA of just .193 and teams are hitting just .165 off him. The Mets team he faces Sunday is just 20th in the league in team batting average, and is hitting just .239 at home so far in 2017. His $7500 price tag will allow you to get some big bats in your lineup.
Jay Bruce (OF, NYM) - Bruce swatted his 24th homer of 2017 in the Mets 9-3 win over the Rockies Saturday. The veteran outfielder is enjoying a productive season for fantasy owners, which lands him in the top 25 at the position. On the season, he owns a .266/.335/.541 slash, with 62 RBI in addition to the home run total. He is on pace for a career high of 44 home runs, which makes owners extremely happy, as he seems to be an underrated source of power in fantasy circles. His all-around numbers easily explain the season he his having. His ISO of .268 is elite level in that category while his BABIP is a bit below average. The 43.1% hard contact rate is nearly 8% above his career mark. All of this indicates if he makes contact, the ball has a great chance of leaving the yard. His name has been the subject of trade rumors, so if he gets dealt to a team with a friendly hitting atmosphere, a total at the end of the season in the 40-50 range is not out of the question.
Cody Bellinger (1B, LAD) - The NL Rookie of the Year frontrunner continued his outstanding season Saturday in the Dodgers' 7-1 drubbing of the Marlins. As if he has not impressed us enough, he added "first Dodgers rookie to hit for the cycle" to his 2017 resume. On the season, Bellinger's line reads .271/.349/.639, with 26 home runs, 61 RBI, 52 runs scored, and five stolen bases. He is currently on pace to hit 46 home runs, which is just three shy of Mark McGuire's rookie record of 49. If there are any knocks on his game, the 29% K% is way too high. That said, if you are hitting bombs, and providing timely offense, it more than will offset the K's. An 11.1% BB% helps as well. His 45.8% hard contact rate is 7th in all of baseball. Bellinger is playing his way into the first round of 2017 drafts, and kudos to you for nabbing him in dynasty formats.
Alex Wood (SP, LAD) - Wood ran his record to 11-0 in the Dodgers' 7-1 beatdown of the Marlins Saturday. On the day, the 26-year-old allowed zero earned runs, three hits, walked just one, and struck out four in six innings. It was his second straight outing without allowing a run, and his fifth straight quality start. Wood has to be in the discussion for the NL Cy Young, but he plays in the same league as Max Scherzer, who has been on another level in 2017. The numbers are all around impressive at this point in the season. He is giving up just .22 HR/9, and is leaving 80.6% of baserunners stranded. Hard contact is sitting at just 21.5%, while the K% is a whopping 30.9%. Keep rolling with him in all formats, but be prepared if a DL stint comes, as that has been his calling card up to this point in his career.
Jimmy Nelson (SP, MIL) - Nelson failed to factor in the decision Saturday in the Brewers' 3-2 over the Phillies, despite a solid performance. The big righty went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, while striking out nine and walking two. His strikeout total of 127 ties him for 12th in baseball. To go with his impressive K numbers, Nelson has a 3.27 ERA, and a 1.22 WHIP. His season has been a nice surprise, and has led to his ownership spiking in past weeks. The FIP sits at 3.17, while the xFIP is at 3.30 and should give owners confidence in his second half performance. His BABIP is a bit high at .337, but based on his xFIP, should begin to trend downward a bit. Nelson is becoming a solid start no matter the matchup, due to his high strikeout totals, and is not hurting you in other categories. Could he be this year's Robbie Ray?
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