Giancarlo Stanton (OF, MIA) - Stanton continued to do Stanton things as he went 3 for 4 with three RBI and two runs scored, and clubbed his Major League leading 41st home run of the season, as the Marlins edged the Rockies 4-3 Saturday. While his stats are impressive in any category, one thing stands out: 113 games played. That total is just six away from his total all last season. We know when he is in the lineup, he is built to hit bombs, as his .405 wOBA suggests. His wRC+ blows away the league average of 100, as it is clear he is the heart and soul of the lineup. With his named being surrounded by trade rumors, it will be an interesting offseason in Miami, especially with the team being sold to the group headed by Yankee great Derek Jeter. No matter what uniform he is wearing, Stanton has power that translates to any park, although next year he will require a bigger investment than he did in 2017.
Paul DeJong (SS, STL) - DeJong kept his surprising, yet impressive season going Saturday by going 2 for 3 with a solo home run as the Cards edged the Braves 6-5. On the year, the youngster is slashing .291/.320/.566 with 17 home runs and 41 RBI, and has produced big time since his initial call up. Currently he is on pace for 24 home runs and 57 RBI. While the homers and RBI keep coming, so do the strikeouts, as shown by the 31% K%. On the opposite end, the walks keep staying low at 3.6% which hurts the OBP. If he was not showing a .359 wOBA and a .358 BABIP, the OBP would be even skimpier. He is a player that made for a great add mid-season, but if the home runs and RBI dry up, he will not be worth the hit in the other categories. Ride the hot hand, and bench him if that scenario presents itself.
Aaron Nola (SP, PHI) - Nola earned his ninth win of the season in the Phillies 3-1 victory over the Mets on Saturday. Nola went seven innings allowing just one earned run on two hits, while striking out eight and walking two. On the season, the 24-year-old has lowered his ERA to an impressive 3.02, with a 1.15 WHIP and 125 strikeouts in 119.1 innings pitched. His 3.12 FIP is a great indicator of his ability to miss bats, but his .301 BABIP is a bit high, yet his 79.2% strand rate shows he is able to manage jams very well. Over his last ten starts, he has lowered his ERA from 4.32, and has not allowed more than two runs in any start. Nola is clearly becoming he ace of the Phillies staff, and could be emerging as an ace in fantasy as well.
Kenta Maeda (SP, LAD) - Maeda and his 2.98 ERA at home, welcome the Padres and their .235 road average Sunday. Maeda has had an up and down season, but has been solid as of late, as evidenced by his 1.06 ERA over his last three starts. With three aces on the mound costing over $11000, Maeda will save some cash at $8900.
Matt Wieters (C, WAS) - Wieters makes for a cheap catching option at $2800, especially against San Francisco starter Matt Moore, who he will face Sunday. Moore sports a 7.23 ERA on the road, and adding the trip across the country does not figure to help his cause. Wieters is a career .345 hitter against Moore, dating back to their AL East days. Start the veteran and save some dough.
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