Anthony Rizzo was 2-3 with a run scored against the Braves. On the year Rizzo is hitting .282 with 31 HR, 86 R, 97 RBI, and 8 SB. He has an elite skill set given his ability to make contact (13% K) and control the strike zone (13% BB). The power is legit as well as this is his fourth straight year of 30+ HR's. The counting stats are going to be above average due to the strength of the Cubs lineup. He is in the prime of his career and is an elite fantasy asset. Rizzo has been extremely hot of late with a .480 AVG, 3 HR, and 12 RBI over his last seven games.
Rhys Hoskins was 0-3 with a walk against the Cubs. He has been incredible since being called up. Hoskins is hitting .293 with 11 HR, 19 R, and 25 RBI in 22 games. The power has been his calling card throughout the minors with 38 HR in Double-A and 29 HR's at Triple-A this year prior to being called up. The overlooked part of his game is his ability to make contact (15% K) and hit the ball in the air (45%+ FB). A marker of power hitters is good control of the strike zone which Hoskins has as well (13% BB). It is a small sample size but Hoskins looks a legit power hitter in a good home park.
Luis Castillo went 4.0 IP and gave up 2 ER on 3 H, 1 BB, and 5 K's against the Pirates. Castillo through 14 starts has a 3.32 ERA (3.87 SIERA). The fireballing righty has been one of the bright spots for a rather dismal season for the Reds. He has performed well against major league hitters despite starting just 17 games at Double-A before making the jump to the big leagues. He has shown the ability to miss bats (26% K, 12% SwStr), which will serve him well heading into the future. His control can be spotty at times with 10% BB. He needs to up his first pitch strike rate from 57%, so that he can let his elite stuff play. The Reds plan on shutting him down in the next week or so. This hurts fantasy owners this year but his stock is on the rise for 2018.
Ozzie Albies was 0-3 with a walk against the Cubs. On the year he is hitting .269 with 2 HR, 17 R, 12 RBI, and 2 SB across 29 games. The good news for Albies is that he is extremely young (20 yrs. old) and holding his own at the major league level. His strikeout rate (16%) supports hitting for average, which will allow him to get on base and use his speed to steal bases. He is not a big guy (5'9" 160lbs.) but he has shown power both in the minors and the majors. He is never going to hit 25+ HR's but double digits is well within reach. His ceiling for 2018 would be a 10 HR/25 SB season with a batting average in the .280-.290 range. Don't sleep on the youngster in Atlanta.
DFS Value Play
Speed kills and we know Billy Hamilton has plenty of it. He has terrorized the Pirates over the years with his ability to steal bases. In 57 career games, Hamilton has 47 SB against the Pirates. Neither Francisco Cervelli nor Chris Stewart can throw runners out, so Hamilton will be able to run at will. Taillon has given 11 SB this season. Fanduel: $3,000
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