Max Kepler(OF-MIN): Kepler went 2-for-2 with a homer, a double, three RBIs, and one walk vs. the Brewers. Kepler hit his 6th homer of the season to quell any doubts that he's over the hand issue he faced earlier in the month. Quietly, the 25-year-old is breaking out at the plate, posting a solid 17:21 BB:K ratio with a .224 ISO, and the underlying metrics back it up. Kepler is hitting fly balls more frequently, making hard contact more consistently, and taking a big step forward against LHP's. For me, this is just the beginning. Buy.
Dustin Fowler(OF-OAK): Fowler went 2-for-3 with a homer, a double, two RBIs, two runs, one walk, and one stolen base against the Blue Jays. The 23-year-old filled up the stat sheet, hitting his first career homer and stealing the second stolen base of his young career. While he's sitting at .227 AVG through 22 at-bats, he's carrying a .235 BABIP despite a 38 percent hard hit rate. That he's walking 12 percent of the time out of the gates while chasing only 25 percent of the time hints that he's not only ready to take the reigns, but likely to move up in the order as well. Buy.
Michael Fulmer(SP-DET): Fulmer shut down the Mariners on the road for six innings before allowing a pair of runs in the six. His final line of two earned runs allowed over 6.1 innings with seven strikeouts is a welcomed sight for his fantasy investors after Fulmer had allowed 11 earned runs over his previous two starts. Fulmer entered with a 16.7 percent HR-FB rate, which should continue to regress, and I see the uptick in his K-rate continuing with an 11 percent swinging strike rate and a 35 percent chase rate to support it. He's still learning how to attack hitters, but the stuff is there for more growth. Buy.
Alex Cobb(SP-BAL): Cobb won after allowing three runs on 10 hits (one homer) and one walk with three strikeouts over 6.1 innings against the Red Sox. Cobb hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in a start since April 25th, and with a 6.56 ERA-4.48 xFIP, looks due for even more positive regression. However, Cobb has allowed hard contact 37 percent of the time and is inducing swinging strikes only 5 percent of the time. Put it all together and I see more of a 15-team ROTO play and a 12-team points league play in favorable matchups. Be careful.
Rougned Odor(2B-TEX): Odor ($3100 at the White Sox) looks like a solid tournament play today for his matchup against Lucas Giolito. The White Sox hurler has allowed a .403 wOBA to LHH's with an astounding 11:20 K:BB ratio (.429 wOBA at home). While Odor has struggled this season, he has collected at least one hit in four of his last five games and is showing more of a willingness to talk a walk than he has in past seasons. Take advantage while the price remains low.
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