Tim Anderson(SS-CHW): Anderson went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, three runs, one RBI, one walk, and two stolen bases vs. the Royals. He is now at 15-20, so despite a .247 AVG and relatively weak counting stats, Anderson is 10th at SS on the ESPN player rater. I like seeing the FB and pull rates heading in the right direction, and even though he has been caught stealing seven times, he still flashes 30-plus SB potential. The plate discipline has plateaued, however, which is hurting his lineup spot and counting stats. Time will tell if he can take the next step, and while I don't see him becoming top-5 elite, I do believe he can push into the top eight and be a ROTO asset for many years.
Delino DeShields(OF-TEX): DeShields was placed on the 15-day DL with a fractured finger. He has continued to be a very streaky hitter, one who seems to tease fantasy owners every season with his explosive potential on the basepaths. While he does display solid plate discipline--24 percent chase rate, 80 percent contact rate--he has virtually no power with a .068 ISO and a 27 percent hard hit rate. He does hit the ball consistently on the ground and uses his speed well, but he his value is also very dependent on his BABIP. Add in the fluctuations in playing time and injury history, and DeShields is likely to go overdrafted next season. However, he's worth holding for a possible late-season return in 15 team leagues where speed is needed.
Matt Boyd(SP-DET): Boyd won after allowing four runs on four hits (two homers) and no walks with seven strikeouts over 6.1 innings against the Twins. While he looks to have improved on the surface, the 27-year-old has been the beneficiary of good fortune, specifically, a .252 BABIP and a 69 percent LOB rate despite a 37 percent hard hit rate. An increase in his slider usage has helped maintain a 20 percent K-rate, but his velocity is down and his swinging strike rate still hovers below 10 percent. He may get some love in drafts next year, but buyer beware.
Jose Ramirez(3B-CLE): Ramirez hit a two-run homer, his 37th of the season, against the Orioles and tied J.D. Martinez for the league lead. He's having a historic fantasy season. However, while Ramirez has a 39 percent had hit rate, he is 48th with a 7 percent barrel percentage, so I'm not buying the move in HR-FB rate from 14 percent to 20 percent. Not many hitters know the strikezone better, and he continues to dominate on the basepaths, making him a bona fide first round pick. I'd just be careful with the HR expectations, and see 30, not 40, as a likely destination.
David Price(SP-BOS): Price ($9800) looks like a solid play on DraftKings today for his matchup vs. the Rays. The left-hander, who has a 3.28 ERA (allowing .302 wOBA) at home, has reeled off five-straight quality starts and is coming off a dominant 10-strike performance. The Rays are 14th in total offense against LHP's, and feature plenty of swing-and-miss. Given the options above and below him in cost, I think the price is just right for Price for a solid ROI.
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