Greg Bird, 1B, NYY
Bird went 0-4 again on Wednesday, dropping his season BA to .202 and his August BA to a lowly .127 (9-71). His K% is high at 25.7% and he has suffered from a .234 BABIP which may be partially bad luck, but is also the result of hitting tons on fly balls (50.3%). The fly balls are nice from a power perspective, but right now it's hard not to see Bird as a BA drain. 11 HR's in 72 games isn't nearly enough to make up for hanging around the Mendoza Line.
Edwin Jackson, SP, OAK
Jackson allowed 4 ER's on 7 hits and 3 BB's in 4.1 IP against the Rangers on Wednesday, as the A's fell a game back of the Astros in the AL West. Jackson has been very good for Oakland this season, having allowed 2 ER's or less in 8 of his 10 starts before Wednesday, and allowing just 2 ER's total over his last 4 starts. Even with the rough outing, Jackson's ERA sits at a shiny 2.97, but his 4.82 xFIP tells a different story. His 6.36 K/9 is not good and he has been lucky with a .230 BABIP and 83.1% LOB%. Over time, his BABIP will rise and the LOB% will fall, while his ERA inevitably regresses towards his career 4.61 mark.
Kendrys Morales, 1B, TOR
Morales homered again for the Blue Jays again on Wednesday, giving him 5 HR's in his last 4 games and 18 for the season. He is now 13-23 over his current 7-game hitting streak with 10 RBI over that stretch. Morales isn't a great fantasy option as he doesn't offer much outside of homeruns and homeruns can be streaky, but if you are looking for a power boost off the waiver-wire, Morales may be your best bet.
Thomas Pannone, SP, TOR
Pannone allowed just 1 hit in 7 shutout innings against the Orioles on Wednesday in his first major-league start. While it was an impressive debut, he recorded just a 3:2 K:BB ratio in the contest and it came against the worst team in baseball, so don't assume he'll always look this good. He did have an excellent 40:7 K:BB in 36.2 AAA IP this season so there is potential, but don't take too much out of this outing.
Tyler Glasnow, SP, TB
Glasnow has been lights out since joining the Rays at the trade deadline, posting a 3.38 ERA (2.96 xFIP) with 24 K's in 18.2 IP in his four starts as a Ray. He has an excellent matchup on Thursday against a Royals team that ranks among the league's worst offensively and only have one hitter batting over .240. Glasnow did struggle a bit in his last start against the Red Sox, but that was the Red Sox and this is the Royals. DraftKings Value Play Salary $8,400.
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