German Marquez (COL) - German Marquez turned in another quality outing in Coors Field on Monday as he moved to 12-9 while continuing to be a bright spot in this Rockies despite a difficult park environment. On the night, Maruqez the for 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, and 11 strikeouts. Marquez is quietly becoming a starting pitcher that enters the conversation everytime he steps on the mound, so dynasty leaguers and playoff contenders listen up, Marquez needs to be owned heading into 2019 and could be a sleeper if he falls in drafts due to the team he plays for.
Trevor Story (COL) - It's the never-ending homerun Story in Colorado right now as shortstop Trevor Story hit hit 6th home run in 7 games. Story now has 32 home runs on the season with a career best .293/.348/.559 and is just one RBI shy of the century mark. Shortstop is full of great performers this year, but Story continues to prove that it doesn't matter what he plays or where you draft him. There's still a couple of weeks of games left, but it's unlikely we will be able to see him approach the 40 homerun milestone despite a very repeatbout 18% HR/FB rate.
Jon Lester (CHC)- Jon Lester was forced to leave his start early with lower back tightness. A trainer came to check on him at the mound in the 6th inning immediately following a Jonathan Schoop strikeout, but Lester waved him off. However, later in the inning, he was forced to leave the game after giving up a single and a double. Unfortunately, CJ Edwards took over and eventually allowed the go-ahead run to score, leaving Lester's line 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB and 7 K. It's been a very interesting season for Lester with him carrying a fortunate 3.57 ERA (4.53 xFIP), but his strikeout rate dropped considerably this season, down to just 19%. Lester is 34 years old and is certainly a competitor, but his days of being a fantasy ace are likely behind him.
Scooter Gennett (CIN) - Scooter Gennett enjoyed another great game on Monday as he went 4-for-5 with three runs batted in and a pair of runs scored. On the season, Gennett is now slashing .320/.365/.506 and has 22 home runs, 87 runs batted in and 84 runs scored. He's easily having one of the most productive years of any second baseman (not named Javy Baez) and has proven that he isn't just a one-year wonder. Still just 28 years old, Gennett will deservingly be one of the first players off the board at his position next season.
Sean Newcomb (ATL) - Sean Newcomb pitched a gem on Monday night against San Francisco after being largely inconsistent for most of the second half. On the night, he finished with 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0BB and 8 KMost exciting about the outing was the no walks, something he hasn't been able to accomplish since his second start of the season in Coors Field . Newcomb has flashed great performances and terrible performances, so it makes this one a little challenging to buy into, but the fact remains that he's one of most exciting young pitchers in the game and will once again be on the radar of fantasy owners in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts next season.