Noah Syndergaard- The pitcher nicknamed "Thor" struggled with his control on Wednesday night. He walked 5 batters in 5 innings pitched. This is unusual for Syndergaard as he has been a pretty consistent in keeping runners off-base with the free pass. His 6.2% BB Rate is still solid even after his wild troubles on Wednesday although I'm definitely more than a little concerned to see a pitcher who normally controls the strike zone well to walk this many batters. I still really believe in Syndergaard's talent, but I'm watching careful to monitor his next few starts. These kind of struggles with walking batters can be an early indication of injury.
Ian Desmond- Is Ian Desmond back? The first half of 2015 has been a disturbing and awful ride for Desmond owners as the consistent 20/20 threat has turned in a .209 batting average with only 8 home runs and 6 steals. The positive news, if there is any, is that Desmond has come to play after the break. He got on base in all four plate appearances on Wednesday after hitting a home run on Monday. It's tough to predict that this is Desmond turning it around, but he is worth watching. He could still reasonably his 15 home runs and steal 12-15 bases if he catches fire.
Tyson Ross- Tyson Ross is a solid daily fantasy option tomorrow at home against the Marlins. Without Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon, the Fish are a shadow of their offensive best, and Ross has been one of the best pitchers at striking out batters and generating ground balls in all of baseball. His 62.3% ground ball rate is ridiculously high, and his 24.9% K Rate is as close to elite as possible. If Ross could stop walking batters at such an advanced rate, he would be amongst the most expensive daily pitchers in the game. As is, I like his price tag very much considering the match-up. Fanduel Salary- $8,500.00.
Scooter Gennett- Since finding his way back to the major leagues, Scooter Gennett has regained form as a very solid fantasy second baseman. Particularly, Gennett has been excellent against right handed pitchers, which has formed a large portion of his success. Sometimes in daily fantasy, it is about riding the hot hand until the fire goes out. Gennett is slashing .367/.426/.490 during the month of July. While the power hasn't been what it was in June, I still like Gennett as a cheaper option against an unknown right handed pitcher on Thursday. Fanduel Salary- $3,100.00
A.J. Pollock- Anyone who reads my stuff, knows that I'm a huge A.J. Pollock supportor. Pollock is one of the few batters where his splits don't really matter all that much. He is almost a .300 hitter against both left handers and right handers. His June was slow, but he has ramped up his July by slashing .344/.420/.525. while stealing 4 bags with another week or so left to go in the month. With the way Pollock has been playing, its tough to believe he is 12th on the salary list for outfielders on Thursday. I certainly don't know that I'd pay more for the 11 guys in front of him before I put him on my roster. Fanduel Salary- $3,900.00.
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