Odubel Herrera- OF- PHI- Idea- Herrera has performed well as a Rule V pick, particularly against RH pitching. He has a slash line of .291/.323/.435 against them. Veteran James Shields has had some struggles against LH hitting, with a slash line of .273/.351/.516. This is a case where the rookie has the upper hand on the veteran. Plus Herrera qualifies at either 2B or OF. Value play- DraftKings salary $2800
Ken Wacha- P- STL- Hot- Wacha won his 13th games of the season yesterday by throwing 7 shutout IP. This was the third start in a row where his ERA was lower than his FIP on a per game basis. Some regression to the mean may be coming up but with an ERA of 2.92 and FIP of 3.18 for the season it might not be too bad.
Billy Hamilton- OF- CIN- Cold- Hamilton got the day off yesterday. He has had some horrible luck this year with a BABIP of .260. No one with his speed should have a BABIP that low. That's the main reason behind his .222 average. Hamilton has begun to have a dip in his steals. He has 51 for the year but only 7 since the All Star Break. Hamilton's Batting EYE has dropped, from 0.40 in the first half to 0.13 in the second half. Still, his already poor OBP of .269 in the first half only dipped to .250 so there isn't enough of a lack of chances to explain the disparity. If Hamilton doesn't rack up steals at the rate he was earlier his value drops to almost nil. Cutting him would be too much of a risk of losing a bounce back but he deserves to be benched until he shows signs of snapping out of his slump.
Jimmy Rollins- SS- LAN- Old Player- Rollins didn't exactly have a triumphant return to Philadelphia. He went 3-for-13 in his first 3 games wearing a road uniform at Citizens Bank Park. Rollins has had horrible luck this season with a .229 BABIP. However, after having a Batting EYE between 0.63 and 0.65 from 2012-2014 it has dropped to 0.52 this season. Rollins decline is continuing.
Scooter Gennett- 2B- MIL- Stats- The good news about Gennett taking over as the primary leadoff hitter for the Brewers is that he has a hit in each game he has been at the top of the order since Carlos Gomez was traded. The bad news is that he only has 1 hit in each of those 6 games, going 6-for-25 for a .240 average. Gennett also has yet to steal a base from the top of the order, or anywhere in the order in 2015. Hitting first hasn't translated into an improvement in Gennett's fantasy value yet. He did draw his first walk since moving up in the order yesterday so he may improve.
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