Sam Dyson (RP-TEX): Sam Dyson picked up his 3rd save of the season in his first attempt as the Rangers designated closer although he allowed 2 hits and 1 earned run in the process. While Dyson induces groundballs 69% of the time, he has struck out fewer than 18% of the batters he has faced thanks largely to a 7% swinging strike rate and 27% chase rate. Add in a troublesome 8% walk rate, and we can envision Dyson continuing to struggle in the 9th. While he is an upgrade over Tolleson and has earned a reasonable leash, Dyson should be looking over his shoulder to the resurgent Matt Bush.
Aaron Sanchez (SP-TOR): Aaron Sanchez picked up his 4th win of the year after allowing 2 earned runs on 8 hits in 7 innings against the Twins, striking out 7 without issuing a free pass. Sanchez has moved himself past the Kevin Brown line with a 58% groundball rate and 21% k-rate thanks to a heavier reliance on his curveball and change up, pitches that have earned him a +6.1 pitch value. His 8% swinging-strike rate doesn't support an increase in his k-rate, but if you keep those expectations in check, you'll find plenty of value rolling out Sanchez in all leagues regardless of matchup.
Alex Colome (RP-TB): Continuing to stake his claim as the Rays permanent closer, Alex Colome nailed down his 11th save in 11 opportunities in a clean 9th against the Tigers. He has posted a 54% groundball rate and a 37% K-rate to go long with a 6% BB-rate in 18 and 1/3 innings. His peripherals suggest he has the stuff of an elite closer, and his surface performance is following suit. While Kevin Cash has indicated his preference to slide the rehabbing Brad Boxberger back into the closer role when activated next weekend, Colome owners are advised to hold.
Cameron Maybin (OF-DET): Although he's only just finished his 4th game of the season, Cameron Maybin is now in the top 40 in stolen bases after stealing his 4th base as part of a 3-hit night. In his first 16 plate appearances since his activation Maybin has 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, and 8 hits. The forgotten one stole 23 bases in 29 attempts last season, hit 10 homers, and walked 45 times in 141 games. If he continues his hot hitting look for Brad Ausmus to move J.D. Martinez down in the lineup and vault Maybin up to the 2-hole. Buy, but prepare to endure a DL-stint or two as the season progresses.
Kevin Gausman (SP-BAL): At $7500 and set for a matchup with the Angels, Kevin Gausman makes for a nice tournament option for those looking to spend up on hitting and hoping to avoid the high ownership percentages of Jose Fernandez and Alex Wood. Gausman has limited opponents to a 29% hard-contact rate this season and his 11% swinging strike rate hints that upside lurks in his 20% k-rate. While he has struggled on the road, we like the park shift to Anaheim and the fact that the Angels are 18th so far against righties. Oh, and with Matt Shoemaker toeing the rubber against him, we like the W factor too.
Adrian Beltre ($3400)
Mike Moustakas ($3200)
Steven Souza ($3200)
Evan Gattis ($2900)
Tyler White ($2600)
Jarrod Dyson ($2500)
Ryan Rua ($2300)