Corey Dickerson (OF-TB): Corey Dickerson went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, a walk, three RBIs and two runs scored. Look for the effort as a sign of things to come, as Dickerson's .268 BABIP is 55 points below his career norm despite a hard hit rate of 33 percent, two percent below his career mark. The lefty continues to scuffle against same-siders, collecting one extra base hit against them all season, but if he has been left on your standard league wire, pounce. He could play difference maker down the stretch.
Carlos Rodon (SP-CHW): Carlos Rodon wont after allowing one run on five hits and one walk with six strikeouts over six innings vs. the Mariners. Rodon has allowed one walk in his last 18 2/3 innings after walking 40 in his previous 110 1/3. A boon has been the changeup, which he has mixed in more frequently sine the beginning of August according to Brooks Baseball. If he can continue to develop and harness his control, Rodon may yet be the pitcher we hoped we'd see when drafting in the spring.
Tyler Skaggs (SP-LAA): Tyler Skaggs won after allowing two hits and two walks with six strikeouts over six shutout innings vs. the Tigers. Skaggs has pitched inconsistently since his return from the DL, showing flashes of brilliance like last night before regressing to shades of the past. His below average hard hit rate and uptick in velocity intrigue, but he continues to underwhelm in the strikeout department, posting below average swinging strike and chase rates. Standard leaguers are advised to stream him at home until he shows more consistency.
Kevin Gausman (SP-BAL): Kevin Gausman won after allowing seven hits and no walks with nine strikeouts over seven shutout innings vs. the Yankees. Gausman has allowed more than two earned runs and allowed more than two walks once in his last six starts and is starting to tap into his elite upside thanks to a newfound confidence in his splitter. Shallow leaguers may want to stream him at home, but Gausman has turned himself into a must-start option in standard formats down the stretch, and could be one of the steals of the draft come next spring.
Cameron Maybin (OF-DET): James Shields has allowed a .391 wOBA to righties while Maybin has posted a .353 wOBA vs. same-siders, including a .411 mark at home. Add in the high run scoring potential with the lineup around Maybin and the high stolen base potential--Shields has allowed 13 steals in 16 attempts this season--and you have a recipe for a ROI platter today.