Jung Ho Kang (INF-PIT): Jung Ho Kang hit a two-run homer as part of a 2-for-2 night. Since a respectable May and June, Kang has posted monthly wOBAs below .260. His .261 BABIP looks extremely underrepresented given his 41 percent hard hit rate and stable batted ball profile and plate discipline indicators. The pending litigation is likely playing a role in his struggles, but standard leaguers are advised to hold if they have the bench room. His upside is worth the risk.
Joey Votto (1B-CIN): Joey Votto went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored to lead the Reds over the Brewers. After struggling through the season's first two months, Votto has responded with a powerful statement by posting a wOBAs of .432, .493, .430 respectively. While many predicted a regression in the veteran's power production, Votto has actually increased his homer-to-fly ball rate thanks to a 43 percent hard hit rate, which is fourth in the Majors. Now that Billy Hamilton is producing in front of him and Adam Duvall has emerged behind him, the counting stats should climb too.
Zach Davies (SP-MIL): Zach Davies lost for just the fifth time this year after allowing five earned runs over five innings. Davis is susceptible to such starts, as his 19 percent strikeout rate often puts him at the mercy of the BABIP gods. His six percent walk rate and 48 percent ground ball rate continue to fuel his breakout and keep him as a must-own across the board, but those in shallow leagues, especially ROTO formats, should view him as a streaming option.
Maikel Franco (3B-PHI): Maikel Franco hit a three-run homer and scored two runs in a 1-for-3 night. Across the board, whether in his batted ball profile or plate discipline indicators, Franco has posted nearly identical numbers to his 2015 campaign. His BABIP looks underrepresented by 20-25 points, however, and he looks primed to make up for lost time in the season's final two months. Be careful about overvaluing Franco for 2017, as many scouts see his swing as too long for any dramatic improvements year-to-year.
Billy Hamilton (OF-CIN): Set for a matchup against Wily Peralta, Billy Hamilton makes a strong DFS play today at $3500 on FanDuel. Hamilton has improved across the board in the second half, getting on base at a higher clip and hitting more consistently at the top of the Reds lineup. He's also stolen 29 bases in 26 second-half games. And overall, he's posting a wOBA that's 40 points higher vs. righties. Wily Peralta, his opponent today, has allowed a .385 wOBA to lefties with a 19:13 K:BB ratio.
FanDuel Values for Sunday (NL):
Tanner Roark $8900
Chris Carter $3600
Marcell Ozuna $3000
Wilmer Flores $2700