Freddie Freeman was 1-3 with a run scored and two walks against the Marlins. Freeman raised his season line to .303/31/85 and he has even thrown in 6 SB. He also has been extremely hot as of late. He is hitting .478 with 1 HR, 7 RBI, and 2 SB over his last seven games. Freeman has boosted his overall stat line with a huge second half (.328/15/51). Freeman's value will increase as the Braves team gets better around him.
Jeremy Hellickson went 4.1 IP and gave up 6 ER on 7 H, 3 BB, and 1 K's against the Mets. Hellickson now has a 3.78 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 24% K. He has really turned in a fine season for the Phillies. Hellickson's advanced stats don't back up his traditional stats (4.14 SIERA), but there is a lot to like about Hellickson this year. The strikeout rate is average, but an 11% SwStr is above average and backs up his increase in strikeouts. This pairs well with his 5.7% BB rate. He also does an excellent job of limiting hard contact (25%), which bodes well for future success in Citizens Bank Park. He ends the year with an excellent matchup against the Braves.
Jameson Taillon went 5 IP and gave up 3 ER on 6 H, 0 BB, and 7 K's against the Nationals. Taillon now has a 3.49 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 20% K. He has thrown 156.2 IP this year after not pitching in a game over the past two years. He sets himself up well to handle an entire season next year. Taillon has shown many positives this year. He has excellent control (3.7% BB) and gets a lot of ground balls (53% GB), which will allow him to excel in his home park and the N.L. in general. He is likely to remain a mid to back end of the rotation in terms of fantasy, due to his strikeout potential. He is only getting 8.5% SwStr, which does not point to growth in the strikeout category. Taillon will end the season with a matchup against the Cubs at home, which is a matchup to avoid unless the Cubs start resting their players.
Anthony DeSclafani went 6 IP and gave up 2 ER on 6 H, 3 BB, and 4 K's against the Brewers. DeSclafani now has a 3.14 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 21.5% K. He has now pitched very well over the past year and a half. He finished 2015 strong on the addition of his curveball and improved command. He continued both this year, which has led to excellent results over 19 starts. His 3.94 SIERA suggests that his traditional stats have been influenced by some luck. The only part of his game that sticks out is his 79% LOB, which is slightly above the league average. His BABIP is normal at .297 and he has been able to miss bats roughly 10% of the time. He doesn't have much room for growth in the strikeout department, but he is a good bet to remain a reliable SP#4 or SP#5 in terms of fantasy, which is not a bad thing thing. He finishes the year on the road against the Cardinals, which is a tough matchup for him.
DFS Value Play
Derek Dietrich crushes RHP. He has a .359 wOBA and .149 ISO against rHP over the past calendar year. He has seen his batted ball distance, hard hit %, and LD% are all up over the past two weeks, which is an encouraging sign against a pitcher like Blair that gives up a .419 wOBA to LHB. DraftKings: $3,700
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