Dansby Swanson- SS- ATL- Idea- Swanson has performed well against RH pitchers as he gets his first taste of major league ball. He owns a .302/.356/.406 slash line against them. Veteran Jordan Zimmerman has had some struggles in his return from injury and has a .307/.351/.431 slash line versus RH hitting. Give the edge to the rookie in this matchup. Value play- Draft Kings salary $3500
Ben Zobrist- 2B- CHN- Hot- Zobrist has collected 3 hits 3 times in his last 7 games and is 11-for-22 in that span. Two of his hits last night were homers, giving him 17 for the season. That is Zobrist's highest total since 2012. His 93 RBI is his 2nd highest amount in his career. Zobrist's 1.19 Batting EYE helped boost his OBP to .387 while his average of .273 is 6 points higher than his career norm. Zobrist shows no signs of age-related decline. He will have decent value in 2017.
Alec Asher- P- PHI- Hot- Asher was back on the hot track, throwing his 3rd quality start in 5 since being called up. He allowed 3 runs on 5 hits while walking none and striking out 4 in 6 IP. Two of the runs came in the 4th inning on 4 consecutive singles after Asher retired the first 2 batters. The final run came on a leadoff homer in the 7th, which led to his exit. Asher retired the first 11 batters he faced and then retired another 7 in a row before the homer knocked him out. Asher is a borderline prospect and will likely get a shot at the Philadelphia rotation in 2017. He is not a power pitcher, with only 46 Ks in 64.2 minor league IP this season across 3 levels. Asher's control is excellent. He only walked 10 batters in the minors this season and 4 in 27.2 IP since being called up. He will probably top out as a solid mid-rotation fantasy pitcher.
Matt Wisler- P- ATL- Cold- Wisler has been inconsistent since being brought up from AAA Gwinnett in late August. He gave up 5 runs in only 4.2 IP on 9 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. Wisler served up 3 homers after only giving up 1 in 30 IP since his recall. He has 4 quality starts out of 6 in his latest major league stint so he still has potential to grab a rotation spot next spring. However, there still may be more growing pains in store.
Chris Carter- 1B- MIL- Stats- The Brewers have gotten pretty much what they could have hoped for from Carter. He hit his 40th homer of the year last night and has 93 RBI. His average of .222 is a hair above his career .218 mark. Carter has a Batting EYE of 0.37, in line with his 0.35 career average. The K% component is 32.0%, also close to his 33.1% career number. Carter has benefited from playing at Miller Park, with 24 of his homers coming there. What you see in 2016 is likely what you can expect in 2017. If you can afford the hit to your offense the homers will be a plus.
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