Miguel Sano (3B, MIN) - It is no secret that Sano is becoming a guy to look at each day in DFS, no matter the pitcher he is facing. However, on Saturday, he gets a rather tasty match-up in Houston Astros young righty Joe Musgrove. Sano is putting up some impressive metrics this season. His 47.7% hard contact rate against righties is evidence of his power. On the road against right handers in 2017, he is hitting .307 with 12 home runs. Musgrove is sporting an ERA just shy of 11 over his last three starts, and has a .381 wOBA against right handers, and is allowing 34.1% hard contact to them as well. Sano makes for a great piece to build around, and should be worth his $3600 price tag, which could be modest for the production you could end up getting from him.
Jose Berrios (SP, MIN) - The youngster looked every bit a youngster in Friday's outing against a potent Astros offense. The 23-year-old went just 1.2 innings, allowing seven runs on four hits while striking out one and walking three. Luckily for Berrios, just two of the runs were earned. The outing pushed his ERA to 3.70 on the season. After a strong outing, the righty has looked shaky in his last four outings. His overall body of work for the season still looks impressive, yet is trending in the wrong direction, and his xFIP of 4.26 indicates there could be more to come. It is not to the point where he needs to be benched in your lineup, yet. However, it could be getting to a point where he may be hitting an extended rough patch, as most young pitchers do, and he could be in line to ride the pine in certain match-ups until he becomes more consistent.
Gary Sanchez (C, NYY) - Sanchez finished 2 for 4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored, in the Yankees' 5-4 loss to the Red Sox Friday. Overall, the 24-year-old is slashing .280/.362/.505 on the season with 14 home runs and 43 RBI. Sanchez is enjoying an impressive season. Unfortunately, he plays with this guy name Judge who tends to overshadow what he is doing. His .322 BABIP, paired with his .364 wOBA are indicators that he is getting extra bases when the bat hits the ball. The walk rate of 9.5% is a nice sign for those who own him in OBP leagues, as his .360 from the catcher spot ranks fifth at the position among catchers with 200 plate appearances. The sky is the limit for the young Yankee core, and Sanchez will continue to ascend up the ranks at a position where big production is tough to come by, and will likely be the first catcher off the boards come 2018 drafts.
Marwin Gonzalez (OF, HOU) - The discussion of 2017's biggest surprises cannot take place without Gonzalez being mentioned. Friday was no different, as the veteran finished 3 for 4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored as the surging Astros trounced the Twins 10-5. On the season, Gonzalez has 17 home runs and 55 RBI with a slash of .316/.396/.592. In addition to the solid numbers, his eligibility at first, third and outfield adds to his value. Across the board, there are few negatives at this point in his metrics. His .405 wOBA and .338 BABIP are excellent, but are significantly higher than his career marks, so they could normal out a bit. However, look for Marwin to continue to produce for your team.
Brian McCann (C, HOU) - McCann did his part in the Astros 10-5 win over the Twins Friday, chipping in a three-run homer, his 11th on the season. Overall, the 33-year-old is posting a .255/.332/.444 line, with 46 RBI to go along with the 11 home runs. McCann continues to be a solid contributor at the catcher spot year after year. His stats are consistent to his career numbers across the board, which makes him a top ten backstop. The .326 wOBA is exactly where he ended 2016, and is down a bit from his career mark of .344, but being on the downside of his career it is to be expected. If you drafted McCann, you likely got him late, and have to happy with the 20-home run, 83 RBI pace he is on for 2017.
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