Luis Severino went 8 IP and gave up 2 ER on 3 H, 1 BB, and 7 K's against the Orioles. Severino through 29 starts has a 2.93 ERA (3.27 SIERA). The young right-hander has established himself as a fantasy ace this season. He is sporting a superb ERA and advanced metrics like SIERA believe in the results. Severino is striking out 29% of batters, which is backed up by a 13% swinging strike rate. He has also flashed good control with just 6.7% BB. To top it off, he gets a lot of weak contact via the groundball (51% GB), which is extremely important pitching in Yankee Stadium and the AL East in general. Severino should be in the conversation as a top ten starter heading into next year.
Jason Vargas went 5 IP and gave up 3 ER on 5 H, 3 BB, and 4 K's against the Indians. Vargas through 29 starts has a 4.19 ERA (4.85 SIERA). He has been a solid major league pitcher when healthy throughout his career. The concerning part of profile is that his strikeout rate has fallen to just 17%. He has good control but a lack of swing and miss stuff mixed with a fly ball tendency is a recipe for disaster. He is giving up 1.36 HR/9, which is a concern long term. Given his batted ball profile he will be dependent on the ball staying in the park and his overall batted ball luck. This means that he will be volatile year to year, which is someone that you want to avoid from a fantasy perspective.
Gary Sanchez was 2-4 with a RBI against the Orioles. He was being drafted as the top catcher in some leagues coming into this year. His slow start worried some people but he has been excellent since then. He is hitting .283 with 31 HR, 74 R, 86 RBI, and 2 SB. He has propelled himself into the top spot in fantasy at the catcher position. The power production that he provides is a step above any other catcher and gives fantasy owners a huge advantage over their opponents. His skills back up his production as well with 42% hard contact, 49% fly balls, and 54% pull. Sanchez is an elite fantasy option having a great year.
Matt Olson was 1-4 with his 19th HR and 2 RBI against the Phillies. On the year Olson is hitting .267 with 19 HR, 27 R, 38 RBI, and 0 SB in just 50 games. He is making just enough contact to let his elite power show through. He is striking out 27% of the time but the positive is that he is walking 10% of the time and has a .357 ISO. Olson's batted ball profile (43% hard, 46% FB, and 46% pull) backs up his power outburst and makes him a legitimate candidate to hit 40+ HR's over the course of a full season. That would be with a full allotment of at-bats and no regression in his strikeout rate. He is more likely to be a power source albeit with a low average going forward and into next year. He has been red hot of late hitting .318 with 3 HR and 6 RBI over his last seven games.
DFS Value Play
Marwin Gonzalez is a great option at shortstop regardless of salary against RHP Erasmo Ramirez who pitches to contact (19% K) and gives up a lot of homeruns (1.65 HR/9). Gonzalez on the year is hitting .294 with 21 HR, 80 RBI, and 7 SB. He does a little bit of everything for a good Astros lineup that has a plus matchup at home against a weak pitcher. Fanduel: $2,900
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