Trea Turner(SS-WAS): Turner went 2-for-4 with a homer, a triple and two runs vs. the Phillies. The 24-year-old continues to make up for lost time and is now up to nine homers and 39 steals over 81 games. Are you dreaming about extrapolating those to 162 games? Me too. In fact, I think Turner can be even better, as he is making solid strides in his plate discipline by cutting his chase rate and swinging-strike rate by 6.6 percentage points and 1.7 percentage points, respectively. While I wasn't buying him as an early first round pick this year, I definitely will be going all in on the speedster in 2018.
Zach Davies(SP-MIL): Davies won after allowing one run on seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts over seven innings against the Cubs. What an amazing turnaround it has been for Davis, who has allowed 19 earned runs over 79 second half innings after allowing 53 earned runs over 97 1/3 first half innings. The right-hander has lowered his hard hit rate from 30 percent to 25 percent while maintaining a 1.80 GB/FB rate. While he looks like a must-start in standard mixed leagues, his limited K-potential combined with his continued struggles at home make him more of a spot-starter in shallow mixed leagues.
Michael Wacha(SP-STL): Wacha won after allowing five hits and no walks with seven strikeouts over eight inning vs. the Pirates. Wacha allowed 14 earned runs over his previous 19 1/3 innings entering the contest, so this performance is quite the welcomed sign heading into the finish line of the fantasy season. Overall, the 26-year-old has enjoyed a solid bounce back campaign, posting a 3.99 ERA and a 139:48 K:BB ratio over 149 innings. A 1.7 MPH uptick on his average fastball velocity has fueled an increase in his swinging strike rate to 9.5 percent, while Wacha has been able to keep hitters off balance by getting ahead with first-pitch-strikes 65.2 percent of the time. Now healthy, Wacha looks like a solid number four option in standard formats.
Nick Williams(OF-PHI): Williams went 1-for-4 with two RBIs against the Nationals. Williams has taken the fantasy world by storming in his rookie season, posting a .352 wOBA with 10 homers and 45 RBIs through his first 64 games. While I think Williams has the potential to be a fantasy stalwart someday, I envision his facing severe adjustment periods next season. He is chasing 42 percent of the time while carrying a 17 percent swinging strike rate, a troubling plate discipline profile that is being obscured by a .370 BABIP and a 22 percent HR/FB rate. He's a must-start down the stretch, but I'd recommend using caution when considering him in early drafts.
Corey Seager(SS-LAD): Seager ($2700) looks like a steal today on FanDuel for his matchup against Chris Stratton in San Francisco. Seager has been battling injuries, but played in his third straight game Sunday and looks healthy again. He has also hit 11 homers and posted a .362 wOBA vs. right-handers. Stratton has shown plenty of upside, but he has also struggled mightily against LHH, allowing a .375 wOBA with a14:13 K:BB ratio. I know the ballpark isn't ideal, but the price looks too good to pass up. Today could be the day the Dodgers get back on track.
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