Dylan Bundy, SP, BAL
Bundy broke out of his slump on Sunday, going 7 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits, and striking out 7 in a 17-1 win over the Rays. This ends a nightmarish stretch in which Bundy posted an ERA of 19.00 over his past 3 starts, which included giving up 9 HR's in 9 IP. In the long run, Bundy should be fine, as he has upped his K/9 to 10.38, backed by a 15.0% SwStr% and 37.1% O-Swing%, all easily career-highs. But he also consistently gives up way too many FB's (47.5% FB% in 2018, 45.7% career), and that has resulted in a career 1.51 HR/9. That may make him prone to this type of rough stretch, but you shouldn't feel like you need to drop him from your fantasy lineup.
Danny Duffy, SP, KC
Duffy had another rough start on Sunday, allowing 9 ER's in 3.1 IP on 8 hits and 5 BB's, while striking out 2. Over his past 4 stats, Duffy has a terrible 8.65 ERA, and for the season, that number isn't much better at 6.51. His 7.85 K/9 is a bit lower than previous years while his bloated 4.21 BB/9 would be his highest since 2013. That all adds up to a 5.28 xFIP and not a lot of confidence in Duffy moving forward.
Matt Olson, 1B, OAK
So at what point do we say that Olson's historic stretch in which he hit 24 HR's in 59 games last season was actually just an extremely unlikely statistical fluke, and has nothing to do with the type of player that Matt Olson actually is? That's probably not the case, but it certainly seems that way now as Olson is sitting on just 4 HR's this season and has been especially cold recently; hitting just .156 with 1 HR in 73 PA's covering his last 20 games. He's still hitting a good amount of FB's and his Hard% is actually higher than last year at 50.0%. But last season, he pulled his FB's at a 37.9% clip, compared to this year where his Pull% on FB's is down to 11.1%, and that has completely diminished his HR total. I don't know when he starts pulling the ball again, but I don't blame you if you're not interesting in keeping a BA drain in your lineup while waiting for him to figure it out.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, NYY
Stanton went 4-4 with a HR, a 2B, and 3 RBI against the A's on Sunday, and now has 10 HR's and 26 RBI through 40 games. Stanton has been making better contact over the past week or so with just 2 K's in 28 PA's over his last 7 games, lowering his K% from 35.6% to 31.1% in the process. It's fair to project that he'll ultimately finish in the 26%-30% range as he had every season from 2011-2016, and that his 23.6% K% from last season will remain the outlier. As long as he remains healthy, he should finish with excellent power numbers and an okay average, but I would still bet the under on matching last year's .281 BA.
Ryan Yarbrough, SP, TB
Yarbrough will get the start on Monday against the Royals after allowing 5 ER's in 5 IP in his first start of the season. While his 4.30 ERA doesn't look too special, Yarbrough has struck out 17 without a BB in 14 IP over his last 3 appearances which makes him a nice cheap option on Monday against a mediocre Royals offense. The opposing pitcher, Eric Skoglund, has struggled to a 6.34 ERA this season, which may give increase Yarbrough's chances of nabbing a win. DraftKings Value Play Salary $5,000.
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