Bryce Harper (OF - WAS) Harper smashed his 16th home run in the Nationals' 8-2 win over the Reds Sunday. On the season, Harper's slash line sits at .232/.379/.537 with 38 RBI and 34 runs. His 139 wRC+ shows how big of an offense impact he is, as if we didn't know. While the numbers remain largely impressive, his average is still dipping. The culprit is a career low .210 BABIP. His hard contact is sitting at 44%, so he is getting the bat on the ball. It is just a matter of time before the hits start falling, and the average goes north for one of the best players in fantasy.
Justin Bour (1B - MIA) Bour clubbed his tenth homer in a 5-2 loss to the Nationals on Sunday. Despite the Marlins being one of the worst teams in baseball, Bour has been a solid fantasy option. With the off-season fire sale that took place, he was the last man standing when it comes to producing runs. The 29-year-old owns a .236/.381/.452 slash with 24 RBI. While he will most likely never hit his .289 mark again, his ability to walk and post a solid OBP will make him a useful piece in fantasy, despite him being a Marlin. If he is traded to a contender, owners could reap the benefits of a better situation for the lefty slugger.
Nick Pivetta (SP -PHI) Pivetta was saddled with the loss, despite a solid outing as the Phillies came up short against the Blue Jays 5-3. The righty went five innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits, while striking out seven and walking two. Overall, the 25-year-old is posting an impressive campaign, and has been one of the better waiver wire finds for owners in 2018. SIERA and xFIP both like him with marks of 3.18 and 3.28 respectively. With an offense that can score some runs, Pivetta can not only provide counting stats, but could also provide a few wins down the stretch.
Walker Buehler (SP - LAD) Buehler looked impressive in the Dodgers' 6-1 win over the Padres Sunday. The youngster shut down the San Diego bats, going seven innings, allowing one earned run on four hits. He also struck out eight and walked zero in the outing. The start lowered his ERA to 2.20 and his stats are excellent across the board. Buehler is sporting a 7.7% HR/FB, as well as a 48/9 K/BB ratio. His FIP of 2.13 shows just how good he has been at working the zone and getting batters out with his impressive stuff. In dynasty leagues you have been waiting on him for a while, and it appears he is finally here to stay. His only concern for fantasy owners is his likely innings cap. Use him while you can but understand that he will likely be shut down at some point, especially if the Dodgers keep heading nowhere fast.
Braves Catchers (C - ATL) Sunday, the Braves played at Fenway Park, and came up with a 7-1 win over the Red Sox. The Interleague game allowed Atlanta to have both backstops in the lineup. With Tyler Flowers behind the plate, Kurt Suzuki earned the start at DH. The tandem went a combined 4 for 6 with a homer and four RBI. In leagues with a deep bench, and assuming you haven't been decimated by injury, these two can provide some great catcher numbers. Staying on top of who is starting each day is key, but today illustrates the point. These two can provide some serious numbers at a serious value.
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