Rafael Devers(3B-BOS): Devers went 1-for-4 vs. the White Sox and his OPS sits at .682 on the season. The 21-year-old has really scuffled, as his contact rate has decreased to 72 percent from last season while his swinging strike and chase rates have increased to 14.5 and 37 percent, respectively. While he's going through an adjustment period, Devers has still managed to make hard contact 37 percent of the time, so I see the cold spell as a mix of sophomore slump and batted ball luck. The Red Sox may opt to give him a breather here and there during this stretch, but I see a solid buy-low opportunity in all formats.
Hector Rondon(RP-HOU): Rondon struck out one in a scoreless ninth against the Rangers for his second save of the season. That's two-consecutive save chances for Rondon, who for the time being, looks to have his manager's confidence in the ninth. The former Cub has posted a 26:5 K:BB ratio over 23 innings while allowing four earned runs and one homer. He's also posting career highs in chase and swinging strike rates, so his resurgence looks legit. Giles has been perfect in save chances, but the Astros seem to favor mixing in other options. I wouldn't invest more than 10% of my FAAB budget, but Rondon makes for a solid add if the price is right.
Mike Clevinger(SP-CLE): The right-hander took the no-decision after allowing two runs on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts over 6.2 innings against the Tigers. Clevinger has been rather inconsistent, allowing four or more earned runs four times. While he's managed to limit the damage in 2018, he's also benefiting from a .286 BABIP, a seven percent HR-FB rate, and striking out batters at a lower clip than he did in 2017 (nearly seven-percentage points lower). He isn't a guy I'd actively sell, but I'd also be careful about buying the surface stats moving forward.
Danny Duffy(SP-KC): The left-hander won after allowing three hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings against the Athletics. While Duffy has been better over his last four outings, he has also benefited from lower BABIPs and inflated strand rates over that span. The strikeout numbers have improved, but the constant has been the issue with control, as Duffy has allowed 4.34 BB per 9. He's still too risky to deploy in standard formats as anything other than a streaming option.
Eduardo Nunez(2B-BOS): Nunez ($3400 on DraftKings) looks like a solid DFS play for his matchup at home vs. Reynaldo Lopez, who has allowed five homers and a 18:14 K:BB ratio vs. LHH's this season and is likely to attract attention with LHH's in stacks today. But, he has scuffled on the road to the tune of a .347 wOBA, and he has walked 17 RHH's in 37 innings while benefiting from a .222 BABIP. Nunez likes to hit vs. RHPs (.313 wOBA), and with plenty of traffic likely in front and behind him, he could deliver a solid ROI today with low ownership.
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