Christian Yelich (OF - MIL) Yelich connected on his 14th homer of 2018 in the Brewers 7-4 win over the Giants. The 26-year-old collected three hits on the night and drove in two, while scoring twice. On the season, Yelich has a .314/.380/.513 slash line with the 14 homers, 54 RBI, 67 runs and 13 steals. He remains a top roto contributor as he is doing everything from a fantasy standpoint. His .385 BABIP illustrates his knack for getting balls to drop in, while his .383 wOBA shows he's not just hitting singles. He remains one of the quieter contributors in fantasy but has clearly benefitted from a change of scenery and a better lineup around him in Milwaukee.
Anthony Rizzo (1B - CHC) Rizzo collected three hits Thursday in the Cubs' 7-6 win over the Diamondbacks. One of the three hits was Rizzo's 13th homer that also gave the Cubs the win in walk-off fashion. On the season, the first baseman is slashing .261/.362/.428 with the 13 homers, 67 RBI, 41 runs scored and four stolen bases. In what began as a slow start, 2018 is shaping up to be another solid season for the 28-year-old. Rizzo will be hard pressed to match his 2017 home run total of 32, but his other numbers should finish close to 2017 totals. A .160 ISO has a little to do with the dip in power for 2018, but Rizzo remains one of the best options at a surprisingly shallow position.
Trea Turner (SS - WAS) Turner had himself a day, finishing just a double short of the cycle in the Nats' 10-3 beatdown of the Marlins Thursday. The Nationals' shortstop was 3 for 6, with a homer, a triple, three RBI and two runs scored. Overall, the 25-year-old is slashing .264/.337/.411 with 13 home runs, 43 RBI, 58 runs scored and 22 stolen bases. While his average is a bit lower than is expected from him, he is still contributing in all the categories he is being targeted for. The speed is there, and he has a shot at hitting 20 home runs for the season, however, it could be argued he is not returning first round value. Despite that, he remains a top fantasy option, and contributes in multiple categories.
Eugenio Suarez (3B - CIN) Suarez clubbed a two-run shot Thursday, but it wasn't enough as the Reds fell to the Phillies 9-4. The 27-year-old is quietly having a great season and ranks as a top five player at the position. He sports a .306/.391/.583 line with 23 home runs and 78 RBI. His .405 wOBA and 154 wRC+ tell the story, as he is hitting for extra bases and has been the Reds best offensive player thus far. He is making the Reds decision to extend him and try to fit top prospect Nick Senzel into the lineup somewhere else.
Rich Hill (SP - LAD) Hill earned his fourth win as the Dodgers topped the Braves 8-2 Thursday. The 38-year-old went seven innings, allowing zero earned runs on three hits, striking out eight and walking one. The outing lowered his ERA to 3.82 on the season, although his FIP sits at 4.32 for the year. The issue as always with Hill is health. When he pitches, he has been a solid fantasy pitcher. He is stranding 81% of runners and averaging over 10 K/9 thus far. As frustrating as it is, Hill is worth holding in a DL spot as he can be a contributor to your squad when he is healthy enough to pitch.
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