Evan Longoria- 3B- SF- Idea- Longoria has a .299/.339/.547 slash line with 7 homers in 117 ABs against southpaws. He has a good chance of improving those numbers facing Martin Perez. The Rangers' lefty has allowed 13 runs in his last 2 starts and has a .365/.431/.590 slash line against RH hitters. Value play- Draft Kings salary $3900
Billy Hamilton- OF- CIN- Stats- Hamilton went 0-for-4 yesterday to drop his average to .236. The low average is not unexpected. The value Hamilton has given has been in the steals column. Even that has been mostly missing. Since July 10, Hamilton has played 36 games. Outside of one 4-game stretch where he swiped 5 bases, he only has 2 steals in that span. Hamilton had been projected to swipe 60 bases before the season started. With only 29 steals and 33 games left for the Reds, he is not likely to come near that total. Even looking at Hamilton as a one-dimensional fantasy player for 2019 has a lot of question marks. This was his age 27 season so his decline may be rapid and might have already begun. Hamilton will need to be watched closely next spring.
Adam Conley- RP- MIA- Hot- The save opportunities may not come that often for Miami, but Conley got one and converted it yesterday for his second save of the season. It wasn't an easy one as he was called on to protect a 1-0 lead against the Braves and faced Adam Duvall, Freddie Freeman, and Nick Markakis. With Kyle Barraclough being eased back into a bullpen role Conley may see more save opportunities for the Marlins.
Jason Vargas- P- NYM- Hot- Vargas has now thrown 3 straight starts allowing 2 or fewer runs after tossing 6 shutout IP yesterday. He only gave up 3 hits, walked none, and struck out 8 in 6 IP. He is looking more like the pitcher that turned in a passable year in 2017 than the one who got pummeled earlier this season. Vargas has been plagued with injuries for much of the past few seasons so it's still hard to recommend him on the basis of this small sample size. It could earn him a look as a possible sleeper for 2019.
Charlie Blackmon- OF- COL- Hot- Blackmon went 2-for-4 yesterday, with his first homer since August 12th. He has been heating up recently and is now 11-for-31 over his last 7 games. Blackmon's .315 BABIP is below his .35 career mark, so there could be some regression to the mean helping him as the season winds down.
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