Robert Dugger, SP, MIA
Dugger made his 2nd MLB start against the Reds on Thursday, and allowed just 2 unearned runs on 3 hits and 1 BB in 7 IP, while striking out 7. This was a stark contrast to his first start in early August when he allowed 6 ER's, including 2 HR's, and issued 4 BB's in 5 IP against the Mets. Dugger struggled in AAA this season with a 7.59 ERA and 6.09 xFIP across 10 starts, so he's lucky to get this shot at the big-league level. Pitching in Marlins Park is at an advantage, but he's got a ways to go before he can be relied upon.
Kevin Newman, SS, PIT
Newman went 4-4 with 2 HR's and 4 RBI against the Rockies on Thursday, marking the first multi-HR game of his career. Welcome to Coors Field, Mr. Newman! Newman has been providing fantasy value by making excellent contact (11.6% K%) and offering solid speed (13 SB's), but power hasn't really been part of his game due to a weak 26.0% Hard%. This has been especially true at home, where he has hit just 1 HR in 54 games and produced a meager .340 SLG. Still the BA and steals keep him fantasy relevant and he's an especially solid play this weekend with the Pirates playing in Colorado.
Wilson Ramos, C, NYM
Ramos went 2-4 against the Cubs on Thursday, extending his hitting streak to a 22 games, the longest hitting streak in MLB so far this season. Ramos is a solid player, but if you asked me who I thought would have the longest hitting streak in baseball this season, he wouldn't have been my first guess - or probably even within my first 100 guesses. But Ramos has managed to keep the streak going despite twice entering a game as a pinch-hitter and only recording one at-bat. During the streak, he is hitting a whopping .429 with 3 HR's and 15 RBI along with an excellent 10.2% K%. Overall, his season K% is down to 12.8%, a career-best, which allows him to hit for a high average and retain his status as a viable starting fantasy catcher.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD
Ryu allowed 7 ER's in 4.2 IP against the Diamondbacks on Thursday, and has been going through quite a rough patch recently, allowing 18 ER's in 14.2 IP over his last 3 starts. His mediocre K% and extraordinarily high LOB% have made Ryu as strong candidate for regression, and it's finally come at full force. Ryu's control has also not been quite as sharp recently as he walked at least one batter in 11 straight starts after only walking 5 in his first 14 starts. To make matters worse for Ryu owners, the Dodgers have all but clinched their division and are likely to give Ryu (and possibly others) some extra rest down the stretch. At least you got ace-like numbers for most of 2019.
Adam Frazier, 2B, PIT
Frazier enjoyed the first game of the Pirates' series in Coors Field collecting 4 hits and 2 RBI. He has a good chance of success again on Friday against Antonio Senzatela who has allowed a .344 BA and .945 OPS against LH-hitters this season, giving Frazier the advantage. DraftKings Value Play Salary $4,500.
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