Joc Pederson- OF- CHC- Idea- Pederson had reverse splits in the short season of 2020. That was unusual for him, as he posted a slash line of .252/.349/.571 against RHP in the last full season of 2019. Given a more normal Pederson, he has the edge in the matchup with Mitch Keller, who has allowed a career slash line of .321/.412/.419 against LH hitters. Value Play- Draft Kings salary $3600
Nolan Arenado- 3B- STL- Hot- After a rather pedestrian Grapefruit League performance for the Cardinals, Arenado has started hot in the first two regular season games. He is 4-for-10 and hit his first homer in a St. Louis uniform yesterday. It is definitely not time to jump for joy and think Arenado is going to produce the same numbers as he did in Colorado. His other hits have been singles and he has struck out 3 times. Arenado should still be improved over the shortened 2020 season. With a projected .273 average and 36 homers it's still productive, but not at his former elite level.
Zack Wheeler- P- PHI- Hot- If his first start of 2021 is any indication, Wheeler's drop in K/9 last year was an aberration. He held the Braves scoreless in 7 IP, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 10. Wheeler threw only 90 pitches, 62 of them strikes. That is a very good indicator for him early in the season. It doesn't matter much in the fantasy world, but Wheeler also helped himself by going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, run, and 2 RBI.
Adam Wainwright- P- STL- Cold- Wainwright had decent control, allowing 1 walk and throwing 36 of 56 pitches for strikes. However, he was very hittable, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits and striking out just 1 in 2.2 IP. Wainwright had a very strong spring, ending with a 2.42 ERA across 22.1 IP and striking out 21, but it didn't carry through to his first start. He posted solid numbers last season (3.15 ERA, 7.40 K/9, 1.05 WHIP) so this might have just been an outlier.
Gregory Polanco- OF- PIT- Cold- Polanco has not gotten off to a good start in his walk year. He has just 1 hit in his first two games and has struck out 4 times. Polanco only hit .231 in Spring Training and hasn't immediately flipped a switch now that the games count. After a horrendous 2020 he needs to improve quickly. Right now he isn't doing anything to make him a desirable fantasy asset.
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