Justin Bour has bumped his batting average up a whopping 27 points, while also smacking five home runs and 17 RBI, since June 10. With a current slash line of .273/.342/.535 and 14 home runs, Bour is on pace for an excellent season. It’s a shame that he is even available in some leagues right now.
Sometimes it takes a player a while to get going, and that’s exactly the case with Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner. Turner, who didn’t hit his first home run of the season until May 7, has now clubbed six homers during his current two-week hot stretch. Since June 7, Turner has pumped up his batting average by 23 points while amassing eight runs and 13 RBI. More importantly, Turner shows a respectable slash line now (.248/.335/.420), getting his OBP and SLG in line with his career totals.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has shown confidence in Turner all season long, batting him third in the batting order, so anyone giving the veteran a whirl in their DFS lineups can at least be comfortable knowing Turner has plenty of opportunity to be a run-driving force. With Turner still quite shy of his career .279 AVG, you have to figure there’s plenty of noise to be made with his bat moving forward. The 31-year old Turner deserves a shot with most fantasy clubs right now, so don’t hesitate to snag him.
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Those that took a chance on Matt Shoemaker as a sleeper in seasonal leagues have to be patting themselves on the back right about now, especially after the gem that Shoemaker tossed Saturday versus the Indians where he struck out 11 hitters in eight strong innings, only giving up three hits and allowing one walk during the game. With Saturday’s start in the books, it now gives Shoemaker 48 strikeouts over his last 38.1 innings pitched, while only allowing ONE walk. Yep, that’s right – just one walk.
When a once-heralded prospect like Archie Bradley strikes out 19 hitters over his last two starts, you take notice. More importantly, Bradley struck out 10 Chicago Cubs hitters in his June 3 start – no easy feat. The young hurler did take the loss Friday even though he only gave up one earned run, but there are positive signs that good things are on the horizon for the youngster moving forward. To this point, Bradley’s career major league numbers haven’t revved many engines (59.3 IP, 48:33 K:BB, 5.46 ERA, 1.53 WHIP), but he is only 23-years old and offers solid potential moving forward.
Bradley has an interesting repertoire of pitches. He throws a 12-6 curveball using a knuckleball grip and his four-seam fastball is thrown only at average speeds (92-93 mph). The curve is Bradley’s out-pitch, offering some decent speed and excellent downward motion. The key here: Bradley is throwing his curve well right now.
There is some question as to how long Bradley will stick in the D-Backs’ rotation, since he’s filling in for an injured Shelby Miller, but giving him a whirl where reliable pitching is hard to come by isn’t a bad idea. I would, however, be skeptical in using Bradley in DFS situations, mainly since he has lacked consistency over his young career. Still, in the right circumstances Bradley could find his way into my GPP lineups if the matchup seems enticing enough.
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There’s been a ton of Tampa Bay Rays love over the past few days, with recommendations from two of my colleagues, Josh Rudd and Juan Blanco, who respectively and wisely suggested Steve Pearce and Taylor Motter as viable additions to your clubs. Let me join the party and give ya’ll another Ray to snag in your seasonal leagues; Logan Morrison.
Remember when Morrison was just 6-for-April this season? It’s hard to believe the guy could only muster six hits for the entire month, leading to this April 30 forgettable slash line: .100/.133/.156. As we all know though, baseball is a funny game. All it takes is a few excellent weeks of play to put a player back on the map with coaches, teammates and fantasy owners alike. In fact, as of May 16, Morrison has been shredding the ball, raising his numbers from .119/.143/.221 to today’s line of .228/.325/.317. Sure, those numbers in general don’t pop out to the average owner scanning free agent lists, but the sly and investigative owner will dig deeper (or read RotoWire’s Fantasy Sports Blog) and realize that Morrison is 18-for-39 (.462) with 3 HR, 9 R and 11 RBI since May 16. What’s even more impressive is that Morrison only has 11 strikeouts during the month of May, compared to his 25 whiffs in April. His May contact rate, .388 BABIP and 23 LD% really grabs you, although I’d like to see Morrison add more extra-base hits (only 4 XBH for the entire month). That means the average owner might ignore Morrison if they’re only looking at his May .159 ISO. But you won’t do that, will you?
And what about Morrison for today’s DFS needs? He’s quite affordable on both DraftKings ($3,300) and FanDuel ($3,100); plus, I sort of dig today’s lefty/right matchup for him facing the Yankees’ Nathan Eovaldi. Morrison may be overlooked with Eovaldi pitching well in 2016, so he’s more of a GPP play for your lineups. I’m expecting low ownership even with his affordable salary. With the way Morrison is swinging the bat of late and with Eovaldi on the road in Tampa Bay where he’s had minimal success, I’m building him into my GPP lineups. Morrison is a sneaky play today for a home run, and even more.
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