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1 week agoCleveland Indians rookie outfielder Oscar Mercado drove in four runs on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He also drew a walk in the 8-0 blowout, raising his slash line to an impressive .306/.358/.459. The rookie has been impressive so far, and he is very much worth a starting spot in most formats.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource: mlb.com
Next Matchup:   6/28  |  @ BAL    (John Means - LHP)   |  7:05 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
1 week agoBoston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers hit a go-ahead solo shot in Sunday's 8-6 win over Baltimore. After the Sox tied the game in ninth, Devers put Boston back on top with his 111mph homer to center. It was Devers' 11th homer of the year, and he now has 45 RBI with a slash line of .306/.362/.502. The 22-year-old has come into his own over the past month, and is proving to be a vital part of the Red Sox lineup. He can safely be started in fantasy everyday, and has great power upside against right-handed pitchers in DFS.--Steve Janik - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   6/29  |  vs. NYY    (Masahiro Tanaka - RHP)   |  1:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
1 week agoBoston Red Sox relief pitcher Brandon Workman earned his fifth win Sunday, after allowing a hit and striking out one in the ninth inning of a 10 inning game. Over 33 2/3 innings, his ERA sits at 1.60 and his 0.95 WHIP is the best on the team. He is quickly becoming the arm out of Boston's bullpen to own in fantasy. Reliever Marcus Walden allowed the tying run in the eighth, before he was removed and Baltimore eventually took the lead, until Boston exploded for five runs in the 10th. He should also continue to get high leverage opportunities, as he has a .199 opponent batting average with a 0.98 WHIP.--Steve Janik - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
1 week agoBoston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts had two hits, including a double, with a run batted in, and two walks during Sunday's win over Baltimore. Bogaerts got Boston on the board in the fourth with an RBI double, his 47th run driven in this year, which leads the team. In June, he's hit four bombs, with 10 RBI and is hitting .321 with a 1.077 OPS. The 26-year-old has remained Boston's hottest hitter through the entirety of the year, and should continue to be a major run producer as well as a top fantasy option at the position.--Steve Janik - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   6/29  |  vs. NYY    (Masahiro Tanaka - RHP)   |  1:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
1 week agoBoston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts finished 3-for-5, with two runs batted in, a walk, and a run scored in Sunday's extra-inning victory over Baltimore. Betts recorded his first triple of the year, in the ninth inning, but his big moment of the game was in the 10th when he notched a two-RBI single. June hasn't been kind to Betts, as he's hitting just .207 with two homers and six RBI. However, at the leadoff spot, Betts has been great, recording a walk in six straight contests, for a .361 OBP in June. On the year, he's slashing .266/.387/.456 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI. Despite the struggles at the plate this month, Betts should still be considered a must start and is a hot streak away from fantasy dominance.--Steve Janik - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   6/29  |  vs. NYY    (Masahiro Tanaka - RHP)   |  1:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
1 week agoCincinnati Reds right-hander Sonny Gray was solid in an 11-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday. Gray allowed three runs in five innings while racking up eight strikeouts and walking just one. The veteran right-hander picked up the win, improving his record to 3-5 with a 3.77 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 79 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings of work. Gray has been a consistent performer for the Reds this season, making him a quality fantasy asset in all formats. He will take on the Milwaukee Brewers in his next start.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: www.MLB.com
1 week agoMinnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk in an 8-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Sano has played in just 21 games this season but has already blasted an impressive seven homers in 79 at-bats. The veteran slugger overall is hitting .253 with 17 runs and 13 RBI. He should continue to post excellent counting stats while hitting in what has been an explosive Minnesota offense this season. Sano remains available in 64% of Yahoo leagues, making him a nice waiver target in any leagues where your power numbers are sagging.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: www.MLB.com
Next Matchup:   6/27  |  vs. TB    (Ryne Stanek - RHP)   |  1:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $5,200
1 week agoMinnesota Twins left-hander Martin Perez saw his struggles continue in an 8-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Perez allowed five runs (four earned) in 6 2/3 innings of work while striking out seven and walking one. He took the loss, dropping his record to 7-3 with a 4.09 ERA. Perez got off to a fast start this season but has struggled of late, having allowed at least four runs in each of his past four starts. Perez is settling in as a streaming option in plus matchups after looking like an every week starter earlier in the season. He will take on the Royals again in his next start.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: www.MLB.com
1 week agoSeattle Mariners reliever Roenis Elias notched his seventh save of the year tossing a clean ninth preserving the club's 6-3 lead. The lefty holds a 3.94 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 32 innings this season, but doesn't hold much fantasy value especially once Hunter Strickland returns to the bullpen in the coming weeks. Elias is 7-for-8 in save opportunities, but the opportunities haven't come in abundance making him an unstable save source. There isn't enough in his strikeout arm either to warrant a roster spot in any fantasy formats.--Riley Mrack - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
1 week agoSeattle Mariners outfielder Mallex Smith popped his fifth homer of the season in a 2-for-5 effort on Sunday. This shot was of the two-run variety and he also, unfortunately, got caught stealing on an impressive throw by A's catcher Beau Taylor later in the game. Smith's fantasy value resides mostly in his legs as he has 18 thefts on the year, but his improved power stroke this year is still welcoming. His five homers is a career-high and his 30 runs and 20 RBI have him on pace to set new bests in these categories as well. Smith is hitting .290 in June and is picking up steam going into the warmest months of the year. Expect the speedster to remain near the top of the stolen base leaderboard by season's end proving to be valuable in all fantasy formats.--Riley Mrack - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   6/27  |  @ MIL    (Chase Anderson - RHP)   |  2:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $5,000
1 week agoSeattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager provided a clutch two-run double in the team's 6-3 win versus the Athletics. He came up with the bases loaded and down a run in the eighth before ripping a double down the line giving the M's a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He finished the game going 1-for-4 with a run as he's now hitting .218 on the season. In 22 games the veteran has four homers, 12 runs, and 11 RBI after missing the first two months with a hand injury. Expect Seager to improve on his average as the season progresses while putting up stable counting stats across the board. He's a viable starter in the majority of mixed leagues as a corner infield option.--Riley Mrack - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   6/27  |  @ MIL    (Chase Anderson - RHP)   |  2:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $5,000
1 week agoChicago Cubs reliever Craig Kimbrel is ready to join the Triple-A affiliate Iowa club on Tuesday as he continues to prepare for his major league debut. He'll get in a handful of appearances before he is ready to make his first Cubs appearance which will likely be in a little over a week. Kimbrel will immediately step into a ninth inning role making Pedro Strop droppable in all formats once this transpires. Kimbrel has been one of the top closers over the last decade recording eight-straight 30-save seasons while striking out batters at a career 41.6% rate. Expect the veteran to keep doing his thing upon his return to the National League.--Riley Mrack - RotoBallerSource: Patrick Mooney - Twitter
1 week agoLos Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts stated the club is considering giving Julio Urias a start during their upcoming 18 consecutive game schedule. It would be a wise move for the Dodgers to have Urias break up the schedule and give their injury-prone starters a rest during this grueling stretch. The club faces all division opponents in this time frame, and depending on the matchup, Urias could make a decent streaming option. The left-hander has made 15 appearances this season getting four starts holding a respectable 3.12 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 40 strikeouts in 40.1 IP. He recorded a three-inning save in his latest outing so he should be relatively easy to stretch out for a potential start.--Riley Mrack - RotoBallerSource: Ken Gurnick - Twitter
1 week agoThe Chicago White Sox are calling up catcher Zack Collins with Welington Castillo (back) landing on the 10-day injured list. Collins has nine home runs and 38 RBI with a slash line of .258/.382/.497 in 48 games at Triple-A this year. Collins and James McCann will be the only catchers on the White Sox roster while Castillo remains out. McCann has had a solid year, slashing .324/.374/.509 while Castillo has been very disappointing with a .196/.289/.364 slash line. McCann will likely get more playing time than Collins off the bat so Collins can remain on waivers for now.--Andrew Ericksen - RotoBallerSource: Sox On 35th
Next Matchup:   6/28  |  vs. MIN    (Jose Berrios - RHP)   |  8:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
1 week agoMinnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI, a walk and three strikeouts on Sunday. The home run was his 13th on the year and sixth already in June. Cruz missed about two weeks in May with a wrist injury, but altogether he's had a very solid year. He's slashing .281/.366/.575 on the season and his OPS since returning from the injured list on June fourth is well over 1.000. He's an excellent source of power even at the age of 38 and he should be in your lineup each time he suits up.--Andrew Ericksen - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
Next Matchup:   6/27  |  vs. TB    (Ryne Stanek - RHP)   |  1:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $7,200
1 week agoKansas City Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy closed out the team's 8-6 victory over the Twins on Sunday with a shaky one-inning save. Kennedy allowed two hits, a walk and an earned run in the inning while striking out two. This was the fourth save in June for Kennedy, but the first outing in which he'd allowed a run and more than one hit. He certainly appears to be the primary closer in Kansas City as no other Royal has earned a save since Scott Barlow on April 17. Kennedy's 3.86 ERA and 1.32 WHIP on the year aren't ideal, but he's worth adding in any category or rotisserie league where saves are scarce.--Andrew Ericksen - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
2 weeks agoCincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker delivered a monster game from the leadoff spot on Sunday, going 4-for-5 with a home run and five RBI. This was only the third time Winker had led off in the past two months as he's mostly been hitting in the middle of the lineup while Nick Senzel has led off. Winker is slashing .244/.320/.454 with 11 home runs, 31 runs and 23 RBI across 63 games on the year. Winker's walk rate is down from 14.7% in 2018 to 8.6% this year and his barrel rate is down from 6.3% in 2018 to 4.9% this year. He's worth holding on to and could be a good buy-low candidate in NL-only leagues and 14+ team leagues. In more shallow leagues, he's right on the fringe. If you see him continue to have big games like this one, he's a solid add if you have an open spot.--Andrew Ericksen - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
Next Matchup:   6/28  |  vs. CHC    (Cole Hamels - LHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
2 weeks agoArizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Godley struggled in relief on Sunday against the Washington Nationals. Godley followed spot starter Archie Bradley and gave up six runs on seven hits through 4 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one. The righty had been pitching extremely well in a relief role since being removed from the starting rotation. The D-backs this time decided to use Godley after the opener and he struggled in that role. It remains to be seen whether Godley will be the long man or simply a middle relief option in his next appearance.--Adam Young - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
2 weeks agoArizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley was roughed up on Sunday in a spot start against the Washington Nationals. Bradley lasted only 1 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits to go along with two strikeouts. The reliever's ERA now sits at a problematic 5.18 and the experiment as a starter did not go as planned for the D-backs. At this point it's hard to trust Bradley in any role and in any format.--Adam Young - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
2 weeks agoNew York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday to make room for recently-acquired designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion. Frazier had been having a solid year, slashing .283/.330/.513 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI in 53 games. The Yankees are crowded with position players as Giancarlo Stanton will also be rejoining the team on Tuesday. Frazier's best bet for playing time might be a trade that sends him packing or a few more injuries to the team. He can be dropped in all formats.--Andrew Ericksen - RotoBallerSource: SB Nation
Next Matchup:   6/29  |  @ BOS    (Rick Porcello - RHP)   |  1:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
2 weeks agoArizona Diamondbacks outfielder Ketel Marte had another monster day at the plate on Sunday against the Washington Nationals. Marte went 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored. The homer was the young outfielder's 20th of the season. Marte has shown immense power in 2019 and because of it now ranks as one of the top position players, considering his eligibility at second base in most leagues.--Adam Young - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   6/27  |  @ SF    (Tyler Beede - RHP)   |  9:45 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $6,300
2 weeks agoToronto Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez helped lead a scoring outburst for the team's 12-0 win over the Astros on Sunday. He went 2-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and a walk in the game. He now has six home runs across 49 games this year. It's been a disappointing campaign so far for Hernandez, who showed some interesting potential after hitting 22 home runs in his first full season last year. His barrel rate is down from 15.5% in 2018 to 7.2% this year and his hard-hit rate is down from 45.9% in 2018 to 36% this year. He can be left on waivers in all formats.--Andrew Ericksen - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
Next Matchup:   6/28  |  vs. KC    (Danny Duffy - LHP)   |  7:07 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
2 weeks agoNew York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner went 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs on Sunday while hitting in the five-spot. It was a day off for Aaron Hicks and Didi Gregorius, which pushed Gardner up in the order as he has primarily been hitting seventh or ninth in the order this month. Gardner has been starting just about every game for the Yankees lately and is slashing .230/.312/.448 with 11 home runs, 31 RBI, 43 runs and six stolen bases across 66 games this year. His run-scoring ability in the Yankees lineup makes him worthy of a roster spot in AL-only leagues and 14+ team leagues, but in more shallow leagues, he's fine to leave on waivers. His playing time will likely go down at least a bit once Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge return to the mix.--Andrew Ericksen - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
Next Matchup:   6/29  |  @ BOS    (Rick Porcello - RHP)   |  1:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
2 weeks agoAfter two rough starts to begin June, New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton got back on track Sunday with a solid outing against the White Sox. Paxton pitched six innings and allowed eight hits, one walk and two earned runs while striking out seven. He is now 4-3 with a 3.93 ERA and 1.31 WHIP on the year. Paxton's barrel rate is down from 9.4% in 2018 to 7.4% this year, but his walk rate has increased from 6.5% in 2018 to 9.7% this year. Paxton is an excellent strikeout pitcher who has hovered around a 30% strikeout rate the past three years. He isn't as reliable and steady as the elite pitchers in the game but he should have more good than bad games going forward, so keep throwing him out there.--Andrew Ericksen - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
2 weeks agoToronto Blue Jays pitcher Trent Thornton had one of the best starts of his young career on Sunday. He pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Astros in Houston, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out seven. He is now 2-5 on the year with a 4.36 ERA. This was only the fourth time in 15 starts where Thornton completed six or more innings this year. His peripheral numbers don't look too bad, but there isn't much to suggest he's significantly better than a 4.36 ERA pitcher. Plus, he pitches in a tough division, has a weak offense supporting him and likely will continue to pitch fewer than six innings going forward. This game should give you more confidence in using him as a fill-in pitcher off the waiver wire, but he doesn't look like someone who needs to be added in most leagues, especially since his next start is another tough one on the road against Boston on Friday.--Andrew Ericksen - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
2 weeks agoWashington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon continued his strong season on Sunday by going 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs. He is now slashing .321/.415/.660 with 16 home runs, 50 RBI and 52 runs across 57 games this year. He's amongst the league leaders in barrel rate (18.6%) and hard-hit rate (55.7%) and his xBA of .342 suggests his average could increase going forward as well. He's an absolute stud, keep riding him as he's on pace for a career-best season.--Andrew Ericksen - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
Next Matchup:   6/27  |  @ MIA    (Sandy Alcantara - RHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $7,300
2 weeks agoTexas Rangers outfielder Hunter Pence (lower body) left Sunday's game after chasing a double down the line in the fifth inning. He was holding his leg after the play and likely either has a hamstring or groin injury. Pence has been fantastic this year, slashing .294/.353/.608 on the season, so hopefully the injury isn't anything serious. The Rangers should have more updates later in the game or after the game.--Andrew Ericksen - RotoBallerSource: NBC Sports
Next Matchup:   6/27  |  @ DET    (Spencer Turnbull - RHP)   |  1:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $5,800
2 weeks agoWashington Nationals first baseman Matt Adams led the team's scoring outburst in a 15-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday by going 2-for-5 with two home runs, a three-run shot in the third inning and a grand slam in the eighth for seven total RBI. Adams raised his season line to .258/.285/.532 with the performance. He also homered Saturday for three total over two games. It has been a slow and injury-riddled start to the year for Adams, who remains more of an NL-only and deep league option, although he also may have some short-term value in OPS leagues.--Nate Green - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   6/27  |  @ MIA    (Sandy Alcantara - RHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,400
2 weeks agoChicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada (back) left Sunday's game against the New York Yankees with upper back tightness. Moncada was 0-for-1 with a walk before exiting the game and was replaced by Jose Rondon. Moncada is somewhat quietly having a breakout season, slashing .295/.348/.506 with 12 homers, 39 RBI, and 38 runs scored. His 76/19 K/BB rate and 27.7% strikeout rate are still way too high, but otherwise, his production has been very encouraging. This back injury held him out of the previous four games, so while he is listed as day-to-day for now, a trip to the injured list is a possibility. Look for an update following today's game or on Monday.--Kyle Ringstad - RotoBallerSource: James Fegan
Next Matchup:   6/28  |  vs. MIN    (Jose Berrios - RHP)   |  8:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
2 weeks agoChicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo (back) was taken out of Sunday's game against the New York Yankees with lower back tightness. He was starting at designated hitter and was 1-for-1 in the game before being pulled. White Sox beat writer Scott Merkin reports he will be re-evaluated tomorrow, though you can probably pull the plug on the veteran catcher as there are undoubtedly some more enticing options on the waiver wire. Castillo has been a huge disappointment this season, hitting .189/.283/.358 with five home runs, 15 RBI, and seven runs scored in 106 at-bats. None of his advanced metrics are pretty either. More information regarding his injury status will follow his evaluation on Monday.--Kyle Ringstad - RotoBallerSource: Scott Merkin
Next Matchup:   6/28  |  vs. MIN    (Jose Berrios - RHP)   |  8:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---