DFS MLB Optimal Lineups: May 25
Jeff Mans

Eli Apple has been guarding Odell Beckham so far at organized team activities.

The Giants allowing their first round pick to guard one of the best receivers in the NFL is a great move as it should allow Apple to mature as a player quicker. It will be interesting to see what the Giants do when the regular season finally rolls around, but they didn’t draft Apple to hide him against the better receivers. Apple should benefit by going up against Beckham on a daily basis throughout the rest of the off-season.
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Nomar Mazara went 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored against the Angels on Tuesday.

Mazara continues to show both the Rangers and his fantasy owners why he was one of the top prospects in his team's farm system heading into the season, as he is now slashing .317/.364/.483 with seven home runs, 18 RBI and 20 runs scored through 145 at-bats. With Shin-Soo Choo (hamstring) back on the disabled list, Mazara is is no danger of losing at-bats and will remain a must-start while be a part of the Rangers' potent lineup heading into the summer months.
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Sam Dyson earned his fifth save after tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the Angels on Tuesday.

Dyson has now converted five save opportunities in May, and is sitting on a 2.05 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and a 17:6 K:BB rate through 22.0 innings. As long as he keeps pitching like he has of late, there is little chance Shawn Tolleson takes back the closer role, making Dyson a great pickup if still available in deep leagues.
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Martin Perez tossed six scoreless innings allowing five hits and tow walks while striking out six batters against the Angels on Tuesday.

After taking back-to-back losses over his last two starts, Perez got himself back on track Tuesday as he tossed six scoreless innings to earn his second with of the season. Now sitting 2-4 with a 3.13 ERA< 1.33 WHIP and a 37:30 K:BB rate through 60.1 innings. Perez remains nothing more than an inning-eater at this point in his career, but does hold deep league value, having allowed two runs or less in five of his last six starts. He will look to keep the ball rolling when he takes on the Indians on Monday.
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Jhoulys Chacin allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four batters over six innings against the Rangers on Tuesday.

Chacin once again failed to get the job done for his new team, and is now sitting 0-1 with a 4.67 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and a 10:5 K:BB rate over his last 17.1 innings (3 starts). With Tim Lincecum being assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake, Chacin should at least get a couple more starts to prove himself to the Angels, but even if he finds a way to stick in the starting rotation, he will need to improve his peripherals before gaining lasting fantasy value. He will look to pick up his first win as a member of the Angels when he takes on the Tigers on Monday.
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Julio Teheran allowed just one run on three hits and no walks while striking out a season-high 12 batters over seven inning against the Brewers on Tuesday.

Teheran has been outstanding for both the Braves and his fantasy owners of late, as he has now allowed one run or less in each of his last six starts, but has only one win on the season to show for it. Sitting 1-4 with a 2.57 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and a 59:17 K:BB rate through 63.0 innings, Teheran remains a must-start every time he toes the rubber, especially if he finds a way to maintain his current .206 opponent batting average down the line. He will look to keep up the pace when he takes on the Marlins on Sunday.
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Jeremy Jeffress collected his 12th save after tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the Braves on Tuesday.

Jeffress has been a bright spot for his fantasy owners this season, as he has now converted 12 of his first 13 save chances while sitting on a 2.25 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and a 13:4 K:BB rate through 20.0 innings. Although a higher strikeout rate (5.85 K/9) would be nice to see from Jeffress, as long as he keeps sealing Brewers' wins there is little not to like about him heading into the summer months.
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Jimmy Nelson allowed just one run on four hits and three walks while striking out eight batters over six innings against the Braves on Tuesday.

Nelson gave his fantasy owner another sharp performance on Tuesday night, as he managed to allowed two runs or less in his third straight start while logging at least five strikeouts in his seventh straight game. Now sitting 4-3 with a 2.92 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and a 54:26 K:BB rate through 64.2 innings, Nelson is approaching "must-start" status, although his walk rate leaves much to be desired. He will look for his first win in five starts when he takes on the Reds on Sunday.
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