DFS MLB Optimal Lineups: May 26
Ted Schuster
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Didi Gregorius went 3-for-4 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored in the Yankees 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays Wednesday

Gregorius is slowly but surely turning into a solid option over at SS for the Yankees as he is hitting to all fields and showing a little pop in his bat. On the year, Gregorius is hitting .275 with four home runs and 17 RBI and though maybe not the best offensive numbers, he has proven he can stick right around these for an extended time making him a value play in deep leagues. As the Yankees lineup gets healthy, Gregorius is looking like a key cog to keep the line moving.
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Austin Romine went 1-for-1 with a pinch hit home run in the Yankees 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays Wednesday

Romine has seen the majority of his at-bats come off the bench in relief of Brian McCann behind the plate. Romine was able to hit his first home run of the year Wednesday but it came after the game was already put to rest. Due to his low volume of at-bats, Romine can not be considered much of a fantasy option and his only value would really be if you want to take a big risk in DFS if he is filling in for McCann one night.
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Chase Headley went 2-for-3 with a home run, one RBI and two runs scored in the Yankees 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays Wednesday

Some Yankees fans are up in arms on what to do with Headley as he has had a disastrous year to this point hitting just .219 with three home runs and 11 RBI. Headley still can play solid defense but his time as a threat at the plate has seemingly come to and end. He should not be considered a fantasy option at this point and unless he starts to produce, he will likely find himself on the bench.
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Ivan Nova allowed four runs on seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over 6.2 innings in the Yankees 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays Wednesday

Since moving back into the rotation, Nova has been superb for the Yankees as he allowed one run in each of his first three outings and just the four on Wednesday. Nova has a nice sinker and a plus breaking ball that is working well for him this season and at this point, the Yankees have no choice but to keep him in the rotation. In deep leagues, take a risk with Nova as his upside outweighs his downside in this point after seeing the way his pitches are moving in 2016.
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Michael Saunders went 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored in the Blue Jays 8-4 win over the Yankees Wednesday

Saunders continues to rake as his average is still sitting above .300 and his BABIP is at a phenomenal .385 so far on the year. Some may have thought his early season success was a fluke but he is showing that he can keep this production up and play at a high level. He still is having some trouble against lefties, so keep an eye on that when utilizing him in DFS, but for the most part, he should be included in all formats.
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Russell Martin went 2-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored in the Blue Jays 8-4 win over the Yankees Wednesday

Martin broke out in a big way on Wednesday as he hit his first two home runs of the season in the win over the Yankees. Martin has been in a miserable slump seemingly all season long as he has put up a measly average of .181 to this point. Martin is still only 33 years old so he should have plenty left in the tank and the Blue Jays are hoping Wednesday will be the start of what's to come.
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Marco Estrada allowed three runs on four hits with four walks and two strikeouts over seven innings in the Blue Jays 8-4 win over the Yankees Wednesday

Estrada has quietly been one of the better arms on this Blue Jays pitching staff this season as he has posted a 2.76 ERA over 58.2 innings. Estrada is averaging less than a strikeout per inning, but he is keeping the ball in the park and holding opponents to just a .184 average. It is likely that his numbers will elevate as the season progresses, but for the time being, he is a solid option in all formats.
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Brandon Crawford went 2-for-4 with a walk off hit in the 10th in the Giants 4-3 win over the Padres Wednesday

Another year and another offensive masterpiece Crawford is slowly putting together at the plate. The SS for the Giants is showing his 2015 campaign was no fluke as he is hitting .262 with six home runs and 27 RBI. The SS position is a bit deeper than expected at the start of the year but his production cannot go unnoticed as he should easily be able to put up 20 home runs and drive in 80. Factor in close to 10 stolen bases and some of the best defense around and you have a complete player.
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Kelby Tomlinson went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI in the Giants 4-3 win over the Padres Wednesday

Tomlinson has put in a fine effort picking up at-bats at both 2B and the outfield. In 57 at-bats this year, Tomlinson is hitting .333 and has picked up four stolen bases. It is still unclear at this point if Tomlinson will start to pick up nightly at-bats or if he will be used as a reserve player. Until that decision is made for the 25-year old, he should be kept on waivers in all formats.
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Jake Peavy allowed one run on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts over 6.2 innings in the Giants 4-3 win over the Padres Wednesday

Peavy has struggled at the end of the Giants rotation this season as his time as an effective big league starter may be behind him. He is currently sitting at 1-5 with a 7.26 ERA and at this point the Giants may start to look at other options and move him into a long relief role. His fantasy value has to be viewed as minimal as he does not even produce in the strikeout category. It has been a good career for the veteran but unless a renaissance occurs soon, he will be searching for innings to pitch.
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