DFS MLB Playbook: July 1
Ted Schuster

Javier Baez went 2-for-5 with a home run (8) on Thursday night against the Mets.

It appears now that Baez is no longer a peculiar fantasy own, as he seems to get playing time each day, largely due to his Zobrist-like positional flexibility. With an increasing average, hovering somewhere near .270, and blossoming power proof, Baez is someone who should definitely be owned in NL Only formats and deeper leagues, while he is making a strong case for waiver addition in average sized standards as well.
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Kris Bryant went 1-for-5 with a home run (22) and two RBI on Thursday night against the Mets.

Bryant is in the midst of an historic week, as he has recorded nine hits since Monday including four homers, two doubles, nine RBI, and seven runs scored. Appearing to have completely come into his own this season, Bryant has emerged as a top-five fantasy option each day, regardless of the pitching matchup.
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Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-4 with a home run (19) on Thursday night against the Cubs.

Currently riding a four game hitting streak, the Cuban star has still managed to see his average dip, proving to offseason doubters what a mistake they made in slighting him on the open market. On the year, Cespedes now has his numbers up to .288/.357/.562, 19 HR’s, 46 RBI. Translation: Cespedes has been worth every penny and more than what he was begging for as a free agent this offseason, but was for some reason denied. If he can get the Mets back in the playoff race, expect him to receive some MVP love down the stretch.
10 minutes ago

Jeurys Familia picked up his 27th save of the season on Thursday night against the Cubs.

Don’t look now, but while Familia is still boasting a less than stellar for a closer 2.82 ERA, he is on pace for 56 saves this season – a number that hasn’t been reached since K-Rod set the single season record with 62 back in ’08. Best advice going forward… Don’t be scared off by his slightly bloated ERA. Considering the man has only given up one run in the entire month of June and that the Mets are playing in a lot of close games, put him at the top of the list of fantasy closers going forward.
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John Lackey went 6 1/3 innings, allowed two runs on five hits and two walks, while he struck out two in a no-decision on Thursday night against the Mets.

This was good to see from Lackey coming off of a horrendous seven earned run outing in his last start on Monday, as he pieced together a quality start while striking out five against the Mets. Unfortunately he couldn’t do enough to get the Cubbies the victory on Thursday night, but his fantasy owners will have to understand.
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Steven Matz went 5 1/3 innings, allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks, while he struck out six in a no-decision on Thursday night against the Cubs.

With seemingly none of the Mets young arms appearing healthy at the moment, there is something to be said for Matz’s efforts and trying to stick it out through the pain that he is currently dealing with in his elbow. While he has failed to post a quality start in three of his last four starts, fantasy owners should be happy with the efforts that Matz has put forth considering the circumstances. Hopefully he gets back on track against the Marlins on Tuesday in his next start.
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Jason Kipnis went 2-for-3 with a home run (11) on Thursday night against the Blue Jays.

The multi-hit effort has now raised his hitting streak to 12 games, which surely makes it no coincidence that the Indians are currently riding a 13 game winning streak. While not an elite fantasy player, Kipnis remains a top-10 option at second base, keeping him relevant in all formats going forward.
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