Frazier’s one hit ended up being a two-run home run off of Orioles spot starter Tyler Wilson in the first tinning. Other than that, Frazier’s bat laid dormant, though still making himself worth a fantasy start on Thursday night. Continue to expect power from him going forward, while he may struggle to hit over .260.
Machado was the star of the game on Thursday night, as he not only recorded two hits in three at-bats and scored two runs, but he also hit a grand slam, giving him five total RBI’s on the night. Arguably the game’s best third baseman currently boasts a .333 average and seven round trippers on the season, so expect him to continue slugging all the way to an all-star appearance and potentially an MVP award by season’s end.
Trumbo continued his hot hitting on the season, as he blasted a home run in the third inning off of John Danks. The home run was his sixth of the season, and while a good number, not nearly as impressive as his .354 average – at least by Mark Trumbo’s typical standards. Expect his average to significantly drop over the coming weeks, while his home run stroke will not. He has a shot at 30-plus homers this year for sure, provided he can remain consistent at the dish and keeps proving worthy of the at-bats.
The Paul Bunyan-like slugger blasted his seventh home run of the season on Thursday night, as his two hits in four at-bats helped easily propel the O’s past the White Sox. While his average is sitting at a mere .221, one thing that always remains a constant is his power. Even if he never gets the average up for the rest of the season, he should still make a run at 40-plus homers for 2016.
While his record is 0-4 and his ERA currently sits at 7.25, if nothing else, at least Danks has gone five innings or more in each of his starts this season. Needless to say, Danks is someone that fantasy owners should stay away from going forward.
Wilson hurled 91 pitches before even getting out of the fifth inning, thus forcing the hand of manager Showalter, who had to remove him with two outs in the fifth, ultimately disallowing him the opportunity to pick up the win on Thursday night. Long-winded as it may sound, this infuriated many fantasy owners, as he only allowed two runs in the process and looked like he might have been able to get out of it. For now he’s still considered a spot starter, so he should be left on the waiver wires in most leagues, however is still worth a look in DFS formats for owners strapped on a budget.
While hulking in stature and athletic in pass protection, Ifedi tends to be a bit wild and inconsistent with his technique as a blocker. In any event, Seattle closes out the first round here with a player loaded with potential who should unlock it once he gets the bad habits out of his system from the gimmicky college offense he operated in.
Vernon Butler of Louisiana Tech – an ultra athletic three technique –possesses one of the most urgent first steps in the class. With the recent extension signed by Star Lotulelei, the Panthers are expected to let K'won Short walk after his contract eventually is up. Considering this, Carolina now has a logical replacement for Short when he walks in free agency, while in the meantime his versatile skillset will allow him to make an impact for the Panthers.
Arguably the most contraversial pick of the draft here, the Cardinals seemed like the only logical landing spot for Nkemdiche in the first round. They have a very welcoming locker room and atmosphere (see: Tyrann Mathieu), so if there ever was a place for the ultra-talented, wildly inconsistent and enigmatic defensive lineman, this is the place.