DFS MLB Playbook: May 29
Ted Schuster

Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and a pair of runs scored against the Reds on Saturday.

Lucroy has now homered in back-to-back games for the Brewers and is slashing .284/.344/.491 with eight home runs, 23 RBI and 27 runs scored through his first 169 at-bats. Coming off of a down season in with hie totaled only seven home runs, he has already passed that mark through 46 games in 2016, so fantasy owners should be pleased with his production to this point, as his career-best 2014 season appears to be with in reach if he can stay healthy.
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Chase Anderson allowed just one run on five hits and no walks while striking out three batters over five innings against the Reds on Saturday.

Since allowing six earned run back on May 5, Anderson has now allowed three runs for less in each of his last four starts and is sitting 2-6 with a 5.00 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and a 42:16 K:BB rate through 54.0 innings. Although his strikeout rate is respectable (7.00 K/9), he is going to have to start working deeper into games we see his inflated ERA and WHIP come down, so his services should be reserved for NL-only purposes for the time being. He will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Phillies on Thursday.
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Tony Cingrani earned his fourth save after tossing a scoreless ninth inning allowing one walk while striking out three batters against the Brewers on Saturday.

After failing to convert each of his last two save chances, Cingrani got himself back on track Saturday night, as he struck out three batters on his way to his fourth save. Having now converted 4-of-8 save chances, Cingrani still needs to prove he can handle the ninth inning workload before gaining any fantasy value outside of NL-only and deep league formats, but it appears he will have every chance to keep the job so his value should only go up from here if he keeps converting saves.
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Alfredo Simon allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks while striking out one batter over four innings against the Brewers on Saturday.

Despite allowing only two earned runs on Saturday, Simon was unable to qualify for the win after being pulled after just four innings. Now sitting 1-5 with a 9.00 ERA, 2.06 WHIP and a 28:19 K:BB rate through 40.1 innings, it is going to take a miracle for Simon to remain in the Reds' starting rotation long-term as he continues to struggle in his return to the team. He will be in search of win No. 2 when he takes on the Rockies, in Colorado, on Thursday.
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Mike Napoli went 1-for-5 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored against the Orioles on Saturday.

Despite sporting a .231 batting average, Napoli has put together a solid season for his fantasy owners, as he is now sitting with nine home runs, 33 RBI and 30 runs scored through 169 at-bats. At this point in his career he is pretty much swinging for the fences every time he steps into the batter's box, which is certainly beneficial although he is on pace to set a new career-high in strikeouts (68 K so far), if he keeps up his current pace.
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Adam Duvall went 2-for-5 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored against the Brewers on Saturday.

Duvall has been a pleasant surprise for both the Reds and his fantasy owners this season, as he is now slashing .265/.297/.578 with 11 home runs, 26 RBI and 21 runs scored through 147 at-bats. At this point there is no doubt he will remain a regular in the Reds' starting lineup, but will need to work on both his walks (6 BB) and strikeouts (47 K) before reaching his full potential.
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Yan Gomes went 2-for-5 with three RBI against the Orioles on Saturday.

Gomes has certainly not gotten off to a good start for the Indians as he is slashing a mere .185/.222/.378 with six home runs, 25 RBI and 14 runs scored through 135 at-bats. Although he is still worth holding onto in AL-only leagues, there is no reason why he should come off reserved lists until we see that batting average start creeping back up over the Mendoza line.
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