Lucroy has put together himself a solid bounce-back campaign in 2016, as his .280 average is more than adequate, while his seven homers offer impressive power for the position. Continue to consider him amongst the top tier fantasy catchers going forward.
Although pundits have long advocated for Votto to bat second in the order because of his elite patience and once in a generation OBP, it has taken until this season for the Reds to finally utilize him in that area – at least against right-handers. Though his numbers are drastically down this season, Votto is someone who can flip a switch at any moment. Expect him to pull it together fully by the break, while his homer on Friday night was just his first step in the right direction.
He has unexpectedly reached double-digit home runs on the season now, and while Duvall may appear to be a breakout performer for 2016, his lack of run production outside of the round trippers is a bit concerning. Consider him a “sell high” candidate going forward.
To garnish his 3-for-4 night at the dish on Friday night were his two round trippers, which now give him six on the season. He no longer possesses the consistent power to perform at this level regularly, however his .271 average and adequate power production so far makes him a more than serviceable infield option in most fantasy leagues this season.
Lamb was straight up rotten on Friday night… There’s just no way around it. He failed to make it through the fourth inning, while he was shelled for six runs on seven hits and three walks. His 6.85 ERA indicates that he deserves zero ownership going forward, so fantasy owners can forget about him.
Sanchez pitched well once again as he left the game after recording his eighth quality start in 10 contests. Sanchez is making the Blue Jays decision to add him to the rotation a good one. He has a .329 ERA after Friday’s start and a .229 batting average against. Sanchez is also missing a lot of bats as he’s struck out 58 batters in 65.2 innings. Sanchez’s ability to slot in at reliever or a starter makes him extremely value in fantasy.
It’s just completely unfair for opposing hitters facing Osuna right now as he continues to eliminate anyone that steps in the box against him. It’s been 12 appearances since he’s allowed a run and seven since he’s given up a hit. Osuna is one of the best closers in all of fantasy right now.
Davies did his job, going into the sixth inning on Friday night while allowing two earned (four total), in a winning effort against the Reds. It was by no means pretty, but the fact that he only used 79 pitches made his mediocre outing slightly more impressive. He holds no fantasy consideration going forward, however maybe this is something that he can build upon.
The 2015 league MVP had gotten off to a very slow start this season but Friday’s game was his coming out party. He notched four hits, three going for extra bases including two home runs and five RBI. Donaldson is on pace for another monster year with 42 home runs and he hasn’t even performed anywhere near as well as he did last season. That’s a scary thought and one that should make fantasy owners excited for the remainder of the season.