After getting off to a dynamic start to his season, Gonzalez has exploded over his past two outings. He’s allowed 13 runs over that span and has given up four home runs. One thing Gonzalez has consistently done over his last four outings is strike opposing batters out. He has at least five in the aforementioned four outings and 25 total over 21 innings. Look for Gonzalez to bounce back during his next start against the Reds.
You know you’ve been struggling when you go 4-for-4 at the dish and your average after the game is still a measly .244. But, Zimmerman had quite the evening on Saturday belting two homers off of Adam Wainwright. Zimmerman is seemingly the x-factor for the Nationals offense as he’s in a primary run producing role behind two guys who get on base over 40-percent of their at-bats (Harper and Murphy). Zimmerman is a factor in NL-only leagues and some deep formatted leagues as well. But if he begins to hit the way we've seen in years past, he could have some value in all formats.
Harper lifted his second homer in three games on Saturday for his 13th total on the year. Last year’s league MVP has yet to find it at the plate despite the fact he’s on pace for 42 home runs this season. He’s hit just .200 in the month of May but he has walked 31 times this month and kept his on-base percentage safely over .400. Harper is best player in the league and will figure it out much sooner than later.
Jaso continues to draw starts against right-handed pitchers and continues to rake. He’s only logged seven at-bats against lefties this season but came into tonight hitting .310 against righties. Jaso has been a pleasant surprise this season and is on pace to play the most he’s ever played in a single season. Jaso could be worth something in all NL-only leagues and even some deeper formats as well.
Nicasio has been consistently average every fifth day for the Bucs. This was the third time in his last four starts in which he’s allowed four or more runs. He allows far to many base runners as his WHIP sits at 1.38 after Saturday’s start. If there is a positive about Nicasio’s season thus far, it’s the fact he’s striking out one opponent per inning. He’s a risky fantasy add and shouldn’t be more than a spot start if you’re ever in dire need for a few strikeouts.
The Rangers wasted no time throwing their former number one overall prospect into the fire and Profar has thus far responded nicely. Saturday was just his second game of the year and he notched two hits including his first big league extra-base knock since 2013. Profar is doing a few things for himself with the Rangers. One, he’s proving his keep at the major league level and is showing other team’s he can play, helping his own trade value. Profar is a very solid fantasy option for the remaining five games Rougned Odor is suspended for.
Moreland hasn’t been nearly as effective this season as he was last, but got into the action on Saturday blasting his fifth homer. Before Saturday’s big fly, Moreland was 1-for-26 in his last eight games. He has virtually no fantasy value with Ryan Rua now challenging him for playing time.
At 37-years old, Beltre hasn’t slowed down one bit. After beltre-ing his ninth homer of the season on Saturday, Beltre’s now on pace for 30 homers and 112 RBI. Those types of numbers play in any format and would be good enough to deem Beltre a top-10 fantasy third basemen by seasons end.
Welcome back, Yu Darvish. We’ve long awaited the return of Darvish since he went down with Tommy John surgery back in 2014 and he did not disappoint on Saturday. He had seven strikeouts in just five innings and his fastball touched 98 on the radar gun. Dravish has always been known for his swing-and-miss stuff and it seems like he’s picked up right where he left off. Darvish is a fantasy ex-factor. He could potentially take teams to the next level and lead them to the promise land.
After crushing his eighth homer of his 2016 campaign on Saturday, he moved into a tie with Joc Pederson for the team lead in homers and RBI. He also owns the team lead with 53 hits and lets not forget Seager just turned 22-years old. The young shortstop had been struggling coming into this series against the Mets but has notched four hits in the first two games. Seager is already one of the better fantasy options at his position and will only get better from here.