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Martinez will DH Tuesday, and while he said he is more concerned about hitting than fielding at this point, he will likely need at least a game or two in the outfield before he returns to the Tigers. Tyler Collins and Mike Aviles have been splitting time in right field, but both will likely find starts hard to come by once Martinez returns.
Frazier has been boom-or-bust of late and other than his home run, it was a very quiet night for the power-hitting third baseman. He now has 29 home runs and 67 RBI on the season, good enough to make him a top-15 player at his position. His batting average is absolutely horrendous, even worse than it has been in recent years, but his power potential plays in all formats. He is 7-for-41 with three home runs off tomorrow’s starter Kyle Hendricks.
Whether you want to believe it or not, this is Gonzalez’s fifth straight quality start. His eight strikeouts were his highest in quite some time, thanks to a strikeout-prone Chicago Cubs offense. Gonzalez was cruising right along until a Javier Baez home run in the seventh inning ruined his shutout. He’s been extremely good of late, but he’s still only a deeper AL-only option at this time. His next start will come on Saturday against the strikeout-prone Minnesota Twins. He’s worth a flier in DFS that day.
Baez has four hits over his last two games, but tonight’s home run may have been the most important from a fantasy perspective. It was his first home run since the All-Star break and his stolen base now gives him nine on the season. The versatile infielder has turned into quite the fantasy asset and he needs to be started in more formats. He’s owned in only 41.3 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues right now. That’s way too low. He’s a great play in DFS tomorrow, because he’s 10-for-26 off James Shields.
Arrieta was en route to a great outing until a Todd Frazier home run in the bottom of the sixth inning really did him in. The Chicago ace, outside of one start, has been rather mediocre of late. He’s allowed four or more earned runs in four of his last five starts, pushing his ERA up to 2.76. He was in line for regression at some point, but he’s still an ace, don’t question that. Arrieta is a big game pitcher who is still a legitimate SP1 in all formats. His next start will come on Saturday against the Seattle Mariners.
Beltre has four multi-hit performances over his last five games, helping push that batting average up to .281 on the season. During this five game span, Beltre is hitting .434 (10-for-23) with three home runs, seven RBI and six runs scored. Beltre isn’t the player he used to be in his younger years, but he’s still a useful fantasy option at the hot corner. In DFS, it might be best to avoid Beltre tomorrow, because he is 3-for-25 in his career against Sonny Gray.
Despite logging six innings in each of his last two starts, he’s allowed 10 earned runs on 19 hits while posting a terrible 5:4 K/BB ratio. The southpaw is not worth owning in any fantasy format right now and his numbers are proof. He has a 4.38 ERA on the season and a WHIP approaching 1.50. You’re better off just leaving him off your roster at this juncture. His next start will come on Saturday against the Kansas City Royals.
Desmond is enjoying a great season and he’s adjusted well to life in Texas. The eligibility at shortstop helps, but next year fantasy owners won’t have the luxury of placing him there. Regardless, on the season Desmond is hitting .310 with 19 home runs, 71 runs scored, 60 RBI and 16 stolen bases. Continue to roll with the Texas outfielder in all formats.
Anytime the Athletics are facing a left-hander, Valencia is in play in DFS. He hit his 13th home run of the season and his two-hit performance pushed his batting average on the season up to .302. He’s performing extremely well for Oakland and fantasy owners alike. He’s providing solid power alongside a quality batting average. Continue to roll with him in all formats.
Mengden was getting through tonight’s outing, but a rough bottom of the fifth did him in. Two singles and two walks ended up leading to Mengden being replaced after just 4.2 innings of work. He managed to strike out five batters, which is good in 4.2 innings, but 10 baserunners during his time on the mound is far from exceptional. His ERA on the season is at 5.73 and he isn’t worth owning right now. His next start will come on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians.