Jonathan Papelbon collected his 29th save after allowing one hit while striking out on batter in a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's win over the Mariners.
The Phillies closer has yet to give up an earned run in the month of August while owning a 6:2 K:BB rate over his last 5.0 innings. Having now converted 29 of his first 32 save opportunities this season, Papelbon makes for a solid fantasy option as long as he continues to limit both his walks (13 BB) and home runs (only 1 HR allowed) the rest of the way, even if he doesn't pitch as much as we would like to see. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Jonathan Gray is expected to start for the Rockies Tuesday.
Gray was the third overall pick in 2013, but his minor league numbers have not exactly lived up to his lofty draft status. In 21 games at Triple-A this season, Gray has a 4.33 ERA, 3.89 FIP and 2.68 K/BB rate. While he probably needs to be owned in deeper leagues and keeper leagues, it is going to be awfully hard to feel confident starting him in Coors until he has some big league success. He could be a sneaky tournament play for DFS Tuesday against the strikeout-prone Mariners, but Gray could easily give up five home runs as well. Analysis: Steve Pimental
Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Nationals on Sunday.
Duda is absolutely on fire and is a must-start until he shows signs of slowing down. He became the first Mets player in franchise history to hit nine home runs in an eight-game span after his 21st bomb of the season tonight. Duda was middling around this summer until coming on strong this past week. In his last eight games he has nine homers, 11 hits and a ridiculous 1.393 slugging percentage. This is obviously something Duda won’t be able to keep up, but until he drops off keep him in your lineup. Analysis: Zack Carpenter