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  • Draft Masters Fantasy Baseball
    Style:Best Ball, Draft Only
    Scoring:Points
    Rosters:26 players
    Lineup:16 players
    Waivers:None
  • StandingsExpanded
    Spygate743.0
    2EZ658.5
    Zaxaphony635.5
    PBI Again611.0
    LampDogg604.5
    Pit Royals597.0
    Stallions591.5
    Kingchop2589.5
    Ohio Mafia486.0
    DildoBaggins69441.0
  • Player Notes
    Pete Alonso Aug 7 10:30am ET

    New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is off to a very slow start in 2020 batting just .180/.339/.240 in 62 plate appearances with one home run and four RBI. He has also struck out 20 times and has one multi-hit game this season. Despite the slow start, Alonso is confident he will turn it around. One of the issues has been his low zone contact percentage this season. So far in 2020, his zone contact percentage is just 69.%, compared to his breakout rookie season where he had a 80.9% rate. This issue, combined with an overall launch angle of just 7.2 degrees and a 3.3% barrel rate, when he does make contact, are leading to his early-season struggles. Despite these metrics which support the poor start, it is just a 62 plate appearance sample and 13 games. Alonso should eventually break out of this slump, so owners in seasonal leagues with weekly roster lineups should keep him active. DFS and daily lineup league owners may want to wait for Alonso to start showing signs of life before paying up for him or placing him in their lineups. respectively.

    From RotoBaller

    Nate Pearson Aug 7 9:30am ET

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Nate Pearson picked up his second no-decision in as many outings during the team's 4-3 loss to the Braves on Thursday. The rookie tossed five innings, allowing three earned runs on two hits and three walks while also striking out five. Pearson threw just 79 pitches as the team continues to limit his outings, but he was hitting 98-99 MPH on his fastball, so it's wise to protect the youngster. He's looked like he belongs on the majors through his first two outings, and he'll look to record his first win next week against the Marlins.

    From RotoBaller

    Maikel Franco Aug 7 9:20am ET

    Kansas City Royals third baseman Maikel Franco helped lead his team to a 13-2 route of the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, going 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, two runs and two RBI. He now has three home runs and six doubles on the year. Overall, Franco is off to a solid start in his first season with the Royals. There are some plate discipline concerns as he's struck out 12 times and is yet to draw a walk, however his power numbers show a lot to like. He currently boasts a slugging percentage of .518, which is well above his career slugging percentage of .433. He's primarily been hitting sixth or lower in the lineup this year, which limits his run production potential, but regardless, he's worth keeping an eye on in deep leagues and AL-only leagues.

    From RotoBaller

    Whit Merrifield Aug 7 9:10am ET

    Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield set the table for a big offensive showing for the Royals against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, a stolen base, two RBI and three runs in a 13-2 Royals victory. Merrifield has recorded a hit in five of the team's six games this month and is slashing .298/.344/.561 on the year. The home run was Merrifield's fourth of the year, which has put him on a home run pace far superior to what we've seen from him in previous years. He homered in just 2.3% of his at-bats last season. This season so far, he's nearly tripled that rate, hitting home runs in 7% of his at-bats. If he can sustain power numbers even close to this, he could jump into the top two or three rounds of fantasy drafts by next year.

    From RotoBaller

    Jorge Soler Aug 7 8:50am ET

    Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler helped lead the team to a route of the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs. The team went on to win the game by a margin of 13-2. The home run was Soler's first of the month and third on the season. He's now slashing .275/.367/.490 on the year. Just about all the Royals bats showed up in the game, with two additional home runs coming from Whit Merrifield and Maikel Franco, while Salvador Perez tallied three hits. It was a much-needed offensive outburst for the Royals, who had lost six straight coming into the game. Keep Soler in your lineup as he'll continue to provide significant power numbers for you throughout the year.

    From RotoBaller

    Brad Keller Aug 7 8:40am ET

    Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller made his season debut on Thursday against the Chicago Cubs and helped the team put an end to their six-game losing streak. Keller pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out seven. Keller had begun the season on the Injured List after a positive COVID-19 test. He will most certainly be a regular in the rotation going forward and is worth monitoring in all leagues. He's even worth outright adding right away in deeper leagues and AL-only leagues for anyone who needs pitching help. His next start will be on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds.

    From RotoBaller

    Daniel Vogelbach Aug 7 2:10am ET

    Seattle Mariners first baseman and DH Daniel Vogelbach went 1-for-4 with a home run in Thursday's loss to the Angels. Vogelbach has only started eight of Seattle's 14 games this season and hasn't made the case for more playing time. Through his 31 plate appearances, Vogelbach only has three hits and one RBI outside of his homer Thursday. There was once a time where fantasy owners thought Vogelbach would win them a championship, but those days seem long ago. Though he is a decent source of power, power is cheap in today's baseball and Vogelbach doesn't supply enough of it for his career .202 batting average and zero steals. Vogelbach doesn't seem to be an everyday play for the Mariners and should be left on waivers.

    From RotoBaller

    Brandon Kintzler Aug 7 2:10am ET

    Miami Marlins closer Brandon Kintzler earned his third save of the season in Thursday's win over the Baltimore Orioles. He wasn't great, allowing a run on three hits, but he was able to record three outs and save the 8-7 win for the red hot Marlins. Kintzler makes for a better "real life" closer than a fantasy closer, but he has the ninth inning locked down for Miami and should be a decent option in any fantasy league that counts saves.

    From RotoBaller

    Jordan Yamamoto Aug 7 2:10am ET

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto struggled in his first start of the season on Thursday, lasting just four innings while allowing four runs on six hits. He struck out four and did not allow a walk but did give up two home runs. Yamamoto got in trouble last season when he threw too many balls, so while it was nice to see him throw a lot of strikes and not even walk a single batter in this one, he looked mostly hittable, especially when pitching from the stretch. Yamamoto has shown some promising signs, but he has not been able to put it all together just yet.

    From RotoBaller

    Brian Anderson Aug 7 2:00am ET

    Miami Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson drove in three runs in Thursday's win, going 2-for-4 with a triple and a single. Anderson is off to a hot start, now hitting .304 with a 1.060 OPS. Anderson should continue to hit in the middle of a suddenly-somewhat-impressive Marlins lineup and could be a key piece on many fantasy teams going forward.

    From RotoBaller

    Jonathan Villar Aug 7 2:00am ET

    Miami Marlins infielder/outfielder Jonathan Villar had his first big game as a Marlin on Thursday, going 3-for-5 out of the leadoff spot. Villar, in the lineup as the designated hitter for this one, hit a home run, scoring a run and driving in two. He'd been struggling a bit in a Marlins uniform, but today's performance moved him up to a .269 batting average and a .718 OPS. His home run, coming on the first pitch in the bottom of the first inning, was his first of the season.

    From RotoBaller

    Taijuan Walker Aug 7 1:50am ET

    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker gave up four runs on three hits and three walks through 3 2/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Angels. After a dominant performance his last time out, this was a big disappointment for fantasy owners though it shouldn't have been surprising. Walker has always been an inconsistent pitcher and he seems to be continuing that trend. Walker is scheduled to face the Rangers for his next outing on Wednesday and though he does always have high upside, it's hard to recommend anyone start him.

    From RotoBaller

    Dylan Bundy Aug 7 12:49am ET

    Angels' SP Dylan Bundy recorded 10 strikeouts in 9 innings with the win in a 6-1 win over Seattle on Thursday, Aug. 6.

    Renato Nunez Aug 7 12:40am ET

    Baltimore Orioles third baseman/designated hitter Renato Nunez had a huge night at the plate in Thursday's 8-7 loss to the Marlins. Nunez went 2-for-4 with two home runs, two RBI, and a strikeout. The 26-year-old showed that he could hit for power and go on batting streaks last season. He could be gearing up for one now, as he has a .273/.360/.636 slash line with four HR and eight RBI. At just 41% owned, he is certainly worth a look in most leagues at this time.

    From RotoBaller

    Mauricio Dubon Aug 7 12:30am ET

    San Francisco Giants second baseman/shortstop Mauricio Dubon had a nice day at the plate (playing center field) in Thursday's. 6-4 loss to the Rockies, going 2-for-3 with a single and a three-run home run. Dubon took Kyle Freeland deep in the seventh inning for his first long ball of the season. The 26-year-old is hitting a respectable .276 on the season, but his 30% strikeout rate will need to improve before he can be trusted in fantasy lineups.

    From RotoBaller

    Donovan Solano Aug 7 12:20am ET

    San Francisco Giants second baseman Donovan Solano continued to hit in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Rockies, going 3-for-4 with a single and two doubles. The veteran showed that he could hit for average last season and is doing it again this season, posting a ridiculous .465/.478/.674 slash line with 13 RBI. He is just 66% owned in leagues at this time and would be a nice pickup in all league formats.

    From RotoBaller

    Tyler Anderson Aug 7 12:10am ET

    San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Tyler Anderson turned in a great performance in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Rockies. Anderson pitched five innings, allowing no runs on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts. The 30-year-old has now made two starts and four total appearances and owns a 2.19 ERA with seven strikeouts over 12 1/3 IP. However, the fact that he does not have a firm position in the starting lineup gives him little fantasy value for now.

    From RotoBaller

    Josh Naylor Aug 7 12:10am ET

    San Diego Padres outfielder Josh Naylor was optioned to the teams alternate site Thursday. Taking a backseat in platoon duties to Edward Olivares and Abraham Almonte, the 23-year-old had gotten limited run, collecting three hits in just 14 plate appearances. Weak on defense and the Friars having plenty of DH options, Naylor was sacrificed along with starter Joey Lucchesi as rosters were cut to 28. Naylor may have another opportunity if injuries hit but his long-term viability in San Diego is looking shaky.

    From RotoBaller

    Joey Lucchesi Aug 6 11:40pm ET

    San Diego Padres left-handed pitcher Joey Lucchesi has been removed both from the teams starting rotation and its active roster, as the southpaw was sent to the teams alternate training location ahead of Fridays contest. Batters havent hit Lucchesi particularly hard to open 2020 (average 83.2 MPH exit velocity with zero barrels), but he is in the bottom five percentile of the Majors with a .362 xBA against. With fireballing prospect Luis Patino called up to the Majors earlier in the week, it appeared there was one starter too many in the San Diego rotation; for now, Lucchesi will be the odd man out, even after having averaged better than a strikeout per inning through his first 58 big league starts. He can safely be placed on the waiver wire in all season-long formats.

    From RotoBaller

    Vince Velasquez Aug 6 11:30pm ET

    Philadelphia Phillies right-handed pitcher Vince Velasquez gets another turn through the rotation Friday and must combat an Atlanta lineup that he has gone 1-6 with a 5.20 ERA against in his career. While strikeouts have not been an issue in his matchups with Atlanta (64 in 53 innings), his 1.59 WHIP has caused runners to litter the basepaths. Velasquez has not been on the bump since July 26 due to cancellations, having thrown just 60 pitches in his season debut against the Marlins. A popular DFS pick due to his propensity to pile up strikeouts, Velasquez is in a tough spot Friday; with nearly a full slate of arms to pick from, owners are likely better off looking other places.

    From RotoBaller

  • MLB SCOREBOARD - Fri Aug 7FULL
    Fri 6:05pm ET
    BALMilone L (0-1)
    WSHSanchez R (0-1)
    Fri 6:40pm ET
    NYYTanaka R (0-0)
    TBSnell L (0-0)
    Fri 7:05pm ET
    ATLWright R (0-1)
    PHIVelasquez R (0-0)
    Fri 7:05pm ET
    DETBoyd L (0-1)
    PITKuhl R (0-0)
    Fri 7:10pm ET
    MIACastano L (0-0)
    NYMWacha R (1-1)
    Fri 7:30pm ET
    TORRoark R (1-0)
    BOSWeber R (0-2)
    Fri 8:05pm ET
    MINSmeltzer L (1-0)
    KCJunis R (0-0)
    Fri 8:10pm ET
    CLECivale R (1-1)
    CWSCease R (1-1)
    Fri 8:10pm ET
    CINBauer R (1-0)
    MILLauer L (0-0)
    Fri 8:15pm ET
    CHCLester L (1-0)
    STLPonce de Leon R (0-1)
    Fri 9:05pm ET
    LAACanning R (0-1)
    TEXLyles R (0-1)
    Fri 9:10pm ET
    HOUGreinke R (0-0)
    OAKBassitt R (1-0)
    Fri 9:10pm ET
    ARIWeaver R (0-2)
    SDDavies R (1-1)
    Fri 9:40pm ET
    SFSamardzija R (0-1)
    LADUrias L (1-0)
    Fri 9:40pm ET
    COLSenzatela R (2-0)
    SEAKikuchi L (0-0)
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