Jun 25, 2018
MLB FANTASY UPDATE JUNE 25TH, 2018
The Astros were the first team to 50 wins with their 5-1 victory over the Rays last Wednesday. The Red Sox and the Yankees quickly followed and these three teams are beginning to look like the favorites in the American League. After sweeping the Mariners, the Yanks then dropped three straight to the Rays over the weekend. Wilmer Font got his first major league win with his shutout performance against the Yankees on Saturday. Font lasted five and two-thirds innings giving up just three hits for a total of 25 fantasy baseball points. Even with that series sweep, the Yankees still sit tied atop the East with the Red Sox 14 games ahead of the Rays in third.
The Chicago Cubs were also swept this weekend by a sub-.500 team. The Reds, who held the 5th worst record in baseball heading into the four-game set with the Cubbies, took all four games. Outfielder Jesse Winker had a big series for the Reds with a grand slam in the first game of the series and then came off the bench to hit a three-run bomb in the finale on Sunday. The Reds have now won seven straight and 10 of their last 12. They will look to keep the momentum going into Atlanta this week.
The Dodgers continue to trend in the right direction completing a three-game sweep of the Mets on Sunday. Cody Bellinger went 5-13 in the series with three home-runs. He went deep twice in the 8-7 win on Sunday for 32 fantasy baseball points. The Dodgers are now six games over .500 and are two and a half games back of the D-backs in the N.L. West. Arizona has also become hot which has helped to hold off the surging Dodgers. The D-backs swept the series with the Pirates this past weekend, allowing just six runs over all four games.
Nolan Arenado and Yadier Molina were the fantasy hitters to own this week. Molina had two multi-home run games tallying 34 and 37 fantasy points. Arenado has five long balls and 13 RBI in his last six games, averaging 22 fantasy points over that span. Arenado continues to show why he is one of the premier offensive players and third basemen in the game right now.
On the mound, the man you needed in your lineup Sunday was Jose Berrios. Priced at $13,400 against the Rangers, Berrios struck out 12 opponents over seven shutout innings for a stellar 52 fantasy baseball points. That was Berrios' best fantasy performance this season. This week’s best fantasy pitching performance came on Friday by the Cardinal's Jake Flaherty. Flaherty was priced at $11,300, and if you were smart enough to draft him he got you 53 fantasy points with a seven-inning, 13 strikeout gem against the Brew Crew.
Friday we see the Sox at Yanks. They have split their first six games in the season and there has not been more than 2 1/2 games in the standings between them since late April. They are both going to the playoffs for the second year in a row, so, it’s all about which team avoids the AL Wild Card Game. Boston? New York? Wherever your allegiances lie, get your DFS opinion in at Draftboard.