There was a 15-game slate on Wednesday May 16th. I will go into detail on some players who performed really well and a couple who underachieved. Points and salaries are based on DraftKings.
Patrick Corbin ($10,000)
Corbin and the Nationals hosted the New York Mets on Wednesday May 16th and Corbin came out dealing. Corbin pitched eight innings and only allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk. He was able to rack up 11 strikeouts while throwing 108 pitches. He gave his owners 39 fantasy points. Corbin’s ERA is now at 2.91 and his WHIP is also at an impressive 1.04. He also has a good K/9, which sits at 10.59 on the year. Corbin now has back-to-back great starts and has given up one earned while striking out 19 in his last two turns.
Corbin’s next projected start will come on Monday May 20th. He will again face off against the New York Mets, this time on the road. The Mets have a very average offense this year and rank 19th in runs while averaging 4.65 per game. They have a team batting average of .249, which ranks them 13th in the league. Corbin just dominated the Mets in Washington, but the Mets offense has been better at home, scoring 4.88 runs per game, while putting together a team batting average of .256. Corbin has pitched really well this year, but with him facing the same team two turns in a row I expect the Mets to have more success this time around. Players will be looking to roster him again after he pitched well against Mets on Wednesday, but I see this as a good spot to fade him.
Kenta Maeda ($9,200)
Maeda and the Dodgers hosted the Padres on Wednesday. Maeda pitched well in this one and improved to 5-2 on the year. He gave up zero earned runs and three hits. Maeda struck out 12 batters and only threw 85 pitches. He gave his owners 41.20 fantasy points, which gave him the top spot on the night. Maeda’s ERA is now at 3.51 and his WHIP is at 1.19. He has struck out just over one hitter per inning this year. This was Maeda’s second straight good outing, as he has given up zero earned runs over his last two starts, which accumulates to 12.2 innings.
Maeda’s next projected start will be in Tampa Bay against the Rays on Wednesday May 22nd. The Rays have averaged 4.6 runs per game this year and have a team batting average of .255. The Rays have also struck out 383 times this year, which equals out to just over 9.5 per game. With Maeda pitching well over the last couple weeks and the Rays having an average offense at best, I will be looking to roster Maeda.
Justin Verlander ($11,000)
Verlander and the Astros played in Detroit against the Tigers on Wednesday. Verlander pitched seven innings and got the win while striking out nine. He gave up one earned run on two hits and two walks. One of the hits he gave up was a home run. Verlander continued his impressive start and improved to 7-1 on the year. His ERA is now at 2.38 and his WHIP is at an incredible 0.79. He also has 77 strikeouts over 64.1 innings.
Verlander’s next projected start will come on Tuesday May 21st against the Chicago White Sox. Verlander will be one of, if not the most expensive pitcher on the slate Tuesday. The White Sox average 4.56 runs per game on the year and have a team batting average of .254. Verlander has now given up one or less earned runs, while pitching at least six innings in six of his last seven starts. I do not see the White Sox as the team that will break this run that Verlander is on. Fire him up as the top pitcher on Tuesday and roster him with confidence.
Chris Archer ($8,400)
Chris Archer of the Pirates struggled on Wednesday in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. He was only able to get through three innings and gave up six earned runs. He gave up four hits and four walks while also striking out five. The strikeouts are the only thing that kept him from scoring negative points as he gave his owners only 1.45 fantasy points. Archer took the loss and fell to 1-3 on the year. His ERA has now grown to 5.58 and his WHIP is at 1.40.
Archer’s next projected start will be against the Colorado Rockies at home on Tuesday May 21st. This game will be played in Pittsburgh, which will obviously leave the Rockies away from Coors Field. The Rockies average only 4.42 runs per game and have a team batting average of .214 on the road. That team batting average is the third worst away team average in the league. Archer’s salary has dropped nearly every week and it should hit its low point of the year on Tuesday. This is going to be a good spot for Archer to bounce back and find some rhythm. I will be looking to roster Archer at a discounted price on Tuesday.
Pete Alonso ($5,000)
Alonso and the Mets hosted the Nationals on Wednesday and Alonso struggled badly. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Alonso accounted for two of the 15 strikeouts the Mets had against Corbin and the Nationals. His batting average dropped to .263 on the year and his OPS also dropped to .913. Alonso has had good power numbers, with 12 home runs and 32 RBI. He has been in a bit of a slump lately, going hitless in five of his last eight games.
The Mets have one more game in Washington before heading to Miami for a three-game series against the Marlins. The series opener will be a good spot to roster Alonso as the Mets face Trevor Richards, who is 0-5 on the year with an ERA of 4.46. The Marlins have also struggled as a whole with a team ERA of 4.83 and allow an opposing batting average of .249. The Marlins have been a little better at home this year but that will not scare me away from rostering Alonso in the series at Miami. I will be looking for a rebound from Alonso in the next few games.
Trevor Story suffered an injury in the ninth inning on Wednesday but he seems to have avoided anything serious. He hopes so suit up and play on Friday against the Phillies.
Miguel Andujar will have surgery on his right shoulder labrum and will be out for the rest of the year.
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