There's been a ton of Tampa Bay Rays love over the past few days, with recommendations from two of my colleagues, Josh Rudd and Juan Blanco, who respectively and wisely suggested Steve Pearce and Taylor Motter as viable additions to your clubs. Let me join the party and give ya'll another Ray to snag in your seasonal leagues; Logan Morrison.
Remember when Morrison was just 6-for-April this season? It's hard to believe the guy could only muster six hits for the entire month, leading to this April 30 forgettable slash line: .100/.133/.156. As we all know though, baseball is a funny game. All it takes is a few excellent weeks of play to put a player back on the map with coaches, teammates and fantasy owners alike. In fact, as of May 16, Morrison has been shredding the ball, raising his numbers from .119/.143/.221 to today's line of .228/.325/.317. Sure, those numbers in general don't pop out to the average owner scanning free agent lists, but the sly and investigative owner will dig deeper (or read RotoWire's Fantasy Sports Blog) and realize that Morrison is 18-for-39 (.462) with 3 HR, 9 R and 11 RBI since May 16. What's even more impressive is that Morrison only has 11 strikeouts during the month of May, compared to his 25 whiffs in April. His May contact rate, .388 BABIP and 23 LD% really grabs you, although I'd like to see Morrison add more extra-base hits (only 4 XBH for the entire month). That means the average owner might ignore Morrison if they're only looking at his May .159 ISO. But you won't do that, will you?
And what about Morrison for today's DFS needs? He's quite affordable on both DraftKings ($3,300) and FanDuel ($3,100); plus, I sort of dig today's lefty/right matchup for him facing the Yankees' Nathan Eovaldi. Morrison may be overlooked with Eovaldi pitching well in 2016, so he's more of a GPP play for your lineups. I'm expecting low ownership even with his affordable salary. With the way Morrison is swinging the bat of late and with Eovaldi on the road in Tampa Bay where he's had minimal success, I'm building him into my GPP lineups. Morrison is a sneaky play today for a home run, and even more.
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