The rookie is now 5-for-29 (.172 batting average) with two homers, three RBI and a .579 OPS since being promoted from the minors. Smith should continue to see regular playing time and offers admirable upside after posting a .330/.386/.519 slash line with Triple-A Las Vegas this year. However, it's still probably a little early to look his way in the majority of seasonal settings.
Flores is now up to eight homers, 15 RBI, 12 runs and a .292/.350/.667 slash line through his past 24 games. He's locked into full-time at-bats moving forward and also offers lineup flexibility because of his eligibility at multiple positions. Flores has the potential to be a game changer down the fantasy stretch drive.
The 26-year-old righty has now allowed just three runs through 12 innings over his past two starts, so with a 9.2 K/9 for the campaign, his fantasy value might be on the rise. Montero sports a discouraging 5.47 ERA and 1.73 WHIP for the campaign, but he owns the pitch arsenal to reward in favorable matchups. His upcoming home start against Arizona will be a telling test.
Worley has now made five consecutive starts and posted a 3.08 ERA and 1.22 WHIP with two wins. Unfortunately, he's only struck out 11 batters and pitched just 26.1 innings during that span. Still, his current form makes him a serviceable option in cavernous leagues, and he's worth considering as a streamer in the right matchups in all setups. Worley lines up to face the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in his next start.
After a sluggish start, Bregman has posted solid numbers over the past 50 games with eight homers, 24 RBI, nine stolen bases, 38 runs and a .307/.399/.587 slash line. He is closing in on a 20-20 campaign, and being attached to a potent offense only helps his fantasy value. It's also worth noting that he's should soon play his 20th game at shortstop (17 currently), so he'll benefit for added positional flexibility again in 2018.
Ken Giles recorded a five-out save Friday, so Clippard was called to the mound to close out the Athletics on Saturday. It's worth noting that Giles has converted nine of his past 10 save opportunities and has a firm grasp on the Houston closer job. Still, Clippard might be next in line for save opportunities, which makes him a player to keep tabs on in all settings.
McHugh has now allowed two runs or fewer in four of his six starts since returning from the disabled list. Additionally, outside of a forgettable showing against the White Sox (seven runs allowed through 5.1 innings), he's been solid and is closing in on matchup-proof fantasy status. McHugh takes a 4.01 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 8.3 K/9 into his next start at Angel Stadium against Los Angeles.
After allowing 11 runs through 8.1 innings over his previous two outings, this was an impressive rebound. The D-backs own an admirable offense, and Berrios cruised through the heart of the order three times. Considering he has just 32 starts in the majors on his resume, Berrios' 3.99 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 8.1 K/9 are solid marks, and he's established himself as a reliable fantasy option moving forward. He projects to face the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field in his next start.
The damage all came in the fourth frame, and Greinke didn't return for the fifth inning. He entered Saturday's start with a discouraging 3-5 record, 4.28 ERA and 1.34 WHIP on the road, and those numbers only ballooned after losing to the Twins. It's an interesting split because Chase Field is a hitter-friendly venue, yet Greinke owns a sterling 11-1 record with a 2.34 ERA and 0.89 WHIP through 14 home starts. If the luxury exists to fade Greinke in daunting road matchups it's a potential option, but it's pretty difficult to sit down a high-end hurler with his upside. A road game at Citi Field against the Mets is up next for the veteran righty.
You never know what you'll see on any given night in baseball -- Kelly had just two homers in 91 career major-league games coming into Saturday and 45 homers in nine seasons in the minors. Kelly, 29, has not started a game for the Phillies since his most recent promotion on Aug. 11.