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Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi will head into the weekend white-hot at the plate right now. The backstop has two doubles, two home runs, five runs batted in and six runs scored over his last three games and is slashing .478/.520/1.000 in 23 at-bats since returning from the injured list. The 30-year-old came into this season trying to build off slugging .533 through 31 games during the 2020 shortened season. Stassi has been dynamite since returning to the lineup and should draw the attention of plenty of fantasy managers looking to upgrade at catcher. It is unknown how long it could be sustainable but Stassi needs to be on most fantasy rosters for the short term.
Los Angeles Angels designated hitter/pitcher Shohei Ohtani will take the mound Friday in Minnesota against the Twins. Ohtani was dazzling in his last start, striking out 10 Seattle hitters while allowing only two runs through six innings on June 4. It has been an incredible season for the two-way future All-Star. Ohtani ranks among the AL leaders in home runs (17) and RBI (44) with a .650 slugging percentage at the plate. The 26-year-old has also been electric on the mound, posting a 1.16 WHIP, a 2.76 ERA, a 12.76 K/9 rate while holding opponents to a .162 batting average. Ohtani has been, by far, the Angels best starter but has only two wins to show for it through eight starts. Ohtani will be a must-start for Friday's start on the mound.
Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias tossed a scoreless inning of work on Wednesday, allowing two walks while striking out one in a 6-1 win over the Royals. It was a non-save situation for Iglesias, who is 10-for-12 in save opportunities this season. While the two walks in one inning aren't ideal, it's no cause for concern with Iglesias as he had only three walks in his previous 23 innings of work this season. While he didn't earn a save Wednesday, he continues to be one of the better closers in fantasy this year with a 36.5 percent strikeout rate and 3.75 ERA although he's maintained a 2.12 ERA over his last 15 games.
Los Angeles Angels second baseman David Fletcher will try and extend his hit streak to six games Tuesday against the Royals. Fletcher has begun to hit the ball with more consistency and is 17-for-48 (.354) over his last 15 games with 10 runs scored. Fletcher will never be mistaken for a power hitter but is 7-for-18 (.388) during his current five-game hitting streak. The Angels have pegged veteran Justin Upton as their leadoff hitter of the moment but his current hot streak could benefit Fletcher's run-scoring ability from the bottom of the order. Fletcher lacks value, however, across standard fantasy formats.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Justin Upton is expected to continue to hit leadoff for the Angels heading into their Tuesday matchup against the Royals. The veteran slugger has made from an unexpected leadoff man but has produced from that spot. Through 12 games hitting from the top spot, Upton is slashing .326/.396/.696 with nine extra-base hits. Even more impressive, Upton is hitting .333 in the first inning of games to jump-start an inconsistent Angels offense. After slugging .388 in the month of May, the 33-year-old is slashing .368/.520/1.053 with seven extra-base hits over his last six games. Whether this can help standard fantasy rosters long-term is worth a healthy amount of skepticism but Upton certainly can help DFS lineups now.