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Roto Roundup: Chris Archer, Alex Guerrero, Gregory Polanco and Others

Alex offers his thoughts on some of the top fantasy perfomers from Sunday, including Chris Archer, Alex Guerrero and Gregory Polanco.

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Chris Archer shines again

Chris Archer was the No. 36 starting pitcher by the consensus rankers on -- and No. 48 on Fake Teams-- before the season started. On Sunday, Archer continued his early season dominance, tossing a shutout over seven innings against a very good Toronto Blue Jays lineup. Archer struck out seven, walked one and allowed just two hits, improving his record to 3-2 with a 0.84 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and a 37/6 K/BB ratio in 32 1/3 innings. Since allowing three earned runs against the Orioles in his opening start, Archer hasn't allowed an earned run in four starts spanning 26 2/3 innings.

Archer didn't even finish inside the top-50 starting pitchers a year ago, but he's making an early-season case to fly past that distinction in 2015. The 26-year-old right-hander has had control issues in the past, but he's averaging just over one walk per game in 2015 (along with a 30.9 percent strikeout rate). He's racking up more groundballs (58.3 percent, up from 46.5), and he's generating a career-best 13.8 percent swinging strike rate. The improvement last year of pitching against lefties was a big step, and maybe this year he'll take the next step with better command.

Alex Guerrero pushing for more playing time

There might not be a player swinging a hotter bat than Dodgers third baseman Alex Guerrero, who hit his fifth home run Sunday in a 3-1 loss to the Padres. Guerrero is now slashing .500/.500/1.273 in 24 plate appearances. Guerrero was nowhere on my radar this year. I didn't rank him anywhere, but it's impossible to ignore his production. With 13 RBI in 11 games, Guerrero, 28, needs to be playing over 36-year-old Juan Uribe, who is hitting .244 with a .277 on-base percentage.

What makes Guerrero's hot start even more impressive is that he's doing it without consistent playing time. Still without a home in 75 percent of ESPN leagues, it's time to grab Guerrero wherever he's available. He's eligible at second in the majority of leagues, and Don Mattingly indicated that he could see additional time in the outfield after his big game Sunday.

Roto Roundup

Brandon Morrow earned his first win of the year Sunday, limiting the Dodgers to one run on fives hits while striking out four and walking one. In four starts, the Padres fifth-starter is 1-0 with a 2.67 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and a 19/8 K/BB ratio in 27 innings. The switch from the American League to the National League, and Petco Park, specifically, is proving to be a dream scenario for the former Blue Jay. Morrow has always had talent, but he's never been able to stay healthy. Only once has he topped 150 innings, and just once since 2013 has he pitched more than 50 innings. There's no loss of velocity to report, and Morrow should be started in all home matchups going forward.

Gregory Polanco has quietly turned it around, making panicky owners who dropped the Pirates outfielder feel plenty stupid. (Raises hand.) After Sunday's 3-for-5 performance, the 23-year-old outfielder is hitting .288/.307/.425 with one home run, 11 runs, seven RBI and seven steals in 75 plate appearances. Polanco should continue to pile on runs and steals batting second in the order.

I could see Polanco approaching 80 runs with double-digit home runs and 25 steals, but his 28.6 percent strikeout rate and 2.9 percent walk rate is at least concerning from a batting average standpoint.  He's working with a .362 BABIP right now, but he's also hitting a lot more drives. I can see Polanco reaching top-25 outfield status, regardless, as his run production and steals will carry his value. The numbers might say sell, but I'm holding if I have him (which I no longer do).

A day after Stephen Strasburg struggled, Gio Gonzalez was worse in a loss to the Nationals. The left-hander gave up six runs in five innings against the Marlins, giving up 10 hits in the process. He did strike out 10 with only one walk, but the early numbers have been very disappointing. Through four starts, Gonzalez is 1-2 with a 5.01 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 22/11 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings. There's a buy-low window here, but I'd much rather buy low on Strasburg.

Hanley Ramirez hit his seventh and eighth home runs Sunday in an 18-7 loss against the Orioles. Both homers came after the Red Sox were well out of it, but that doesn't matter from a fantasy standpoint. There's not much to takeaway here, but a healthy Ramirez, we all know, is a game changer. He's now hitting .300/.359/.643 with 17 RBI.

News broke Sunday that Max Scherzer (thumb) is unlikely to make his next scheduled start against the Braves on Tuesday. While it stinks to lose Mad Max for a start against the Braves, Scherzer and the Nationals are just being careful here. Tanner Roark would likely to start in his absence, but hopefully we're only dealing with one missed start. The Nationals are already struggling and can't afford to lose Scherzer for an extended period of time. Keep a close eye on his status this week.

**Update: According to the Washington Post, Tanner Roark would not fill in to spot start for Max Scherzer.**

Jason Heyward was removed from Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Brewers in the late innings, and is listed as day-to-day with a left groin injury. Heyward has missed time in the past for some freak injuries, including an appendectomy and getting drilled in the face by a Jon Niese fastball two years ago. Hopefully Heyward recovers quickly because the Cardinals don't need any more bad news after losing Adam Wainwright. The NL Central looks wide open.

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