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8/17:New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara currently has an average draft position (ADP) of 7.0, according to Fantasy Football Calculator. He's coming off the board in the first round as an RB1 after the likes of Todd Gurley, Le'Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott, David Johnson and Saquon Barkley. Kamara has lofty expectations heading into his second year after he produced an unheard of 6.1 yards per carry and 10.2 yards per catch for a total of 13 touchdowns in his rookie season. There's certainly regression to come, but he's still worth a selection midway through the first round, especially with Mark Ingram suspended to begin the year.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Fantasy Football Calculator
8/17:Colorado Rockies reliever Seung Hwan Oh has gotten back into his groove, and Thursday's scoreless eighth inning ended up landing him a surprise win. Oh relieved starter Jon Gray with the Rockies trailing 3-2, and he shut down the top of the dangerous Braves order to keep the game where he inherited it. Colorado then posted three runs in the top of the ninth, and after closer Wade Davis shut the door, Oh had been credited with his fifth win of the season and first since returning to the National League. Oh's strikeouts have been a bit missing in Colorado, but otherwise, he looks like he's just what the Rockies needed in their beleaguered bullpen.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource:
8/17:Handed the start in center field on Thursday, Colorado Rockies outfielder David Dahl ended up being the deciding factor for the team. Dahl was given the spot to let Charlie Blackmon take an extra day of rest as he tries to work his way out of a prolonged slump, and Dahl came through with the game-winning single in the top of the ninth inning. He also drilled his sixth home run of the season earlier in the game and stole his fourth base of the year. The team is getting Dahl into the game nearly every day between trading off starts in left or right field and an occasional pinch-hit appearance, and Dahl's making the most of the opportunity. He may not start every day, but expect solid numbers from him moving forward.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource:
Next Matchup:   8/17  |  @ ATL    (Sean Newcomb - LHP)   |  7:35 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,900
8/17:The Los Angeles Angels recalled pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne from the minors, and he will start on Friday against the Rangers. It just shows how desperate the Angels are for rotation help at the moment. The veteran right-hander was recently acquired from the Marlins after going 2-0 with a 5.31 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 8.0 K/9 over 11 outings (one start) covering 20 1/3 innings. Despaigne allowed four runs on six hits in five innings in a loss to the Cubs on Mar 31 in his lone start this year. He's a very poor streaming option on Friday.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB Daily Lineups
8/17:Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson will likely feature more than the two carries he received in the team's first preseason game. Johnson is going to be the team's workhorse running back and is in a contract year after missing all of last season with a wrist injury. Johnson should be considered an elite running back and a first round pick. Another running back to watch in the game is Chase Edmonds, the rookie running back who has been turning heads in camp. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Edmonds as a handcuff to Johnson should the running back sustain another injury.--Martin K - RotoBallerSource: Darren Urban
8/17:Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesus Sucre (wrist) is dealing with a sore right wrist after a check swing on Wednesday, and the Rays will likely decide by Saturday if he will land on the disabled list. Michael Perez will likely do most of the catching if Sucre is sidelined. Perez has hit .302 with a homer and four RBI in his first 43 at-bats in the big leagues, but he'd merely be an option in deep two-catcher and AL-only leagues.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Tampa Bay Times - Marc Topkin
Next Matchup:   8/17  |  @ BOS    (Brian Johnson - LHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $3,100
8/17:Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado returned to the hot corner on Thursday night, playing his way through the sore shoulder that had kept him off the field for a week. Arenado had served some DH duty and felt comfortable swinging, but Thursday's return on the defensive side of the ball was a big step. Arenado told reporters that he still has some discomfort, but he feels he can play through it and take advantage of some additional rest days the team has coming up in the near future.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource: Thomas Harding
Next Matchup:   8/17  |  @ ATL    (Sean Newcomb - LHP)   |  7:35 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $8,900
8/17:Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is expected to face off against rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore in their action Friday. Fitzgerald will likely be heavily limited in snaps, but should still feature when he is on the field. Expect Fitzgerald to work well with new quarterback Sam Bradford, solidifying his status as an underrated WR2/WR1 with a high probability of achieving a high reception total on the season.--Martin K - RotoBallerSource: Seth Cox
8/17:Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen are both expected to play with the first team in Friday's second preseason game against the Saints. Bradford is the starter for the team and will have every opportunity to retain his spot at the top of the depth chart tonight. Bradford should be considered a QB2 in fantasy leagues come draft season and a quarterback that owners should watch perform before they commit to him in their lineups. Rosen has little fantasy value as he projects to be the backup throughout the 2018 season.--Martin K - RotoBallerSource: Seth Cox
8/17:Detroit Lions tight end Michael Roberts has not lived up to the expectations many had when the team decided to not re-sign Eric Ebron. The fourth-round pick in 2017, Roberts wasn't able to haul in his only target during the team's first preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. While he had a better week in camp, he will have to beat Hakeem Valles for the Lions third tight end spot behind Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo. Valles was on the Lions practice squad for much of last season and has been having a breakout camp.--Steve Janik - RotoBallerSource: Lionswire - Jeff Risdon
8/17:Free-agent wide receiver Dez Bryant continues to talk with the Cleveland Browns about a contract on Friday. Bryant and his agent, Kim Miale, will continue to talk with general manager John Dorsey after they had dinner Thursday night. A deal is not expected Friday, according to one league source. Dorsey is a fan of Bryant, and it would appear to be a fit with Josh Gordon having not yet reported to training camp and rookie Antonio Callaway a question mark because of his off-field issues. Still, Bryant hasn't looked like an All Pro in several seasons, led the league in drops in 2017 and would have to learn a new offense quickly. The aging veteran would merely be a late-round flier in deeper leagues if he signs in Cleveland.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot
8/17:Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is starting to see his offensive line take shape and improve from past seasons. "For the first time in a while, in my opinion, really since probably the year we won the Super Bowl, we've had a consistent offensive line in practice and that consistency is huge," Wilson said after practice on Thursday. Duane Brown has been at left tackle, Ethan Pocic at left guard, Justin Britt at center, D.J. Fluker at right guard and Germain Ifedi at right tackle. The offensive line has been a top priority for Seattle all year, and the stability should be good news for both Wilson and the running game -- mainly Chris Carson to begin the year.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: 950 AM KRJ Seattle Sports Radio - Curtis Crabtree
8/17:Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson led all running backs with 34 yards rushing in the team's first preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. The Lions host the New York Giants on Friday evening. There are high hopes that the second-round pick will continue his strong play. Last week, Johnson had several runs of over 10 yards, including a 57-yard run that was called back because of a holding penalty. He also hauled in four passes for 33 yards to lead all running backs. His strong running power and pass-catching ability have made him a name to watch this preseason. While Theo Riddick and LeGarrette Blount are also in the Lions backfield, Johnson is the back with the highest ceiling. He's currently ranked as the RB34, giving him serious flex appeal.--Steve Janik - RotoBallerSource: Tim Twentyman
8/17:The Chicago White Sox activated outfielder Leury Garcia (hamstring) from the 10-day disabled list on Friday. The switch-hitter will return to a .280/.310/.394 line with four home runs, 31 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 236 at-bats on the year. Garcia is an AL-only option for his speed, and that's about it.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB Roster Moves
Next Matchup:   8/17  |  vs. KC    (Jake Junis - RHP)   |  8:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,200
8/17:Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber had 235 strikeouts in 175 2/3 innings after 25 starts last season, but he's at just 160 strikeouts in 168 innings this year after 25 starts. He used 2,544 pitches after 25 starts in 2017 but has thrown 2,421 pitchesread more...
8/17:Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin (illness), who is dealing with a life-threatening bacterial infection, is unlikely to play again this season. Martin played in just six games with the Tribe after being acquired from Detroit at the deadline. His injury leaves the Indians thin in the outfield, but Greg Allen has mostly been manning center field and should continue to do so with Martin out indefinitely. You can safely drop Martin in any leagues you were still holding onto him.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Paul Hoynes
Next Matchup:   8/17  |  vs. BAL    (David Hess - RHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $5,000
8/17:Cleveland Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (biceps, hand) should be able to return when his 10 days on the disabled list are up. Encarnacion is hitting just .229 on the season, but his 25 home runs and 81 RBI play in all fantasy leagues. Get ready to get him back into your lineups early next week when he's activated.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Paul Hoynes
Next Matchup:   8/17  |  vs. BAL    (David Hess - RHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $8,000
8/17:Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (leg), who is on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his right fibula, doesn't have a timetable to return and his season could be in jeopardy. It'd be a huge loss for the Indians and fantasy owners, as Bauer is a Cy Young contender this year, going 12-6 with a strong 2.22 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and career-high 11.6 K/9 over 25 starts. He finally has put it together, so it'd be a shame for it to end prematurely. Continue to hold onto him in hopes he can return next month.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Paul Hoynes
8/17:San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon (calf) will not play until Week 1 of the regular season against the Vikings, according to general manager John Lynch. It's not what you want to see, but at least we know he'll be ready to start the season. McKinnon has been hyped all offseason as head coach Kyle Shanahan's shiny new toy in an improving offense. He will lead this backfield in carries, but backup Matt Breida will also have a role. McKinnon could be overvalued in fantasy drafts but should be a strong RB2, especially in PPR leagues. With McKinnon and Matt Breida out for the rest of the preseason, it'll open up repetitions for Alfred Morris, Jeremy McNichols, Raheem Mostert and Joe Williams to compete for the No. 3 job to open the season.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: KNBR 680 - Brian Murphy
8/17:New England Patriots offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn suffered a torn Achilles in Thursday night’s game against the Eagles. The rookie will miss the remainder of the season. The Patriots are deep throughout the offensive line and are bringing back four starters from last season. The trade to acquire Trent Brown seems more vital than ever now, as he should start at left tackle. LaAdrian Waddle should also have the right tackle position locked up with Wynn out. Even with the depth up front, losing a first-round pick like Wynn definitely hurts.--Houston Parker - RotoBallerSource: Adam Schefter
8/17:Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo, who has been serving an 80-game performance-enhancing drug suspension, will start his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday. He's eligible to return to the team on Aug. 23. Omar Narvaez has done a good job with the main catching job in Castillo's absence, and the two will likely share time when Castillo returns. Castillo had hit .267 with six homers and 15 RBI in 33 games before his suspension. He had a career year with the Orioles in 2017, mashing 20 home runs. At a position that is very thin, Castillo can become an immediate option when he's back.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: NBC Sports Chicago - Vinnie Duber
Next Matchup:   8/17  |  vs. KC    (Jake Junis - RHP)   |  8:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
8/17:Boston Red Sox infielder Brock Holt went 2-for-3 on Wednesday and is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak, going 10-for-25 (.400) in that span. He's hitting just .268 with three homers, 31 RBI and six stolen bases on the year, so he's really only valuable in AL-only leagues. And with Ian Kinsler (hamstring) coming back Friday, Holt will struggle for consistent playing time.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Boston Herald - Jason Mastrodonato
Next Matchup:   8/17  |  vs. TB    (Ryne Stanek - RHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $3,100
8/17:Boston Red Sox second baseman Ian Kinsler (hamstring) doesn't need a rehab assignment and will come off the disabled list on Friday. He will slide back into his regular spot as the starting second baseman. Kinsler had played in just two games with Boston before getting injured. He has a pedestrian .244/.308/.408 slash line with 13 home runs, 34 RBI and 11 steals on the year, but his counting stats should receive a boost down the stretch while hitting in Boston's powerful lineup. Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez will go back to utility roles with Kinsler returning.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Boston Herald - Jason Mastrodonato
Next Matchup:   8/17  |  vs. TB    (Ryne Stanek - RHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $5,700
8/17:Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora made it clear that starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (ankle) will return as a starter when he comes off the disabled list. He threw a four-inning simulated game on Wednesday, and his next step will be a rehab assignment with Double-A Portland on Monday. If Rodriguez throws 75 to 80 pitches, he'll likely be just one rehab start away from rejoining the rotation at the end of August. Before his injury, E-Rod had 17 scoreless innings over three starts and have allowed 10 hits and four walks while striking out 16 over that time. He should be owned in all leagues in anticipation for his return. Brian Johnson, although he's been pitching well, will likely be bumped from the rotation when Rodriguez returns.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Boston Herald - Jason Mastrodonato
8/17:New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (knee) should be able to come off the disabled list when he's eligible next week, according to manager Aaron Boone. The veteran southpaw is dealing with inflammation in his surgically-repaired right knee. Sabathia received an injection and had the knee drained and is feeling much better. He's not as dominant as he once was, but Sabathia quietly has been productive for his fantasy owners, going 7-4 with a 3.32 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 8.0 K/9 across 22 starts.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: New York Daily News - Kristie Ackert
8/17:New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks (ankle) rolled his right ankle running out a ground ball on Thursday, but he thinks he'll be able to play on Friday. The Yankees will monitor him and make sure he didn't get stiff overnight. Infielder Neil Walker has been in right field the last six games with Aaron Judge (wrist) on the disabled list and Giancarlo Stanton nursing a hamstring injury. Hicks has been a fine fantasy weapon, hitting .254/.365/.480 with 20 home runs, 57 RBI and nine stolen bases on the season. Hopefully he'll be back in the Bombers lineup Friday.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: New York Daily News - Kristie Ackert
Next Matchup:   8/17  |  vs. TOR    (Marcus Stroman - RHP)   |  7:05 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $5,700
8/17:It's looking like the Chicago Cubs will get third baseman Kris Bryant (shoulder) back before the end of the month. "I expect the same impact I’ve always had,’’ said Bryant, who spent Thursday tracking pitches after taking light swings earlier in the week for the first time since last month. "I’m just going to go out there and be myself, and I know that’s pretty good to me." However, manager Joe Maddon implied that Bryant may not be 100 percent when he returns. Bryant thinks he'll be ready to rejoin the team after "three or four" rehab games. His next step is to take batting practice on the field. Bryant's fantasy owners want him back as soon as possible. He's hitting .276 on the year but has just 11 homers and 44 RBI because of all the missed time.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Chicago Sun-Times - Gordon Wittenmyer
8/17:Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said running back Samaje Perine (ankle) is OK after twisting his ankle in the preseason game on Thursday. Running back Byron Marshall (leg) is "OK" after undergoing an MRI exam, too. Perine is expected to battle Rob Kelley for the lead-back duties now that rookie Derrius Guice (knee) is done for the year. Any missed time for Perine, though, is bad news, as Kelley is already believed to be the favorite for the job. Perine is probably just a handcuff option in deeper leagues for Kelley owners right now. Marshall is the backup to third-down back Chris Thompson.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: - Kevin Patra
8/17:Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (shoulder) feels "pretty good" after injuring his shoulder in the preseason game on Thursday, but he will undergo tests on Friday as a precaution. Foles didn't look anything like his Super Bowl MVP self against the Patriots on Thursday, but he also wasn't working with the entire starting offense. It looks like his shoulder issue won't keep him out for long, but it's something to watch with Carson Wentz (knee) questionable for Week 1.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: ESPN - Adam Schefter
8/17:New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (knee) is dealing with a slight tear in his knee, but it's believed to be a minor injury and something that he will be able to play through. The Patriots are being cautious with him in the preseason. Burkhead has missed the last four days of practice and has yet to play in a preseason game. While he should be ready for Week 1, this is definitely concerning for a player that played in only 10 games last year due to injury. He should be the most used back in New England's committee, but he's more of a risk as an RB3/flex target. If you can handcuff James White to him, he'd be more attractive.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Jeff Howe
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