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7 days agoHouston Astros outfield prospect Kyle Tucker has started playing some first base at Triple-A Round Rock to increase his versatility and give him more options for playing time at the next level. Tucker has 24 home runs and an OPS above .920 on the farm this year but is being blocked by Michael Brantley in left field, Josh Reddick in right and Yordan Alvarez at designated hitter. He's still one of the future building blocks in the outfield in Houston, but he might not be fantasy relevant until 2020. He's absolutely worth stashing already in dynasty/mixed leagues.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Jake Kaplan
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  vs. OAK    (Homer Bailey - RHP)   |  8:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $3,100
7 days agoTampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash said the team is going to take a look at infielder Nathaniel Lowe at third base. Lowe won the American League Player of the Week honors and is hitting .299/.360/.567 with five home runs, 15 runs and 11 RBI in his first 67 at-bats for Tampa. The left-handed hitter is a popular waiver wire pickup in mixed leagues this week as a result, and gaining flexibility at the hot corner will make him even more valuable to fantasy owners and the Rays. Like usual, the Rays have a lot of moving parts on their infield that include Yandy Diaz, Michael Brosseau and Ji-Man Choi.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Tampa Bay Times - Marc Topkin
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  vs. BOS    (Eduardo Rodriguez - LHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $6,000
7 days agoBoston Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) is expected to begin his minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday or Thursday with Triple-A Pawtucket. Eovaldi is getting close to a return after going on the shelf in April with elbow issues. He's had a setback along the way but could become the team's closer later this month if he can avoid any final obstacles. Boston's bullpen has been a weak spot among Matt Barnes, Brandon Workman and Ryan Brasier, so they're hoping Eovaldi can provide a boost. For obvious reasons he's worth stashing in deeper leagues if you are in need of saves.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Jen McCaffrey
7 days agoChicago Cubs starting pitcher Cole Hamels (oblique) threw from 120 feet on Monday. Hamels will need to throw a bullpen next before going out on a rehab assignment. The veteran left-hander has been out since June 28 but has been fantastic this year with Chicago, posting a 2.98 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 97 strikeouts in 99 2/3 frames over his 17 starts. Keep him stashed everywhere and hope that the 35-year-old can pick right up where he left off when he comes off the injured list, most likely early in August.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Chicago Tribune - Mark Gonzales
7 days agoCincinnati Reds starting pitcher Alex Wood (back) is scheduled to make another rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday. The plan is for him to throw four innings or 60 to 65 pitches. The left-hander has had multiple setbacks in his recovery and has yet to pitch for Cincy in 2019. He has an 8.10 ERA, 2.10 WHIP and four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings in two starts for Louisville so far. There's a chance Wood is back later this month, but fantasy owners in mixed leagues can afford to take a wait-and-see approach and have him prove his health before you seriously consider him.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Bobby Nightengale
7 days agoToronto Blue Jays closer Ken Giles (arm) threw on the field on Monday. His session went "well," but he isn't available on Monday night and will need to throw off a mound before he returns to game action. The hard-throwing closer has nerve irritation in his arm from a massage and could be out another day or two. He's not out of the woods yet, though, and Daniel Hudson already has a save in Giles' absence, so he should be added in the short term by those that are in needs of saves in fantasy leagues. Giles is also a trade candidate at the deadline, so Hudson could have another avenue to saves in the second half.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Sportsnet.ca - Ben Nicholson-Smith
7 days agoSources say that Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray has drawn recent interest from the Astros and the Phillies. Ray is eligible for free agency after the 2020 season and won't be just a second-half rental. The left-hander has a National-League high 56 walks, but he's also striking out 2.5 more batters per nine innings than Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, who is also on the market. Ray is 7-6 with 145 strikeouts in 111 innings in 20 starts and is holding opponents to a .220/.317/.400 slash line. With Arizona only 1 1/2 games out of the NL wild card, it's uncertain if the D-backs will become sellers. Ray could become slightly more attractive with either the Phils or Astros, but both of their home parks are also hitter-friendly.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com - Jon Paul Morosi
7 days agoThe San Francisco Giants placed third baseman Evan Longoria (foot) on the 10-day injured list on Monday with plantar fasciitis in his left foot and recalled reliever Ray Black from the minors in a corresponding move. An MRI exam showed a strain, so the veteran will be out more than 10 days. Longoria has six homers in his last nine games but has been a disappointment overall. We wouldn't blame you if you dropped him in deeper mixed leagues if you have other needs. Pablo Sandoval should see most of the starts at the hot corner and is a solid NL-only commodity. Donovan Solano and Austin Slater could be other options at third base with Longoria out.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: NBC Sports Bay Area - Alex Pavlovic
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  vs. CHC    (Alec Mills - RHP)   |  9:45 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,200
7 days agoThe Philadelphia Phillies like Baltimore Orioles closer Mychal Givens, according to industry chatter, and the Orioles have him in play as the trade deadline approaches. Philly will be scouting Givens this week after he has performed better of late. He has given up one run in his last six outings over seven innings and has struck out 10 hitters in that span. Givens will be eligible for free agency in 2022 and could provide a contending team with a nice setup man. His value isn't very high right now on a bad Orioles team, but it could be even worse if he's not getting save chances on the regular. The Washington Nationals had a scout at Camden Yards to watch Givens as well. But Givens would merely be a setup man in D.C. The Orioles are looking on getting young prospects back in any trade.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MASN Sports - Roch Kubatko
7 days agoSt. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha was just demoted to the bullpen and has a 5.54 ERA on the season, and he might be a trade candidate this summer while in the final year of his current deal. The 28-year-old could be dealt before the July 31 trade deadline, but manager Mike Shildt doesn't want to "pigeonhole" Wacha as only a long man out of the bullpen. While there is a chance that Wacha could once again be fantasy relevant if he's traded and is used in a starting rotation again with his new team, but that could very well be doubtful. He serves really no purpose in fantasy leagues if he's pitching in relief for any team.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Derrick Goold
7 days agoThe Milwaukee Brewers are "engaged" in trade conversations about San Francisco Giants closer Will Smith, according to sources. Milwaukee already has one of the most dominant closers in the game in Josh Hader, but acquiring Smith would give the Brewers another excellent late left-inning arm. Back in San Fran, a Smith departure might turn their bullpen into a committee approach consisting of arms like Tony Watson, Sam Dyson, Reyes Moronta and Mark Melancon. It might be anyone's guess on a nightly basis on who is closing games. Smith has been a top fantasy closer this year, but a move to Milwaukee might be one of the worst destinations for his fantasy value.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Robert Murray
7 days agoLos Angeles Dodgers infielder Chris Taylor (wrist) had his X-rays come back negative, but he's "still in a lot of pain," according to manager Dave Roberts. Taylor was hit by a pitch on his left wrist on Sunday night in extra innings and left the game. For now it looks like he might avoid the injured list, but he wasn't starting on Monday and could miss a few more games to heal up. Taylor serves as a utility man for LA and is hitting .261/.334/.452 with eight home runs, 33 runs, 41 RBI and seven steals in 261 at-bats. He's useful for his speed and power in deep mixed and NL-only leagues in an excellent Dodgers lineup.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Orange County Register - Bill Plunkett
Next Matchup:   7/23  |  vs. LAA    (Felix Pena - RHP)   |  10:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
7 days agoLos Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (calf) is not in the lineup Monday against the Astros. Trout has been white-hot at the plate lately but was removed from the game on Sunday with tightness in the calf. The injury doesn't appear to be serious and keeping him off his feet for a few days seems to be the course of action. Over his last seven games, Trout is slashing .417/.500/1.250 with six home runs and 14 runs batted in. The hope is he should be back in the lineup in the coming days.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Los Angeles Angels
Next Matchup:   7/23  |  @ LAD    (Kenta Maeda - RHP)   |  10:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
1 week agoLos Angeles Angels closer Hansel Robles notched his 13th save of the season Sunday in the Angels 6-3 win. The team is playing inspired baseball right now and Robles is taking full advantage. Robles has seven saves since June 1 and has a 0.55 ERA over his last 15 appearances. He has 19 strikeouts over his last 18 1/3 innings and has emerged as a reliable closer in the American League West. With the team surging right now, Robles is an excellent play who should be in line for more save chances in the near future.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Los Angeles Angels
1 week agoLos Angeles Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun went 1-for-3 on Sunday, including hitting his 21st home run of the season against the Mariners. It has been a streaky season for Calhoun thus far but right now is trending in the right direction. Calhoun is currently slashing .333/.381/.692 over his last nine games with two doubles, four home runs, eight runs scored and eight runs driven in. Calhoun is coming off hitting .191 in the month of June so fantasy owners should deploy the veteran slugger in DFS lineups now before he goes cold again.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Los Angeles Angels
Next Matchup:   7/23  |  @ LAD    (Kenta Maeda - RHP)   |  10:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
1 week agoHouston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 with one RBI in the Astros 12-4 win over the Rangers on Sunday. Reddick is quietly having another quality season hitting in the lower third of a potent offense has been especially lethal hitting on the road this season. Through 42 games away from Minute Maid Park, Reddick is slashing .318/.343/.500 with one triple, six home runs, eight doubles, 18 runs batted in and 19 runs scored. Reddick is slugging only .368 at home this season so DFS owners should target Reddick only when he starts on the road. The Astros will open up a series with Angels in Anaheim beginning Monday night.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  vs. OAK    (Homer Bailey - RHP)   |  8:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,900
1 week agoHouston Astros starter Justin Verlander struck out seven batters in six innings as the Astros beat the Rangers 12-4 on Sunday. Verlander (11-4) allowed only two runs and gave up zero home runs for the first time since June 6. The right-handed hurler is having another amazing season despite an alarming amount of home runs allowed. He especially has had success pitching on the road, going 8-2 with a 3.01 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP in 12 starts away from Minute Maid Park. Verlander is a top-shelf fantasy choice and could even get better if he can improve upon the 26 home runs allowed this season through only 132 2/3 innings pitched. Verlander is in line to pitch later this week.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
1 week agoHouston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has picked up in the second half right where he left off, going 6-for-13 (.461) since the All-Star break. Gurriel continues to swing the hottest bat in all of baseball, slashing .395/.439/.1.053 with one double, eight home runs, 12 runs scored and 18 runs batted in over his last nine games. Gurriel's slugging percentage has sky-rocketed during this span, jumping from .423 on June 29 to .493 heading into Monday's matchup against the Angels. This offensive surge suddenly has Gurriel on course for his best season as a pro and already is two home runs away from his career-high of 18. Gurriel needs to be owned in all fantasy formats and is a must-play in DFS over the next few days.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  vs. OAK    (Homer Bailey - RHP)   |  8:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $5,800
1 week agoDallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is reportedly considering holding out from Cowboys training camp. The team and Elliott (with his agents) have been in conversation for over a month, and the general thought is that Elliott won't hold out if he thinks the team is "making a serious push to get an extension worked." Elliott knows his value is at a high point right now and with the beating he takes each year, he does not want to risk going into the season without an extension at least in the process of getting done. This seems like a lot of smoke and not much fire for now, but it's something to keep an eye on as the Cowboys are scheduled to report to training camp in less than two weeks.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource: Charles Robinson on Twitter
1 week agoHouston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with a grand slam on Sunday as the Astros beat the Rangers. Altuve now has seven hits over his last two games and is 8-for-16 (.500) over his last three played with two doubles, two home runs and six runs batted in. It has been vintage Altuve lately, slashing .357/.371/.595 over his last 42 at-bats and appears to be the healthiest he has been all season. Knee issues have really hampered the former MVP over the past season and a half but still is capable of elite production when he is right. Now is the perfect time to play Altuve in DFS leagues over the next week.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  vs. OAK    (Homer Bailey - RHP)   |  8:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $6,900
1 week agoChicago Bears running back Mike Davis will head into training camp looking to become more than the 'forgotten' man in the team's backfield. Most of the fantasy buzz this summer has gone towards teammates Tarik Cohen and rookie David Montgomery but don't count out Davis. The free agent acquisition fell short of having a 'breakout campaign' last season but set career- best marks in carries (114), yards (514), receptions (34), receiving yards (214) and total touchdowns (5). Davis was one of many running backs that the Seahawks rotated last year and he posted two games with 100 yards from scrimmage or more. Davis was in line for a heavier workload this season but drafting Montgomery is certain to cut into the timeshare. It is hard to envision a scenario where Davis averages more than 15 carries a game this season but could lead the team in touches in the red zone for an ascending offense.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Chicago Bears
1 week agoCincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Clint Boling has retired due to a blood clot in his right leg. Boling was projected to be the starting right guard for Cincinnati this year, and his sudden retirement leaves the Bengals in a rough spot. Pro Football Focus ranked the Bengals offensive line as the league's 27th-best unit after the 2018 season, so losing a key player will make it even tougher on the offense. Running back Joe Mixon gets a slight downgrade with this news, as does quarterback Andy Dalton, though his fantasy stock was already low.--Justin Carter - RotoBallerSource: ESPN - Katherine Terrell
1 week agoHouston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and the team were unable to reach a long-term deal before Monday's deadline, which means Clowney will play on the franchise tag this season. The former number-one overall pick is expected to hold out for most of training camp, but there's been no indication yet that he'll miss time during the season. Clowney's been injured a lot, but when healthy he's a disruptive defender and has tremendous upside in IDP leagues. His uncertain future does introduce some uncertainty for dynasty owners, though, as Monday's news likely means Clowney won't be a Texan when the 2020 season rolls around.--Justin Carter - RotoBallerSource: Adam Schefter
1 week agoThat's three home runs in the last two games for Tampa Bay Rays infielder Michael Brosseau. Through just 12 games, he's slashed .395/.425/.816 with eight extra-base hits and 10 RBI. Brosseau has come out of nowhere after sitting at Double-Montgomery last year with an unimpressive .262 average and 13 home runs in over 400 at-bats. He's already up to four in just 40 at-bats against MLB pitching. The .500-plus wOBA suggests some regression, so don't expect this level of play to continue. Infielder Matt Duffy is close to returning to the majors, too, so Brosseau will have to maintain close to this level of play or he'll slowly find himself in a reserve role or back in the minors.--Austyn Varney - RotoBallerSource: Fangraphs.com
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  vs. BOS    (Eduardo Rodriguez - LHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $5,000
1 week agoThe Tampa Bay Rays held a combined no-hitter through eight innings on Sunday but couldn’t close the deal. Pitcher Ryan Yarbrough gave up a single to Hanser Alberto to start the inning, and the cookie crumbled from there. Oliver Drake followed, allowing a bloop single and gifting an earned run to Yarbrough. The Rays still won the game 4-1, but the night wasn’t as sweet as it could have been.--Austyn Varney - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
1 week agoAfter last going deep on May 28th, Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Austin Meadows connected for his 13th home run of the season Sunday night. It came against soft-tossing right-hander Tom Eshelman and gave the Rays a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. They never looked back, besting the Orioles 4-1 and remaining atop the wild-card race; a game and a half over the A’s and four games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. They’ll need Meadows to pick it back up in the second half if they want to keep these potential playoff teams off their heels.--Austyn Varney - RotoBallerSource: CBS.com
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  vs. BOS    (Eduardo Rodriguez - LHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $6,700
1 week agoThe Rays are wanting to see 25 to 30 comfortable at-bats out of Tampa Bay Rays infielder Matt Duffy at Triple-A before they give him the nod to come up. He’s up to 19 at-bats and should be in Tampa by the start of their next homestand. Duffy isn’t a game-changer and will have to prove himself to earn consistent at-bats on a team with an already-crowded infield picture. There are RBI opportunities throughout this order, and he could be worth a DFS play against lefties when he's in the lineup. Only consider him in AL-only leagues for now.--Austyn Varney - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  vs. BOS    (Eduardo Rodriguez - LHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $3,100
1 week agoThe New York Mets placed starter Zack Wheeler on the IL Monday afternoon with a fatigued shoulder, an ominous sign for the current MLB trade market. Wheeler's IL move is retroactive to three days ago, with his earliest possible return date being July 23rd. The 29-year-old's injury is particularly concerning considering he just got extended rest due to the All-Star break. His name has been floated around frequently as a possible trading chip with the deadline nearing. While the Mets may still be able to execute a trade, the possibility of a strong return in any trade has taken a massive hit.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBallerSource: Tim Healey Twitter
1 week agoChicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (foot) will miss his second consecutive game on Monday versus the Reds. Contreras has been dealing with a sore right foot and is currently day-to-day. Victor Caratini will be behind the dish on Monday and bat fifth in a tough matchup versus Luis Castillo.--Daniel Burdeen - RotoBallerSource: Chicago Cubs
Next Matchup:   7/22  |  @ SF    (Shaun Anderson - RHP)   |  9:45 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $6,000
1 week agoJustin Rose heads to Royal Portrush with his eyes on a breakthrough at the Open Championship. Rose came oh-so-close to winning the Claret Jug at Carnoustie last year, but ultimately had to settle for a share of second place. The Englishman has had an underwhelming year by his lofty standards, but played beautifully at the recent U.S. Open en route to a T3 finish. Rose brings a hot putter with him to Northern Ireland, as he's gained strokes putting in five-consecutive starts. If his ball striking comes around, he'll have a great chance to put himself into contention at Portrush. Rose is a rock-solid DFS option this week. --Joe Nicely - RotoBallerSource: PGA Tour
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