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6 days agoSan Diego Padres starter Chris Paddack had a nice bounce-back night on the hill Saturday versus the Rockies giving up three runs over six frames. He walked one and struck out five in the no-decision, and now holds a 3.26 ERA and 0.93 WHIP through 110.1 IP this season. Paddack's dominant rookie campaign has seen him falter a bit in the second half, holding a 4.50 ERA in five starts since the break, as his workload becomes more of a concern with a month and a half to play. The Padres will cap the youngster's innings at some point, likely somewhere after the 130 innings threshold. Depending on his results until then, the leash could be longer, but owners should keep this in mind down the stretch run.--Riley Mrack - RotoBallerSource:
6 days agoBoston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello took the loss on Saturday after allowing five runs on five hits, while striking out three and walking none against the Los Angeles Angels. After allowing a three-run bomb in the first inning, the right-hander retired the next 14 hitters he faced, until the sixth inning when he allowed a leadoff single followed by a Mike Trout two-run homer. Just some bad luck in an otherwise solid effort by Porcello. He's now 10-9 on the season with a 5.67 ERA and a 107/36 K/BB. Although his 4.92 FIP isn't good at all, it suggests he is just slightly unlucky. Porcello gets the Baltimore Orioles in his next start on Friday. It's a great matchup and certainly one he can be streamed in, despite his struggles this season.--Steve Janik - RotoBallerSource:
6 days agoSan Diego Padres outfielder Manuel Margot launched his fourth homer in his last seven games Saturday, finishing the night going 3-for-4. He collected three RBI on the night and is now slashing .254/.330/.430 on the year with 10 homers, 47 runs, 27 RBI, and 15 steals in 107 games played. With Franmil Reyes out of town, Margot's playing time has increased along with his production. He's hit .282 with four steals since the break and .375 so far in August, making him a player worth owning for the stretch run. Margot has underwhelmed as a big leaguer for the most part, but still possesses a power/speed combo that touted him as a top prospect a few years ago.--Riley Mrack - RotoBallerSource:
6 days agoSan Diego Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe had a big night at the plate Saturday, finishing the night 3-for-3 with a walk. Two of his hits went for doubles, and his other left the yard for his 31st of the campaign as he finished the night with four runs scored and a pair of RBI. Renfroe has benefitted from Franmil Reyes leaving town by finally getting everyday at-bats, making him a desirable power producer to own the rest of the way. He continues to rack up the punchouts (28.3% K%) which limits his .242 batting average from dramatically improving, but he's capable of surpassing the 40-HR plateau batting in the meat of the Padres lineup.--Riley Mrack - RotoBallerSource:
6 days agoSeattle Mariners catcher Omar Narvaez took Rays starter Charlie Morton deep on Saturday night, busting a 16-game homerless drought. The 27-year-old is up to 17 long balls on the season with 52 runs, 42 RBI, and a shiny .292/.365/.475 slash line. Narvaez is in the middle of a rough patch, but has still managed to keep his batting average afloat as he leads all backstops with at least 200 plate appearances in this category. He remains an easy top-10 player at his thin position and owners shouldn't think twice about him significantly dropping off offensively down the stretch run.--Riley Mrack - RotoBallerSource:
7 days agoCincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd hauled in three catches for 25 yards on Saturday against the Chiefs. Boyd, who signed a four-year extension in July, saw limited action on the night, playing only one drive while still managing to be targeted four times by quarterback Andy Dalton. Though this was a small sample size, it was a positive showing that solidifies selecting him somewhere in the fourth or fifth rounds this upcoming season, especially with so many injury concerns on the offensive end.--Dennis Clausen - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
7 days agoCincinnati Bengals running back Jordan Ellis looked good during Saturday's preseason encounter with the Kansas City Chiefs. Though the rookie struggled rushing the ball, finishing with just 11 yards on three carries, he hauled in five receptions for 44 yards and a score, which came off of a pass from backup Ryan Finley in the fourth quarter. The 23-year-old left a mark in this one and with so many injuries on the offensive end, Ellis could find himself having his number called as long as he continues to produce for the remainder of the preseason. Keep an eye on him.--Dennis Clausen - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
7 days agoCincinnati Bengals running back Trayveon Williams had five yards and a touchdown off of five carries on Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Outside of the trip to the end zone that he had in the first quarter and a lone catch for 13 yards, the rookie didn't offer much in his unofficial debut as a result of an injury to his rib. Nonetheless, he has had a solid training camp thus far and is expected to be the number three back on the team's depth chart (if he's healthy) this upcoming season, with his fantasy stock rising if either Joe Mixon or Giovani Bernard is unable to play for one reason or another.--Dennis Clausen - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
7 days agoCincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton looked solid during Saturday's preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Dalton went 7-for-9 with 80 yards on his first and only drive of the night which was capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by rookie running back Trayveon Williams. The 31-yard-old looked comfortable in his first unofficial game under new head coach Zac Taylor, spreading the ball around in addition to converting a series of third downs. The veteran has never been a serious every week player, but if the matchup is right this upcoming fantasy season and you have a void to fill, Dalton could be your guy.--Dennis Clausen - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
7 days agoMinnesota Twins starter Jake Odorizzi picked up his 13th win on Saturday, shutting out the Cleveland Indians for 5 2/3 innings on six hits and four walks. After a nine-run blow-up against the Yankees on July 24, Odorizzi has gotten back on track, giving up just two total runs in his last three starts. Odorizzi will look to keep things going in a dangerous matchup on the road against the Texas Rangers next weekend, with temperatures projected to be in the high-90's.--Nicklaus Gaut - RotoBallerSource: Pioneer Press
7 days agoCleveland Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig had a strong night at the plate on Saturday, going 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Puig has been great since joining the Indians, slashing .378/.439/.595 with three doubles and a home run in his first taste of American League baseball. He's always been a streaky hitter, but he's an excellent fantasy asset when he's on top of his game as he is now.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource:
7 days agoSan Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel had two catches for 61 yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Dallas Cowboys. He also added a 14-yard carry. Samuel appears to be the favorite to start opposite Dante Pettis on the outside this year, and Saturday's game just moved that closer to being a reality. Samuel is likely to have some value in deeper leagues, though a lot will depend on how quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo looks when he returns to the floor.--Justin Carter - RotoBallerSource:
7 days agoSan Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jalen Hurd caught three passes for 31 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason win over the Dallas Cowboys. Hurd caught touchdowns from both C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens, and the rookie made a big impact at the right time, as the team announced Saturday that wide receiver Trent Taylor is sidelined with a broken foot. Hurd could earn his way into some of Taylor's snaps while he's sidelined, and he has a ton of upside when he's on the football field. Keep an eye on his usage as the preseason continues, but it's still too early to draft him in re-draft if you're drafting early.--Justin Carter - RotoBallerSource:
7 days agoCleveland Indians starting pitcher Adam Plutko started out well on Saturday but ended up taking a loss, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk in six innings. Plutko got through three scoreless innings before allowing two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth, and one in the seventh. The loss dropped his record to 4-3 and brought his ERA up to 4.68. He's likely the first member of the rotation to lose his spot once Cleveland starts getting guys back from the IL.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource:
7 days agoThe San Francisco 49ers played it safe with their whole running back until in Saturday's preseason win over the Dallas Cowboys, as all four of the players who are expected to make the final roster didn't play. If there is an opening, it's for the fourth-string spot that Jeffrey Wilson Jr. currently holds, but Saturday didn't show us much in terms of a potential change to that spot. Austin Walter had 18 total touches, rushing 13 times for 38 yards and adding five catches for 32, so if there's a back to keep an eye on after this one, it'd be him. Still, his best chance at fantasy relevance is to end up on a different team when the regular season rolls around.--Justin Carter - RotoBallerSource:
7 days agoKansas City Chiefs running back Darwin Thompson had a strong first preseason game with the team. Thompson rushed five times for 22 yards in the 38-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. He also caught one pass for 29 yards and a touchdown. Thompson will be fighting with veteran back Carlos Hyde for backup carries behind Damien Williams. Thompson is showing that he's useful in both the run game and the pass game for the Chiefs. He could make some fantasy value for himself if he continues to do this in the preseason.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Yahoo
7 days agoDallas Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin performed well on Saturday, catching four passes for 51 scoreless yards. The four catches led the team and the 51 yards put him in second place on the Cowboys offense. Jarwin had some solid moments last season, and should do well again in small bursts this season, even with Jason Witten ahead of him. Jarwin could have deep league fantasy value if Witten were forced to miss time.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource:
7 days agoAtlanta Braves rookie Mike Soroka was dominant for seven innings on Saturday, allowing only three hits while striking out six and walking one. But with a 3-0 lead after seven innings, Atlanta's bullpen stunk the joint up and Soroka was unable to walk out with a win. Now 10-2 on the year with a 2.32 ERA, Soroka lines up for his next start at home next Friday versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.--Nicklaus Gaut - RotoBallerSource:
7 days agoDallas Cowboys wide receiver Devin Smith led the team in receiving yards on Saturday, catching three passes for 54 yards. Smith, a 2015 second round pick of the Jets, is deeply buried on the Dallas depth chart but has shown the occasional explosiveness that could make him an intriguing wait-and-see piece if he makes the final roster.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource:
7 days agoKansas City Chiefs running back Carlos Hyde scored a touchdown in the 38-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday. The first preseason game of the season went well for the Chiefs. Hyde only saw two carries for two yards and one touchdown in this game. The Chiefs spread the run game around a lot, so it's not surprising to see Hyde only getting a few carries. He'll remain the backup to Damien Williams to start the season, but Hyde has potential to be a touchdown vulture and help some fantasy teams. Similar to this game, Hyde won't see a lot of carries, but should see his chances near the end zone in the regular season.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Yahoo
7 days agoSan Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard went 13-for-17 in Saturday's preseason win over the Dallas Cowboys. He had 141 yards and threw a touchdown and an interception. Beathard was the 49ers' backup quarterback for the early parts of last year, but he opened training camp third on the depth chart and there were questions about whether or not he'd make the final roster. Saturday was a step towards answering those, but he still remains firmly behind Nick Mullens in the race to be Jimmy Garoppolo's backup.--Justin Carter - RotoBallerSource:
7 days agoDallas Cowboys rookie running back Mike Weber led the Cowboys backfield in carries on Saturday with six. He gained 18 yards and "added" two catches for a loss of five yards. In a backfield without Ezekiel Elliott (holdout), Weber wasn't featured but did get the most touches. It'll be interesting to follow the Cowboys backfield throughout the preseason if things don't get squared away with Elliott soon.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource:
7 days agoKansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes played very well during his first preseason game of the season on Saturday. Mahomes didn't see a bunch of time on the field, but made the most of the time he did play. Mahomes completed all four of his attempts for 66 yards and finished without a touchdown or interception. The backups played most of the game, but it's a nice start to the new season for Mahomes. He'll be an elite QB1 once again this season.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Yahoo
7 days agoDallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush played most of Saturday's first preseason game and looked solid enough in the process. He completed 16-of-26 passes for 142 scoreless yards. Rush is set to be the direct backup to starter Dak Prescott but shouldn't have to do much more than hold a clipboard unless something goes wrong.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource:
7 days agoDallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott completed all four of his pass attempts on Saturday night, gaining 23 yards. Prescott wasn't in there for long, but 4-for-4 is certainly an encouraging first start. Prescott was without running back Ezekiel Elliott and may end up being without him once the season begins, but the Cowboys should have enough talent around him to make things work. Prescott is a decent depth quarterback and 2QB option, but shouldn't be relied on as a starter in a standard league.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource:
7 days agoPlaying mostly first base as of late, but eligible at three other positions besides, Texas Ranger Danny Santana continued to the ride the wave of his career year, hitting his 18th home run of the season in the sixth inning of a 3-2 loss on the road at Milwaukee on Saturday night. One of the waiver wire stars of the 2019 fantasy season, the multi-eligible Santana has been a revelation in the box, with 18 home runs, 50 RBI, and 67 runs scored in only 336 plate appearances. Santana will look to keep it going tomorrow as the Rangers face off against Jordan Lyles and the Brewers in the final game of the series.--Nicklaus Gaut - RotoBallerSource: The Journal Times
7 days agoMilwaukee Brewers rookie second baseman Keston Hiura hit his 13th home run of the year in the third inning of a 3-2 victory over the visiting Texas Rangers on Saturday night. After seeing his power wane over the past few weeks, Hiura is picking it up again and seems firmly entrenched as the Brewers second baseman, as well as batting in the middle of the Milwaukee's lineup. Still somehow available in a third of all Yahoo leagues, run to grab the Milwaukee Brewer if you still somehow can.--Nicklaus Gaut - RotoBallerSource: The Journal Times
7 days agoWith thousands of doppelgangers nodding their heads in excitement, White Sox rookie Eloy Jimenez connected for his 19th home run of the season in the fifth inning of a 3-2 victory over the visiting A's on Saturday night. The Pale Hose face right-hander Chris Bassitt in the rubber game of the three-game series on Sunday, with Jimenez looking to keep the momentum up after a mostly disappointing rookie campaign has failed to reward optimistic fantasy owners who drafted him like a top-100 player.--Nicklaus Gaut - RotoBallerSource:
7 days agoSt. Louis Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez got the last two outs of Saturday's win, earning his 12th save of the year. Martinez faced two batters, threw six pitches, and locked down a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Martinez has been solid but unspectacular as closer, saving 12 games and posting a 3.48 ERA. He should pitch well enough to hang onto his role and have significant value in most fantasy formats.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource:
7 days agoOakland Raiders wide receiver Ryan Grant caught three of his four targets on Saturday, finishing with 32 yards in the team's 14-3 win over the Rams. The former Colt played most of the first half, proving to be a reliable target for quarterback Mike Glennon in a game dominated by mostly backup players for both teams. Grant is currently fighting for a roster spot, sitting behind Hunter Renfrow on the depth chart for the starting slot receiving role. He will have a hard time surpassing the rookie with all the praise he's been getting by Derek Carr and the coaching staff so far in camp, but he made a good case for himself in this one. Even if Grant cracks a roster spot, he won't be worth looking at in all fantasy formats.--Riley Mrack - RotoBallerSource: