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2 weeks agoAfter a breakout 2018 season, Tony Finau and his fantasy backers must be disappointed with his play this year. Finau popped for a top-five finish at the Masters and runner-up honors at the Charles Schwab Challenge, but has otherwise struggled in 2019. The young star has missed the cut in his last three starts and will attempt to find his form in this week's 3M Open. Finau seems like a natural fit for the TPC Twin Cities layout that has very wide fairways and is expected to yield lots of birdies. He will need to improve his spotty iron play in order to contend, but the bomber remains a high-upside GPP option despite his recent slump. --Joe Nicely - RotoBallerSource: PGA Tour
2 weeks agoInfielder Andrew Velazquez was traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Cleveland Indians Wednesday in exchange for international bonus pool money. Velazquez is a 4-for-22 hitter in his MLB career and also just .267/.331/.390 in the minors, so this is an organizational depth move. Cleveland designated pitcher Chih-Wei Hu, who has not appeared in an MLB game this season, for assignment as the corresponding move.--Nate Green - RotoBallerSource: MLB Roster Moves
Next Matchup:   7/17  |  vs. DET    (Spencer Turnbull - RHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $3,100
2 weeks agoWashington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman will not start Wednesday, his second time out of the lineup in five games since returning from plantar fasciitis. The left-handed Matt Adams gets the start and bats fifth against Miami Marlins right-hander Sandy Alcantara. Adams is a decent DFS play against Alcantara, if this game -- which starts at 6:05 PM in preparation for Washington's annual morning game on July 4 -- is in your slate. As for Zimmerman, it's possible he becomes the lesser half of a platoon going forward. For now, NL-only leagues are pretty much the only reasonable format for rostering either Zimmerman or Adams.--Nate Green - RotoBallerSource: Nationals Twitter
Next Matchup:   7/17  |  @ BAL    (Aaron Brooks - RHP)   |  7:05 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $3,800
2 weeks agoMilwaukee Brewers infielder/outfielder Hernan Perez, who was designated for assignment on June 28, cleared waivers Wednesday and was sent to Triple-A San Antonio. Perez showed promise in 2016 with a .272 batting average, 13 home runs, and 34 stolen bases, but has not approached similar value since and was hitting just .235/.277/.383 in 160 plate appearances this season. He wasn't fantasy relevant before the DFA, which was only confirmed by the lack of interest he drew on waivers, and is less so now.--Nate Green - RotoBallerSource: Brewers Twitter
Next Matchup:   7/18  |  @ ARI    (Merrill Kelly - RHP)   |  9:40 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $3,900
2 weeks agoMiami Marlins outfielder/third baseman Brian Anderson is not in the team's lineup Wednesday after exiting Tuesday's game with an elbow contusion. For the most part, Anderson has been playing right field while Neil Walker starts at third base. Wednesday, Walker will stay at third and bat fourth, while Harold Ramirez takes Anderson's right field spot and Curtis Granderson gets the start in left. Anderson has been one of Miami's better hitters, so his absence makes a bad lineup even worse. No one on Miami is a DFS option against Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg.--Nate Green - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   7/17  |  vs. SD    (Chris Paddack - RHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,000
2 weeks agoDallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott met with the NFL about a May incident in Las Vegas, and the league has determined that Elliott did not violate the league's Personal Conduct Policy. Elliott will not face a suspension and will be available to start the year for the Cowboys. Elliott has led the NFL in rushing yards in two of his first three seasons and there's no reason to believe he can't do that again based on how the Cowboys have used him. He should be one of the first two backs taken in fantasy drafts this upcoming season.--Justin Carter - RotoBallerSource: Ed Werder
2 weeks agoTexas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun has done some work at second base in recent days, and could also start doing some third base work as well. This development would seem to be a damning statement on incumbent second baseman Rougned Odor, who has hit a dreadful .189/.259/.369 in 2019. Calhoun is unlikely to be any good defensively at second, if he ever even plays there, but this is still a potential plus for his future fantasy value as well as a hit to Odor's already-falling stock. It's a situation that bears continued monitoring, especially once Hunter Pence returns from the team's injured list.--Nate Green - RotoBallerSource: Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News
Next Matchup:   7/17  |  vs. ARI    (Robbie Ray - LHP)   |  8:05 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,900
2 weeks agoAtlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers is the team's eighth hitter Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. The rest of Atlanta's lineup is their standard arrangement. They are facing Phillies starter Nick Pivetta, who's been better since returning from a demotion on May 28, but still has just a 4.30 ERA, 32-10 K-BB ratio, and nine home runs allowed in 37 2/3 innings in those six starts. Assuming good weather, a Braves stack makes sense in DFS, although Flowers should probably not be a part of it from the eight-spot.--Nate Green - RotoBallerSource: Braves Twitter
Next Matchup:   7/18  |  vs. WSH    (Stephen Strasburg - RHP)   |  7:20 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,000
2 weeks agoHouston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is holding informal offseason workouts with Houston's receivers, including wide receiver Vyncint Smith, who says the workouts are helping build chemistry with the team's receivers and their quarterback. Watson is one of the NFL's best young quarterback, and getting extra time with his receivers should help the Texans offense this season, which has often been slow to start games. Watson threw for over 4000 yards and 26 touchdowns last season, and with a little more luck in terms of the health of his receivers, he could challenge for the top quarterback spot in fantasy this year.--Justin Carter - RotoBallerSource: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson
2 weeks agoThe Los Angeles Dodgers acquired pitcher Casey Sadler from the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday in exchange for pitcher Nathan Witt. Rich Hill was transferred to the 60-day injured list to make room for Sadler on the 40-man roster. Hill is now not eligible to return until August, but his left forearm injury was scary regardless and he can be dropped if you absolutely need the roster or IL space for a better stash. Despite appearing in 19 1/3 innings for the Rays this season, Sadler went straight to Triple-A for the Dodgers and has a middle relief ceiling, so there's nothing there for fantasy purposes. Witt is just a 23-year-old with a 5.32 ERA at A ball.--Nate Green - RotoBallerSource: Dodgers Twitter
2 weeks agoOn Wednesday, Kansas City Royals first baseman Lucas Duda is starting for the first time since Sunday as Cheslor Cuthbert sits. Duda will bat sixth against Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger. Duda is hitting a mere .173/.266/.321 in 94 plate appearances in 2019 and hasn't been a plus bat since 2017, making him an easy DFS pass despite Clevinger's recent struggles.--Nate Green - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   7/17  |  vs. CHW    (Ivan Nova - RHP)   |  8:15 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $3,400
2 weeks agoCincinnati Reds infielder/outfielder Derek Dietrich is playing left field and batting sixth Wednesday after a day off Tuesday. Dietrich's bat has cooled significantly the past few weeks, with a .111/.304/.241 slash line in the last 28 days. His season line remains a strong .223/.351/.565, so OBP and OPS league owners should still be pleased with his overall campaign. Cincinnati is facing Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, which isn't a bad matchup, but Dietrich's recent slump is too much to use him for DFS.--Nate Green - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   7/18  |  vs. STL    (Dakota Hudson - RHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,900
2 weeks agoAs expected, New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German was activated from the injured list Wednesday to start vs. the New York Mets. Reliever Stephen Tarpley was optioned to make roster space. German was felled in early June by a left hip flexor strain with a 9-2 record, 3.86 ERA, and 1.11 WHIP in 13 appearances (12 starts). If for some reason he was dropped, scoop him up now. The Mets have a solid offense, but German still has a decent shot at a win against them, and a hip injury is less concerning going forward than an arm injury might have been.--Nate Green - RotoBallerSource: Yankees Twitter
2 weeks agoOakland Athletics starting pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo was removed from a Triple-A start on Tuesday night after throwing four innings. The organization is calling it lat tightness and he will be evaluated later Wednesday. Luzardo is expected to join the Athletics rotation soon, although this episode could push him back. He should already be stashed in dynasty and keeper formats. Once his call-up is imminent, he should be added everywhere possible.--Nate Green - RotoBallerSource: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
2 weeks agoArizona Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly will be challenged on Wednesday in a road start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kelly has been very consistent of late, posting a 2.75 ERA in six June starts. However, the Dodgers are one of the best offenses in all of baseball and are even tougher at home in Dodger Stadium. Despite Kelly's recent success, it may be wise to leave him on the bench in most formats.--Adam Young - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
2 weeks agoNew York Mets left-hander Jason Vargas will take the mound on Wednesday in a difficult matchup against the New York Yankees. However, Vargas has been very consistent of late, having surrendered three earned runs or less in 11 straight outings. The veteran tamed the Yankees on the road earlier this season and will now get to pitch in the friendly confines of Citi Field. Although the right-handed heavy Yankees should hold a platoon advantage over Vargas, his ability to prevent runs lately keeps him on the radar as a streamer Wednesday.--Adam Young - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
2 weeks agoWashington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has a juicy matchup against the Miami Marlins on tap for Wednesday. Strasburg has dominated the Marlins more than almost any pitcher in all of baseball. In the Nationals' last 12 games against Miami with Strasburg on the mound, the team is 12-0, while the right-hander is 10-0 with a 1.99 ERA during that span. If you haven't already, make sure you load up on Strasburg in all formats.--Adam Young - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
2 weeks agoWashington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto had another productive day at the plate on Tuesday against the Miami Marlins. Soto went 2-for-3 with a home run, triple, walk and two RBI. The home run off Miami starter Zac Gallen was his 15th of the season. The outfielder is now hitting .301 with a .960 OPS and remains one of the best young players in all of baseball.--Adam Young - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   7/17  |  @ BAL    (Aaron Brooks - RHP)   |  7:05 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $6,900
2 weeks agoArizona Diamondbacks closer Greg Holland struggled with his control on Tuesday in a blown save against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Holland retired the first two hitters in the ninth before walking four straight to bring the tying run home. At that point, he was lifted from the game and T.J. McFarland walked in the Dodgers' game-winning run to hand Holland the loss as well. The veteran closer clearly has been impacted by long periods of time without save opportunities. That, and the fact that Arizona has provided so little save chances, makes Holland a risky asset moving forward.--Adam Young - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
2 weeks agoSeattle Mariners reliever Roenis Elias collected his 11th save of the season in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Cardinals. His only blemish was serving up a one-out double to Dexter Fowler, but he capped off the scoreless frame by striking out a pair and getting a groundout to end the game. Elias has been lights out in the ninth inning, going 11-for-12 in save opportunities, but he did take the loss in a non-save situation last week against the Astros. He holds a respectable 3.46 ERA and 40 punchouts in 39.0 innings this season, and should be owned in deeper mixed leagues for the fact that he's receiving all the save opportunities in Seattle.--Riley Mrack - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
2 weeks agoSeattle Mariners catcher Omar Narvaez hit a two-run dinger off Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty in Tuesday's win, finishing the game going 2-for-4. The homer was the 12th of the year for Narvaez who has hit a shiny .292 with 40 runs and 31 RBI so far this season. These stats are now all career-highs for the 27-year-old as he continues to get his at-bats as the fifth hitter in the M's lineup, further emphasizing his value in fantasy leagues. Narvaez has surprised in 2019 transforming from a backup into a top-10 catcher, making him valuable in all league formats. He doesn't possess the most power for his position, but his high batting average is a rare trait that separates him from most of his league counterparts.--Riley Mrack - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   7/19  |  vs. LAA   |  10:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
2 weeks agoCincinnati Reds right-hander Tanner Roark took a no-decision in a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. Roark gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings while striking out five and walking one. He struggled with the long ball in this one, allowing three to the Milwaukee hitters. Roark has pitched well for the Reds this season, posting a 5-6 record, 3.51 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 92 strikeouts in 92 1/3 innings of work. He has established himself as a low-end fantasy starter in mixed leagues.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: www.MLB.com
2 weeks agoCincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel went 2-for-4 with two runs in a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. The rookie outfielder knocked two singles and also added a walk in the 11-inning win. Senzel is now hitting .268 with eight homers, 33 runs, 27 RBI, and eight steals in his rookie campaign. While he isn't posting gaudy numbers, Senzel is definitely showing that he belongs in the majors. He needs to stay rostered in all formats as he has the potential to be an impact bat in the second half of the season.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: www.MLB.com
Next Matchup:   7/18  |  vs. STL    (Dakota Hudson - RHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $5,900
2 weeks agoMinnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in an 8-6 loss to the Oakland A's on Tuesday. Sano took Oakland starter Daniel Mengden deep in the second inning, giving him 13 homers in 130 at-bats. The veteran slugger is hitting just .223 with 24 runs and 24 RBI but has started to heat up over his past seven games, hitting .280. Sano has loads of power potential and is worth rostering in all fantasy formats going forward.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: www.MLB.com
Next Matchup:   7/18  |  vs. OAK    (Mike Fiers - RHP)   |  8:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $5,700
2 weeks agoOakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea (shoulder) tossed a 30-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday. He is scheduled to make one more bullpen session. If that goes well he would then progress to a minor-league rehab assignment. There is still no timetable for his return, but he is at least making nice progress. Fantasy owners will want to stash him away in AL-only leagues if you have the roster flexibility.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
2 weeks agoMinnesota Twins relief pitcher Adalberto Mejia (calf) was activated from the 60-day injured list on Tuesday. He missed the first 56 games due to a strained right calf. Mejia allowed one run and three hits over 3 1/3 innings. Mejia was sharp during his minor-league rehab stint, and he didn't show many signs of rust in his first action since late April. Still, his fantasy appeal is limited in the deepest of AL-only formats using true middle relievers.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
2 weeks agoUpdating a previous report, Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (finger) will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to a blister on his middle finger, manager Rocco Baldelli said after Tuesday's game with the Oakland Athletics. As a result, Odorizzi will miss the 2019 All-Star Game in Cleveland, too. Before departing, Odorizzi was hammered for six runs - five earned - and four hits in three-plus innings, and he is now 0-2 with an 8.76 ERA over his past three starts following a 10-game winning streak. RHP Zack Littell will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to replace Odorizzi on the roster.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: FOX Sports North
2 weeks agoOakland Athletics starting pitcher Daniel Mengden allowed five earned runs, eight hits and no walks with two homers allowed and five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in a win against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. He threw 61 of his 85 pitches for strikes, including 16 first-pitch strikes to the 24 batters he faced. Despite the shaky outing, Mengden has won back-to-back starts for the first time since winning four straight outings from May 15-31, 2018. He'll look to make it three in a row on Sunday in Seattle.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
2 weeks agoOakland Athletics relief pitcher Liam Hendriks allowed a hit with two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins, picking up his third save of the season. Hendriks has been holding down the fort while Blake Treinen (shoulder) remains on the shelf. Treinen is likely to return very shortly, however, so the days of fantasy usefulness for Hendriks is coming to an end likely right after the All-Star break.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
2 weeks agoOakland Athletics catcher Chris Herrmann (knee) made his season debut on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins and he instantly became a fan favorite with one swing of the bat. Herrmann became the first player in franchise history to hit a grand slam in his debut with the organization, with the big homer coming off of Twins RHP Jake Odorizzi. "When you hit a home run, period, let alone a grand slam, it makes you feel like you belong pretty quickly with the team," manager Bob Melvin said. "It was nice to get him off to a good start." Herrmann will be fighting for at-bats behind Josh Phegley, and his fantasy appeal is still limited to deeper AL-only leagues despite the big fly.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com - Martin Gallegos
Next Matchup:   7/18  |  @ MIN    (Kyle Gibson - RHP)   |  8:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $3,000