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2 weeks agoAfter hitting two home runs last night against the New York Yankees, Toronto outfielder Teoscar Hernandez continued the barrage on Saturday, smashing a Chance Adams curveball 411-feet for his 18th home run of the year. Only 5%-owned in all Yahoo Leagues, Hernandez has four multi-home run games since the beginning of June and is capable of hot streaks of power, making him full-stream-ahead until he cools back down.--Nicklaus Gaut - RotoBallerSource: Bryan Hoch
2 weeks agoOut since July 23 with a groin injury, Gary Sanchez returned with gusto on Saturday, smashing a hanging slider from Toronto pitcher Jacob Waguespack 426-feet for his first home run since July 4. With New York beset by injuries on all sides, Sanchez immediately returning with a power boost is a welcome sign. And as catcher has been a frozen wasteland in fantasy this year, his return brings good-tidings for all those owners who spent a premium pick to draft the All-Star backstop and need the boost he can provide as baseball moves into the dog days of August.--Nicklaus Gaut - RotoBallerSource: Bryan Hoch
2 weeks agoBack on a mound for the first time in five months, Yankees ace Luis Severino threw a 23-pitch bullpen session on Friday afternoon, throwing mostly fastballs and changeups as well as mixing in two sliders. Severino left the session claiming that he felt strong and will likely throw another bullpen on Monday while working in the 35-pitch range. Factoring in another bullpen or two beside Mondays, Severino could be in line to start a rehab assignment in the next 1-2 weeks. While good news, his ability to impact fantasy lineups in 2019 could be ended by any sort of setback at this point, so Severino's owners will continue to hold their breath after every step he progresses.--Nicklaus Gaut - RotoBallerSource: NY Post
2 weeks agoOut since July 23 with a foot contusion, Tampa Bay infielder Yandy Diaz suffered a setback in his rehab earlier this week, feeling increased pain after taking groundballs. A CT scan later revealed a hairline fracture in his left foot and Diaz will be shut down from all baseball activities for the next 6-8 weeks. The injury essentially ends Diaz's fantasy season and he can now be safely dropped in all redraft leagues.--Nicklaus Gaut - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
2 weeks agoSidelined since July 17 with a left oblique strain, Philadelphia Phillie Jay Bruce returned for Thursday's game against the Giants only to promptly injure his arm making a throw in the third inning. Officially placed back on the injured list on Friday, Bruce is expected to be shut down from throwing for two weeks after being diagnosed with a flexor sprain in his left elbow. Bruce owners in need of some late-season power will now have to wait a little longer.--Nicklaus Gaut - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
2 weeks agoChicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward will get a day of rest on Saturday versus the Reds. Heyward has cooled off lately and has just five hits over his last 26 at-bats. Albert Almora Jr. will replace Heyward and bat first for the Cubs Saturday. Almora is a dart throw in DFS Saturday versus Reds starter Sonny Gray.--Daniel Burdeen - RotoBallerSource: Chicago Cubs
2 weeks agoOut since June 6 after being hit by his own foul tip, Mitch Haniger (ruptured testicle) is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment early next week. Manager Scott Servais believes that Haniger will need 25-30 plate appearances in order to get his timing back, which means a week or more of games. With Braden Bishop (lacerated spleen) on the injured list and Domingo Santana's elbow preventing him from playing defense, Haniger's presence is sorely missing in a thin Mariner outfield.--Nicklaus Gaut - RotoBallerSource: The News Tribune
2 weeks agoJacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee (knee) is unlikely to be ready for the start of the regular season according to head coach Doug Marrone. If Lee's unavailable to open the year, the battle between Chris Conley and D.J. Chark will become less important in the overall scheme of things, as both will be on the field as Jacksonville's two outside receivers. Give both guys a boost in your fantasy productions. Meanwhile, I don't see much reason to draft Lee at this point.--Justin Carter - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Phillip Heilman
2 weeks agoArizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Luke Weaver threw 10 pitches before Friday's game against the Dodgers in his first bullpen session since hitting the shelf in May with a UCL sprain. Before injured, Weaver was in the midst of a resurgent season after being traded to Arizona in the deal for Paul Goldschmidt, with a 3.02 ERA and a career-high 26.8% K-rate. Unlikely to be able to handle a starter's load upon return, Weaver could instead see time in the bullpen as a high-leverage reliever.--Nicklaus Gaut - RotoBallerSource: Star Tribune
2 weeks agoMinnesota Vikings rookie running back Alexander Mattison put up a solid effort on Friday night, carrying nine times for 30 yards and catching 1-of-2 targets for a one-yard receiving touchdown in the victory. The touchdown came on a well-executed play-action pass from starting quarterback Kirk Cousins in the game's opening drive. He was outplayed by backup Mike Boone (four carries for 70 yards and a touchdown) in this game, but Mattison has a firm hold on the top backup spot to Dalvin Cook and looks to be one of the better handcuffs in fantasy football this year. He is being drafted at 175 overall (RB58) in fantasy drafts, but you may want to secure him earlier if you're a Cook owner.--Kyle Ringstad - RotoBallerSource: NFL.com
2 weeks agoLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (shoulder) will make the start versus the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. Heaney missed three weeks of action due to shoulder inflammation. Heaney did not need a rehab start, so he's ready to go for this one. He has a 5.09 ERA with 54 strikeouts in nine starts with the Angels this season. Heaney isn't a favorable fantasy option against the Red Sox lineup, but should have fantasy value down the stretch. He's been better than his stats show.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
2 weeks agoBoston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. Benintendi will get a routine day off here at the plate versus the left-handed starter. Sam Travis will cover left field and bat cleanup versus lefty Andrew Heaney. Travis is in a favorable part of the batting order, but lacks much upside with the bat.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
2 weeks agoToronto Blue Jays pitcher Wilmer Font will draw the start versus the New York Yankees on Saturday. Jacob Waguespack was expected to draw the start, but he will come out of the bullpen in this one. Font will act as an opener and pitch the first inning or two of this one. This is not a situation worth looking at in fantasy leagues. The Yankees have a strong offense and should be able to have a nice day at the plate.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Ben Wagner
2 weeks agoNew York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green has been named the opener for Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Masahiro Tanaka was scheduled to pitch, but he'll be pushed back until Sunday. Green will pitch the first inning or two and then hand the ball off to someone else. It's unclear who the Yankees have scheduled to pitch on Saturday.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Bryan Hoch
2 weeks agoToronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (quad) has been placed on the 10-day injured list on Saturday. The Jays announced on Friday that Gurriel would likely be sidelined due to a Grade 1 quad strain. Luckily, it's only a Grade 1, so Gurriel should only be out for a few weeks. He's having a strong campaign in Toronto, so it's a shame to watch him go down like this. Derek Fisher will cover the outfield until Gurriel is able to return. Fisher is playing left field and batting seventh versus righty Chad Green on Saturday. Fisher has been unreliable with the bat since being called up.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Scott Mitchell
2 weeks agoNew York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (rest) did not start in Friday's game due to rest, but is back in the lineup for this one. Judge will bat second and play right field versus righty Jacob Waguespack on Saturday. Judge is hitting below .200 over the last two weeks, but has a favorable matchup here. DFS players may want to take a look at Judge for this one.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
2 weeks agoNew York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres (core) is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Torres suffered a core injury on Saturday, and has been banged up since then. It doesn't sound like the team wants to place him on the injured list, but Torres hasn't played basically all week. DJ LeMahieu will bat leadoff and cover second base versus righty Jacob Waguespack. LeMahieu is a fantastic fantasy option for Saturday's game.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
2 weeks agoNew York Yankees pitcher Jonathan Holder (shoulder) has been placed on the 10-day injured list on Saturday. Holder is dealing with right shoulder inflammation, so he could be sidelined multiple weeks. He has a 6.31 ERA in 34 games (one start) with the Yankees this season. Stephen Tarpley has been recalled to take his spot on the active roster. Tarpley has been roughed up this season, so he's not a fantasy option in any leagues.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: New York Yankees
2 weeks agoThe Jacksonville Jaguars have put running back Roc Thomas on the waivers/injury list. Thomas, who had just joined the team last week, will be eligible to be placed on Jacksonville's injured reserve if he clears waivers. Thomas is suspended for the first three games of the regular season, so the Jaguars signing him in the first place was a bit of a surprise. Thomas has no re-draft value at this junction, but if he sticks with the Jaguars there may be a path to snaps at some point down the line.--Justin Carter - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Phillip Heilman
2 weeks agoNew York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (groin) has been activated from the 10-day injured list on Saturday. He spent over two weeks on the injured list due to a groin strain. Sanchez doesn't have the best batting average, but has 24 home runs and 58 knocked in this season. Sanchez will do the catching and bat cleanup versus righty Jacob Waguespack. DFS players may want to take a look at Sanchez against an inexperienced pitcher on Saturday.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: New York Yankees
2 weeks agoHouston Texans wide receiver Deandre Carter has been taken off the PUP list and is practicing with the team. Carter's actual injury issue is still unclear, but his return to practice is good news for Houston. Carter should serve as the team's primary returner this year, and if Keke Coutee (ankle) misses regular season action, Carter will fill in as the slot receiver. He's not going to be much of a fantasy option outside of DFS contests as a Coutee replacement, though.--Justin Carter - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Aaron Reiss
2 weeks agoBoston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. Devers had a strong performance on Friday, so this appears to be a routine day off. Michael Chavis will cover third base and bat sixth versus lefty Andrew Heaney. Chavis has been decent with the bat lately, but won't be a great DFS option for this one.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
2 weeks agoToronto rookie Bo Bichette cooled off on Friday night against the visiting Yankees, with his nine-game double streak and 11-game hit streak coming to an end. Bichette did walk in the first inning, coming around to score on a Randall Grichuk home run in an eventual 8-2 win over New York. He also contributed by throwing up some fancy leather, robbing Didi Gregorius on a bases-loaded liner to end the fifth inning. The record-setting double-streak may be finished but Bichette looks to be a big part of Toronto's bright future alongside fellow legacy-prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio.--Nicklaus Gaut - RotoBallerSource: Newsday
2 weeks agoMinnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was only given one drive to show off on Friday night, and he took full advantage of the opportunity. Cousins was 4-for-4 for 65 yards and a touchdown, throwing a one-yard score to Alexander Mattison following catches by Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph. The offense was very efficient on the drive, featuring Cousins under center, utilizing play-action, and showing some mobility in and out of the pocket - he even scrambled for 10 yards. Kirk Cousins could absolutely be a steal at his current 117 overall (QB17) ADP with the weapons he has at his disposal, but the Vikings expected run-game emphasis with a healthy Dalvin Cook puts a slight damper on his prospects. He's a QB2 with top-12 potential, draft accordingly.--Kyle Ringstad - RotoBallerSource: Courtney Cronin - Twitter
2 weeks agoHaving been benched in favor of fellow rookie Reese McGuire - who has hit two home runs with a .840 OPS since being called up on July 27 - Danny Jansen hit a three-run home run off of Yankee starter J.A. Happ in the sixth inning of an 8-2 victory at home on Friday night. In the middle of a disappointing rookie campaign, Jansen has been splitting time with McGuire since the latter was called up and will need to continue hitting to stay in the lineup to become fantasy relevant again, even though he was drafted as a top-10 catching option heading into the season.--Nicklaus Gaut - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
2 weeks agoRandall Grichuk started the scoring off early for the Blue Jays on Friday night against the Yankees, hitting a two-run home run off of New York starter J.A. Happ in the bottom of the first inning. Grichuk now has 20 home runs on the year and has hit four home runs since July 29, heating up in those 11 games with a 1.050 OPS and a 169 wRC+ to go along with eight RBI and eight runs scored.--Nicklaus Gaut - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
2 weeks agoToronto outfielder Teoscar Hernandez cranked up the power on Friday night, hitting two home runs and driving in three as the Blue Jays beat the Yankees 8-2 at home. Hernandez hit his 16th home run in the second inning, taking starter JA Happ deep for a 447-foot solo shot, before capping off the Blue Jays scoring with a two-run blast in the eighth. This was Hernandez's fourth game with multiple home runs since June 16 and the streaky slugger now has 17 home runs on the season.--Nicklaus Gaut - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
2 weeks agoSan Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. went 1-for-3 in Friday's contest versus the Rockies, upping his average to .326 on the season. Deuces were wild for the rookie as he hit a double, walked twice, drove in two, and swiped a pair of bags in the club's 7-1 victory. Tatis Jr.'s spectacular debut campaign now has him sitting pretty with 22 homers, 60 runs, 53 RBI, and 16 stolen bases in 80 games for the Friars, making him one of the more valuable players to own down the stretch run.--Riley Mrack - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
2 weeks agoSeattle Mariners starter Marco Gonzales struck out nine in the team's 5-3 loss to the Rays on Friday. The lefty tossed 6.1 innings giving up two runs on seven while walking a pair, earning a no-decision. The high strikeout total matched his season-high, but his 110 K's in 146.0 IP (17.5% K%) isn't giving him enough fantasy value. Gonzales is capable of showing ace-like stuff, but his consistency remains a question mark making him a streaming option at best. The 27-year-old will take a 4.25 ERA and a 12-9 record into his next start against the Tigers in a favorable matchup.--Riley Mrack - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
2 weeks agoColorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado smacked a single in Friday's game and scored the team's only run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and he somehow seems immune to the struggles the team is going through. While his team has fallen from second in the NL West to fourth in a matter of a month, Arenado has hit safely in 12 of the last 13 games. He's racked up four multi-hit games and three home runs in that span, and he's only struck out seven times. Arenado's performance this season has been overshadowed by the shows put on by Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich, but at 25 home runs, a .306 average, and another stellar year at third, Arenado has remained Arenado.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com