Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Texas Rangers. Correa returned to the lineup on Tuesday after being sidelined for about a month. It appears the Astros are going to be careful with Correa throughout the rest of the regular season. Alex Bregman will draw the start at shortstop and bat cleanup versus lefty Kolby Allard. Bregman has been in a bit of a slump lately, but remains a strong DFS option here.
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (ankle) is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Turner has not played in a game since September 7 due to a sprained ankle. Chris Taylor will bat third and play third base versus lefty Brendan McKay. Taylor has three hits in his last 20 at-bats, so he's not worth a look in DFS contests.
New York Yankees RP Ryan Dull was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday, Sept. 18. The Blue Jays also placed LHP Tim Mayza (elbow) on the 60-day injured list because of a ulnar collateral ligament injury.
New York Yankees RP Dellin Betances (Achilles) was placed on the 60-day injured list Wednesday, Sept. 18.
New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (knee) was activated off the Injured List on Wednesday and is headed right into the team's lineup for Wednesday's game against the Angels. He's hitting fifth and playing left field. Stanton hasn't seen the field since late June as he's been sidelined with a PCL strain in his right knee and recovering from other injuries as well. Stanton will likely take some time to get back into form, so he's a risky play in daily leagues or standard fantasy leagues. He's worth monitoring in season-long fantasy leagues, though, in case he heats up in the season's closing weeks.
Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Mike Moustakas continues to inch closer to his career-best home run season, which came when he hit 38 in 2017 with the Royals. On Tuesday, Moustakas hit 1-for-3 and blasted his 35th home run of the season. He is now slashing .262/.333/.535 with 85 RBI on the year. He's maintained a career-best 10.9% barrel rate this season, up from 8.8% last year. Moustakas is a fantastic source of power and should be targeted around the fourth round of fantasy drafts next season, but for now, keep inserting him into your lineup with confidence.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain broke a substantial home run drought on Tuesday, hitting his first home run since July 31 and his ninth home run on the season. Cain is of course known more for his contact-hitting ability than his power, but he's had a down year all around. He's currently slashing just .251/.316/.352. The 33-year-old Cain doesn't need to be rostered in shallow leagues, but he's worth owning in NL-only leagues and 14+ team leagues as he can provide help in stolen bases and runs. He could end up being an intriguing late-round bounce-back candidate in drafts next year.
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel suffered his sixth loss of the season on Tuesday, giving up eight hits, one walk and five earned runs over five innings against the Phillies. Keuchel was fortunate his line wasn't even worse as he loaded the bases in the fifth inning with just one out, but was able to get out of the inning without allowing any additional runs to hurt his line. Keuchel is now 8-6 on the year with a 3.63 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. His next outing is a favorable one at home against the Giants on Sunday.
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Adam Plutko was solid on Tuesday, going six innings and allowing four hits, one walk and two earned runs while striking out six. He is now 7-4 on the season with a 4.34 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. Granted it was an easy matchup against the lowly Tigers, but Plutko has been a generally reliable starting option the past few months. Unfortunately, his next two outings appear to be difficult ones as he is slated to face the Phillies on Sunday, followed by the Nationals next week. Due to the difficulty of those next two matchups, he can be left on waivers in most leagues.
New York Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton (knee) was activated from the 60-day injured list Wednesday, Sept. 18, and is in the lineup against the Los Angeles Angels.
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Jones (rest) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins. The 34-year-old has produced 15 home runs, 62 RBI, and a .262 batting average this season, but is not worth a roster spot in standard mixed leagues. Abraham Almonte will take over in right field and bat lead-off against Marlins right-hander Sandy Alcantara.
Detroit Tigers starter Matthew Boyd (personal) is lined up to make his next start on Sunday against the White Sox, according to manager Ron Gardenhire. Boyd is away from the team to deal with a family issue but expects to return to Detroit over the weekend. The 28-year-old will carry a record of 8-11, along with a 4.54 ERA and 228 strikeouts into the weekend start, making him a strong candidate in standard mixed leagues.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Tommy Pham (hand, elbow) is playing through multiple injuries down the stretch of the season as the Rays look to fight their way into the American League Wild Card game. The 31-year-old has been hampered by a right hand issue he sustained in early August, as well as an elbow issued diagnosed as a flexor strain. Despite not being fully healthy for a large majority of the second half, Pham has contributed nicely for the Rays, with totals of 20 home runs, 64 RBI, 72 runs scored, 22 steals, and a .274 batting average. Pham should be owned in all fantasy formats with his all-around production.
Oakland Athletics starter Brett Anderson surrendered one run on five hits across five innings of work during Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals. Anderson struck out two batters without issuing a walk in the no-decision. The 31-year-old left-hander owns a 12-9 record on the season to go along with a 4.00 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 87/48 K/BB rate. He remains a viable streaming option against mediocre opponents for the rest of the campaign.
Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen earned a perfect four-out save to close out Tuesday's 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He struck out two batters in the process. Jansen has been turbulent at times during the 2019 season, but six of his last seven outings have been scoreless. Jansen remains a top-tier closer on one of the best teams in baseball, but he is no longer the untouchable option he once was.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger was 1-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored, and a walk in Tuesday's 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The 24-year-old is batting .255 since the All-Star break, which is far from the .333 average he posted through the first 88 games of the season. Nevertheless, Bellinger owns a .304/.408/.625 slash line in 2019 to go along with 44 home runs, 109 RBI, 113 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases. He is one of the top offensive options in baseball and will be for years to come.
Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson was 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals. The 25-year-old has belted seven HRs with 17 RBI over his past 15 games. Olson is now slashing .272/.355/.566 with 35 HRs, 86 RBI, and 70 runs scored. He has been a monster since the All-Star break as he attempts to lead the Athletics to a playoff berth. Ensure he is in fantasy lineups each time he takes the field.
After firing five innings of one-run ball on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres starter Chris Paddacks season is done. Paddack will be shut down for the rest of 2019 after fanning nine brewers and issuing just one hit and a walk. The 23-year-old finishes his rookie campaign with a 9-7 record, 3.33 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 9.8 K/9 across 140 2/3 frames (26 starts). Despite a brief August swoon, Paddack enjoyed a brilliant season, exceeding both performance and endurance concerns after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2017. With an excellent 4.9 strikeout-to-walk ratio, Paddack is slated to headline an exciting Friars rotation in 2020 and will be in the SP2 conversation during fantasy drafts.
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored during Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Seager has been on a tear as of late, posting a .321 average with 10 RBI over his past seven games. The 25-year-old is starting to come into form. He is slashing .265/.329/.460 on the season to go along with 16 home runs, 79 RBI, and 75 runs scored. Seager is a star infielder who is poised to have a massive 2020 campaign. He will likely provide great value at the draft next season.
Kansas City Royals outfielder/first baseman Ryan McBroom smacked a single and scored the team's only run in their loss to the A's on Tuesday, but more importantly, he got a hit for the fifth straight game in which he's started. McBroom is the product of a late-season trade made with the Yankees, and there's some interest around him because he demolished Triple-A this season after struggling for years. According to McBroom, he's always been a late bloomer, and that's why he didn't find his swing until he was 27. Suspiciously, that exactly coincided with when MLB's juiced baseball made its way to Triple-A as well, but for now, he's getting his chance in the bigs. If he can continue to hit well, he could be a product of interest in the spring.
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|NYY||Sabathia L (5-8)|
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|TOR||Buchholz R (1-5)|
|BAL||Bundy R (6-14)|
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|SEA||Dunn R (0-0)|
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|SF||Samardzija R (10-12)|
|BOS||Chacin R (3-10)|
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|DET||Turnbull R (3-15)|
|CLE||Civale R (3-3)|
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|PHI||Eflin R (8-12)|
|ATL||Teheran R (10-9)|
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|CWS||Nova R (10-12)|
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|SD||Lamet R (2-5)|
|MIL||Houser R (6-6)|
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|CIN||Mahle R (2-11)|
|CHC||Lester L (13-10)|
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|TEX||Allard L (4-0)|
|HOU||Cole R (17-5)|
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