Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (ankle) will be in a walking boot for five to seven days. Rizzo underwent an MRI on Monday and was diagnosed with a lateral right ankle sprain. Rizzo will be re-evaluated when he sheds the walking boot and more should be known about his return after that process. Catcher Victor Caratini is at first base Monday and could see more starts there with Rizzo sidelined. Ian Happ could also see more playing with Rizzo sidelined. Caratini is hitting .282 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI this year and isnt a bad option in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues.
New York Mets RP Eric Hanhold was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, Sept. 16. The team also designated LHP Ty Blach for assignment.
San Diego Padres shortstop Luis Urias enjoyed a fantastic series in Coors Field, finishing 5-for-14 with a homer, three doubles and seven runs-plus-RBI against the Colorado Rockies. The setting was certainly favorable, but Urias is scorching at the dish amidst a nine-game hitting streak, batting .400 and raising his OPS from .576 to .662. The season-long struggles for Urias make for an uninspiring stat line, but the 22-year-old is finally showing the hitting chops to support his status as the Friars No. 2 prospect. Urias has yet to develop consistent power, so hes just a one-category fantasy asset down the stretch, but he has a bright dynasty outlook if he earns the starting second base gig in 2020.
Minnesota Twins RP Marcos Diplan was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Tigers on Monday, Sept. 16. The club also placed RP Daniel Stumpf (elbow) on the 60-day injured list with a left elbow strain.
Cincinnati Reds SS Jose Iglesias (back) has missed three of the team's last four games due to back stiffness and is not expected to play again versus the Chicago Cubs on Monday, Sept. 16.
Detroit Tigers 1B/DH Miguel Cabrera (knee) is expected to play the rest of the season before consulting with specialists this offseason to see what his options are regarding his troublesome right knee, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.
Detroit Tigers LHP Matt Boyd (personal) was scratched from his scheduled start against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, Sept. 17, so he could attend to a family matter.
Houston Astros SS Carlos Correa (back) will likely be activated off the injured list sometime this week, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez finished 2-for-4 with two home runs and five runs batted in during Sunday's 6-3 win over Philadelphia. This was Vazquez's biggest game of his career, and it came at a time when he had been cooling off near the end of the most productive season in his five years in the league. He's hitting .273 with a .781 OPS, 21 homers, 65 RBI, 25 doubles, and 59 runs. As someone that went undrafted in fantasy drafts, then to finish as one of the best at his position certainly raises some questions of sustainability heading into 2020, but for now just enjoy the career season for the 29-year-old.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Brandon Workman struck out one and walked one to earn his 14th save in Sunday's 6-3 win over Philadelphia. Four of his last five appearances have resulted in a save, and he hasn't allowed a run over his last seven innings pitched. This is all a bit of a late revelation for the Sox to finally find their closer, as they needed one for the first four-plus months of the season. He'll look to finish off his career year, where he is already 9-1 with a 2.04 ERA, 14 saves, 94/41 K/BB, and a 1.03 WHIP over 66 1/3 innings.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello lasted five innings, while allowing two runs on five hits, one walk, and six strikeouts in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Phillies. After two absolute duds to begin the month of September, Porcello found his groove again on the road. In five of his last eight starts, the 30-year-old has allowed three or fewer runs; however, he hasn't made it past the sixth inning since June 17. He's 13-12 with a 5.77 ERA this year with a 129/4 K/BB in 162 1/3 innings. He'll be back on the road in his next start, which is scheduled to fall on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays, which will leave Porcello out of the starting discussion.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jason Vargas allowed five runs, four earned, in three innings pitched against the Red Sox Sunday afternoon. Vargas made a throwing error in the first to set up a run before the big blow came in the third inning when he served up a grand slam to Christian Vazquez. Vargas had traffic all over the bases allowing three hits, a walk, and two hit batsmen while only lasting three innings for the second straight start. Vargas has not posted a quality start since August 13 and faces a tough test next Saturday at Cleveland. Vargas can be safely left on waivers in all formats.
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk, and two runs scored Sunday against the Red Sox. A second-inning homer off Rick Porcello extended Hoskins' hit streak to seven games, though this was only the second multi-hit game during the streak. It was also the first homer for Hoskins since September 2 as the big first baseman has struggled to find his power stroke all year. Hoskins has a career-low .481 slugging percentage and while his batting average sits at an abysmal .239. Despite the rough season, Hoskins is worth starting in fantasy as he's been better lately, his 55.3 percent hard-contact rate in September is the highest it's been in any month, so he could be in store for a hot finish.
Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo went 3-for-3 in a loss to the A's Sunday afternoon. The Rangers offense could get nothing going against Sean Manaea except for Choo who continued a hot September. Choo is batting .314 this month with seven runs scored and eight RBI in only 12 games this month. Despite the solid average, Choo is not back to must-start status just yet. His strikeout rate for the month is over 30 percent and it's come with the help of a .438 BABIP. His next two matchups won't help either as he's lined up to face Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole in his next two games so owners should leave Choo on the bench for those games at Houston.
Chicago White Sox's C Welington Castillo had five RBIs going 1-for-3 with a home run in a 11-10 loss to Seattle on Sunday, Sep. 15.
Red Sox's C Christian Vazquez had five RBIs going 2-for-4 with two home runs in a 6-3 win over Philadelphia on Sunday, Sep. 15.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario went 3-for-5 with two solo homers in a 7-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. Rosario went deep off Cleveland ace Shane Bieber in the sixth and followed that up with another shot in the seventh off reliever Nick Wittgren. The talented outfielder is hitting .275 with a .799 OPS, 31 homers, 85 runs, 99 RBI, and three steals. He has already set career highs in homers and RBI and is two runs away from a career-high in that category, as well. He has developed into a top fantasy outfielder this season.
Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez went 2-for-3 with two solo homers in a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. Suarez went deep in the fourth and sixth innings, both times off Arizona starter Zac Gallen. The veteran third baseman is now up to 47 homers, giving him a solid shot at posting the first 50-homer season for the Reds since George Foster hit 52 back in 1977. Overall, Suarez is hitting .271 with 85 runs and 100 RBI. He is hitting .375 with five homers over his past seven games.
Los Angeles Angels OF Mike Trout (foot) is scheduled to undergo foot surgery later this week and will miss the rest of the 2019 season.
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (ankle) left Sundays game early with a sprained right ankle. Rizzo hurt his ankle when he was trying to field a bunt. The first baseman will have a MRI on Monday and that will help determine how long he may miss. Ian Happ took over at first base for Rizzo and could see more at-bats with Rizzo sidelined.
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|MIN||Berrios R (12-8)|
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|SD||Richards R (0-0)|
|MIL||Davies R (9-7)|
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|WSH||Strasburg R (17-6)|
|STL||Hudson R (15-7)|
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|CIN||Gausman R (3-8)|
|CHC||Hamels L (7-7)|
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|NYM||Matz L (10-8)|
|COL||Senzatela R (9-10)|
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|MIA||Lopez R (5-8)|
|ARI||Ray L (12-8)|
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|KC||Sparkman R (4-11)|
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|Sterling Archer 5||9/9 8:57 pm ET|
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