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    Chris Martin Sep 16 2:53pm ET

    Atlanta Braves RHP Chris Martin on Thursday, Sept. 16, was activated off the 10-day injured list.

    Luke Jackson Sep 16 2:53pm ET

    Atlanta Braves RHP Luke Jackson on Thursday, Sept. 16, was placed on the paternity list.

    Steven Duggar Sep 16 2:40pm ET

    San Francisco Giants outfielder Steven Duggar isn't in the lineup for Thursday's game against the San Diego Padres and right-hander Pierce Johnson. Duggar is batting .268 with a .341 on-base percentage, eight home runs, and six stolen bases in 273 plate appearances this season. Kris Bryant started Wednesday's game in left field and will move over to center field on Thursday to start in Duggar's place, with Darin Ruf entering the lineup in left fielder. Fantasy managers searching for streaming help should consider adding Ruf, who is hitting second against the Padres. The 35-year-old is batting .278 with a .399 on-base percentage and 15 home runs in 286 plate appearances this season.

    From RotoBaller

    Buster Posey Sep 16 2:30pm ET

    San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey will be on the bench for Thursday's matchup with the San Diego Padres and right-hander Pierce Johnson. The veteran is batting an even .300 with a .389 on-base percentage and 18 home runs in 401 plate appearances this season. However, it'll be Curt Casali getting the start behind the plate against the Padres. Fantasy managers are probably better off looking elsewhere for streaming help at catcher. In 212 plate appearances this season, Casali is batting .212 with a .313 on-base percentage and five home runs.

    From RotoBaller

    Brandon Marsh Sep 16 2:10pm ET

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brandon Marsh is batting leadoff against the Chicago White Sox and right-hander Reynaldo Lopez on Thursday. It'll be a tough matchup with Lopez on the mound, but Marsh is hitting .333 with a .362 on-base percentage, two home runs, and a stolen base in his last 69 plate appearances dating back to August 24. If this becomes a regular occurrence and Marsh hits leadoff on a daily basis, it'll only boost his fantasy value and upside down the stretch as hitting leadoff for the Angels generally means hitting in front of Shohei Ohtani.

    From RotoBaller

    Yasmani Grandal Sep 16 2:00pm ET

    Chicago White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal isn't in Thursday's lineup against the Los Angeles Angels and right-hander Alex Cobb. Grandal has been one of fantasy baseball's most productive catchers when healthy this season, especially in leagues where on-base percentage is part of the scoring. The veteran is batting .237 with a .416 on-base percentage and 20 home runs in 311 plate appearances. Zack Collins will start in Grandal's place at catcher and bat eighth against the Angels. You're probably better off looking elsewhere for streaming help. Collins is batting .202 with a .324 on-base percentage, four home runs, and a stolen base in 211 plate appearances this season.

    From RotoBaller

    Yan Gomes Sep 16 1:50pm ET

    Oakland Athletics catcher Yan Gomes is on the bench for Thursday's matchup with the Kansas City Royals and left-handed starter Daniel Lynch. Gomes is batting .255 with a .299 on-base percentage and 13 home runs in 331 plate appearances this season. Instead, it'll be Sean Murphy starting behind the plate against the Royals. Murphy is batting seventh and could be worth a look for fantasy managers in search of streaming help at catcher. In 416 plate appearances this season, the 26-year-old is batting .218 with a .310 on-base percentage and 16 home runs.

    From RotoBaller

    Yoan Moncada Sep 16 1:50pm ET

    Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada isn't starting on Thursday. The White Sox will take on the Los Angeles Angels and right-hander Alex Cobb but will do so with one of their best hitters in Moncada on the bench. The 26-year-old is batting .269 with a .380 on-base percentage, 12 home runs, and three stolen bases in 552 plate appearances this season. Romy Gonzalez will move into the lineup at third base and hit seventh on Thursday. Gonzalez has three hits so far in 16 plate appearances for the White Sox this season. Fantasy managers are probably best off looking elsewhere for streaming help.

    From RotoBaller

    Janson Junk Sep 16 12:30pm ET

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Janson Junk (0-1) put up good results in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox but didn't factor into the decision. He went 4.1 innings while allowing three hits, no walks, and added two strikeouts. The only run he surrendered came from a Yoan Moncada solo shot in the fourth inning. Junk has made two starts now in his brief career and owns a 2.25 ERA with an 11.8 K% and 2.9 BB%, after sporting a 2.81 ERA with 97 strikeouts over 93 Triple-A innings this year. Junk should be left on the waiver wire, as he's thrown just eight innings in his two starts and probably won't go deep into games for the remainder of the season.

    From RotoBaller

    Miguel Sano Sep 16 12:30pm ET

    Minnesota Twins first/third baseman Miguel Sano went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, and three RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Indians. Sano enjoyed a strong day at the dish, ripping a 108.2 MPH double before clobbering a 113.7 MPH, three-run homer, his 28th of the year. The slugger is batting just .234 and has struck out 20 times in 47 September at-bats but has great power upside, as evidenced by his five homers during the month. He'll look to keep his strong month going on Friday against the Blue Jays.

    From RotoBaller

    Sam Hilliard Sep 16 12:20pm ET

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Sam Hilliard went 1-for-3 with a single, a run scored, and a strikeout in a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. The Rockies couldn't get a whole lot going on offense against Huascar Ynoa and company but they were able to score enough to win the game. Hilliard and Colton Welker scored all Colorado's runs and collected two of the team's five hits. Hilliard has been up and down all season, which makes his overall numbers hard to look at. He's posted a .195/.275/.433 batting line with 10 home runs, 22 RBI, and two stolen bases over 164 at-bats on the year.

    From RotoBaller

    Brett Gardner Sep 16 12:20pm ET

    New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and a run scored in a 4-3 win over the Orioles Wednesday. Gardner was busy at the dish, singling ad scoring in the third innings, then later driving in a pair with another base hit. The veteran outfielder is batting .325 with two homers, two doubles, a triple, eight RBI, and six runs scored in 40 at-bats in September. He can't be trusted in season-long formats but is a sneaky-good DFS play while he's hitting this well for New York.

    From RotoBaller

    Carlos Santana Sep 16 12:10pm ET

    Kansas City Royals first baseman Carlos Santana is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Oakland Athletics, according to Santana has been dreadful with the bat this season, slashing .219/.322/.359 with 19 HRs, 63 RBI, and 63 runs in 141 games. He's only relevant in deep leagues at this point, thanks to his double-digit home run potential. With Santana on the bench, Ryan O'Hearn will head to first base, while Salvador Perez will DH, and Sebastian Rivero will start at catcher. He's appeared in just 13 games this season and has put up poor numbers thus far. He has .464 OPS with no home runs and should be left alone on the waiver wire.

    From RotoBaller

    Antonio Senzatela Sep 16 12:10pm ET

    Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela took a no-decision on Wednesday when he allowed two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts over six innings in a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. Senzatela just continues to quietly roll through the final two months of the season. He's now put up seven straight quality starts and has been on quite a tear, posting a 2.60 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 29:7 K/BB ratio over that seven-game span. He's been in play as a streamer and should continue to be in his next turn against the Dodgers. Overall, the 26-year-old has a 4.06 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 100:29 K/BB ratio over 144 innings (25 starts).

    From RotoBaller

    Jed Lowrie Sep 16 12:00pm ET

    Oakland Athletics second baseman/designated hitter Jed Lowrie is not in the lineup for Thursday's matchup against the Kansas City Royals. Lowrie is slashing .246/.321/.400 this year with 14 HRs, 68 RBI, and 55 runs over 131 games. However, he has just a .686 OPS off of lefties this season, so with left-hander Daniel Lynch on the hill, it wouldn't be a good matchup. Khris Davis will DH in Lowrie's place and bat fifth. He owns a .613 OPS with two home runs in 31 games this season. Davis is not the slugger he once was and can be left on the waiver wire in all leagues.

    From RotoBaller

    Gio Urshela Sep 16 12:00pm ET

    New York Yankees third baseman/shortstop Gio Urshela went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Orioles. Urshela belted a two-run homer in the third inning on a ball that left his bat at 102.6 MPH. After a quiet start to September, Urshela appears to be trending in the right direction, as he's 3-for-7 over his last two games. The 29-year-old is set to see consistent playing time moving forward, with the Yankees making him their starting shortstop down the stretch. The two-position eligibility could make Urshela a nice pick-up down the stretch if his bat starts to come to life.

    From RotoBaller

    Aroldis Chapman Sep 16 11:50am ET

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman notched his 27th save of the year in Wednesday's victory over the Orioles. It was one of Chapman's easiest innings of the year, as he needed just eight pitches, seven of which went for strikes en route to a pair of punchouts. The hard-throwing lefty has been excellent over his last four appearances, pitching 3 2/3 scoreless frames while racking up seven strikeouts compared to just one walk. It hasn't always been pretty for Chapman this year, but he ranks 10th in saves and fifth in strikeout rate, making him a dependable fantasy closer at the most important time of the year in fantasy baseball.

    From RotoBaller

    Tony Kemp Sep 16 11:50am ET

    Oakland Athletics second baseman/outfielder Tony Kemp went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI, and a stolen base in a win over the Royals on Wednesday. Kemp has been a solid player for the A's with a .269/.374/.406 slash line, but he has less value in fantasy as he's been splitting time between second base and left field. Oakland seems to be rotating Kemp, Chad Pinder, and Jed Lowrie with two members of the trio starting on a given day with the third on the bench. Kemp has some value in very deep leagues, but most fantasy managers can disregard the speedy utility man.

    From RotoBaller

    Jacob Stallings Sep 16 11:50am ET

    Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings is not in the starting lineup Thursday to take on the Cincinnati Reds, according to Stallings is slashing .242/.330/.371 with eight home runs over 107 games. His value is mostly limited to NL-only and OBP leagues, with less than ideal power and batting average. Michael Perez will catch and bat seventh. Perez has almost no value in fantasy, hitting just .144 and with a .532 OPS. Look elsewhere for catching help on the waiver wire.

    From RotoBaller

    Josh Harrison Sep 16 11:40am ET

    Oakland Athletics second baseman Josh Harrison went 2-for-5 with three RBI, a run scored, and a walk in a win over the Royals on Wednesday. Harrison is batting .308 since August 29 which coincides with his promotion to the leadoff spot in the A's batting order. As a result, he's seen his fantasy value increase and Harrison is a start-worthy infielder in mixed leagues as he's got eligibility at multiple positions and has been hot with eight hits in his last eight games. Keep Harrison in fantasy lineups as long as the A's keep penciling him in atop its lineup.

    From RotoBaller

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