Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2018:
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Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi (knee) left the game early on Friday with left knee soreness. Choi was productive before leaving, posting two hits (one double) and two runs scored in three plate appearances. The left-handed slugger is a part-time player for Tampa and is hitting .267/.350/.513 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 214 plate appearances. Consider him day-to-day until we know more about the severity of his injury.
Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (elbow) remained out of the starting lineup on Friday against the Diamondbacks, but the good news is that manager Bud Black said the superstar might only be out two or three more games. The All-Star shortstop missed two games in Los Angeles after hurting his right elbow while diving and making a throw on Monday. Story's progress gives the team confidence that he'll play "in the next 10 days." He took some swings in batting practice and played catch both Thursday and Friday. Story also said he could pinch hit on Friday, but Black said Story would likely be limited to pinch-running duties. The MVP candidate looks like he'll be able to return this season in the final week and a half, but it remains to be seen how effective he'll be for fantasy owners.
Minnesota Twins second baseman Logan Forsythe (knee) was out of the starting lineup on Friday after he woke up and his left knee "was not functioning correctly," according to manager Paul Molitor. It doesn't sound particularly encouraging, but we'll have to wait and see how much time he might miss. Forsythe did very little with the Dodgers in the first half of the year but has been a different player in Minnesota with more playing time, hitting .274/.363/.312 with no home runs and 12 RBI in 44 games. Still, he doesn't do much to move the needle in mixed leagues.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario (quadriceps), whose MRI exam showed inflammation, is "fairly unlikely" to play again this season, according to manager Paul Molitor. Rosario limped to the finish line but had a great season overall, hitting .288/.323/.479 with 24 home runs, 77 RBI, 87 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 138 games. You can obviously cut bait in single-year leagues now.
Cincinnati Reds infielder Jose Peraza (illness) was scratched from the starting lineup on Friday due to illness. Dilson Herrera hit second, while Blake Trahan filled in at shortstop and hit eighth. Peraza has been great for fantasy owners this year, hitting .290/.328/.419 with 13 home runs, 56 RBI, 84 runs scored and 23 stolen bases. There's a good chance he'll be back in there on Saturday.
Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez went 1-for-4 with a single in his team's 1-0 loss to the Miami Marlins on Friday. Suarez has been slumping at the plate lately as that goes down as just his third hit in his past seven contests. Overall, it has been a fantastic season for Suarez, who is batting .284 with an .896 OPS, 32 homers, 76 runs, and 101 RBI. The homers and RBI are both career highs for Suarez, who has established himself as one of the top fantasy third basemen in the league.
New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom threw another great outing on Friday against the Washington Nationals. DeGrom went seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits to go along with eight strikeouts. The ace lowered his ERA to 1.77 and should easily finish the year with a sub-2.00 ERA. He remains one of the leading candidates to receive the National League Cy Young Award when the season ends. DeGrom will take the mound again this week likely against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the San Diego Padres. Bellinger will join teammates Max Muncy and Joc Pederson on the bench for this one. David Freese will play first base and bat cleanup versus lefty Eric Lauer. Freese should be a decent cheap option for DFS contests on Friday. Lauer has not pitched well on the road this season.
Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano (leg) will sit out the entire weekend series versus the Oakland Athletics. Sano has returned to Minnesota to undergo more testing on his left leg. There is a good chance that Sano has already played his last game of the season. It sounds safe for fantasy owners to go ahead and cut him now. Ehire Adrianza will play third base and bat seventh against righty Liam Hendriks on Friday. Adrianza is not a fantasy option.
Chicago White Sox outfielder Ryan LaMarre went 3-for-3 with three RBI on Friday versus the Chicago Cubs. Despite the strong effort from LaMarre, he doesnt get enough playing time to be worthy of a pickup in any format. LaMarre is now hitting .286 with two home runs, 18 RBI and two stolen bases over 161 at-bats.
Chicago White Sox catcher/designated hitter Kevan Smith drove in three runs on Friday versus the Chicago Cubs. Smith finished the game 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored. Smith doesnt get enough at-bats to make an impact in fantasy leagues, but is now hitting .297 with 19 RBI.
Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo picked up three hits on Friday versus the Chicago Cubs in five at-bats. Castillo had a nice day versus his former club and also scored a pair of runs. Castillo is now hitting .255 on the season with six home runs and 15 RBI.
Chicago White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada went 3-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI on Friday versus the Chicago Cubs. Moncada has really been hitting the ball lately and it comes at a good time for fantasy owners. Moncada is now hitting .235 with 17 home runs, 61 RBI and 11 stolen bases.
Chicago Cubs second baseman Daniel Murphy hit his first career leadoff home run on Friday versus the Chicago White Sox. Murphy finished the game 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a RBI. Murphy has now hit safely in four of his last six games and appears to be back on track after a mini slump.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez sparkled through seven innings versus the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Lopez allowed five hits, one run, zero walks and struck out eight. Lopez gave up a home run to Daniel Murphy to start the game, but settled in after. The strong outing lowers his ERA to 3.94. Lopez will draw a tough start on Wednesday versus the Indians.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana got roughed up by his former club, the Chicago White Sox on Friday. Quintana couldnt record an out in the sixth inning and allowed five runs, nine hits, zero walks and struck out eight over five innings. Quintanas poor outing raised his ERA to 4.11 on the season. Quintana has been inconsistent all season, but had been pitching well entering Friday. He will look to get back on track Wednesday versus the Pirates.
Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Ketel Marte (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Colorado Rockies. It appears this is just a normal rest day for Marte, so he should be back in the lineup on Saturday. Daniel Descalso will bat fifth and play second base against righty German Marquez. Descalso is not worth a look as a fantasy option right now.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (knee) is out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. This will be the sixth straight game that Belt has missed. At this point it sounds like Belt has already played his last game of the 2018 season. Aramis Garcia will play first base and bat seventh versus righty John Gant. Garcia could be a cheap sleeper option for DFS contests, but there should be better options available.
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Justin Bour is back in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Atlanta Braves. Bour has seen very little playing time lately, so it's impossible to trust him in fantasy leagues. He'll bat cleanup and play first base versus righty Julio Teheran. Bour could make an interesting DFS candidate, but Teheran has been strong lately.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton will lead off and play center field against lefty Wei-Yin Chen on Friday. Hamilton is hitting .067/.222/.067 over the last week. Chen has been pretty awful this season, but is posting a 1.78 ERA across 12 starts at home. Hamilton could be worth a look while leading off, but Chen has been solid when at home.
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