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New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder will serve as the opener against the Rays on Monday. Holder is 1-3 and has a nice 2.97 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 58 strikeouts over 63 2/3 innings in 57 outings. It'll be the 25-year-old's first career major league start, and he's unlikely to go more than a couple innings. Avoid Holder as a streaming option in fantasy.
Atlanta Braves starter Anibal Sanchez has been fantastic all season long and Sunday was no different. Sanchez allowed one run on four hits across five innings of work. He struck out a single batter without issuing a walk in the 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Sanchez now has a sparkling 2.96 ERA and 1.09 WHIP through 23 starts. His final start of the season projects to come against the same Phillies squad on Sunday. Sanchez is a strong streaming option for that contest.
Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Dan Jennings will serve as the opener in the first game of a crucial series against the Cardinals on Monday. It will be Jennings' first career start after 381 career relief appearances. The left-hander has a 3.23 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 64 innings over 71 appearances for Milwaukee this year. He's obviously not a worthy streamer because he'll likely only go an inning or two.
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (shoulder) has been scratched from his start on Monday against the Phillies due to left shoulder soreness. Instead, Jon Gray will take his place. It's unclear if Anderson will be able to make another start before the end of the regular season on Sunday. Gray was passed over in the rotation of late because he's just been so inconsistent, going 11-8 with a 5.07 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 9.6 K/9 over 29 starts. The strikeouts are nice, but his command has been spotty and he's allowing a career-high 1.4 home runs per nine innings. Gray will be worth streaming consideration, but he's a risky choice in mixed leagues.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Lane Adams supplied all of the offense in a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Adams was 2-for-3 at the plate with a solo homer, a double, and two RBI. Adams has slashed .273/.385/.591 with six RBI in 22 at-bats this season. It is likely that he does not fit into the Braves' long-term plans, but he has probably garnered interest from some team heading into 2019. Regardless, he is about as deep of a sleeper as you can find. He can be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Toronto Blue Jays rookie catcher Danny Jansen was 2-for-2 with a run scored and a walk in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Jansen endured a dismal cold streak during the first few weeks of September, but he's now batting .313 with two homers and five RBI over his last seven games. Jansen is the future behind-the-plate for the Blue Jays. He has been a productive minor league hitter over the past two seasons and an offseason of MLB training should only improve his fortunes heading into 2019.
Toronto Blue Jays starter Ryan Borucki allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings of work against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. Borucki struck out seven batters while walking four in the 5-2 loss. He received no run support from his offense for the entirety of his start as Blake Snell held the Blue Jays' bats in check. Borucki now holds a 1.98 ERA through four starts in September. He has really improved after a turbulent start to his MLB career. Borucki's final start of the season projects to come against the same Rays squad on Saturday. He should be a middle of the rotation guy for the Blue Jays in 2019.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts hit his 31st homer of the season in a 4-3 loss to the Indians Sunday. His homer, a solo shot off Adam Pluto in the fifth inning, tied his career high, set in 2016. He finished the night 4-for-6 with two runs and an RBI. Betts also added two doubles (46). Betts remains an elite player and will be a top-five selection in 2019 drafts.
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Trevor Cahill lasted only three innings and took the loss in a 5-1 game against the Twins Sunday. He had not pitched in the last couple of weeks due to a back injury. When he was pulled, he had allowed five runs, three earned, while striking out five batters and walking none. His record drops to 6-4 with a 3.91 ERA. While his 2018 numbers still look decent, Cahill has been markedly worse in the second half where he has a 4.70 ERA in 53 innings compared to a 3.10 ERA in the first half.
Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson produced the only As run of the game, serving as the only bright spot in a 5-1 loss to the Twins Sunday. He finished the game 3-for-4 with a solo shot in the second inning off Kyle Gibson. Olson's homer was his 28th of the year and he continues to raise the bar for his career best. He raised his batting average to .246 which is lower than his 2017 rookie campaign but Olson also reduced his strikeout rate this season (24%). At 24 years old, Olson remains a viable power first baseman in dynasty leagues.
Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Mike Moustakas produced both early and late in the game Sunday versus Pittsburgh. He would strike early as he was hit by a pitch in the first inning with the bases loaded to force in the first run of the game. Moustakas would later hit a solo homer for the final Milwaukee run of the 13-6 victory. The HR was his eighth with the Brewers and 28th of the season. Moustakas occasionally gets the day off when the manager decides some of his other talented infielders would make for a better matchup for that game's opposing starting pitcher, but otherwise, he plays more often than not. The Brewers face a meaningful last week of the regular season so their best hitters will likely see work. There are plenty of leagues where he is useful.
Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw shored up the team's lead Sunday versus Pittsburgh. Shaw would reach four times on Sunday during the 13-6 victory. He would hit a two-run homer that extended the lead to 6-0. Overall, Shaw would score twice to go with the HR and two RBI. Shaw now has 31 HR to go with 83 RBI to shore up an offense that already has an MVP candidate in Yelich and a WAR leader in Cain. Shaw is not a league-winner, especially with a .242 batting average, but he is useful in a wide variety (in terms of depth) of leagues.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain (ribs) returned Sunday to have an impact versus the Pirates. He would score two runs and steal his 29th base of the season. He also is hitting .308 in 2018 with a .398 OBP. He also plays elite defense which is why he has led the National League in WAR for an extended portion of the season. The Brewers look poised to reach the playoffs so Cain's health is one of their biggest concerns of the final week of the regular season (although beating the Cardinals in their series starting Monday might surpass it).
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich continued his MVP case Sunday with a strong game against the Pirates. He would hit a three-run homer to increase the early lead to 4-0. He had scored earlier for the first run of the game. Yelich also stole his 21st base of the season to go with his 32 HR, 96 RBI, and 108 runs scored. As of the end of September 24, Yelich leads the National League with a .322 batting average, a .577 slugging percentage and a .968 OPS. Yelich has been one of the better fantasy options in 2018.
Tampa Bay Rays infielder Brandon Lowe provided more cushion for the team's bullpen Sunday versus Toronto. Up 3-0 in the eighth inning, Lowe would drive a ball 392 feet for a two-run homer. The insurance runs would be useful as the Blue Jays would score two runs in the bottom of the inning and would get two base runners on in the ninth inning. Lowe has 28 homers across three levels this season. He has played both the infield and outfield for the team since his call-up. Lowe might have some value in deep leagues but that value relies on him getting eligibility at one of the middle infield positions in your league.
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman C.J. Cron helped power the team to a victory Sunday versus the Blue Jays. He would hit a ground-rule double to drive in the second Rays run and then hit a solo homer to provide the third run, which would be the eventual game-winner. He is batting .257 with 28 HR and 70 RBI in 2018. Cron appeared like he might be traded before the end of August after he was placed on the waiver process but the time passed so he remained a Ray. Cron has some value in deep leagues due to his power numbers but little else.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Tommy Pham scored two runs versus the Blue Jays Sunday. He reached base three times in the game and came around to score both times. In fact, his two runs were the first two of the game. Over his past six games, he is 12-23 with six walks. Pham also has scored eight runs, hit three homers and driven in seven. He added a stolen base Sunday. His batting average with the Rays is now .347 with a .444 on-base percentage. Pham is very talented but had some struggles which helped make him available before the trade deadline. He offers double-digit power and steals (13 this season) athleticism and is still young enough to fit in with the youth movement the Rays are undergoing.
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Sergio Romo finished off another victory Sunday versus Toronto. He would allow two baserunners but did not allow a run in one inning of work to finish off the 5-2 victory. He would earn his 23rd save of the season, although he has blown eight. Romo also opened five games earlier in the season. The Rays are on the verge of elimination so there exists the possibility that they experiment with different guys in different roles over the last week. Romo stays relevant as long as he remains the closer.
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell added to his Cy Young case Sunday versus Toronto. He would go 6 2/3 innings allowing no runs and striking out 11. Snell is now 21-5 with a 1.90 ERA on the season. He set a new franchise record for wins in a season with 21 which broke David Price's previous record of 20 wins. Snell has one more outing this season on Saturday versus these same Blue Jays. Barring a miracle, it will be Snell's last start of the season. The Rays would have to win their last seven while Oakland loses their final six. That would force a tie and then the Rays would need to beat Oakland in a tiebreaker game.
Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner went 2-for-2 with a run, an RBI, three walks, and a stolen base in the 8-6 loss to the New York Mets. Turner is really turning it up as of late for fantasy owners, as he is putting up a .385/ .515/ .615 stat line in his last seven games along with nine runs, one home run, five RBI, and three stolen bases as well. It's safe to say Turner's value as one of fantasy's best shortstops remains true and will be a must-start in all formats.
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