Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2018:
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|Here For Beer||77.0|
|Ava Addam's 28||69.0|
|Toronto NL BL||61.0|
|Any Trump for Prez||60.0|
|Wizzo Lips 2 (NL)||55.5|
|Wish You Were Here 7x 15.5/24.5||53.0|
|PG Yankees 7||45.5|
|Big League 1 JJ||39.0|
Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco went 1-for-4 with a walk and a three-run double in his team's 7-6 loss to the Oakland A's on Friday. Polanco's three-run double gave the Twins a 6-4 lead in the sixth inning. The veteran shortstop is now slashing .287/.343/.430 with six homers, 33 runs, 36 RBI, and five steals in 68 games. It has been an all-around solid fantasy campaign for Polanco, who has continued his ways of contributing across the board for his fantasy owners. He will look to keep it going on Saturday against Oakland right-hander Mike Fiers.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich would provide early offensive support Friday versus the Pirates. He would come around to score their first run which was their only score before the rain delay where they trailed 3-1. He would also score the second Brewers run, which was the beginning of a seven-run sixth inning. As of the end of September 21, Yelich leads the National League with a .320 batting average, a .570 slugging percentage and a .957 OPS. Yelich has been one of the better fantasy options in 2018.
Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Mike Moustakas supplied some power Friday versus Pittsburgh. Moustakas would supply a two-run homer that extended the lead from 4-3 to 6-3 which gave the bullpen some breathing room. The HR was his seventh with the Brewers and 27th 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 favorable schedule down the stretch so he could have an impact. There are plenty of leagues where he is useful.
Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw provided some power while reaching a milestone Friday versus Pittsburgh. His two-run homer would give the Brewers a 4-3 lead and would be the eventual game-winner as the Milwaukee bullpen held Pittsburgh at three runs for the rest of the game. The HR was also a milestone as it was his 30th of the season, which is a standard that is held in some regard by many people. Shaw is not a league-winner, especially with a .242 batting average, but he is useful in a wider spread (in terms of depth) of leagues.
Colorado's SP German Marquez recorded 11 strikeouts in 7.0 innings collecting the win in a 6-2 win over Arizona on Friday, Sep. 21.
Houston's 1B Yuli Gurriel had seven RBIs going 3-for-4 with two home runs in a 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday, Sep. 21.
Rangers' 3B Adrian Beltre had five RBIs going 2-for-3 with a home run in a 8-3 win over the Mariners on Friday, Sep. 21.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Tommy Pham continues a torrid hot streak Friday versus the Blue Jays. For the third straight game, he drove in two runs. Over the last four games, he is 10-for-17 with three walks. Over those four games, Pham has five runs scored, two homers and six RBI. His batting average with the Rays is now .348 with a .437 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 (12 this season) athleticism and is still young enough to fit in with the youth movement the Rays are undergoing.
Astros' SP Gerrit Cole recorded 12 strikeouts in 7.0 innings collecting the win in a 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday, Sep. 21.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Austin Meadows showed the potential that had people raving about him Friday versus Toronto. He came in as a pinch-hitter and would go 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three driven in. Meadows would even steal his first base with the Rays. Meadows was a key piece in the trade that sent starter Chris Archer to the Pirates this summer. As Rotoballer's own Keith Hernandez speculated, the outfielder hit an impressive .344/.396/.771 with 10 homers and 22 RBI in 27 games with Durham and should be a part of the team's outfield mix in 2019. He might see some action to close out the year, but he's not much of a fantasy target with so few games left.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Friday's 1-0 loss to the Marlins. The speedy 28-year-old has been a disappointment all season, hitting .234 with 32 steals out of 42 opportunities. Hamilton has been fantasy relevant the past three seasons because of his steal prowess; he averaged 58 stolen bases with an 86% success rate over the 2015 to 2017 seasons. His success rate sits at just 76% for this season. While the 32 steals are good in general, they won't cut it for fantasy players who expected more from Hamilton.
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo turned in another great start in Friday's 1-0 loss to the Marlins. Castillo pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Unfortunately, his offense could not back him up for a win opportunity. The 25-year-old has had a much better second half of the season and is now 10-12 with a 4.30 ERA, 165 strikeouts, and 49 walks in 169 2/3 IP this season. He will make his final start of the season Friday against the Pirates.
Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli (stomach) left the game early on Friday with gastrointestinal discomfort. Cervelli had a hit and run scored in two plate appearances before leaving. The backstop has missed time with concussions this year, so thankfully this is something that should have him back in the lineup soon. Cervelli is batting .256/.376/.419 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI on the season and has been worth a spot in two-catcher leagues when he's healthy.
St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong left the game early on Friday due to cramping. Wong had two singles and two RBI in three plate appearances before departing. He has spent several stints on the disabled list this year due to various ailments and is hitting .251/.333/.391 with only nine home runs, 38 RBI and six stolen bases in 396 plate appearances. Hopefully he's back in the lineup on Saturday.
Washington Nationals pitcher Austin Voth will make the start on Saturday against the Mets instead of starter Tanner Roark, according to manager Dave Martinez. Roark has been on paternity leave all week, so they don't want to rush him back. He is likely to make his next start on Wednesday against the Marlins. Voth has an 11.81 ERA, 2.25 WHIP and three strikeouts over just 5 1/3 innings in two outings (one start) for the Nationals this year. With him unlikely to go very long on Saturday, he should be avoided by those looking to stream. Roark has been largely way too inconsistent for those in mixed leagues this year, but he has a very tempting matchup in what should be his last start of the 2018 season.
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.
|Sat 1:05pm ET|
|PHI||Arrieta R (10-9)|
|ATL||Foltynewicz R (11-10)|
|Sat 1:05pm ET|
|SF||Rodriguez R (6-4)|
|STL||Wainwright R (2-3)|
|Sat 4:05pm ET|
|BAL||Hess R (3-10)|
|NYY||Lynn R (9-10)|
|Sat 4:05pm ET|
|NYM||Oswalt R (3-2)|
|WSH||Roark R (9-15)|
|Sat 4:07pm ET|
|TB||Glasnow R (2-6)|
|TOR||Pannone L (3-1)|
|Sat 6:10pm ET|
|KC||Junis R (8-12)|
|DET||Zimmermann R (7-8)|
|Sat 7:05pm ET|
|MIL||Davies R (2-6)|
|PIT||Williams R (13-9)|
|Sat 7:10pm ET|
|BOS||Porcello R (17-7)|
|CLE||Clevinger R (12-8)|
|Sat 7:10pm ET|
|CHC||Lester L (16-6)|
|CWS||Giolito R (10-11)|
|Sat 7:10pm ET|
|CIN||DeSclafani R (7-6)|
|MIA||Urena R (7-12)|
|Sat 7:10pm ET|
|LAA||Barria R (10-9)|
|HOU||Verlander R (16-9)|
|Sat 8:05pm ET|
|SEA||Gonzales L (12-9)|
|TEX||Minor L (12-7)|
|Sat 8:10pm ET|
|COL||Senzatela R (5-6)|
|ARI||Corbin L (11-6)|
|Sat 9:05pm ET|
|MIN||De Jong R (0-1)|
|OAK||Fiers R (12-7)|
|Sat 9:10pm ET|
|SD||Nix R (2-3)|
|LAD||Hill L (9-5)|
|Toronto NL BL||9/22 10:52 am ET|
|TripleA||9/22 8:13 am ET|
|Wizzo Lips 2 (NL)||9/21 11:16 pm ET|
|Any Trump for Prez||9/21 10:08 pm ET|
|Ava Addam's 28||9/21 7:12 pm ET|
|Wish You Were Here 7x 15.5/24.5||9/21 3:09 am ET|
|Here For Beer||9/20 7:44 pm ET|
|It Happened||9/17 1:21 pm ET|
|Big League 1 JJ||9/15 5:23 pm ET|
|PG Yankees 7||9/9 8:58 pm ET|
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