Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2018:
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|Yu better don't||96.0|
|Clutch Master 11||87.0|
|Big GS 30s||73.5|
|Ariella Ferrera's 28||70.0|
|A Team With No Name||54.0|
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (elbow) will begin his throwing program on Monday and will start playing catch at 45 feet. Walker made three starts this year before undergoing Tommy John surgery in April. He might have a shot to be ready in the early months of next season, but he probably won't be worth drafting in standard-sized leagues. The right-hander went 9-9 with a 3.49 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 8.4 K/9 over 28 starts for the D-backs in 2017. He can be a viable starter in all fantasy leagues when he's healthy.
Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs. It appears the D-Backs are giving multiple starters the night off on Wednesday. Goldschmidt will be joined on the bench by David Peralta, A.J. Pollock, and Eduardo Escobar. Christian Walker will bat cleanup and play first base versus lefty Cole Hamels. None of the D-Backs hitters are worth a look in DFS contests. Hamels is looking like a fantastic fantasy option for Wednesday.
San Diego Padres third baseman Wil Myers is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the San Francisco Giants. Myers was given the day off on Tuesday to rest, but he's back and ready to go on Wednesday. Myers will lead off and play third base versus righty Chris Stratton. He owns a 2.10 ERA and 0.73 WHIP in his last five starts. Myers is a tough sell for DFS contests, even when leading off.
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Seattle Mariners. This appears to be a routine day off for Correa, so he should be back in the lineup on Friday. Marwin Gonzalez will play shortstop and bat cleanup versus righty Matt Festa. Gonzalez has been hitting well lately, so he could be a sleeper option for DFS contests on Wednesday.
Texas Rangers relief pitcher Connor Sadzeck will serve as the opener on Friday against the Mariners, with Ariel Jurado following him. Sadzeck hasn't allowed a run while striking out five over 6 1/3 innings in eight outings (one start) for the Rangers this year, but he isn't on the fantasy radar in an opening role. Jurado shouldn't be used by fantasy owners, either.
Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco (concussion) will not travel with the team unless he's cleared from the concussion protocol. With Baltimore having nothing to play for, it doesn't make sense for them to rush their young catcher back. Sisco is hitting just .181/.288/.269 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 160 at-bats for Baltimore in 2018. He hasn't been a fantasy option.
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (neck) is out of the starting lineup with a stiff neck on Wednesday. It doesn't sound lIke Davis' injury will keep him out for long, so consider the power hitter day-to-day. He continues to be a massive disappointment, hitting an embarrassing .171/.246/.302 with only 16 homers and 49 RBI for the worst team in baseball. DJ Stewart is serving as the designated hitter and is batting eighth against Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada on Wednesday.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Hamilton did not start on Tuesday after going hitless over his last three games. He'll bat ninth and play center field versus lefty Gio Gonzalez on Wednesday. Hamilton has not been reliable with the bat lately, so he can be avoided in DFS contests.
New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine (neck) was unavailable on Tuesday after he woke up with stiffness in his neck. However, he's feeling better on Wednesday and is expected to be available off the bench. Romine was a decent fill-in for Gary Sanchez when he was injured earlier this year, and he has hit .248/.302/.430 with 10 home runs and 39 RBI on the season.
Seattle Mariners starting pitchers James Paxton (illness) and Felix Hernandez (hamstring) will both rejoin the team and throw bullpen sessions on Friday before manager Scott Servais decides whether they'll start in the final week of the season. Paxton would like to get to two more starts to push his innings up to around 160 for the year. Both pitchers have been out since the first week of September, so they'll both be extra risky if they start next week, with King Felix being much more risky. Paxton has been the team's ace this year and has gone 11-6 with a 3.83 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and career-high 11.6 K/9 across 26 starts.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain (ribs) is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds. Cain was forced to leave the game on Tuesday after a muscle stiffened up on him. Christian Yelich will slide over to center field and bat second, while Domingo Santana will play right field and bat fifth versus righty Matt Harvey. Yelich is a reliable fantasy option, but Santana can be avoided on Wednesday.
Cleveland Indians first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox. Encarnacion missed two games with a mild right ankle sprain. He'll bat cleanup and serve as the DH against righty Dylan Covey on Wednesday. Covey has a 5.81 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in his last 10 starts. The Indians hitters should be a solid bet for DFS contests on Wednesday.
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles. It appears this is a rest day for Tellez who has seen an increase in playing time lately. Justin Smoak will play first base and bat third, while Kendrys Morales will serve as the DH and bat cleanup versus righty Jimmy Yacabonis. Both Smoak and Morales are worth considering for DFS contests.
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Davis is hitting .182/.260/.310 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI off right-handed pitching this season. Davis has one hit over his last eight games. Trey Mancini will play first base and bat fifth, while D.J. Stewart bats eighth and serves as the DH versus righty Marco Estrada. Mancini is worth a look in DFS contests on Wednesday, but Stewart can be avoided.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Pablo Reyes has been crushing the ball since being called up by the Pirates. Reyes will remain in the starting lineup for the third straight game on Wednesday. He'll bat sixth and play right field versus righty Heath Fillmyer. Reyes is not likely going to be an option in fantasy leagues. However, he should be a reliable and cheap option for DFS contests.
Pittsburgh Pirates infielder/outfielder Adam Frazier (knee) is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Kansas City Royals. Frazier was held out of the lineup on Tuesday due to a sore right knee. He did later came in to bat off the bench, so it appears that this was a minor injury. Frazier will lead off and play second base versus righty Heath Fillmyer. Frazier should be a solid candidate for DFS contests on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl (elbow) underwent elbow surgery on Wednesday. It's unknown what the exact surgery is that Kuhl had, so stay tuned for details of the surgery and how long the right-hander might have to miss. Kuhl hadn't started since late June and had a 4.55 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 81 strikeouts in 85 innings over 16 starts.
Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees. Devers has awful career numbers against Yankees starter Luis Severino. That is likely why he is out of the lineup, but he's also struggled heavily over the last two weeks. Eduardo Nunez will bat seventh and play third base against Severino. Nunez has been decent this season, but does not have much upside in DFS contests.
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Addison Reed will go on the paternity list to finish this week and will not travel west with the team after Wednesday's game. He'll have until Sept. 25 to return to the team for the final homestand of the season. Reed has struggled this year to a 4.67 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and career-low 7.0 K/9 over just 54 innings. A popular sleeper for saves to begin the year, Reed hasn't managed to save any games in 2018.
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox. Voit is back after receiving an off day on Tuesday. He'll bat eighth and play first base against lefty David Price. However, Price has been destroyed by the Yankees this season. Voit should be a decent cheap option for DFS contests on Wednesday.
|Wed 7:40pm ET|
|CIN||Harvey R (7-8)|
|MIL||Gonzalez L (8-11)|
|Wed 8:10pm ET|
|SEA||Festa R (0-0)|
|HOU||Keuchel L (11-10)|
|Wed 9:10pm ET|
|SF||Stratton R (10-9)|
|SD||Erlin L (3-7)|
|Wed 9:40pm ET|
|CHC||Hamels L (9-9)|
|ARI||Ray L (5-2)|
|Wed 10:05pm ET|
|LAA||Pena R (3-4)|
|OAK||Anderson L (3-5)|
|Wed 10:10pm ET|
|COL||Anderson L (6-9)|
|LAD||Buehler R (7-5)|
|ROGUES||9/18 11:23 pm ET|
|Arizona 12||9/17 5:56 pm ET|
|DetroitCubs||9/17 1:31 am ET|
|Ariella Ferrera's 28||9/16 12:36 am ET|
|Big GS 30s||9/10 11:47 am ET|
|Clutch Master 11||9/10 8:14 am ET|
|Tyrus Squeezer||9/9 9:27 pm ET|
|CARDS 5||8/27 12:08 pm ET|
|A Team With No Name||7/29 10:37 pm ET|
|BadCompanyNB||7/9 1:46 pm ET|
|Yu better don't||6/10 9:17 am ET|
|Dingers 5.0||4/15 10:51 pm ET|
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