Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Toronto Blue Jays RP Ryan Tepera (elbow) was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow impingement Tuesday, May 21. The team also recalled RP Jimmy Cordero from Class AAA Buffalo.
The Miami Marlins placed infielder/outfielder Jon Berti (oblique) on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday with a left oblique strain and called up outfielder Austin Dean from Triple-A New Orleans in a corresponding move. Berti was shaken up after crashing into the outfield wall trying to make a catch on Sunday. The earliest he can return will be May 29. He was hitting .237 with two home runs, four RBI and a stolen base in 22 games for the Fish and wasn't much of a fantasy option, even in NL-only affairs. The 25-year-old Dean hit .227 with a homer and six RBI in 22 at-bats in six games this year and will provide outfield depth in Miami.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Colorado Rockies. Polanco was in the lineup, but he was scratched for an unknown reason. Melky Cabrera will play right field and bat fifth versus righty German Marquez. Cabrera doesn't have much upside for DFS contests. Hopefully there will be an update on Polanco soon.
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Matt Beaty is serving as the designated hitter and is in the leadoff spot on Tuesday against the Rays on the road. Beaty has three hits in his first eight big league at-bats with one RBI. Tampa will use an opener and Jalen Beeks will follow on Tuesday. Beaty will be as deep of a DFS sleeper as they come on Tuesday for those feeling lucky with their lineups.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday. Infielder Scott Kingery will get the nod in center field and hit seventh against Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana. It's partly because there is a lefty on the mound, but Herrera is also hitting just .225 (25-for-111) with a homer, 15 RBI and a steal so far this year. Kingery was hitting well before he landed on the injured list with a hamstring injury and could steal more playing time away from Herrera in the outfield. It's something to watch in deep mixed leagues.
Philadelphia Phillies infielder/outfielder Scott Kingery is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs. Kingery recently returned to the active roster after suffering a hamstring injury. Jean Segura has been crushing the ball at shortstop, so the Phillies will need to find different places for Kingery to play. He'll bat seventh and play center field versus lefty Jose Quintana. Kingery could be an interesting DFS option, but he's batting low in the order.
Colorado Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers is out of the starting lineup again on Tuesday. Coming off a two-homer game, Ryan McMahon is starting at the keystone and is hitting fifth against Pirates starter Chris Archer. Rodgers has just one hit in his first eight major league at-bats since being called up last week. There remains plenty of upside and he needs to be owned in deep mixed and NL-only leagues, but as long as McMahon hits and Daniel Murphy stays healthy, there just might not be a whole lot of playing time to go around for the infield prospect.
Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo (rest) is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Seattle Mariners. This is probably a smart decision by Texas with left-hander Tommy Milone on the mound. Hunter Pence will serve as the designated hitter and bat cleanup on Tuesday. Pence is worth a look as a cheap DFS option.
Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that outfielder George Springer (back) will not play on Tuesday. "We feel like the weekend is very probable," Hinch said. Springer has missed the last two games due to lower back stiffness, but it appears he won't need to go on the injured list. That's great news for his fantasy owners, as Springer has been one of the best hitters in baseball this year with a slash line of .313/.396/.654 to go along with 17 home runs, 41 runs, 42 RBI and four stolen bases in 182 at-bats. Jake Marisnick is in center field and is batting ninth against White Sox starter Dylan Covey on Tuesday. While Marisnick has been swinging the bat well this year, he has a limited DFS ceiling in the nine hole.
Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Diaz (hand) has been scratched from Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Diaz suffered a hand contusion when he was hit by a pitch during Sunday's contest. He's considered day-to-day and won't go on the injured list. Daniel Robertson will play third base and bat seventh versus lefty Clayton Kershaw. Robertson won't be a solid option for DFS contests on Tuesday.
Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (hamstring) started his rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Tuesday and went 0-for-2 with two groundouts in his first two plate appearances as the designated hitter. Barring any setbacks on his rehab assignment this week, there's a good chance he can return from the injured list when eligible this Saturday. Andrus is batting .325 with six home runs and 26 RBI in 38 games this season and needs to remain stashed in all fantasy leagues.
Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (hand) is the DH and is batting third on Tuesday against Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda after leaving the game early on Monday after being hit by a pitch. X-rays came back negative on Ohtani's hand, so he's right back in the lineup on Tuesday evening. His power/speed combination is attractive in all fantasy leagues.
Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ankle) has been placed on the 10-day injured list. Simmons suffered a Grade 3 left ankle sprain while running the first base during Monday's contest. Luis Rengifo has been called up and is expected to take over at shortstop for now. Grade 3 is not good news, and Simmons could be sidelined a month or more.
San Diego Padres catcher Francisco Mejia (knee) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment. Mejia landed on the injured list May 11 due to a left knee sprain. He was struggling with the bat before the injury, so hopefully he can bounce back now. He'll likely see a week of minor league action before returning to the Padres roster.
Milwaukee Brewers OF Christian Yelich (back) was scratched from the lineup versus the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, May 21, due to back spasms.
New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo (neck) has been scratched from the starting lineup on Tuesday. Nimmo is dealing with a stiff neck, so this seems like just a day-to-day type of issue. Juan Lagares will play center field and bat eighth versus righty Erick Fedde. Lagares has little fantasy appeal and can be avoided in DFS contests.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (back) has been scratched from Tuesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds. Yelich missed a week earlier in the season due to back discomfort. Hopefully this isn't something that lingers with Yelich throughout the season. Ben Gamel will take over in right field and bat seventh versus righty Sonny Gray. Gamel doesn't have much DFS appeal.
Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis (hip) is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Indians. Davis has been dealing with a lingering hip issue, but it appears he'll try and play on Tuesday. He'll bat cleanup and serve as the designated hitter versus righty Trevor Bauer. Hopefully Davis is finally over his hip issue.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday. Eovaldi has been sidelined since April after undergoing a surgery to remove a loose body from his right elbow. Eovaldi could rejoin the Red Sox rotation by the middle of June if he continues to pitch without any setbacks.
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Hunter Strickland (lat) is hopeful that he'll be able to return by the middle of June. Strickland has been sidelined since March 31 with a Grade 2 right lat strain. He has been increasing his baseball activities lately. He started the season as the closer in Seattle, and could quickly regain his role once he's healthy.
|Tue 7:05pm ET|
|PHI||Eflin R (5-4)|
|CHC||Quintana L (4-3)|
|Tue 7:05pm ET|
|NYY||German R (8-1)|
|BAL||Hess R (1-5)|
|Tue 7:05pm ET|
|COL||Marquez R (4-2)|
|PIT||Archer R (1-3)|
|Tue 7:07pm ET|
|BOS||Rodriguez L (4-2)|
|TOR||Stroman R (1-6)|
|Tue 7:10pm ET|
|LAD||Kershaw L (3-0)|
|TB||Wood R (1-0)|
|Tue 7:10pm ET|
|MIA||Smith L (3-1)|
|DET||Turnbull R (2-3)|
|Tue 7:10pm ET|
|WSH||Fedde R (0-0)|
|NYM||Wheeler R (3-3)|
|Tue 7:40pm ET|
|CIN||Gray R (0-4)|
|MIL||Gonzalez L (2-0)|
|Tue 8:05pm ET|
|SEA||Milone L (0-0)|
|TEX||Lynn R (5-3)|
|Tue 8:10pm ET|
|CWS||Covey R (0-2)|
|HOU||Verlander R (7-1)|
|KC||Bailey R (4-4)|
|STL||Wacha R (3-1)|
|Tue 9:45pm ET|
|ATL||Teheran R (3-4)|
|SF||Anderson R (0-0)|
|Tue 10:07pm ET|
|MIN||Pineda R (3-3)|
|LAA||Cahill R (2-4)|
|Tue 10:10pm ET|
|ARI||Greinke R (6-1)|
|SD||Strahm L (1-3)|
|Athletics1||5/21 9:40 am ET|
|Jingle bells||5/21 7:24 am ET|
|AUNT LOIS||5/21 4:57 am ET|
|Backside Smashers||5/20 10:15 pm ET|
|Peachie Pie||5/20 7:00 pm ET|
|Goldschmidt Happens||5/20 6:28 pm ET|
|Roasted Chestnuts||5/20 1:02 pm ET|
|TP1||5/20 10:47 am ET|
|Charlie Limeys||5/20 1:58 am ET|
|WadeBoggs||5/17 8:36 am ET|
|Commissioner||4/3 5:18 pm ET|
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