Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw allowed three runs on six hits across six innings of work during Tuesday's 16-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. He struck out six batters while walking three. Solo home runs victimized the veteran, as Bo Bichette smacked two off of him while Derek Fisher hit one. Nevertheless, Kershaw now has a 13-2 record on the season to go along with a 2.71 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 147/31 K/BB rate. 19 of his 22 starts this season have been quality starts. Kershaw is a bonafide ace, and he'll have to prove it in his next projected start against the daunting New York Yankees.
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (back) could return to the Reds lineup as soon as this weekend, when first eligible. The 35-year-old was placed on the injured list with a lower back strain and has not appeared in a game since August 14. Votto has recorded totals of 12 home runs, 39 RBI, 60 runs scored, a .262 batting average and a career-low .352 OBP in 2019. Votto is worth owning in deep mixed leagues but is not the fantasy asset he once was.
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was 3-for-4 with two RBI during Tuesday's 16-3 thrashing of the Toronto Blue Jays. The 25-year-old is batting .321 with three home runs and eight RBI over his past seven games. Seager has had a productive campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2018. He is slashing .269/.344/.462 with 12 HRs, 55 RBI, and 62 runs scored. The fact that Seager has still provided reliable stats after a horrific injury is a remarkable achievement. Look for him to finish the season strong as the Dodgers continue to cruise.
Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Eric Sogard (rest) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's series finale against the Mariners. Sogard will take a seat with left-hander Wade LeBlanc starting for the opposition, as Mike Brosseau will take over at second base and bat eighth in the lineup. The 33-year-old has picked up right where he left off after being traded from the Blue Jays, with totals of three home runs, eight RBI, and a .333 batting average through 17 games with the Rays. Sogard is worth owning in deep mixed leagues and will continue to provide a high batting average moving forward.
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chris Taylor was 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI, three runs scored, and a walk in Tuesday's 16-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. It was Taylor's first game since July 14 as he missed five weeks with a fractured left forearm. The 28-year-old is slashing .268/.342/.468 with nine HRs, 45 RBI, seven stolen bases, and 36 runs scored this season. He will likely see regular at-bats for the remainder of the campaign, making him a valid option in mixed leagues with 12 or more teams.
Even in a 16-3 loss to the Dodgers, there were at least signs of Toronto's bright future, as Bo Bichette continued his outstanding rookie campaign by hitting two home runs off of Clayton Kershaw. Bichette led the game off with a 419-foot blast before adding a 411-foot bomb in the sixth inning and now has seven home runs, 11 RBI, and 15 runs scored on the year, with 12 doubles and a .341 AVG. Already a boon for any owners who snatched him up in redraft leagues, Bichette cements himself as one of the best assets in dynasty with every game he plays.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger was 2-for-3 with three RBI, three runs scored, and a walk during Tuesday's 16-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The 24-year-old is batting .357 with four HRs and 11 RBI over his past seven games. Bellinger is likely in the lead for the National League MVP race, as he is slashing .320/.418/.673 with 42 HRs, 100 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 100 runs scored this season. He is a terror for opposing pitchers. Lock him into your fantasy lineups and throw away the key.
Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy was 1-for-1 with a solo home run, three runs scored, and three walks during Tuesday's 16-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. He reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances. The 28-year-old has shown that his 2018 breakout season was no fluke. He is slashing .260/.374/.536 with 32 HRs, 86 RBI, and 85 runs scored this season. Muncy is a fearsome slugger worthy of ownership in all fantasy formats.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock was 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs scored, and two walks during Tuesday's 16-3 dismantling of the Toronto Blue Jays. The 31-year-old is batting .327 over his past 15 games. Pollock is slashing .270/.335/.469 on the season with nine HRs, 31 RBI, and 36 runs scored, but injuries have limited him to just 55 games. Pollock has a seemingly everyday role with the team for the remainder of the season. He is a solid depth outfielder in leagues with 10 or more teams.
Oakland Athletics starter Homer Bailey allowed one run on seven hits across 5 2/3 innings of work during Tuesday's 6-2 win over the New York Yankees. He struck out eight batters without issuing a walk. Bailey has allowed one run across his past two starts, tallying 15 strikeouts in the process. The 33-year-old now has an 11-8 record on the season to go along with a 5.06 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 116/47 K/BB rate. He is expected to face the Kansas City Royals in his next projected start, which is a preferable matchup for the right-hander.
Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk during Tuesday's 6-2 win over the New York Yankees. The 25-year-old has been on fire, batting .357 with three HRs and 10 RBI over his past seven games. Olson is slashing .265/.350/.542 on the season with 26 HRs, 62 RBI, and 48 runs scored. He is not a world-beater, but he provides reliable production and plenty of power. Olson is worthy of ownership in all formats with 10 or more teams.
Atlanta Braves starter Dallas Keuchel allowed one run on six hits across six innings of work during Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Miami Marlins. He struck out seven batters while walking two. This performance comes after Keuchel allowed eight runs to the Marlins back on August 8. The veteran left-hander now owns a 4-5 record on the season to go along with a 4.14 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 60/24 K/BB rate. Out of his 12 starts with the Braves this season, seven have been quality starts. He remains a mid-tier fantasy pitcher heading into a matchup at Citi Field against the New York Mets.
Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI, and three runs scored during Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Miami Marlins. The 29-year-old is slashing .339/.443/.587 over his past 30 games. On the season, Freeman is batting .307 with 33 HRs, 102 RBI, five stolen bases, and 99 runs scored. While teammate Ronald Acuna commands a lot of attention, Freeman is also deserving of National League MVP consideration. He is one of the best bats in baseball and can be rolled out each night with confidence.
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop prospect Gavin Lux continues to shine for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Lux went 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI on Tuesday. Lux started the season in Double-A, but earned a promotion to Triple-A and has shined. Lux is now hitting .415 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 41 games for Oklahoma City. Lux, 21, wasnt expected to the big leagues this year, but with rosters about to expand in September, Lux may have forced the issue and there is a chance he could be in Dodger blue in 2019. Lux should already be owned in dynasty leagues and should be scooped up if the Dodgers promote him for the stretch run.
Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Philadelphia. Bradley Jr. collected his 15th long ball on the season in the third inning but Boston didn't score again after that. The 29-year-old is hitting just .224 with 49 RBI, making him viable solely in AL-only formats. His spotty home run power doesn't provide much mixed league value down the stretch.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Barnes struck out two and walked one in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Philadelphia. Barnes hasn't allowed a run over his last three appearances and has a 5/2 K/BB over those two complete innings. However, the righty hasn't recorded a save since June 6, so his fantasy relevance is long gone. Brandon Workman remains the Boston reliever to own for fantasy.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson finished just 3 2/3 innings, while allowing three runs on six hits to go with four strikeouts and two walks in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Phillies. The southpaw gave up all three runs in the first inning before settling down. He needed 67 pitches in the short outing, which marked his fourth start in August. Since Chris Sale is shut down for the year, Johnson is expected to soak up a rotation spot. However, his 6.58 ERA and 2.04 WHIP in 26 2/3 innings is putrid. To top it off, his longest outing this year is 5 innings during a start back in June, so he isn't even stream-able in a solid matchup.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler went 2-for-5 with a homer, three runs, and three RBI in a 14-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. Kepler belted a two-run shot off Reynaldo Lopez in the third inning in the game, giving him 34 homers on the season. It has been a spectacular breakout campaign for the German, who is hitting .256 with 87 runs and 84 RBI. He has developed into a must-start fantasy option and a top-tier fantasy outfielder in the American League.
Cincinnati Reds' SP Sonny Gray recorded 10 strikeouts in 6 innings collecting the win in a 3-2 win over the Padres on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Angels' SP Andrew Heaney recorded 14 strikeouts in 8 innings collecting the win in a 5-1 win over Texas on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
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