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If a player in your Week 1 starting lineup plays in the early Japan games of 3/20 and 3/21, their stats count for Week 1. Even if you draft after those games or pick the players up in the Sunday night 3/24 waivers. If players from those two teams are in your starting lineup when the deadline for the first week locks for those teams (4 pm et 3/28 for Oakland, 7 pm et 3/28 for Seattle), you will get the stats for the players for their two games in Japan.
Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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San Francisco Giants C Aramis Garcia was optioned to Class AAA Sacramento Monday, March 25.
Free-agent INF Alcides Escobar (Orioles) signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox Monday, March 25. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Kansas City Royals shortstop/second baseman Adalberto Mondesi gave fantasy owners a taste of his sky-high potential last season, but his spring training is making even more people drool. His basic counting stats weren't phenomenal with just two home runs and four stolen bases over the course of 48 at-bats, but his underlying numbers are the fun ones. This spring, he walked five times in 53 plate appearances. Last season, he only had 11 walks in 291 plate appearances. Last year, he struck out 26.5% of the time. This spring, just 17%. Mondesi brings that power/speed combo to the table that makes fantasy owners fawn all over themselves. If he can add patience and more contact to the equation, he could end up being a top-20 player this season.
Toronto Blue Jays INF Devon Travis (knee) was placed on the 60-day injured list Monday, March 25.
Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez announced on Monday that outfielder Adam Eaton will serve as the club's leadoff hitter this year, with shortstop Trea Turner hitting second. Turner is the more prolific base stealer, but Eaton has a better on-base percentage over the last two seasons (.394). Martinez also confirmed that outfielder Victor Robles will begin the season in the ninth spot, which limits his fantasy upside, especially in DFS. Eaton hasn't played in 100 games in either of his two seasons in D.C., but he can be a sleeper at the top of Washington's lineup if he stays healthy, mainly for his on-base skills, runs and stolen bases.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will not play in exhibition games in Montreal against the Blue Jays on Monday and Tuesday because he does not have his passport with him. Braun his .318 with a home run in nine spring games this year after clubbing 20 home runs with a career-low .254 average in 125 games last season. Health is key for the veteran. If Braun can stay healthy, he could be a value pick in the Brewers stacked outfield.
Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (knee) took ground balls on Monday at the team's spring training complex a day after he fouled a pitch off his left knee and had to be carted off the field. He will rejoin the team for a workout on Wednesday, but it's unknown if he will play on Opening Day. Even if Ramirez misses a game or two to open the season, he remains a top-five fantasy talent after slugging 39 home runs and driving in 105 runs in 2018.
Boston Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce (calf) may or may not be with the team come Opening Day on Thursday. When asked if the veteran would be ready for the season's opener, manager Alex Cora said "hoping so." The 35-year-old has two home runs in 17 at-bats this spring but hasn't appeared in a contest since March 17 with the lower leg injury. He's worthy of a stash in AL-only formats but being in a likely platoon situation, his history of inconsistency could make it tough to gauge his day-to-day value.
Baltimore Orioles RHP Alex Cobb (groin) and C Austin Wynns (oblique) were placed on the 10-day injured list Monday, March 25. C Jesus Sucre was called up from Class AAA Norfolk to Take Wynns' place.
Kansas City Royals OF Brian Goodwin was released Monday, March 25. The Royals also recalled 1B Lucas Duda from Class AAA Omaha.
Colorado Rockies C Tom Murphy was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants on Monday, March 25.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim infielder David Fletcher (hamstring) was scratched from the lineup Saturday and he did not play in Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to tightness in his hamstring. However, manager Brad Ausmus didn't sounds terribly worried about Fletcher's status for the opener. "He's fine," Ausmus said. "It's still spring training, he's fine." Fletcher is an attractive play in deeper AL-only fantasy leagues for his positional versatility from an eligibility perspective, but he is simply a slap hitter with very little power.
Chicago Cubs utility man Daniel Descalso (shoulder) had a handful of at-bats and played multiple positions on the infield in a minor league game on Sunday. He'll likely play in one of the two upcoming games against the Red Sox and is expected to be fine for Opening Day. The 32-year-old veteran has proved to be a clutch utility man through the years, and he hit .238 with a career-high 13 home runs and 57 RBI in 138 games for Arizona in 2018. While he might be useful for infield depth in NL-only leagues, Descalso shouldn't be owned in mixed leagues.
In his final spring training tune-up, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jakob Junis pitched well against the Rangers on Sunday. He gave up three runs over seven innings while striking out six and walking none. Junis is currently slated to be the team's No. 2 starter behind Brad Keller, and he's got some slight appeal in fantasy. He boasted a solid K/BB rate of 3.81 last year, but he's basically entirely dependent on his slider. That type of dependence on one pitch usually relegates someone to short-relief duty because hitters get it dialed in pretty quickly after facing him once. That said, some pitchers can find success with that approach if their pitcher is really working, such as Luis Severino did in the first half of last year. Unfortunately, it also means that if the money pitch starts to struggle, as Severino's slider did in the middle of last year, the pitcher may find themselves saddled with ugly numbers as they depend heavily on their fastball. Severino carried a 5.67 ERA and 1.47 WHIP over his last 14 starts last year. It would be in Junis' best interest to learn some additional offerings sooner rather than later.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Mark Zagunis appears to be the team's final bench player heading into Opening Day on Thursday. He went 2-for-3 with two walks in spring action on Sunday to list his Cactus League average to .357. "He's healthy," president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said, "and he's combining his really outstanding plate discipline with the ability to drive the ball to all fields when he gets his pitch." The 26-year-old has hit .105 with two RBI and two stolen bases in only 19 at-bats in the majors the last two seasons.
Free-agent C Drew Butera (Phillies) was signed to a minor-league contract by the Colorado Rockies Monday, March 25.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish (finger) said he is scheduled for a bullpen session on Thursday. He's currently lined up to start the third game of the season on March 31 against the Rangers. The Japanese right-hander pitched with a bandage on his finger for parts of five innings in a minor league game on Sunday, and he's confident that his blister issue won't keep him from making his first regular season start. Darvish threw pain-free and liked how his slider, cutter and fastball were working while allowing two runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings. He also struck out eight and walked none in 71 pitches (45 strikes). Darvish doesn't plan to use the wrap on his finger for his next bullpen session this week. With good health, Darvish could bounce back and be a solid value pick as a second starter in 2019.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Mallex Smith has been sidelined all of spring training with an elbow issue. The club plans for Smith to lead off in Monday nights exhibition against the San Diego Padres, but they only plan on playing him for three at-bats. Smith will be out there in Tuesdays contest as well, so these two days will be a true test for his availability on Opening Day. Its a situation to monitor closely to see what the Ms decide to do with their speedster, but if an IL stint were required, hed likely return when first eligible. Smith remains one of the elite stolen base options in fantasy and could put up big run numbers if hes kept at the top of the order.
The St. Louis Cardinals placed starting pitcher Carlos Martinez (shoulder) and third baseman Jedd Gyorko (calf) on the 10-day injured list on Monday. Joining them there will be relief pitchers Brett Cecil (hand) and Luke Gregerson (shoulder) and outfielder Justin Williams (hand). Martinez dealt with arm issues in a disappointing 2018 campaign as well, so his fantasy stock has fallen drastically. He could still be a weapon when he's healthy, though, but it's unclear if he'll stick in the rotation or in the bullpen. The right-hander is dealing with a right shoulder cuff strain and it's unknown when he'll be back. Gyorko is dealing with a right calf strain and shouldn't miss too much of the opening month.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher Felix Pena worked just 3 1/3 innings in his final spring tune-up against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. However, he allowed just one run while posting nine strikeouts. He credited his hard work on improving his changeup during the spring. "I've been working on (the changeup) since spring training," Pena said through an interpreter, "and thank God it's where I want to be." Pena was able to toss 80 pitches on Sunday, and manager Brad Ausmus said Pena will be limited to 90-95 pitches in his regular-season debut. He is a decent AL-only fantasy option for his strikeout potential.
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