Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Toronto Blue Jays rookie third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday. Instead, Brandon Drury will start at third base and hit fifth against Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler. Drury is hitting a poor .230/.270/.410 with 14 home runs, 37 runs and 39 RBI in 344 at-bats this year. He's strong and has decent power, but he swings and misses too often and is facing one of the best young pitchers in baseball in Buehler. He's not the strongest DFS sleeper on Wednesday.
Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada (hamstring) will be activated from the 10-day injured list on Thursday. Moncada will end up missing around a month of action due to a strained right hamstring. Outfielder Ryan Cordell has been optioned to the minors in a corresponding move. Fantasy owners will be happy to get Moncada back in their lineups for Thursday.
Houston Astros relief pitcher Josh James (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday. James has been sidelined since July 23 due to arm fatigue. He'll likely need a few appearances in the minors before he's ready to rejoin the bullpen in Houston. He doesn't have much fantasy value, but he's a talented reliever that will help the Astros down the stretch.
Chicago Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist is expected to rejoin the team in September, according to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. Zobrist has not played with the organization since May due to a personal matter. It's unlikely that he starts when he returns to the Cubs, but will be a helpful option off the bench for the team. He won't have much fantasy value unless he starts upon return.
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs. The veteran catcher will get a routine day off to rest here. Stephen Vogt will draw the start behind the plate and bat fifth versus righty Yu Darvish. Vogt has been a reliable option as a backup catcher for the Giants, but won't have much fantasy appeal against Darvish.
Atlanta Braves outfielders Adam Duvall and Charlie Culberson will jump into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Miami Marlins. The Braves outfield is a little banged up at the moment, so they have to piece things together. Both Duvall and Culberson will draw the start in the outfield against the left-handed starter. Duvall will bat fifth and play left, while Culberson bats sixth and plays right field versus lefty Caleb Smith. Both are better hitters against left-handed pitching, but have been in slumps at the plate lately.
Texas Rangers RP David Carpenter was outrighted to Class AAA Nashville Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Chicago Cubs RP Brandon Morrow (elbow) has suffered a setback and will miss the rest of the 2019 season.
Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein said that relief pitcher Brandon Morrow (elbow) suffered another setback and will miss the rest of the season. The team's former closer hasn't pitched in the majors since before the All-Star break in 2018. He lost any real chance to return to fantasy relevance when the Cubs traded for Craig Kimbrel at the deadline this year, too. The 35-year-old has a long road back and can only hope to return to a setup role in 2020 if he can finally get back on track with his injuries.
Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ankle) took live batting practice on Wednesday and will join the team this weekend in Houston, although that doesn't mean he'll be activated from the injured list. Simmons has been out since Aug. 2 and is hitting .274/.315/.382 with five home runs, 28 RBI and nine steals in just 74 games this year. It'll be nice for the Angels to get him back with a month left in the season, but he's not of much importance to fantasy owners outside of deep mixed and AL-only leagues.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Melky Cabrera (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Washington Nationals. Cabrera will get a routine day off here to rest. Pablo Reyes will take over right field and bat sixth versus lefty Patrick Corbin. Reyes has been awful with the bat, so he's not a trustworthy option in fantasy leagues or DFS contests.
Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. Odor will get a routine day off here against the left-handed starter. Nick Solak will draw the start at second base and bat sixth versus lefty Patrick Sandoval. Solak doesn't have enough plate appearances at this level to trust in fantasy leagues or DFS contests.
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Griffin Canning (elbow) has been placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday. Canning is dealing with elbow inflammation in his same elbow again. He pitched well during his start on Sunday, but we'll have to see what kind of timetable the team gives him. The Angels may decide to shut down their young starter for the rest of the season.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. This is just a routine rest day for Pollock, so he should be back in the lineup next game. Chris Taylor will cover center field and bat seventh versus righty Wilmer Font. Taylor is worth a look as a cheap DFS option for Wednesday.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday. Chris Taylor is getting the start in center field and is batting seventh against Blue Jays starter Wilmer Font. Taylor returned from the injured list on Tuesday and made an immediate splash, going 3-for-4 with three runs, a homer and four RBI. While the lineup spot isn't ideal, Taylor remains a fine DFS sleeper and should have plenty of opportunities to drive in runs in this loaded lineup. The Dodgers put up 16 runs in the series opener against Toronto.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross (leg) will start on Saturday against the Cubs if he's able to get through a successful bullpen session on Thursday. If Ross cannot go this weekend, Erick Fedde will get the nod. Ross was hit by a comebacker in his start earlier this week, but X-rays came back negative. The 26-year-old right-hander has a shaky 5.48 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 46 innings (five starts) this year and shouldn't be trusted against Chicago to begin with, let alone coming off an injury.
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (elbow) is expected to make "at least two" rehab starts for Triple-A Sacramento, which puts him on track to make his season debut during the Dodgers series from Sept. 6-8. Cueto has missed all of the season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. It's great to see him potentially return to make a few starts as the Giants fight for a postseason berth, but fantasy owners should be very hesitant to trust him outside of the deepest leagues. Cueto's velocity may be lacking and it's likely the Giants put a short leash on him in terms of innings thrown to conclude the year.
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jose Martinez (shoulder) is throwing on Wednesday, which is an improvement over Tuesday when he did outfield work. Martinez is nearing a rehab assignment and could be a candidate to return to the active roster by the end of the month, barring any setbacks. The 31-year-old is hitting .266/.336/.401 with 10 home runs and 40 RBI in a step back from his 2018 season. At best, Martinez will hope for a part-time role in St. Louis' crowded outfield when he's up to speed. The Cardinals will have to get creative with playing time between Marcell Ozuna, Dexter Fowler, Harrison Bader, Lane Thomas, Tyler O'Neill and Martinez down the stretch as they attempt to win the division.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito threw a complete-game shutout versus the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. Giolito struck out 12 and only allowed three hits and no walks for his 14th win of the season. The 25-year-old has been dealing in August with a 2.33 ERA and 44 strikeouts this month. Giolito's next start will likely be against the Twins again on Tuesday, this time at home.
New York Mets infielder Jeff McNeil (hamstring) will take batting practice on Wednesday as he works his way back from a hamstring strain that has kept him out since Aug. 13. The 27-year-old has done nothing but hit since debuting last year and has a useful .332/.400/.529 line with 15 homers, 67 runs, 55 RBI and four steals this year in his 397 at-bats. McNeil could return to the team at the end of this month or early in September and deserves to be stashed in all formats.
|Wed 7:05pm ET|
|KC||Montgomery L (3-5)|
|BAL||Brooks R (2-7)|
|Wed 7:05pm ET|
|WSH||Corbin L (9-5)|
|PIT||Musgrove R (8-11)|
|Wed 7:05pm ET|
|LAA||Sandoval L (0-1)|
|TEX||Minor L (11-7)|
|Wed 7:10pm ET|
|PHI||Smyly L (2-6)|
|BOS||Porcello R (11-9)|
|Wed 7:10pm ET|
|CLE||Plutko R (5-3)|
|NYM||Stroman R (7-11)|
|Wed 7:20pm ET|
|MIA||Smith L (8-6)|
|ATL||Teheran R (7-8)|
|Wed 7:45pm ET|
|MIL||Houser R (5-5)|
|STL||Wainwright R (9-8)|
|Wed 8:05pm ET|
|SF||Rodriguez R (5-6)|
|CHC||Darvish R (4-6)|
|Wed 8:10pm ET|
|DET||Norris L (3-10)|
|HOU||Verlander R (15-4)|
|Wed 10:07pm ET|
|NYY||Happ L (10-7)|
|OAK||Fiers R (11-3)|
|Wed 10:10pm ET|
|TOR||Font R (3-3)|
|LAD||Buehler R (10-3)|
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