Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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|LL Mid January 2X||55.0|
|Sick Wit It||37.5|
Boston Red Sox LHP David Price (wrist) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Tuesday, Aug. 27.
Los Angeles Dodgers rookie starting pitcher Dustin May will start on Monday against the Padres. The 21-year-old from Texas has made three starts and one relief outing since making his major league debut and has a 4.26 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 15 K's and three walks in 19 innings for the Blue. It remains to be seen how many more starts May will make the rest of the way, but he should at least be in consideration as a streamer against San Diego in deep mixed leagues because of his upside. Gingergaard faced the Friars in his big league debut on Aug. 2 and allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits while walking none and fanning three in 5 2/3 innings. He's gone exactly 5 2/3 frames in each of his three starts so far.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger (back, groin) will be temporarily shut down again to wait for his back issues to clear up. It's usually never a good year with you rupture a testicle. Haniger has been out since that happened on June 6, and it's looking like he won't be able to contribute for fantasy owners the rest of the way. His breakout in 2018 led to him being a popular pick in 2019 drafts, but he has disappointed by hitting .220/.314/.463 with 15 home runs, 46 runs, 32 RBI and four steals in his 63 games. Well out of contention and with both Haniger and Domingo Santana injured, the Mariners will get a long look at outfield prospect Jake Fraley the rest of the way.
Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton (shoulder) participated in all of the baseball activities Friday, Aug. 23, and likely will begin a rehab assignment in the next few days.
Texas Rangers OF Hunter Pence (back) was scratched from the starting lineup Friday, Aug. 23, because of lower back tightness.
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (hernia) will start his minor league rehab assignment on Friday, and the team is hoping he'll come off the injured list when they return from their road trip in a week. That means that Voit should be returning right before the calendar flips to September. The 28-year-old should return to a regular role when he's healthy, as he was hitting .278/.392/.493 with 19 home runs, 60 runs and 54 RBI in 349 at-bats before going on the shelf. If he was dropped in any leagues, pick him up and stash him until he returns.
Texas Rangers outfielder Hunter Pence (back) was scratched from the starting lineup on Friday with lower back tightness. Nick Solak is serving as the designated hitter and will bat fifth against White Sox starter Dylan Cease. Consider Pence day-to-day for now. Solak, who was acquired from the Rays this summer, has burst onto the scene after being called up recently. The 24-year-old prospect is 5-for-14 (.357) with a homer, four runs and two RBI in his first four major league games. He'll continue to be a popular DFS pick as long as he continues to produce.
Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Story will get a rare off day in this one, but should be back in the lineup for next game. Garrett Hampson will cover shortstop and bat eighth versus righty Jack Flaherty. Hampson doesn't have any fantasy value going into this one. He might have some NL-only appeal, but he doesn't play enough to warrant ownership in most formats.
Minnesota Twins first baseman C.J. Cron (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Detroit Tigers. The Twins will give their slugging first baseman a routine day off here. Ehire Adrianza will cover first base and bat seventh versus righty Drew VerHagen. Adrianza has been unstoppable with the bat lately, so he's a sneaky fantasy option right now. He doesn't have much power in his bat, but seems to get on base just about every at-bat.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the San Diego Padres. The Red Sox are without a designated hitter in this series, so JBJ will take a sit. He'll likely sit out throughout most of the series, so fantasy owners should seek other options for this weekend. J.D. Martinez will play right field and bat cleanup versus righty Chris Paddack. Martinez is always a solid option for DFS contests.
Houston Astros infielder Aledmys Diaz (head) will start his rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday and will play both Saturday and Sunday. The 29-year-old Cuban should return to the Astros at some point next week, where he'll help fill the void left by Carlos Correa's (back) injury. Diaz has been a decent utility man for the 'Stros this year, hitting .267/.320/.474 with seven long balls and 28 RBI. He's still not very attractive in mixed leagues, though, unless he's guaranteed everyday playing time when he returns, which is unlikely.
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (rest) and catcher Wilson Ramos (rest) are out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Atlanta Braves. Both veteran sluggers will get a routine rest day off. Luis Guillorme will get the start at third base and bat sixth versus righty Mike Foltynewicz. Tomas Nido will bat eighth and do the catching on Friday. Foltynewicz comes into the game with an ERA over six, but neither player is worth a look in DFS contests.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis (wrist) is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a fractured wrist, according to manager Brian Snitker. Markakis will need at least several more weeks before he even considers a return to Atlanta, which is too late for fantasy owners in 2019. The 35-year-old veteran was hitting .284/.358/.429 with nine home runs, 57 runs and 55 RBI at the time of his injury. The Braves outfield is beat up with Ender Inciarte possibly out for the year, so some combination of Charlie Culberson, Adam Duvall and Matt Joyce will continue to fill in alongside Ronald Acuna until Markakis is able to return.
Miami Marlins infielder Starlin Castro (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Castro will get a rare off day here as he plays just about every single game. Neil Walker will play third base and bat second versus righty Vince Velasquez. Walker has been hot since returning from the injured list, so he has some fantasy value against the mediocre Velasquez on Friday.
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jose Martinez (shoulder) said that he expects to start his rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Monday. Barring any setbacks, Martinez could return to the Cardinals at some point late next week. The 31-year-old is hitting .266/.336/.401 on the season with 10 home runs, 42 runs and 40 RBI in 312 at-bats. When he's back in the big leagues, he'll be fighting for playing time among Harrison Bader, Marcell Ozuna, Dexter Fowler, Lane Thomas and Tyler O'Neill. It's safe to say that Martinez will be a part-time player, at best, the rest of the way.
Detroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario (thumb) has been activated from the 10-day injured list on Friday. However, Candelario will be sent to the minors, so Dawel Lugo will remain the guy at third in Detroit. Candelario hit .198 with seven home runs and 24 RBI with the Tigers this season. There is potential in his bat, but he was not able to tap into it this season. He'll likely get another chance once the roster expand, but Candelario won't have any fantasy value this season.
Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (hamstring) will begin his rehab assignment with High-A Jupiter on Friday and is scheduled to play five innings. The 30-year-old has been out most of August but could return to the Fish before the end of the month. Rojas is hitting a respectable .289/.344/.384 but lacks power (four homers) and doesn't run much either (six stolen bases). That makes him really only useful in NL-only leagues while hitting in a weak Marlins lineup.
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said that pitcher Eric Skoglund will make the start on Sunday against the Indians. Skoglund has yet to pitch in the big leagues in 2019 and was 1-6 with a 5.14 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and meager 6.3 K/9 in 70 innings (13 starts, one relief outing) last season. The left-hander sports an ugly 6.04 ERA and has allowed 12 homers in 73 innings (13 starts) in two minor league stops this year. You can safely avoid him as a streaming option against the Tribe this weekend.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (shoulder) was able to go through all baseball activities on Friday without any issues. He is likely going to begin a rehab assignment on Saturday, assuming he feels fine. Buxton has missed basically all of August due to a left shoulder subluxation. He should be back in the Twins lineup by the end of August or early September.
Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez (hip) remains out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Texas Rangers. He was a late scratch on Thursday due to a sore left hip. Leury Garcia will bat leadoff and play left field versus righty Lance Lynn. Garcia hasn't done much with the bat over the last two weeks, so he can be avoided in DFS contests on Friday.
|Fri 10:10pm ET|
|NYY||Paxton L (9-6)|
|LAD||Ryu L (12-3)|
|Fri 10:10pm ET|
|BOS||Rodriguez L (14-5)|
|SD||Paddack R (7-6)|
|Fri 10:10pm ET|
|TOR||Thornton R (4-8)|
|SEA||Sheffield L (0-0)|
|TWEZZLE 50||8/23 1:53 am ET|
|LL Mid January 2X||8/21 9:57 pm ET|
|Talking Straight||8/19 4:41 pm ET|
|Goliath||8/19 4:04 pm ET|
|P TECH||8/19 1:04 pm ET|
|N2Deep||8/19 8:18 am ET|
|Phanatics||8/18 12:28 pm ET|
|Sick Wit It||8/11 11:57 am ET|
|Slow50||7/29 3:00 pm ET|
|B-50-2||7/29 5:47 am ET|
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