Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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|50TP - Slow Jams||274.0|
|Free Your Head||244.5|
|Birds of a Feather III||203.5|
|Double Digit Beatdowns||176.5|
|The Team Who Must Not Be Named||203.0|
|The Team Who Must Not Be Named||6||2||2398.0|
|Birds of a Feather III||5||3||2399.5|
|Double Digit Beatdowns||6||2||2199.0|
|50TP - Slow Jams||5||3||2260.0|
|Free Your Head||2||6||2308.5|
The Houston Astros have recalled right fielder Derek Fisher from Triple-A Round Rock. He replaces outfielder George Springer, who is expected to be placed on the injured list after leaving Friday's game with a hamstring injury, on the active roster. Fisher was really raking it with the Express to the tune of .314/.379/.555 with eight home runs and six steals in 154 plate appearances. This will be the 25-year-old's second stint with the big league club this year as he spent two days with the team earlier in the month, going 0-for-1 at the plate in two appearances. He is expected to compete with Michael Brantley, Josh Reddick, Jake Marisnick and Tony Kemp for at-bats. While Fisher has yet to get on track at the major league level in three years -- hitting just .195 with a 37.9 percent strikeout rate -- his combination of power and speed could be useful for fantasy owners in deeper leagues depending on the amount of playing time he receives.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper went 1-for-4 with two RBI and two strikeouts Friday night in Milwaukee. Harper drove in the Phillies first run of the game with a sacrifice fly and added an RBI double in the fifth inning. Unfortunately for Harper he also struck out twice in the game bringing his strikeout rate on the season to an astronomical 30.1 percent. That strikeout rate combined with his 11.1 percent infield-fly-ball rate means over 41 percent of his plate appearances are ending in automatic outs. Fantasy owners can only hope Harper turns it around soon. The Phillies are scheduled to face a right-handed pitcher in their next five games so hopefully, the lefty-swinging Harper can get something going in those games.
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored Friday at Milwaukee. It was Hoskins' first multi-hit game since May 8, a span in which he's hit a paltry .164. The main issue for Hoskins has been the strikeouts. He's whiffing at a career-high 25.5 percent rate this season. If he can cut back on the strikeouts the rest of his numbers look pretty good. He's making hard contact at an elite rate of 47.6 and hitting almost 50 percent fly balls. This has lead to a very good .519 slugging percentage. Despite the recent slump Hoskins appears to be fine. This wouldn't be a bad time to make a buy-low trade offer if the Hoskins owner is frustrated with the recent lack of production.
Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will sit for a second consecutive day on Saturday versus the Reds. Its odd that one of the Cubs best offensive players has been out without an injury for two straight days, but manager Joe Maddon prefers to use Victor Caratini behind the plate when Yu Darvish is on the mound. Contreras pinch-hit Friday and picked up a RBI. Caratini will bat sixth versus Tyler Mahle and is an intriguing cheaper option in DFS leagues.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. hit his third home run in five games, in a 4-3 loss to Houston Friday night. The 29-year-old didn't club his first home run until May 20 but he now has three in a week. Bradley is certainly capable of hitting the long ball, tallying 13 and 17 in the past two seasons, respectively. While he'll likely never get back to the 26 he hit in 2016, it seems the outfielder is slowly finding himself at the plate. A .170/.259/.272 clip isn't effective at all for season-long fantasy, but if you want to ride the hot hand in DFS for a dirt cheap price, Bradley has been a shot-in-the-dark option of late.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale lasted six innings Friday, allowing four runs, only two of which were earned, in a 4-3 loss to Houston. Sale punched out five and walked two, while also surrendering his 10th home run of the year. The southpaw threw just 56 of 89 pitches for strikes, including just seven swinging strikes. The Astros benefited from Boston errors in the second and fourth innings, which pushed them out to an early 3-0 lead. It wasn't a bad start by any means, but it was a return to earth for the 30-year-old, after posting a 69:11 K:BB with just 10 earned runs over his past six starts. His record sits at 1-6, but five of those losses came in the first month of the season, when the Sox were struggling as a team. He'll get the Indians Wednesday, where he'll have the chance to get back to double-digit strikeouts and should be a popular DFS option.
Cleveland Indians RHP Mike Clevinger (back) will head to Arizona for extended spring training Saturday, May 25, in order to see some game action before beginning a rehab assignment.
San Diego Padres SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (hamstring) has been participating in extended spring training games at the organization's complex in Peoria, Ariz. However, there is no timetable for his return.
Cleveland Indians RHP Corey Kluber (forearm) had his cast removed Thursday, May 23, after X-rays showed that his pitching arm has healed to the point where wearing one would no longer be necessary. He currently has a removable splint and is now able to do range-of-motion exercises, according to manager Terry Francona, who added that he will be re-evaluated in two weeks. In the meantime, Kluber has been doing cardio work such as riding a stationary bike and sprinting in the outfield.
Toronto Blue Jays starter Trent Thornton allowed three runs on four hits through six innings of work during a 6-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. He struck out 10 batters while walking three. Thornton has produced a 1-4 record this season to go along with a 4.42 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 60/25 K/BB rate. The 25-year-old solely remains a streaming option that has high strikeout upside. Thornton will look to keep things rolling in his next projected start against the Colorado Rockies.
New York Yankees SS Didi Gregorius (elbow) is slated to begin an official rehab assignment with Class A Tampa Saturday, May 25. He will spend two or three games there before continuing his assignment with Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Atlanta Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz allowed one run on five hits in six innings of work during a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. Foltynewicz struck out seven batters without walking anyone. The 27-year-old now owns a 1-3 record on the season to go along with a 5.67 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 24/8 K/BB rate. Foltynewicz has now thrown back-to-back quality starts after struggling through his first four appearances of the campaign. He will continue to try and rediscover his All-Star form in his next projected start against the Detroit Tigers.
Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson was 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI during Friday's 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. It was a welcomed performance from Swanson, who had cooled off in recent weeks after a dominant start to the season. Swanson owns a .262/.319/.492 slash line to go along with 10 home runs, 35 RBI, and five stolen bases. His exposure to a potent Braves' lineup makes him a serviceable fantasy asset in most mixed formats.
New York Yankees LHP James Paxton (knee) continued to experience discomfort in his left knee while throwing four innings in an extended spring training game Friday, May 24. Manager Aaron Boone said the next course of action would not be determined until Saturday, May 25, after the team sees how he feels.
New York Yankees SS Troy Tulowitzki (calf) logged nine at-bats in his first simulated game and could begin an official rehab assignment next week. He has been fielding grounders at second base, shortstop and third base.
New York Mets first baseman Peter Alonso hit yet another home run on Friday against the Detroit Tigers. Alonso went 2-for-4 with a solo shot that was his 17th of the season. The rookie is tied for third in all of baseball in home runs behind only Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich and should continue to provide some major power in the middle of the Mets order.
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Corey Dickerson (shoulder) started a rehab assignment with Class AAA Indianapolis Friday, May 24.
New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos launched his third home run of the season on Friday against the Detroit Tigers. Ramos went 2-for-4 in the process, while also scoring two runs in a 9-8 loss. The veteran has struggled at times this season but is hitting a respectable .257. With a shortage of options at the catcher position, you could do much worse than Ramos, who is one of the better offensive backstops in the league.
Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto remained scorching hot on Friday night against the Miami Marlins. Soto went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in his team's win. Soto's three-run shot in the eighth inning helped put the Nationals ahead in a wild game that ended in the Nationals favor, 12-10. The young outfielder is 6-for-7 in his last two games and is batting .600 in his last four games. It's safe to say that Soto is on a hot streak, so take advantage.
Los Angeles Angels OF Justin Upton (toe) is now able to run on 100 percent of his weight and has been cleared to resume taking on-field batting practice and participating in some outfield drills.
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|CWS||Banuelos L (2-3)|
|MIN||Gibson R (4-2)|
|Sat 2:15pm ET|
|NYY||Happ L (3-3)|
|KC||Junis R (3-5)|
|Sat 2:20pm ET|
|CIN||Mahle R (1-5)|
|CHC||Darvish R (2-3)|
|Sat 3:07pm ET|
|SD||Quantrill R (0-2)|
|TOR||Jackson R (0-1)|
|Sat 4:05pm ET|
|MIA||Alcantara R (2-4)|
|WSH||Corbin L (4-2)|
|Sat 4:05pm ET|
|ARI||Clarke R (0-1)|
|SF||Suarez L (0-1)|
|Sat 4:07pm ET|
|SEA||Kikuchi L (3-1)|
|OAK||Fiers R (3-3)|
|Sat 4:10pm ET|
|TB||Morton R (4-0)|
|CLE||Carrasco R (4-4)|
|Sat 4:10pm ET|
|DET||Carpenter L (0-2)|
|NYM||Vargas L (1-2)|
|Sat 4:10pm ET|
|PHI||Arrieta R (4-4)|
|MIL||Chacin R (3-5)|
|Sat 7:15pm ET|
|LAD||Ryu L (6-1)|
|PIT||Musgrove R (3-4)|
|Sat 7:15pm ET|
|BOS||Price L (2-2)|
|HOU||Peacock R (5-2)|
|Sat 7:15pm ET|
|ATL||Soroka R (5-1)|
|STL||Hudson R (3-3)|
|Sat 8:15pm ET|
|NYY||Happ L (3-3)|
|KC||Lopez R (0-5)|
|Sat 9:10pm ET|
|BAL||Cashner R (4-2)|
|COL||Freeland L (2-5)|
|Sat 10:07pm ET|
|TEX||Minor L (5-3)|
|LAA||Skaggs L (4-4)|
|Junkies||5/25 10:21 am ET|
|Birds of a Feather III||5/25 8:59 am ET|
|JUSTIN||5/25 7:14 am ET|
|Poooper50||5/24 11:56 pm ET|
|Free Your Head||5/24 7:47 pm ET|
|Kingslayer||5/23 7:30 pm ET|
|Double Digit Beatdowns||5/20 4:49 pm ET|
|KAGED 3||5/20 9:42 am ET|
|50TP - Slow Jams||5/20 2:50 am ET|
|The Team Who Must Not Be Named||3/24 11:30 pm ET|
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