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  • Player Notes
    Charlie Blackmon May 23 3:03pm ET

    Colorado Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon (undisclosed) was taken out of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, May 23, due to an apparent injury, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.

    Yoan Moncada May 23 2:50pm ET

    Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada is leading off Thursday as the White Sox are using the same nine players from Wednesday in a different batting order. Among the other shakeups, Tim Anderson bats second and Leury Garcia fifth. Chicago is facing the Houston Astros and Corbin Martin, making the third start of his career. After a successful debut against the Texas Rangers, Martin struggled with his control against the Red Sox in his followup. As a result, Moncada and Anderson make for decent DFS options atop Thursday's lineup. The rest of the Chicago order is less worthwhile.

    From RotoBaller

    Shohei Ohtani May 23 2:50pm ET

    Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (finger) is not in the starting lineup on Thursday. Ohtani left the game earlier this week after being hit by a pitch, but he played on Tuesday. The Angels are likely just giving Ohtani a little breather before the weekend. Mike Trout is serving as the designated hitter and is batting second, while David Fletcher is in left field and is hitting leadoff against Twins starting pitcher Martin Perez. Both Trout and Fletcher would be more than acceptable DFS selections on Thursday.

    From RotoBaller

    Drew Anderson May 23 2:43pm ET

    Philadelphia Phillies RP Drew Anderson was recalled from Class AAA Lehigh Valley on Thursday, May 23. The team also optioned RP Cole Irvin to Lehigh Valley.

    Cole Irvin May 23 2:43pm ET

    Philadelphia Phillies RP Drew Anderson was recalled from Class AAA Lehigh Valley on Thursday, May 23. The team also optioned RP Cole Irvin to Lehigh Valley.

    Brandon Crawford May 23 2:40pm ET

    San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is not in the starting lineup on Thursday. Donovan Solano is starting at the 6 and is hitting eighth against Braves starting pitcher Kevin Gausman. Solano has two hits in his 13 at-bats on the season with one RBI and is a poor DFS selection while hitting at the bottom of the light-hitting Giants lineup on Thursday. Look elsewhere.

    From RotoBaller

    Jimmy Cordero May 23 2:33pm ET

    Seattle Mariners RP Zac Rosscup was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, May 23. The Mariners also designated RP Jimmy Cordero for assignment.

    Tim Peterson May 23 2:33pm ET

    San Francisco Giants OF Aaron Altherr was claimed off waivers by the New York Mets on Thursday, May 23. The Mets also designated RP Tim Peterson for assignment.

    Jordan Luplow May 23 2:30pm ET

    Cleveland Indians outfielder Jordan Luplow is batting fourth and playing right field against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday. Luplow has hit in that spot a few times before this season. He has a .242/.301/.500 slash line in 73 plate appearances in 2019 with five home runs, demonstrating cleanup-capable power. Luplow is probably best faded in DFS, with the Houston and Tampa Bay offenses providing better value than Cleveland's weak lineup. Luplow has only eight RBI despite the five home runs, for instance.

    From RotoBaller

    Ryan Yarbrough May 23 2:23pm ET

    Tampa Bay Rays 3B Yandy Diaz) was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hand contusion Thursday, May 23. The team also recalled RP Ryan Yarbrough from Class AAA Durham.

    Yandy Diaz May 23 2:23pm ET

    Tampa Bay Rays 3B Yandy Diaz) was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hand contusion Thursday, May 23. The team also recalled RP Ryan Yarbrough from Class AAA Durham.

    Tyler Thornburg May 23 2:23pm ET

    Boston Red Sox RP Tyler Thornburg (hip) was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hip impingement Thursday, May 23. The team also recalled RP Travis Lankins from Class AAA Pawtucket.

    Ryan Yarbrough May 23 2:20pm ET

    Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryne Stanek is no longer listed as the opener for Thursday's game. Instead, pitcher Ryan Yarbrough, who was called up in light of Yandy Diaz's placement on the injured list, will be the starter. Presumably he will pitch the bulk of the innings, as has been his Major League role whether starting or following, but that has not been announced. Now that Yarbrough is starting, he is somewhat less likely to get credited with a win. However, with Thursday's DFS slate a mere two games and facing a weak Cleveland Indians offense, Yarbrough is a decent play nonetheless. He has a 44-to-7 K-BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings across MLB and Triple-A this season.

    From RotoBaller

    Aaron Altherr May 23 2:20pm ET

    The New York Mets claimed outfielder Aaron Altherr off waivers from the Giants on Thursday. Altherr has just one hit in 30 at-bats with the Phillies and Giants this year. He had just one at-bat for the Giants. The Mets really could use the outfield help with both Michael Conforto (concussion) and Brandon Nimmo (neck) on the injured list. New York is mixing and matching with Rajai Davis, J.D. Davis, Carlos Gomez and Juan Lagares right now, but Altherr could get some playing time in the short term. He's still not attractive to fantasy owners, even in the deepest of leagues.

    From RotoBaller

    Yandy Diaz May 23 2:00pm ET

    The Tampa Bay Rays placed infielder Yandy Diaz on the injured list Thursday. Pitcher Ryan Yarbrough was called up and is now starting the game, despite previous reports and Stanek appearing to be listed as the starter. Yarbrough, whose 2019 MLB peripherals are better than his 8.10 ERA and who has been very successful in the minors this season, is worth a DFS shot in the small slate Thursday against the Cleveland Indians. Diaz, meanwhile, was hitting .256/.339/.500 with nine home runs in 41 games. He should be held on to, even in leagues without IL spots, assuming you're not burdened with several injured players already.

    From RotoBaller

    Ryne Stanek May 23 2:00pm ET

    Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryne Stanek will serve as the team's opener for a second straight game on Thursday against the Cleveland Indians. Pitcher Ryan Yarbrough is expected to get called up as a follower. The opener-follower model is a typically difficult one for DFS. Yarbrough succeeded in the follower role in 2018, winning 16 games with a 3.91 ERA, but he only has an 8.10 ERA in 16 2/3 innings in 2019 and has spent much of the year in the minors. He's thrown 21 innings there, posting a 2.14 ERA with 30 strikeouts against just three walks. Cleveland has a rather weak offense and it's a small slate, so it may make sense to give Yarbrough a shot despite the mediocre, small-sample MLB stats this season.

    From RotoBaller

    Adam Plutko May 23 1:50pm ET

    Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Adam Plutko will have a tough matchup Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays, who are starting all their regulars. Plutko is making just his second start of the season after going 4-5 with a 5.28 ERA and 6.10 FIP in 2018. He allowed just one run on one hit in his six-inning 2019 debut, but that came against the anemic Orioles offense. Plutko is only in the Majors right now due to injuries in Cleveland's rotation and should not be rostered. Additionally, despite the small DFS slate, he should be faded there as well.

    From RotoBaller

    Byron Buxton May 23 1:40pm ET

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is not in the lineup for Thursday afternoon's game against Matt Harvey and the Los Angeles Angels. It's Buxton's first game off since the early game of a May 11 doubleheader. Max Kepler is in center field at his usual leadoff spot with Marwin Gonzalez in right field, batting third as he has occasionally of late. It's the same lineup Minnesota put out Wednesday before the game was postponed to Thursday. If you are playing a DFS slate Thursday that features this game, Twins hitters like Kepler and Gonzalez are worth using against Harvey. Buxton, meanwhile, has an MLB-leading 18 doubles with four home runs and eight steals in a breakout campaign at age 25, making him roster-worthy in all year-long leagues.

    From RotoBaller

    Nick Markakis May 23 1:40pm ET

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is getting the day off Thursday afternoon in San Francisco. Markakis has followed up his All-Star season last year with a similar line so far this year. As steady as they come, the veteran outfielder has posted an .810 OPS in 50 games. This will be Markakis' first day off of the season after also playing in all 162 games in 2018. The dependable outfielder should be back in the lineup Friday in St. Louis. Markakis will be replaced by Charlie Culberson. With his 1.171 OPS against left-handed pitching this year, Culberson is worth a look as a cheap fill-in for daily leagues.

    From RotoBaller

    Alex Reyes May 23 1:33pm ET

    St. Louis Cardinals RHP Ryan Helsley was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday, May 23, while RHP Alex Reyes was transferred to Single-A Palm Beach.

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    CLEPlutko R (1-0)
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    CWSGiolito R (5-1)
    HOUMartin R (1-0)
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