Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis (hip) was held out of the starting lineup on Monday against the Baltimore Orioles. Davis said that he continues to deal with discomfort in his hip. He suffered the injury on May 5, but the pain continues to linger. The Athletics do not plan to place Davis on the injured list. Mark Canha is serving as the DH on Monday and may continue to do so until Davis is ready to return.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (oblique) was able to do some running on Monday, which is a good step in his recovery from a strained oblique he suffered last month. However, Judge has not been cleared the swing a bat yet, so his timetable to return is still unclear. Judge should quickly be able to progress once he's able to swing the bat again.
New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano has been benched for lack of hustle, so he'll be out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Washington Nationals. Cano failed to run hard down to first base on multiple occlusions during the weekend series versus the Marlins. However, this was probably a smart decision with lefty Patrick Corbin going for the Nats on Monday. Jeff McNeil will play second base and bat first. He won't be a useful fantasy option versus Corbin.
Washington Nationals first basemen Ryan Zimmerman (plantar fasciitis) and Matt Adams (shoulder) both appear close to returning from injury. Zimmerman's foot remains sore but feels better than expected, while Adams took full batting practice on the field Monday. Zimmerman and Adams make up not quite a platoon at first base, as when both are healthy the right-handed Zimmerman gets the majority of starts, with plenty against right-handed pitchers. Both would be pretty much NL-only assets upon return -- although Zimmerman has some mixed league upside with the larger share of playing time, he needs to improve on his .213/.302/.373 slash line.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez (foreman) was able to do some throwing on Monday. Velasquez has bullpen sessions scheduled on Wednesday and Friday this week. Most likely he'll go on a rehab assignment after that and could be ready to return after one rehab start. Cole Irvin has pitched well in the absence of Velasquez, so the Phillies won't rush him back.
Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (foot) is progressing well and was able to do some running on Sunday. Zimmerman reportedly said he was "sore", but was able to go through drills on Monday. It sounds like Zimmerman has a decent chance to return by the end of May. He is worth stashing in leagues with an I.R. spot.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout will start and hit second for the Angels against the Twins on Monday. Trout is 6-for-13 (.461) over his last four games with one home run, two doubles and is beginning to finally heat up. He has multiple hits in four of his last nine games played with seven walks. Trout is an excellent play Monday against Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Through 95 at-bats this season against right-handed pitching, the perennial All-Star is slashing .337/.500/.611 with six home runs and eight doubles. Trout should be active throughout all fantasy formats for Monday.
Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani will hit third Monday night against the Twins. Ohtani will be looking to shake loose from a 3-for-17 (.176) weekend at the plate and is slashing .267/.353/.400 through his first 45 at-bats this season. Ohtani only has two extra-base hits this season but has eight runs batted in through his first 11 games played this season. Ohtani lacks fantasy appeal in standard formats but should be on rosters in AL-only leagues.
Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Fletcher will start and hit ninth as the team opens up a series with the Twins. Fletcher has shaken off an offensive dry spell by going 7-for-20 (.350) over his last five games. The 24-year-old has been a pleasant surprise this season but is slugging only .286 over his last seven games and has posted only one extra-base hit over his last ten played. Fletcher has earned a spot in the Angels everyday lineup but his fantasy shine is losing its luster.
Los Angeles Angels third baseman Tommy La Stella will hit leadoff against the Twins on Monday night. Over his last 30 games, La Stella has eight home runs, 19 RBI and is slashing .330/.408/.604. He already has set a new career-high in home runs and his hot streak has elevated him to the leadoff spot in the order. La Stella will face Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi on Monday and the left-handed hitter is slashing .324/.384/.637 against righties this season. La Stella is also 2-for-2 with a home run against Odorizzi this season, making him a tantalizing choice in DFS lineups.
Houston Astros outfielder George Springer (back) will not play Monday night against the Chicago White Sox. Springer, who experienced lower back stiffness Sunday and was removed early from Sunday's game, told reporters he got an MRI today and received good news, so hopefully this isn't a lingering issue. It's been an absolutely monstrous start so far for the 29-year-old and there's no reason for Houston to rush him back until he's at full strength, luckily though he seems to have avoided any serious injury.
The New York Mets received some good news about outfielder Michael Conforto (concussion) on Monday. The Mets, who were awaiting word from their medical team on Monday afternoon regarding what sort of activities Conforto can start to do, and when, were at least given some good news, as he has now gone three days symptom-free. Concussions are tricky and it's hard to pinpoint an exact return date just yet, but he shouldn't be too far off. Carlos Gomez is starting in right field and can be safely ignored in all fantasy formats.
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (shoulder) threw off flat ground for the second straight day Monday. He threw from 90 feet on Sunday and 105 feet on Monday and will continue to throw for three more days in order to build up arm strength. The 31-year-old, who has yet to see any action this season, told reporters that a return at some point in June is a possibility in his mind. Consider stashing him in deeper leagues if your pitching needs a small boost and you have an IL spot open or roster spot to burn.
Oakland Athletics outfielder Khris Davis (hip) will sit on Wednesday against Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco. Davis returned to the lineup Sunday, getting a hit in four at-bats out of the designated hitter spot. The A's have five more games on tap this week after tonight, and there have been no reports that his hip was an issue after Sunday's game, so this could just be an extra day off for Davis.
Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun(rest) will get a second day off in a row on Monday. Calhoun has seriously impressed so far, collecting five runs, two home runs, and seven RBI over his first five games of the season. Playing time was always going to be a concern here, but if he continues to swing a hot bat, it will make it awfully hard to keep him on the bench. Hunter Pence will be in at DH, while Shin-Soo Choo will man left field against the Mariners.
New York Mets second basemen Jed Lowrie (hamstring) has been moved to the 60-day IL. Lowrie has already spent 53 days on the 10-day IL so this move is not a sign that he will be out long term. However, there has been little to no news since he suffered a setback early last week, so there are no indications pointing to an immediate return either.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has taken home AL player of the week honors. The top prospect in baseball has broken out in a big way, slashing .333/.417/.905 to go along with four home runs, nine RBI and five runs scored over six games with only one strikeout over 24 plate appearances. Guerrero Jr. had struggled until this point, with only one run and RBI over the course of his first 13 games, but his struggles look to be in the past. There will be ups and downs as with any rookie, but he should be in your lineup every day regardless.
Baltimore Orioles second basemen Jonathan Villar(rest) is getting his first day off of the season on Monday. The 28-year-old is having a decent start to the season, tallying 27 runs, five home runs, and 19 RBI to go along with nine stolen bases over the first 46 games. Hanser Alberto will start in his place at second and bat leadoff against the Yankees on Monday.
New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (heel) suffered multiple fractures in his right ankle after a "violent fall" on his ranch in Port St. Lucie. It is not known when Cespedes, who has been out all year rehabbing from heel surgeries, will be able to return to the Mets' lineup. He is now back in New York and there should be more information released in the next coming days.
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (forearm) will undergo an x-ray on Thursday to determine if his cast can be removed. Kluber, who has been out since May 1st after getting hit by a line drive, could switch over to a removable splint if the evaluation determines that things are progressing in the right direction. There is still no exact timetable for his return.
|Mon 7:05pm ET|
|NYY||Happ L (3-3)|
|BAL||Cashner R (4-2)|
|Mon 7:10pm ET|
|WSH||Corbin L (4-1)|
|NYM||Font R (1-1)|
|Mon 8:05pm ET|
|PHI||Arrieta R (4-4)|
|CHC||Darvish R (2-3)|
|Mon 8:05pm ET|
|SEA||Leake R (3-4)|
|TEX||Minor L (4-3)|
|Mon 8:10pm ET|
|CWS||Burr R (1-0)|
|HOU||Peacock R (4-2)|
|Mon 9:45pm ET|
|ATL||Soroka R (4-1)|
|SF||Suarez L (0-0)|
|Mon 10:07pm ET|
|MIN||Odorizzi R (6-2)|
|LAA||Cole R (0-0)|
|Mon 10:10pm ET|
|ARI||Weaver R (3-2)|
|SD||Paddack R (3-2)|
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|strength thru failure||5/20 12:51 pm ET|
|draftmaster||5/20 11:41 am ET|
|Spring is back||5/20 9:05 am ET|
|Three Bros||5/20 6:52 am ET|
|Kelleys Heroes||5/20 5:57 am ET|
|Buzz Word||5/20 12:14 am ET|
|New York Mets||5/15 9:07 am ET|
|20TP - Serenity Now||5/13 1:39 am ET|
|PtownBeatDown II||4/1 12:24 am ET|
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