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Getting another start at catcher during Wednesday afternoon's rubber match 5-4 series win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Evan Gattis went 1-for-3 with a drawn walk and his 20th home run of 2016 worth two runs to give him 51 RBI so far. While also grounding out twice, Gattis has kept to a steady .241 average and .774 OPS on the season.

Fantasy Impact: With today's long ball, Evan Gattis becomes one of only eight active players to have 20 or more home runs in their first four seasons. Ironically, this is only Evan's 4th season in the majors, as he joins the likes of Yoenis Cespedes, Giancarlo Stanton, Evan Longoria, Jay Bruce, Ryan Braun, Albert Pujols, and Mark Texeria in that regard, which is some pretty decent company as far as power is concerned. Additionally, Evan Gattis has an August stat line of .297/.358/.486 and a Post All Star Break stat line of .295/350/518. All of this while El Oso Blanco has been hitting a very healthy .309 since his gnome night stadium giveaway at home against the Los Angeles Angels back on July 23rd. With all of this in mind, fantasy owners, you need to keep starting Evan Gattis without fail!

Category: Game Recaps


Keeping at shortstop during Wednesday afternoon's rubber match 5-4 series win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Carlos Correa went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. He also had a sac fly RBI to pad his team leading 87 of those in 2016, plus another strikeout. Correa has held to a .271 average and .824 OPS on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Coming into today's game, Correa had a very rough series in Baltimore and a very abysmal stat line over the past 7 games of .148/.207/.185. So having another multi hit game under his belt should be just enough to propel the reigning AL Rookie of the Year and top 5 consensus ranked sophomore shortstop towards another hot streak. Fantasy owners can confidently keep starting Carlos Correa going forward.

Category: Game Recaps


Adam Duvall strikes out twice

Wed, Aug 24th 2:18pm EDT
By Israel Katz

CIN

Adam Duval went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the Reds 3-0 win over the Texas Ranges.

Fantasy Impact: Duval on the year is hitting .243 with 28 home runs and 82 RBI in only 114 games this season. Adam has been one of the big surprises this season coming on early in the first half of the year and delivering the power since then. Duvall won't give you much in terms of average but his power is there, a rare commodity in the fantasy baseball world. If you are willing to live with his .240 average Duvall should be in your lineup.

Category: Game Recaps


Gerrit Cole (7-8, 3.30 ERA) is looking to right the ship against the Astros. In his last three starts, Cole is 0-2 with 12 earned runs in just 16.2 innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: Cole draws a potent Astros lineup on Wednesday, although it is a lineup who tallied just one earned run on Tuesday. As it stands now, Cole is a risk-reward play at home against the Astros.


Matt Joyce finished 2-of-4 against the Houston Astros. He doubled, singled, scored two runs, and knocked in a RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Joyce is arguably having a better season than Andrew McCutchen, and that's saying something. The veteran outfielder only has 178 ABs this season but is making the most of them with a .270/.401/.935 slash line. Joyce is a nice, cheap play is DFS contests when his name is in the lineup.

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Corey Knebel was called upon to close out a win for the Brewers in place of regular closer Tyler Thornburg who had thrown three innings in the past two days. Knebel allowed a hit and a walk, but kept the Rockies off the scoreboard to earn his first save of the season and his career.

Fantasy Impact: It was a nice career milestone for Knebel, but he wouldn't necessarily be Thornburg's replacement in the case of an injury. Carlos Torres is having a better season and would probably get called upon if Thornburg goes down. Knebel currently owns a 3.44 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and a 22/11 strikeout to walk rate over 18.1 innings this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Chase Anderson made his first start since he was removed from a start last week with a leg injury. He allowed three runs to the Rockies on six hits over five innings while walking two and striking out seven batters.

Fantasy Impact: While he didn't earn the win, it was a solid start for Anderson as he tied a season high with seven strikeouts and held the powerful Rockies offense to just three runs. Anderson left the game with his team down 2-3, but the Brewers stormed back late and kept Anderson from earning his eleventh loss of the season. He'll look to build on this success in his next start against the Pirates at Miller Park on Sunday afternoon.

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Aroldis Chapman came in Tuesday night and closed out the game against the Padres. He pitched 2/3 of an inning and earned his 28th save of the year.

Fantasy Impact: Chapman has had a solid season this year and figures to keep racking up the saves. Simply put, you cannot sit him as he is one of the best relievers in baseball.

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Jake Arrieta dominates Padres

Wed, Aug 24th 11:23am EDT
By Josh Schafer

CHC

Jake Arrieta pitched a gem Tuesday night against the Padres. Arrieta pitched eight innings of shutout baseball while striking out six. The Cubs beat the Padres 5-3 giving Arrieta his 16th win of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Arrieta has pitched well over his last seven starts going 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA. Arrieta has been inconsistent this year from start to start but still has the stuff to completely shut down any team. Keep starting Arrieta and have confidence that there will be more starts that are good versus poor.

Category: Game Recaps


Chris Tillman to DL

Wed, Aug 24th 11:02am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

BAL

The Orioles have placed Chris Tillman on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.

Fantasy Impact: The O's hope Tillman will be back by Sept. 5 when he is first eligible to come off the disabled list. He's had a solid bounce-back season, posting an ERA and WHIP of 3.76 and 1.27 while compiling 15 wins.

Category: Injury Updates


Brian Dozier homers in loss

Wed, Aug 24th 11:00am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

MIN

Brian Dozier finished Tuesday's loss to the Tigers 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Dozier continues his power surge, as he's now up to 29 on the season. This, along with an above-average OBP, has led to a strong OPS of .877 over 120 games.

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Yordano Ventura held the Marlins scoreless over six innings on Tuesday, allowing six hits and one walk with six strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: It was the fourth consecutive quality start for Ventura, and the third time in four appearances that he's gone at least six innings while allowing one earned run or less. He's also showing more strikeout upside of late, totaling 22 Ks over his last three appearances spanning 19 1/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Derek Dietrich placed on DL

Wed, Aug 24th 10:57am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

MIA

The Marlins have placed Derek Dietrich on the 15-day disabled list due to a knee injury.

Fantasy Impact: Dietrich has been held out over the last week due to the injury. He was having a nice season for the Marlins, getting on base at a high clip to fuel an OPS of .772.

Category: Injury Updates


Matt Adams told reporters that he's hoping to begin a rehab assignment in the coming days. He's been sidelined since early August with a shoulder injury. (Source: Chris Hrabe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Adams could be back within a week of beginning a rehab assignment, so it looks like he's on track to rejoin the Cardinals around the end of August or early September.

Category: Injury Updates


Angel Pagan returns to lineup

Wed, Aug 24th 10:55am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

SF

After missing a few games with a groin injury, Angel Pagan was back in the Giants' lineup Tuesday. He finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and run scored.

Fantasy Impact: It was good to see Pagan back in action. He's been productive for the Giants and fantasy owners, posting an OPS near .800. Most of his value stems from his high average and OBP, but he has also provided eight HRs and 13 SBs this season.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps


Lance Lynn admitted to reporters that it's unlikely that he rejoins the Cardinals' bullpen this season. (Source: Jim Hayes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He was viewed as more of a long-shot to make it back in 2016, and that continues to be the case. It's good to see his recovery improving, but his time frame for return from Tommy John surgery will most likely extend beyond the end of the 2016 season.

Category: Injury Updates


Dan Straily held the Rangers scoreless over six innings Tuesday, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out five.

Fantasy Impact: Straily continues his solid season for the Reds. His ERA and WHIP now sit at 3.57 and 1.12. His upside isn't elite, but he does have 124 Ks in 151 1/3 innings, and he's won 10 games despite pitching for a losing team.

Category: Game Recaps


DJ LeMahieu was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to inflammation in his left wrist.

Fantasy Impact: The extent of the injury isn't clear at this point. LeMahieu has been productive of late, so hopefully this isn't a major issue and more of a precaution by the team. He's been one of the best 2B in baseball this year, posting an OPS of .917 over 117 games.

Category: Injury Updates


Tyson Ross will begin a rehab assignment on Thursday. He's been limited to a single appearance this season due to shoulder and more recently ankle injuries. (Source: Jeff Sanders on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ross could make a few starts to end the regular season, but he's not likely to make much of an impact for fantasy purposes.

Category: Injury Updates


The Pirates' backup first baseman continued his hot start to his career Tuesday with a 2-for-3 night, along with an RBI, against the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Bell has six hits in his first 12 major league at-bats. With John Jaso struggling and Sean Rodriguez being mostly kept on the bench as a utility man, Bell could see extended playing time down the stretch.

Category: Game Recaps