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Zack Cozart is out of the Reds lineup Monday. Just a standard day of rest for the Reds starting shortstop (Source: Baseballpress.com/lineups)

Fantasy Impact: Cozart will give way to Jose Peraza who has hit .300 in 120 at-bats this season to go along with 12 SB and 15 runs. Peraza is a good value play in daily fantasy and a starting play in deep fantasy baseball leagues.


As expected, Jacob deGrom will only miss one start due to arm fatigue. He is scheduled to start Friday's game against the Nationals. Noah Syndergaard's Friday start will be bumped and moved to Saturday. (Source: Anthony DiComo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Owners should keep deGrom active for his start on Friday despite his recent struggles and difficult matchup against Washington. He remains a top SP option down the stretch.


Chase Anderson allowed two runs on five hits to the Pirates over 5.1 innings on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park. He walked one, and struck out five batters.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson has allowed three runs or fewer in his last 10 starts, but he's 3-3 in that span as his offense has been unable to put enough support behind his efforts. It must be noted that he has only gone six innings once in that span, the rest of his starts were between four or five innings. If you can predict Anderson can turn in a quality start down the stretch, he'd make for a good tournament play in DFS games, but that's about it when it comes to fantasy value. He gets the Pirates in his next start on Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

Category: Game Recaps


Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs scored on Sunday against the A's. It was Carpenter's 17th home run of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Carpenter has struggled in August, but looks to be getting back on track with hits in five of his last six games. Carpenter's slugging percentage of .540 is a career high, and he'll look to continue his power trend into the final month of the season.

Category: Game Recaps


Jaime Garcia allowed five runs over seven innings in Sunday's loss to the A's. Garcia gave up seven hits and one walk, while striking out six. It was his third straight start allowing at least five earned runs.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia gave up all five runs in the first three innings before settling down, but that's of little consolation to his fantasy owners. Garcia's ERA of 4.46 is now at its highest point since his rookie year, and he's trending in the wrong direction. It's difficult to see a matchup that would be good enough to risk starting Garcia at this point.

Category: Game Recaps


St. Louis Cardinals RHP Mike Leake has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with the shingles. Cardinals recall LHP Dean Kiekhefer (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Leake came into today with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 152 innings pitched. Leake has been a great end of the rotation pitcher for any fantasy team and it will be hard to replace his consistency. You should be able to find his game-to-game production but it will take a lot of weaving each time out. Leake should remain on your roster if you can afford to use a DL spot on him.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Jon Lester pitched six innings of terrific baseball allowing zero runs against the Dodgers Sunday. Lester took a no decision while allowing only three hits and striking out six as the Cubs fell to the Dodgers 1-0.

Fantasy Impact: Lester was fantastic against the Dodgers Sunday. It was a promising sign for Cubs fans as the Cubs and Dodgers appears to be a potential playoff matchup. Lester should continue to be started in all formats.

Category: Game Recaps


Miami Marlins lefty Justin Nicolino was called up from Triple-A to start for Andrew Cashner, who had a blister. Nicolino ended up putting together a quality start, throwing six innings while allowing just three runs on eight hits and a walk. He did not record a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Nicolino is challenging the definition of a quality start with this one. He did go the six innings and allowed just three runs, but eight hits and no strikeouts doesn't scream, "quality" as much as it screams, "Padres offense." Still, the result is what counts and Nicolino did well in what was an emergency start.

Category: Game Recaps


Mat Latos had the option to opt out if he was not added to the expanded roster. Latos will stay in Triple-A until Thursday. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Latos has struggled a bit this season and see's himself bouncing around a bit. If he can regain some of his old form, he might be worth a spot start for a fantasy team or daily fantasy. Other than that, Latos isn't worht much of an investment.

Category: Transactions


Billy Hamilton went 1-for-4 with a caught stealing at 2B in the Reds 11-2 loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Fantasy Impact: It is amazing to see what Hamilton can do when he starts hitting for a decent average. In only 113 games Hamilton already has 53 SB and should end up with close to 60 by the end of the season if he stays healthy. It is widely known that Billy can single handily win you a stat category, even more, valuable is that it is rare to find consistent base stealers. If he is on your team, he should be playing every day now that he is hitting in the .260 range and let him win you stolen bases while the rest of your guys could be home run hitters.

Category: Game Recaps


Michael Wacha isn't expected to return for the Cardinals this season, according to GM John Mozeliak. He's been sidelined by a shoulder injury since the beginning of August. (Source: Fox Sports Midwest on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was a disappointing season overall for Wacha, who struggled to an ERA and WHIP of 4.45 and 1.42 over 23 starts. He'll hopefully overcome his recurring shoulder issues and be good to go for the start of the 2017 campaign.

Category: Injury Updates


Junior Guerra is on track to rejoin the Brewers' rotation this weekend against the Pirates. He's been sidelined due to an elbow injury since the beginning of August. (Source: Adam McCalvy on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Guerra was showing real promise prior to his injury, posting an ERA and WHIP of 2.93 and 1.09 with just under a strikeout per inning pitched. He looks to be a promising part of the Brewers' rotation moving forward.

Category: Injury Updates


Neil Walker was out of the Mets' lineup on Sunday due to a setback to his back injury.

Fantasy Impact: The Mets hope that a day off will get Walker back in the lineup. He's had injury issues over the second half, but he's remained one of the more surprising players of the fantasy season. He's hit 23 home runs in his first year with the Mets, posting a useful OPS of .823 over 113 games.

Category: Injury Updates


Adam Eaton exited Sunday's game with an arm injury. He was hit on the arm by a pitch and is considered day-to-day. (Source: Scott Merkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: X-rays later came back negative, hopefully ruling out a more extensive injury. Owners will need to monitor lineups, but Eaton should return sooner than later.

Category: Injury Updates


Raul Mondesi drove in three runs in Sunday's win over the Red Sox. He finished 1-for-3 with a triple and run scored.

Fantasy Impact: It was a big game for Mondesi, but he's been disappointing overall. He only has two hits in his last 19 at-bats, and he's now sporting an ugly .532 OPS over 29 games.

Category: Game Recaps


Khris Davis homers in win

Mon, Aug 29th 11:10am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

OAK

Khris Davis hit his 34th home run of the season Sunday against the A's. He finished 1-for-3 with the two-run shot, scoring twice and walking once.

Fantasy Impact: Davis continues to provide impressive power in his first season in Oakland. He's still not taking a ton of walks, limiting his consistency, but he's made up for that with his power, as he's now up to 55 extra-base hits on the season.

Category: Game Recaps


Joe Panik homers twice in win

Mon, Aug 29th 11:08am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

SF

Joe Panik hit a pair of home runs in Sunday's win over the Braves. Panik finished 3-for-4 with runs scored and four RBI.

Fantasy Impact: It was the second and third homer for Panik in four games. He's driven in eight runs over that span. He's been a nice all-around player for the Giants, but his fantasy upside is a bit limited due to his lack of consistent power.

Category: Game Recaps


Homer Bailey has been diagnosed with biceps tendinitis. The status of his next start is in question. (Source: Mark Sheldon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bailey could return in time to make his next start, but considering his injury history and his rough outing on Sunday, Bailey could be skipped. He's now allowed nine earned runs over his last 3 1/3 innings.

Category: Injury Updates


Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 in a 5-0 loss to the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Gary Sanchez on the season is hitting .405 with 11 homers and 21 RBI. He didn't hit a homer for just the fourth time in his last 11 games, but Sanchez still banged out his 19th extra-base hit in August (11 home runs, eight doubles). His absurd run will come to an end eventually but expect the Yankees to continue getting his bat into the lineup as long as he keeps crushing the ball.

Category: Game Recaps


Jose Altuve went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in a 10-4 loss to the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Altuve is continuing his case for AL-MVP, he is currently slashing .355/.415/.981 with 21 HR and 87 RBI. His batting average is thirty points higher than his closest competitor and he should continue his torrid pace. Altuve is a must-start every night.

Category: Game Recaps