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Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo is leading off for Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: A day after belting two home runs, Verdugo earns a promotion to the top of the lineup. With so many Red Sox regulars struggling, Verdugo could provide a much-needed spark atop the lineup. And if he can stick there, he should see a significant bump in value for fantasy owners.

Category: Transactions

Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Phillies "have informed" top prospect Spencer Howard that he will make his major league debut on Sunday. (Source: Philadelphia Inquirer)

Fantasy Impact: Howard was in line to make his MLB debut a couple weeks ago but the Phillies had to deal with the aftermath of the Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak. That changed the plans a bit, but the good news is Howard is now ready to debut. The 24-year-old is viewed as a consensus top-30 prospect in all of baseball. He's worth adding in every fantasy league to see how things shake out.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) will throw a bullpen session on Saturday. (Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This suggests that Scherzer is on track to start Tuesday against the Mets. He left Wednesday's start due to a hamstring tweak and has been considered day-to-day for now. If all goes well with his bullpen fantasy owners can plan on starting Scherzer next week.

Category: Injury Updates

Robinson Chirinos went 0-for-2 with two RBI's, a run, and a walk in Friday's 4-3 win over the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: Chirinos hit a sac fly in the second to bring in WIllie Calhoun and then was walked in the fourth with the bases juiced to rack up his second RBI. Chirinos is only 3-for-25 this season and Friday's two fluky RBI's were his first of the season. He's not on the fantasy radar at the moment.

Category: Game Recaps

Tony Kemp went 1-for-2 with a single and three walks in Oakland's 13-inning victory on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Kemp has been getting more playing time as of late and is making the most of it. He's been a tough out as he currently leads the A's in batting average and on-base percentage with marks of .316 and .500, respectively. However, the second baseman has zero extra-base hits and has yet to record an RBI on the season, diminishing his fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps

Griffin Canning was given the loss on Friday after pitching 3.2 innings and allowing four runs (one earned) on three hits and six walks while striking out four batters.

Fantasy Impact: Canning is sitting at 0-2 now on the year with a 3.14 ERA and 1.60 WHIP. This was his worst outing of the season and the 24-year-old righty is worth a pickup if a frustrated owner drops him in your league.

Category: Game Recaps

Anthony Rendon went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Rendon has had a pretty horrendous start to 2020 slashing .121/.383/.242 with 10 strikeouts in 10 games. With an ADP of 20th overall, fantasy owners would like to see a turnaround quickly.

Category: Game Recaps

J.B. Wendelken gets the win

Sat, Aug 8th 1:01pm EDT
By Matt Holder

J.B. Wendelken pitched three innings, had one strikeout and allowed one unearned run while picking up the W during the A's 13-inning victory on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: This was the first time Wendelken has thrown for more than one inning this season and he was rewarded with his first win of the year. On the season, he has recorded six strikeouts in five games, boasting an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 1.000. While the reliever's low usage rate offers little to no fantasy value, an outing like Friday night's could give manager Bob Melvin more trust in him, which is something to keep an eye on down the road.

Category: Game Recaps

Rougned Odor returned to the Rangers' lineup on Friday after missing four-straight games with an oblique strain. He went o-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Odor DH'd on Friday so it's possible he's not quite 100-percent ready to play in the field. The time off will hopefully have done Odor some good because his .107/.219/.250 slash line is not getting it done. He's a cut candidate on your fantasy squad unless he starts to pick it up.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps

Albert Pujols went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Pujols is slashing an ice-cold .154/.233/.410 this season but the good news is that four of his six hits have gone for extra bases. He's still generating power in his swing but his batting average and seven strikeouts raise a bit of concern.

Category: Game Recaps

George Springer missed Friday's game with a wrist issue and would "take a miracle" for him to play Saturday, per Astros manager Dusty Baker. (Source: Chandler Rome on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Apparently Springer was available to pinch-hit on Friday but he didn't make a plate appearance. Springer sustained the wrist injury on Thursday when he attempted to make a diving catch in the seventh inning. X-rays did come back negative, however, so the Astros are hopeful he can avoid an IL stint. He's still considered day-to-day while Myles Straw mans center field in his place.

Category: Injury Updates

Garrett Hampson went 1-for-4 with a homer, a walk, and two RBI in the Rockies' 8-4 win over the Mariners on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Hampson was leading off for Colorado in this one and is actually off to a nice start this year, batting .278 with an .889 OPS. He hasn't stolen any bases and isn't playing everyday, but he makes for a nice DFS option whenever he's in the lineup.

Category: Game Recaps

Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a single, home run, and two RBI's in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Trout has hit four home runs in four games since his return from paternity leave, knocking in seven runners and scoring five times. He's slashing .353/.389/1.059 over those four games and is one of the best options every day in all formats.

Category: Game Recaps

Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays. Brett Gardner is starting in center field. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Hicks isn't starting in Game 1 on Saturday but should be in the lineup for Game 2 on Saturday night. The Yankees rested Hicks for one game of a doubleheader a few days ago, as well.

Category: Transactions

Mike Montgomery has been transferred to the 60-day IL with a lat strain. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Monty was placed on the 10-day IL in late July but the transfer to the 60-day essentially ends his season. He only made one start this year, going 2.0 innings while giving up five runs on five hits against the Detroit Tigers.

Category: Injury Updates

Glenn Sparkman, who was just placed on the 10-day IL on Thursday, was transferred to the 60-day IL with a right forearm strain. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: This effectively ends the reliever's season. Across 5.0 innings, Sparkman registered a 5.40 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, and a 2:1 K/BB ratio.

Category: Injury Updates

Trent Thornton is expected to miss one to two starts for the Blue Jays with elbow inflammation. He was placed on the Thursday for the said issue. (Source: Shi Davidi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chase Anderson is starting on Saturday in Thornton's place. The good news is that Thornton isn't dealing with any structural damage and should be out for the minimum 10-day requirement. He's made just one start this year when gave up one run on eight hits while striking out three and walking two over 4.0 innings.

Category: Injury Updates

Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe is not in the lineup for the team's matchup against Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees Saturday afternoon, the first game of a doubleheader the teams are playing. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Lowe is batting .283 with seven runs scored, two home runs, nine RBI, and no stolen bases through 13 games this season. He is likely just getting a game off since the teams are playing a doubleheader today.

Category: Transactions

Chase Anderson, who has been activated from the IL, is starting on Saturday for the Blue Jays in place of of the injured Trent Thornton. (Source: Shi Davidi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson has spent the season the shelf with an oblique strain but he's good to go on Saturday. He'll be on a pitch count considering it's his first start of the year. He's also facing a pesky Red Sox lineup so he's not a recommended streaming option.

Category: Injury Updates

Antonio Senzatela picked up his third win of the year on Friday in Seattle, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over six innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: Senzatela struck out five and walked one, lowering his ERA to 2.65 with the outing. In 25 starts last season the right-hander had an ungodly 6.71 ERA, so this has been quite the impressive turnaround. It's worth noting that things could implode at any moment, which makes him the riskiest of pickups outside of very deep fantasy leagues. He gets Arizona at home next Wednesday for his next start.

Category: Game Recaps