Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics

AL West

According to Jane Lee of mlb.com, Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler is the favorite to land the starting center field job as he continues to recover from his knee injury. (Source: mlb.com )

Fantasy Impact: Specifically, Fowler ruptured the patella tendon in his right knee last year while with the Yankees. He was making his major league debut and had yet to even get an at bat. Fowler was later sent to Oakland as part of the Sonny Gray trade. In 70 games at Triple-A last year Fowler hit 13 homers and stole 13 bases. He's sure to be a popular "sleeper" in fantasy baseball this season.

Ryon Healy traded to Mariners

Wed, Nov 15th 9:02pm EST
By Dan Harris


The Mariners have acquired Ryon Healy from the A's in exchange for RHP Emilio Pagan and infielder Alexander Campos. (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Healy had a fine year in 2017, smacking 25 homers and driving in 78 runs. He'll likely take over as the primary first baseman, and, if he stays healthy, should be able to provide enough production to be a decent corner-infield option in fantasy leagues.

Category: Transactions

Marcus Semien batted in the top spot for the Athletics on Wednesday. Semien went 0-for-2 and knocked in one RBI and drew one walk.

Fantasy Impact: Semien is hitting .255 in 322 at-bats this season. His numbers aren't great and he shouldn't be on your team at this point in the season. Look to grab him late in next year's draft and get a high return on your late round investment into Semien.

Category: Game Recaps

Khris Davis batted fourth for the Athletics on Wednesday. Davis went 0-for-3 and knocked in one RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Davis is hitting a lowly .241 this season, but has 42 home runs to go along with his 108 RBIs. Davis a power hitter and it's clear his average will usually remain low. But, he does return a high value on your investment in him as a fantasy owner.

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In Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Tigers, Matt Joyce went 0-for-4 and struck out twice at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Joyce is only a viable option in deep fantasy leagues. He does have some pop (he now has 24 home runs on the season), but he hasn't hit many homers lately and really won't provide your fantasy team with anything other than that from time to time.

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In a 3-2 win over Detroit on Wednesday, Jed Lowrie went 1-for-3 (his only hit was a single) and drew one walk.

Fantasy Impact: Lowrie now has a sneaky .280 average, 14 homers and 82 runs scored on the year. Sure, there are plenty of other more alluring fantasy players out there who play the second base position but they're typically already owned and are not sitting in the free agency pool like he is right now. If you're in dire need of someone that starts at second base, he's a doable option to go with at the moment.

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In Wednesday's a 3-2 win over Detroit, Matt Chapman went 0-for-4 while striking out once at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Even if you were truly desperate for some added pop on your fantasy team, Matt Chapman is not your guy to go with at the moment. He may have 13 homers in just over 250 at-bats on the season, but he hasn't been knocking many long balls out lately and still only has two hits and one home run in his last nine games.

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In a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Wednesday, Matt Olson went 0-for-3 while drawing one walk and struck out three times.

Fantasy Impact: Olsen was swinging hard in this one but missed his opportunities to hit one out. However, he's still a must-start in all fantasy leagues thanks to his phenomenal stretch at the plate mostly since early-to-mid August in where he's now managed to hit 23 home runs on the year in under 200 at-bats (179).

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Oakland's Daniel Mengden is now 2-1 thanks to a brilliant outing in where pitched seven innings and gave up seven hits, zero earned runs and struck out four batters against the Tigers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Mengden has now been outstanding in his last two starts and has been solid overall in his last three. If you're looking for an emergency fill-in starter to go with in any of your fantasy leagues, he's a decent guy to chance it with right now.

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In Thursday's 6-2 loss to the Red Sox, Mark Canha went 3-for-4 (one was a double and the other two were singles) at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Canha had himself a fine day offensively but he's not a viable option in any fantasy league at the moment.

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In a 6-2 loss to Boston on Thursday, Daniel Gossett gave up three earned runs, five hits, one walk and struck out three batters in 5.1 innings pitched to bring his record and ERA to a now 4-9 and 5.02.

Fantasy Impact: Gossett wasn't terrible in this one but he wasn't that good either. He's simply not someone you want to consider going with in any fantasy league right now.

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Sean Manaea (10-9) earned the win after allowing five hits and three walks through six scoreless innings Wednesday against the Angels. He struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: After an inconsistent season, Manaea seems to be finally settling down and pitching some of his best baseball. Over his last three starts, the 25-year-old lefty has two wins, 2.55 ERA, and a 1.47 WHIP. His WHIP is still high but Manaea is worth a grab in 12 team fantasy leagues and deeper.

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In Monday's 3-1 loss to the Angels, Dustin Garneau went 1-for-1 (his only hit was a homer) with one run scored, one run batted in and drew one walk.

Fantasy Impact: Garneau had nice game at the plate for Oakland, but isn't a player to be targeted in any fantasy league at the moment.

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In a 3-2 victory over the Astros on Sunday, Jharel Cotton gave up two earned runs, four hits, three walks and struck out two batters in 6.2 innings of work while winning his six game of the year (giving him a 6-10 record).

Fantasy Impact: Cotton (who owns a terrible 5.63 ERA in 2017) had a quality start but he's been pretty ineffective all month on the mound prior to his latest outing. Simply put, he's still not a player you want to consider in any fantasy league at the moment.

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In Sunday's 3-2 win over Houston, Blake Treinen gave up zero earned runs, one hit and struck out three batters in two innings for his seventh save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Treinen's hold on the closer job should be a shaky one as the season progresses since he hasn't been that good of a reliever this season overall, but he is still Oakland's closer for the time being.

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In a 3-2 win over Houston, Boog Powell went 3-for-4 with one run scored, one walk and stuck out once.

Fantasy Impact: Powell has done a solid job at the plate since mid-August, but he's only someone to consider using in deep fantasy leagues right now. He's worth keeping an eye on, though, for standard leagues.

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Josh Phegley (oblique) caught two bullpen sessions on Thursday. (Source: Susan Slusser)

Fantasy Impact: After hitting off a tee the day before, Phegley put in some work behind the plate as he ramps up his activity in return from an oblique strain. He'll be looking to take some live batting practice soon with a possible minor league rehab assignment. There's presently no exact timetable on his return.

Category: Injury Updates

Rajai Davis finished 1-for-4 with a steal and a run scored in a loss to the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Davis hasn't been receiving regular playing time but when he's been out there, he's contributed, particularly on the base paths of late. He actually batted .317 and stole nine bases in July and has already stolen five more in just 11 days of August. Hard to justify a roster spot in season-long formats but a favorable spot-start in DFS might not be such a terrible idea? After hovering around the Mendoza line for a majority of the year, Rajai has worked himself up to a .236/.294/.359 line with five home runs and 18 RBIs.

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In a 7-6 loss to the Mariners on Tuesday, Kendal Graveman lasted 5.1 innings and gave up three earned runs, seven hits, one walk and struck out two batters.

Fantasy Impact: Simply put, Graveman's now close to 5.00 ERA (4.97) and now close to 1.50 WHIP (1.42) after 10 starts for the A's makes him a not so ideal option to consider right now in any type of fantasy league.

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Chad Pinder finished 4-for-5 with a solo home run, a double and three runs scored in Sunday's win over the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: Pinder cranked a 405 ft solo bomb in the seventh inning off reliever Yusmeiro Petit that would eventually serve as a shot to the arm for the A's who, in the next inning, would drop five more runs on the Angels including an RBI single by Pinder. He also doubled earlier in the contest, coming around to score the A's first run on a Matt Chapman double in the fourth inning. He's now got 10 home runs and 28 RBI to go with a solid .264/.315/.521 in only 53 games played due to a season-shortening hamstring injury. Pinder has sneaky power and is off to a very hot start in August, hitting .500 with hits in four straight including three multi-hit games.

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