Start Angels Taylor Ward, Cardinals Harrison Bader
Fantasy Baseball Start and Sit Tips from insideinjuries.com
George Springer, OF (Astros) – Start
Springer returned to action after spending the minimum 10 days on the disabled list with a sprained thumb. Springer’s performance this season is a far cry from last year’s effort, which carried the Astros’ offense at times. Still, .248/.332/.431 is not bad for a third or fourth outfielder, although, most fantasy owners probably penciled him in as a No. 1 or No. 2 outfielder on draft day. Inside Injuries is showing an Above Average HPF (Health Performance Factor), so it's time to plug him back into lineups.
Danny Jansen, C (Blue Jays) – Start
The Blue Jays called up catching prospect Jansen to take over the majority of the catching duties so that
Russell Martin can be used around the infield at several positions on a rotating basis. There are still several Blue Jays infielders on the disabled list with no timetable for returning to action. Jansen was tearing it up in Triple-A with a .275/.390/.473 line with 12 home runs and five stolen bases. Jansen is already hitting well with the big club and batting .429 (6 for 14) with a home run. He is expected to hit for average with some power, so he is worth adding in all formats, especially those with a two catcher requirement.
Adam Plutko, SP (Indians) – Cautious Start
Trevor Bauer was placed on the disabled list with a fractured tibia, so Plutko was called up to replace him in the Indians’ starting rotation. With a seven week Optimal Recovery Time, we may not see Bauer again during the regular season. In his first outing since the call up, Plutko delivered a quality start, allowing just three runs on three hits over seven innings with six strikeouts. Keep in mind that this was against the Orioles, who have one of the worst offensive lineups in MLB. However, Plutko can be plugged in when the matchup is right. Just be careful which teams you use him against.
Taylor Ward, 3B (Angels) – Start
The Angels called up prospect Taylor Ward to take over at third base, where the team has gotten a cumulative line of .238/.294/.390 from the nine different players they’ve used at the position. Ward played both Double A and Triple A ball this season with a cumulative line of .349/.446/.531 with 14 home runs and 18 stolen bases. It may take a while for his power to show up at the Major League level but his speed alone might make him worthy of a roster spot in deep mixed leagues.
Kevin Newman, SS (Pirates) – Cautious Start
Since SS Jordy Mercer was placed on the DL with a left calf strain, Newman was called up to replace him on the roster. Newman was hitting .302 with 28 stolen bases. So far, newly acquired SS Adeiny Hechavarria is getting the starts at short, but he’s batting just .264 and has no power or speed to speak of. If Newman gets a chance to play regularly, he could easily steal 10-12 bases over the final six weeks of the season. That would give him value in mixed leagues since stolen bases have been a rare commodity this season. He is listed as a Cautious Start because he is not getting at-bats yet, but you should be able to plug him in soon.
Steven Matz, SP (Mets) – Sit
Matz returned from the disabled list but was not good in his first start. He allowed four earned runs and two home runs in just two innings pitched. Matz only threw 58 pitches (31 for strikes), but the Phillies teed off on him like it was batting practice. Matz carried a 3.38 ERA into the All-Star break but he’s registered a 13.17 ERA in four outings since. Inside Injuries is showing a High Injury Risk with a Below Average HPF, so expectations are low. He should be benched in all leagues until he rights the ship.
Harrison Bader, OF (Cardinals) - Start
Bader replaced Dexter Fowler in the outfield at the end of July, and he’s been on a tear. Since August 1, Bader is slashing .357/.413/.643 with three homers, 10 RBIs, 13 runs scored, and three stolen bases. Bader is still available in nearly 60% of polled leagues. That’s way too high for a hitter of his caliber. He should be owned and started in all league formats.
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