The first step is admitting you have a problem:
Remember Kelvim Escobar? Used to draft him yearly hoping for health. Gregory, Jorge, Placido… I'm a full-blown Polancist. Fan of all 3.
— Paul Sporer (@sporer) May 22, 2019
On the Agenda:
1. The Sleeper and the Bust DFS Contest!
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitching Options
The Sleeper and the Bust DFS Contest!
Every week we run a DFS contest for the Sleeper and the Bust podcast. Congrats to this week’s winner, CHawk97!
Congrats to the winner of The Sleeper and the Bust DFS contest! pic.twitter.com/ZOibayRdwx
— Justin Mason (@JustinMasonFWFB) May 22, 2019
Various News and Notes
Luke Jackson blew a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth in San Francisco. Jackson was brought in to close out the game versus the Giants, but was unable to shut the door on them. He has been pretty stable in the ninth inning for the Braves, but the team has recently brought in Anthony Swarzak and recalled former starter Sean Newcomb, so Jackson’s hold on the closer job may not be super secure.
Rowdy Tellez hit two home runs versus Boston on Tuesday. Tellez has crushed left handed pitching this year, so those that faded him because of the lefty on lefty matchup made an error in judgement. He now has eight home runs on the season and should continue to see close to full time playing time.
Giancarlo Stanton was a late scratch from his rehab assignment in High A. The issue is unrelated to the shoulder and elbow issues that have him on the IL to begin with. According to manager Aaron Boone, Stanton was hit by a pitch in batting practice and was dealing with some lingering soreness. This doesn’t appear to be too serious as of yet.
Clint Frazier hit two home runs against the Orioles. Since returning from the IL, Frazier had been in a prolonged slump. However, nothing helps one bust out of a slump more than getting to face the Orioles, who have already allowed 100 home runs this season. With Aaron Judge not having started a rehab assignment, Aaron Hicks still struggling and Giancarlo Stanton suffering a minor setback in his rehab assignment, Frazier should have a clear path to playing time for a while.
Willie Calhoun was removed from the lineup with a quad issue. The injury is being described as “tightness,” but he is expected to be evaluated on Wednesday to see the full extent of the injury. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Khris Davis was removed from Tuesday’s game and is expected to be placed on the IL. Davis has struggled with a hip injury since running into the wall in Pittsburgh earlier this month. Mark Canha replaced him in the lineup and hit a home run for the Athletics. Canha is likely one of the options to see more playing time in Davis’ absence. The A’s are also reportedly going to recall Skye Bolt from the minor leagues to replace him on the roster.
Corey Seager went 2-for-5 with a stolen base on Tuesday. This was Seager’s first stolen base since September 11th, 2017. Seager is not known for his speed, but he has chipped in some stolen bases in the past. The most important news for Seager is that in spite of struggling this season, he appears to be healthy for the first time in a while.
Streaming Pitching Options (Less than 50% owned)
Pitcher for Today: Merrill Kelly at SD
Kelly rebounded in his last start and is facing a Padres offense that has struggled this year versus right handed pitching.
High Risk Options: Daniel Norris vs MIA
Norris hasn’t been good, but he has flashed some signs of life and he is facing an awful Miami offense at home.
Pitcher for Tomorrow: Trevor Richards at DET
Not many options for Thursday, but Richards has pretty good stuff when he is on and the Tigers offense shouldn’t scare anyone.
Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.