As the fantasy season comes to a close, this is how you deal with the trash talkers:
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) September 16, 2017
On the Agenda:
3. Various News and Notes
4. Streaming Pitcher Options
Jason Kipnis was activated from the 10-day DL on Sunday and played his first career game in centerfield. With twelve games left in the season, there is not enough time for Kipnis to gain positional eligibility in the majority of formats for 2018, but in Yahoo leagues(5 games in-season, 10 games preseason) he potentially could do so.
According to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, the Mets are beginning to “reverse course” on Noah Syndergaard. The plan for the young right-hander was to get him into games prior to the end of the season, however, concern is growing that Syndergaard may be being rushed and with nothing to play for, the Mets may decide to hold him out for the remainder of the season.
Various News and Notes
Mookie Betts left Sunday’s game left Sunday’s game with a bruised thumb. Following the game, Betts stated he thinks that he will be good to play in Monday’s game, so it appears this may be more precautionary than anything else. With a playoffs spot virtually locked up and a three game lead in the division, the Red Sox may be cautious with him. Consider him day-to-day at this time.
According to team president Chris Antonetti, Indians outfielder Michael Brantley does not have a clear time table for return. Brantley has had decent season when healthy, but has only been able to play 88 games this season and only 99 games over the last two years. It looks unlikely that he will return this year and should be dropped in all league that he was being stashed in.
Willson Contreras’ suspension has been reduced from two games to one and he served it on during Sunday’s game. Contreras was likely to get the day off anyhow so the reduction doesn’t really affect fantasy owners too much. Contreras has put together a good sophomore campaign, hitting .279/.355/.517 with 21 home runs in 107 games. He will likely head in 2018 as the third catcher off the board after Gary Sanchez and Buster Posey.
J.D. Martinez hit his 40th home run on Sunday versus the Giants. Martinez, who did not play a game until May 12th due to injury, has accomplished the feat in only 108 games played. As a pending free agent, his value for 2018 will fluctuate somewhat depending on where he signs, but he is locking himself in as potential high second round pick.
Streaming Pitcher Options
A pitcher for today: NONE
Short slate. Luis Perdomo is a Hail Mary option, but not recommend.
A pitcher for tomorrow: Trevor Williams vs. MIL
In his last four starts Williams has a 2.19 ERA and his home ERA is over a run better at home than on the road.
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.