Fantasy Baseball: Week 5 Preview
Evan Tarracciano

Tyler Saladino has been dealing with back tightness of late.

It helps explain why he hasn't started a game since Sunday, although he did make an appearance late in Thursday's contest. Saladino (who's currently hitting .174 in 23 at-bats) has played a decent amount this season as the White Sox try to keep Jimmy Rollins fresh. The back ailment doesn't seem to be a big deal, although the White Sox didn't call up Carlos Sanchez for some more infield protection.
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Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale indicated that Brandon Drury will continue to see regular playing time at third base as long as he produces.

"We’ll have to figure out where (Friday) and keep running with it because he’s a darn good player," Hale said. Drury has started five of the last six games for Arizona and done so at three different positions. He's made starts at second and third base and both corner outfield spots this season and is batting .384 with three homers and seven RBI over his last 10 contests. The D'Backs could move David Peralta to center field and hand Drury the right field job, but they're hesitant to do it on a full-time basis since it would really weaken their defense. Drury needs to be owned in deeper fantasy leagues even if he doesn't have an official position.
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Dee Gordon said he made a mistake and he accepts the consquences with regards to the PED suspension.

Less than an hour after Dee Gordon helped the Miami Marlins sweep his old squad the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night, Major League Baseball announced that the reigning NL batting champ was suspended 80 games for testing positive for the performance-enhancing substances exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol.
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Jose Fernandez allowed two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and three walks over six innings during Thursday’s 5-3 win against the Dodgers.

The always electric and exuberant Fernandez shut down a good Dodgers lineup for the most part, only allowing two runs while striking out eight. Fernandez has a insanely special ability to put batters away. He's struck out five or more batters in all five starts and now has 40 on the year which is tied with Clayton Kershaw for the National League lead. Slowly but surely everything is coming around for Fernandez on the mound. By the summer all of the Tommy John talk should be gone out of the window and he'll likely be dealing like he was pre-injury. Fernandez is one of the best young talents we have across baseball. His next start will come against the Diamondbacks next Wednesday. He should get plenty of DFS love against them.
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Brandon Drury went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two runs scored, and an RBI in Thursday’s 3-0 win over St. Louis.

This makes two homers in the last two games for the third baseman and marks three RBI in that span. He is carrying a solid .311 AVG over 61 at bats this season as he’s seeing a lot of playing time recently. In the last seven games he’s been rolling with a .414/.433/.759 slash line and two homers, four RBI, and five runs in that span. He only has 117 career at bats under his belts so his potential is yet to be fully tapped but he may not see that tapped this season either.
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Chris Hermann went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, and a run scored in Thursday’s 3-0 win over the Cardinals.

Hermann hit his second homer of the season on Thursday as he saw action for the first time since Tuesday. The 1-for-3 showing raised his average to .143 on the season though he has still seen just 28 at bats. Hermann is clearly the backup catcher behind Wellington Castillo severely limiting his value. It was a nice performance but those will be few and far between for him in 2016.
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A.J. Ramos recorded his sixth save after giving up one run on two hits with two strikeouts during Thursday’s 5-3 win against the Dodgers.

Ramos has been simply lights out this season as Thursday was his ninth appearance and it was the first time all year he allowed a run. He had also only allowed three total hits before Thursday's outing as well. There has been one Achilles heal to Ramos' pitching though and that's his control. He's walking too many opposing batters as his K:BB ratio this year is 12:6. Ramos is worth owning in all formats and will be even more dangerous if he can harness his control.
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Brad Ziegler earned his fifth save of the season on Thursday pitching the ninth inning allowing a hit and a walk but giving up no runs protecting a 3-0 win.

Ziegler made his 10th appearance of the season and fifth in a save spot. His numbers a bit interesting so far as he carries a 0.82 ERA but a 1.55 WHIP and a .293 BAA. So he is allowing a lot of traffic on the base paths but not allowing them to get all the way around but it’s something that should be monitored by his owners. Ziegler will continue to get the save chances, but they maybe exciting for a time.
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