2017 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Planner: Week 5 Cover Image
2017 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Planner: Week 5
Nate Miller
John Gibson Headshot

Gibson turned away 24 of 27 shots in Sunday's Game 3 win over the Oilers.

Gibson didn't have a great night and looked shaky at times, but the Ducks exploded for six goals en route to their first win of the series. The 23-year-old hasn't been at his best against Edmonton, but this win could give a boost to his confidence moving forward. He's been average this postseason, so if he can find that extra gear that we saw throughout the regular season, Gibson could really play a key role in reversing this series.
12:19 am (EST)
German Marquez Headshot

Marquez allowed six hits while walking one and striking out eight over six shutout innings for a no-decision in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Diamondbacks.

This outing, Marquez's second, was much better than his first when he allowed eight runs in four innings to the Nationals last Tuesday. His eight punchouts were a good sign for the hard-throwing right-hander, and his control was much better this time out. The 22-year-old must show more consistency in order to prove he deserves a rotation spot, and fantasy owners should remain hesitant to deploy him as a spot starter, especially when he throws at Coors.
12:18 am (EST)
Ian Desmond Headshot

Desmond (hand) went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts in his season debut in Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Desmond returned to a pitcher's duel that wasn't decided until the 13th inning in the desert. The 31-year-old is hoping he can replicate his impressive bounce-back season with the Rangers in 2016, and most fantasy owners are expecting it while he hits in the middle of a potent lineup that plays half its games at hitter-friendly Coors Field. If you haven't already, get Desmond back into your starting lineups right away. In the long run, he's expected to take playing time away from Mark Reynolds at first base.
12:13 am (EST)
Kenley Jansen Headshot

Jansen struck out one to record a one-out save in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Phillies.

The elite closer is now 7-for-7 in save chances this year and has a nice 15.83 K/9 in 9.2 frames. Jansen's ERA dropped to 1.86 on the year after the three-pitch outing. There's no arguing that the hard-throwing right-hander is of the best closing options in the game for fantasy owners.
12:06 am (EST)
Cam Talbot Headshot

Talbot surrendered six goals on 28 shots in Sunday's Game 3 loss to the Ducks.

Talbot was exploited by an Anaheim team for one of his worst outings of the postseason, but it was easy to sense that the Ducks were ready to explode after a strong Game 2 showing. He's had an outstanding playoffs, so given the way he rebounded after a 7-0 loss in Round 1, we wouldn't be too worried about Talbot losing his confidence here. The 29-year-old is sporting a fantastic .918 save percentage and has been a huge part of the team's success this season. Look for a rebound in Game 4.
12:04 am (EST)
Hyun-Jin Ryu Headshot

Ryu (1-4) allowed one run on three hits while walking three and striking out nine over 5.1 innings in Sunday's 5-3 win over Philadelphia.

It was the left-hander's first victory in the big leagues since August of 2014 after he made just one start last season due to elbow issues. After three rough starts to begin the 2017 season, Ryu has now tossed back-to-back respectable outings and has fanned 29 hitters in 26.2 innings. Don't shy away from streaming the lefty in favorable matchups in deep mixed leagues.
12:03 am (EST)
Yasmani Grandal Headshot

Grandal went 3-for-4 with his fourth double of the season and a run scored in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Phillies.

Grandal has mostly gone downhill after his two-homer game on Opening Day, but Sunday's performance marked his first three-hit game of the season and helped him raise his average to .225. The 28-year-old's 30-homer power makes him a top-10 fantasy catcher, but you'll also have to put up with prolonged slumps and a low average. His fantasy owners are hoping his three-hit day Sunday will spark him going forward.
Yesterday 11:58 pm (EST)
Justin Turner Headshot

Turner went 3-for-4 with his 11th double of the season in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Phillies.

Turner's hitting streak is up to a career-high 16 games now, and all he's done in the season's first month is hit. He's up to a .404 average with one homer and 12 RBI in 99 plate appearances and has already recorded four three-hit games in the first month. Although the power numbers aren't there yet, Turner looks completely healthy after offseason knee surgery.
Yesterday 11:54 pm (EST)
Andrew Toles Headshot

Toles went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored hitting out of the leadoff spot in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Phillies.

That's now back-to-back games that Toles has homered, and he's already surpassed his 2016 total for dingers with five in the month of April. The bad news is that he's getting on base at a clip of just .289 and is likely to lose valuable playing time when both Joc Pederson (groin) and Logan Forsythe (toe) return from the disabled list next week. Toles is mainly useful as bench depth for his power-speed combination in deep mixed and NL-only leagues.
Yesterday 11:50 pm (EST)
Félix Hernández Headshot

General manager Jerry Dipoto termed the results of Friday's exam on Hernandez's injured shoulder as "encouraging" and "better than expected", Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports.

There were initially fears that the injury that forced Hernandez from his April 25 start against the Tigers was much worse, but the final diagnosis stemming from the test was bursitis, which results from the large bursa at the top of the shoulder becoming inflamed. It generally is remedied with rest, which Hernandez's current three-to-four-week recovery timetable would provide. However, Hernandez has different ideas, already vowing to return to the mound by mid-May.
Yesterday 11:48 pm (EST)
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