DFS MLB Playbook: April 27 Cover Image
DFS MLB Playbook: April 27
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A.J. Pollock Headshot

Pollock went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's 8-5 win over the Padres.

Pollock's 6.2 percent walk rate on the season is the lowest mark of his career, but it's hard to fault him for the lack of patience when he's raking at the dish. He's turned in multi-hit efforts in seven of his last nine contests and has stolen six bags during that span.
10:49 am (EST)
Matt Harvey Headshot

Harvey will start for the Mets on Thursday against the Braves, replacing the scratched Noah Syndergaard (biceps),

Harvey takes Thor's place as a last-minute substitution, with Thor suffering from biceps tendinitis. Fantasy players must adjust their plans accordingly, including activating the right-hander, who boasts a 2.84 ERA over his first four starts of the season.
10:47 am (EST)
David Peralta Headshot

Peralta went 2-for-2 with three walks and a pair of runs scored in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Padres.

Opposing pitchers have had no luck retiring Peralta of the late, with the outfielder turning in multiple hits in seven of his last eight games and compiling a .632 on-base percentage during that span. The 29-year-old will certainly cool down before long, but his fortuitous position in a high-powered Diamondbacks lineup figures to prop up his run and RBI totals throughout the season.
10:46 am (EST)
J.D. Martínez Headshot

Martinez (foot) took live batting practice Wednesday and will play in an extended spring training game when ready, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

The outfielder probably won't return until sometime in early May, at earliest, considering this timetable. Martinez may need a brief stint in a live game before activation.
10:45 am (EST)
Noah Syndergaard Headshot

Syndergaard could start Sunday if the rest helps his biceps tendinitis, but he must see a doctor first, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports. The Mets prefer not to place him on the disabled list.

The Mets may not have a choice if the issue lingers. Syndergaard apparently felt discomfort after a recent bullpen session and Wednesday batting practice, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports. Thor's fantasy owners may remain in limbo heading into next week's lineup deadlines.
10:43 am (EST)
Paul Goldschmidt Headshot

Goldschmidt recorded three hits in four at-bats and provided three RBI, one run and one stolen base in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Padres.

It was a history-making day for the sizzling Goldschmidt, who has terrorized the Padres during the four-game series. He tied a Diamondbacks record by reaching base in nine consecutive plate appearances spanning the last two contests and became the third National League player since the beginning of the 2014 season to record multiple RBI in five consecutive starts. His .459 on-base percentage for the season ranks fifth in the majors among qualifying players.
10:43 am (EST)
Joe Thornton Headshot

Thornton's surgery on his ACL and MCL was deemed successful, and he's expected to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

Given that Jumbo was able to play through the severe injuries, we can't see that hurting his fantasy stock, especially since the surgery apparently went off without a hitch. However, it's worth noting that Thornton will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, likely signaling a move away from San Jose after 12 seasons. The industrious pivot went from averaging a point per game in 2015-16 down to 50 in 79 games this year. It'll be tough to gauge his value in virtual formats until we see what color sweater he dons next.
10:41 am (EST)
Paul Goldschmidt Headshot

Goldschmidt went 3-for-4 with three RBI from two singles and a double in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Padres. He also scored once.

Goldschmidt has terrorized Padres pitching over the last two games for seven hits -- including two doubles and three home runs -- along with six RBI. A day off in the opening day of the series Monday, which was the first time the star first baseman has sat all season, seemed to have done wonders, as he's boosted his average 64 points with his efforts the last two nights.
10:40 am (EST)
Noah Syndergaard Headshot

Syndergaard's previously reported "tired arm" has been identified as biceps tendinitis, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

At least there's a specific designation tied to it, but Syndergaard may be in line for a longer absence than his fantasy owners want. He's missing his Thursday start, and we'll have more on this in the near future.
10:39 am (EST)
Archie Bradley Headshot

Bradley allowed one run on two hits and no walks over three innings of relief in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Padres. He struck out five batters.

In light of Bradley's early-season success as a multi-inning reliever, the Diamondbacks chose to bypass him for an appointment to the rotation in place of the injured Shelby Miller (elbow). Instead, Zack Godley was called up from Triple-A to start Wednesday, but Bradley still came on to piggyback him and was once again dominant, aside from allowing a solo homer to Hunter Renfroe. Bradley now owns a sparkling 1.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 17:3 K:BB ratio over 14.1 innings on the season. Though he doesn't project to provide many saves or wins in his current role, Bradley is capable of delivering sterling ratios and should approach 100 innings this season if health prevails. He may be worth a look in deeper mixed leagues where he's available.
10:37 am (EST)
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