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Washington’s questionable status on the roster dates back to off-season workouts when it was reported he couldn’t get on the same page as Tom Brady. The veteran receiver needed a great training camp to survive, but that was not the case. Washington will hope to catch on with another team prior to the start of the season. There should be a team that will take a shot on the 32-year-old as he still averaged 14 yards per catch in 2015 with four touchdowns so there is still something left in the tank.
The right-hander hasn’t pitched since early July and had a setback during his rehab assignment so it’s optimistic to believe Ross will be able to help down the stretch. If the 23-year-old does return this season, there’s a strong chance he will be used as a reliever to help ease the stress of throwing so many pitches. Ross was having a great season before the injury as he pitched to a 3.49 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 79:26 K:BB ratio in 16 starts.
Stork has dealt with concussions throughout his career which includes missing time during training camp with one. The former fourth round draft pick in 2014 will have to reevaluate his career and see if he wants to continue playing and try and catch on with another organization.
The 26-year-old has missed the last month due to the injury and will need more time to completely heal. There’s a chance the Brewers could shut Barnes down since they are not in playoff contention. For the season, the right-hander has a 3.71 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 18:4 K:BB ratio in 17 innings.
Middlebrooks has been out for about a month with the injury, but wasn’t effective even when he was healthy. The 27-year-old only collected three hits in his 10 games with the big league club and can be avoided in all formats.
If the 31-year-old makes it through the start healthy, there’s a chance he could return to the rotation late next week. The right-hander has pitched well for the Brewers with a 2.93 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a 90:37 K:BB ratio 107 1/3 innings this season.
Stripling has bounced between the minors and the big leagues this season for the Dodgers and his latest promotion is due to the team needing another starting pitcher. The Dodgers continue to deal with injuries to their starters and Stripling will hope to give the team a boost. The right-hander has pitched to a 4.04 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 15 games which includes 11 starts this season.
Novak wasn’t in the concussion protocol for that long and its great news as he should get a couple of preseason games under his belt prior to the regular season beginning. The 35-year-old converted on 18 of 21 field goals last season and should be line for another strong season for the Texans.
Fleener’s status on the depth chart in recent days along with the comments by Payton signals the team is trying to motivate the tight end. Fleener should in be in line for a huge season in the very pass friendly offense by the Saints, but the 27-year-old needs to do his part and make sure he is on the same page with everyone on the offense. Fleener has the upside to finish as a TE 1, but fantasy owners should take a step back on the hype train with Fleener still struggling this close to the regular season.
The right-hander has been on the disabled list since late July due to shoulder and elbow issues and will be brought along slowly to avoid a setback. The Cardinals are optimistic Rosenthal can return at some point this season, but it will be too late to help fantasy owners. Rosenthal can continue to be avoided in all formats.