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After missing the entire 2015 season, this is great news for the third year Wide Receiver in Charlotte. Benjamin had an outstanding rookie season in 2014 scoring 9 touchdowns and catching 73 passes for 1008 yards finishing the season as the #15 WR in PPR leagues. He was an early round pick in 2015 before tearing the ACL in his left knee in training camp. Kelvin Benjamin will be drafted this season as a /WR2 and has the benefit of playing receiver for Cam Newton who is coming off a career year of 35 Touchdown Passes.
Kuechly underwent surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in February but all indications were that he would be ready for training camp. It appears those indications were correct as the star linebacker has been cleared to start practicing. This is great news both for the Panthers D/ST, and Luke Kuechly as one of the top IDP picks for 2016. Kuechly racked up 118 tackles, a sack, 4 interceptions and a fumble recovery in only 13 games last season.
Country Breakfast gets a day off against the Texas Rangers and Yu Darvish today. Khris Davis will fill the role of DH batting 4th while Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick will cover the corner outfield spots. Butler has been consistent at the plate in July batting .325 in 40 at bats but the power is still nowhere to be found hitting only 3 home runs on the season and slugging only .405.
Chris Rusin replaces Jason Motte on the 25-man roster. He missed a total of six weeks with a left shoulder strain. While Rusin was a starter for the Rockies before the injury, he will fill in as a long reliever for now. In 12 games and 7 starts this season, Rusin had a 2-4 record, a 4.12 ERA and a 1.34 whip while striking out 39 batters and walking 17 over 54.2 innings. Until Rusin makes his way back into the starting rotation, if he does, his fantasy value is non-existent.
This appears to just be a day off for the 35 year old Designated Hitter in a National League park where he cannot DH. Morneau has struggled a bit in his 10 games this season since returning from flexor tendon surgery in July. He’s hit .233/.324/.690 in 30 at bats with 1 home run and 4 RBIs.