2017 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Planner: Week 5 Cover Image
2017 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Planner: Week 5
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Connor McDavid Headshot

McDavid showed off his ridiculous skill with a highlight-reel goal in Sunday's Game 3 loss to the Ducks.

McDavid turned on a dime to burn Sami Vatanen and snipe a perfect shot past John Gibson, but unfortunately it wasn't enough in a 6-3 loss. The youngster has come alive in these last two games and is finally showing fans what they've been waiting to see. McDavid is a generational talent and the Oilers are in good hands if he continues to play like he did Sunday. With the Oilers leading a tight series 2-1, McDavid will likely need to display some more magic if his team hopes to pull away.
2:13 am (EST)
Chris Wagner Headshot

Wagner's first goal of the playoffs held up as the winner in Sunday's Game 3 victory over the Oilers.

Wagner isn't known for his offensive contributions, but he delivered a rare goal Sunday to help the Ducks grab their first win of the season. The fourth-liner only logged 09:05 of ice time and his slapshot blast is certainly one Cam Talbot will want back, but it all counts the same. There isn't much fantasy upside here, so look elsewhere if you're searching for offense.
2:03 am (EST)
Rickard Rakell Headshot

Rakell opened the scoring in Sunday's Game 3 win over the Oilers.

It was a beauty on a breakaway for Rakell, who beat Cam Talbot with a slick wrist shot. The 33-goal-scorer in the regular season has the potential to really turn this series around and Sunday was a great start. His lethal shooting ability and slick hands make him one of the most underrated forwards in the game. Rakell has had a strong postseason thus far with six points in seven games, so with the Ducks trailing the Oilers 2-1 in their second-round series, they'll need continued production from their sniper if they hope to complete a comeback.
1:38 am (EST)
Luis Avilán Headshot

Avilan held the Phillies scoreless in his lone inning of work Sunday.

The veteran southpaw wraps up the month of April with a 2.16 ERA and eight strikeouts over 8.1 innings. Grant Dayton is considered the Dodgers' top left-handed reliever, limiting Avilan to middle relief. Despite not having a late-inning role, the 27-year-old has managed to accrue five holds this month, two more than the amount he recorded all of last season.
1:35 am (EST)
Ryan Kesler Headshot

Kesler scored his first goal of the postseason in Sunday's Game 3 victory over the Oilers.

Kesler has come to play in the second round, recording points in three straight games to open the series. His goal Sunday came after he went to the front of the net and pounced on a rebound in front. He hasn't been shooting much this postseason, but Kesler is rolling right now and should get a boost from this first goal. The Ducks will need Kesler at his best if they hope to come back and win this series.
1:31 am (EST)
Chris Taylor Headshot

Taylor went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Phillies.

Taylor had been alternating starts at second base with Chase Utley in Logan Forsythe's (toe) absence, seeing the majority of his playing time against southpaws. Sunday was a different story, as the 30-year-old started his second game in a row, this time against a right-hander. The shift in playing time was likely made in response to Taylor's early success (.296/.345/.593) and Utley's struggles (.122/.200/.146). With a regular role, the veteran will maintain deep-league value until Forsythe returns.
1:29 am (EST)
Shea Theodore Headshot

Theodore picked up two assists in Sunday's Game 3 win over the Oilers.

The youngster logged 16:10 of ice time and chipped in offensively to help the Ducks win their first game of the second round. Theodore is having a strong playoffs and is producing at a point-per-game pace on Anaheim's third defensive pairing. He generated some quality scoring chances Sunday, but his defensive struggles were also noticeable, so that's something to monitor. If he can find some consistency, these playoffs are a great preview of the weapon he could become in his prime.
1:21 am (EST)
Josh Manson Headshot

Manson collected a pair of helpers and dished out three hits in Sunday's Game 3 win over the Oilers.

Manson isn't known for his offensive production, as these two assists were his first points of the playoffs. He logs steady minutes on a defensive pairing with stud Hampus Lindholm, but that doesn't necessarily translate into offensive production. The 6-foot-3 rearguard is an intimidating force who is more valuable to the Ducks than he ever will be to fantasy owners.
1:13 am (EST)
William Nylander Headshot

Nylander will play for Team Sweden at the IIHF World Hockey Championship, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.

Nylander will join 15 other Swedish players ousted from NHL playoff contention, including marquee names like Victor Hedman of the Lightning and Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog. The young Maple Leaf, who turns 21 on Monday, has represented his country plenty of times -- including in the Under 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 tournaments -- but this will be his first taste of the World Championship. He'll look to carry over the success of his 61-point sophomore season with Toronto starting Friday when Team Sweden opens play against Russia in Cologne, Germany.
1:06 am (EST)
Ryan Getzlaf Headshot

Getzlaf scored his second goal of the series and added an assist in Sunday's Game 3 win over the Oilers.

Getzlaf hasn't been shooting much this season, but he showed with a lethal snipe Sunday why he should be firing more pucks on net. The veteran now has five goals this postseason, with three of those coming in his past four games. He's still an elite offensive producer who has the potential of playing a key role in this series. The Ducks will continue to rely on their captain as they try to claw back from a 2-1 series deficit.
1:02 am (EST)
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