2017 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Planner: Week 4 Cover Image
2017 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Planner: Week 4
Howard Bender
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Iván Nova Headshot

Nova (2-2) allowed a single run on just four hits and a walk while striking out seven batters over seven innings during Sunday's win over the Yankees.

After striking out just eight batters over 20 innings through his first three starts, Nova's seven punchouts standout Sunday. Perhaps, he was particularly motivated to face his former club, but showcasing that upside warrants attention because he's pitched well since joining the Pirates. Nova sports a 2.00 ERA and 0.95 WHIP that's supported by a solid 2.96 FIP this year, and he'll look to continue his strong start to the season against Miami next weekend.
7:26 pm (EST)
Shelby Miller Headshot

Miller left Sunday's game with right forearm tightness.

Miller was lifted in the top of the fifth inning after allowing back-to-back walks (Nos. 4 and 5 of the outing for him) and a double to Corey Seager. He will be evaluated Monday, and it would make sense if that evaluation included an MRI as the Diamondbacks will presumably want to get the full picture with the injury before deciding on a course of action.
7:20 pm (EST)
Jacoby Ellsbury Headshot

Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with a solo home run during Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh.

The veteran outfielder is off to a solid start to the campaign with a .333/.380/.455 slash line, 11 runs, two home runs, four RBI and six stolen bases. Injuries have been the biggest hindrance to Ellsbury's fantasy stock over the years, but as long as he's healthy, he has the potential to be a serviceable five-category contributor that can provide the biggest boost in the stolen bases column.
7:17 pm (EST)
Ken Giles Headshot

Giles allowed a hit and struck out a batter during a scoreless ninth inning to record his fifth save of the season during Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.

Giles got himself into trouble during a series against the Mariners earlier this season, but he's been excellent otherwise and has now strung together four scoreless appearances with three saves. Houston boasts a potent offensive attack and is currently sporting a 13-6 record, so Giles projects to continue receiving plenty of opportunities to pile up tallies in the saves column.
7:08 pm (EST)
Nick Tepesch Headshot

Tepesch is expected to be called up by the Twins in the coming days, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports.

The current expectation is that Tepesch will join the big club at some point during Minnesota's upcoming series against the Rangers. Tepesch has been solid at Triple-A Rochester this season. Over three games (18 innings) he's compiled a 2.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and struck out 17 batters.
7:06 pm (EST)
Yulieski Gurriel Headshot

Gurriel went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI during Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.

After going 0-for-4 Saturday, Gurriel was back to work for his fantasy owners Sunday. He's sporting an active 15-for-32 stretch at the plate with five runs, three doubles, a home run and five RBI through his past nine games. While he's probably never going to turn heads with his power, Gurriel has the potential to be a solid contributor in the runs, RBI and batting average columns.
7:04 pm (EST)
Stephen Strasburg Headshot

Strasburg will be placed on the paternity leave list as he awaits the birth of his child, Mark Zuckerman of MASN reports.

Strasburg will be eligible to return three days after being placed on the list, which means he will likely make his return during the Nationals' upcoming series this weekend against the Mets. In the meantime, Jacob Turner is a prime candidate to replace him on the mound Monday.
6:59 pm (EST)
Carlos Correa Headshot

Correa went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run during Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.

It's been an awful start for the shortstop, as he's currently sporting a .197/.286/.295 slash line. However, Correa is locked into the heart of the lineup and posted a respectable .812 OPS during his age-21 campaign, so there is no questioning his talent and fantasy upside. Additionally, the homer probably proves he's completely past the hand contusion that cost him three games earlier this week.
6:58 pm (EST)
Shaun Livingston Headshot

Livingston (finger) is questionable for Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers.

Livingston sat out Saturday's Game 3 after being a partial participant in Friday's practice and is currently being listed as questionable for Monday's Game 4. If he misses more time, Ian Clark will presumably continue to fill in. An update on Livingston's status will probably come after Monday's morning shootaround.
6:50 pm (EST)
Matt Barnes Headshot

Barnes (foot) is questionable for Monday's Game 4 matchup against the Trail Blazers.

Though he practiced Friday, Barnes sat out Saturday's Game 3 and is considered questionable for Game 4. Understandably, the Warriors are opting to exercise caution with their injured players, including star forward Kevin Durant (calf), who is also listed as questionable for Monday. If Barnes plays, his role will likely be contingent on Durant's availability, so both players' statuses should continue to be monitored in tandem. If one of the two ultimately misses the game, Patrick McCaw will likely continue starting at the small forward slot.
6:47 pm (EST)
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