DFS MLB Optimal Lineups: April 27 Cover Image
DFS MLB Optimal Lineups: April 27
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Jace Peterson Headshot

Peterson replaced Brandon Phillips (groin) at second base in the second inning of Wednesday's win over the Mets, going 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Phillips isn't expected to miss much time, but Peterson should get at least one start at second base Thursday while the veteran is recuperating. Assuming he does get the nod at the keystone over Emilio Bonifacio, Peterson could be a useful DFS punt play Thursday despite his soft .211/.302/.316 slash line through 43 plate appearances this season.
8:54 am (EST)
Gabriel Ynoa Headshot

Ynoa has lost all four of his starts for Triple-A Norfolk this season while posting a brutal 8.22 ERA and 2.22 WHIP through 15.1 innings.

After Chris Tillman injured his shoulder in spring training, the 23-year-old Ynoa was in the race to fill the vacant rotation spot on Opening Day. Even after missing out on the 25-man roster, Ynoa was considered a top option to make a handful of spot starts for the big-league club in 2017. Thing have changed dramatically, though, for the right-hander. Ynoa is the only International League pitcher with more than three losses, and his WHIP is worst among all 52 qualifying pitchers in the league. At this point, it seems highly unlikely that the Dominican native will stand atop a major-league mound any time soon.
8:52 am (EST)
Ender Inciarte Headshot

Inciarte went 1-for-5 with a walk, a double, two runs scored and an RBI in Wednesday's win over the Mets.

The center fielder has been mired in a bit of a slump, going 3-for-30 over his last seven games to drop his slash line down to .207/.244/.390. Inciarte's early-season power binge doesn't seem to have him swinging for the fences, as all four of his outs Wednesday came on groundballs, so expect his numbers to rise again once his .203 BABIP returns to something closer to his .320 career mark.
8:50 am (EST)
Jake Allen Headshot

Allen saved 28 of 32 shots during Wednesday's Game 1 loss to Nashville.

After beginning the playoffs with three consecutive wins and a .974 save percentage, Allen has now lost two of his past three games with a .907 save percentage and 2.90 GAA. Nashville is averaging 3.4 goals per game in the playoffs and project to continue making life difficult for the Blues and Allen.
8:47 am (EST)
Yoenis Céspedes Headshot

Cespedes (hamstring) hit third and played left field Wednesday, going 1-for-4 in a loss to the Braves.

He didn't appear to be moving at quite 100 percent in the field, but the Mets apparently don't feel Cespedes can make his hamstring tweak any worse by playing. The 31-year-old is slashing .262/.370/.607 on the season with six homers and 10 RBI.
8:42 am (EST)
Pekka Rinne Headshot

Rinne stopped 27 of 30 shots during Wednesday's Game 1 win over St. Louis.

Rinne is now 5-0 in the playoffs with a .962 save percentage and 1.14 GAA. The Blues have generated just just 6.0 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes at five-on-five in the postseason, so while Rinne's numbers have negative regression ahead, the drop might not be drastic in Round 2.
8:42 am (EST)
Jay Bruce Headshot

Bruce went 2-for-2 with two walks in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.

He remains one of the few bright spots in a sluggish Mets offense, and Bruce is now slashing .292/.386/.569 with six homers, 14 RBI and 13 runs scored through 19 games. The 30-year-old also played his fifth game of the season at first base Wednesday, providing him with extra positional eligibility in many fantasy formats.
8:39 am (EST)
Marcus Smart Headshot

Smart churned out eight points (3-9 FG, 2-7 3Pt), eight assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block across 34 minutes in Wednesday's 108-97 Game 5 win over the Bulls.

Smart's tough defense and passing skills have earned him essentially starter's minutes during the series with Chicago. He's averaging 5.4 assists per game this post season, highlighted by Wednesday's eight dimes. And he is bringing Memphis-style grindhouse grit to a Boston squad with limited playoff experience. His battles with Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade are reminiscent of Tony Allen's early days with the Celtics. Boston can tolerate his poor shooting as long as his rugged defense and strong passing continue.
8:35 am (EST)
Cam Talbot Headshot

Talbot saved 33 of 36 shots during Wednesday's Game 1 win over Anaheim.

While there have been some ups and downs along the way, through seven postseason games, Talbot sports a .925 save percentage and 2.17 GAA. Winning Game 1 in Anaheim is also an impression feat. This could easily turn into a back-and-forth series, so don't be surprised if Talbot's game-to-game inconsistency continues in Round 2.
8:35 am (EST)
John Gibson Headshot

Gibson saved just 27 of 31 shots during Wednesday's Game 1 loss to Edmonton.

Gibson has been hit or miss through five playoff games, as he's allowed two goals or fewer in three outings and four goals in the other two. Anaheim has allowed 14.33 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes in the playoffs, so team defense has been more of an issue than Gibson's play. He'll look to backstop Anaheim to a Game 2 win Friday.
8:31 am (EST)
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