2017 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Planner: Week 5 Cover Image
2017 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Planner: Week 5
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Didi Gregorius Headshot

Gregorius went 3-for-6 with a pair of RBI in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

Since being activated off the disabled list Friday, Gregorius has been slotted sixth or lower in the lineup all three games, but it hasn't stopped him from producing in a big way. Over the weekend series, the shortstop went 7-for-15 with four RBI and a couple of runs scored. Clearly the .467 average will eventually drop back down, but the 27-year-old has shown no signs of rust as of yet after missing the first month of the season, and he seems poised to pick up where he left off from last year's breakout campaign in which he hit .276 with 20 home runs.
9:30 pm (EST)
Matt Carpenter Headshot

Carpenter went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run and three RBI during Sunday's loss to Cincinnati.

With nine RBI through his past four games, Carpenter is doing his best to put his quiet start to the season behind him. Additionally, moving to the heart of the Cardinals order should enable the veteran a shot at posting a career-high mark in the RBI column without sacrificing too many runs.
9:28 pm (EST)
Mike Leake Headshot

Leake allowed a single run on eight hits and a walk while striking out five batters over six innings during Sunday's loss to Cincinnati.

It's been an impressive start to the season for Leake. The veteran has allowed one run or fewer in four of his five starts for a 1.35 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 1.95 FIP, and he only allowed two runs in the other outing. Piling up punchouts has always been Leake's shortcoming, and his current 6.8 K/9 and 19.2 strikeout percentage reaffirm it. He'll look to keep rolling in a road start against the Braves next week.
9:15 pm (EST)
Francisco Cervelli Headshot

Cervelli, who missed Sunday's game with a foot injury that caused him to sit out during spring training, doesn't believe he'll need a trip to the disabled list, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "One or two days (of rest), that's it," Cervelli said.

Players are notorious for underestimating the time they're likely to miss and manager Clint Hurdle said it's too early to speculate on a time frame. The team could recall Elias Diaz from Triple-A for Monday's game, which would indicate Pittsburgh's caution with Cervelli.
9:01 pm (EST)
Jurickson Profar Headshot

Profar was sent down to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday.

Things just keep getting worse for Profar, who was relegated to a bench role earlier in the week. He's managed to hit just .135 with three RBI in 46 plate appearances this year, so the Rangers are hoping an opportunity to play every day with the Express helps him iron out the kinks in his swing. His demotion makes room for infielder Pete Kozma, who was claimed off waivers from the Yankees on Sunday.
8:16 pm (EST)
Bronson Arroyo Headshot

Arroyo couldn't get out of the fifth inning Sunday against the Cardinals, allowing four runs on five hits and four walks, striking out just two batters.

Arroyo hadn't allowed a run heading into the fifth inning when it all fell apart - he faced four batters in that fifth inning without retiring anyone. His ERA rose to 7.20 with the result.
8:15 pm (EST)
Raisel Iglesias Headshot

Iglesias threw two scoreless innings Sunday against the Cardinals to get his fourth save of the year. He allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two.

The Reds' bullpen usage patterns may have cost Iglesias a couple of saves, but his owners also got 14.1 innings of elite ratios, 16 strikeouts and a win in one month. If he can maintain that sort of pace, that's 85-90 innings and around 95-100 strikeouts.
8:11 pm (EST)
Adam Duvall Headshot

Duvall went 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

Duvall's line for the month of April (.247/.292/.551) is representative of what a number of the Reds have been doing. They have five starters slugging more than .500, but also three starters with OBP's lower than .300. They banged out 16 hits on Sunday, however, enough to win the game and split the two games with the Cardinals.
8:04 pm (EST)
Lorenzo Cain Headshot

Cain went 1-for-5 with a solo home run -- his first of the season -- during Sunday's loss to Minnesota.

The round tripper was also just the fifth extra-base hit of the campaign for Cain, so while his .272 batting average and .385 on-base percentage are solid marks, fantasy owners were expecting more pop from the outfielder. Cain's .358 slugging percentage is well below the .436 mark he posted over the previous three seasons, so it isn't out of the question that better results are ahead. It's also worth noting that dating back to the 2015 campaign, Cain boasts a .402 wOBA against southpaws, which makes him a strong value in daily contests when the Royals face a lefty.
8:02 pm (EST)
Zack Cozart Headshot

The Reds moved Cozart up to second in the batting order over the weekend, moving Jose Peraza down to seventh. He went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts on Sunday, however.

Even with the poor game Sunday, Cozart ends April hitting .352/.447/.606, a considerable bump over Peraza. The Reds are trying to get more baserunners in front of Joey Votto - both Billy Hamilton and Peraza had OBP's well below .300 for the month of April.
7:57 pm (EST)
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