2017 NFL DFS Playbook: Week 3 Cover Image
2017 NFL DFS Playbook: Week 3
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Week 3 Q and A Saturday  Cover Image
Charlie Morton (R) Headshot

Morton (13-7) allowed one run on four hits and one walk while striking out five across seven innings to earn the win Saturday against the Angels.

Morton fired six shutout innings before allowing a solo homer in the seventh inning, but the offense had already provided him with a five-run lead, and he was easily able to cruise to his 13th victory of the season. He's been hot throughout the month of September, as he's allowed just six earned runs over four starts to lower his ERA from 3.88 to 3.63, and he's been an excellent source of fantasy production down the stretch. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Red Sox.
4:05 pm (EST)
Freddie Freeman (L) Headshot

Freeman will not be available for Saturday's game against the Phillies due to an illness, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

It seemed initially that Freeman was being held out Saturday after a long run of consecutive starts, but it turns out he is under the weather and was sent home for the day. The Braves are hoping he will be able to return to the lineup Sunday.
4:05 pm (EST)
Evan Gattis (R) Headshot

Gattis went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer Saturday against the Angels.

Gattis smashed his 12th homer of the season to break open a 1-0 game to help lead the Astros to a divisional victory. Although he's been a part-time player, he's been an excellent option in leagues that allow daily lineup changes, as his .264 batting average and .463 slugging percentage are extremely useful at the catcher position.
4:04 pm (EST)
Justin Upton (R) Headshot

Upton went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo homers Saturday against the Astros.

Upton smashed his 33rd and 34th homers to tally the only runs for the Angels in a road defeat. He's crushed six homers over his last 10 games, and he's been an outstanding fantasy option at the most important time of the season.
4:03 pm (EST)
Bud Norris (R) Headshot

Norris (2-6) allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out two over 3.1 innings to take the loss Saturday against the Astros.

Norris was called from the bullpen to make the start in this contest and although he was quite effective, the Angels were unable to provide enough early run support to take him off the hook for the loss. He'll be expected to have another short outing when he makes his last start of the season Thursday against the White Sox.
4:02 pm (EST)
Tre McBride Headshot

McBride was waived by the Bears on Saturday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

McBride's departure comes after the team opted to promote linebacker John Timu from the practice squad. With McBride out, the Bears only have four active wide receivers for Sunday.
4:00 pm (EST)
John Timu Headshot

Timu was promoted to the 53-man roster Saturday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Given the Bears' injuries up to this point, it's not surprise Timu was activated. What would be a surprise, however, is if he's asked to contribute from the defensive side of the ball Sunday. Currently, Timu projects to function as a special teams asset for the foreseeable future.
3:56 pm (EST)
John Brown Headshot

Brown (quad) worked on the side during the media portion of Saturday's practice, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' website reports.

Brown did the same Friday and registered a "Did Not Participate" on the injury report, so it seems he will not be able to get in any practice work this week. His status for Monday's game against the Cowboys will be revealed at some point Saturday, but it's looking likely he will be out a second week in a row.
3:55 pm (EST)
Nicky Delmonico (L) Headshot

Delmonico is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals.

Delmonico admitted that he was feeling some lingering pain in his right wrist earlier in the week, so he'll get his second game off in three days as the White Sox look to limit his workload. Willy Garcia will start in left field and bat eighth in his absence.
3:50 pm (EST)
Howie Kendrick (R) Headshot

Kendrick is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets, according to Dan Kolko of MASN Sports.

Kendrick was the only Nationals regular to start Friday's game, so manager Dusty Baker decided he would give him a day off Saturday. Jayson Werth will slide over and cover left field Saturday.
3:43 pm (EST)
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