DFS NFL Optimal Lineups: Week 3 Cover Image
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Joe Mauer Headshot

Joe Mauer was out of the lineup Saturday for the fourth straight game as he deals with sore quadriceps.

This is a bit frustrating for fantasy owners in their league championships because Mauer's playing time has been limited due to his sore quadriceps. Twins manager Paul Molitor stated that Mauer will be limited the rest of the way, but won't be shut down entirely. The former MVP has had a very modest season to the tune of a .263 batting average with 11 HR's.
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Taylor Jungmann Headshot

Taylor Jungmann will make another start for the Brewers.

Avoid Jungmann as a streaming option at all costs. He only pitched 4 innings and gave up just 2 earned runs, but it came on 3 hits and 4 walks. His next start projects to be on the road in Coors Field, which is a horrible place to be if you're a pitcher.
1 hour ago
David Robertson Headshot

David Robertson made his first appearance Saturday since Sept. 15th.

The appearance was also just his 2nd since September 7th, and it came with the White Sox leading 8-1 in a non-save situation. He's been battling a small leg injury over the past few weeks so that may have something to do with his missed time. Don't rely on him too much for saves if you're in your fantasy baseball championship because it's unclear how and when he'll be used out of the White Sox bullpen right now.
1 hour ago
Jayson Aquino Headshot

Jayson Aquino (viral infection) was available out of the bullpen Saturday.

Aquino has been battling a viral infection and hasn't pitched since Monday, but he will be available on Sunday against Arizona. Aquino hasn't given up an earned run in 3 appearances this year so it's likely he'll be used in low-level situations out of the bullpen.
1 hour ago
Kevin Gausman Headshot

Kevin Gausman (oblique) will likely start Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Gausman had strung together a run of solid starts before being knocked around for 5 earned runs on 10 hits over 6.1 innings in his last start against Boston. Baltimore is in the middle of the battle for one of the AL Wild Card spots and after recently being swept by the Red Sox, the O's will need all the help they can get in order to make it to the postseason.
1 hour ago
Zack Greinke Headshot

Zack Greinke (shoulder) is unlikely to pitch again this season.

With the season nearing it's end in a little over a week, Manager Chip Hale announced that Greinke will likely not pitch anymore in 2016. The results of Greinke's MRI were favorable, but the team is last in the NL West and will turn their attention toward the 2017 season. It was a bit of a tumultuous season for Grienke in his first year in Arizona. He collected a 13-7 record with a 4.37 ERA, which is somewhat impressive considering the awful start he had to the 2016 season.
1 hour ago
Jarred Cosart Headshot

Jarred Cosart left Saturday's game because of right elbow inflammation.

His ERA is also inflamed, as Cosart allowed three earned runs on three hits and two walks in the first inning to bring his season ERA to an even 6.00 over 57 innings. His next start was scheduled for the penultimate day of the 2016 season, but that final start would seem to be in jeopardy now. If he does make the start, it would be on the road against the Diamondbacks, but he shouldn't be owned in even the deepest of fantasy leagues.
1 hour ago
Yasmany Tomas Headshot

Update: Yasmany Tomas was removed from Saturday's game due to lack of hustle.

As previously suspected, it was poor play both offensively and defensively that led to the removal of Tomas from Saturday's game. Tomas made a throwing error in the outfield and also failed to hustle to first base out of the box on a dropped third strike. Heading into 2017, it will be interesting to see what the Diamondbacks do with Tomas. He's an awful defender even in the outfield, but with no DH and Paul Goldschmidt a stalwart at first base, there's nowhere to hide him. With 29 home runs this year, he's a much better fantasy option than MLB player, but his poor glove could cost him at-bats.
2 hours ago
Sammy Watkins Headshot

Sammy Watkins tweeted Saturday that he's ready to play Week 3.

There are no less reliable sources than the players themselves, so take this with a grain of salt. Head coach Rex Ryan recently stated that “Odds probably not real good that he plays.” It also didn't help the situation that a teammate stepped on his ailing foot during a walk through. Keep a close eye on his status heading into the early slate as the Bills will host the Cardinals, but keep in mind that even if he plays, he could be limited or forced to exit the game early.
2 hours ago
Shae Simmons Headshot

Shae Simmons is dealing with right forearm discomfort.

The 26 year old right-handed reliever has tossed 6.2 innings as a September call up for the Braves, but hasn't pitched since the 18th due to forearm soreness. With just a little over a week remaining in the regular season, it's unclear if he'll return to the mound at all. Either way, he holds no fantasy value.
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