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Yahoo! MLB DFS Plays: September 19
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Raul Alcantara (R) Headshot

Alcantara, who was a last-minute starter in place of Jharel Cotton (groin), didn't factor into the decision Monday against the Tigers but allowed just two hits and a walk over 3.2 scoreless innings. He struck out two.

Alcantara was much better than his early exit would imply, but a pitch count of 67 before the end of the fourth inning got him the hook. However, the outing was certainly encouraging, considering the 24-year-old right-hander had allowed a pair of earned runs over two innings in relief against the Red Sox last Tuesday. Alcantara has looked much better overall in his three September appearances for the Athletics as compared to his earlier big-league stint this season, a stretch during which he posted a 16.71 ERA in seven innings across three outings.
11:23 am (EST)
Liam O'Brien Headshot

O'Brien did not practice Tuesday and is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.

O'Brien likely sustained the injury during Washington's loss to New Jersey on Monday night. With the young pivot already facing an uphill battle to make the Opening Night roster, this is certainly not the setback he needed, so he'll look to get healthy as quickly as possible in order to get back on the ice and continue his quest.
11:22 am (EST)
Mark Stone Headshot

Stone had a goal and an assist in Ottawa's 6-2 win over Toronto in its preseason opener Monday.

Stone scoring in preseason isn't newsworthy on its own. What it means is that he's probably put his leg injury behind him and is ready for the season. He should be a dependable scorer for Ottawa this year and will have solid value in all formats.
11:20 am (EST)
Michael Campanaro Headshot

Campanaro had one carry for five yards in Sunday's win against the Browns and added three punt returns for a combined 19 yards.

Campanaro saw even less work Sunday than he did in Week 1 as he was on the field for a mere eight snaps against the Browns after seeing 13 such snaps in the opener. Baltimore does seem intent on getting him a touch or two each week, but he's far more of a gadget type player than one that will be prominently featured in the offense unless one of the top three wideouts incurs an injury.
11:17 am (EST)
Devontae Booker Headshot

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Monday that he isn't sure if Booker (wrist) will be ready for Sunday's game in Buffalo, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports.

Week 3 has been the target date for quite some time, but strong starts by C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles could inspire a more cautious approach. Given how well Anderson is playing, Booker doesn't figure to get many snaps whenever he returns. De'Angelo Henderson has been serving as the No. 3 running back and hasn't received a single carry or target.
11:15 am (EST)
Dak Prescott Headshot

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 The FAN Tuesday that Prescott (ankle) is "going to be able to play" in Monday's game against the Cardinals.

Prescott suffered the injury in Sunday's blowout loss at Denver, but it doesn't appear as if it is anything too serious. Due to the deficit the team faced from the start Sunday, Prescott's usage went way up, as he completed 30-of-50 passes for 238 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Cowboys will likely provide an update on the quarterback's status on Week 3's injury report Thursday, but he is expected to be ready to go for Monday night's contest.
11:14 am (EST)
Petr Mrazek Headshot

Mrazek will start in goal Tuesday night for a preseason contest versus the Bruins, Ansar Khan of reports.

It's already been decided that Jimmy Howard will be the No. 1 netminder to start the year, so the focus will be on Mrazek and getting him up to speed after a tumultuous 2016-17 campaign that included an 18-21-9 record, 3.04 GAA and .901 save percentage. Jared Coreau, who's third on the organizational depth chart, reportedly will serve as the backup in this preseason affair.
11:14 am (EST)
Breshad Perriman Headshot

Perriman was held without a catch on four targets in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Browns.

Only 12 of Joe Flacco's 34 pass attempts were directed to wide receivers, with Jeremy Maclin accounting for five and Mike Wallace drawing three. Perriman has caught just one of eight targets for five yards through two games, and while he seemingly has a long leash in his role as the No. 3 receiver, he's done nothing to make a case for more opportunities. He dropped one pass in Sunday's game and appeared to run the wrong route on another incompletion.
11:11 am (EST)
Alexei Emelin Headshot

Emelin (knee) will be in the lineup for Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Panthers, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.

After making a brief stop in Las Vegas, Emelin is ready to make his Nashville debut and is apparently fully recovered from the knee surgery he underwent in April. The Russian defender's former Montreal teammate P.K. Subban is also in the early game lineup, so it will be interesting to see if coach Peter Laviolette chooses to reunite the two on a defensive pairing, if only for this preseason game.
11:07 am (EST)
Elias Diaz (R) Headshot

Diaz went 1-for-3 with a double against the Brewers on Monday.

The 26-year-old has played complete games for Pittsburgh in 13 of the team's last 16 contests as he gains experience for 2018. Diaz, who is slashing .234/.250/.340 during his September run (48 plate appearances), figures to see fairly regular playing time next year while serving as the fragile Francisco Cervelli's backup. He's hit .275 against lefties in an albeit small sample (41 plate appearances) and could become a streaming option versus southpaws.
11:03 am (EST)
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