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MLB DFS Stacks: May 22
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Albert Almora Headshot

Almora will start in center field and bat second Monday against the Giants.

After failing to leave the bench during the Cubs' two-game series with the Brewers over the weekend, Almora will swap in Monday for Ian Happ. The righty-hitting Almora will earn a favorable spot in the lineup with southpaw Ty Blach toeing the rubber for the Giants and could make for an interesting salary-relief option in the outfield for daily contests. Almora owns a .314/.368/.600 career line against lefties.
3:31 pm (EST)
Craig Smith Headshot

Smith (undisclosed) was a full participant at Monday's game-day practice and could be available against Anaheim, Robby Stanley of reports.

Even if Smith is unable to give it a go for Game 6, practicing in full should be taken as a good sign that he is nearing a return and could be action sooner rather than later. The Preds have been ravaged by injuries of during the playoffs -- including Mike Fisher (undisclosed), Ryan Johansen (thigh) and Kevin Fiala (leg) -- so getting back the 27-year-old Smith would be a real shot in the arm for Nashville regardless of whether that happens Monday or in a potential Game 7.
3:29 pm (EST)
Manny Machado Headshot

Machado (hand) is playing third base and batting third Monday against the Twins.

It appears Machado isn't dealing with any lingering soreness after taking a pitch off his hand during Sunday's contest. X-rays early Monday morning came back clean, so Machado should be comfortably deployed in all formats. The 24-year-old, who is slashing .221/.312/.442 with 10 homers and 24 RBI this season (163 at-bats), will face Kyle Gibson and the Twins in Monday's contest.
3:28 pm (EST)
Jace Peterson Headshot

Peterson is out of the lineup Monday against the Pirates.

Peterson had started in each of the Braves' previous seven games, but his run of regular at-bats could come to an end now that the team has added Matt Adams via trade and called up Rio Ruiz to serve as the primary options at the corner-infield spots. The 26-year-old is slashing .200/.308/.267 over 104 plate appearances this season, so he likely wouldn't have had a steady hold on a full-time gig even if the Braves chose not to make those roster moves.
3:26 pm (EST)
Tyler Wilson Headshot

Wilson was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday.

This will be Wilson's third stint with the Orioles this season. He started the year in the bullpen and made a spot start at the beginning of May for the injured Kevin Gausman. He owns a 4.91 ERA with a 5:3 K:BB through 11 big-league innings this season, so he likely won't be used in high-leverage situations, though he will be able to provide length out of the bullpen.
3:21 pm (EST)
Ian Happ Headshot

Happ is not in the lineup Monday against the Giants.

Happ has forced his way into a prominent role in the Cubs' lineup thanks to a 9-for-26 (.346) showing at the plate since his callup. However, he'll get a chance to rest Monday night with Albert Almora taking over in center field in his stead.
3:19 pm (EST)
Mike Fisher Headshot

Fisher (undisclosed) will not suit up for Monday's meeting with the Ducks, Robby Stanley of reports.

With Fisher still sidelined, the Preds are suddenly very thin down the middle of their lineup having previously lost Ryan Johansen (thigh) for the rest of the postseason. Despite averaging just under 17 minutes per game, Fisher is scoreless in his 14 playoff appearances. While Nashville haven't needed the 36-year-old in the offensive zone thus far, it could be a different story if the team hopes to lift Lord Stanley's Cup.
3:17 pm (EST)
Anthony Gose Headshot

Gose was assigned to High-A Lakeland on Monday, Evan Woodbery of reports.

After going through a crash course on pitching at extended spring training, Gose has finally received the green light to make his season debut in affiliated ball. The Tigers will have Gose work primarily as a reliever in the lower minors, but the organization doesn't appear to be closing the door entirely on the 26-year-old playing the outfield. Gose's fastball had been previously clocked in the mid 90s, so if he's able to command his pitches well and develop his secondary offerings, he could move through the farm system quickly.
3:14 pm (EST)
Kyle Schwarber Headshot

Schwarber is not in the lineup Monday against the Giants.

Schwarber is batting just .161 against left-handers this season, so he'll head to the bench for a night off with southpaw Ty Blach taking the hill for San Francisco. Ben Zobrist will move into left fielder to fill the hole there.
3:13 pm (EST)
Logan Shaw Headshot

Shaw (lower body) will miss Monday's matchup with the Predators, Robby Stanley of reports.

Monday will mark Shaw's eighth consecutive missed game due to this lingering lower-body ailment. Even once healthy, the winger may not be able to knock Nicolas Kerdiles out of the game-day lineup. Prior to getting hurt, Shaw was averaging a mere 9:31 of ice time during the postseason and can probably be left off most fantasy lineups even if he does return to action.
3:05 pm (EST)
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