2017 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Advice: June 24 Cover Image
2017 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Advice: June 24
James Grande
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Yulieski Gurriel (R) Headshot

Gurriel is starting at first base and batting seventh Saturday in place of the injured Marwin Gonzalez (oblique).

Gonzalez and Gurriel are the only two first baseman on the Astros' roster, forcing the latter to be thrust into action on what was scheduled to be a day off. It will be the fifth consecutive start for the 33-year-old, who is pacing the red-hot Astros with a .311 batting average through the month of June.
9:34 pm (EST)
Keon Broxton (R) Headshot

Broxton went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run during Saturday's loss to Atlanta.

Broxton entered Saturday's game with a 1.195 OPS, six homers, 13 RBI and 10 runs through his previous 13 games, as his fantasy value continues to trend up after a weak first month of the season. The 27-year-old outfielder now has 12 homers and 12 stolen bases for the season, which puts him well within reach of a 20-20 showing, and he's also scored an impressive 42 runs. There's upside for solid five-category production going forward, too.
9:29 pm (EST)
Marwin González (B) Headshot

Gonzalez was scratched from the starting lineup Saturday due to right oblique tightness, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Gonzalez was set to receive a rare start at first base, acting as a spell for Yuli Gurriel, but instead will take the day to recover. It's unclear as to the extent of the injury, though it may simply be a precautionary measure by the team, so consider him day-to-day for now. Gurriel will start at first base in his absence.
9:26 pm (EST)
Matt Garza (R) Headshot

Garza (3-4) allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out four batters through six innings during Saturday's loss to Atlanta.

Through his past six starts, Garza has allowed 23 runs through 31.1 innings with a 1-4 record. Saturday's outing was also the first start during that stretch where he completed six innings of work. The veteran's 4.43 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 6.5 K/9 aren't go-to fantasy marks, and he's probably best left to cavernous settings going forward. A home start against the Marlins is up next for Garza.
9:19 pm (EST)
Patrick Schuster (L) Headshot

Schuster signed a minor league contract with the A's last week and was assigned to Triple-A Nashville.

Schuster returns to Oakland's organization after being released by the Dodgers earlier this month. Through 17 relief appearances with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, the lefty has compiled an unimpressive 6.16 ERA and .325 BAA, making him a long shot to earn a call-up this season. Schuster pitched in five games for the A's last season, allowing eight earned runs over 6.2 innings.
9:06 pm (EST)
Andy Andreoff Headshot

Andreoff signed a two-year, $1.355 million contract Saturday, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.

The 26-year-old center was unable to find the back of the net this season and only tacked on two helpers, so it isn't a surprise that he was barely offered more than the minimum to keep him around two more years. Andreoff did post 70 hits in 36 games, His career faceoff percentage of 52 percent does help his value in the long term, but don't expect any true fantasy potential this season.
9:02 pm (EST)
Jim Johnson (R) Headshot

Johnson struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning to record his 15th save of the season during Saturday's win over Milwaukee.

Johnson had allowed eight runs in 12.2 innings over 12 appearances with three blown saves leading into Saturday's outing, so the veteran hasn't been sharp recently. In fact, if Atlanta were a contender, he probably wouldn't even be pitching in save situations. However, Johnson will likely continue closing games to buoy his trade value. If dealt, he will probably slide into a setup role, so his fantasy value could be fleeting.
8:50 pm (EST)
Drew Smyly (L) Headshot

Smyly (elbow) successfully threw a 25-pitch simulated inning Saturday and is aiming for a return between July 17-19, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

The session marked a key step in the overall recovery process for Smyly and, more importantly, established a firm timetable as to his rehab moving forward. "I thought he looked pretty darn good," said manager Scott Servais. "Very encouraged by what I saw today." Smyly is set to pitch two simulated innings next Wednesday before beginning a three-start rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma. The southpaw is seeking to make his first start with Seattle after posting a 4.88 ERA over 30 starts with the Rays last season.
8:47 pm (EST)
Madison Bumgarner (L) Headshot

Bumgarner (shoulder) is scheduled to throw three innings in a rehab start with the Giants' Rookie League team Sunday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Bumgarner has been slowly but steadily progressing in his recovery program, successfully tossing bullpen sessions and live batting practice over the past month as he works back to normal activity. If all goes well Sunday, according to Schulman, the ace southpaw will likely begin a formal rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento next Friday, so a return prior to the All-Star break isn't out of the question.
8:36 pm (EST)
Brandon Phillips (R) Headshot

Phillips went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Saturday's win over Milwaukee.

Phillips also homered Thursday and Friday, and is now 5-for-12 with four extra-base hits and five RBI over his last three games. The veteran is turning in a respectable cross-category campaign with a .306/.349/.463 slash line, seven homers, 28 RBI, seven stolen bases and 39 runs. Being locked into the two-hole of the lineup projects to continue helping Phillips provide a serviceable fantasy floor.
8:35 pm (EST)
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