The buzz around Antone Smith has come to a sudden stop. He only got five carries for 25 yards last night, and lost a fumble. After his injury, Peyton Barber saw the few touches left since Tampa Bay found themselves in a shootout. Due to the "significant" knee injury, and Doug Martin getting healthier, Antone Smith can be dropped from any team holding him
The Braves appear to be trying to squeeze a bigger return out of Garcia's potential suitors. The left-hander can eat innings but has displayed inconsistent skills in recent years, though his new destination will determine his fantasy value moving forward.
The report doesn't clarify when, though they also approached Marcus Semien with similar intentions during the winter. Coming off setting a career high with 42 home runs in 2016, Davis seems to be a target for Oakland's long-term plans. The 29-year-old has 27 through 392 plate appearances this year, to go with healthy totals of 65 RBI and 58 runs. Oakland's rebuild may center around him as one of its key offensive pieces, especially because he's proven he's not hurt by his pitcher-friendly home park. As long as his fantasy owners can deal with his woeful batting average profile, Davis will meet -- perhaps carry -- their power needs for the rest of 2017.
Among Oakland's ongoing sale, Semien's name has not been included strongly in rumors. They apparently want to build around him as part of their long-term middle infield with Franklin Barreto. Semien is batting just .151 with one homer and five stolen bases in 90 plate appearances, though he missed most of the year since fracturing his wrist in mid-April, so this slow re-entry into fantasy relevance isn't surprising. With more reps and a recovery of game shape, he could wind up a solid fantasy asset down the stretch.
He's now slashing .296/.424/.593 in seven games since the All-Star break, pushing his OPS back up to .953. Conforto is having a breakout season, and at just 24 years old he should remain a key component in the Mets' offense for years to come.
The Cubs appear to be among those intrigued organizations, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Texas continues to fade in the race for a wild card spot, and their clearest way to start a rebuild would be to trade their ace for a useful group of prospects. Darvish will become a free agent this offseason, so teams may not be willing to part with highly regarded farm pieces unless they can lock in an extension, which is unlikely, considering he'll probably want to test the market. Switching to the league without the designated hitter -- in a friendlier home park like Wrigley Field -- could at least buoy Darvish's dazzling season (3.45 ERA, 9.4 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 over 20 starts) and improve on his 6-8 record. NL-only fantasy players who've hoarded their FAAB and need pitching help are crossing their fingers that this will happen.
He continues to make progress from the knee injury that ended his college career at Notre Dame and kept him off the field as a rookie in 2016, but Smith isn't yet at the point where he can shed the brace supporting his foot and lower leg. The Cowboys are expected to be cautious with the linebacker during training camp, and his actual role in the defense this season should become clearer as the team gets closer to Week 1.
Despite his woes at the plate with the Red Sox, Sandoval still carries a decent level of interest because of his once stellar past. The 30-year-old could still churn out useful fantasy value in deeper leagues, though winding up with one of these teams won't do him any favors with lineup help or park factors. The Royals at least have been useful as a hitting club, though.
The right-hander left his June 1 game with a blister on his right index finger. No concrete word yet if that's the same issue here, but it's likely, because that's a common location for these setbacks. McCarthy has come back to earth a bit after a sparkling start but remains a solid fantasy asset when healthy. Of course, one of his biggest flaws is his vulnerability to injury, and this may be another chapter of that saga, even if it shades toward a temporary absence.
The Tigers already trailed 12-4 when Wilson entered the game, so there wasn't much of a reason to pull him despite the struggles. The bad outing bumped Wilson's ERA from 3.66 to 4.46. His ERA has been steadily climbing since he ended May with a 1.88 mark. In 17 games (16.1 innings) since then, Wilson has an ugly 8.27 ERA and 2.20 WHIP.
Kurt Suzuki is on the bereavement list and will return to the club Monday. Recker will provide depth behind Tyler Flowers for the weekend and probably will be optioned again once Suzuki rejoins the depth chart.
Upton has two hits in three straight games, and he's raised his batting average eight points in that span. With J.D. Martinez now in Arizona, the Tigers will be counting on big production from Upton, along with Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez.
The backstop will travel to Hawaii for his grandfather's funeral and is expected to rejoin the club Monday. Suzuki is riding a seven-game hit streak during which he's hit four home runs. Anthony Recker is coming up from Triple-A Gwinnett to take his spot.
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