Terrance Jones came off the bench for the Pelicans against the Grizzlies the other day. In that game he put up seven points, nine rebounds and two assist over 28 minutes played. The Grizzlies rank ninth in points allowed to power forwards. Tonight, Jones draws a much more favorable matchup against the Phoenix Suns, who rank ninth worst in points allowed to PFs. This makes Jones, getting his first start of the year, a nice start in daily or seasonal leagues.
Considering he's currently sporting a career-high .960 OPS and leading the majors in batting average, Posey's 33 RBI and 32 runs are falling a little below expectations. The Giants have scored the fourth-fewest runs in baseball, though, and it's taken a toll on Posey's stat line. He's still a top-tier backstop option in fantasy.
Panik is having a solid month for the Giants and fantasy owners with three homers, 11 RBI, 12 runs and a .368/.427/.553 slash line through 20 games. He's in the midst of a rebound season and batting second and playing everyday at the keystone provides a respectable virtual floor. However, he hardly moves the needle in the power or speed columns, so his upside is capped.
Kimbrel keeps rolling along, having converted 21 saves out of 22 opportunities. Boston's bullpen has been one of the better ones in MLB this season, including the work performed by Heath Hembree (double-play grounder) and Matt Barnes (three Ks) on Monday, so getting the ball to Kimbrel has not been a problem this season. A return to the 40-save mark is clearly within reach.
The Yankees were in cruise control until Chasen Shreve allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth frame, and then Chapman entered to hold off the White Sox comeback. While this was Chapman's first save since returning from the disabled list June 18, he's been his dominant self over five appearances with just a single earned run allowed and seven strikeouts through 4.2 innings.
Nava got the start in left field and hit leadoff. Cameron Perkins had assumed the leadoff role after his recall, but he's struggled in his initial exposure to major-league pitching. Those struggles may open up some additional at-bats for Nava, who has been splitting time with Perkins in left field.
Cabrera, who had a slow start to the season, has been scalding the ball of late, slashing .352/.400/.466 over the last 21 games. Numbers like that certainly enhance Cabrera's trade value, and right on cue, general manager Rick Hahn met with the assembled media Monday to reiterate the White Sox are open for business. That means we can expect guys like Cabrera to be actively shopped. He's playing every day in Chicago but that's not guaranteed on a contending team with fewer holes to fill. Cabrera could land on a team that has the luxury of using him as a part-time player.
The Phillies are finally getting to a point where they are considering a DL stint for Kendrick. Manager Pete Mackanin said he is no longer sure he wants to DH Kendrick during their upcoming two-game set against Seattle. The team has to be cautious because they want to trade Kendrick next month. Andres Blanco and Ty Kelly will continue to cover second base until Kendrick is ready to play the field.
Anderson downplayed the use of eyeglasses but it was good to see some life in the shortstop's bat. He hadn't homered in the previous 22 games, a stretch in which he hit .235/.267/.306 with just seven RBI. The promise hinted at last season is nowhere to be found in 2017. Perhaps the goggles will give him a better view of the increased amount of sliders Anderson's been seeing this season and spur a turnaround.
Qualifying Beaulieu was just a formality, as the Sabres made it clear they see him as a piece of their young core and will likely sign him to a longer and more lucrative extension. Acquired in a trade from Montreal, Beaulieu finished with 28 points in 74 games with a plus-8 rating this past season, all of which were career highs. On a team that will give him a chance to play a bigger role, 30-40 points isn't out of the question for Beaulieu, especially if he pairs up with Rasmus Ristolainen on the power play. With nearly $25 million in cap space, the Sabres should have no problems re-signing the promising 24-year-old defenseman.
Girgensons had a very tough season, scoring just seven goals and 16 points in his fourth year in the league after scoring 52 points in his first two seasons. Girgensons spent much of the season toiling on the fourth line, and was deployed at center and on the wing in an effort to get him going, but usually to no avail. The 23-year-old enters a key stretch of his development, and the Sabres qualified him partly because they know he has much more to offer. It's likely that Girgensons settles for another short-term contract to prove himself, but will face competition in camp from Johan Larsson, who leapfrogged Girgensons on the depth chart this past season.
It was a relatively easy decision for the Sabres, who must be pleased with the progress Foligno has shown over the past two seasons. Labeled as a fourth-line winger with very little upside, Foligno has managed to score 10 goals and 20 points in each of his past two seasons, and remains one of the team's most physical players. Foligno will likely receive a contract with a similar worth to the $2.25 million he earned this past season, and barring any surprises should remain with the Sabres for the foreseeable future. His fantasy value, however, is still very limited because of his lack of high-end skill.
Larsson's season was cut short after a suffering a wrist injury, and he finished with 11 points in 36 games. He was just getting into a groove and had established himself as the team's No. 3 center when he injured his wrist, and the Sabres clearly liked enough of what they saw to bring him back for the 2017-18 season. He should be healthy when training camp rolls around, and he'll have to fend off the competition to regain his spot in the lineup.
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