Ian Desmond is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Thursday.
While Desmond's 11 home runs are a nice bonus from the shortstop position, his .225 average and 27.4-percent strikeout rate are starting to wear on his fantasy owners. He is 2-for-23 (.087) over his last seven games and while those two hits happen to be home runs, it's still a huge drain on your batting average with minimal help in the counting stats to counter. He'll take a seat Thursday to get a bit of a mental break while Kevin Frandsen gets a start against his former club.ANALYST: Howard Bender
The Raiders could be interested in free agent wide receiver Randall Cobb.
Raiders' GM Reggie McKenzie drafted Cobb in his final year as the Packers' Director of Player Personnel. McKenzie apparently wants to reunite Cobb with his former mentor James Jones, who signed with the Raiders last offseason and was the team's most consistent receiver throughout the 2014 season. The question is, would the Raiders be able to convince Cobb to sign with them? They'll likely need to comfortably outbid the next highest bidder to earn rights to his services. If this scenario were to actually come to fruition, Derek Carr would get a nice boost in fantasy value. Analysis: Spencer Silva