Young will be back on the bench following a string of three straight starts, as the return of Dustin Pedroia (knee) from the disabled list leaves no extra lineup spot available. With Hanley Ramirez (oblique) expected back Wednesday, Young's path to consistent at-bats will only become more difficult.
Young made a rare appearance in the cleanup spot and did major damage Sunday. The veteran is playing sparingly and sports a mediocre .251/.332/.428 slash line for the campaign, so his fantasy value remains limited. Young should probably be left to cavernous settings.
It's only the fifth start in the last 15 games for Young, who enters the lineup with Mookie Betts receiving the day off for rest. Young likely won't see many at-bats so long as the regular outfield trio of Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley remains healthy, but he could have some appeal as a punt-play option in daily contests, especially in situations like Sunday where he occupies a prominent spot in the lineup.
Manager John Farrell wanted to give Hanley Ramirez a break for one of the two contests, so the 33-year-old will sit out the matinee, opening up a lineup spot for Young, who has gone 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the series. Young's at-bats have been quite sporadic since about mid-April, but his season-long statistics haven't suffered much as a result. Over 178 plate appearances this season, Young is slashing a palatable .248/.331/.376.
The 33-year-old holds a .255/.339/.386 slash line with four home runs in 153 at-bats this season. Young is nothing more than a fourth outfielder for Boston at this point, and hasn't seen an extended stretch of starts since center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.'s stint on the disabled list back in mid-April
Young was designated for assignment earlier in the week before ultimately being let go after compiling an unsightly 7.50 ERA, 2.03 WHIP and 22:14 K:BB across 30 innings out of the Royals' bullpen this season. He could catch on elsewhere as a free agent given his prior big-league experience, but he likely won't carry any fantasy value wherever he ends up.
Following the team's move of signing reliever Neftali Feliz, Davis loses his spot with the team and is subsequently taken off the 40-man roster. During 14 appearances with the team this season, the 38-year-old has accumulated a 7.50 ERA with a WHIP of 2.03 and just 22 strikeouts over the course of 30 innings. He hasn't been a viable fantasy option this season, and Feliz figures to take on a higher-leverage role with Kansas City moving forward.
Young has received sparse playing time over the past few weeks, but he actually has collected a hit in each of his past seven starts. This strong string of performances has his average up to .276, and although he still isn't in line to see regular at-bats, he at least continues to have decent value when a few southpaws are lined up to face Boston in a given week.
State of Massachusetts Resident Daily Fantasy Sports Participant Disclosure:
FA Media, LLC ("FAM") may from time to time promote individual daily fantasy sports operators and FAM employees or contractors may at their sole and absolute discretion play on their personal accounts at a daily fantasy sports operator in the games that they offer advice on. Although the employee or contractor may have expressed personal views on the games and strategies in content contained herein, they do not necessarily reflect the view of FAM or the daily fantasy sports partner being promoted. The employee or contractor reserves the absolute right to deploy different players and strategies than what has been recommend within the content contained herein.