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Tucker Barnhart (B) Headshot

The Reds signed Barnhart to a four-year, $16 million extension Friday with a $500,000 buyout on a club option in 2022, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

Barnhart's chief value rests outside the fantasy realm, as he's thrown out 44 percent of the runners trying to steal a base on him. That's the best percentage in the National League and the second-highest in the majors. He's been a valuable backup plan to talented but injury-prone Devin Mesoraco, and Barnhart lines up to be in the Reds' plans, in some form, for the next few years.
9:27 am (EST)
Wade Davis (R) Headshot

Davis (4-1) picked up the win in Thursday's game against the Brewers. He pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out four.

Davis started off ominously, as he hit the first batter he faced and then allowed a single to the next hitter, which loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning with the game tied 3-3. But he struck out Domingo Santana and got Orlando Arcia to ground out to wiggle out of trouble. He then struck out the side in the 10th to close out the game. This was just the second time all season that Davis went more than one inning, though both of those outings have come in the past week as the Cubs fight for a playoff spot. It's unclear if Davis will be available Friday, but with the Cubs looking to stamp their postseason ticket, more outings like this are possible for the closer.
9:18 am (EST)
Alex DeBrincat Headshot

DeBrincat found the back of the net Thursday in a 6-1 preseason home rout over the Red Wings.

A member of the OHL's Erie Otters the past three seasons, DeBrincat demonstrated tremendous patience and anticipation upon receiving a Richard Panik pass, brushing the puck against the twine for his first exhibition tally with the team. Opportunists in the fantasy realm will want to consider snagging this Cat before he becomes a household name in the NHL. After dropping a ridiculous 65 goals and 62 assists over 63 regular-season games with his junior club last season, there's speculation that he could claim a top-six role with the Blackhawks right from the start.
9:17 am (EST)
Shin-Soo Choo (L) Headshot

Choo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored during Thursday's win over Seattle.

It's been another solid cross-category showing from the veteran outfielder, as Choo is now up to 20 homers, 75 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 93 runs with a .264/.359/.421 slash line. Those numbers move the needle in the majority of settings, and Choo's role in the top third of the Texas lineup has helped his fantasy floor and game-to-game consistency.
9:10 am (EST)
Kyle Schwarber (L) Headshot

Schwarber went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Brewers.

Schwarber got the scoring started for the Cubs in a key divisional game by taking Milwaukee starter Kyle Davies deep in the second inning. The 24-year-old could have maybe done more damage, but he departed the game in the sixth inning as part of a double switch. Schwarber has been hot in September, delivering five home runs in 15 games and slashing .293/.356/.683.
9:08 am (EST)
Chih-Wei Hu (R) Headshot

Hu officially joined the Rays from Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 23-year-old right-hander turned in a solid body of work with the Bulls in 2017, generating a 3.06 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 57:12 K:BB in 61.1 innings across 31 appearances, including four starts. Hu has also logged eight innings at the big-league level this season, ringing up nine strikeouts while posting a 1.13 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in four appearances.
9:07 am (EST)
Robbie Gould Headshot

Gould was successful on two field goals Thursday, but he failed to convert one of his three extra-point tries in a 41-39 loss to the Rams.

Gould hit from 36 and 48 yards out, bringing him up to a perfect 6-for-6 on field-goal tries this season. His missed PAT in the third quarter proved to be costly after the 49ers failed to make up for it with a two-point conversion attempt later in the game, ultimately falling two points short of a miraculous comeback. All things considered, it was a successful night from a fantasy perspective, as Gould's nine points matched the nine he scored last week against the Seahawks. The 34-year-old remains a safe kicking option for Week 4's matchup against the Cardinals.
9:07 am (EST)
Phillip Ervin (R) Headshot

Ervin went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run during Thursday's loss to St. Louis.

With just eight starts for the season and only 42 at-bats through 19 games since mid-August, Ervin isn't a viable fantasy asset in most settings. It's worth noting that he's posted an impressive .941 OPS during that 19-game stretch, though. Despite his first-round pedigree, the jury is still out on whether Ervin can live up to his potential. He posted a discouraging .709 OPS through 99 games with Triple-A Louisville, after all.
9:04 am (EST)
Xavier Cedeño (L) Headshot

Cedeno was officially activated from the disabled list Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The move had been fully expected after Cedeno had completed a multi-outing rehab stint by pitching in the Triple-A title game for Durham on Tuesday. The veteran southpaw is likely to see a handful of appearances before the season concludes after having been sidelined since April 21.
9:02 am (EST)
Kris Bryant (R) Headshot

Bryant went 3-for-4 with a go-ahead, two-run home run in the 10th inning of Thursday's 5-3 win over the Brewers.

This is the kind of performance the Cubs expect out of the reigning NL MVP. With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the 10th inning, Bryant took Milwaukee reliever Oliver Drake deep with one on and nobody out to put Chicago ahead for good. Bryant now sports a .942 OPS, which is actually slightly ahead of his 2016 MVP mark. He's an elite fantasy asset and could help some teams secure titles in the final days of the regular season.
9:01 am (EST)
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