DFS Playbook - NFL DST Coordinator Week 3 Cover Image
DFS Playbook - NFL DST Coordinator Week 3
Dan Malin
Petr Mrazek Headshot

Mrazek yielded six goals on 40 shots Thursday in a 6-1 exhibition road loss to the Blackhawks.

This was a sloppy game all around from the Red Wings, as they only won 47 of their faceoffs and came up empty on seven power-play opportunities. Mrazek was consistently tested throughout, but the second period was particularly troublesome, as he surrendered four goals in that frame alone. The Czech backstop, who is trying to bounce back from a lackluster 2016-17 campaign, has now allowed eight goals on 61 shots in preseason action. He'll start the new season as the backup to Jimmy Howard.
9:34 am (EST)
Adrián Béltre (R) Headshot

Beltre went 2-for-4 with a solo home run during Thursday's win over Seattle.

The veteran has heated up over his past four games going 7-for-16 with a homer, three RBI and three runs. Beltre has missed a lot of time this season, but amazingly, his .929 OPS would stand as his highest mark since his monster 2004 campaign.
9:29 am (EST)
Carlos Gómez (R) Headshot

Gomez went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI during Thursday's win over Seattle.

Gomez doubled in a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday, so it was encouraging to see him have another strong outing in his first full game back since missing time with an ankle injury. The outfielder has been limited to just 101 games this season, but he's still provided a fantasy punch when healthy with 17 homers, 51 RBI, 13 stolen bases, 51 runs and a .256/.342/.468 slash line. Gomez has the potential to finish the season strong, too.
9:28 am (EST)
Jeimer Candelario (B) Headshot

Candelario went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Thursday's 12-1 loss to the Twins.

The 23-year-old third baseman collected a third of the team's hits and the only RBI in a forgettable game. While the Tigers have been miserable lately, Candelario has been producing, as he's now got a .294/.385/.471 slash line. He should be the opening day starter at third in 2018, and he's definitely a young player worth watching.
9:27 am (EST)
Tucker Barnhart (B) Headshot

The Reds signed Barnhart to a four-year, $16 million extension Friday with a $7.5 million club option in 2022 ($500,000 buyout), Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

He also received a $1.75 million signing bonus. 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 this year. 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)
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