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DFS MLB Hitting Coach: August 17
Jon Impemba
Yan Gomes (R) Headshot

Gomes went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run, four RBI and two runs scored during Thursday's win over Minnesota.

This was just the eighth homer of the season for Gomes, and the backstop's .226/.319/.374 slash line isn't moving the fantasy needle, either. Gomes is also splitting time behind the plate, so he's probably best left to the deepest fantasy settings at this stage of game.
5:14 pm (EST)
K.J. McDaniels Headshot

McDaniels has agreed to terms with the Raptors on a one-year, partially guaranteed contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

McDaniels was somewhat of a forgotten commodity this summer as many teams' free agency dollars dried up, but he'll head to Toronto on what's in all likelihood a minimum deal. The former Clemson standout spent time with both Houston and Brooklyn lats season, appearing in 49 total games and averaging 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds. The 24-year-old has shown flashes of promise as an athletic defender, but he struggles as a shooter and may face an uphill battle toward having his contract fully guaranteed by the Raptors.
5:14 pm (EST)
Carlos Carrasco (R) Headshot

Carrasco (12-5) allowed a single run on five hits and a walk while striking out nine batters through five innings during Thursday's win over the Twins.

After struggling in consecutive outings (10 runs allowed through 7.1 innings), Carrasco bounced back in his last start with eight-shutout frames and 10 strikeouts against the Rays. It was more of the same Thursday, and don't let the short outing fool, either. Carrasco pitched his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning without allowing a run, so his pitch count skyrocketed in a hurry. While the ups and downs are discouraging, it's difficult to fade Carrasco in any fantasy setting considering his upside in any given start. He takes a 3.76 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 10.1 K/9 into his next start against the Red Sox at Progressive Field.
5:12 pm (EST)
Mike Fiers (R) Headshot

Fiers (7-8) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven batters during Thursday's loss to Arizona.

Fiers has now allowed 23 runs through 25.2 innings over his past five starts to balloon his ratios up to a 4.32 ERA and 1.34 WHIP for the campaign. Fiers still owns an 8.8 K/9 and pitching for a contender should help him remain relevant in the wins column down the stretch. However, considering his current form, he's definitely difficult to rely on start in, start out in the majority of fantasy settings. Fiers lines up to face the Nationals at Minute Maid Park in his next start.
5:10 pm (EST)
Robinson Chirinos (R) Headshot

Chirinos is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the White Sox.

Despite reaching base four times in Wednesday's win, Chirinos will head to the bench for a breather after starting four straight games behind the dish. Brett Nicholas will takeover for him at backstop, batting ninth.
5:08 pm (EST)
Patrick Corbin (L) Headshot

Corbin (10-11) pitched 8.2 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts during Thursday's win over Houston. He allowed just four hits and a walk.

Corbin has struggled on the road this season with a 6.79 ERA away from Chase Field, so this gem was all the more impressive coming at Minute Maid Park. The lefty entered Thursday's outing in solid form over his previous 12 starts with a 3.65 ERA and 10.3 K/9, despite allowing a .372 BABIP. The strikeouts are especially valuable, and with Arizona pushing for a playoff berth, Corbin should continue to be a solid source of wins down the stretch. He projects to face the Mets at Citi Field in his next start.
5:07 pm (EST)
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