Fantasy Baseball Week That Was: Week 12
Glenn Colton

Gerrit Cole is making progress in his recovery from a strained right triceps, but his return to Pittsburgh's rotation doesn't appear to be imminent.

Cole has been out since June 10, and the closer we get to the All-Star break, the more likely it is the Pirates will simply hold him out until after the break as a precaution. If you own Cole, all you can do is wait and hope for the best.
19 minutes ago

Yunel Escobar (bone bruise knee) is not expected to be place on the disabled list.

Escobar hasn't played since June 23, and if he were to miss a few more games, a back-dated DL stint could make some sense. If you own Escobar in a weekly league you still have to consider benching him, but it certainly sounds like he will return to the lineup sometime this week. Jefry Marte should continue to see increased playing time while Escobar is out.
23 minutes ago

Knicks have a very high interest in signing center Joakim Noah.

The Knicks already have a center who can protect the rim and shoot threes in Kristaps Porzingis and signing a center who will force Porzingis to play power forward and Carmelo Anthony to play small forward is a huge blunder considering the Knicks have no shooting guard and zero depth. Noah would be a good fit in the offense and in the locker room, but both he and the Knicks would probably be better off if he signs someplace else.
31 minutes ago

Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Monday.

Pederson will sit against a lefty for the second time in three days, and it looks like he is in a pretty strict platoon at this point. Trayce Thompson will play centerfield and bat third. Thompson is hitless in his last 15 at-bats, so use him in DFS at your own risk.
56 minutes ago

Chase Utley is not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Monday.

Utley will sit again with a lefty on the mound, with Enrique Hernandez leading off and Howie Kendrick moving to second base. Hernandez hit a home run in his only at-bat against Francisco Liriano, and he could make an excellent DFS play Monday.
57 minutes ago

Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Monday.

A.J. Ellis will catch and bat seventh with Grandal getting a routine day off. Ellis is batting .250/.333/.325 against left-handed pitchers this season, so there isn't a whole lot of value there.
58 minutes ago

As expected, Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Monday.

Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts had said Gonzalez would get Monday and Tuesday off, and it appears that will indeed be the case. If you own Gonzalez in a weekly league, you may want to bench him this week. Scott Van Slyke will play first base and bat sixth, and is worth considering for DFS as right-handed batters have a .368 wOBA against Francisco Liriano.
59 minutes ago

Corey Seager is not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Monday.

Chris Taylor will start at shortstop and bat eighth while several Dodgers regulars get the day off. Taylor will have the platoon advantage against Francisco Liriano, and you could do worse for a cheap DFS play.
1 hour ago

Mike Foltynewicz (right elbow soreness) may need only one more rehab start before coming off the 15-day disabled list.

Foltynewicz was pretty solid in his six starts this season, with a 3.50 K/BB, 3.51 ERA and 4.69 FIP. If he is available in your NL-only league, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to pick him up now and stash him.
1 hour ago

Marcell Ozuna (left wrist) might return to the Marlins starting lineup Tuesday.

Ozuna missed the Marlins last two games with what they are calling a minor wrist injury so it's certainly good news that he could be back in the lineup on Tuesday. Fantasy owners will need to monitor his status leading up to roster lock.
1 hour ago
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