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Fantasy Baseball News: Player News and Updates for 9/18/13

Fantasy Baseball Daily: Checking in on Kemp, Holliday and more

September 18, 2013

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After a pretty slow day on Monday, the MLB kicked back into gear yesterday with the opening games of the early-week series. As we cruise on through the last handful of days in the season, the fantasy stakes are growing ever higher if you want to make that last-ditch effort for a spot atop your league. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there in the fantasy world. Here’s the latest.

Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: Well, now, this is an interesting development. Kemp made his return to the starting lineup yesterday, and did it in a big way. He posted a 4-for-4 outing against the Diamondbacks, a line which included two doubles, two singles, a run and three RBI. Kemp is apparently feeling like he’s back to his old self, so feel free to stick him in your fantasy lineup again. You’ll have to check the lineup cards each day to make sure he’s playing, though.

Fantasy Baseball News: Player News and Updates for 9/18/13

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David Wright, 3B, New York Mets: We know you’re probably chomping at the bit to get Wright in there for the last days of the season, but he’s still floundering on the DL. The original plan was to have him play in the Mets’ three-game set against the Giants this week (which ends tomorrow), but now it appears that’s not going to be happening. Wright is working his way back from a Grade 3 strain in his hamstring, and owners will just have to keep an eye on him until he returns. Hopefully that will be within the week.

Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals: Okay, let’s move on to another injury of concern in Strasburg. Here’s a bit of a breakdown as to what’s been happening there. He was scratched from his start Friday due to tightness in his forearm, but all indications since then have been good. In fact, it’s looking like he’ll be able to throw tomorrow against the Marlins, which is a good place for him to come back. On the year, Strasburg has a 2.96 ERA and 181 strikeouts but a lousy 7-9 record. With some luck, maybe he can finish the year at .500.

Matt Holliday, OF, St. Louis Cardinals: Holliday’s performance has been pretty hot-and-cold over the past handful of games. He had a “hot” moment yesterday, however, as he went 4-for-4 against the Rockies. His line included a double, a homer, three RBI and a pair of runs. He was just a triple short of the cycle. Though Holliday’s power numbers are a little shorter than expected, he’s still having a decent fantasy year. He’s got 20 homers, a .290 BA and 87 RBI. After Colorado, the Cardinals head to Milwaukee.

Wilin Rosario, C, Colorado Rockies: Well, it looks like some fantasy owners may have to go searching for a catcher to carry them through the last part of the season. Rosario aggravated his injured calf yesterday against St. Louis, a day after leaving Monday’s game early due to the condition. It looked like he tweaked it on a grounder in the second inning. There’s no telling whether or not Rosario will play tonight, or how long he’ll be out, so it would be prudent to start a backup or watch for the official announcement. He’s hitting .292 with 21 homers on the year.

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