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Fantasy Baseball Week 18 (8/6-8/12)

8/11 -  The Texas Rangers have placed C Mike Napoli (92% owned Yahoo) on the DL with a quad injury.  Last month the Rangers traded for Geovany Soto (24%) who has been a top 20 catcher over the last 30 days.  However, before going to Soto look to add Ryan Doumit (55%) or Alex Avila (58%).   

The Boston Red Sox have lost rookie 3B Will Middlebrooks (57% owned Yahoo) for the rest of the season after he broke his wrist last night.  He was hit by this pitch and without Kevin Youkilis on the roster the Red Sox don't have a good replacement for Middlebrooks.  They did however acquire Danny Valencia from the Twins recently, who once was relevant in fantasy baseball, but do not go ahead and add him to your roster.  I personally have added Chipper Jones (48%) in two different leagues this week so if he is available I suggest you do the same.  If Chipper is not available then go after Chris Johnson (48%) who has had a second wind since being traded to the Diamondbacks.

8/7 - Evan Longoria FINALLY returns to the Tampa Bay Rays lineup tonight.  He has not played since April 30th and returns to a lineup that was last in nearly every offensive category since he last played.  If Longoria is anywhere near 100% healthy he should provide fantasy owners with the spark they have been missing at 3B.  Remember, the better the Rays offense, the better chance David Price doesn't throw 8 shutout innings and get a no decision! This is a win-win for all parties involved!

Giancarlo Stanton returns to the Miami Marlins lineup tonight!  He has not played since July 7th after knee surgery.  It might take a full week before he is back to putting up numbers fantasy owners expect from him, but every owner is glad to have him back at this point in the season.  Just don't expect his May numbers to return ( .343 AVG, 10 2Bs, 12 HRs, 30 RBI).

Division Leaders Heading into All-Star Break
AL East - New York Yankees
AL Central - Chicago White Sox
AL West - Texas Rangers
AL Wildcard -Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics

NL East - Washington Nationals
NL Central - Cincinnati Reds
NL West - San Francisco Giants
NL Wildcard - Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves

Daily Starting Lineups
Daily Baseball Data
MLB Depth Charts
Baseball Monster

Pitching Probables

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Can't decide which utility player to use?  Don't know which relief pitcher to leave in?  Did your player recently get injured and now you don't know if you should hold onto him or use the waiver wire?  If you have ANY roster questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment!

Teams Playing 7 Games This Week:
Schedule info courtesy of Baseball Monster


  • The Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, and Pittsburgh Pirates play all 7 games at home this week.
    • The Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies play all 6 games at home this week.
  • The Cincinatti Reds, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals play all 7 games on the road this week.
      • The Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners play all 6 games on the road this week.
Two Start Pitchers
For a break down of each pitcher, check out Fantasy Alarm post

Starting PitcherFirst StartSecond Start
Arroyo, Bronson SP CIN @ MIL@ CHC
Bedard, Erik SP PITvs. ARIvs. SD
Britton, Zach SP BAL vs. SEAvs. KC
Cain, Matt SP SF @ STLvs. COL
Capuano, Chris SP LAD vs. COL@ MIA
Chen, Bruce SP KC @ CHW@ BAL
Cook, Aaron SP BOS vs. TEX@ CLE
Corbin, Patrick SP ARI @ PITvs. WAS
Cueto, Johnny SP CIN @ MIL@ CHC
Darvish, Yu SP TEX @ BOSvs. DET
Detwiler, Ross SP WAS @ HOU@ ARI
Diamond, Scott SP MIN @ CLEvs. TB
Gallardo, Yovani SP MIL vs. CIN@ HOU
Garza, Matt SP CHC @ SDvs. CIN
Hughes, Phil SP NYY @ DET@ TOR
Jackson, Edwin SP WAS @ HOU@ ARI
Karstens, Jeff SP PIT vs. ARIvs. SD
Keuchel, Dallas P HOU vs. WASvs. MIL
Kluber, Corey RP CLE vs. MINvs. BOS
LeBlanc, Wade SP MIA @ NYMvs. LAD
Lester, Jon SP BOS vs. TEX@ CLE
Lyles, Jordan SP HOU vs. WASvs. MIL
Lynn, Lance RP STL vs. SF@ PHI
McAllister, Zach SP CLE vs. MINvs. BOS
Mendoza, Luis RP KC @ CHW@ BAL
Miley, Wade SP ARI @ PITvs. WAS
Niese, Jonathon SP NYM vs. MIAvs. ATL
Nova, Ivan SP NYY @ DET@ TOR
Parker, Jarrod SP OAK vs. LAA@ CHW
Pomeranz, Drew SP COL @ LAD@ SF
Porcello, Rick SP DET vs. NYY@ TEX
Sanchez, Jonathan SP COL @ LAD@ SF
Sheets, Ben SP ATL @ PHI@ NYM
Shields, James SP TB vs. TOR@ MIN
Stults, Eric RP SD vs. CHC@ PIT
Tillman, Chris SP BAL vs. SEAvs. KC
Vargas, Jason SP SEA @ BAL@ LAA
Verlander, Justin SP DET vs. NYY@ TEX
Villanueva, Carlos SP TOR @ TBvs. NYY
Weaver, Jered SP LAA @ OAKvs. SEA
Westbrook, Jake SP STL vs. SF@ PHI
Wood, Travis SP CHC @ SDvs. CIN
Worley, Vance SP PHI vs. ATLvs. STL
Zito, Barry SP SF @ STLvs. COL