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Cincinnati Reds infielder Mike Moustakas (heel) could begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville early next week. He's been sidelined since mid-May due to a right heel contusion. The 32-year-old was shut down in June after experiencing soreness during a contest. He has been progressing a "lot quicker" and will go on a rehab assignment early next week. Moustakas slashed .241/.337/437 with four homers, 13 RBI, and 15 runs scored across 28 games in 2021. Fantasy managers should continue to stash Moustakas, but he could be in a platoon role with Eugenio Suarez once activated.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Shane McClanahan (9-6) allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out seven during Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers. He was activated ahead of Sunday's start against the Tigers after spending the 10-day minimum on the injured list. The left-hander was brilliant on Sunday, limiting Detroit to two hits over five innings while fanning seven. His only mistake was surrendering a solo shot to Tigers catcher Eric Haase in the fourth inning. Tampa Bay was unable to muster any runs against Wily Peralta, saddling McClanahan with the loss. The southpaw owns a 3.51 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and a 135:36 K: BB over 115 1/3 innings in 2021. McClanahan is scheduled to start in Saturday's game against the Marlins. The 24-year-old has been the Rays most reliable pitcher, and managers can start him with confidence in the fantasy baseball playoffs.
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Brad Miller is absent from the lineup for Sunday's game against the New York Mets. Miller's had a solid year at the plate, slashing .230/.323/.467 with 19 HRs, but has done little of that off of lefties as he's put up just a .567 OPS against them. With Rich Hill starting for the Mets, he'll get the day off. J.T. Realmuto shifts over to first, and Andrew Knapp will catch with Miller on the bench. Knapp isn't out there for his hitting, as he owns a .453 OPS across 57 games this season and should be left alone in all leagues.
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius is not in the lineup to take on the New York Mets Sunday night, according to MLB.com. Gregorius has struggled for much of the year, hitting just .215 with 11 HRs and a .373 slugging. Freddy Galvis will take over short and bat leadoff. Galvis has been productive this season, slashing .249/.312/.428 with 13 HRs over 93 games split between the Baltimore Orioles and Phillies. He's been especially good off of lefties this season, as he owns a .836 OPS against them. With southpaw Rich Hill on the hill for the Mets, fantasy managers should feel comfortable streaming Galvis.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski is not in the lineup for Sunday's matchup against the Atlanta Braves, according to MLB.com. He hasn't been able to replicate what he's done the last couple of seasons but still has an above-average .221/.308/.454 slash line with 23 HRs, 71 runs, and 58 RBI. He has just a .531 OPS against southpaws this season, though, and will take a seat with Max Fried starting for the Braves. Austin Slater will play center and bat second. Slater has crushed lefties this year with a .266/.363/.481 slash line, along with 14 SBs over 122 games this season. He's a good streaming option for any fantasy manager looking for outfield help.
San Francisco Giants first baseman/outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr. is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against Max Fried and the Atlanta Braves, according to MLB.com. Wade Jr. has come out of nowhere to put up a very productive season for the division-leading Giants, slashing .262/.340/.517 with 18 HRs and six stolen bases over 97 games. He's struggled mightily against lefties this season, though, with a .366 OPS and will take a seat on the bench. Darin Ruf will get the start in the outfield and bat leadoff. Ruf has been a nice bench option this season, slashing .272/.392/.520 with 15 HRs in 113 games, and he has a 1.034 OPS off of lefties this season. He should be streamed in every league if available on the waiver wire.
San Francisco Giants' first baseman Brandon Belt is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves, according to MLB.com. Belt's having one of the best seasons of his career, slashing .260/.365/.577 with 26 HRs, 54 RBI, and 57 runs over 90 games. His OPS is .877 off of lefties, compared to .956 against right-handers this year, and so he'll get the day off with southpaw Max Fried on the mound. Wilmer Flores will take his spot at first base and bat seventh. Flores is hitting well against left-handers, slashing .293/.333/.474 with six home runs in 133 at-bats, and fantasy managers in most leagues can stream him for first base help.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Jorge Soler is taking a seat on the bench for Sunday's matchup against the San Francisco Giants, according to MLB.com. Soler is slashing .219/.312/.419 with 23 HRs, 59 RBI, and 64 runs over 136 games. Since being traded to the Braves, though, he's been a great fantasy asset, batting .272 with 10 HRs while slugging .512. Joc Pederson will get the start in right field and bat leadoff. Pederson is slashing .219/.289/.410 against righties this season, and with right-hander Anthony DeSclafani on the bump, fantasy managers can look elsewhere for an outfielder.
Oakland Athletics infielder Josh Harrison isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game to take on the Los Angeles Angels, according to MLB.com. Harrison's having a productive year and has value in every format, slashing .295/.358/.427 with eight home runs and nine stolen bases. He's in the midst of a six-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 10 of his last 11. Tony Kemp will shift to second base, while Seth Brown will start in right field. He has good power but won't help out with batting average, as he's hit .210 with 16 HRs and a .457 slugging. With right-hander Shohei Ohtani on the mound, fantasy managers can stream Brown, who has slugged .469 with a .749 OPS against righties this season.
Chicago White Sox outfielders Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez are both not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Texas Rangers. The White Sox will instead send Gavin Sheets, Leury Garcia, and Romy Gonzalez onto the outfield grass. Robert has been smashing the ball, slashing .467/.500/.733 over his last seven games, but Jimenez has not had as much success with a .172/.200/.241 line in the same span. Fantasy managers can expect each to return for Chicago's next game, which comes Monday against the division-rival Detroit Tigers, though the White Sox may continue to rest starters frequently with a playoff spot safely in the cards.
Chicago Cubs infielder Nico Hoerner (oblique) has been activated from the injured list and will start at shortstop Sunday, batting fifth against Eric Lauer and the Milwaukee Brewers. Hoerner has not played since July 28, when he had reached in seven of his last 11 plate appearances. Hoerner has slashed .313/.388/.388 this season with no homers and three steals in five attempts. He'll need to add some power to his profile to become relevant in shallow fantasy leagues.