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Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said that outfielder Joc Pederson (hip) and starting pitcher Dustin May (side) are pretty much recovered from the injuries they were nursing when spring training was put on hold, and they should not be limited when action resumes. Pederson had already resumed playing in minor league games. Whenever Opening Day actually comes, both players should be fully healthy. Pederson had a career-high 36 home runs and 74 RBI in 2019 and will remain a nice source of power in deep mixed leagues, but his fantasy ceiling is limited in redraft leagues with him expected to platoon with A.J. Pollock. May, one of the team's top young arms, should eventually be in the team's rotation, but he may begin the year in Triple-A. The right-hander is still an excellent stash in NL-only leagues and should already be owned in dynasty/keeper formats.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson (side) is progressing and could return to Cactus League action next week. Manager Dave Roberts still thinks that Pederson will be ready for Opening Day. He still has a chance, but he can't afford any setbacks from here on out with the regular season quickly approaching. The 27-year-old (28 next month) slugger lost some fantasy value when the proposed trade to the Angels was nixed, but he did manage a career-high 36 home runs and 74 RBI for the Dodgers last season. He's expected to be in the strong side of a platoon with A.J. Pollock in 2020, which will give him appeal in deep mixed leagues and DFS tournaments.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts (illness) is back in the lineup for the Cactus League game against the Brewers on Wednesday and is hitting leadoff. Betts has missed some time this spring with an illness, but the Dodgers were just being cautious with him and giving him plenty of time to recover. The former MVP may not have as good of a hitting environment that he did with Boston, but he'll be at the top of one of the most potent lineups in baseball. He can contribute across the board for fantasy owners and is a top-five fantasy selection in the first round of drafts.
Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen had a career-high 3.71 ERA last year and blew eight saves. But he spent the winter at Driveline Baseball trying to improve and has struck out 10 hitters while allowing only three hits so far in his five spring innings. It's the first time Jansen has double-digit strikeouts in spring training since 2016, the year he was selected to his first All-Star game. If the right-hander can get some of his velocity back and strike out some more hitters along the way, he'll bounce back to elite fantasy closer status. He's currently going as the eighth fantasy fireman off the board in drafts around pick No. 102 overall, but Jansen could easily finish as a top-three closer by season's end.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood will be part of the team's starting rotation to begin the season. He will work as the team's fifth starter, with Julio Urias getting the nod every fourth day. Wood only got into seven starts last season due to injury issues, but he has been a productive player throughout the majority of his career. With a clean bill of health, he could be a valuable sleeper for fantasy managers in 2020. Nevertheless, Ross Stripling, Tony Gonsolin, and Dustin May will be breathing down his neck if he struggles out of the gate.