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Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz has made a habit of clobbering the ball during 2020. So despite his recent power slide (just one HR since Sept. 8), Cruz is a perpetual threat to amass a dinger or two. His 16.2 barrel rate and 47.9% Hard Hit percentage rank among the games elite, making him a nightly upside DFS selection. He returns to Wrigley Field this upcoming weekend for the first time since 2016, having homered in every series that he has played at the ballpark. With his .643 SLG and 1.052 OPS entering play Thursday leading the American League, there should be no hesitation about his status as an MVP candidate, thereby reiterating his elite fantasy production.
Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco will return to the lineup on Thursday as the team closes out a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox. Polanco got a routine day off on Wednesday as Ehire Adrianza got the start at shortstop. Despite regularly hitting near the top of a potent Twins lineup, Polanco hasn't had a great season overall. He's slashing .268/.316/.369 with four home runs, 19 runs and 19 RBI over 47 games. Last year, he had a far superior slash line of .295/.356/.485. Still, Polanco should remain in most fantasy lineups due to his upside potential and the strong support around him.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (finger) left his start in the fourth inning on Wednesday with a blister. Pitchers have missed a median of 15 days with blisters since the beginning of the 2010 season, but timelines have varied substantially over that timeframe. Fantasy managers should keep an eye on Odorizzis status over the next few days as a result, and its still possible (if unlikely) that the 30-year-old makes his next scheduled start.
Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver (intercostal) has been working his way back to the active roster at the clubs alternate site, but he sustained a setback Tuesday when he took a foul tip off of his protective cup. The move is expected to delay Garvers return further, not leaving much time prior to the conclusion of the regular season for him to improve upon the .474 OPS that he compiled through his first 17 games. For now, the club has turned catcher duties over to the duo of Ryan Jeffers and Alex Avila, although neither holds much season-long fantasy intrigue. Check back for an update on Garver, whose power (31 homers in 2019) makes him an appealing DFS option once the playoffs begin.
Minnesota Twins right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi was activated off of the injured list prior to Wednesdays contest versus the White Sox, thereby paving the way for him to make his first start since Aug. 21. Odorizzi has been on the shelf due to a chest contusion sustained after he was struck by a line drive. His start Wednesday will mark the first time this year that he starts against a club other than the Royals, having compiled an 8.10 ERA in three starts. He has a difficult matchup against the vaunted Chicago batting order, making him a difficult fantasy asset in either DFS or season-long formats.