Scooter Gennett
Reds' Scooter Gennett: Blasts 27th homer of year Friday
Scooter Gennett, 2B, CIN
9/22/2017
News: Gennett went 1-for-4 with a grand slam and a walk Friday against the Red Sox.

Gennett left the yard for the 27th time this season to give the Reds a first-inning lead in a game they'd go on to lose. He continues to reward fantasy owners for spending a late draft pick on him this season, as he has a .297 batting average to go along with a .548 slugging percentage.

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Daniel Descalso
Diamondbacks' Daniel Descalso: Out of lineup Friday
Daniel Descalso, 2B, ARI
9/22/2017
News: Descalso is not in the lineup against the Marlins on Friday.

Descalso hits the bench for the second time in the past three outings following an 0-for-5 day at the plate Wednesday. In his place, Brandon Drury nabs another start at the keystone for the series opener.

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Daniel Murphy
Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Rests Friday
Daniel Murphy, 2B, WAS
9/22/2017
News: Murphy is out of the lineup Friday against the Mets, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

Manager Dusty Baker decided to give most of the regulars the day off Friday, so Murphy will hit the bench in favor of Howie Kendrick at the keystone. Since the beginning of September, Murphy is hitting .294/.379/.471 with a pair of home runs and five RBI in 14 contests.

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Ozzie Albies
Braves' Ozzie Albies: Three hits in Thursday's win
Ozzie Albies, 2B, ATL
9/22/2017
News: Albies went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in Thursday's win over the Nationals.

He'd gone 0-for-12 over his prior four games, but he snapped out of the mini-slump Thursday with some authority. The 20-year-old has done nothing but hit at every level he's played, and the majors are proving to be no exception as Albies now sports a .283/.360/.457 slash line in 198 plate appearances since his promotion to Atlanta. He should be the Braves' Opening Day second baseman in 2018, and while he's already exhausted his rookie eligibility, that won't stop him from being one of the more exciting young players in the National League.

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Ben Zobrist
Cubs' Ben Zobrist: Heads to bench Thursday
Ben Zobrist, 2B, CHC
9/21/2017
News: Zobrist is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Brewers.

Zobrist is just 1-for-19 (.053) over his previous five starts, so he'll get the day off to clear his head as the Cubs kick off a crucial four-game series against the Brewers. Javier Baez is starting at second base and batting eighth in his stead.

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Breyvic Valera
Cardinals' Breyvic Valera: Rejoins big-league club
Breyvic Valera, 2B, STL
9/21/2017
News: Valera was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Thursday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Memphis fell in the Triple-A National Championship game earlier in the week, freeing Valera up to return to the major-league team for the final week-plus. Valera is a versatile defender and a switch-hitter who put together a solid .314/.368/.450 line with Memphis this season, but the 25-year-old lacks standout power or speed, profiling best as a utility player at the highest level.

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Joe Panik
Giants' Joe Panik: Falls homer short of cycle Wednesday
Joe Panik, 2B, SF
9/21/2017
News: Panik went 3-for-4 with a single, a double, a triple, an RBI and two runs against the Rockies on Wednesday.

Panik now has his batting average up to .291 on the strength of a 16-game hot streak that's seen him go an eye-popping 27-for-57 (.474) at the dish. He has only modest power and minimal speed, though, so Panik is rather one-dimensional as fantasy assets go. The fact that the homer was what he missed in his bid to hit for the cycle says a lot about the package he brings to the table.

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Carlos Asuaje
Padres' Carlos Asuaje: Not in Wednesday's lineup
Carlos Asuaje, 2B, SD
9/20/2017
News: Asuaje is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

Asuaje retreats to the bench for the second time in the past three games as Yangervis Solarte slides over to man the keystone during the series finale. Since the beginning of September, Asuaje is hitting .276/.354/.362 with one home run and three RBI.

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Neil Walker
Brewers' Neil Walker: Receives breather Wednesday
Neil Walker, 2B, MIL
9/20/2017
News: Walker is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

Walker heads to the bench following two straight starts as Hernan Perez moves over to the keystone for the series finale. Since joining Milwaukee on Aug. 12, Walker has slashed .267/.394/.467 with four home runs and 13 RBI.

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Chase Utley
Dodgers' Chase Utley: Platooning at second base
Chase Utley, 2B, LAD
9/20/2017
News: Utley started at second and batted fifth Tuesday, going 1-for-4 in a 6-2 loss to the Phillies.

This marked the veteran's fifth start over the Dodgers' last seven games, signalling the beginning of a platoon at the keystone with Logan Forsythe after being used in a bench role for the majority of the year. Utley has endured his own struggles this season (.233/.321/.401 over 334 plate appearances), but he has responded well since receiving semi-regular playing time, batting .294 with a home run and three doubles in those five starts. The 38-year-old should provide deep-league value while serving on the strong side of a platoon, especially if he continues to bat in the middle of the lineup.

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