Jordy Mercer
Pirates' Jordy Mercer: Dealing with more knee pain
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT
12:11 AM
News: Mercer left Saturday's game with a knee injury, The Fan 93.7 in Pittsburgh reports.

Speaking after Saturday's 11-6 victory over St. Louis, Mercer said that he's dealing with bumps and bruises, including a recurring sore knee. With Sunday's quick turnaround, there's a chance the team could give him the afternoon off. Prior to exiting Saturday's contest, Mercer went 3-for-3 with four RBI, missing the cycle by a home run.

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Chad Bettis
Rockies' Chad Bettis: Fails to make it through fifth inning
Chad Bettis, SP, COL
9/23/2017
News: Bettis (1-4) took the loss Saturday against the Padres, lasting 4.2 innings while giving up one run on seven hits and two walks. He struck out three.

He wasn't really demolished by the Padres but gave up enough baserunners to warrant the early hook. Bettis holds a 5.72 ERA on the season after returning from a battle with testicular cancer, and not even desperate streamers will like his scheduled regular-season finale against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on Friday.

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Jhoulys Chacin
Padres' Jhoulys Chacin: Loses no-hitter but dazzles Saturday
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, SD
9/23/2017
News: Chacin (13-10) earned the win Saturday against the Rockies, throwing six shutout innings despite losing a no-hitter bid in his final frame. He walked three and allowed that hit, but he struck out six.

He yielded the Rockies' first knock on a two-out single in the sixth by DJ LeMahieu. Though the right-hander lowered his ERA to 3.98 with the brilliant home outing, Chacin has displayed up-and-down performance -- especially via his woeful 6.93 road ERA -- that has obscured some brilliant outings this year, making him a tough mixed-league starting option on the whole. Still, even in a road matchup to close out his 2017, he could help championship-chasing fantasy streamers next Saturday against the offensively challenged Giants at pitcher-friendly AT&T Park.

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Taijuan Walker
Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker: Exits early against Marlins
Taijuan Walker, SP, ARI
9/23/2017
News: Walker (9-9) allowed seven runs -- three earned -- on six hits and three walks while striking out six batters through just 3.2 innings to take the loss against Miami on Saturday.

After allowing just four runs and striking out 27 batters through 28.2 innings over a five-game stretch, Walker has now surrendered 11 runs in his past two starts. It's a discouraging slump because the stakes are highest in September. Walker sports a solid 3.54 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 8.3 for the campaign, but start-to-start inconsistency is clearly still a hindrance to his fantasy value. A road game against the Royals projects to be Walker's final start of the regular season.

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Austin Barnes
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Clears fences Saturday
Austin Barnes, C, LAD
9/23/2017
News: Barnes went 1-for-3 while hitting a solo home run Saturday, his seventh of the season, during the Dodgers' 2-1 loss to the Giants.

He provided the only offense for the scuffling yet playoff-cemented Dodgers, lifting a Madison Bumgarner offering over the left-field wall in the eighth inning to break up the shutout. Barnes, who's slashing .284/.407/.471 across 246 plate appearances, appears to be eating into more of the struggling Yasmani Grandal's playing time. He appears well worth a fantasy add in two-catcher fantasy leagues, or even in formats where it pays to stream.

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Sam Dyson
Giants' Sam Dyson: Records 14th save
Sam Dyson, RP, SF
9/23/2017
News: Dyson worked around a hit in one scoreless inning to register his 14th save of the season Saturday against the Dodgers.

It's a tale of two uniforms for Dyson, whose struggles with the Rangers almost disappeared after joining the Giants. Over 36.2 innings with San Francisco, he boasts a 2.95 ERA with only one blown save. There may be questions for 2018 as to whether Dyson or Mark Melancon will serve as closer.

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Dillon Peters
Marlins' Dillon Peters: Surrenders five runs in no-decision
Dillon Peters, SP, MIA
9/23/2017
News: Peters allowed five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out a single batter through four innings during Saturday's win over Arizona. He didn't factor into the decision.

This was the fifth start of the season for Peters, and he's now allowed 18 runs through 18.2 innings through his past four outings. The 25-year-old lefty is up to a 6.31 ERA, and 1.75 WHIP for the season, so his fantasy appeal is extremely limited at this stage of the game. Peters projects to make his final start of the season against Atlanta at Marlins Park.

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Yasiel Puig
Dodgers' Yasiel Puig: Twists ankle but says he's OK
Yasiel Puig, RF, LAD
9/23/2017
News: Puig said he feels OK despite twisting his ankle on the final play of Saturday's game against the Giants, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.

Puig went 0-for-4 but reached on a forceout in the ninth, then took it upon himself to attempt stealing second base, per Stephen, and was thrown out by Buster Posey to end the game. The Dodgers should have news on a clearer timetable for his availability before Sunday's contest starts.

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Madison Bumgarner
Giants' Madison Bumgarner: Mows down Dodgers on Saturday
Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
9/23/2017
News: Bumgarner (4-9) earned the win against the Dodgers on Saturday, allowing one run on five hits and one walk in 7.2 innings in the Giants' 2-1 victory. He struck out five.

The southpaw was often hovering near the mid-90s with his velocity and hummed along quickly to a victory. Bumgarner now sports a sparkling 3.323 ERA with an 8.2 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9 over 111 innings, putting him in position -- despite missing so much time this year -- to again be selected within the first two or three rounds of fantasy drafts in 2018. He lines up to take his final turn of the season Friday at home against the Padres.

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Sean Doolittle
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Secures 23rd save of the season
Sean Doolittle, RP, WAS
9/23/2017
News: Doolittle pitched a scoreless 10th inning to collect his 23rd save of the season during Saturday's win over the Mets.

Make it 20 in a row for Doollitle since joining the Nationals, and he sports an impressive 2.55 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 11.0 K/9 for the campaign. He should continue to be viewed as a high-end fantasy asset in all settings, and the lefty is probably the favorite to open the 2018 campaign as the Washington closer.

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