It's Time to Make Moves on Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel in Fantasy Baseball

Mike Esposito
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We're five days into the 2019 MLB season and, somehow, stud pitchers Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel still remain unsigned, leaving fantasy baseball players constantly eyeing the waiver wire or owners frustrated over the wasted spots both are taking. However, the time for action may finally be now for anyone looking to pick up or move one of the two.

The Milwaukee Brewers have been checking in with Kimbrel's camp in recent days and it seems there's a pretty solid chance the seven-time All-Star lands with the Brew Crew due to the current state of their bullpen.

Milwaukee's closer, Corey Knebel, is headed for Tommy John surgery and Jeremy Jeffress is currently on the injured list, leaving the Brewers with a huge need in their bullpen. Landing in Milwaukee would give Kimbrel's fantasy stock a huge boost and a 35-plus save season is well within the realm of possibility.

Keuchel, on the other hand, may be worth parting with as things currently stand. While he's been keeping in baseball shape until he signs with a new team, the former Cy Young winner has been standing pat until he receives the right offer from any club interested in his services.

Whether or not he signs sooner or later, the risk factor of a prolonged holdout is too high for any fantasy baseball player to consider holding onto Keuchel despite the need for a quality pitching.

Trading the 31-year-old southpaw away for a solid hitter and starting a few streaming options until a sleeper emerges later in the year may be in a Keuchel owner's best interest at this point.


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Mike Esposito is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Mike Esposito also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username espo6891. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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