Fantasy Baseball Triple Play: R.A. Dickey, B.J. Upton, Julio Borbon

      April 8, 2013 @ 19:09:57 PDT

Blue Jays | R.A. Dickey off to terrible start

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 21:51:02 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey allowed eight runs - seven earned - and 10 hits in just 4 2/3 innings in a loss Sunday, April 7, against the Boston Red Sox. Dickey gave up five runs in the first inning, which matched the amount he allowed in the first inning in all of the 2012, when he made 33 starts for the New York Mets.

Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton
Moving Upton in the lineup

FANTASY TIP: Dickey is 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in his first two starts back in the American League. It's too early to start labeling him a free-agent bust, but fantasy owners who drafted him fairly early are already starting to mutter the 'B' word.

I'm actually using this as an opportunity to sniff out his owner's attitude on him in my league - if not now, maybe in a few weeks if he's still struggling. Dickey may become one of the most frequently traded players over the next month if this is the case.

It's a league switch, for one, at least with the knuckleball-wonder incarnation of Dickey. His hard dancer looks like a meatball to these Junior Circuit hitters. And for a knuckleballer, adjusting to a new backstop is extra important; if you're not confident in the receiver wrangling your floater, then that's a ... well, this joke isn't appropriate for my audience, so I'll say "bad."

Give him time for a turnaround and avoid getting chummed by sharks like me. :)

Braves | Andrelton Simmons back

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:50:05 -0700

Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (thumb) is back in the lineup Monday, April 8, but OF B.J. Upton is in the leadoff spot. Simmons is hitting eighth against the Miami Marlins. Simmons went 3-for-17 with a double, walk, a stolen base and a .222 on-base percentage in four games in the leadoff spot. Upton was 3-for-6 with a home run, two stolen bases, three walks and no strikeouts in two games at leadoff over the weekend. Manager Fredi Gonzalez is playing it day-to-day with his lineup.

FANTASY TIP: Gonzalez said moving Upton up to leadoff also made more sense with Freddie Freeman (oblique) on the disabled list. It's unknown if this will continue, but based off Upton's weekend performance, it's a good bet.

The bigger note here is Upton's lineup place. While his stats don't necessarily say he's better batting leadoff all the time, maybe he'll take more pitches while setting the table. Maybe.

He hit .356 in the two-hole last year. That's not exactly the same as topping a lineup, but we've seen him accrue his first knocks of the year from atop the card; anything that jump-starts the elder Upton (and higher-priced player than Simmons) will stick, methinks.

Rangers | Julio Borbon expected to be cut

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 16:08:16 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Julio Borbon is expecting to designated for assignment when the team calls up SP Nick Tepesch from Triple-A Round Rock for his major league debut Tuesday, April 9. Borbon is out of minor league options. His agent, Scott Boras, said three or four teams are interested in Borbon.

If he lands in a spot with semi-regular work, he could be a nifty deep-league steals grab. A change of scenery could do wonders for him.

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