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Athletics | Yonder Alonso, Chris Coghlan out

Wed, 18 May 2016 10:16:37 -0700

Oakland Athletics 1B Yonder Alonso and 2B/OF Chris Coghlan are out of the starting lineup against Texas Rangers left-handed SP Martin Perez Wednesday, May 18. 1B Billy Butler is starting at first base and is hitting sixth, while INF Tyler Ladendorf is starting at the keystone and batting ninth.

Fantasy Tip: It's the fourth straight lefty the A's are facing, and it's clear that Oakland would rather sit Alonso and Coghlan against southpaws. Butler has very minimal upside without a lot of extra-base prowess these days. Ladendorf doesn't move the fantasy needle at all.

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Athletics | Yonder Alonso out again

Tue, 17 May 2016 14:22:47 -0700

Oakland Athletics 1B Yonder Alonso is not in the starting lineup again against Texas Rangers left-handed SP Cole Hamels Tuesday, May 17. 1B Billy Butler draws the start at first base and is batting sixth.

Fantasy Tip: Alonso is out for the second straight day since the team is facing another southpaw. Expect this to be the norm moving forward. Butler had a hit and and RBI last night but is hitting just .224 and has virtually no fantasy upside left. He's a low-end daily option against Hamels.

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Athletics | Yonder Alonso, Chris Coghlan sitting

Mon, 16 May 2016 14:42:37 -0700

Oakland Athletics 1B Yonder Alonso and 2B Chris Coghlan are not in the starting lineup against Texas Rangers left-handed SP Derek Holland Monday, May 16. 1B Billy Butler is starting at first base and hitting sixth, while 2B Tyler Ladendorf is at the keystone and is batting ninth.

Fantasy Tip: Only consider Butler or Ladendorf for your daily lineups if you're desperate for salary cap relief. Butler is hitting .218 (12-for-55) with no home runs on the year and Ladendorf is extremely limited offensively, especially hitting at the bottom of the order.

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Athletics | Josh Reddick sitting out

Sun, 15 May 2016 08:34:41 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick is not in the starting lineup against Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore Sunday, May 15. OF Billy Burns will start in right field, while OF Khris Davis will start in left field. 1B Billy Butler will serve as the designated hitter and is batting fifth in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Burns and Davis have been playing well recently and should be starting candidates in most leagues. Butler is hitting .200 with three RBI in May and may not be the best option for owners to consider.

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Athletics | Danny Valencia still out Wednesday

Wed, 11 May 2016 12:40:59 -0700

Oakland Athletics 3B Danny Valencia (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday, May 11. 1B Yonder Alonso is starting at third base again and is hitting seventh against Boston Red Sox SP Rick Porcello. 1B Billy Butler sees another start at first base.

Fantasy Tip: Valencia had just returned from a DL stint for the same hamstring late last week, so be prepared for another trip to the disabled list. Stay tuned for updates on his status. Alonso is barely hitting over .200 and doesn't have much pop to speak of, making him a low-end corner infielder to use in daily games. The veteran Butler has a similar profile.

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Athletics | Danny Valencia, Jed Lowrie out injured

Tue, 10 May 2016 13:24:53 -0700

Oakland Athletics 3B Danny Valencia (hamstring) and 2B Jed Lowrie (foot) are not in the starting lineup Tuesday, May 10. 1B Yonder Alonso moves to third base and is hitting seventh, while 2B Chris Coghlan is starting at second base and batting ninth against Boston Red Sox SP Sean O'Sullivan. 1B Billy Butler is playing first base and is batting sixth.

Fantasy Tip: Valencia just came off the DL for a hammy pull late last week, so this is concerning. Prepare for the worst -- another trip to the DL. Lowrie's X-rays came back negative and he's day-to-day. Act accordingly. Against O'Sullivan, Coghlan, Alonso and Butler could be worth selections as deep sleepers in daily games, but they're long shots to put up big numbers.

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Athletics | Three A's out for nightcap

Sat, 07 May 2016 14:23:54 -0700

Oakland Athletics C Stephen Vogt, OF Coco Crisp and 3B Danny Valencia are out for Game 2 of a doubleheader Saturday, May 7. C Josh Phegley is hitting eighth, 1B Billy Butler is hitting sixth and 3B Chris Coghlan hits fifth.

Fantasy Tip: Phegley has a .310 average on the season and could be a sneaky basement flyer against Ubaldo Jimenez. Cogs is hitting just .155 and .118 in the last seven days. He has four homers and 11 RBI, and the matchup is nice. We could see streaming him tonight. Butler has been a shell of his former self this year, and he's not worth the start.

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Athletics | Billy Butler draws a start

Wed, 04 May 2016 10:39:12 -0700

Oakland Athletics 1B Billy Butler is hitting sixth as the designated hitter Wednesday, May 4.

Fantasy Tip: Butler is hitting .212 with one RBI this year and draws King Felix today. He's not worth the flyer.

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Athletics | Billy Burns, Stephen Vogt out

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:53:47 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Billy Burns and C Stephen Vogt are not in the starting lineup Wednesday, April 27. OF Coco Crisp is in center field and hitting leadoff, C Josh Phegley is catching and batting eighth, while 1B Billy Butler is serving as the designated hitter and is batting sixth against Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander.

Fantasy Tip: Crisp is barely hitting over .200 in 54 at-bats this year, so he remains a low-end outfield consideration for DFS despite hitting atop the lineup. Phegley hit just .220 with four home runs against righties last year and isn't all that attractive, either. Butler is in there because he sports a .405 average (34-for-84) with two home runs and 15 RBI against Verlander in his career. He's a sneaky under-the-radar value play tonight.

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Athletics | Yonder Alonso will not play

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 08:30:47 -0700

Oakland Athletics 1B Yonder Alonso is not in the starting lineup against Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ Saturday, April 23. 1B Billy Butler will start at first base and is batting fourth in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Butler has struggled recently with only one hit in his last five games. Owners probably will be able to find better options to use in their starting lineups.

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