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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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Athletics | Coco Crisp the DH Friday

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:51:30 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp is serving as the designated hitter and is batting sixth against Toronto Blue Jays SP Aaron Sanchez Friday, April 22. 1B Billy Butler remains on the bench.

Fantasy Tip: Butler has been the odd-man out more often than not in the early going after hitting just .190 (4-for-21 with no homers) to start. He's strictly a bench option in AL leagues now. Crisp (.195) hasn't started off hot himself and faces a hot Sanchez tonight. Crisp is a low-end outfield play in daily games.

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Athletics | Coco Crisp, Billy Butler still out

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:51:19 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp and 1B Billy Butler remain out of the starting lineup Wednesday, April 20. OF Billy Burns remains the leadoff man and is in center, while OF Chris Coghlan is at second base and is hitting second against New York Yankees SP Nathan Eovaldi. 2B Jed Lowrie is serving as the designated hitter and is batting sixth.

Fantasy Tip: Crisp (.158) and Butler (.150) are both trending downward after slow starts to the year. Burns is a younger version of Crisp with plenty of speed, and he's a fine daily pick against Eovaldi tonight. Coghlan hits righties much better in his career and could be worth the flyer as a deep sleeper in the two-hole. Lowrie is coming off a four-hit game. Ride him while he's hot.

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Athletics | Billy Butler, Coco Crisp out

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:23:49 -0700

Oakland Athletics 1B Billy Butler and OF Coco Crisp are not in the starting lineup Tuesday, April 19. OF Khris Davis moves to the designated hitter spot and is batting seventh, while OF Chris Coghlan is starting in left field and hitting second against New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda.

Fantasy Tip: Davis has only six hits in 37 at-bats (.162) with 15 strikeouts, so until he breaks out of his funk it'd be wise to avoid him in daily formats. Coghlan hits righties well; all 16 of his long balls last season came against right-handers. He makes for an intriguing low-priced sleeper against Pineda Tuesday.

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Athletics | Jed Lowrie sitting out

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 11:22:22 -0700

Oakland Athletics 2B Jed Lowrie is not in the starting lineup against Kansas City Royals SP Kris Medlen. 2B Chris Coghlan will start at second base and is batting sixth, while 1B Billy Butler will serve as the designated hitter and is batting seventh.

Fantasy Tip: Butler has only one hit in his last 15 at-bats and is no longer an everyday starter. Butler could be a candidate for owners in daily fantasy leagues, but they should be able to find better players for their lineups.

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Athletics | Billy Burns, Billy Butler sitting vs. Royals

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:31:55 -0700

Oakland Athletics DH Billy Butler and OF Billy Burns are not in the starting lineup Friday, April 15. 2B Chris Coghlan is batting second as the designated hitter against Kansas City Royals SP Edinson Volquez Friday.

Fantasy Tip: Butler is 3-for-18 to start the season, and following a poor 2015 showing (.251/.323/.390), the veteran could continue to see fewer at-bats if he struggles. Burns, however, owns a respectable .280 batting average with three runs and three stolen bases, but he is still losing playing time to Coco Crisp. Coghlan is worth a look in daily contests Friday, as he posted a respectable .264/.355/.476 slash line against right-handed pitchers in 2015.

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Athletics | Billy Burns out again

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:27:04 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Billy Burns is not in the starting lineup for the third straight game Monday, April 11. OF Coco Crisp is in center field and is batting leadoff against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Nick Tropeano. Also, 1B Billy Butler is out in favor of OF Chris Coghlan as the designated hitter. Coghlan is batting second.

Fantasy Tip: Burns and Crisp are splitting time in center field, which will limit the fantasy value of the speedster Burns. Take note and add Crisp if you need outfield depth in deep mixed formats. Crisp and Coghlan could return nice value in daily formats tonight against Tropeano, who is making his season debut.

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Athletics | Billy Butler part of a platoon?

Sun, 10 Apr 2016 20:35:30 -0700

Oakland Athletics 1B Billy Butler will sit against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Nick Tropeano Monday, April 11, marking the fourth straight game Butler hasn't started against a right-handed pitcher. Manager Bob Melvin called Butler's role a "day-to-day proposition."

Fantasy Tip: If Butler is going to sit against right-handed starters, it is tough to justify owning him in any format. He did have an 0.887 OPS against lefties last year, so he could still have some value in daily formats in the right situations.

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Athletics | Billy Butler takes a seat

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:09:06 -0700

Oakland Athletics 1B Billy Butler is not in the starting lineup Friday, April 8. OF Josh Reddick is serving as the designated hitter and OF Chris Coghlan is starting in right field and hitting seventh against Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker.

Fantasy Tip: Coghlan is a super-utility type for the A's, but he is unlikely to see enough playing time to be considered in any mixed leagues. He's nothing more than a cheap contrarian flyer in daily contests Friday night.

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