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Indians | Carlos Santana back in leadoff spot

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:01:07 -0700

Cleveland Indians 1B Carlos Santana is hitting leadoff again against Minnesota Twins SP Ricky Nolasco Tuesday, April 26. OF Rajai Davis is not playing, while OF Tyler Naquin is starting in center field and batting ninth.

Fantasy Tip: Santana's leadoff positioning is likely the result of Davis being out of the lineup tonight. Regardless, it's notable, especially in daily contests. Santana homered in his first at-bat out of the leadoff spot Friday and had four hits in 14 at-bats at leadoff over the weekend. Santana is a nice option for all formats tonight. Naquin has played little this year and is a low-end outfield option.

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Indians | Carlos Santana leading off again Saturday

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 11:09:37 -0700

Contrary to a previous report, Cleveland Indians 1B/DH Carlos Santana served as the leadoff hitter for the second time in as many games Saturday, April 24, versus the Detroit Tigers. However, manager Terry Francona is uncertain how long the experiment will last. "I don't think Carlos is going to be a leadoff hitter the rest of his career," Francona said. "But I also think that he can do some things that are pretty special as a leadoff hitter that can change a game."

Fantasy Tip: Santana doesn't possess the speed that most leadoff hitters have but his career on-base percentage makes him well-suited for the role, even though his bat might be more useful lower in the batting order. He had three home runs and nine RBI in 50 at-bats entering play Saturday.

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Indians | Carlos Santana won't lead off again

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:37:30 -0700

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians 1B Carlos Santana is only leading off because OF Rajai Davis and INF/OF Jose Ramirez are not in the lineup Friday, April 22, and "it made sense", manager Terry Francona said Friday. Francona noted it was a "one-game decision."

Fantasy Tip: Santana's bat is more beneficial in the heart of the order, but there is some appeal to having a hitter with a strong on-base percentage setting the table for the lineup in the first inning. Reiterating a previous tip, batting first could be a value boost for Santana in daily contests Friday because he might receive an extra at-bat.

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Indians | Carlos Santana batting first vs. Tigers

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:14:43 -0700

Cleveland Indians 1B Carlos Santana is leading off against Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander Friday, April 22.

Fantasy Tip: Santana isn't your typical hitter for the one-hole, but he entered the season with a career .365 on-base percentage and walked 221 times in 2014 and 2015. However, you drafted Santana for his power numbers, so the move slightly hurts his RBI potential, albeit likely for only the game Friday. Santana could hold extra value in daily contests with the potential for an extra at-bat, too.

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Indians | Carlos Santana drives in three runs

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 19:28:35 -0700

Cleveland Indians DH Carlos Santana went 2-for-3 with a double, homer and three RBIs in a victory over the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, April 6.

Fantasy Tip: While Santana continues to possess a high on-base percentage and decent power totals, his batting average has suffered over the last few years. Seasonal owners should view him as a viable corner infield option in deep mixed leagues, while daily fantasy players should only use him in situations where he has a favorable matchup.

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Indians | Carlos Santana scratched Sunday

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 13:58:15 -0700

Cleveland Indians 1B Carlos Santana (back) was removed from the lineup on Sunday, March 20, due to mild back soreness, according to manager Terry Francona.

Fantasy Tip: The Indians don't believe the injury to be serious, so expect Santana back soon. The 29-year-old lost his catcher eligibility in most leagues last year, so much of his fantasy luster has faded as a result. Owners can wait on him until him until the middle to late rounds.

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Indians | Carlos Santana sent home with illness

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:28:43 -0700

Cleveland Indians 1B Carlos Santana (illness) was sent home Wednesday, March 16, due to an illness that has swept through the team.

Fantasy Tip: Santana lost a lot of fantasy luster with his loss of catcher eligibility. He's still an upper-middle first baseman, but there is a ton of depth at that position where you can pass on him and still grab a guy with upside to meet Santana's numbers.

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Indians | Carlos Santana unlikely for leadoff

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 07:07:56 -0800

Cleveland Indians 1B Carlos Santana is unlikely to hit leadoff for the team, according to manager Terry Francona. "I thought, statistically," Francona said, "it would really lean more towards him like (a leadoff man) than maybe even I thought, and it really didn't."

Fantasy Tip: While the leadoff experiment on hold is good news, the bad news is he has lost catcher eligibility in most leagues. Santana is an upper-middle first baseman in fantasy.

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Indians | Carlos Santana is down with OBP

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 15:19:40 -0800

Cleveland Indians 1B Carlos Santana is the only qualified MLB hitter with at least 90 walks and a .350-plus on-base percentage in each of the last five years.

Fantasy Tip: Santana is gold in OBP leagues. But that is where the happiness may end. He has some power still, but a lack of line drives hurts his batting average, and don't expect double-digit steals ever again. Santana is a middle-rounds target for corner infield depth in regular leagues.

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Indians | Carlos Santana a leadoff option?

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:28:59 -0800

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said he loves the idea of using 1B Carlos Santana at leadoff. However, Francona isn't sure he'll actually do it during the year.

Fantasy Tip: Well that'd be interesting. Santana is unlikely to steal 10-plus bases again, but his high on-base percentage would make sense here. For fantasy purposes, the power is still there, but fewer line drives don't give hope for batting average, and at first base, that makes him less attractive to fantasy owners. Target him as corner infield insurance in the middle rounds.

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