Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:22:32 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning Thursday, Aug. 7.
Fantasy Tip: Howard now has two home runs and eight RBIs in his last three games, and while his average remains at a dreadful .220, he does have 18 home runs and 71 RBIs. If you are desperate for power numbers and don't mind the hit to your average, Howard could be worth scooping up, especially in NL-only formats.
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:41:49 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is starting against a left-handed pitcher Tuesday, Aug. 5, Houston Astros SP Dallas Keuchel.
Fantasy Tip: Howard is surprisingly hitting better against lefties this year (.229) than righties (.211), but he's still a very weak play in daily leagues tonight, even if Keuchel has cooled off since his nice first half.
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:02:40 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies placed RP Antonio Bastardo, SP A.J. Burnett, SP Roberto Hernandez, 1B Ryan Howard and SP Kyle Kendrick on revocable waivers over the weekend. Teams can pull back players if claimed on revocable waivers and players can be dealt without penalty if they pass through waivers. No information was available on whether any of these players were claimed. Players put on waivers Monday, Aug. 4, included OF Marlon Byrd, CL Jonathan Papelbon, SS Jimmy Rollins, 2B Chase Utley, SP Cole Hamels, and C Carlos Ruiz. Waivers last 48 hours.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:20:30 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd is in the starting lineup Thursday, July 31, against the Washington Nationals. 1B Darin Ruf is starting at first base against the Nationals left-handed SP Gio Gonzalez, instead of 1B Ryan Howard.
Fantasy Tip: With Byrd in the lineup, it is unlikely he is traded before the non-waiver deadline today. Ryne Sandberg appears to be sticking to his platoon at first base. Howard's dwindling fantasy stock will continue to fade, if he continues to sit against left-handed pitchers. Ruf is worth owning in NL-only leagues, as long as he is getting semi-regular at-bats.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:42:00 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies SPs Cliff Lee and A.J. Burnett, RP Jonathan Papelbon, and 1B Ryan Howard haven't attracted much serious interest in trade talks. Howard and Lee have almost no market, and Burnett and Papelbon's allure has been limited. The latter two have unattractive player options that are limiting interest. All four may be candidates for an August trade after the non-waiver deadline passes.
Fantasy Tip: Philly's efforts to blow things up aren't going so well, and fantasy players may have to wait a few more weeks for significant changes to happen.
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:20:53 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is in the starting lineup against the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday, July 26.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:36:35 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard was on the bench for a third consecutive day Friday, July 25, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. His replacement, 1B/OF Darin Ruf, went 1-for-2 with a double, walk, run scored and RBI.
Fantasy Tip: Philly was facing another left-handed starter, and Howard is hitting just .209 (19-for-91) with 40 strikeouts and a .275 on-base percentage vs. LHP. If he sits Saturday against Diamondbacks SP Josh Collmenter, a righty, then fantasy owners should really be concerned.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:38:18 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard will be the team's first baseman in 2015, according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
Fantasy Tip: Howard's 2015 fantasy value doesn't look enticing, outside a final-round flier in mixed leagues.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:22:39 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is not in the lineup Friday, July 25, against Arizona Diamondbacks SP Wade Miley, a left-hander. 1B Darin Ruf is playing first base and batting seventh.
Fantasy Tip: So continues the platoon saga that'll give Ruf more deep-mixed value and makes Howard expendable in many formats.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:25:19 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is not a candidate to be released, according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., but that a straight platoon arrangement is possible. Amaro anticipates Howard being with the team next year at spring training.
Fantasy Tip: Howard, however, will lose playing time to Darin Ruf, which strips away much of his already tenuous mixed-league value. Howard is the subject of trade talks, so maybe a better situation will help him recover.