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Braves | Manny Banuelos activated from DL, sent to AAA

Tue, 24 May 2016 22:33:04 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Manny Banuelos (elbow) was activated from the disabled list and sent to Class AAA Gwinnett on Tuesday, May 24.

Fantasy Tip: Step 1 for Banuelos is to prove he can stay healthy. The one-time Yankees prospect has had no shortage of troubles with his pitching arm, but if he can sort some things out in the minors the Braves could certainly give him a look.

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Braves | Shae Simmons close to returning

Tue, 24 May 2016 22:27:00 -0700

Atlanta Braves RP Shae Simmons (elbow) is expected to rejoin the club in the next couple of weeks after positive rehab outings with Class AAA Gwinnett. Simmons underwent Tommy John surgery in February 2015 and missed all of last season.

Fantasy Tip: The Braves liked what they saw out of Simmons as a rookie (2.91 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 23 K's in 21 2/3 IP) and planned to use him as a setup man prior to the injury. He'll no doubt be eased back into action, but he's a name to file away in case Arodys Vizcaino stumbles as Atlanta's closer.

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Braves | Julio Teheran outstanding again

Tue, 24 May 2016 21:26:16 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran pitched seven innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out a career-high 12, against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, May 24. He did not factor in the decision.

Fantasy Tip: After a slow start to 2016, Teheran has been outstanding. He has now allowed one earned run or fewer in each of his last six starts, posting a 0.89 ERA and 1.25 WHIP to go with 42 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings. The problem is he's 1-2 in that stretch -- only San Diego Padres SP James Shields (1.67) is getting less run support than Teheran this season. Still, those ratios and strikeouts should be enough to warrant finding a roster spot for Teheran.

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Braves | Ender Inciarte staying at CF

Tue, 24 May 2016 18:54:09 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Ender Inciarte will be the everyday center fielder because interim manager Brian Snitker thinks he is the best option at this point. OF Mallex Smith likely will see most of his playing time in left field but will start at center field when Inciarte receives a day off.

Fantasy Tip: Inciarte is hitting only .219 with two RBI since returning to the lineup and probably should be avoided in most fantasy leagues. Smith has been a bit inconsistent at the plate recently but is still hitting .291 in May. He should be considered a decent option in daily fantasy leagues when he is in the lineup.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

Braves | A.J. Pierzynski out of lineup Tuesday

Tue, 24 May 2016 13:25:38 -0700

Atlanta Braves C A.J. Pierzynski is not starting Tuesday, May 24, against the Milwaukee Brewers. C Tyler Flowers is batting fifth against Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson.

Fantasy Tip: Flowers has seen the majority of the action this week, but this still looks like a true platoon. In his past 10 at-bats Flowers has two doubles and a home run, so he has demonstrated some slugging tendencies. The platoon situation makes Flowers less desirable in weekly or annual leagues, but DFS players should take advantage.

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Braves | Julio Teheran chugs Brewers

Tue, 24 May 2016 09:39:10 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran is 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA, a .128 opponents' batting average and 24 strikeouts to six walks in 23 innings in his last three starts against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Fantasy Tip: He's not getting the run support, but he has been decent with a 2.73 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and a 7.55 K/9 this season. Teheran is an upper-middle start at home today.

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Braves | Kelly Johnson, Erick Aybar out

Sun, 22 May 2016 09:47:25 -0700

Atlanta Braves 2B Kelly Johnson and SS Erick Aybar are not in the starting lineup against Philadelphia Phillies SP Jerad Eickhoff Sunday, May 22. 3B Gordon Beckham will start at second base, while SS Chase d'Arnaud will start at third base and is batting second. 2B Daniel Castro will start at shortstop and is batting seventh.

Fantasy Tip: Castro has been pretty quiet over the past week, while d'Arnaud has posted a .474 batting average during the same span. Owners probably can pass on Castro in most leagues, but d'Arnaud can be a sleeper option in some daily fantasy leagues.

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Braves | Casey Kelly to receive Sunday start

Sat, 21 May 2016 15:27:45 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Casey Kelly will start Sunday, May 22, against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Fantasy Tip: The former prime prospect has bounced around in recent years, but he has been solid at Class AAA Gwinnett with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP in seven outings (five starts). He has walked 20 batters in 37 2/3 innings, but his WHIP is still very good because he's missing bats. He's not a real solid streamer in DFS, and it's best to take a wait-and-see approach.

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Braves | Arodys Vizcaino nails down fifth save

Sat, 21 May 2016 15:18:40 -0700

Atlanta Braves RP Arodys Vizcaino struck out a pair during a perfect ninth inning Saturday, May 21, to slam the door on the Philadelphia Phillies.

Fantasy Tip: Two saves in four days represents a windfall for Vizcaino, who notched only three over the Braves' first 38 outings. It'd be a minor shock if he isn't a top target for teams at the trade deadline this season and is sporting a 1.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 26:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio thus far, but Atlanta might see the 25-year-old as part of the core group of players it wants to hold on to during its rebuilding process. He's a low-end fantasy closer given his lack of save chances, but worth keeping in lineups nonetheless.

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Braves | Several ATL regulars resting Saturday

Sat, 21 May 2016 11:00:30 -0700

Atlanta Braves 2B Kelly Johnson, C A.J. Pierzynski, OF Mallex Smith are not in the starting lineup against Philadelphia Phillies SP Adam Morgan Saturday, May 21. INF Chase d'Arnaud will bat leadoff and play third base, INF Gordon Beckham will bat second and play second base, OF Jeff Francoeur will play left field and bat cleanup, C Tyler Flowers will start behind the plate and bat sixth and OF Ender Inciarte will bat seventh and play center field.

Fantasy Tip: The Braves are facing a left-handed pitcher this afternoon, which explains why several of their left-handed-hitting position players are on the bench. Beckham and d'Arnaud are a combined 30-for-86 (.349) this season and should be viewed as productive sources of salary cap relief in DFS.

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Braves | Nick Markakis hits first homer Friday

Fri, 20 May 2016 19:56:19 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday, May 20. The home run was his first of 2016 and came in his 151st at-bat of the season.

Fantasy Tip: Markakis is batting less than .200 in May and the home run was just his second extra-base hit of the month in more than 60 at-bats. He should be avoided in all fantasy formats until he can string together several productive performances.

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Braves | Matt Wisler solid against Phils Friday

Fri, 20 May 2016 19:48:21 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Matt Wisler (2-3) allowed one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Friday, May 20, with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Fantasy Tip: Wisler has tossed quality starts in six of his last seven outings and would have had a much better record if he had decent run support. He has a very favorable matchup for his next outing against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, May 26, and is worth considering as a value play in daily fantasy contests.

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Braves | Freddie Freeman homers twice Friday

Fri, 20 May 2016 19:43:35 -0700

Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman went 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday, May 20.

Fantasy Tip: Freeman had collected just five hits in his previous 29 at-bats before connecting for his first homer of the game in the third inning. His ninth-inning blast gave him the seventh multihomer game of his career. This could be the start of Freeman breaking out of his slump, so he's worth considering for daily fantasy lineups.

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Braves | Erick Aybar back in starting lineup

Fri, 20 May 2016 12:39:06 -0700

Atlanta Braves SS Erick Aybar (throat) is back in the starting lineup and is hitting seventh against Philadelphia Phillies SP Aaron Nola Friday, May 20.

Fantasy Tip: You're best off avoiding Aybar in all fantasy formats after the way he's started the year. He has a .174/.207/.205 line with no home runs, five RBI and only two stolen bases. Aybar has been pretty useless to fantasy owners.

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Braves | Nick Markakis in cleanup spot

Fri, 20 May 2016 12:34:26 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis is hitting cleanup against Philadelphia Phillies SP Aaron Nola Friday, May 20. 2B Gordon Beckham is playing third base and moves up to the No. 2 spot in the batting order.

Fantasy Tip: Markakis, who has no home runs on the year, isn't your prototypical cleanup hitter. In a weak Atlanta lineup, the move to fourth doesn't really do anything to increase his fantasy value. He remains a weak option for outfield depth in deeper mixed and NL-only leagues. Beckham has hit .333 but also has no home runs and eight RBI. The move to the two-hole is good for his daily value, but he, too, doesn't move the fantasy needle all that much.

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Atlanta Braves Player News

Allard Kolby P
Anderson Josh OF
Araujo Victor P
Aybar Erick SS
Baker Brad P
Banuelos Manny SP
Barbosa Andrew P
Barnes John OF
Barnett Tyler SS
Barry Kevin RP
Basner Ryan P
Batista Lay P
Beckham Gordon 2B
Bello Yenier C
Bernard Miguel C
Biddle Jesse SP
Bird Zachary P
Blair Aaron SP
Bolivar Luis SS
Bonifacio Emilio 2B
Bowman Shawn 3B
Brewer Caleb RP
Brewer Daniel OF
Brignac Reid SS
Brooks Robert SS
Brown Blake OF
Bullock Billy P
Burawa Dan P
Butcher Ryan RP
Camarena Jose C
Campusano Albaro INF
Castro Daniel SS
Cedeno Juan P
Cervenka Hunter P
Clark Doug OF
Colyer Steve RP
Corcoran Tim SP
Culver Calvin OF
Curtis Daniel P
d'Arnaud Chase SS
Davidson Braxton OF
De La Cruz Joel P
De La Cruz Luis C
DeLome Collin OF
Elkerson Mike OF
Ellis Chris P
Evans Lee C
Farrell Kyle P
Fitzgerald Jason OF
Flowers Tyler C
Foltynewicz Mike SP
Francis Ross P
Franco Iker C
Francoeur Jeff OF
Freeman Freddie 1B
Friday Brian 2B
Fried Max SP
Gant John SP
Garcia Adonis 3B
Garcia Chris J. 1B
Gomez Yasser OF
Grilli Jason RP
Guzman Javier INF
Guzman Kevin P
Hamilton Mark 1B
Hanson Jason 3B
Hardy Rowdy P
Harrell Lucas SP
Henry Sean OF
Heredia Jairo P
Hernandez Buddy P
Hiller William OF
Hodges Daniel P
Holt J.C. 2B
Hubbard Mike C
Hughes Dusty RP
Hursh Jason P
Inciarte Ender OF
Jackson Justin SP
Jansen Ardley OF
Jenkins Tyrell SP
Joaquin Victor P
Johnson Jim RP
Johnson John OF
Johnson Jonathan SP
Johnson Kelly 2B
Jones Mycal OF
Jordan Brantley P
Joseph Onil OF
Jurries James 1B
Kazmar Sean INF
Keeling Tom P
Kelly Casey SP
Kelton David OF
Kennelly Matt C
Kimbrel Matt P
Krol Ian RP
Lalli Blake C
Lambson Mitchell RP
Lamm Mark P
Landoni Emerson SS
Langen Brian P
Lara Jordy 1B
Leiva Darrel P
Leonard Joe 3B
Lipka Matt OF
Little Connor P
Lopez Gonzalo P
Lopez Robinson P
Lorenzo Matt P
Lugo Jose P
Maldonado Brahiam OF
Marimon Sugar Ray RP
Marin Ivan SS
Markakis Nick OF
Martin Ethan SP
Mateo Victor P
Mattair Travis 3B
Matusz Brian RP
McCarthy Billy OF
McConnell Sam P
McCreery Adam P
McCurry Cole P
McKirahan Andrew P
Mendez Carlos C
Monk Brandon 2B
Moore Navery P
Moore Tyler OF
Morgado Bryan P
Newcomb Sean SP
Noboa Michael 2B
Norris Bud SP
O'Dowd Chris C
Ogando Alexi RP
Olivera Hector 3B
Paiml Greg INF
Paroubeck Jordan OF
Parr James SP
Perez Carlos SP
Perez Williams SP
Peterson Dustin 3B
Peterson Jace 2B
Pierzynski A.J. C
Pope Van P
Portuondo Carlos Manuel RP
Pruneda Benino P
Pyzik Steve C
Quintana Zach P
Ramirez Jose A. SP
Recker Anthony C
Reyes Jorge P
Reynolds Mikey 2B
Rice Jason P
Richards Glen P
Ridgway Jeff RP
Robinson Andrew P
Rodriguez Geraldo INF
Rodriguez Manuel 1B
Rodriguez Paco RP
Rodriguez Ricardo C
Roman Milton P
Rondon Francisco P
Ruiz Rio 3B
Sanchez Alejandro INF
Sanchez Ricardo SP
Sborz Jay P
Scalamandre Rich RP
Scarpetta Cody P
Schlehuber Braeden C
Schrader Clay RP
Schreiber Zach P
Schuerholz Jonathan 2B
Septimo Leyson P
Shehan Christopher OF
Silvestre Alvaro P
Simmons Shae RP
Sims Lucas SP
Small Matthew P
Smith Greg SP
Smith Mallex OF
Snyder Brandon 1B
Soroka Michael P
Spina Michael 1B
Sturkie Scott P
Sullivan Richard P
Sumoza Luis OF
Suschak Matthew P
Swaggerty Ben P
Swanson Dansby SS
Taylor Reggie OF
Teheran Julio SP
Terveen Bryce C
Thurman Andrew P
Torres Yeralf P
Toscano Dian OF
Toussaint Touki P
Trejo Jaime INF
Trepagnier Bryton P
Tuiasosopo Matt OF
Valenzuela Luis SS
Velazquez Juan INF
Vizcaino Arodys RP
Voelkel Ryan 1B
Weber Ryan SP
Weglarz Nick OF
Whalen Robert SP
White Alex SP
White Dean SS
Williamson Fabian P
Wilson Ross 2B
Winkler Daniel SP
Wisler Matt SP
Withrow Chris RP
Wooten Rob RP
Yepez Jose C

Blakeley Gordon TO
Clark Roy TO
Coppolella John GM
Glavine Tom TO
Hart John TO
Jones Andruw TO
Jones Chipper TO
Lewis Derrick TO
McDowell Roger PC
Pendleton Terry TO
Porter Bo TO
Schuerholz John TO
Seitzer Kevin TO
Snitker Brian MAN

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