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Braves | Nick Markakis having dismal May

Fri, 27 May 2016 00:25:48 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis is hitting .159 in 82 at-bats during the month of May. He was hitless in the series against the Milwaukee Brewers, going 0-for-9.

Fantasy Tip: Markakis is a Jekyll-and-Hyde kind of player. He has a dismal batting average this month, yet Markakis leads the team with 24 runs batted in. Atlanta is having an awful year, and the fantasy values of several players are dropping like a rock. Markakis should not be given fantasy consideration at this point, even with 24 RBIs.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press - George Henry

Braves | Freddie Freeman not happy with performance

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:41:59 -0700

Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman came into Thursday, May 26, hitting just .135 with runners in scoring position after leading the majors last year in that category with a .376 average. He entered Thursday in a 1-for-18 slump with runners in scoring position, and he's hitting .185 (10-for-54) with a .242 on-base percentage in the last 13 games with two home runs. Freeman hit .422 with nine extra-base hits (five home runs) in his previous 12 games. "Right now I suck, there's no getting around it," said Freeman, whose average, OBP and slugging percentage before Friday were all well below his career marks of .285/.366/.466 entering this season. Freeman said health hasn't been an issue.

Fantasy Tip: Freeman's numbers aren't terrible (.256-8-15), but his owners would surely like to see him capitalize in the rare moments when his teammates are in scoring position in front of him. The lack of protection around Freeman in Atlanta's lineup is likely to hurt his RBI and runs-scoring chances all year. Still, Freeman profiles as a lower-end starting fantasy first baseman everywhere.

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

Braves | Casey Kelly optioned to Gwinnett

Thu, 26 May 2016 15:03:46 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Casey Kelly was optioned to Class AAA Gwinnett Thursday, May 26. In a corresponding move, RP Chris Withrow was recalled from Gwinnett.

Fantasy Tip: Kelly has made one start and two relief appearances with Atlanta this season with just two strikeouts through 12 innings and a 3.75 ERA. He is a fringe own in cavernous mixed and NL-only leagues when in the majors, but he can be replaced now that he is headed back to Gwinnett.

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Braves | Nick Markakis, Erick Aybar sitting

Thu, 26 May 2016 14:47:56 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (rest) and SS Erick Aybar (rest) are not in the lineup Thursday, May 26. OF Jeff Francoeur is starting in right field and batting sixth, while SS Daniel Castro is in at shortstop and hitting seventh opposite Milwaukee Brewers SP Wily Peralta.

Fantasy Tip: If defense counted in fantasy, Castro would have a little more value, but with a dead bat, he really shouldn't be on any rosters. Francoeur, meanwhile, is the definition of a dart throw, as he's capable of providing some pop with the lumber once in a blue moon. Both guys can be left on the wire.

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Braves | Hector Olivera suspended until August

Thu, 26 May 2016 14:04:00 -0700

Atlanta Braves 3B/OF Hector Olivera has been suspended without pay through Aug. 1 for a domestic violence incident. The suspension will total 82 games, and there was no appeal.

Fantasy Tip: Olivera is a potential stash candidate in the deepest of seasonal leagues, but at this point, it is likely best to move on.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: USA TODAY Sports - Bob Nightengale

Braves | Matt Wisler shining in May

Thu, 26 May 2016 11:18:35 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Matt Wisler is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA with a .204 opponent's average against and six walks and 20 strikeouts in 30 innings this month. He has allowed just one home run.

Fantasy Tip: Wisler, who has quietly dropped his season ERA to 2.93, is likely one of the more underrated fantasy starters out there because of the team he pitches for. His 6.3 K/9 won't endear him to many, but in deeper mixed leagues he should be owned as he continues to develop into a quality hurler.

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

Braves | Arodys Vizcaino has been lights-out

Thu, 26 May 2016 11:15:09 -0700

Atlanta Braves RP Arodys Vizcaino has a 0.92 ERA, a .182 opponent's average, 41 strikeouts, nine walks, one home run allowed and 10 saves in 11 chances in 29 1/3 innings since Sept. 15 of last season.

Fantasy Tip: The weak-hitting Braves won't provide Vizcaino with many save chances -- he has only five this year -- but his peripherals clearly show that he's extremely valuable to fantasy owners as a low-tier closer.

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

Braves | Aaron Blair likely for Saturday

Thu, 26 May 2016 06:29:44 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Aaron Blair is the likely option to start Saturday, May 28, against the Miami Marlins.

Fantasy Tip: Blair had a rough cup of java the first go-around, and he has only pitched three innings since his demotion. Blair has upside, but it might not be time to pop the cap on it.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Mark Bowman

Braves | Mike Foltynewicz bounces back

Wed, 25 May 2016 21:53:14 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Foltynewicz bounced back from a poor outing in his start Wednesday, May 25, against the Milwaukee Brewers. He went 5 2/3 innings, surrendering only one run on four hits and four walks. He also had seven strikeouts in the no-decision.

Fantasy Tip: Despite an off performance his last time out, the former first-round draft pick has actually provided mostly quality work since coming up, as this was his third start in five tries in which he allowed three runs or fewer. Owners in NL-only leagues should check him out despite the fact he pitches for the worst team in baseball; he can be a nice cheap source for strikeouts, too.

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Braves | Casey Kelly to receive another start

Wed, 25 May 2016 16:33:56 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Casey Kelly is in line for another start against the Miami Marlins Saturday, May 28, according to interim manager Brian Snitker. Kelly allowed seven hits and three runs in five innings in his first start against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Fantasy Tip: Kelly is a few years removed from Tommy John surgery and posted a 7.94 ERA and 1.94 WHIP in three outings (two starts) for the San Diego Padres last season. He'll likely be a work in progress if he sticks in Atlanta's rotation for the long term, so he's merely one to watch in mixed leagues for now.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Michael Cunningham

Braves | Gordon Beckham, Kelly Johnson sitting

Wed, 25 May 2016 12:52:46 -0700

Atlanta Braves 2Bs Gordon Beckham and Kelly Johnson are not in the starting lineup Wednesday, May 25. SS Chase d'Arnaud is starting at the hot corner and is hitting second, while 2B Reid Brignac is starting at second and batting seventh against Milwaukee Brewers SP Junior Guerra.

Fantasy Tip: D'Arnaud and Brignac should be very low on your potential list of lineup selections in daily setups. D'Arnaud has a little more luster as a deep sleeper because of his position in the lineup, but you can surely find better options on a day with a full slate of games.

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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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Michael Cunningham

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.

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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
Veras Dario P
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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