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Braves | Christian Bethancourt to see majority of starts

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:11:58 -0700

Atlanta Braves C Christian Bethancourt is expected to see the majority of starts at catcher for the rest of the season, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. The team wants to see what they have in their young catcher heading into the offseason.

Fantasy Tip: That pretty much closes the book on A.J. Pierzynski's ($3,800, 7.6% of cap) fantasy value in the majority of leagues. He was having a fine season, too. Bethancourt ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) now becomes worth owning in deep mixed and leagues that start two catchers if you're unhappy with your current backstop. Take a wait-and-see approach with him in daily leagues, but it's hard to pass up his current salary if he gets in a groove with consistent playing time.

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


Braves | Hector Olivera coming up next week?

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:47:04 -0700

Atlanta Braves 2B Hector Olivera is not likely to be called up to make his major league debut until rosters expand Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Fantasy Tip: Bringing Olivera ($3,800, 7.6% of cap) when rosters expanded was expected from Atlanta, but you should look to add him to your fantasy roster in all formats right now if you need middle infield help. The Braves are expected to use Olivera mainly at third base, meaning Adonis Garcia ($2,900, 5.8% of cap) will lose most of his value in NL leagues.

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


Braves | A.J. Pierzynski not in lineup

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:56:43 -0700

Atlanta Braves C A.J. Pierzynski is not in the starting lineup Wednesday, Aug. 26. C Christian Bethancourt is starting and hitting seventh against Colorado Rockies SP Yohan Flande. Also, OF Jonny Gomes is starting in left field and hitting cleanup.

Fantasy Tip: Against Flande, using Bethancourt ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) and Gomes ($2,500, 5.0% of cap) aren't bad considerations if you're looking for salary cap relief. Gomes, especially, could return nice value in the middle of the order against a lefty.

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Braves | Jace Peterson bad against lefties

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:09:36 -0700

Atlanta Braves 2B Jace Peterson has a .198 average against left-handed pitches, which is the fifth lowest mark among National League qualifiers, as is his .247 on-base percentage against them.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson ($3,700, 7.4% of cap) has fallen on hard times lately, and he's batting just .225 (20-for-89) with two home runs and nine RBI in August, and he's been moved down in the order. Hector Olivera is expected to come up to play in September, too, which could cause Peterson to lose playing time. Peterson isn't a great choice on FantasyScore right now.

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


Braves | Andrelton Simmons returns Tuesday

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:33:49 -0700

Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (knee) is returning to the lineup against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, Aug. 25, after missing two games with a sore knee.

Fantasy Tip: Many folks will likely avoid Simmons ($3,400, 6.8% of cap) because of his recent injury or for the fact he hasn't been much of an offensive force in 2015. Don't blindly avoid him, though, as he could be a successful sleeper pick against the hittable Chad Bettis.

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


Braves | Cameron Maybin not batting Tuesday

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:32:42 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Cameron Maybin is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, Aug. 25, against the Colorado Rockies. OF Michael Bourn is in center field and has the eighth spot against Rockies SP Chad Bettis.

Fantasy Tip: Maybin ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) hits .326-5-27 at Turner Field but only has one at-bat against Bettis for his career. This appears to be a standard night off and a chance to get Bourn ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) in the lineup. Bourn is hitting .125 in the last week, so don't take a chance he'll break out.

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Braves | Nick Swisher hitting second

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:17:12 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Swisher is batting second in the lineup Tuesday, Aug. 25, against Colorado Rockies SP Chad Bettis.

Fantasy Tip: Swisher ($3,800, 7.6% of cap) batted sixth and fourth in games over the weekend, including a .750 average in the fourth position. Swisher is also hitting .625 in left field, and this may be behind the move to put him higher in the order. He may be worth a flier at this price.

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Braves | Mike Foltynewicz looks for rebound

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:49:24 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Foltynewicz is scheduled to start the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, Aug. 25. He has allowed 21 runs in 21 innings in four starts in the month of August, allowing at least six runs in three of his past four outings.

Fantasy Tip: Foltynewicz ($4,300, 8.6% of cap) is attractive for FantasyScore players due to his low salary, but he has been terrible lately. Avoid him until he can get untracked, especially on nights like Tuesday where there are a full slate of games.

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Braves | Jonny Gomes excels at cleanup

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:48:50 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Jonny Gomes went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBIs Monday, Aug. 24, against the Colorado Rockies while batting in the cleanup spot.

Fantasy Tip: Manager Fredi Gonzalez moved Gomes to cleanup due to the fact he hits 50 points higher against left-handed pitchers than right-handers. At $2,500 (5.0% of cap) he is a decent low-end FantasyScore play when facing LHP.

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Braves | Julio Teheran stays hot at home

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:48:08 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran allowed three earned runs, four hits and a walk over 7 1/3 innings in a win Monday, Aug. 24, against the Colorado Rockies. He also struck out five in the quality start.

Fantasy Tip: Teheran ($7,800, 15.6% of cap) is 7-1 with a 2.55 ERA in 13 home starts this season with 75 strikeouts over 84 2/3 innings at Turner Field this season. When he is home, he is a slam-dunk play in FantasyScore.

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Braves | Hector Olivera not ready

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:59:31 -0700

Atlanta Braves 2B Hector Olivera is not ready to be promoted from the minor leagues, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Fantasy Tip: Olivera ($3,800, 7.6% of cap) was expected to be recalled by the Braves sometime this week, but they're now taking more time with their prized prospect. He should play mostly every day when he's up, meaning Jace Peterson's value will take a big hit. Olivera has only had 98 at-bats in the minor leagues this year, and he is hitting .286 with two home runs and seven RBI. It's best to own him in a keeper format. He could be a nice value pick on FantasyScore when he's in the majors, but don't expect much out of him in the final month of the season in traditional leagues.

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


Braves | Andrelton Simmons remains out

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:28:21 -0700

Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (knee) is not in the starting lineup Monday, Aug. 24, but manager Fredi Gonzalez said Simmons has no structural damage and is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Fantasy Tip: Pedro Ciriaco ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) is starting at shortstop and batting eighth against Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa ($6,100, 12.2% of cap) Monday. Ciriaco shouldn't be viewed as anything other than a desperation source of cap relief by FantasyScore players Monday. Check back for an update on Simmons ($3,400, 6.8% of cap) before returning him to your lineups Tuesday.

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


Braves | Jonny Gomes hitting cleanup

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:21:41 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Jonny Gomes is playing left field and batting fourth against Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa Monday, Aug. 24.

Fantasy Tip: Gomes ($2,500, 5.0% of cap) has historically hit well against lefties, but this season he boasts an underwhelming .227 batting average and .379 slugging percentage against southpaws. FantasyScore players should view Gomes as a high-risk, high-reward option for contests Monday.

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Braves | Christian Bethancourt starts vs. Rockies

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:11:25 -0700

Atlanta Braves C Christian Bethancourt is starting behind the plate and batting fifth against Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa Monday, Aug. 24. C A.J. Pierzynski is not in the starting lineup Monday.

Fantasy Tip: Bethancourt struggled mightily during a 29-game stint with the Braves earlier this season, and it is unknown how many starts he'll receive, so seasonal owners will want to temper their expectations. However, there is plenty of upside, as Bethancourt posted a .327/.359/.480 slash line over 218 plate appearances with Class AAA Gwinnett this season. Pierzynski's ($3,800, 7.6% of cap) fantasy value will likely take a hit, as Atlanta didn't recall Bethancourt to sit on the bench. Expect a near timeshare.

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Braves | A.J. Pierzynski gets day off

Sun, 23 Aug 2015 11:01:57 -0700

Atlanta Braves C A.J. Pierzynski is not in the starting lineup against Chicago Cubs SP Jason Hammel Sunday, Aug. 23. C Ryan Lavarnway will start and bat eighth.

Fantasy Tip: Lavarnway ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) is 4-for-15 with two doubles and two RBIs during the month of August. Unless you're a FantasyScore owner in dire need of salary cap relief, look elsewhere for a catching option.

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Atlanta Braves Player News

Aardsma David RP
Allard Kolby P
Anderson Josh OF
Araujo Victor P
Baker Brad P
Banuelos Manny SP
Barbosa Andrew P
Barnes John OF
Barnett Tyler SS
Barry Kevin RP
Basner Ryan P
Batista Lay P
Bello Yenier C
Bernard Miguel C
Bethancourt Christian C
Bird Zachary P
Bolivar Luis SS
Bourn Michael OF
Bowman Shawn 3B
Brewer Caleb RP
Brewer Daniel OF
Briceno Jose C
Brigham Jake SP
Brooks Robert SS
Brown Blake OF
Bullock Billy P
Burawa Dan P
Butcher Ryan RP
Camarena Jose C
Campusano Albaro INF
Carpenter David L. RP
Castro Daniel 2B
Cedeno Juan P
Cervenka Hunter P
Ciriaco Pedro SS
Clark Doug OF
Colyer Steve RP
Corcoran Tim SP
Culver Calvin OF
Cunningham Todd OF
Curtis Daniel P
Davidson Braxton OF
De La Cruz Luis C
DeLome Collin OF
Detwiler Ross SP
Elkerson Mike OF
Evans Lee C
Farrell Kyle P
Fish Robert P
Fitzgerald Jason OF
Foltynewicz Mike SP
Francis Ross P
Franco Iker C
Freeman Freddie 1B
Friday Brian 2B
Fried Max SP
Gant John SP
Garcia Adonis 3B
Garcia Chris J. 1B
Gomes Jonny OF
Gomez Yasser OF
Grilli Jason RP
Guzman Javier INF
Guzman Kevin P
Hamilton Mark 1B
Hanson Jason 3B
Hardy Rowdy P
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
Hunter Cedric OF
Hursh Jason P
Jackson Edwin SP
Jackson Justin SP
Jansen Ardley OF
Jenkins Tyrell SP
Joaquin Victor P
Johnson John OF
Johnson Jonathan SP
Jones Mycal OF
Jordan Brantley P
Joseph Onil OF
Jurries James 1B
Kazmar Sean INF
Keeling Tom P
Kelton David OF
Kennelly Matt C
Kimbrel Matt P
Kohn Michael RP
Lambson Mitchell RP
Lamm Mark P
Landoni Emerson SS
Langen Brian P
Lavarnway Ryan C
Leiva Darrel P
Leonard Joe 3B
Lipka Matt OF
Lopez Gonzalo P
Lopez Robinson P
Lorenzo Matt P
Lugo Jose P
Maldonado Brahiam OF
Marin Ivan SS
Markakis Nick OF
Martin Cody SP
Mateo Victor P
Mattair Travis 3B
Maya Yunesky SP
Maybin Cameron OF
Mazzaro Vin RP
McCarthy Billy OF
McConnell Sam P
McCurry Cole P
McKirahan Andrew P
Mendez Carlos C
Miller Shelby SP
Minor Mike SP
Monk Brandon 2B
Moore Navery P
Moylan Peter RP
Noboa Michael 2B
O'Dowd Chris C
Olivera Hector 2B
Paiml Greg INF
Paroubeck Jordan OF
Parr James SP
Perez Carlos SP
Perez Eury OF
Perez Williams SP
Peterson Dustin 3B
Peterson Jace 2B
Pierzynski A.J. C
Pope Van P
Pruneda Benino P
Pyzik Steve C
Quintana Zach P
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
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 Andrelton SS
Simmons Shae RP
Sims Lucas P
Small Matthew P
Smith Greg SP
Smith Mallex OF
Soroka Michael P
Spina Michael 1B
Sturkie Scott P
Sullivan Richard P
Sumoza Luis OF
Suschak Matthew P
Swaggerty Ben P
Swisher Nick 1B
Taylor Reggie OF
Teheran Julio SP
Terdoslavich Joey OF
Terveen Bryce C
Thurman Andrew P
Torres Yeralf P
Toscano Dian OF
Toussaint Touki P
Trejo Jaime INF
Trepagnier Bryton P
Velazquez Juan INF
Vizcaino Arodys RP
Voelkel Ryan 1B
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
Yepez Jose C

Blakeley Gordon TO
Clark Roy TO
Coppolella John TO
Glavine Tom TO
Gonzalez Fredi MAN
Hart John TO
Lewis Derrick TO
McDowell Roger PC
Pendleton Terry TO
Porter Bo TO
Schuerholz John TO
Seitzer Kevin TO
Snitker Brian TO
Tosca Carlos TO

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