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Cubs | Chris Denorfia injured, headed back to DL

Tue, 05 May 2015 04:40:44 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Chris Denorfia (hamstring) aggravated a left hamstring strain Monday, May 4, against the St. Louis Cardinals and left the game. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Denorfia would likely be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Fantasy Tip: Denorfia ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) spent the first few weeks of the season on the DL before coming off, so this is a setback for him and the Cubs. Remove Denorfia as an option in your leagues and keep an eye on Junior Lake ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) for a source of low-cost outfield power.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press - R.B. Fallstrom


Cubs | Jason Hammel pitched with a cracked nail

Mon, 04 May 2015 15:39:22 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jason Hammel (finger) is expected to make his next start after pitching against the Milwaukee Brewers with a cracked fingernail on his right middle finger Sunday, May 3. Hammel's next start is projected for Friday, May 8, against the Brewers.

Fantasy Tip: Hammel's ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) fastball command was noticeably off Sunday, so perhaps the fingernail played a part in the location problems. While had an excellent outing in his previous start against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Hammel needs to string together a few plus-showings before he can be relied on with confidence in any fantasy format.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Carrie Muskat


Cardinals | Yadier Molina out against the Cubs

Mon, 04 May 2015 14:25:09 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina is not in the starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs Monday, May 4. C Tony Cruz is batting eighth and starting behind the plate Monday.

Fantasy Tip: Make sure to avoid Molina in all fantasy formats Monda. This is likely just a routine day off for the backstop. Cruz ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) has just 17 plate appearances this season which have yielded only three hits. Cap relief is his biggest FantasyScore asset, and daily players should aim higher.

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Cardinals | Matt Adams sitting vs. Cubs

Mon, 04 May 2015 14:13:53 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 1B Matt Adams is not in the starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs Monday, May 4. 1B Mark Reynolds is starting at first base and batting fifth Monday.

Fantasy Tip: Make sure to remove Adams ($3,400, 6.8% of cap) from your fantasy lineups Monday. Facing a left-handed starter is a good time to provide Adams with a day off, as he is riding a 12-for-25 runs. Reynolds ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) is just 6-for-34 at the plate this season and has just two hits in his last 21 plate appearances. Reynolds is a risky FantasyScore play, albeit a cheap one.

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Cubs | Kris Bryant in minor funk

Mon, 04 May 2015 13:29:38 -0700

Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant is just 6-for-22 (.188 batting average) over his past nine games. He was hitting .409 through his first six major league games.

Fantasy Tip: Peaks and valleys will be the norm for Bryant ($4,400, 8.8% of cap) this season. What is more surprising is he hasn't hit a home run. All said, he is currently has seven runs, 11 RBI, two stolen bases and a .278/.418/.370 slash line. Add a little pop at the expense of his on-base percentage going forward, and fantasy owners should be pleased with his production. Bryant has the makings of a high-risk, high-reward play all season long for FantasyScore players.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Carrie Muskat


Cubs | Chris Denorfia starting in right field

Mon, 04 May 2015 12:28:15 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Chris Denorfia is starting in right field and batting eighth against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, May 4.

Fantasy Tip: Denforia ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) has been limited to just 20 plate appearances this season, but he has handled the stick well when given the opportunity -- .368/.400/.421 slash line. He could be a sneaky source of cap relief Monday for FantasyScore players. Although, he is far from risk free.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Carrie Muskat


Cubs | Jorge Soler out of lineup vs. Cards

Mon, 04 May 2015 12:21:40 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Jorge Soler is not in the starting lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, May 4. OF Chris Denorfia is starting in right field and batting seventh.

Fantasy Tip: Make sure to avoid Soler in daily contests Monday. His 38 strikeouts pace the league, and while his yearly numbers aren't awful (11 runs, two home runs, nine RBI and a .269/.337/.409 slash line), Soler has looked a little miffed at the plate of late. Denorfia ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) has been limited primarily to pinch-hitting duty, but at his cap hit, he could return nice value. He isn't without risk, though.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Carrie Muskat


Cubs | Jason Hammel has Brewers number

Sun, 03 May 2015 07:13:15 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jason Hammel will start against a familiar opponent Sunday, May 3, when the Cubs play the Milwaukee Brewers. Hammel is one of two active pitchers with a 5-0 record against the Brewers. San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner is the only pitcher, with at least five starts against Milwaukee, to have a better ERA than Hammel.

Fantasy Tip: Hammel ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) has 23 strikeouts through 25 and one-third innings this season, and he is worthy of strong FantasyScore consideration, while offering some cap relief at the most important position.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Adam McCalvy


Cubs | Jake Arrieta has off day

Sat, 02 May 2015 15:19:30 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta allowed four earned runs on seven hits in five innings Saturday, May 2, against the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the first time in 16 starts at Wrigley Field that he allowed more than three earned runs.

Fantasy Tip: Arrieta ($7,500, 15.0% of cap) was due for an off day, and it seemed like it happened against the Brewers. Owners should not worry, as he will likely rebound in his next start or two.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Carrie Muskat


Cubs | Kris Bryant homerless

Sat, 02 May 2015 14:19:13 -0700

Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant hasn't hit a home run in his first 13 games and 59 plate appearances.

Fantasy Tip: Bryant ($4,400, 8.8% of cap) will eventually get untracked. MLB.com reporter Carrie Muskat points out Billy Williams took 79 at-bats and 29 games to hit his first homer, and he turned out fine. Bryant is up to stay barring a massive slump and is doing fine.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Carrie Muskat


Cubs | Chris Denorfia to start

Sat, 02 May 2015 07:32:06 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Chris Denorfia will be the starting left fielder against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, May 2.

Fantasy Tip: Denorfia ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) has seen limited playing time this season but has gone 5-for-15 at the plate. Owner on FantasyScore should be able to find better options to use for their lineups.

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Cubs | Chris Coghlan on the bench

Sat, 02 May 2015 07:27:34 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Chris Coghlan is not in the starting lineup Saturday, May 2.

Fantasy Tip: Coghlan ($2,200, 4.4% of cap) has picked up a hit in four of his last six games but only hitting .230, so he is receiving a day off. Chris Denorfia ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) is taking his place in the lineup but is not the best option for owners on FantasyScore.

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Cubs | Jorge Soler leading off Saturday

Sat, 02 May 2015 07:26:55 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Jorge Soler is batting first in the starting lineup Saturday, May 2.

Fantasy Tip: Soler ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) is on a bit of a cold streak with only two hits in his last seven games. Soler still is a solid starting option for owners on FantasyScore, but owners could also look for players who have had more success at the plate recently.

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Cubs | Addison Russell hits first homer

Fri, 01 May 2015 16:39:34 -0700

Chicago Cubs SS Addison Russell cracked his first career home run Friday, May 1, against the Milwaukee Brewers, and it was all of the offense in a 1-0 win. "It feels good and it made it even more special because I'm home at Wrigley. Fans jumping up and down and hearing the crowd roar like that is an awesome feeling," Russell said.

Fantasy Tip: Russell is still hitting just .194 overall, but at just $2,200 (or 4.4% of cap) he is a good value in FantasyScore. It won't take much to exceed DFS salary expectations.

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


Cubs | Jon Lester earns first NL victory

Fri, 01 May 2015 16:39:10 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester worked seven scoreless innings Friday, May 1, against the Milwaukee Brewers to earn his first victory. He allowed just three hits while walking only one and striking out four batters. Lester retired 15 of the final 16 batters he faced, earning his first win since Sept. 19, 2013, when he was with the Oakland Athletics.

Fantasy Tip: Lester went 0-2 with a 6.23 in his first month of the season, but he has recorded back-to-back quality starts and finally earned his first win. At $7,400 (or 14.8% of cap) he is still a little bit overpriced in FantasyScore, but if he starts pitching like this on a regular basis he will be underpriced before too long.

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Almora Albert OF
Anderson Dennis C
Angulo Fabian P
Arrieta Jake SP
Ashwood Zachary P
Avery Matt P
Bachman Corey P
Baez Javier 2B
Bard Daniel RP
Bautista Luis C
Baxter Mike OF
Beeler Dallas SP
Bernard Oscar C
Black Corey RP
Blackburn Paul P
Blackford Todd P
Boegarts Jair 1B
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Brazis Matt P
Bristow Justin P
Britton Drake SP
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Burke Kyler P
Cabeza Yaniel C
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Campusano Edward P
Caratini Victor C
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Cardona Javier C
Caridad Esmailin P
Caro Roberto OF
Carreno Marcelo SP
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Carter Anthony P
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Cash David P
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Castillo Welington C
Castro Starlin SS
Cates Zach P
Cavazos Andy RP
Cease Dylan P
Cervenka Hunter P
Chambers Adron OF
Coghlan Chris OF
Coke Phil RP
Coleman Joseph P
Coles Corey OF
Concepcion Gerardo P
Contreras Wilson C
Cooper Blake RP
Craig Matt 3B
Crawford Evan M. OF
Denorfia Chris OF
Dent Ryan SS
Diaz Dayan P
Doullard Jon C
Dubois Jason OF
Echevarria Angel OF
Edwards C.J. SP
Espino Paolo P
Esposito Brian C
Estevez Ricardo P
Feliciano Pedro RP
Fitzgerald Ryan OF
Florentino Arturo P
Flores Luis C
Flowers Clarence OF
Fowler Dexter OF
Frazier Jeff 1B
Frese Nate INF
Galvez Carlos P
Garcia Geivy RP
Germen Gonzalez RP
Gibbs Micah C
Golden Reggie OF
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Green Craig P
Green Matt OF
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Grimm Justin P
Gutierrez Carlos SP
Ha Jae-Hoon OF
Halter Shane SS
Hamilton Jon OF
Hammel Jason SP
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Hardman Clark OF
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Henderson James P
Hendricks Kyle SP
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Herrera Jonathan SS
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Jackson Jon P
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Jones Geoff P
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Jones Nick 2B
Joseph Alfred OF
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Layden Timothy P
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Lopaze Danny 1B
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Made Jose INF
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Malave Mark C
Marcano Ricardo 3B
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McClain Scott 3B
McCormack Zack P
McDaniel Dan P
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Meyer Scott P
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Miller Gerald OF
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Rizzo Anthony 1B
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Shipman Andrew P
Shoulders Rock 1B
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Wada Tsuyoshi SP
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Wick Olin C
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