Chicago Cubs news, rumors and injuries
Tue, 24 May 2016 00:33:15 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Zobrist is wielding a strong bat and an ability to get on base with ease. That's a solid combination and it makes Zobrist a player with increased fantasy value. Since he has demonstrated an ability to reach base in nearly 30 straight games, it stands to reason his overall numbers will be higher.
Mon, 23 May 2016 16:55:19 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Whatever the case, Heyward is not in the lineup again on Monday, though it sounds like he's pretty close to returning. While he remains out, the Cubs have been inventive with how they replace him in right field, even using the likes of Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist. As a result, Javier Baez benefits while Heyward remains sidelined, and is a pretty good value play for daily leagues when he's in the lineup.
Mon, 23 May 2016 13:04:24 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Jason Heyward (ribs) remains out of the starting lineup Monday, May 23. 3B Kris Bryant moves to right field and is hitting second, while 2B/OF Javier Baez is at the hot corner and is batting seventh against St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright.
Fantasy Tip: Heyward could wind up missing the entire series to begin the week, so you're better off not risking it and benching in weekly leagues. A DL trip remains possible. Jorge Soler and Javier Baez benefit the most as long as Heyward is out. Both have nice power-speed combinations, although Soler has mostly disappointed this year.
Sun, 22 May 2016 20:34:34 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Bumgarner has allowed two runs or less in seven straight starts, and he is locked in as a fantasy ace.
Sun, 22 May 2016 20:30:12 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Matt Szczur makes for an interesting sleeper in daily formats while Heyward is sidelined.
Sun, 22 May 2016 14:17:21 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Montero and Ross have been largely platooning, so this move should come as no surprise to Cubs fans. Ross generally has little fantasy value even though he has shown he can hit home runs off Bumgarner (one in six at-bats).
Sun, 22 May 2016 14:11:18 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Jason Heyward (ribs) is out of the starting lineup Sunday, May 22, against the San Francisco Giants. OF Matt Szczur will bat seventh and play right field against Giants SP Madison Bumgarner.
Fantasy Tip: As mentioned in previous tips, Heyward could be out anywhere from three to five days following his rib injury on Saturday. Szczur, himself just back from the DL due to hamstring issues, has six hits in his last 15 at-bats and makes a decent pickup in daily contests.
Sun, 22 May 2016 02:53:30 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It was Bryant's fifth home run of May, and he sits with 29 runs, nine home runs, 31 RBI and a .282/.364/.509 slash line for the season. His strikeout rate is way down from 30.6% during his rookie season to 20.1% this year, too. The sophomore is well on his way to a monster fantasy campaign, and there is no reason to fear Bryant slowing down.
Sun, 22 May 2016 02:47:10 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Dexter Fowler went 3-for-4 with a solo home run during the Cubs' 5-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants Saturday, May 21. Fowler was also caught stealing during the second inning for the second time this season.
Fantasy Tip: Fowler has been a difference maker atop the Chicago lineup and sits with an impressive .324/.445/.547 slash line. He is up to 30 runs, five home runs, 21 RBI and six stolen bases. Look for him to continue padding the counting stats and hope the batting average doesn't drop too much. Fowler is tipping the scales across all five categories and a 20-20 season is within reach. Start him with confidence in all formats.
Sun, 22 May 2016 02:32:01 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It was a rare rough outing for Lester. He entered the game with a 3.04 ERA through his 40 starts with the Cubs and exited with a 2.60 mark for the 2016 season. Continue to start Lester confidently, as he has allowed one run or fewer in six of his nine outings this season and has struck out 52 batters through 55 1/3 innings.
Sat, 21 May 2016 15:37:36 -0700
Updating previous reports, Chicago Cubs OF Jason Heyward (ribs) will miss three to five days with a contusion near his ribs. He'll avoid the disabled list. OF Matt Szczur (hamstring) was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Fantasy Tip: If you own Heyward and have weekly lineups, it's probably best to bench him next week to be on the safe side. He has come around a bit with the bat, but the team can afford to play it safe with arguably the best defensive right fielder in baseball. Szczur could see a couple starts in his place, and he had a .367-2-10 line in 30 at-bats. He'll be a low-end consideration in daily pools. Jorge Soler has a promising week as he hits the St. Louis Cardinals extremely well. He's worth the speculative start.
Sat, 21 May 2016 13:44:48 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Jorge Soler is in the starting lineup Saturday, May 21, against San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain, making his third straight start in left field and will bat fifth. 2B Ben Zobrist will shift from his usual spot at second base to right field to replace injured OF Jason Heyward and hit fourth. Javier Baez will move over from third to replace Zobrist at the keystone and bat sixth.
Fantasy Tip: The only question in regards to the Cubs' lineup following Heyward's injury was whether Kris Bryant or Zobrist would move to the outfield. Today, it is Zobrist, who is getting rewarded with a shot at the cleanup spot after hitting safely in 16 of his last 17 games. Soler has endured a miserable season so far (.200), although he has shown signs of life over the last three games. Baez is hitless in his last 15 at-bats. As a result, only Zobrist should be trusted of this bunch in most fantasy lineups until further notice.
Sat, 21 May 2016 13:43:53 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Jason Heyward (hip, ribs) is not in the lineup Saturday, May 21, against San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain. Heyward was hurt after crashing into the outfield fence Friday, May 20, and is awaiting the results of an MRI.
Fantasy Tip: Owners should be prepared for a multi-game absence and possibly a stint on the disabled list. In such a scenario, Kris Bryant and/or Ben Zobrist will likely shift to the outfield, leaving Tommy La Stella or Javier Baez as potential every-day players in the interim. Baez, in particular, would be a wonderful DFS option should this situation play out as expected.
Sat, 21 May 2016 06:18:33 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Heyward will miss multiple games because of the injury. Kris Bryant probably would move to the outfield if Heyward misses time, which would give Tommy La Stella and Javier Baez some starts. Both La Stella and Baez would be decent options in daily fantasy leagues.
Sat, 21 May 2016 06:13:52 -0700
Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta allowed one run on four hits in seven innings against the San Francisco Giants Friday, May 20, to pick up his eighth win of the season. He struck out eight batters and walked two during the game.
Fantasy Tip: Arrieta has allowed two runs or fewer in seven of his nine start this season and has 63 strikeouts in 63 innings. He is scheduled to face the St. Louis Cardinals in his next start and is a must-start option in all leagues.
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