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Cubs | Aroldis Chapman to Cubs talks heat up

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:37:06 -0700

New York Yankees RP Aroldis Chapman is part of a proposed deal with the Chicago Cubs for SS Gleyber Torres, among others, according to sources. Torres was scratched from his game in the minors Sunday, July 24, and a deal is possible Monday, July 25.

Fantasy Tip: Chapman's K-rate is down a bit, but it's still great at 12.64 per nine innings. On the plus side, his control has been better with only eight walks in 31 1/3 innings, which has led to a miniscule 0.89 WHIP. A return to the National League would only benefit him more. It's hard to see him serving in a setup role, and Hector Rondon would lose a lot of fantasy luster. As for the Yankees, Dellin Betances has a leg up on Andrew Miller because Betances is right-handed. Both relievers remain attractive in all formats, but Betances could see a big boost.

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Cubs | Jon Lester walks five

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:16:29 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester allowed four runs on four hits while walking five and striking out seven over four innings in a no-decision against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, July 24, and he has 11 walks in his last three starts.

Fantasy Tip: Lester has now struggled in three of his last four starts. Stick with him in season-long formats, but he is too risky to use in daily games right now.

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Cubs | Joe Nathan grabs win in debut

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:10:19 -0700

Chicago Cubs RP Joe Nathan picked up the win in his season debut, allowing one hit while walking one and striking out three in a scoreless inning against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, July 24.

Fantasy Tip: Nathan looked sharp in his debut, but he won't be much of a factor in fantasy leagues as a setup man.

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Cubs | Addison Russell suffers injury

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:03:29 -0700

Chicago Cubs SS Addison Russell (heel) left the game early Sunday, July 24, because of a left heel contusion.

Fantasy Tip: Owners will need to check on a possible timetable for Russell in the next day or two. He has recorded 11 home runs and 56 RBI this season and is a fine starting candidate for owners when he is healthy.

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Cubs | Joe Nathan joins bullpen

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:33:28 -0700

Chicago Cubs RP Joe Nathan (elbow) was activated from the 60-day disabled list Sunday, July 24. The team also optioned SP Adam Warren to Class AAA Iowa.

Fantasy Tip: Nathan likely will be used as a setup man for the time being and likely will not receive many save opportunities. He should have some value in NL-only leagues but can be avoided in most other leagues.

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Cubs | Dexter Fowler sitting vs. Milwaukee

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:14:30 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Dexter Fowler is not in the starting lineup Sunday, July 24. C/OF Willson Contreras is starting in left field and batting fifth against Milwaukee Brewers SP Junior Guerra Sunday.

Fantasy Tip: Fowler returned from the disabled list with a bang Friday, July 22, and he projects to see the odd game off given the depth Chicago boasts. He's a must-own outfielder in all settings because of his five-category potential. Contreras also should be owned in all leagues given his eligibility at catcher and respectable .278/.376/.491 slash line through 125 plate appearances.

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Cubs | Tommy La Stella leading off vs. Brewers

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:10:00 -0700

Chicago Cubs 2B Tommy La Stella is starting at second base and leading off against Milwaukee Brewers SP Junior Guerra Sunday, July 24. INF Javier Baez is not in the starting lineup Sunday.

Fantasy Tip: La Stella is nothing more than a cavernous mixed and NL-only option, but he's packed punch when given an opportunity with a .273/.363/.434 slash line. He's a nice target in daily contests Sunday, albeit probably a popular one. Baez is worth owning in all seasonal leagues, and he is receiving enough playing time to provide five-category production as a low-end starter.

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Cubs | Joe Nathan set to return

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:57:35 -0700

Chicago Cubs RP Joe Nathan (elbow) will return from his rehab assignment Sunday, July 24, against the Milwaukee Brewers, manager Joe Maddon said.

Fantasy Tip: Nathan will likely work in the later innings, but save chances probably aren't in his future. He can be ignored in a majority of fantasy formats.

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Cubs | Miguel Montero out Saturday

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:31:00 -0700

Chicago Cubs C Miguel Montero is out of the lineup Saturday, July 23, with C Willson Contreras hitting fifth.

Fantasy Tip: Contreras has cooled a bit with a .262-2-6 line this month, but he's in a peak spot in the lineup to contribute against Zach Davies.

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Cubs | Dexter Fowler returns with a bang

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:15:29 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Dexter Fowler (hamstring) returned from a 27-game absence and went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI, two runs scored and a walk in a 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 22.

Fantasy Tip: Talk about shaking off the rust. Fowler picked up where he left off and looks safe to deploy going forward.

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Cubs | Dexter Fowler back in leadoff spot

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:08:21 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Dexter Fowler (hamstring) is back off the disabled list and is hitting leadoff against Milwaukee Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson Friday, July 22. As a result, 2B/OF Javier Baez will start on the bench.

Fantasy Tip: Fowler hasn't played in a major league game in over a month, so it's understandable to be hesitant to throw him back into starting lineups immediately. But keep in mind he's been great for fantasy owners with his .290/.398/.483 slash line, seven homers, 41 runs, 28 RBI and six steals. Baez will bounce around as a utility player, but solid playing time may be harder to come by now.

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Cubs | Dexter Fowler back from DL

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:00:15 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Dexter Fowler (hamstring) is being activated from the disabled list Friday, July 22, according to a source. Fowler has been out of the lineup since he was injured June 18. RP Spencer Patton and OF Albert Almora will be sent to Class AAA Iowa.

Fantasy Tip: Fowler may be a little rusty with some time off, so it's understandable if you're hesitant to throw him back into seasonal lineups immediately. But he's been a boon to fantasy owners with his .290/.398/.483 slash line and seven home runs, 41 runs, 28 RBI and six steals. Almora is a promising youngster who was the casualty of a stacked roster. He showed well, hitting .265 with two homers and nine RBI but has an uphill battle to climb for playing time moving forward. He should be kept in most dynasty leagues, however.

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Cubs | Mike Montgomery to pitch out of 'pen

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:16:36 -0700

Chicago Cubs RP Mike Montgomery will pitch out of the bullpen for the Cubs. He's holding left-handed hitters to a .164 average this year and has a nice 2.34 ERA in 32 games (30 relief outings for the Seattle Mariners). Montgomery is a former first-round pick of the Kansas City Royals, and manager Joe Maddon described him as a "big left-hander with a very good arm."

Fantasy Tip: The Cubs have been lacking a solid lefty reliever in their bullpen this year, so Montgomery is a nice fit. He had a nice run in Seattle's rotation last year, but he's unlikely to make an impact there with the Cubs. For that reason his fantasy value is very limited aside from the deepest of leagues for his nice ratios.

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Cubs | Chicago interested in Josh Reddick

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:05:25 -0700

The Chicago Cubs are looking at Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick, according to sources. He is starting to hit again after missing almost six weeks with a fractured thumb. Cubs executive Theo Epstein drafted Reddick with the Boston Red Sox.

Fantasy Tip: Reddick has a healthy .301/.380/.445 slash line with six home runs and 23 RBI for the A's, and his fantasy stock would surely rise if he were to join the NL's most potent offense. That could mean bad news for Jason Heyward, though.

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Cubs | Anthony Rizzo homers twice Wednesday

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:14:03 -0700

Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in a victory over the New York Mets Wednesday, July 20.

Fantasy Tip: Rizzo is batting .328 with five home runs and 13 RBI through 64 at-bats this month and is tied for the National League lead in runs batted in. He is a must-start option in all fantasy formats.

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Almora Albert OF
Alvarez R.J. P
Anderson Dennis C
Angulo Fabian P
Arrieta Jake SP
Ashwood Zachary P
Avery Matt P
Bachman Corey P
Baez Javier 2B
Barnes Scott RP
Batista Frank P
Bautista Luis C
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Bernard Oscar C
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Cash David P
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Chambers Adron OF
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Coleman Joseph P
Coles Corey OF
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Contreras Willson C
Cooper Blake RP
Craig Matt 3B
Crawford Evan M. OF
Crow Aaron RP
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Dubois Jason OF
Dugan Kelly OF
Echevarria Angel OF
Edwards C.J. SP
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Esposito Brian C
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Federowicz Tim C
Feliciano Pedro RP
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Fitzgerald Ryan OF
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Flores Luis C
Flowers Clarence OF
Fowler Dexter OF
Frazier Jeff 1B
Frese Nate INF
Galvez Carlos P
Garcia Geivy RP
Gibbs Micah C
Golden Reggie OF
Gomes Brandon RP
Gonzalez Edgar INF
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Green Matt OF
Gregg Davy OF
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Ha Jae-Hoon OF
Halter Shane SS
Hamilton Jon OF
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Happ Ian OF
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Hardman Clark OF
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Henderson James P
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Heyward Jason OF
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Howard Ben SP
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Ibarra Walter SS
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Jan Carlos P
Jimenez Eloy OF
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Johnson Jonathan J. 3B
Johnson Leon OF
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Jones Geoff P
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Jones Nick 2B
Joseph Alfred OF
Kalish Ryan OF
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Wick Olin C
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