Chicago Cubs news, rumors and injuries
Tue, 03 May 2016 11:45:29 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Jason Heyward (wrist) remains out of the starting lineup Tuesday, May 3. 3B Kris Bryant moves to right field. 2B/OF Javier Baez is starting at third base and hitting sixth against Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jon Niese. Also, OF Jorge Soler is in the two-hole Tuesday.
Fantasy Tip: Heyward's wrist has apparently been bothering him for some time, which may have led to his slow start (.211/.317/.256 with no home runs). Hopefully for his owners a little time off will help him turn things around. Baez has done nothing but hit when given the chance this year (11-for-31), so he's a great daily pick today. Soler is off to a slow start but could be a contrarian pick that pans out in DFS today hitting at the top of the order.
Mon, 02 May 2016 23:27:56 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Hammel's ERA rose to 1.24, which shows the kind of season he's having. He's worth owning everywhere for now.
Mon, 02 May 2016 21:45:46 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It's uncertain exactly how much time he will miss until he undergoes the testing, but if you're in a seasonal fantasy league, or you play DFS, avoid Szczur for the time being until his situation becomes clearer.
Mon, 02 May 2016 19:09:47 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Szczur is considered day to day. When healthy he is only worth using in deeper NL-only fantasy leagues and as a salary saver in DFS leagues when he starts.
Mon, 02 May 2016 14:28:15 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It has been a disastrous start for Heyward, as he has yet to hit a home run and sits with a .211/.317/.256 slash line. His 13 runs, 13 RBI and four stolen bases help, but Heyward is currently far from being the five-category contributor fantasy owners were anticipating. Stay tuned for updates on his wrist injury.
Mon, 02 May 2016 12:18:04 -0700
Chicago Cubs OFs Jason Heyward and Jorge Soler are not in the starting lineup Monday, May 2. OF Matt Szczur is starting in right field and batting seventh against Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole Monday.
Fantasy Tip: Heyward and Soler have underwhelming .211/.317/.256 and .190/.290/.310 slash lines to start the season, respectively. Both of their fantasy stocks are trending in the wrong direction, too. Szczur is a potential low-priced flier for daily contests Monday because of his 10-for-28 start to the season, but Cole is an intimidating opposing hurler, so keep your expectations in check.
Mon, 02 May 2016 12:08:23 -0700
Fantasy Tip: La Stella has a .295/.364/.474 slash line through 108 plate appearances since joining the Cubs, including a .455 on-base percentage this season over 33 PA. It is a daunting matchup against Cole, but La Stella is a viable low-priced flier for daily contests Monday.
Sun, 01 May 2016 10:52:13 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Jorge Soler and C David Ross are not in the starting lineup against Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran Sunday, May 1. 3B Kris Bryant will start in left field, while 2B Tommy La Stella will start at third base and is batting sixth in the lineup. C Tim Federowicz will start at catcher and is batting eighth.
Fantasy Tip: La Stella has gone 5-for-8 with four doubles, one home run and two RBI over the last seven days. He should be an attractive candidate for owners in daily fantasy leagues. Federowicz is making his first start of the season and can be avoided by all owners.
Sun, 01 May 2016 10:45:47 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Bryant missed the last game because of an ankle injury but appears to be fine. He is hitting .289 with four home runs and 15 RBI this season and is a must-start option in all leagues.
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:29:32 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Lackey is 3-1 with a 4.97 ERA through four starts and has struck out 27 batters in 25 1/3 innings. He has a very favorable matchup against the Braves, who have scored the fewest runs in the National League and have the second-worst batting average in the senior circuit. Lackey will be followed in the rotation by SPs Jason Hammel, Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:58:30 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Szczur is batting .296 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 27 at-bats this season and is worth considering as a value play in daily fantasy games on days when he is in the starting lineup.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:52:42 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Lester has posted a 1.83 ERA through his first five starts this year and has fanned 33 batters over 34 1/3 innings. He will make his next scheduled start against the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, May 4, and should be viewed as an elite starting pitching option in all fantasy formats.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:12:13 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Bryant made an appearance in the on-deck circle as a potential pinch hitter during the game Friday, so he clearly isn't too hampered by the ankle injury. Still, the Cubs and fantasy owners want Bryant healthy and not rushed back. Reiterating previous tips, Javier Baez and Tommy La Stella will handle the hot corner with Bryant out. Stay tuned for updates.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:52:23 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant (ankle) is expected to avoid the disabled list after suffering a mild ankle sprain Thursday, April 28. Bryant is not in the starting lineup Friday, April 29, and he could be out for a few days.
Fantasy Tip: Bryant is a top-tier fantasy third baseman. It looks like he avoided serious injury, but be prepared to be without him for at least several days. Javier Baez should've already been owned in the majority of leagues for his power-speed combo and positional eligibility, and Tommy La Stella could fill in occasionally at the hot corner in the meantime.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:34:48 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Baez draws the start over streaking Tommy La Stella. Baez is hitting .308 with a homer in 26 at-bats this year and isn't a bad flyer against Aaron Blair in his second career start. Zobrist is hitting .308 with three RBI the last seven days. He's a decent midrange start today.
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