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Cubs | Jason Heyward still out

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.

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Cubs | Jason Hammel improves to 4-0

Mon, 02 May 2016 23:27:56 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jason Hammel improved to 4-0 with a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday, May 2. He allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while fanning three in five innings.

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.

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Cubs | Matt Szczur scheduled for MRI

Mon, 02 May 2016 21:45:46 -0700

Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs OF Matt Szczur (hamstring) is scheduled for an MRI Tuesday, May 3, to check the severity of his hamstring injury.

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.

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Cubs | Matt Szczur leaves game

Mon, 02 May 2016 19:09:47 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Matt Szczur (hamstring) left the game Monday, May 2, against the Pittsburgh Pirates due to tightness in his right hamstring.

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.

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Cubs | Jason Heyward nursing wrist injury

Mon, 02 May 2016 14:28:15 -0700

Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs OF Jason Heyward (wrist) is dealing with a sore right wrist.

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.

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Cubs | No Jason Heyward, Jorge Soler vs. Pirates

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.

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Cubs | Tommy La Stella batting second

Mon, 02 May 2016 12:08:23 -0700

Chicago Cubs INF Tommy La Stella is playing third base and batting second against Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole Monday, May 2. 2B Javier Baez is not in the starting lineup Monday.

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.

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Cubs | Jorge Soler, David Ross sitting

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.

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Cubs | Kris Bryant in the lineup

Sun, 01 May 2016 10:45:47 -0700

Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant (ankle) is in the starting lineup against Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran Sunday, May 1, and will start in left field.

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.

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Cubs | John Lackey to start Sunday

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:29:32 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP John Lackey will start against the Atlanta Braves Sunday, May 1. He was originally scheduled to pitch Saturday, April 30, but the game was rained out.

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.

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Cubs | Matt Szczur hits grand slam Friday

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:58:30 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Matt Szczur hit a grand slam against Atlanta Braves RP Chris Withrow Friday, April 29. It was the first slam of his career.

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.

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Cubs | Jon Lester fans 10 Friday

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:52:42 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester allowed one run on seven hits over seven innings in a no-decision against the Atlanta Braves Friday, April 29, with two walks and 10 strikeouts.

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.

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Cubs | Kris Bryant unlikely for Saturday

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:12:13 -0700

Updating a previous report, Kris Bryant (ankle) is feeling better Friday, April 29, but he is still unlikely to play against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, April 30, according to manager Joe Maddon.

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.

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Cubs | Kris Bryant expected to avoid DL

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.

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Cubs | Javier Baez in the lineup

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:34:48 -0700

Chicago Cubs INF Javier Baez is hitting sixth Friday, April 29, in place of 3B Kris Bryant (ankle). 2B Ben Zobrist is hitting third.

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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Acevedo Andury P
Alcantara Arismendy 2B
Almora Albert OF
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
Beeler Dallas SP
Bernard Oscar C
Black Corey RP
Blackburn Paul P
Blackford Todd P
Boegarts Jair 1B
Borques Smaily OF
Brannon Clint P
Brazis Matt P
Bristow Justin P
Brooks Aaron SP
Bryant Kris 3B
Buchanan Jake SP
Bueno Francisley RP
Bunton Michael P
Burke Kyler P
Cabeza Yaniel C
Cabrera Alberto P
Cahill Trevor SP
Calvert Kurt OF
Camp Matt INF
Campusano Edward P
Caratini Victor C
Cardenas Adrian 3B
Cardona Javier C
Caridad Esmailin P
Caro Roberto OF
Carreno Marcelo SP
Carrillo Marco P
Carter Brian P
Cash David P
Castillo Jesus RP
Cates Zach P
Cavazos Andy RP
Cease Dylan P
Chambers Adron OF
Coleman Joseph P
Coles Corey OF
Concepcion Gerardo P
Contreras Willson C
Cooper Blake RP
Craig Matt 3B
Crawford Evan M. OF
Crow Aaron RP
Dent Ryan SS
Diaz Dayan P
Doullard Jon C
Dubois Jason OF
Dugan Kelly OF
Echevarria Angel OF
Edwards C.J. SP
Espino Paolo P
Esposito Brian C
Estevez Ricardo P
Federowicz Tim C
Feliciano Pedro RP
Fife Stephen SP
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
Gibbs Micah C
Golden Reggie OF
Gomes Brandon RP
Gonzalez Edgar INF
Green Craig P
Green Matt OF
Greenwood Nick RP
Gregg Davy OF
Gresky David OF
Grimm Justin P
Gutierrez Carlos SP
Ha Jae-Hoon OF
Halter Shane SS
Hamilton Jon OF
Hammel Jason SP
Hanneman Jacob OF
Happ Ian OF
Harben Adam P
Hardman Clark OF
Harris Tyrelle P
Hempy Arik P
Henderson James P
Hendricks Kyle SP
Hernandez Diory INF
Hernandez Robert P
Heyward Jason OF
Hickman Charles SS
Higgins Yuri P
Hoorelbeke Sean 1B
Howard Ben SP
Huijer Lars P
Ibarra Walter SS
Jackson Jon P
Jackson Nic OF
Jackson Randy P
Jan Carlos P
Jimenez Eloy OF
Johnson Grant P
Johnson Jonathan J. 3B
Johnson Leon OF
Johnson Pierce P
Jokisch Eric SP
Jones Geoff P
Jones Jericho OF
Jones Nick 2B
Joseph Alfred OF
Kalish Ryan OF
Kawasaki Munenori SS
Keedy Ryan 1B
Kennard Jeffrey P
Koerber Scott RP
Kosow Jason P
La Stella Tommy 2B
Lackey John SP
Lambert Casey P
Larsen Andrew SS
Layden Timothy P
Leal Erick P
Leathersich Jack RP
Lebron Jesse P
Lester Jon SP
Lewis Jensen RP
Lockhart Daniel SS
Lopaze Danny 1B
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Lorick Jeffrey P
Loux Barret P
Machi Jean RP
Macias David OF
Made Jose INF
Maestri Alessandro P
Malave Mark C
Marcano Ricardo 3B
Marsello Jake P
Martinez Eddy Julio OF
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Martinez Jonathan P
Matchulat Toby P
Mathes J.R. P
Maysonet Edwin SS
McClain Scott 3B
McCormack Zack P
McDaniel Dan P
McKinney Billy OF
McQuade Tony OF
Meyer Scott P
Meyers Ryan P
Miller Gerald OF
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Montero Miguel C
Morgan Ryan INF
Moss Bill INF
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Mottran Billy 3B
Murray Heath RP
Murton Matt OF
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Norwood Ryan INF
Opitz Jake 2B
Oropesa Eddie RP
Ortiz Joseph RP
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Papelbon Jeremy SP
Parra Manny RP
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Pawelek Mark P
Peralta Starling P
Perez Juan OF
Perkins Vince P
Petrick Billy RP
Pettibone Jonathan SP
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Pineda Francoris P
Ramirez Horacio P
Ramirez Manny OF
Ramirez Neil RP
Rea Jeffrey INF
Reyes Rene OF
Rhee Dae-Eun P
Rhoderick Kevin P
Richie Tony C
Ridling Rebel 1B
Riefenhauser C.J. RP
Rios Jose SS
Rizzo Anthony 1B
Robles Gregorio OF
Rodriguez Jhon P
Rohlicek Russ P
Rondon Hector RP
Rondon Manuel P
Roquet Rocky P
Ross David C
Rosscup Zach P
Rowen Ben RP
Rucinski Drew SP
Russell Addison SS
Sabates Roberto C
Sanchez Daniel SS
Santiago Andres P
Santo Joel P
Sasser Dustin P
Sawyer Marc INF
Schwarber Kyle C
Serrano Juan Yasser P
Shafer Aaron P
Shipman Andrew P
Shoulders Rock 1B
Siegfried Christopher P
Silva Rubi OF
Silverio Pedro P
Simokaitis Joe SS
Smith Carlton RP
Soler Jorge OF
Sontag Ryan OF
Soto Giovanni P
Spencer Matt OF
Stanford Jason RP
Strop Pedro RP
Svetlic Mike INF
Szczur Matt OF
Szuminski Jason P
Taylor Scott P
Thomas Anthony INF
Tidball Adam C
Tineo Jose P
Trinidad Polin P
Tseng Jen-Ho P
Underwood Chad P
Underwood Duane P
Valaika Chris SS
Valdez Jeudy INF
Vento Stephen P
Victorino Shane OF
Villanueva Christian 3B
Vogelbach Dan 1B
Wallach Brett SP
Wang Yao-Lin P
Warren Adam SP
Watkins Logan 2B
Wick Olin C
Williams Ryan P
Willis TeWayne OF
Wood Travis SP
Wright Ty OF
Wyatt Jonathan OF
Zobrist Ben 2B

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Castro Jose TO
Dascenzo Doug TO
Deer Rob TO
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Hyde Brandon TO
Jones Gary TO
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