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Cubs | Jorge Soler enjoys facing Jimmy Nelson

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:28:12 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Jorge Soler has a .417 batting average (5-for-12) with three doubles and a home run over his career against Milwaukee Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson. Nelson is starting against Chicago Thursday, July 30.

Fantasy Tip: Past success isn't a direct indicator of future success, especially with such a small sample size. However, Soler ($4,200, 8.4% of cap) has been showing signs of busting out, and he won't break the bank at FantasyScore. He is worth considering if his price fits your lineup assembly strategy.

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Cubs | Kyle Schwarber starting in left field again

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:24:20 -0700

Chicago Cubs C Kyle Schwarber is starting in left field and batting second against Milwaukee Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson Thursday, July 30.

Fantasy Tip: It will be Schwarber's ($4,800, 9.6% of cap) third appearance and second start in the outfield this season, and while adding the eligibility won't be a fantasy difference maker, proving he can handle the position will help him obtain at-bats. His bat is tough to keep out of the lineup at this point, as he owns a .357/.446/.589 slash line over 65 plate appearances. He is a high-end catcher option in all fantasy formats, including FantasyScore.

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Cubs | Kris Bryant receives night off vs. Brewers

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:14:33 -0700

Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant is not in the starting lineup Thursday, July 30. OF Chris Coghlan is filling in at third base and batting third against Milwaukee Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson Thursday.

Fantasy Tip: Bryant ($5,400, 10.8% of cap) is due for a night off, and he hasn't been at his best in July with a .176/.276/.385 slash line. Coghlan ($3,000, 6.0% of cap), meanwhile, has picked up his play over the past 50 games (38 starts) and boasts a .291/.395/.444 slash line with 20 runs, four home runs, 13 RBI and five stolen bases. He is a low-priced flier for FantasyScore contests Thursday.

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Cubs | Starlin Castro being aggressively shopped

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:35:09 -0700

Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro is being aggressively included in trade negotiations, according to sources.

Fantasy Tip: Castro's ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) Jekyll and Hyde act has been a hindrance to his value for fantasy owners and the Cubs. Still, the 25-year-old shortstop already has 937 hits at the major league level and owns a .279 career batting average. He'll never significantly tip the scales in the speed and power columns, but it would be foolish to write off Castro this early in his career. A change of scenery might help his 2015 value, too.

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Cubs | Jon Lester whiffs 14 in victory

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:57:14 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester allowed two runs, five hits and a walk over eight innings Wednesday, July 29, against the Colorado Rockies. He also came within one of his career best by striking out 14 Rockies in the victory.

Fantasy Tip: After a dismal 4-8 start, Lester ($8,500, 17.0% of cap) has won back-to-back decisions for the first time since mid-May, and he has lasted at least seven innings in each of his six July starts. He is 2-2 in the month with a 1.66 ERA while striking out 50 batters over 43 1/3 innings. He's back, FantasyScore owners, so take advantage.

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Cubs | Miguel Montero talks return

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:46:06 -0700

Chicago Cubs C Miguel Montero (thumb) said he has caught a few bullpens, and he will be alright to return at some point. He did note, though, his thumb will not be 100%.

Fantasy Tip: Montero ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) isn't worth stashing in the majority of formats, as it is unknown how playing time will be divided when he returns. His timetable is still unknown, too. It is a situation to monitor, and Kyle Schwarber ($4,800, 9.6% of cap) will likely receive the biggest fantasy value hit when Montero rejoins the team.

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Cubs | Clayton Richard to enter rotation?

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:25:25 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Clayton Richard is expected to be called up from Class AAA Iowa to become the team's fifth starting pitcher after he tossed seven scoreless innings and gave up three hits for Iowa Tuesday, July 28.

Fantasy Tip: Richard allowed five earned runs in his two starts (12 innings) for the Cubs this year, and his stay in the rotation could be very short if Chicago trades for another starting arm this week. Richard should only be added in deep NL-only leagues, and he'll be a weak play on FantasyScore.

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Cubs | Starlin Castro won't be traded

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:43:51 -0700

Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro was assured by manager Joe Maddon that he won't be traded this summer.

Fantasy Tip: That's far from a guarantee that Castro ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) won't be traded away. However, with a .163 average (14-for-86) in July and a .237 average on the season, not many contending teams are likely looking to acquire the shortstop. With Castro's bat dormant right now, he's a weaker shortstop play on FantasyScore.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Chicago Tribune - Mark Gonzales

Cubs | Jorge Soler takes a seat

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:50:01 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Jorge Soler is out of the lineup Wednesday, July 29, with OF Chris Coghlan hitting fifth.

Fantasy Tip: Cogs ($3,000, 6.0% of cap) has a meager .242-3-6 line this month, but he has a good matchup today in a prime spot in the order. He's worth considering for a speculative flyer on FantasyScore.

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Cubs | Starlin Castro with day off

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:42:52 -0700

Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro is out of the lineup Wednesday, July 29, with SS Addison Russell moving up to sixth in the order.

Fantasy Tip: Russell ($3,400, 6.8% of cap) is still trying to figure it out offensively and isn't a good start on FantasyScore.

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Cubs | Kyle Schwarber in LF

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:37:12 -0700

Chicago Cubs C Kyle Schwarber is hitting second and making his major league debut in left field Wednesday, July 29.

Fantasy Tip: Schwarber ($4,800, 9.6% of cap) is proving his worth to the lineup with the move that is against the grain. He hasn't played the outfield much in his professional career, and it could be a move that could continue once Miguel Montero (thumb) returns. Eddie Butler is a great matchup, and Schwarber is a high-end catcher on FantasyScore.

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Cubs | Dexter Fowler has three-hit game

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:31:09 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Dexter Fowler went 3-for-4 with a double Tuesday, July 28, against the Colorado Rockies.

Fantasy Tip: Fowler ($3,300, 6.6% of cap) has raised his average from .231 to .243 just since July 19, posting four multi-hit games in the past eight outings. He is a must-start in FantasyScore while he is rolling along.

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Cubs | Tsuyoshi Wada make rehab start

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:30:26 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Tsuyoshi Wada (shoulder) allowed two unearned runs over six innings in a minor-league rehab start with Class AAA Iowa Monday, July 27.

Fantasy Tip: It's uncertain how much longer Wada will need on his need on his rehab stint, and when he returns what capacity he will pitch - starter or relief. Wait to see him officially return and his role clear up before trusting him again.

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Cubs | Javier Baez activated from DL

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:13:21 -0700

Chicago Cubs 2B Javier Baez (finger) has been activated from the disabled list Tuesday, July 28.

Fantasy Tip: Baez will remain at Class AAA Iowa for the time being, but he could find himself headed to a major league roster shortly after Friday's trade deadline. Both Baez and Starlin Castro have been mentioned in trade rumors, and Baez should be back in the majors before long.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Des Moines Register - Tommy Birch

Cubs | Chris Coghlan sitting out

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:25:50 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Chris Coghlan is not in the starting lineup against Colorado Rockies SP Yohan Flande Tuesday, July 28. OF Chris Denorfia will start in left field and is batting sixth in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Coghlan ($3,000, 6.0% of cap) usually sits out against left-handed pitchers, so he should return to the lineup soon. Denorfia ($2,200, 4.4% of cap) is hitting .264 with six RBI this month and could be a cheaper option if owners are looking to spend money on other positions.

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