Chicago Cubs news, rumors and injuries
Wed, 06 May 2015 13:51:17 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Ross ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) is starting pitcher Jon Lester's personal catcher. Ross has limited offensive upside, and opposing pitcher Lance Lynn is stingy on the hill more times than not. Ross is a desperation source of cap relief for FantasyScore players. Make sure to avoid Miguel Montero ($3,000, 6.0% of cap) and Welington Castillo ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) from Chicago.
Wed, 06 May 2015 12:49:31 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Russell ($2,200, 4.4% of cap) would appeal more to FantasyScore users if he weren't hitting ninth for the Cubbies, but he shouldn't be ignored just because of that. The youngster has raised his average to .261 (12-for-46), and he has two home runs and seven RBI.
Wed, 06 May 2015 12:41:38 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Bryant ($4,400, 8.8% of cap) is due to have his ups and downs in his rookie season, and the power will eventually come, perhaps in bunches. The good news is that despite high strikeout numbers, he's taking his fair share of walks, too. His price at FantasyScore still makes him attractive despite a recent slump.
Wed, 06 May 2015 11:58:19 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Rizzo ($5,400, 10.8% of cap) is also hitting .333 (29-for-87) with four home runs and 14 RBI, so he'll remain a very strong option for FantasyScore owners and likely will for most of the season.
Tue, 05 May 2015 16:55:49 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Junior Lake is hitting cleanup against St. Louis Cardinals SP Tyler Lyons Tuesday, May 5. 1B Anthony Rizzo is hitting second, with 3B Kris Bryant moving up a spot into third in the order.
Fantasy Tip: Soler ($3,900, 7.8% of cap), Rizzo ($5,400, 10.8% of cap) and Bryant ($4,400, 8.8% of cap) should all be looked at as strong FantasyScore plays this evening while Lyons make his season debut in the Red Birds' rotation tonight.
Tue, 05 May 2015 16:05:11 -0700
Chicago Cubs C Miguel Montero is hitting .478 (11-for-23) with six RBI during a six-game hitting streak, and 2B Addison Russell is hitting .320 (8-for-25) with four extra-base hits and six RBI during his seven-game hitting streak.
Fantasy Tip: Montero ($3,000, 6.0% of cap) and Russell ($2,200, 4.4% of cap) are both hot and worth running with at FantasyScore. However, Montero isn't in the starting lineup Tuesday.
Tue, 05 May 2015 13:05:45 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant has 16 walks in 16 games to start his major league career, and he's tied for sixth in the National League in that department. His .458 on-base percentage is tied for third in the NL.
Fantasy Tip: Bryant ($4,400, 8.8% of cap) is surely holding his own in the majors while hitting .291 (16-for-55) with 11 RBI, but his fantasy owners are left desiring more from the super prospect, as he has yet to hit his first major league home run. That'll come eventually, and he remains a solid daily play because he continues to get on base consistently.
Tue, 05 May 2015 04:40:44 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Chris Denorfia (hamstring) aggravated a left hamstring strain Monday, May 4, against the St. Louis Cardinals and left the game. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Denorfia would likely be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Fantasy Tip: Denorfia ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) spent the first few weeks of the season on the DL before coming off, so this is a setback for him and the Cubs. Remove Denorfia as an option in your leagues and keep an eye on Junior Lake ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) for a source of low-cost outfield power.
Mon, 04 May 2015 23:57:23 -0700
Fantasy Tip: The added dimension is a pleasant surprise for Rizzo, who could be among the top three or four at the position at season's end. At $5,400 (10.8% of your cap), he's a daily consideration on FantasyScore.
Mon, 04 May 2015 15:39:22 -0700
Chicago Cubs SP Jason Hammel (finger) is expected to make his next start after pitching against the Milwaukee Brewers with a cracked fingernail on his right middle finger Sunday, May 3. Hammel's next start is projected for Friday, May 8, against the Brewers.
Fantasy Tip: Hammel's ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) fastball command was noticeably off Sunday, so perhaps the fingernail played a part in the location problems. While had an excellent outing in his previous start against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Hammel needs to string together a few plus-showings before he can be relied on with confidence in any fantasy format.
Mon, 04 May 2015 14:25:09 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Make sure to avoid Molina in all fantasy formats Monda. This is likely just a routine day off for the backstop. Cruz ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) has just 17 plate appearances this season which have yielded only three hits. Cap relief is his biggest FantasyScore asset, and daily players should aim higher.
Mon, 04 May 2015 14:13:53 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Make sure to remove Adams ($3,400, 6.8% of cap) from your fantasy lineups Monday. Facing a left-handed starter is a good time to provide Adams with a day off, as he is riding a 12-for-25 runs. Reynolds ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) is just 6-for-34 at the plate this season and has just two hits in his last 21 plate appearances. Reynolds is a risky FantasyScore play, albeit a cheap one.
Mon, 04 May 2015 13:29:38 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Peaks and valleys will be the norm for Bryant ($4,400, 8.8% of cap) this season. What is more surprising is he hasn't hit a home run. All said, he is currently has seven runs, 11 RBI, two stolen bases and a .278/.418/.370 slash line. Add a little pop at the expense of his on-base percentage going forward, and fantasy owners should be pleased with his production. Bryant has the makings of a high-risk, high-reward play all season long for FantasyScore players.
Mon, 04 May 2015 12:28:15 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Denforia ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) has been limited to just 20 plate appearances this season, but he has handled the stick well when given the opportunity -- .368/.400/.421 slash line. He could be a sneaky source of cap relief Monday for FantasyScore players. Although, he is far from risk free.
Mon, 04 May 2015 12:21:40 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Make sure to avoid Soler in daily contests Monday. His 38 strikeouts pace the league, and while his yearly numbers aren't awful (11 runs, two home runs, nine RBI and a .269/.337/.409 slash line), Soler has looked a little miffed at the plate of late. Denorfia ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) has been limited primarily to pinch-hitting duty, but at his cap hit, he could return nice value. He isn't without risk, though.
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