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Indians | Michael Brantley eyeing oppo power

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:01:01 -0700

Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley is focused on going the opposite way with authority more this year after a suggestion by his father this spring. Last year, Brantley's father encouraged him to be more aggressive at the plate and it worked out, as Brantley finished with a .327 average and 20 home runs, 45 doubles, 94 runs and 97 RBI. "Same swing, letting the ball travel," Brantley said. "Sometimes I like to guide it over there (to left field) and take a single and call it a day almost. This time, it's just staying on that ball and trying to actually drive it through the shortstop, through the left fielder with good backspin and carry."

Fantasy Tip: Brantley's breakout 2014 season put him on the fantasy map, and he has become one of the safer outfield commodities. Relying on more opposite field power should only strengthen his game. Brantley ($6,000, 12.0% of cap) is dealing with a back issue in camp, but he should be good to go for opening day and your FantasyScore lineups.

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Indians | Brandon Moss past his injury

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:35:17 -0700

Cleveland Indians 1B Brandon Moss (hip) is to the point where manager Terry Francona isn't even thinking about Moss' injury after a return from right hip surgery last October. "He's done a fantastic job of getting ready. That's probably been a non-issue, which is kind of amazing when you think about it," Francona said.

Fantasy Tip: Moss ($4,800, 9.6% of cap) is an under-the-radar source of power in fantasy drafts, and he's also eligible at multiple positions, making him even more valuable. Moss has hit at least 21 home runs in each of the past three seasons. Don't overlook him as you reach the middle rounds of drafts as a reliable source of power.

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Indians | Michael Brantley not taking chances

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:54:15 -0700

Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (back) is still sore and is not taking any chances with his health. As a result, he could miss some more spring games, and there isn't a specific date for him to return.

Fantasy Tip: Brantley ($6,000, 12.0% of cap) should be fine for opening day, but this situation is worth monitoring. If he bounces back to game action before the end of spring training, you should have no qualms about using him at FantasyScore in the opening week.

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Indians | Danny Salazar sent down

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:37:10 -0700

Updating an earlier report, Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar was optioned to Triple-A Columbus Friday, March 27.

Fantasy Tip: Hoynsie predicted that on point. Salazar ($6,000, 12.0% of your cap) should be avoided on FantasyScore, but not forgotten.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Paul Hoynes

Indians | Danny Salazar may not make rotation

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:07:49 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar allowed seven runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings in his latest spring start Thursday, March 26. Salazar may have cost himself a spot in the starting rotation with the outing, in the opinion of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes.

Fantasy Tip: Salazar ($6,000, 12.0% of cap) is a frustrating commodity in fantasy. He'll look like a budding ace in one start and get blown up the next. If he doesn't make the rotation to open the season, monitor his progress until he has another chance. He'll be a great plug-and-play option on FantasyScore.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Paul Hoynes

Indians | Nick Swisher continues rehabbing

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:08:12 -0700

Cleveland Indians 1B/OF Nick Swisher (knees) added sliding on a mat to his rehab program, after he did a round of baserunning drills Wednesday, March 25. He was scheduled to receive minor league at-bats Thursday, March 26.

Fantasy Tip: Swisher ($3,200, 6.4% of cap) won't be ready for opening day, so he isn't a FantasyScore option to start the season. In seasonal formats, Swisher is a late-round flier in deep mixed leagues. There is potential he'll rebound after regressing in consecutive seasons, but at his age don't expect a full bounce back to his career averages. Playing time could be an issue, too, especially if he struggles early.

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Indians | Jason Kipnis returns

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:59:38 -0700

Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (back) returned to the lineup Thursday, March 26, after he missed the previous seven games with a back issue.

Fantasy Tip: Continue to check back for updates on Kipnis ($5,900, 11.8% of cap) leading up to opening day. He is an intriguing fantasy commodity with five-category upside and plays a position which lacks high-end talent. Still, the injuries have followed Kipnis around over the past season, so health is a concern. Prior to the back spasms, Kipnis was a popular bounce-back candidate, and as long as there are no lingering back issues, he remains an upside pick in the middle rounds. Take a wait-and-see approach in FantasyScore contests, as Kipnis' price is steep.

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Indians | Francisco Lindor reassigned to minors

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:48:24 -0700

Cleveland Indians SS Francisco Lindor was reassigned to minor league camp Thursday, March 26, and he will start the season with Triple-A Columbus. Lindor had a slash line of .297/.308/.592 with two home runs, a triple and three doubles in 16 Cactus League game this spring. SS Jose Ramirez, 22, is expected to hold down shortstop duties until Lindor is ready.

Fantasy Tip: Lindor is's No. 4 prospect in 2015. He shouldn't be drafted in standard mixed leagues, but he should definitely be on the radar of those in AL-only and keeper leagues.

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Indians | Michael Brantley has back tightness

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:03:18 -0700

Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (back) is fighting back tightness and is expected to sit out for a few days, according to manager Terry Francona.

Fantasy Tip: Thanks to a breakout 2014 season (.327 average with 20 home runs, 23 stolen bases and 97 RBI), Brantley is a top-end fantasy outfielder, and he ranks eighth on our list. If you want him, you'll have to take him in the early rounds of standard leagues.

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Indians | Carlos Carrasco popping the mitt

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:10:26 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco lasted 5 2/3 innings in his recent minor league spring game start Tuesday, March 24, striking out 10 batters with only one hit allowed. He also was hitting between 95-97 mph with his fastball.

Fantasy Tip: Carrasco appears to be a lot more confident, and noted his location and array of pitches were all going well. He could be a nice rebound fantasy candidate if he can pick up where he left off at the end of last season.

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Indians | Bruce Chen open to minors stint

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:09:35 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Bruce Chen is open to an assignment to Triple-A Columbus, according to manager Terry Francona. The skipper informed Chen Tuesday, March 24, that he would not make the opening day roster. The team has given Chen the ability to opt out of his contract if a major league opportunity presents itself with another organization.

Fantasy Tip: Chen might re-surface at some point due to poor performances or if injuries crop up. For now, don't bother with him in any fantasy format, though.

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Indians | Jason Kipnis might play Thursday

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:06:51 -0700

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (back) might return to Cactus League spring game action as soon as Thursday, March 26. "The plan is, if he feels good, we'll play him tomorrow. But, you want to kind of reserve the right to (change your mind), if he needs a day. But I think all signs are pointing that he was moving around pretty good," manager Terry Francona said Wednesday, March 25.

Fantasy Tip: The good news is that Kipnis appears to be at the tail end of this thing. While back injuries can be tricky, hopefully it isn't something that pops back up when the games start counting for real. He will be a top fantasy option at his position thanks to his power.

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Indians | Jason Kipnis plays in minors game

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:28:58 -0700

Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (back) took at-bats in a minor league game Wednesday, March 25, and manager Terry Francona is optimistic that Kipnis will be able to play in a spring game soon. Kipnis has missed the last seven games due to mid-back spasms. "I think he turned a corner," Francona said. "Now, we don't want to overdo it. Sometimes you try to play catch-up and that doesn't make a lot of sense. But a day like today was good for him. He can get a lot of at-bats without having to stand out there for four hours, which is really good."

Fantasy Tip: Kipnis should be ready to go for opening day unless he suffers a setback in the remaining spring games. He should be as good of a second base option at FantasyScore as any for $5,900 (11.8% of cap) in the opening week.

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Indians | Brandon Moss will see time at first

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:39:10 -0700

Cleveland Indians OF/DH Brandon Moss will make an appearance at first base before the end of spring training, according to manager Terry Francona. He has played the outfield and served as the designated hitter thus far.

Fantasy Tip: Moss ($4,800, 9.6% of cap) remains an excellent power target in the late middle rounds of drafts. He has averaged over 25 home runs per year over the past three seasons, including 30 in 2013, and last season's second-half slide can be chalked up to a hip injury he has recovered from. There should be huge profit potential, if Moss falls far enough on draft day. He is a worthy FantasyScore play when facing a favorable right-handed pitching matchup, too.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Paul Hoynes

Indians | Michael Bourn having strong spring

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:13:03 -0700

Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn worked with a track coach this winter to improve his hamstrings. He is currently batting .382 (13-for-34) during spring training, but he is conserving his speed for the regular season. Bourn was unsuccessful in his only stolen base attempt this spring.

Fantasy Tip: After averaging 86 runs, 51 stolen bases and a .272 batting average annually from 2008 to 2012, Bourn has hit just .260 with 33 stolen bases through 969 at-bats over his past two injury plagued seasons. Entering his age-32 season, there is potential for a slight bounce back, and Bourn will hit atop a potentially strong lineup. He is a nice target to fill out your outfield, especially if you're seeking speed.

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