Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley had three hits, including his 10th homer, two RBI, two runs and a stolen base Tuesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Brantley has provided fantasy owners with a .283 average and set career highs with 10 homers, 70 RBI, 65 runs and 16 steals.
9/7/2013 3:15:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Brantley has put together a solid season (.278, 8 HR, 59 RBI, 60 runs, 15 SB). Not starter value, but worthy of a backup role on many fantasy rosters.
9/1/2013 9:08:00 AM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley has torched Justin Verlander for six RBI and 14 hits, including a double and a triple, in 35 career at-bats.
Insight: That amounts to a .400 average and a .933 OPS. Verlander is on the mound Sunday against the Indians, so get Brantley in the lineup.
8/14/2013 6:21:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley drove in three runs and went 2-for-5 Wednesday against the Twins.
Insight: Brantley has 58 RBI and 57 runs in 115 games this season after producing 60 RBI and 63 runs in 149 games a year ago.
8/10/2013 12:29:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley is a career .091 hitter (1-for-11) versus Los Angeles starter C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Brantley (.282, 8 HR, 54 RBI, 56 runs, 12 SB) is having a good season, but an favorable matchup which fantasy owners should avoid.
8/6/2013 10:36:00 AM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley is a career .406 hitter versus Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander.
Insight: Brantley (.278, 7 HR, 53 RBI, 53 runs, 12 SB) is having a good season and a favorable matchup. He's also 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts against Verlander.
8/1/2013 11:36:00 AM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley hasn't had much success against White Sox lefty Chris Sale.
Insight: Not many players have but Brantley's struggles against Sale have been especially noteworthy. In 13 at bats, he's managed just two hits with five strikeouts. Brantley (.285, 7 HR, 52 RBI) is having a good season but we don't like this particular matchup. Sit him if you can afford to.
7/13/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is just 1-for-12 (.083) against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Brantley is batting .325 in 11 July games with a .926 OPS, but went hitless in Friday night's favorable matchup. Avoid him on Saturday.
7/12/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is a stunning 9-for-14 (.643) against Royals starter Bruce Chen.
Insight: Brantley is batting .361 in 10 July games with a 1.021 OPS. Hot batter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
7/7/2013 5:52:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 3-for-4 with a double, two homers, five RBI and three runs Sunday against the Tigers.
Insight: With the two longballs Sunday, Brantley has seven on the year, tying a career high. He also has driven in 45 runs in 307 at-bats this season after putting up a career-high 60 RBI in 552 at-bats last year.
6/24/2013 10:44:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley swatted his fifth homer Monday in a 5-2 win over Baltimore.
Insight: It's Brantley's third home run in his last five games. Before this power surge began, Brantley only had two long balls in his first 246 at bats. He's on pace for 80 RBI, which is 20 more than he had last season.
6/19/2013 10:22:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley crushed two homers Wednesday in a win over Kansas City.
Insight: Brantley entered the game with just two homers in his previous 246 at bats. All of his home runs this year have come against righthanded pitching.
6/7/2013 12:01:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is the rare hitter who has success against Detroit ace Justin Verlander batting .448 for his career (13-for-29).
Insight: Brantley continues to provid what is expected from him - a solid batting average (.297) with some runs (27) and RBIs (26), but little power or speed (2 HR, 4 SB). This matchup is a good one for Brantley.
6/5/2013 10:00:00 AM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley is hitless in seven at-bats against Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia with five strikeouts.
Insight: Brantley (.298, 2 HR, 26 RBI) is off to a fine start, but has struggled of late and he obviously doesn't see the ball well against Sabathia. This matchup is unfavorable and should be avoided.
5/24/2013 10:45:00 AM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley is just 1-for-8 against Boston left-hander Jon Lester with six strikeouts.
Insight: Brantley (.312, 2 HR, 24 RBI) is hitting well, but this matchup is extremely unfavorable.
5/19/2013 6:34:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley (2-for-4, four RBI) went deep for the second time Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: It was his first home run off Felix Hernandez. Brantley (.301, 2 HR, 19 RBI) leads the team with 46 hits this season.
5/11/2013 10:14:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is the rare hitter who has success against Detroit ace Justin Verlander (10-for-23).
Insight: Brantley has provided exactly what we've come to expect from him -- a solid batting average (.301) with some runs (19) and RBIs (11), but little power or speed (1 HR, 2 SB).
4/29/2013 10:51:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs Monday against the Royals.
Insight: Brantly has provided exactly what we've come to expect from him -- a solid batting average (.291) with some runs (12) and RBIs (7), but little power or speed (0 HR, 0 SB).
4/3/2013 10:37:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley collected four hits in his five at bats Wednesday against Toronto.
Insight: All four of the hits were singles, which isn't surprising considering Brantley has never hit more than seven home runs in a single season. And herein lies the problem with Brantley: he's a good hitter for average but he won't drive in runs. Some players can offset a lack power by delivering tons of stolen bases but that isn't the case with Brantley (just 12 steals a season ago). If this trend continues, Brantley will never be anything more than an average fantasy player.
3/6/2013 8:45:00 PM
Description: Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley will have the stitches removed from his left forearm in the next two days, according to Indians.com.
Insight: Brantley was spiked on Feb. 25 and had to get his forearm patched up. He should be fine for Opening Day. The outfielder has some power and some speed but not enough to be a season-long option outside of AL-only formats.
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