Description: Chicago second baseman Gordon Beckham will be shut down for the next week with a strained oblique. SOURCE: Scot Gregor, Daily Herald
Insight: Beckham's 2013 season was disappointing to say the least. With just five hits in his first 30 spring training at bats (.167 AVG), 2014 isn't off to such a great start either. Avoid him in fantasy leagues.
Description: Nate Jones, one of the White Sox's top closer candidates, threw about 40 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday and felt fine, according to JJ Stankevitz of csnchicago.com. Jones has been out with a gluteal strain and is targeting Saturday for his Cactus League debut.
Insight: Chicago is in search of a new closer after trading Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks. The hard-throwing Jones has a good shot to win the closer job, as Ronald Belisario still hasn't arrived to camp due to visa issues and Matt Lindstrom aggravated an oblique injury. Scott Downs and rookie Daniel Webb are the other options.
Description: According to mlb.com, Ronald Belisario still hasn't reported to White Sox camp due to visa issues.
Insight: Robin Ventura had no updates on the situation Tuesday, saying only that "it's gone dark." Belisario's chances of grabbing the closer role are all but gone. It will either be Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom, Daniel Webb or Scott Downs closing games for the White Sox to start the season.
Description: Nate Jones, one of the White Sox's top closer candidates, could return from a gluteal strain as soon as Saturday, according to Scott Merkin of mlb.com.
Insight: Chicago is in search of a new closer after trading Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks. The hard-throwing Jones is competing with veterans Scott Downs, Ronald Belisario, Mitchelle Boggs and Matt Lindstrom for the job after posting a 4.15 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 78 innings last season.
Description: Nate Jones, one of the White Sox' top closer candidates, said he no longer feels any of the effects of a gluteal strain that kept him out the first week of camp. SOURCE: csnchicago.com
Insight: Chicago manager Robin Ventura said that Jones isabout a week behind his teammates and won't pitch in the early portion of the White Sox' Cactus League schedule. However, Ventura expects him to be ready for the season. Chicago is in search of a new closer after trading Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks. The hard-throwing Jones is competing with veterans Scott Downs, Ronald Belisario, Mitchelle Boggs and Matt Lindstrom for the job after posting a 4.15 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 78 innings last season.
Description: Chicago 1B/DH Adam Dunn says he plans to continue his career beyond this season. SOURCE: WhiteSox.com
Insight: Dunn has contemplated retirement in the past but insists it's not on his mind right now. The 34-year-old is 39th on MLB's all-time home run list with 440 jacks in 6,454 career at bats. Dunn made headlines earlier this week with the news that he might be present at the Oscars after playing a small role in the Academy Award-nominated Dallas Buyers Club.
Description: Relief pitcher Matt Lindstrom could end up starting the season as the White Sox closer as he has more experience at it than Chicago's other options. Pitching coach Don Cooper called Lindstrom, Nate Jones and Daniel Webb as the three likeliest closer candidates in a CSNChicago.com report.
Insight: We think its possible that Lindstrom will start the season as the closer if he shows well in spring training, but by the end of the season it will be Jones' job. Its certainly worth watching as he'd be a cheap source of saves.
Description: White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said to pencil in Erik Johnson as a starter next season.
Insight: A second-round selection (80th overall) in the 2011 Amateur Draft, Johnson had five major league starts last season. He went 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. Not great, but not horrible either. He was also 12-3 with a 1.96 ERA and 0.986 WHIP in 24 minor league starts.
Description: Paul Konerko isn't going anywhere. The veteran first baseman has agreed to a $2.5 million contract that will keep him in Chicago for another season. SOURCE: Scott Merkin, MLB.com
Insight: Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn are likely to see most of the reps at first base which means Konerko probably won't be an everyday player anymore. Because of this, his fantasy use will be limited to AL-only formats.
Description: Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu has agreed to a record-breaking six-year, $68 million deal with the White Sox. SOURCE: Jesse Sanchez, MLB.com
Insight: The Red Sox, Astros and Rangers were also bidding on the talented 26-year-old. It's the largest contract ever given to an international player, topping the $56 million Texas paid for Yu Darvish in 2012. Abreu's presence now makes veteran first baseman Paul Konerko expendable.
Description: White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo has gone 10-for-27 (.370) with three home runs against Royals starter Bruce Chen.
Insight: Viciedo has dropped off from 25 homers and 78 RBI a year ago to 14 home runs and 56 RBI this season. The outfielder has hit .333 with four homers, 19 RBI and an .863 OPS over his last 29 games, though, and is in a position to finish the season with a big game against Chen.
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn is 4-for-26 (.154) with 12 strikeouts against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Dunn hit .286 with 22 homers, 61 RBI and a .945 OPS from May 14 to Aug. 17, but he bookended that with a .133 average, six homers, 12 RBI and a .535 OPS from April 1 to May 13 and a .115 average, four homers, 10 RBI and a .431 OPS from Aug. 18 to Sept. 24. It's safe to drop him.
Description: Thursday's starter Jeremy Guthrie of the Royals has limited White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez to a .158 average in their previous meetings.
Insight: That has come across 38 at-bats. Ramirez has set new career lows with five homers and 47 RBI while producing career highs with 39 doubles and 30 steals. He shouldn't be started Thursday based on his past struggles against Guthrie.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko left Tuesday's game after fouling a ball off his knee, according to Scott Merkin of MLB.com.
Insight: Konerko is expected to address his future during Chicago's final homestand this weekend, ESPN Chicago reported earlier today. The 37-year-old has hit just .248 with 11 homers, 53 RBI and a .672 OPS in 508 plate appearances this season.
Description: White Sox lefty Chris Sale fired 7 2/3 shutout innings Saturday in a no-decision against Detroit.
Insight: Because it's the White Sox we're talking about, the Tigers ended up winning 7-6 in extra innings. If the sabermetricians had their way, Sale (2.97 ERA) would probably be the frontrunner for the AL Cy Young. Unfortunately for Sale, his 11-13 record will probably prevent him from winning the award.
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn shouldn't be started with Anibal Sanchez on the mound Sunday.
Insight: In fact, you might want to drop Dunn altogether. He hasn't had a multi-hit game since August 17 and is hitting .120 (12-for-100) over his last 29 games. He's 7-for-30 (.233) with zero homers and 14 K against Sanchez.
Description: White Sox starter Andre Rienzo has been scratched from his Friday night start.
Insight: Rienzo posted a 4.06 ERA and struck out 113 batters in 113 innings with Triple-A Charlotte this season, but has done little to excite fantasy owners with a 2-2 record, a 5.04 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. Dylan Axelrod (4-9, 5.33 ERA, 1.59 WHIP) will get the start in Rienzo's place.
Description: The White Sox will skip left-hander Hector Santiago's next start, according to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com.
Insight: "The last few starts he's had, he just looks tired," manager Robin Ventura said. "Pitching as many innings as he has this year, just give him a rest and see what he does next time out." Overall, Santiago has thrown a career-high 142 2/3 innings and posted a 3.53 ERA this season. As a starter, he is 4-7 with a 3.47 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 124 1/3 innings.
Description: Chicago outfielder Avisail Garcia was scratched from Sunday's lineup to be with his pregnant wife and is questionable for Monday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: With the September roster exansion in effect, the White Sox can get by without him if necessary. The 22-year-old has hit .300 with two homers and a .733 OPS in his first 32 games with Chicago.
Description: Chicago outfielder Avisail Garcia was scratched from Sunday's lineup to be with his pregnant wife. SOURCE: Scott Merkin, MLB.com
Insight: With the September roster exansion in effect, the White Sox likely won't place Garcia on the paternity leave list. The 22-year-old has hit .300 with two homers and a .733 OPS in his first 32 games with Chicago.
Description: Chicago outfielder Avisail Garcia is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.
Insight: Garcia had a double root canal and missed Monday's game but he is already good to go. He has hit .320 with two homers since joining the White Sox in a three-team trade with Detroit and Boston.
Description: Chicago outfielder Avisail Garcia is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Detroit after having some dental work done.
Insight: Garcia was acquired from the Tigers as part of the Jake Peavy trade in late July. He's done well in his first stint as an everyday player, hitting .320 with 13 RBI in 27 games since the trade.
Description: Chicago outfielder Avisail Garcia will need a few days to recover after having some dental work done. SOURCE: Daryl Van Schouwen, Chicago Sun-Times
Insight: Garcia was acquired from the Tigers as part of the Jake Peavy trade in late July. He's done well in his first stint as an everyday player, hitting .320 with 13 RBI in 27 games since the trade.
Description: Gordon Beckham isn't the only White Sox player with a good history against CC Sabathia. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez has also had success against the lefthander.
Insight: He's hitting .423 against Sabathia in 26 prior engagements. Ramirez (.285, 4 HR, 43 RBI) is one stolen base away from 30, the first time he's approached that threshold in six major league seasons.
Description: White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham owns Yankees starter CC Sabathia.
Insight: Sabathia, who takes the hill for his 29th start of the season Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, has given up eight hits to Beckham in 20 at bats. Beckham broke out of an 0-for-11 drought by smacking two hits in Tuesday's loss.
Description: Ken Rosenthal from Fox Sports is hearing that White Sox DH/1B Adam Dunn may retire after the season.
Insight: He still has a year left on his contract and with 30 HR in 130 games this season, he's having a typical Adam Dunn year. So why would he quit? Well, perhaps it's because the game just isn't fun for him anymore. "I'm not coming back to chase home run numbers or whatever," Dunn told Rosenthal. "If I end up with 499 and I'm not having fun, see ya - 499 it is." As it stands now, the power-hitting Dunn is 41st on the all-time home run list with 436 blasts in 1,851 big league appearances.
Description: White Sox pitcher Josh Quintana only threw one inning (20 pitches) Monday against the Yankees due to a lengthy rain delay.
Insight: Quintana has had a solid campaign, going 7-4 with a 3.69 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 139 strikeouts in 165 2/3 innings. Whether the White Sox choose to bring him back on three days rest or leave him on his regular routine, Quintana's next start will come at Baltimore.
Description: Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez had a fine afternoon Sunday against the Red Sox (3-for-5 with two stolen bases) but we wouldn't expect much from him Monday against New York.
Insight: Ramirez has been disastrous against starter Phil Hughes (1-for-11). Most days, Ramirez is an intriguing fantasy option due to his speed (29 steals) and high batting average (.288). Monday, however, we'd stash him on the bench.
Description: Chicago second baseman Gordon Beckham didn't play yesterday and it might be wise to sit him again Monday against New York.
Insight: That's because Beckham is only hitting .077 against Yankees starter Phil Hughes. Given the slump he's been in over the last week (just two for his last 19), we wouldn't recommend putting Beckham in your lineup on Labor Day.
Description: Chicago ace Chris Sale bounced back from allowing eight earned runs over seven innings by going eight innings and allowing one earned run on four hits Wednesday against the Astros.
Insight: A matchup with Houston is certainly a good way to get back on track. Sale struck out 12 batters Wednesday and is 10-12 with a 2.99 ERA and a stellar 193/39 K/BB over 180 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia exited Sunday's game after slamming into the wall chasing Jeff Baker's home run and is questionable for Monday's game against Houston with a head injury.
Insight: Garcia hit the back of his head and his right shoulder trying to make the catch and was shaken up. He passed a concussion test and is day-to-day.
Description: Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko's miserable season has gotten worse in August -- he's hitting .203 with a .603 OPS this month -- but a matchup with Texas' Matt Garza Sunday might be able to help Konerko recapture his youth for a day.
Insight: The 37-year-old Konerko owns a .467 average (7-for-15) with two doubles, three homers, two walks, seven RBI and zero strikeouts against Garza. If you're still holding onto Konerko, start him Sunday.
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez is batting .326 with three homers, 13 RBI and an .837 OPS in August and owns a .389 lifetime average against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Ramirez had one homer all season coming into the month, but he has rediscovered his power stroke. The shortstop is 14-for-36 with two homers against Shields, so make sure he's in your lineup Thursday.
Description: Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko has struck out 11 times in 36 at-bats against James Shields of the Royals.
Insight: Konerko is 6-for-36 (.167) against Thursday's starter. After producing solid numbers for years, the 37-year-old has hit a wall in 2013, batting .241 with nine homers and a .662 OPS in 94 games.
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and three RBI Sunday against the Twins.
Insight: Ramirez has blasted three home runs this month after hitting zero from April 4 through Aug. 7. Continuing to provide even moderate power numbers would go a long way towards making him a serious fantasy option.
Description: White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie left Friday's game with a bruised left hand.
Insight: The 26-year-old Gillaspie has produced double-digit home runs, but not much else, batting .237 with a .667 OPS and zero stolen bases. There are better options at the hot corner even when he is healthy.
Description: White Sox DH/1B Adam Dunn has taken Twins starter Mike Pelfrey deep twice in their previous meetings and is 8-for-33 with five extra-base hits and eight walks against him.
Insight: After receiving horrific luck on balls in play over his first 55 games -- he had a .162 BABIP and a .156 average in that span -- Dunn has hit .366 on balls and play and .310 overall over his last 58 games. However, he only has three home runs over his last 31 games.
Description: White Sox DH/1B Adam Dunn is a career .353 hitter with a pair of home runs versus Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello.
Insight: The big man is actually hitting .294 since the All-Star break although he has just three homers in 25 games versus the first half when he blasted 24 home runs in 87 games, but batted .213. Which Dunn would you prefer? Wednesday you might get both the power and the average.
Description: Triple-A outfielder Avisail Garcia has been promoted to the major leagues.
Insight: Garcia, recently named the No. 5 prospect in baseball by ESPN's Jim Callis, was acquired from the Tigers at last week's trade deadline. With Alex Rios on his way to Texas, Garcia should be the team's starting right fielder for the forseeable future. If he's still available on the waiver wire make sure you snag him up quick.
Description: Chicago left fielder Dayan Viciedo is not in Friday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: He's been dealing with a sore thumb and that could be the cause, or they could just be wanting to play him in just one of the two games in today's doubleheader. Jordan Danks will get the start in center with Alejandro De Aza playing in left.
Description: The Rangers put in a waiver claim for White Sox right fielder Alex Rios on Thursday. SOURCE: Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News
Insight: Texas is desperate for a bat now that Nelson Cruz has been suspended for PED use. We'll see if the White Sox are willing to work out a deal, though at this point it seems unlikely. If the Sox had really wanted to move Rios they probably would have done it before last week's trade deadline.
Description: Chicago center fielder Alejandro De Aza ended things with a two-run triple in the bottom of the 12th inning Wednesday against the Yankees.
Insight: The White Sox were trailing 4-0 at one point in this game and were actually behind 5-4 heading into the bottom of the 12th. The triple was De Aza's third of the season. He's had a decent year with 13 HR and 13 steals in 108 games.
Description: White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo is a .333 hitter (5-for-15) with a pair of homers against Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Viciedo had an excellent July - batting .303 with an .880 OPS. He has just nine homers this season after belting 25 last year and while he can be ignored most days, Saturday might be worth a flier.
Description: White Sox outfielder Alex Rios is a career .500 hitter (8-for-16) versus Detroit starter Doug Fister.
Insight: Rios exited Tuesday's game with a bruised foot after fouling a ball off it and was involved in some trade discussions, but his foot is OK and he's still with the White Sox following the trade deadline. He's batting .272 with 12 HR, 50 RBI and a .747 OPS and should be in all fantasy lineups on Friday.
Description: According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, Alex Rios (foot) is in the White Sox lineup Wednesday against Cleveland.
Insight: Rios exited Tuesday's game with a bruised foot after fouling a ball off it and was involved in some trade discussions, but his foot is OK and he's still with the White Sox following the trade deadline.
Description: In his first career start, Andre Rienzo allowed three unearned runs in seven innings Tuesday against the Indians.
Insight: He struck out six and walked three. Rienzo posted a 4.06 ERA and struck out 113 batters in 113 innings with Triple-A Charlotte this season and is in line to replace Jake Peavy in the rotation if Peavy is traded prior to the deadline Wednesday.
Description: According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the White Sox are telling teams that they will keep Jake Peavy and attempt to build around him.
Insight: Olney suggests that the White Sox might just be trying to apply more leverage in trade talks. Peavy would be the best pitcher available at the trade deadline. He's 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP this season.
Description: White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn has a home run in 11 at-bats versus Cleveland starter Zach McAllister, but has also struck out eight times and walked three times.
Insight: In typical fashion, Dunn hasn't actually put the ball in play much in this matchup. Dunn had gone 13 straight games without hitting a homer until he hit one on Sunday afternoon, but you should still avoid this matchup.
Description: Chicago ace Chris Sale tossed his third complete game of the season Saturday versus Kansas City.
Insight: Yet somehow the White Sox managed to lose 1-0. Sale has to be frustrated with the lack of run support he's been getting. Chicago has been held scoreless in three of his last four starts. Sale has collected an ERA of 2.35 over that span.
Description: White Sox right fielder Alex Rios has managed one hit in 19 at-bats against Royals starter Wade Davis.
Insight: Davis has a strong case for baseball's worst pitcher this season -- he's 4-9 with a 5.92 ERA and a major-league worst 29.7 percent line-drive rate, so fantasy owners might want to roll the dice with Rios Saturday.
Description: White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy won his second straight start Thursday against the Tigers.
Insight: Peavy only gave up four hits in seven innings, but three of them were homers. He's 8-4 with a 4.20 ERA and a 76/17 K/BB in 80 innings this season and may have pitched his last game as a member of the White Sox.
Description: Add Oakland to the list of teams interested in Chicago starter Jake Peavy. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: It's beginning to look more and more likely that Peavy (7-4, 4.19 ERA) will be dealt before the deadline. The Red Sox and Cardinals are also expected to make a push for the former Cy Young winner.
Description: According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Red Sox have been scouting White Sox righthander Jake Peavy.
Insight: With Clay Buchholz still dealing with shoulder issues and Jon Lester struggling, Boston could be in the market for a starter. Peavy wouldn't come cheap but if the Red Sox are looking to win the pennant in 2013, he might be worth the steep asking price. If the Red Sox can't land Peavy in a trade, they might look at other options including Matt Garza and Bud Norris.
Description: White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy (rib) will start Saturday against the Braves.
Insight: The White Sox activated Peavy (6-4, 4.30 ERA) from the 15-day disabled list Friday. The right-hander hasn't started since June 4 due to a fractured rib. He was 6-2 with a 2.97 ERA after May 25, but allowed 12 runs on 15 hits over 6 2/3 innings in his last two starts before the injury.
Description: White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn is a career .355 hitter with four long balls in 31 at-bats versus Atlanta veteran right-hander Tim Hudson.
Insight: Dunn has hit .309 with five home runs, 16 RBI and a 1.000 OPS in his last 20 games. Add in a favorable matchup and you should simply ignore his low batting average (.213) and put him in Friday's lineup.
Description: Chicago White Sox catcher Josh Phegley is questionable for Friday's game against Atlanta with a bruised right index finger.
Insight: The 25-year-old took a foul tip off the hand last Sunday. He has consistently hit .300 over his minor league career and is batting .241 with three homers over his first eight games. He could eventually win the full-time job from Tyler Flowers, who has done little offensively.
Description: White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy is expected to make a start this weekend after his latest successful rehab start.
Insight: Peavy is 6-4 with a 4.30 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 66 strikeouts in 67 IP over 11 starts this season. He's a candidate to be traded before the July 31 deadline. If he lands with a team that scores runs he could certainly help fantasy owners in the wins category.
Description: The Pirates are hoping to acquire White Sox right fielder Alex Rios before the trade deadline. SOURCE: Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune
Insight: Rios probably wouldn't come cheap but he'd be a massive upgrade over the Pirates' current right fielder, Travis Snider (.226, 3 HR, 22 RBI in 86 games). A ten-year veteran, Rios (.270, 11 HR, 40 RBI, 15 SB) has never played for a National League club. He's also never been to the postseason, which would certainly be a possibility if the White Sox traded him to Pittsburgh.
Description: White Sox third baseman Jeff Keppinger is sparsely owned in fantasy leagues, but anyone who does own him should start him Sunday against Cole Hamels. He has gone 7-for-15 (.467) against the Phillies left-hander.
Insight: It looks as though Keppinger has been unlucky this season, as he has a .264 BABIP despite posting a 23.6 percent line-drive rate. However, he has been hurt by a .078 average on flyballs; there's not much luck involved there, the infielder just doesn't have any pop at all.
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez went 4-for-6 Saturday against the Phillies in Game 1 of Chicago's doubleheader.
Insight: Ramirez is 43-for-125 (.344) over his last 29 games and is hitting .289 this year. He displayed 15-20 home run power in his first four big league seasons, but he has just one longball this year after belting only nine in 158 games last season.
Description: According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Diamondbacks are interested in trading for White Sox ace Jake Peavy.
Insight: Peavy is no stranger to the NL West, having pitched for the Padres from 2002 to 2009. Peavy (6-4, 4.30 ERA in 11 starts) has been out with a rib injury for the past month but he should be back right after the All-Star break.
Description: The White Sox actually got Chris Sale a win Thursday against the Tigers. It wasn't Sale's best start, as he allowed 10 hits and two homers while walking two over 6 2/3 innings, but he limited Detroit to three runs.
Insight: Chicago was trailing 3-0 going into the top of the sixth inning, but Josh Phegley hit a grand slam off Anibal Sanchez. Sale holds a 2.85 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and a 131/27 K/BB in 120 innings, but he's just 6-8. Thursday was his first win since May 17.
Description: White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn went 3-for-5 with a homer, a walk and three RBI Tuesday against the Tigers.
Insight: The White Sox had just one run over the first seven innings against Justin Verlander, but Dunn opened the floodgates with a two-run homer in the eighth. Chicago scored 10 runs over the final two innings. Dunn now has 24 home runs and 60 RBI with a .209 batting average.
Description: White Sox starter John Danks has thrown at least seven innings and allowed three runs or less in three straight starts since he gave up 12 hits and six earned runs in five innings on June 20.
Insight: Danks actually has been solid since returning from his rehab from shoulder surgery. The lefty has a 4.31 ERA, but his WHIP is just 1.10 due to a 1.12 BB/9 in 56 1/3 innings this season. Danks' 1.76 HR/9 makes him a risky play, but he's at least worth owning in AL-only leagues.
Description: White Sox right fielder Alex Rios has monster numbers against Rays ace David Price.
Insight: Somehow, Rios is a .474 career hitter against last season's Cy Young award winner. Maybe facing Price on Sunday will help Rios get back on track after falling into a 6-for-39 (.154) slump in his last ten games.
Description: Chicago White Sox minor league catcher Josh Phegley has been called up to the big club and will make the start behind the plate on Friday night.
Insight: The 25-year-old has consistently hit .300 over his minor league career and this season has added power (15 HR) to his repertoire. He could eventually win the full-time job from Tyler Flowers, who has done little offensively.
Description: Chicago White Sox minor league catcher Josh Phegley has been called up to the big club.
Insight: The 25-year-old has consistently hit .300 over his minor league career and this season has added power (15 HR) to his repertoire. he could eventually win the full-time job from Tyler Flowers, who has done little offensively.
Description: White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago bounced back from a terrible start his last time out with seven strong innings Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Santiago struck out nine and gave up five hits, two walks and two runs. The left-hander took a no decision and is 3-5 with a 3.50 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP and 79 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings this year.
Description: Paul Konerko will bat fifth Tuesday against the Orioles.
Insight: It's his first game in over a week. He'll serve as the DH while Adam Dunn gets another start at first base. Konerko (.253, 7 HR, 30 RBI) is probably still a few days away from playing the field.
Description: White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is just 2-for-12 with six strikeouts against Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco.
Insight: Add it a sore back and he should be avoided. Konerko has had a decent month, hitting .278 with two homers and nine RBI, but he is still underperforming expectations. Latest update - Konerko is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game.
Description: White Sox lefty Chris Sale struck out 13 batters and allowed three runs on four hits over eight innings Tuesday against the Mets, but a misplayed popup in the top of the ninth cost him a win.
Insight: Sale has struck out 32 batters over his last three starts (21 IP), but he hasn't won since May 17 and is 5-6 despite carrying a 2.75 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.
Description: ESPN's Buster Olney believes it's a foregone conclusion that White Sox reliever Jesse Crain will be dealt at this year's trade deadline.
Insight: Who wouldn't want a guy with an 0.53 ERA and a .195 average against in 35 relief appearances? The Dodgers, Red Sox and Tigers, three teams with well-documented closer issues, are all said to be interested.
Description: Chicago first baseman/DH Adam Dunn has just one hit in 15 previous at bats against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: And it wasn't even a home run! You know the drill by now when it comes to Dunn (.188, 19 HR, 44 RBI). It's feast or famine with this guy. Sunday we're thinking it will be a lot more famine than feast.
Description: If Paul Konerko is your fantasy team's only first base option on Sunday, you might be in trouble.
Insight: The White Sox first baseman/DH has struggled mightily against Kansas City ace James Shields (.129 AVG in 31 lifetime at bats). The .253 average Konerko has hit for this season is his lowest since 2008 (.240).
Description: White Sox starter Jake Peavy (rib) rode a stationary bike for 30 minutes on Thursday and was encouraged, according to CSNChicago.com. Peavy has been on the DL since June 5 due to a fractured left rib.
Insight: "It wasn’t exactly pain free, but a step in the right direction," Peavy said. "It was fun to be active again after not being able to do anything for two weeks. The thing for me is to stay active enough to not lose everything you have and have to start from the bottom. I haven’t done any cardiovascular exercises, throwing, shoulder work. That can set you back quite a while if you don’t get back on the horse. To do some stuff with my legs, keep them strong, my shoulder too, I am able to throw a ball here soon. Hopefully won’t lose too much." The righty is expected to miss at least 2-4 more weeks.
Description: White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko went 4-for-4 with a double Tuesday versus Minnesota.
Insight: Konerko has a career-high 27.7 percent line-drive rate, but that has been offset by a .186 average on groundballs and a .198 average on flyballs. His luck should improve on grounders, but his power decline (career-low 7.3% HR/FB) is a real concern.
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Saturday against Houston.
Insight: Dunn has crushed five homers over his last six games and six over his last 10. He has 18 on the year, and his .182 average should be on the rise once his luck turns a little. The DH has just a .177 BABIP.
Description: White Sox pitching prospect Erik Johnson is 6-2 with a 2.53 ERA and 0.938 WHIP at Double-A Birmingham.
Insight: A second-round selection (80th overall) in the 2011 Amateur Draft, Johnson has 65 strikeouts against 16 walks over 74 2/3 IP. The 23-year-old is particularly tough on right-handers and might get a September call up if Chicago is still in the chase,
Description: White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago beat Oakland Sunday with 6 1/3 strong innings. He allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) with three walks and six strikeouts.
Insight: It was Santiago's first start since May 22. The left-hander had to rejoin the rotation due to Jake Peavy's injury. Santiago is 2-2 with a 2.67 ERA and a 37/16 K/BB over 33 2/3 innings in his six starts this season.
Description: White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is not in the starting lineup Friday versus Oakland.
Insight: The first baseman was dealing with a stiff neck several days ago, but no reason has been given for his absence Friday. He's hitting just .100 (2-for-20) over his last five games and his average has dropped to .228. While Konerko has a 26.2 percent line-drive rate and likely will get his batting average up eventually, fantasy owners should be very concerned about a career-low 7.1 percent HR/FB/
Description: White Sox starter Jake Peavy has a non-displaced rib fracture on his left side and will be shut down for 4-6 weeks, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Peavy left Tuesday's start after feeling "acute, sharp pain" in his ribcage. The right-hander allowed 15 hits and 12 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings over his last two starts, and the injury might have had something to do with his struggles.
Description: White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Beckham suffered a broken hamate bone in his left hand on April 9. The team said a few days ago that he was scheduled to return June 6, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura indicated he'd be back sooner than that. Beckham will get his starting job back, but hasn't been a solid fantasy value since his rookie season of 2009.
Description: White Sox lefty Chris Sale watched his scoreless innings streak come to an end on Sunday.
Insight: The streak ended at 28 innings. Sale pitched well (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's) but he didn't get any run support from his offense. Sunday was Sale's first loss since April 18th against Toronto.
Description: White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham (hand) is expected to return to action this week.
Insight: Beckham suffered a broken hamate bone in his left hand on April 9. The team said a few days ago that he was scheduled to return June 6, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Sunday that it's possible he could be back sooner this week, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko left Saturday's game with a stiff neck, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Konerko struck out in his first two at-bats and is hitting .240 this season. He has been a bit unlucky, as he has a .264 BABIP despite owning a 26.8 percent line-drive rate, but he also has exhibited a dropoff in power. He has just a 7.6 percent HR/FB, down from 15.8 percent last year and 16.4 percent for his career.
Description: Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez is hitless in 11 career at-bats versus A's starter Bartolo Colon.
Insight: Ramirez continues to disappoint fantasy owners as he bats around .283, but with a very mediocre .683 OPS. It appears he'll never be the player of 2008 and it's time to look elsewhere for shortstop help, particularly in this unfavorable matchup.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game with the Cubs.
Insight: Konerko's three-year bump, batting around .300, seems to have faded this season as he's hitting just .235 through the first 45 games. At 37-years-old fantasy owners have to wonder if he'll ever get it back. Adam Dunn gets the start at first.
Description: Chicago starter Chris Sale, who has been dealing with mild tendinitis in his shoulder, is expected to start on Tuesday after missing his last turn in the rotation.
Insight: Sale has allowed just 44 hits in 64 innings this season and is 5-2 with a 2.53 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. He's pitched like the ace of the staff and must be started against a Cubs lineup that has produced just 3.94 runs per game.
Description: Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez is hitless in 17 career at-bats versus Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Ramirez continues to disappoint fantasy owners as he bats around .275, but with a very mediocre .671 OPS. It appears he'll never be the player of 2008 and it's time to look elsewhere for shortstop help.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko is 1-for-12 (.083) in his career versus Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Konerko's three-year bump, batting around .300, seems to have faded this season as he's hitting just .235 through the first 45 games. At 37-years-old fantasy owners have to wonder if he'll ever get it back. Avoid this matchup.
Description: Chicago starter John Danks is set to make his season debut Friday against Miami. SOURCE: Scott Merkin, MLB.com
Insight: Danks hasn't pitched in the major leagues since undergoing shoulder surgery last May. We're not sure if Danks is a realistic long-term fantasy option but he couldn't have asked for an easier opponent in his first start back. He could be worth a look if your team is short on starting pitching.
Description: Chicago starter Chris Sale has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday against the Red Sox due to mild tendinitis in his shoulder, according to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com. Hector Santiago will start in his place.
Insight: Sale has allowed just 44 hits in 64 innings this season and is 5-2 with a 2.53 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. The White Sox expect him to make his next start Tuesday against the Cubs.
Description: Chicago White Sox minor league catcher Josh Phegley is making people notice down at Triple-A Charlotte, batting .333 with 10 HR, 27 RBI and a 1.052 OPS over his first 33 games.
Insight: The 25-year-old has consistently hit .300 over his minor league career, but this is the first time he's shown this much power. Should the White Sox tire of Tyler Flowers' .195 batting average, they could give the youngster a shot later this season.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko is 10-for-23 (.435) in his career versus Boston left-hander Jon Lester. Three of his 10 hits are home runs.
Insight: Konerko's three-year bump, batting around .300, seems to have faded this season as he's hitting just .224 through the first 38 games. At 37-years-old fantasy owners have to wonder if he'll ever get it back. This favorable matchup could be a first step or an indication that he must have his fantasy value permanently reduced.
Description: Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez is a lifetime .467 hitter (7-for-15) with two homers against Jason Vargas of the Los Angeles Angels.
Insight: Ramirez had three hits Saturday to raise his average to .281 on the year. He has a career-high 24.6 percent line-drive rate, but his power has slipped even further than last season. He has a 2.3 percent HR/FB, down from a career-low 5.1 percent in 2012. Perhaps seeing Vargas Sunday will help him get one out of the park.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko has slammed Angels lefty Jason Vargas in their previous meetings.
Insight: Konerko is batting .538 (7-for13) with a homer against Vargas. The first baseman has hit safely in four straight games since getting a few days off at the beginning of this week, and he is 7-for-25 (.280) against lefties this year.
Description: White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago was staked a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth Saturday against the Angels, but he allowed three runs in the inning and was sent packing.
Insight: Santiago walked four and gave up four hits. He has good stuff and showed promise in his first two starts after joining the rotation, but his last two starts have been poor. He has allowed nine runs (six earned) on 12 hits in nine innings over his last two outings.
Description: White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo has gone 8-for-18 since returning from the DL and homered in each of the last two games. Thursday could be another big day, as he'll face Jerome Williams of the Angels.
Insight: We saw what Viciedo can do when he heats up when he hit .351 and eight homers last May. Williams has never retired Viciedo in five career at-bats (5-5, 1 HR).
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn clobbered two homers and drove in five runs Wednesday against the Twins.
Insight: Amazingly, this was only Dunn's third multi-hit game of the season. He's batting .156 and has struck out 48 times with just 15 walks. His lone fantasy contribution this season is his eight homers in 128 at-bats.
Description: White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo has gone 6-for-14 (.429) with a homer, four RBI and five walks in five games since returning from the DL.
Insight: Viciedo was out a few weeks with an oblique strain. He homered for the third time this season Tuesday against the Twins. We saw what he can do when he heats up when he hit .351 and eight homers last May.
Description: White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo (oblique) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Viciedo strained his oblique on a hard swing on April 18. He's hitting .229 with two homers in 48 at-bats this season. It was last May that Viciedo exploded onto the fantasy scene batting .351 with eight homers and 24 RBI for the month.
Description: White Sox center fielder Alejandro De Aza went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, a steal and two runs scored Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: It's a nice all-around effort from De Aza, who has six homers in his first 126 at-bats after hitting nine in 524 last season. However, De Aza's 30.1 percent strikeout rate limits will hold his batting average down.
Description: White Sox starter Jake Peavy (back) beat the Mets in his return to action Wednesday night. He allowed three hits and one run, walked two and fanned six in 6 2/3 innings.
Insight: Peavy (4-1, 3.03 ERA, 1.06 WHIP) was scratched from last Thursday's start with back spasms but he looked healthy in throwing 114 pitches (76 strikes) Wednesday. Peavy has a tremendous 45/8 K/BB in 38 2/3 innings this season.
Description: White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago went toe-to-toe with Mets ace Matt Harvey Tuesday night and came away with a no decision despite allowing just four hits and striking out eight over seven shutout innings.
Insight: Santiago joined the rotation in place of Gavin Floyd, who is headed for season-ending surgery and has given up one earned on six hits over 12 1/3 innings in his first two starts. The left-hander should be added in most leagues.
Description: White Sox left-hander John Danks (shoulder) is expected to make 2-3 more rehab starts before rejoining the big league rotation, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He allowed two runs ovre seven innings in his first rehab start for Double-A Birmingham despite throwing just 84-88 mph with his fastball.
Insight: Danks is coming back from shoulder surgery and was placed on the DL after being rocked during spring training. He should be owned in AL-only leagues, but fantasy owners in mixed leagues can leave him on the free agent wire until we see what he does against major league hitters.
Description: White Sox manager Robin Ventura said before Saturday's game that when John Danks returns from his rehab from shoulder surgery, the rotation could feature four lefties. That means Hector Santiago would remain in the rotation over Dylan Axelrod. SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times
Insight: Ventura likes Axelrod, but Santiago has better stuff and a higher ceiling. Ventura said he wouldn't be opposed to having four lefties in his rotation when Danks returns after two or three more minor league rehab starts. Santiago throws 95 mph and has several good off-speed pitches. Fantasy owners in deeper mixed leagues should take a shot on him.
Description: White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod took a tough-luck loss Saturday against the Royals despite allowing just two runs in 7 2/3 innings.
Insight: Axelrod (0-2, 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) allowed eight hits and didn't strike out a batter. His fantasy appeal is limited to AL-only leagues due to his lack of strikeouts, but he has been a solid arm at the back end of an injury-riddled White Sox rotation.
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn is 2-for-19 with 10 strikeouts in his career against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Dunn hit four homers in the final eight games of April and has been walking more lately after drawing just three free passes over the first 18 games, but he is still hitting just .147 with a .601 OPS.
Description: White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago likely will join the rotation full-time after a second opinion confirmed that Gavin Floyd has a torn flexor muscle.
Insight: Santiago was slated to make his first start of the season in place of Floyd Friday but he was moved up to Thursday to take the place of Jake Peavy (back spasms). Santiago allowed just two hits and one run and struck out six over 5 1/3 scoreless innings at Texas. His sinker sits at 93-95 mph and he has several off-speed pitches, including a screwball, a changeup and a slider. Deeper mixed league owners should make an add.
Description: A second opinion on White Sox starter Gavin Floyd's right arm has confirmed a torn flexor muscle and an unstable ulnar collateral ligament. SOURCE: Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune
Insight: Floyd will see a third doctor in New York on Monday to set a plan of action. In all likelihood, he's headed for season-ending surgery. Hector Santiago, who went 5 1/3 innings and allowed one run and two hits and struck out six Thursday in his first start of the season, will join the rotation, at least until John Danks returns from shoulder surgery.
Description: White Sox outfielder Alex Rios has faced Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie 50 times and collected 15 hits, including three doubles and two homers.
Insight: The two used to play in the AL East, which explains why Rios has so many at-bats against Guthrie. After a torrid start, Rios is 12-for-67 (.179) with zero multi-hit efforts over his last 18 games, but a familiar face on the mound could help him get it going.
Description: White Sox manager Robin Ventura is hopeful that Jake Peavy can make his next start on Sunday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday due to a sore back.
Insight: Peavy says his back locked up after stretching Wednesday and he is still dealing with discomfort. Hector Santiago will make his first start of the season Thursday.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko has a career .500 hitter (9-for-18) versus Rays' left-hander David Price.
Insight: Konerko hasn't homered in the last nine games and has just one extra base hit over that span, so could use this favorable matchup to get him going. For the season he's batting just .232 with a .664 OPS. Last April he came out of the gate quickly with five home runs and a 1.123 OPS, so this slow start is well below fantasy owners' expectations.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko left Wednesday's game after being hit by a pitch.
Insight: Konerko went 0-for-3 in the game and is batting .232 this year. He was lifted for a pinch-runner after the HBP in the bottom of the eighth, but there hasn't been any word on an injury to the first baseman.
Description: White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers (.224. 4 HR, 7 RBI) has faced Cleveland right-hander just four times, but struck out in all four at-bats.
Insight: This might be a good day for manager Robin Ventura to give Flowers the night off, but backup Hector Gimenez is gimpy after being struck on the left shin in Monday's game. You should avoid Flowers on Wednesday.
Description: Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez is just 2-for-15 (.133) in his career against Twins starter Scott Diamond.
Insight: Ramirez is batting .322 with five doubles, a homer and a 6/4 K/BB, so you're probably not going to bench him now. He'll put his hot start to the test against a pitcher he hasn't performed well against in his career.
Description: White Sox outfielder Alex Rios has cooled a bit with six hits in his last 29 at-bats (.207), but he has had significant success against Sunday's opponent Scott Diamond of the Minnesota Twins.
Insight: Rios has been a gem against Diamond, going 7-for-17 (.412) with a homer and three RBIs.
Description: White Sox center fielder Alejandro De Aza is 5-for-29 over his last seven games, but three of his hits were home runs. He also will face Twins starter Scott Diamond Sunday, against whom he has five hits in 11 career at-bats.
Insight: De Aza already has four jacks in 65 at-bats after hitting nine in 524 last year, but he has struck out 19 times. However, Diamond doesn't have strikeout stuff and De Aza has a good chance at putting together a nice game on Sunday.
Description: White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique.
Insight: Viciedo grabbed his left side after taking a big cut at the plate last Thursday. The outfielder is batting .229 average and but 16 strikeouts and no walks indicated he's not patient enough at the plate. Hopefully he can return in early May and produce like he did last May when he batted .351 with eight homers and 24 RBI.
Description: White Sox left-hander Chris Sale held Toronto to four hits and three runs (two earned) over seven innings, but he took his second loss of the year.
Insight: Sale has thrown three strong performances of seven innings or more and three runs or less, but his one bad start -- 4 1/3 innings, eight hits, eight runs his last time out -- makes his ERA 4.50 for the season. If you can somehow convince his owner that he's struggling, go for it.
Description: White Sox third baseman Jeff Keppinger went 0-for-4 Thursday and is 0-for-12 over his last three games.
Insight: Keppinger is batting .172 this season and has yet to walk in 64 trips to the plate. He hit .325 in 385 at-bats with Tampa Bay last season, but if he's not contributing in batting average he's not worth owning in fantasy leagues. He'll get hot at some point, and he'll still be on the free agent wire when he does.
Description: White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo left Thursday's game against the Blue Jays with an injury to his left side.
Insight: Viciedo grabbed his left side after taking a big cut at the plate. He likely has an oblique injury. The outfielder came into Thursday with a .217 average and 15/0 K/BB, but he went 6-for-12 with three doubles over his previous three games.
Description: White Sox outfielder Alex Rios went yard Wednesday for the fifth time this season.
Insight: Rios is batting .351 with nine RBIs, nine runs and three steals through 15 games to quickly eliminate any concerns that he would have a letdown after last season's excellent all-around campaign.
Description: White Sox starter Jose Quintana hasn't allowed a run over his last two starts.
Insight: He walked two, gave up five hits and fanned seven in 6 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday versus Toronto after one-hitting the Indians over seven innings his last time out. His next turn will likely come Monday against those same Indians.
Description: White Sox outfielder Alex Rios is just 3-for-23 (.130) against former teammate Mark Buehrle with a .428 OPS.
Insight: Rios (.372, 4 HR, 8 RBI) is off to a flying start, but after homering in four consecutive games through April 9, has gone without a long ball in his last five games. This is an unfavorable matchup.
Description: Chicago DH Adam Dunn is 1-for-7 against Cleveland starter Zach McAllister with a home run and five strikeouts.
Insight: That seems about right for the all-or-nothing slugger. Dunn is hitting just .162 for the year with a pair of homers and 11 strikeouts. You know what you are getting when you draft Dunn - homers, strikeouts and a low batting average.
Description: White Sox minor league first baseman Seth Loman is off to a fast start at Triple-A Charlotte, batting .458 with three homers and seven RBI through the Knights' first eight games.
Insight: Loman doesn't have a quick path to the majors as his way is blocked by both Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn. He's averaged .279 with 20 HR a season over the last four years, so this is likely just a hot streak and not a rise in long-term fantasy potential.
Description: White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo is hitless in seven career at-bats against Indians' starter Justin Masterson.
Insight: Viciedo hasn't been especially impressive this year, connecting on just four hits in 23 at bats (.174). The only good news is that he started slowly in 2012 only to explode in May (.351, 8 HR, 24 RBI in 28 games).
Description: Chicago DH Adam Dunn isn't a high-average hitter, but he does own a .360 batting average (9-for-25) against Cleveland starter Justin Masterson.
Insight: Dunn is hitting just .182 for the year with a pair of homers and 11 strikeouts. You know what you are getting when you draft Dunn - a high homer total and a low batting average. We see the low average and are waiting for the home run barrage to start. Maybe today in this favorable matchup.
Description: White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham has a broken hamate bone in his left hand and will miss at least six weeks. SOURCE: Dan Hayes, CSN Chicago
Insight: Beckham suffered what was initially called nerve irritation Tuesday on a hard swing, but tests have revealed the fracture. He'll need surgery to repair it. Nick Markakis had the same injury last season and missed six weeks, and Pablo Sandoval has suffered the injury in each hand over the last two years and missed six weeks the first time and five the second time.
Description: Chicago DH Adam Dunn won't be of much use to fantasy owners Thursday versus Dan Haren (2-for-15 lifetime with seven strikeouts).
Insight: Dunn is hitting just .179 for the year and he's already racked up ten strikeouts in his first 28 at bats. That's to be expected from the Big Donkey, a .240 lifetime hitter who loves to swing for the fences. With half the league getting the day off on Thursday, it could be tough to find a replacement for Dunn but trust us, you don't want him in your lineup against Haren.
Description: White Sox third baseman Jeff Keppinger is hitting .500 for his career against Washington's Dan Haren.
Insight: Haren has spent the majority of his career pitching for American League clubs so their paths have crossed quite a few times. It's understandable if fantasy owners are hesitant to start Keppinger because of his poor start (.133 AVG in his first seven games) but the numbers don't lie.
Description: White Sox left-hander John Danks (shoulder) saw a slight jump in velocity during an extended spring training start Tuesday afternoon.
Insight: Danks is coming back from shoulder surgery and was placed on the DL after being rocked during spring training. White Sox manager Robin Ventura said that Danks was throwing 89 mph after sitting at 87 before. He's still without a timetable for a return but he's making progress.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko is a career .083 hitter versus Washington ace Gio Gonzalez with one hit in 12 at-bats.
Insight: Add a slow start from the White Sox first baseman (.100 through 20 at-bats) and you have the making for an ugly game. Konerko had a monster April and May last season before fading late in the season, so a slow start is concerning. Avoid today's matchup.
Description: White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo won the game with a walkoff homer Sunday versus the Mariners.
Insight: It was his only hit of the afternoon. Viciedo hasn't been especially impressive this year, connecting on just three hits in 19 at bats (.158). If there's one positive to take away from Viciedo's early season performance it's that two out of the three hits have been home runs.
Description: White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod was solid in his 2013 debut, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing one run on three hits to the Mariners in a no decision.
Insight: Axelrod had a 5.47 ERA in 51 big league innings last season but he has posted a 2.58 ERA in 188 1/3 innings at Triple-A over the last two seasons. He also had a strong spring. He'll serve as the fifth starter until John Danks returns to action.
Description: White Sox outfielder Alex Rios has homered in two straight games and picked up a hit in all five games this season.
Insight: Rios (.304, 25 HR, 91 RBI, 23 SB) had one of his best seasons in 2012, primarily out of the fifth hole, and he has batted third in every game this season. Hitting in front of the patient and powerful Adam Dunn should give Rios plenty of chances to steal and score runs.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko has only faced Seattle starter Blake Beavan five times, but owns four hits, including a home run and three RBI.
Insight: Konerko was 1-for-12 in the season-opening series. He has gotten off to hot starts in April and May over the last two seasons so there's reason to believe he will come around quickly and this favorable matchup might be the place for him to start.
Description: Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez will have his work cut out for him Thursday against Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Ramirez is 3-for-28 lifetime against the Royals righthander. It will be tempting to start Ramirez after he homered on Wednesday but fantasy owners should really look elsewhere for shortstop help today.
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn will have to face Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie on Thursday. In the past, that's rendered some disastrous results (2-for-16, eight K's).
Insight: There's no bigger headache in the world of fantasy baseball than Adam Dunn. If you're in a league that counts batting average, his low contact rate will doom you. But if you don't start Dunn, the prodigious power numbers he'll put up on your bench will make you want to kick yourself. You knew what you were getting into on draft day.
Description: White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy won his first start of 2013 by going six innings and holding Kansas City to two runs (one earned) on four hits. He struck out six and walked none.
Insight: In 2012, Peavy put together his best season since winning the Cy Young Award in 2007. In 32 starts, the right-hander went 11-12 with a 3.37 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 194 strikeouts in 219 innings. An injury is the only thing that will prevent him from duplicating that success.
Description: Chicago DH Adam Dunn came in 1-for-10 in his career against Kansas City right-hander Ervin Santana, but he went 2-for-3 with a solo homer Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Dunn was 0-for-4 in the opener. He finished the 2012 season with 222 strikeouts, one shy of Mark Reynolds' major-league record set back in 2009. Dunn also led the league in walks (105) and finished the year with 41 homers, his highest total since 2004. Look for similar results in 2013.
Description: Chicago DH Adam Dunn has not had any success against Kansas City right-hander Ervin Santana going 1-for-10 over his career, a single, and three strikeouts.
Insight: Dunn was 0-for-4 in the opener. He finished the 2012 season with 222 strikeouts, one shy of Mark Reynolds' major-league record set back in 2009. Dunn also led the league in walks (105) and finished the year with 41 homers, his highest total since 2004.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko is just a .171 hitter against Royals starter Ervin Santana without a home run and just a .444 OPS. He's struck out nine times and produced just six hits in 35 career at-bats.
Insight: Konerko didn't have a good matchup history with James Shields in the opener and that proved prophetic as he went 0-for-4. He doesn't have a good matchup on Wednesday either.
Description: White Sox reliever Jesse Crain is expected to be available for Tuesday's game against Kansas City. he's been struggling with a strained right adductor.
Insight: Crain has the ability to strike out batters (60 in 48 IP last season), but unless your fantasy league uses the hold category has very little fantasy value. He was 2-3 last season with a 2.44 ERA and 1.083 WHIP, but Addison Reed (29 saves) and Matt Thornton are ahead of him on the depth chart.
Description: White Sox ace Chris Sale limited the Royals to just seven hits over 7 2/3 shutout frames in Monday's season opener at U.S. Cellular Field.
Insight: Sale faltered late in the season last year (4.03 ERA after the All-Star break) but that's to be expected for a pitcher in his first year as a full-time starter. Now that Sale has that first year out of the way, he should be good to go in 2013. His next start is Sunday against the Mariners.
Description: Chicago DH Adam has not been much of an offensive force against Kansas City right-hander James Shields going 1-for-10 over his career with no homers and five strikeouts.
Insight: Dunn finished the 2012 season with 222 strikeouts, one shy of Mark Reynolds' major-league record set back in 2009. Dunn also led the league in walks (105) and finished the year with 41 homers, his highest total since 2004.
Description: Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko is just a .160 hitter against Royals starter James Shields without a home run and just a .460 OPS.
Insight: There has been some concern about how Konerko has faded in the second half during the past two seasons (.263 with a .771 OPS in the second half of 2012), but overall his season-long numbers have been very good and he's still a solid fantasy first base option.
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (shoulder) received negative X-rays on his right shoulder. He was hit by a pitch Wednesday and is day-to-day. SOURCE: Dan Hayes, CSN Chicago
Insight: Ramirez has never lived up to the 20/20 potential he flashed in his rookie year. He's hit in the .260s in each of the last two seasons and had a career-low .651 OPS in 2012. He shouldn't crack rosters in 12-team leagues.
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez left Wednesday's game after being hit in the right shoulder by a pitch from Indians righty Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Insight: Ramirez has never lived up to the 20/20 potential he flashed in his rookie year. He's hit in the .260s in each of the last two seasons and had a career-low .651 OPS in 2012. We'll have to wait for the team to provide an update regarding his shoulder.
Description: Dylan Axelrod will serve as the fifth starter for the Chicago White Sox until John Danks returns. Hector Santiago will pitch out of the bullpen.
Insight: Axelrod had a 5.47 ERA in 51 big league innings last season but he has posted a 2.58 ERA in 188 1/3 innings at Triple-A over the last two seasons. He also has a 3.21 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 12/2 K/BB in 14 spring innings. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on him.
Description: White Sox left-hander John Danks (shoulder) will start the season on the disabled list, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Danks has allowed 20 earned runs, five homers and five walks in 11 innings this spring, giving him a 16.36 ERA. "Until he gets everything back and can throw as hard as he wants and has velocity, you're seeing him without a lot of his pitches," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said.