Fantasy MLB
Outfield Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
 
Adam Eaton, CF, CWSHot7/29/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton has hit .340 with nine doubles, four triples, 18 runs and five steals in his last 37 games.
Insight: Eaton went 3-for-5 Tuesday against the Tigers to raise his average to .289 on the year. He was hitting .251 on June 12.
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEAHot7/29/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley had three more hits Tuesday at Cleveland, bringing his total to 30 in July.
Insight: Ackley has gone 30-for-77 (.390) this month, but he's still hitting just .256 with four homers, 34 RBI and three steals on the year.
Grady Sizemore, OF, PHI7/29/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia outfielder Grady Sizemore hit his first home run since April 11 Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Since he joined the Phillies, Sizemore has gone 16-for-51 (.314), but with just two RBI, in 15 games.
Jay Bruce, RF, CINCold7/29/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce will return from the bereavement list on Friday, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Bruce has left the team due to the death of his grandfather. He sat out Tuesday and will miss two more games.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT7/29/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte (concussion) is eligible to return from the disabled list Wednesday, but manager Clint Hurdle is not optimistic he'll be ready, according to Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch on July 18 and was placed on the DL a few days later due to a concussion.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF, MIN7/29/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is not with the team on Tuesday due to the birth of his son, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Arcia is expected back with the Twins on Wednesday, so he hasn't been placed on the paternity leave list. The 23-year-old has hit .221 with seven homers in 195 at-bats this season.
George Springer, RF, HOU7/29/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (quad) took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since he landed on the disabled list, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Springer is eligible to return from the disabled list on Aug. 4 and even if he's not ready to go on that date he should be able to return soon after that.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAKCold7/29/2014 7:32:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (neck) will be held out until at least Friday, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Crisp hurt his neck a couple months ago when he crashed into the outfield wall and the injury hasn't gone away even though the A's have given him frequent days off since then. A's manager Bob Melvin said Crisp's MRI showed "no changes."
Jason Heyward, RF, ATL7/29/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (back) is expected back in the lineup Wednesday or Thursday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Heyward is out of the lineup Tuesday after leaving Monday's game with lower back spasms. Ryan Doumit is starting in right field on Tuesday.
Shane Victorino, RF, BOS7/29/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will sit Tuesday with Brock Holt covering right field and Stephen Drew at shortstop.
Insight: Victorino is batting .273 in 29 games this season, he just can't seem to stay on the field.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS7/29/2014 4:21:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth left Monday's game in the seventh inning with a twisted ankle and is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Manager Matt Williams expected Werth to be fine Tuesday, but apparently he can use a day off. The outfielder suffered the injury while trying to avoid a tag at second base. He's batting .284 with 12 HR, 58 RBI and 60 runs scored.
Marlon Byrd, RF, PHIHot7/29/2014 4:16:00 PM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game with the Mets.
Insight: Considering he's one of the few Phillies actually hitting the ball we're surprised, but it appears to be a routine day of rest. Byrd is batting .273 with 20 HR and 60 RBI.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYM7/29/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda is just 1-for-13 (.077) with seven strikeouts versus Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Duda has 18 home runs (three in six games) to go with 57 RBI on the season. He's hitting just .260 but has reached base at a .358 clip and slugged .498. Too bad this matchup must be avoided. Update: Duda is not in the starting lineup.
Jay Bruce, RF, CINCold7/29/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce was placed on bereavement leave.
Insight: Bruce is two for his last 17 at-bats without an extra-base hit.Chris Heisey should see addition at-bats.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS7/29/2014 11:26:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth left Monday's game in the seventh inning with a twisted ankle, but is expected to be back in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Manager Matt Williams expected Werth to be fine Tuesday. The outfielder suffered the injury while trying to avoid a tag at second base. He's batting .284 with 12 HR, 58 RBI and 60 runs scored.
Drew Stubbs, CF, COL7/29/2014 11:17:00 AM
Description: Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs while dealing with a sprained left ankle.
Insight: Stubbs has enjoyed his first season in the light Colorado air, batting .302 with 11 HR and a career-high .855 OPS. The Seattle Mariners are thought to be asking about his availability, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Corey Dickerson, LF, COL7/29/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs due to a sore groin.
Insight: Dickerson is still chugging along at .328 with a .978 OPS in 241 at-bats this season and should be in all fantasy lineups if healthy.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATL7/29/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward left Monday's game after three innings due to a sore back and is questionable for Tuesday's game against the LA Dodgers.
Insight: Heyward is batting .261 with nine homers, 42 RBI and 53 runs scored. He's been playing much better lately, batting .313 in July so fantasy owners hope he makes a quick recovery.
Wil Myers, RF, TAM7/29/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers (stress fracture in his right wrist) hit off a tee Friday and is progressing toward a mid-August return, barring any setbacks.
Insight: Myers suffered the injury on May 30 when he collided with Desmond Jennings. The 23-year-old reigning AL Rookie of the Year has been done little this season batting .227 with five homers and 25 RBI.
Dexter Fowler, CF, HOU7/29/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler (intercostal) has yet to swing a bat or pick up a baseball.
Insight: Fowler has put up solid numbers when on the field (.270, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 43 runs in 76 games), but he's continuing his streak of never having played more than 143 games in a season.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL7/29/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is a stunning 7-for-9 (.778) against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Gonzalez rolled his ankle before Saturday's game. The 28-year-old has delivered underwhelming production this season with 10 HR and 36 RBI. He's played just 63 of his team's 105 games.
Alex Rios, RF, TEXCold7/29/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios has gone 1-for-19 (.053) in his career against Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy.
Insight: Rios was very good for the first two months of the season, but since June 1 is is batting .281 with just one home run and a .672 OPS. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS7/29/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is 6-for-13 (.462) with a double and two home runs versus Miami starter Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Harper hasn't been very good since the calendar turned to July, batting .221 with two homers and three RBI in 21 games. As bad as he's swinging, he probably won't be able to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA7/29/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has frequently gotten the best of his matchup with Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg (9-for-26 with three home runs).
Insight: The slugger is batting .290 with 23 HR and a league-leading 69 RBI, but is hitting just .205 in July with an ugly .636 OPS.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYM7/29/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda is just 1-for-13 (.077) with seven strikeouts versus Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Duda has 18 home runs (three in six games) to go with 57 RBI on the season. He's hitting just .260 but has reached base at a .358 clip and slugged .498. Too bad this matchup must be avoided.
Rajai Davis, LF, DET7/29/2014 9:33:00 AM
Description: Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis is a career .400 hitter with a 1.079 OPS versus White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: And if Davis gets on base he's been successful in 4-of-4 stolen base attempts against Quintana. Davis is putting together his best season since 2009 in Oakland. He's batting .297 with a .766 OPS over 81 games and is worth a flier Tuesday.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANACold7/29/2014 9:29:00 AM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is just 1-for-12 (.083) versus Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: It's a little unusual in that Hamilton is a .305 hitter against right-handers in his career 35 points higher than against lefties, but this season he's been better against left-handers. Avoid this matchup.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYY 7/28/2014 11:10:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner went 3-for-5 with two solo home runs Monday at Texas.
Insight: Gardner now has four career home runs and five hits in 11 career at-bats against Yu Darvish. The outfielder's career high in home runs prior to this season was eight, but he already has 12 dingers in 380 at-bats this year.
Stephen Vogt, OF, OAKHot7/28/2014 11:06:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt had a double and a solo homer Monday at Houston.
Insight: Vogt has been an everyday player throughout this month, first due to Josh Reddick's knee injury and now because he's just too hot to take out. He's hit .361 with five home runs, 23 RBI and a .931 OPS in 147 at-bats and is a must-add due to his catcher eligibility.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS 7/28/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth left Monday's game in the seventh inning with a twisted ankle, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Manager Matt Williams expects Werth to be fine Tuesday. The outfielder suffered the injury while trying to avoid a tag at second base.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS7/28/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper had two hits, including a double, in four at-bats Monday at Miami.
Insight: Harper was 1-for-14 in his previous three games. He's gone 16-for-71 (.225) with five extra-base hits (2 HR), three RBI, 26 Ks and 11 walks since he returned from a torn ligament in his thumb.
Melky Cabrera, LF, TORHot7/28/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera swatted two home runs, drove in five and scored three Monday at Boston.
Insight: Cabrera has batted .363 with eight doubles, a triple, three homers and 16 RBI in July. He's been a fantasy star this season, hitting .313 with 45 extra-base hits (14 HR), 58 RBI, 67 runs, five steals and an .849 OPS.
Marlon Byrd, RF, PHIHot7/28/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd had four singles Monday night against the Mets.
Insight: In his last 10 games, Byrd has gone 17-for-47 (.362) with two doubles and two home runs. He may be moved to a contender before the deadline.
A.J. Pollock, CF, ARI7/28/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock (hand) will take live batting practice against rehabbing pitcher Daniel Hudson on Tuesday and then begin a rehab assignment. SOURCE: mlb.com
Insight: Pollock fractured his right hand when he was hit by a pitch on May 31 and underwent surgery. He was on a tear before the injury, hitting .359 with 13 doubles, four triples, six homers, 14 RBI, 24 runs, eight steals and a 1.061 OPS in his last 39 games.
Jason Lane, OF, SDP7/28/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: In his first career start, Padres 37-year-old left-hander Jason Lane held the Braves to one run on six hits and struck out two over six innings.
Insight: Lane was an outfielder from 2002-07 with the Astros and Padres before becoming a pitcher in 2011. The soft-tosser kept the Braves off balance Monday and may get another start, but he's not likely to have fantasy value.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG7/28/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (back) will go through a full workout Tuesday, according to Amy Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area.
Insight: If he gets through it without an issue, he'll go on a rehab assignment. Pagan hasn't played since June 14 due to a back strain.
Billy Burns, LF, OAK7/28/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: The Athletics have called up low-level outfield prospect Billy Burns from Double-A.
Insight: Coco Crisp hasn't been able to shake a neck injury and Craig Gentry went on the DL Monday with a broken hand. Burns has hit .250 with one home run, a .662 OPS and 51 steals in 91 games for Double-A Midland this season.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYY7/28/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in Monday night's starting lineup against Texas.
Insight: Ellsbury has played 10 consecutive days since the teams returned from the All-Star break, so can probably use the day off.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL7/28/2014 4:46:00 PM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (ankle) didn't start the past two games, but is back in the starting lineup, for Monday's game against Chicago.
Insight: Gonzalez rolled his ankle before Saturday's game. The 28-year-old has delivered underwhelming production this season with 10 HR and 36 RBI. He's played just 62 of his team's 104 games.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATL7/28/2014 2:21:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward left Monday's game after three innings due to a sore back.
Insight: Heyward is batting .261 with nine homers, 42 RBI and 53 runs scored. He's been playing much better lately, batting .313 in July.
B.J. Upton, CF, ATL7/28/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton is getting Monday afternoon off.
Insight: Upton is batting .217 with a .623 OPS which is actually an improvement on last season, but since leaving Tampa Bay in 2012 he hasn't had any fantasy value whatsoever.
Matt Holliday, LF, STLHot7/27/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday hit one out of the park for the fifth time in his last 11 games Sunday at Chicago.
Insight: Holliday has raised his OPS from .740 to .791 since July 8. He's hitting .269 with 10 homers, 53 RBI and 57 runs this season.
Carlos Quentin, LF, SDPCold7/27/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin (knee) will go on the disabled list, according to Corey Brock of mlb.com.
Insight: Quentin left Friday's game with knee soreness, which has been a chronic issue for him. He pinch-hit Saturday and was initially in the lineup Sunday, but he was scratched. There's no reason to own him in any leagues.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAKCold7/27/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp has returned to Oakland to have his neck examined, according to Joe Stiglich of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Crisp hurt his neck a couple months ago when he crashed into the outfield wall and the injury hasn't gone away even though the A's have given him frequent days off since then. He missed two of the past three games and won't be with the team for the three-game series that begins Monday at Houston.
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEAHot7/27/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley went 3-for-5 Sunday and has gone 27-for-72 (.375) in July.
Insight: Ackley hasn't homered since May 11 and has just four homers, 32 RBI, 37 runs and three steals in 315 at-bats this season. While he's mashed this month, he's also driven in just five runs and scored seven in that span.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYMHot7/27/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda has homered in four of the past six games.
Insight: Duda has 18 jacks to go with 56 RBI on the season. He's hitting .259 but has reached base at a .356 clip and slugged .500.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG7/27/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the team hopes to decide Monday or Tuesday when center fielder Angel Pagan (back) will begin a rehab assignment, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Pagan has a bulging disc in his back and hasn't played since June 14. He hasn't suffered any setbacks and should be back in the first week of August.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAKCold7/27/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Crisp has received frequent days off since he hurt his neck a couple months ago and he's been out of the lineup in two of the past three days.
Marcell Ozuna, RF, MIA7/27/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna has hit just two homers in July after blasting five in each of the previous two months.
Insight: Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday at Houston. The 23-year-old has hit 16 home runs and driven in 55 runs this season.
Carlos Quentin, LF, SDPCold7/27/2014 2:38:00 PM
Description: San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin (knee) is out of the lineup Sunday, according to Corey Brock of mlb.com.
Insight: Quentin left Friday's game with knee soreness, which has been a chronic issue for him. He pinch-hit Saturday and was initially in the lineup Sunday, but he was scratched. There's no reason to own him in any leagues.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANACold7/27/2014 1:29:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (knee) is back in the lineup Sunday, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: He left Friday's game with a sore left knee, but manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that he's made "a lot of progress." In 46 games since he returned from his thumb injury, Hamilton has batted .268 with three home runs. He's batted .462 (6-for-13) with two homers against Tigers starter Rick Porcello.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL7/27/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (ankle) is out again Sunday.
Insight: Gonzalez rolled his ankle before Saturday's game. The 28-year-old has delivered underwhelming production and is on pace to play less than 100 games this season. He's played 135 games or less in each of the past three seasons and never played more than 145.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFG7/27/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is hitless in his last 12 at-bats, but he has a good matchup Sunday.
Insight: Pence is 8-for-18 (.444) with two doubles against Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. Even with the recent slump, Pence is still batting above .300 for the third straight month.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX7/27/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios has gone 10-for-46 (.217) in his career against A's starter Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Rios' string of nine straight seasons with double-digit homers is likely going to come to and end in 2014. He has just four home runs and 16 steals after averaging 22 homers and 32 steals the past two years.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANACold7/27/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (knee) may return to the lineup Sunday against the Tigers, according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: He left Friday's game with a sore left knee, but manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that he's made "a lot of progress." In 46 games since he returned from his thumb injury, Hamilton has batted .268 with three home runs. He's batted .462 (6-for-13) with two homers against Tigers starter Rick Porcello.
Ryan Sweeney, CF, CHC7/27/2014 12:16:00 PM
Description: Chicago outfielder Ryan Sweeney has gone 3-for-7 with two homers and five RBI his last two games and he's mashed against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Wainwright is one of the best in the game, but Sweeney is 5-for-12 (.417) with three doubles and a homer against him. He's only hitting .224 with a .588 OPS, but is a decent fantasy option Sunday.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLEHot7/27/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley has hit safely in more than half his at-bats against Royals starter Bruce Chen.
Insight: Brantley is 11-for-21 (.524) with two doubles against Chen. Make sure he's in your lineup Sunday.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY7/27/2014 12:07:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran has homered in the last two games and will face Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ Sunday, which makes him a good fantasy option.
Insight: Beltran is 7-for-20 (.350) with a double and three homers against Happ. Beltran's OPS reached .700 for the first time since June 5 on Saturday.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAKCold7/26/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp missed Friday, but is back in his customary leadoff spot for Saturday's contest.
Insight: Crisp has received frequent days off since he hurt his neck a couple months ago. He's batted just .115 (3-for-26) over his last seven games.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL7/26/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez injured an ankle before Saturday afternoon and will not start tonight.
Insight: Gonzalez homered Friday night. He's not hitting anywhere close to preseason expectations (.250, 10 HR, 36 RBI, .748 OPS).
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANACold7/26/2014 5:27:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton left Friday's game with a sore left knee and is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Hamilton went 0-for-1 before leaving. In 46 games since he returned from his thumb injury, Hamilton has batted .268 with three home runs. Efren Navarro will get the start in left field and has batted .313 in limited action (64 ABs).
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY7/26/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran blasted a home run against the Blue Jays Saturday.
Insight: Beltran is still hitting just .227 with 12 homers, 34 RBI and a .732 OPS, but has homered in back-to-back games for the first time since mid-April.
Allen Craig, RF, STL7/26/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is not only hitless versus Cubs starter Jake Arrieta, he has struck out five of seven times he faced the right-hander.
Insight: Craig has been a huge disappointment this season batting just .240 after posting a .315 average last season. Avoid this matchup. Update: Craig is not in the starting lineup.
Marcell Ozuna, RF, MIA7/26/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna is not in Saturday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Ozuna is just 1-for-15 over the past four games and can probably use the night off. He has hit 15 homers and driven in 54 runs.
Shane Victorino, RF, BOS7/26/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will sit Saturday with Brock Holt covering right field and Stephen Drew at shortstop.
Insight: Victorino has a six-game hitting streak, but has played the last four games and the Red Sox don't want to overwork him.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFG7/26/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is hot right now but faces a tough matchup against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Pence has batted .354 in July after hitting over .300 in each of the previous two months. However, he's just 4-for-41 (.098) against Kershaw.
Matt Joyce, RF, TAM7/26/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce has a career .333 batting average (8-for-24) with two home runs against Red Sox starter John Lackey.
Insight: Joyce is one of four Rays starters (Evan Longoria, Yunel Escobar, Ben Zobrist are the others) batting over .333 for their career versus Lackey.
Josh Willingham, LF, MINCold7/26/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has struck out 11 times in 22 plate appearances against Saturday's starter Chris Sale.
Insight: Willingham hasn't been a good fantasy option since hitting 35 homers in 2012 and its probably best to avoid him.
Allen Craig, RF, STL7/26/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is not only hitless versus Cubs starter Jake Arrieta, he has struck out five of seven times he faced the right-hander.
Insight: Craig has been a huge disappointment this season batting just .240 after posting a .315 average last season. Avoid this matchup.
Jose Bautista, RF, TORHot7/26/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Just off a two-homer night, Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has another favorable matchup Saturday versus Chris Capuano.
Insight: Bautista is 7-for-18 (.389) with a pair of home runs against the left-hander. The slugger has reached the 20 home run mark and leads the league with a .412 OBP.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYYHot7/26/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is 5-for-7 (.714) against Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchinson
Insight: Ellsbury has had a good week batting .364 over the past six games. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANACold7/25/2014 11:30:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton left Friday's game with a sore left knee, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Hamilton went 0-for-1 before leaving. In 46 games since he returned from his thumb injury, Hamilton has batted .268 with three home runs.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYMHot7/25/2014 11:15:00 PM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda has homered in three of the past four games.
Insight: Duda launched his 17th homer and drove in two runs Friday at Milwaukee. He's hitting .260 with 53 RBI and an .855 OPS, making the Mets' decision to jettison Ike Davis in favor of him look smart.
Josh Willingham, LF, MINCold7/25/2014 11:09:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has gone deep twice in his last four games, but he hasn't had a good month otherwise.
Insight: He's 9-for-60 (.150) in July and 15-for-104 (.144) in his last 32 games. Despite a .213 average, Willingham's OPS is still .776 because he's continued to walk and hit for some power.
Denard Span, CF, WASHot7/25/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Hot-hitting Washington center fielder Denard Span is a career 4-for-7 versus Reds ace Johnny Cueto.
Insight: Span has gone 18-for-35 (.514) in his last eight games including consecutive four-hit nights Wednesday and Friday. He's hitting .289 with one homer, 21 RBI, 62 runs and 18 steals this season.
Domonic Brown, LF, PHI7/25/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, three RBI and two runs Friday night.
Insight: Brown hit 12 homers in May and six in June last season. This season, he has seven home runs in total and it's not like his home runs have turned into doubles. He has just 14 two-base hits in 337 at-bats.
Denard Span, CF, WASHot7/25/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span had his second straight four-hit game Friday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Eight hits, all singles for Span the past two games. In fact, he's gone 18-for-35 (.514) in his last eight games, but 17 were singles. He's hitting .289 with one homer, 21 RBI, 62 runs and 18 steals this season.
Shane Victorino, RF, BOS7/25/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino has hit safely in all six games since he came off the disabled list.
Insight: Victorino went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Friday at Tampa Bay and is 10-for-23 since he returned from the DL. He's been limited to 114 at-bats this season by injuries.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM7/25/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings has had a nice month of July, going 20-for-64 with seven doubles, two homers and 14 runs.
Insight: He's still hitting just .249 because he came into the month batting .235. Jennings is on pace to finish with nearly identical numbers to the past two seasons. At age 27, he's likely not going to improve much from the player he is right now.
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR7/25/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI Friday against the Yankees.
Insight: Bautista has homered three times in the past three games after going deep just three times in the previous 39.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY7/25/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against Toronto.
Insight: Beltran is still hitting just .222 with 11 homers, 32 RBI and a .689 OPS on the year. He just hasn't made enough consistent hard contact this season and has a .227 BABIP.
Ryan Sweeney, CF, CHC7/25/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: Chicago outfielder Ryan Sweeney went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI Friday against St. Louis.
Insight: Sweeney has hit his only two homers this season in his last 10 games. He's batting .221 with a .566 OPS this year and isn't a fantasy option.
Matt Holliday, LF, STLHot7/25/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday homered for the fourth time in his last nine games Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: This is the Holliday fantasy owners paid for. He's gone 10 for his last 31 (.323) and now has nine homers on the year.
Carlos Quentin, LF, SDPCold7/25/2014 9:14:00 PM
Description: San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin left Friday's game for an undisclosed reason.
Insight: Quentin is one of the most oft-injured players in baseball and is on track to play less than 90 games for the third straight season. In the past two he put up solid numbers when he played, but this season he's batting .178 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 129 at-bats. He's hit .120 in his last 100 at-bats.
George Springer, RF, HOU7/25/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer has yet to do any exercises on his injured left quad since he went on the disabled list. SOURCE: Jose de Jesus Ortiz, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Springer is eligible to return from the disabled list on Aug. 4, but he needs to start making some progress if he's going to make it back by then.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG7/25/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan has started to hit against live pitching, according to Carl Steward of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Pagan has a bulging disc in his back and hasn't played since June 14. He's expected to return in the first 10 days of August.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAKCold7/25/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is not in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Crisp has received frequent days off since he hurt his neck a couple months ago. He's batted just .115 (3-for-26) over his last seven games.
J.D. Martinez, OF, DETCold7/25/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is back in the lineup Friday after missing the past two games due to a quad injury.
Insight: Martinez took a .346 average, 13 homers and 43 RBI over 188 at-bats into the All-Star break, but he's gone 3-for-20 (.150) since the break.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS7/25/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) is back in the starting lineup Friday.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch and was out of the starting lineup the last four games, though he did walk as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, OAK7/25/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) is back in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Cespedes sprained his thumb Wednesday after hitting two homers and driving in five runs earlier in the game. Fantasy owners should consider it a stroke of luck that he had to miss just one game.
Nick Markakis, RF, BAL7/25/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis is a career .464 hitter (13-for-28) against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Markakis is having a productive season, batting .290 with seven homers, 34 RBI and 50 runs scored as the Orioles leadoff hitter. The prohblem is even if he gets on will anyone knock him in against the best pitcher in the AL.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYM7/25/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda is a career 5-for-10 with a double and two home runs versus Milwaukee right-hander Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Duda has been good this season with 16 home runs and 51 RBI and an .850 OPS.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYYHot7/25/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is a career .458 hitter (11-for-24) with four extra-base hits versus Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Gardner is having a good week (.988 OPS over his last six games) and should be able to take advantage of the situation.
Nate Schierholtz, RF, CHCCold7/25/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Cubs right fielder Nate Schierholtz is 6-for-13 (.462) against Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly.
Insight: His surprising 21 HR season of a year ago is a thing of the past as he's batting .199 with five homers and 31 RBI. Despite a favorable matchup we recommend avoiding him until we see signs of life.
Steve Pearce, RF, NYY7/24/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce is not in Thursday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Pearce is not swinging the bat well right now, hitting just .192 over the past eight games, but still has good season-long numbers - , batting .306 with 11 homers and 31 RBI in just 206 at-bats.
Melky Cabrera, LF, TORHot7/24/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with three doublesand two RBI in Thursday's 8-0 drubbing of the Red Sox.
Insight: Cabrera had his fourth three-hit game in the last six contests to raise his average to .311 to go along with 52 RBI and 61 runs scored.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, OAK7/24/2014 1:24:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a pair of home runs Wednesday night, but exited the game with a sprained right thumb and is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Cespedes injured himself on a swing. He's batting .254 with 16 HR and 61 RBI this season and the high-scoring Oakland lineup is likely to suffer a bit if he has to sit. Call him day-to-day.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL7/24/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is questionable for Friday's game against Pittsburgh due to a sore left hand.
Insight: Gonzalez missed the Wednesday night game due to the injury. He's not hitting anywhere close to preseason expectations (.250, 9 HR, 34 RBI, .739 OPS).
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, OAK7/24/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a pair of home runs Wednesday night, but exited the game with a sprained right thumb, according to Oakland beat writer Susan Slusser.
Insight: Cespedes injured himself on a swing. He's batting .254 with 16 HR and 61 RBI this season and the high-scoring Oakland lineup is likely to suffer a bit if he has to sit. Call him day-to-day.
Moises Sierra, CF, CWS7/24/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: White Sox outfielder Moises Sierra is a career .500 hitter (8-for-16) against Minnesota starter Phil Hughes.
Insight: Sierra doesn't play every day, so fantasy owners will need to check the starting lineup before considering him, but he is batting .333 over the past two weeks and has a favorable matchup.
Marcell Ozuna, RF, MIA7/24/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna is 4-for-8 with two home runs versus Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Ozuna has hit 15 homers and driven in 54 runs, but he's not swinging a good bat at the moment (6-for-last-34) and may not be ready to take advantage of this matchup.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX7/24/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios, back in the lineup after missing time with an ankle injury, is just 1-for-16 (.063) versus Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy.
Insight: Rios sprained his ankle in the batter's box and missed three games. He's lacking power this season, batting .303, but his four home runs has to be annoying fantasy owners.
Christian Yelich, LF, MIAHot7/23/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich went 2-for-3 with a walk, a steal and an RBI Wednesday at Atlanta.
Insight: Yelich is 27-for-75 (.360) in July, but just three of his hits went for extra bases. He's batting .282 with 27 extra-base hits (8 HR) in 330 at-bats this season.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS7/23/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) walked in a pinch-hitting appearance Wednesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. His X-rays came back negative, but he hasn't been in the starting lineup in four straight games.
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR7/23/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista homered for the first time since July 2 Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Bautista has hit just four home runs since May 31 (40 games). He had 14 homers in his first 56 games this season.
J.D. Martinez, OF, DET 7/23/2014 8:50:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez missed Wednesday's game due to a quad injury, according to mlive.com.
Insight: Martinez took a .346 average, 13 homers and 43 RBI over 188 at-bats into the All-Star break, but he's gone 3-for-20 (.150) since the break.
Rajai Davis, LF, DET7/23/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis went 3-for-5 with one RBI and one steal Wednesday against Arizona.
Insight: Davis has raised his average from .274 to .301 since July 6. He has six home runs, 33 RBI, 38 runs and 25 steals in 269 at-bats this season.
Austin Jackson, CF, DETHot7/23/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson had yet another multi-hit game Wednesday against the Diamondbacks (2-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R)
Insight: That makes six straight and nine in his past 10 games. Jackson has batted .382 with 10 doubles, two triples, one homer, nine RBI and 17 runs in his past 18 games.
Denard Span, CF, WASHot7/23/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span has raised his average to its highest point since June 5 with a 21-for-55 (.381) stretch over his last 13 games.
Insight: Span went 4-for-5 Wednesday to reach .282 on the year. All four hits were singles, as were 18 of his last 21 hits.
Corey Dickerson, LF, COLHot7/23/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson has batted .407 with three doubles and a homer in his last eight games.
Insight: Dickerson went 2-for-3 with two doubles, one RBI, a walk and two runs Wednesday and is still chugging along at .336 with a .997 OPS in 229 at-bats this season.
Alex Gordon, LF, KANHot7/23/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon has reached base 21 times (15 H, 6 BB) in his last nine starts.
Insight: Gordon went 3-for-3 with a walk Wednesday against the White Sox and is hitting .280 with a .794 OPS this season. However, he hasn't homered since June 21.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX7/23/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (ankle) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Rios sprained his ankle in the batter's box Saturday night and missed the last three games. He's hitting third and playing right field Wednesday.
Allen Craig, RF, STLCold7/23/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Allen Craig is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: Oscar Taveras is starting in right field. Craig was a .312 hitter with an .863 OPS over the previous three seasons, but he's hit just .242 with seven homers, 44 RBI and a .648 OPS in 388 plate appearances this year. In his last 15 games, Craig's gone 7-for-51 (.137) with 12 Ks.
George Springer, RF, HOU7/23/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (knee/quad) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Springer had a collision with the outfield wall before the All-Star break and is still dealing with discomfort.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS7/23/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) is out of the lineup again Wednesday.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. His X-rays came back negative, but he'll miss his fourth straight game Wednesday.
Cameron Maybin, CF, SDP7/23/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended for 25 games for amphetamines, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Insight: Maybin has tested positive for amphetamines twice. A first positive test results in additional follow-up testing but no suspension. "I have been undergoing treatment for several years for a medical condition, attention deficit disorder (ADD), for which I previously had a therapeutic use exemption (TUE),'' Maybin said in a prepared statement on Wednesday. "Unfortunately, in my attempts to switch back to a medicine that had been previously OK'd, I neglected to follow all the rules and as a result I tested positive.
Dayan Viciedo, RF, CWSCold7/23/2014 3:41:00 PM
Description: White Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo is dealing with tightness in his left hamstring.
Insight: Viciedo was scratched from Wednesday's lineup. He's gone 5-for-45 (.111) with 16 Ks over his last 11 games. His absence allowed Moises Sierra to get a start Wednesday.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT7/23/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte (head) will be placed on the disabled list, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch Friday night and is out of the lineup Wednesday for the fourth time in the past five games.
Curtis Granderson, RF, NYM 7/23/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (illness) is out of the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Granderson also sat out Tuesday due to an illness. He's gone 1-for-12 with seven Ks over his last three games and is batting .250 with three homers and a .757 OPS in July.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAKCold7/23/2014 12:38:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp has gone 2-for-17 since the All-Star break, but he has a good matchup Wednesday.
Insight: Crisp is 4-for-12 (.333) against Houston's Brad Peacock, and all four hits went for extra bases (2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR).
Nelson Cruz, LF, BALCold7/23/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz has struck out 20 times in 66 career at-bats against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: He's batted .227 with two homers and a .641 OPS against Weaver. Cruz also has gone 5-for-36 (.139) with one extra-base hit and 10 Ks in his last 10 games, so avoid him Wednesday.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATLHot7/23/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has batted .395 with 10 RBI over his last 11 games and he has a .455 career average against Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: Heyward is 10-for-22 with two doubles and a triple against the Miami right-hander. He could be a good option Wednesday.
Gregory Polanco, RF, PIT 7/22/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI, a walk and three runs Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Polanco entered the game in a 3-for-35 (.086) slump, but fantasy owners shouldn't give up on the talented prospect.
Christian Yelich, LF, MIAHot7/22/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich has batted .347 in July.
Insight: Yelich (.278, .784 OPS) went 2-for-4 with a walk, one RBI and three runs Tuesday at Atlanta. He's scored 56 runs in 81 games this season.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATLHot7/22/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has collected multiple hits in six of his last eight games.
Insight: Heyward went 2-for-4 with three RBI Tuesday against the Marlins. He's batting .258 with nine home runs, 42 RBI, 49 runs, 11 steals and a .726 OPS on the year.
Justin Upton, LF, ATLHot7/22/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton launched his 18th homer of the season Tuesday against Miami.
Insight: Upton has gone 20-for-57 (.351) with seven doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI in his last 15 games.
George Springer, RF, HOU7/22/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (knee/quad) is out again Tuesday, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Springer had a collision with the outfield wall before the All-Star break and is still dealing with discomfort.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX7/22/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Rios sprained his ankle in the batter's box Saturday night and will miss his third straight game Tuesday, but he tested his ankle prior to Tuesday's game and says he felt good.
Josh Reddick, RF, OAK7/22/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick (knee) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Reddick spent three weeks on the disabled list in June after hyperextending his right knee and he lasted just four games before straining the same knee on June 28. He's batting just .229 with four homers and 24 RBI.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS7/22/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) is once again not in the starting lineup on Tuesday.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. Both he and Hanley Ramirez will sit this one out, taking a huge piece of the Los Angeles offense with them. Puig is batting .308 with 12 HR, 52 RBI, 53 runs and seven steals.
Shane Victorino, RF, BOS7/22/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will return to the lineup Tuesday night with Brock Holt manning center field.
Insight: Victorino (.255, 1 HR, 10 RBI) played a couple of games over the weekend in his return from the disabled list, but sat out Monday's game.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT7/22/2014 3:15:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte (head) is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch Friday night and didn't play much over the weekend, but returned Monday. This could just be a rountine day off
Drew Stubbs, CF, COL7/22/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs is just 1-for-13 with five strikeouts against Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Stubbs has enjoyed his first season in the light Colorado air, batting .299 with 10 HR and a career-high .837 OPS, but this is not a matchup fantasy owners will like.
Khris Davis, LF, MIL7/22/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Brewers LF Khris Davis is a sweet 7-for-15 (.467) with three home runs versus Reds right-hander Homer Bailey.
Insight: Davis hasn't done much in July, batting .229 with two homers, but this matchup is too good to pass up. Davis got Monday night off, so should be rested and ready to produce.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA7/22/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has four career home runs in 19 at-bats against Braves left-hander Mike Minor.
Insight: The slugger has mashed left-handers this season batting .373 with a 1.190 OPS. Stanton hasn't been hitting much of anything of late, however, .154 over the past two weeks, but Minor is still likely to pitch around him in any key situation.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS7/22/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) had a second x-ray on his hand and it too came back negative.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. He's batting .308 with 12 HR, 52 RBI, 53 runs and seven steals. The Dodgers need him back, with Hanley Ramirez also sidelined, and we expect him back on the field soon, possibly Tuesday.
Jake Smolinski, LF, TEX7/22/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Texas outfielder Jake Smolinski is questionable for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees due to a bruised left foot.
Insight: The 25-year-old is finding early susccess at the major league level. He hasn't been a .300 hitter since 2008 at Single-A, but is batting .389 through his first 11 games. The injury bug continues to plague the Rangers.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYYHot7/21/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury hit his eighth home run of the season Monday against the Rangers.
Insight: Ellsbury went 2-for-4 and is hitting .291 with a .777 OPS on the year. He has batted .331 at Yankee Stadium compared to .263 on the road.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFGHot7/21/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI Monday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Pence has batted .352 in July after hitting over .300 in each of the previous two months. With 12 home runs, 37 RBI and nine steals, he's nowhere close to matching last year's 27 homers, 99 RBI and 22 steals, but he's batting .303 and has scored 71 runs.
Jay Bruce, RF, CINCold7/21/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is not in the lineup Monday against the Brewers.
Insight: Bruce is hitless in his last 15 at-bats and has gone 8-for-65 (.123) over his last 18 games, so the Reds will give him a break.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS7/21/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) was not in the lineup Sunday and will also miss Monday's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. His X-rays came back negative and he's day-to-day.
Jordany Valdespin, CF, MIA7/21/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Miami IF/OF Jordany Valdespin is expected to get regular time at second base.
Insight: Valdespin, a career .221 hitter, has hits in each of his first two games with the Marlins. He still doesn't offer much to fantasy owners.
Gregory Polanco, RF, PITCold7/21/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco went 0-for-10 this weekend and will sit on Monday in favor of Michael Martinez.
Insight: Fantasy owners shouldn't give up on the talented prospect, but the 11-game hitting streak to start his career is a distant past. His average has dropped to .246 and he'll likely share time the remainder of the way.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT7/21/2014 3:34:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte (head) was out Sunday and was listed as questionable for Monday's game against the LA Dodgers, but he's in the starting lineup batting second and playing in left field.
Insight: Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch Friday night. He did get into Sunday's game as a pinch hitter (walked) and therefore we knew he was close to returning.
Justin Upton, LF, ATL7/21/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Despite being listed as questionable for Monday's game against Miami with tightness in left triceps, Braves left fielder Justin Upton is in the starting lineup.
Insight: He left Sunday's game because of the injury. Upton is in the middle of a solid season, batting .282 with 17 HR and 49 RBI, including five consecutive games with an extra-base hit.
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL7/21/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is a career .311 hitter, but just a .100 hitter (2-for-20 with six strikeouts) against Reds right-hander Mat Latos.
Insight: Braun (.298, 12 HR, 54 RBI) hasn't been able to match the production of his "Biogenesis Years," but he's still been productive this season. This matchup should obviously be avoided.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL7/21/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez is a career .400 hitter (8-for-20) with a pair of home runs versus Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Gomez is batting .302 with 14 homers, 49 RBI, 58 runs, 17 steals and a .869 OPS. He's a must start.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFG7/21/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: San Francisco right fielder Hunter Pence is a career .545 hitter (6-for-11) with a pair of home runs against former teammate Cliff Lee.
Insight: Pence is up to his usual tricks having played in every game this season and batting .299 with 12 homers, 35 RBI, 70 runs and an .824 OPS.
Marlon Byrd, RF, PHI7/21/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is just 2-for-13 (.154) against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Byrd (19 HR, 55 RBI) has proved that last season power numbers weren't a fluke. Several teams, including the Mariners, Royals and Reds, are reportedly interested in trading for the 36-year-old.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX7/21/2014 10:51:00 AM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (ankle) was not in Sunday's lineup against the Blue Jays and is expected to miss Monday's game against the NY Yankees.
Insight: Rios sprained his ankle in the batter's box Saturday night. He's batting .310 in July.
George Springer, RF, HOU7/21/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer was out of the lineup Sunday due to soreness in his right knee and quad, but is probable for Tuesday's game against Oakland.
Insight: The 24-year-old has done everything expected of him with 20 homers and 51 RBI in 295 at-bats. We'd like to see him strike out a bit less (league-leading 114 Ks) and steal a few more bases (5), but all-in-all its been an excellent beginning to hopefully a long career.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT7/21/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte (head) was out Sunday and is questionable for Monday's game against the LA Dodgers.
Insight: Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch Friday night. He did get into Sunday's game as a pinch hitter (walked) and therefore may be close to returning.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS7/21/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) was not in the lineup Sunday and is doubtful for Monday's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. His X-rays came back negative and he's day-to-day.
Charlie Blackmon, CF, COL7/21/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon was not in the lineup Sunday due to an ankle injury and is questionable for Monday's game against Washington.
Insight: Blackmon rolled his ankle during Saturday's game. He was able to finish the 11-inning contest and his X-rays came back negative. Drew Stubbs would be his likely replacement.
Justin Upton, LF, ATL7/21/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is questionable for Monday's game against Miami with tightness in left triceps.
Insight: he left Sunday's game because of the injury. Upton is in the middle of a solid season, batting .282 with 17 HR and 49 RBI, including five consecutive games with an extra-base hit.
Stephen Vogt, OF, OAKHot7/20/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt has hit .364 with four homers, 18 RBI and a .931 OPS in 118 at-bats this season. He went 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI and a walk Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Vogt, who has catcher eligibility, has been in the starting lineup every day in right field or at first base due to Josh Reddick's knee injury. The A's may find a way to keep his bat in the lineup even when Reddick returns.
Marlon Byrd, RF, PHI7/20/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his 19th of the year, Sunday against the Braves.
Insight: Byrd has proved that last season wasn't a fluke. Several teams, including the Mariners, Royals and Reds, are reportedly interested in trading for the 36-year-old.
Mike Trout, CF, ANAHot7/20/2014 7:28:00 PM
Description: Since he started off May 10-for-62 (.161) with 22 Ks, Angels outfielder Mike Trout has batted .358 with 19 doubles, one triple, 15 home runs, 46 RBI, 39 runs and five steals in his last 49 games.
Insight: Trout went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk and three runs Sunday against the Mariners. He's hitting .313 with 23 home runs, 74 RBI and an AL-leading 1.012 OPS.
Kole Calhoun, RF, ANAHot7/20/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun hit another home run Sunday against the Mariners.
Insight: That makes eight since June 6 and 11 on the year for Calhoun. The outfielder went 3-for-5 Sunday and has hit .346 in his last 34 games.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYY7/20/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-4 with a walk, a double, one RBI and two steals Sunday against the Reds.
Insight: Ellsbury has batted .327 at Yankee Stadium and .289 overall this season. He's on pace for 12 home runs, 75 RBI, 77 runs and 45 steals.
Melky Cabrera, LF, TOR7/20/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Sunday against the Rangers.
Insight: Cabrera has hit .350 in July, but he hadn't homered since June 19 prior to Sunday. His power comes and goes, but he's a very good all-around fantasy option.
Torii Hunter, RF, DETHot7/20/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter has batted .373 with four home runs and 17 RBI in July.
Insight: From May 7 to July 1, Hunter hit just .194 because he had a .195 BABIP. His luck has turned around lately. He went 1-for-3 with a homer, two RBI, a walk and two runs Sunday against Cleveland.
Gregory Polanco, RF, PITCold7/20/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco has gone 3-for-35 (.086) in his past eight games.
Insight: The skid has cut down his average from .299 to .246. Fantasy owners shouldn't give up on the talented prospect.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS7/20/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. His X-rays came back negative and he's day-to-day.
George Springer, RF, HOU7/20/2014 12:56:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer is out of the lineup Sunday due to soreness in his right knee and quad.
Insight: Springer slammed his knee into the center-field wall while making a leaping catch on July 8 and missed a game with soreness. Houston manager Bo Porter doesn't think he'll need a DL stint. The 24-year-old prospect has struck out frequently, but it's hard to say he hasn't lived up to expectations when he has 20 homers and 51 RBI in 295 at-bats.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATL7/20/2014 12:52:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward hasn't been able to solve Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Heyward has gone 5-for-28 (.179) with seven strikeouts against Kendrick, Sunday's opposing starter.
Alex Gordon, LF, KAN7/20/2014 12:46:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon has batted just .118 against Red Sox starter Jon Lester.
Insight: Gordon is 2-for-17 with seven Ks against Lester. He's also batting .234 against left-handers this season, so avoid him Sunday.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX7/20/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (ankle) is not in Sunday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Rios sprained his ankle in the batter's box Saturday night and is day-to-day. With a .179 career average (5-for-28) against Sunday's starter Mark Buehrle, he wouldn't have been a good fantasy option anyway.
Shin-Soo Choo, LF, TEXCold7/20/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo has gone 0-for-17 in his last five games and 10-for-63 (.159) since June 29, so he's not a good option Sunday even though he has great numbers against Toronto's Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Choo's career OPS against lefties is 224 points below his OPS against righties, but he's 15-for-36 (.417) with a double, a triple and a homer against Buehrle. Choo's hitless stretch has his average down to .236 for the season.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT7/20/2014 12:13:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte (head) is out Sunday.
Insight: Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch Friday night. Manager Clint Hurdle said Marte will work out before Sunday's game and could be available off the bench, which is a sign he's avoided a concussion.
Charlie Blackmon, CF, COL 7/20/2014 12:08:00 PM
Description: Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon is not in the lineup Sunday due to an ankle injury.
Insight: Blackmon rolled his ankle during Saturday's game. He was able to finish the 11-inning contest and his X-rays came back negative, but he'll get the day off while Drew Stubbs starts.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS7/19/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig had to leave Saturday's game after being hit with a pitch on his left hand.
Insight: Puig was 0-for 1 before being lifted from the game. He's batting .308 with 12 HR and 52 RBI this season.
Torii Hunter, RF, DET7/19/2014 6:45:00 PM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter was not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup versus Cleveland and Corey Kluber, but is back in the lineup for the nightcap.
Insight: Hunter's production is down a bit from last season, but he's still a reliable low-end fantasy option batting .271 with 12 HR, 53 RBI and a .744 OPS.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT7/19/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte is not in Saturday's starting lineup. Josh Harrison will join Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco in the outfield.
Insight: Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch Friday night and the team will play it safe. He's batting a productive .258 with 40 runs scored, five homers, 34 RBI and 21 SB.
Shane Victorino, RF, BOS7/19/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will make his return from the disabled list Saturday.
Insight: Victorino (.242, 1 HR, 10 RBI) has played just 21 games this season. He'll bat sixth and play right field.
Matt Holliday, LF, STL7/19/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Saturday's game after a collision with Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
Insight: Holliday stayed in the game for four innings after the incident, so we think it's likely just a precaution. His production in 2014 is significantly lower than what we have come to expect from the 11-year veteran. He's hitting just .270 with seven homers and 50 RBI this season.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY7/19/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran just activated from the 7-day disabled list, has put together back-to-back multi-hit games for the first time since April 22 and 23.
Insight: Beltran suffered facial fractures and a concussion on June 9 when a ball he hit during batting practice ricocheted off a screen and hit him. He's 4-for-8 with a double and home run in the two games after the break.
Matt Kemp, OF, LOS7/19/2014 1:54:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Kemp (.266, 8 HR, 35 RBI) has stayed healthy this season, but he hasn't regained his 30-30 form and has been part of some trade rumors. Kemp is just 1-for-6 against today's scheduled starter for St. Louis Joe Kelly.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX7/19/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios left Saturday's game in the first inning after injuring his ankle on a foul ball.
Insight: Rios has batted at least .310 in every month except June. He's putting together a solid stat line - .302, 4 HR, 42 RBI, 41 runs, 16 steals. This doesn't appear to be more than a day-to-day injury.
Torii Hunter, RF, DET7/19/2014 11:26:00 AM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup versus Cleveland and Corey Kluber.
Insight: Hunter's production is down a bit from last season, but he's still a reliable low-end fantasy option batting .271 with 12 HR, 53 RBI and a .744 OPS.
Mike Trout, CF, ANA7/19/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout is a career .386 hitter with a 1.067 OPS against Felix Hernandez.
Insight: King Felix may be the best pitcher in baseball, certainly in the top-five, but Trout doesn't seem to have a problem with him. Trout leads the league in OPS (1.008) and total bases (214) to go along with his .313 batting average, 22 HR and 73 RBI.
Marlon Byrd, RF, PHI7/19/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is 9-for-20 (.450) with three long balls versus Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: With Chase Utley in a slump, Byrd is the only Phillies hitter doing anything (.261, 18 HR, 52 RBI). He might bring value in a traded deadline deal, but in the meantime he should be a nice play Saturday night.
Matt Joyce, RF, TAM7/19/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce has a career .467 batting average (7-for-15) against Minnesota starter Phil Hughes.
Insight: The total includes a double, triple and two home runs for a 1.686 OPS. Joyce is batting .270 with seven homers and 40 RBI.
Drew Stubbs, CF, COLHot7/19/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs has homered in three of the past six games and has a favorable matchup Saturday night.
Insight: Stubbs has enjoyed his first season in the light Colorado air, batting .294 with 10 HR and a career-high .830 OPS. He's 9-for-25 (.360) with a home run against Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton.
Michael Bourn, CF, CLE7/19/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (left hamstring injury) was originally on a 3-4 week timetable for his return, but that doesn't appear to be the reality of the injury.
Insight: Three weeks down the road and there is still no timetable for his return to the lineup. Even when he returns, he'll likely tone down his running game and without that his fantasy value is minimal.
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR7/19/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is 4-for-11 with two home runs versus Texas right-hander Colby Lewis.
Insight: Bautista hasn't done much of late, with zero homers and a .167 batting average in his last eight games. This matchup might help.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATL7/18/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward had his fourth straight two-hit game Friday against the Phillies.
Insight: Heyward also hit his first home run since June 15, No. 9 on the season. The right fielder has batted .315 in July and .257 in 2014.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLEHot7/18/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley went 4-for-5 with a double, a steal and two runs Friday at Detroit.
Insight: Brantley has been one of the top players in fantasy this season and he's showing no signs of slowing down.
Michael Morse, LF, SFG7/18/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse had a pair of doubles and a single Friday at Miami.
Insight: Morse (.278, 14 HR, 47 RBI) batted just .218 with one homer, two RBI and a .579 OPS in his previous 25 games.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA7/18/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton went deep Friday against the Giants.
Insight: With the home run, Stanton ended his longest homer drought of the season (15 games). He leads the NL with 22 round-trippers.
Khris Davis, LF, MIL7/18/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Brewers LF Khris Davis homered in his last game before the All-Star break Sunday and he went deep again Friday.
Insight: Davis has hit just .225 in July, but he's driven in six runs over his last four games and picked up at least one hit in five straight so he's moving in the right direction. The outfielder has a .255 average, 41 extra-base hits (16 HR), 50 RBI, 53 runs and a .785 OPS this season and he's batted .287 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in his last 49 games.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS7/18/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a solo home run Friday against the Brewers.
Insight: Harper returned from a torn ligament in his thumb on June 30 and went 6-for-40 (.150) prior to the All-Star break. He's hitting .260 with three home runs in 127 at-bats this season, but he's too talented not to figure things out.
Colby Rasmus, CF, TORCold7/18/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus hit his 13th home run of the season Friday against Texas.
Insight: Rasmus ended the first half mired in a 5-for-48 (.104) slump. He's batted .217 in 207 at-bats this year.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYY7/18/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and a steal Friday against the Reds.
Insight: Ellsbury hit .346 in his first 28 games and he's batted .311 over his last 43, but a 10-for-75 (.133) stretch from May 4-26 has his average at .284 for the season. He has seven home runs, 44 RBI, 45 runs and 25 steals, so he's been a good fantasy option.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK7/18/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp (ankle, neck) is back in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Crisp missed the last four games before the All-Star break due to an ankle injury. He's also been dealing with recurring neck issues for a couple months.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG7/18/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan isn't expected to return until August, according to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Pagan has a bulging disc in his back and hasn't played since June 14.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM7/18/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings (knee) is back in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Jennings exited last Friday's game after fouling a ball off his knee and sat out the last two games prior to the All-Star break.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY7/18/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran has been activated from the 7-day disabled list.
Insight: Beltran suffered facial fractures and a concussion on June 9 when a ball he hit during batting practice ricocheted off a screen and hit him. He's batting just .216 with nine homers and 28 RBI in 232 at-bats this season.
Mike Trout, CF, ANA7/18/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout is 3-for-16 (all singles) against Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.
Insight: Trout leads the league in OPS (1.005) and total bases (209) to go along with his .310 batting average, 22 HR and 73 RBI, but don't expect much tonight.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA7/18/2014 12:12:00 PM
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is a lifetime .636 hitter (7-for-11) with five doubles against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Stanton still leads the NL in homers (21) and RBI (63), but he's struggled of late, batting just .205 over the past two weeks.
Jose Bautista, RF, TORCold7/18/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is just 1-for-15 against Texas ace Yu Darvish with seven strikeouts.
Insight: Bautista hasn't done much of late, with zero homers and a .200 batting average in his last eight games. This matchup isn't likely to help.
Jayson Werth, RF, WASHot7/18/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is a career .333 hitter with three home runs versus Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Werth was hot just before the All-Star break, batting .387 over the previous two weeks. Hopefully the days off didn't cool him down.
Dexter Fowler, CF, HOU7/17/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler (intercostal) is not ready to return from the DL, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Despite not having the comforts of Coors Field (career .880 OPS there) to fall back on anymore, Fowler has put up similar numbers to last season. Unfortunately, this will be the sixth straight season in which he hasn't reached the 150-game mark.
Shane Victorino, RF, BOS7/17/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: According to Alex Speier of WEEI, Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will resume his rehab assignment Thursday night.
Insight: Victorino (.242, 1 HR, 10 RBI) began experiencing back soreness in June while rehabbing from a hamstring injury and he's had to stop his rehab assignment twice. He's played just 21 games this season.
Joc Pederson, OF, LOSHot7/15/2014 1:55:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfield prospect Joc Pederson (separated right shoulder) didn't miss a beat despite the time sidelined by the injury.
Insight: Pederson is 7-for-17 since his return to raise his season totals to .324, 17 HR, 43 RBI, 1.017 OPS. The 22-year-old's problem is the crowded Dodgers outfield in front of him and until that situation changes he'll be stuck in the minors or trade material.