Philadelphia Phillies
2014 Avg.
.223
 
Career Avg.
.266
Name  Ryan Howard
Born  11/19/1979
Height  6-4
Weight  240
Number  6
Position  1B
Bats  L
Throws  L
9/7/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is likely to be watching the action this Sunday.
Insight: Howard is hitless in 12 plate appearances against Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez with six strikeouts. Expect Darin Ruf at 1B as he's a career .357 hitter (5-for-14) versus Gonzalez.
 
9/2/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is a lifetime .400 hitter with three home runs, eight RBI and a 1.400 OPS versus Braves starter Mike Minor.
Insight: Howard's home run (20) and RBI total (87) look respectable, but it's nowhere near what we used to get out of him.
 
8/31/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went 2-for-5 with a home run, double, two RBI and a run in the Phillies' loss to the Mets on Sunday.
Insight: Howard has obviously had another extremely disappointing season, hitting .227 and 20 home runs. His OPS is a meager .695. But occasionally, owners will get this kind of game from the first baseman.
 
8/31/2014 9:20:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is a career .391 hitter (9-for-23) with six home runs and 14 RBI versus Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Howard isn't the same player he once was, but he still has 19 home runs this season with 84 RBI and a historically favorable matchup. He's worth a flier.
 
8/26/2014 4:16:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Howard simply has no clue against Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez. He's hitless in 11 at-bats with six strikeouts. Howard has somehow managed to continue to knock in runs this season (80), despite a .222 batting average and .688 OPS.
 
8/26/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard should be avoided Tuesday in an ugly matchup.
Insight: Howard simply has no clue against Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez. He's hitless in 11 at-bats with six strikeouts. Howard has somehow managed to continue to knock in runs this season (80), despite a .222 batting average and .688 OPS.
 
8/16/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard entered Saturday's game 22-for-67 with three doubles, seven homers, 17 RBI and 12 walks against Giants starter Tim Hudson, and he went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI.
Insight: Howard didn't disappoint fantasy owners who started him against Hudson. The first baseman is hitting .221 with 18 homers, 77 RBI, 52 runs and a .676 OPS this season, so the only time you can use him is when he has an extremely favorable matchup like the one he had Saturday.
 
8/16/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has gone 22-for-67 with three doubles, seven homers, 17 RBI and 12 walks against Giants starter Tim Hudson.
Insight: Howard is no longer a must-start player or even one you can start all the time against righties, but this is a matchup he dominates.
 
8/11/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: After a big series against Houston, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has returned to mediocrity, going 2-for-13 with one RBI in the first three games of the Mets series.
Insight: Howard is batting .218 on the season with 18 HR and 72 RBI. Apparently the Astros series was just a small uptick and not a permanent production level increase.
 
8/9/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is a career .450 hitter (9-for-20) with six home runs and 14 RBI versus Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Howard went 0-for-3 in the first game of the series, but was 5-for-14 with a pair of homers and eight RBI in the just completed three-game set with Houston. He's worthy a flier in this favorable matchup.
 
Hot8/8/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has exploded in the past three games, batting .357 with a pair of home runs and eight RBI.
Insight: Howard has faced Mets starter Bartolo Colon just eight times in his career, but has taken him deep twice. perhaps this hot streak will continue for another game.
 
Cold8/5/2014 8:12:00 PM
Description: Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Tuesday that first baseman Ryan Howard is no longer in a platoon, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Howard has started nine of the past 10 games, including Tuesday against a lefty, even though he entered Tuesday's game 1-for-25 with one RBI in his last seven games.
 
7/31/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is out of the lineup Thursday.
Insight: Howard is 0-for-11 with six Ks in his career against Washington lefty Gio Gonzalez. He's not worth owning in most leagues.
 
7/29/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is a career .500 hitter (9-for-18) with six home runs and 14 RBI versus Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Howard is just a shell of the player he once was, but he still has 16 home runs this season and a historically favorable matchup. He's worth a flier.
 
7/27/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has gone 3-for-8 with a homer, two RBI and two walks in two games since he returned to the lineup.
Insight: Howard was benched for three straight games and expressed frustration with manager Ryne Sandberg's decision on Thursday. The past two games, he's played like a man who doesn't want to go back to the bench.
 
7/24/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Though reduced to a platoon role, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard should be in the lineup Thursday afternoon because of a favorable matchup. Unfortunatelty, Darin Ruf is apparently getting the start.
Insight: Howard is a career .328 hitter (22-for-67) with seven home runs versus Giants starter Tim Hudson.
 
Cold7/23/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that the first base position "will be a day-to-day thing," according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com.
Insight: The Phillies plan to get Darin Ruf playing time at first base in the coming weeks. "I'm interested to see what he can do," Sandberg said of Ruf. "I know what (Howard) can do. I've seen him for 100 games. I know what he can do. I think it's important to see what a guy like Darin Ruf can do also going forward." Howard has batted .141 over his last 21 games and his OPS is down to .682 on the year. He's still owed $60 million over the next three years.
 
Cold7/23/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Giants.
Insight: The Giants are starting tough lefty Madison Bumgarner, so Howard will sit while Darin Ruf starts at first base. Howard has picked up two hits in two straight games but hit .141 with two extra-base hits over his last 78 at-bats.
 
Cold7/10/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is hitless in 10 tries against Milwaukee starter Matt Garza.
Insight: The best we can say about this matchup is that he's walked twice. Howard started the season decently, but his July has been a disaster, going 3-for-30 with no extra base hits and a .350 OPS. Keep looking.
 
Cold7/9/2014 1:17:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has hammered Brewers starter Kyle Lohse for 11 hits, including two doubles and two homers, in 25 career at-bats (.440).
Insight: Howard is in the midst of a 4-for-40 (.100) slump but he may be worth using with Lohse pitching Wednesday against Philadelphia.