Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:35:01 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward has hit in the leadoff spot in six consecutive games. The Braves have won five of those games, and manager Fredi Gonzalez is committed to Heyward batting first.
Fantasy Tip: Heyward's RBI opportunities take a major hit, but he should see an uptick in steals and runs scored.
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:20:40 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward will stay in the team's leadoff spot for a while, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. The Braves are hoping that Heyward will provide a spark for the offense like he did last summer.
Fantasy Tip: Atlanta is desperately trying to jumpstart their offense as they chase the Washington Nationals in the National League East. Heyward's move to the leadoff spot could help his runs scored go up, but it'll likely also limit his RBI chances, especially if the club continues to struggle with the sticks.
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:54:15 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) and C Evan Gattis are not in the starting lineup Friday, August 1, against the San Diego Padres. INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio is in the starting lineup batting eighth and playing right field.
Fantasy Tip: Heyward's back injury is starting to look like it could turn into a disabled list stint. Continue to check back for updates on his status. Gattis is likely just having a scheduled off-day. Bonifacio will see near-everyday at-bats while Heyward is injured.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:14:57 -0700
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) is not expected to return to the lineup until Friday, Aug. 1, against the San Diego Padres. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wednesday, July 30, that he would probably give Heyward one more day of rest once Heyward says the back feels ready. "We talked about it today and he's still not feeling well," Gonzalez said. "If he comes in tomorrow and he's not feeling well, I'm not doing it, I'm not running him in there."
Fantasy Tip: Daily fantasy league players will want to play it safe and reserve Heyward Thursday and Friday. Wait to see him officially return and prove his health in one full game without setbacks before trusting him again.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:43:05 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) remains out of the lineup Wednesday, July 30.
Fantasy Tip: Heyward's back soreness has proved more serious than initially believed; he's missed the last two games after suffering the injury Monday. Make sure he's on your bench.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:11:42 -0700
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) said Tuesday, July 29, that he is hopeful of returning to the lineup Wednesday, July 30. His back started getting sore Thursday, July 24, when pursuing a foul ball, and he was given the day off Tuesday.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:55:16 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) is out of the starting lineup Tuesday, July 29. He left the game Monday, July 28, with lower back soreness and is considered day-to-day.
Fantasy Tip: Remove Heyward from your daily leagues. Given his injury history, scouting a short-term replacement is advised.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:15:14 -0700
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) is listed as day-to-day after leaving the game early Monday, July 28, with lower back soreness.
Fantasy Tip: Heyward avoided serious injury, and he could return to the lineup as soon as tomorrow. Check back before you return him to your daily lineups, though.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:14:20 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) was removed from the game with "lower back soreness," Monday, July 28.
Fantasy Tip: The extent of his injury is not known at this time. Check back for updates on Heyward's condition.
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:10:34 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton will remain in the leadoff spot for the foreseeable future, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Fantasy Tip: The real beneficiary here is Jason Heyward, who will have additional RBI opportunities in the middle of the lineup. Upton will have an opportunity to utilize his speed more and should see an uptick in runs scored, but his overall fantasy value won't change significantly.