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Cubs | Three Cubs shuffle bottom of order

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:43:08 -0700

Chicago Cubs C Willson Contreras, SS Addison Russell and OF Albert Almora are out of the lineup Wednesday, June 22, with C Miguel Montero, SS Javier Baez and OF Matt Szczur hitting sixth through eighth.

Fantasy Tip: Montero is hitting just .162 this month in what has been a down year for him offensively. However, Baez and Szczur have had success in June. The latter two are low-end options against Michael Wacha.

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Cardinals | Trevor Rosenthal holds on for 13th save

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:37:56 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals RP Trevor Rosenthal made things interesting yet again on Monday, June 20 - giving up a leadoff double to Chicago Cubs OF Albert Almora Jr., hitting pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan with a pitch and allowing a single to 2B Ben Zobrist - but forced a game-ending infield popup for the final out after C Yadier Molina made a stellar defensive play to retire Almora at third for the second out.

Fantasy Tip: Manager Mike Matheny continues to stand by his man, but Rosenthal isn't making it easy. The 26-year-old closer has only three clean outings this month and, as a result, a 12.00 ERA and 2.67 WHIP in nine June appearances. He also has a HBP each of his last two games as well. A closer change doesn't appear imminent yet based on Matheny's postgame comments, but owners could make a play for Kevin Siegrist if they have room on their roster to do so.

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Cubs | Dexter Fowler out vs. Cards

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:41:58 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Dexter Fowler (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup Monday, June 20. OF Albert Almora is starting in center field and batting eighth against St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia Monday.

Fantasy Tip: While Fowler has cooled after a blistering start, he's remained an excellent five-category contributor worth stashing in all setups. To date, Fowler has 41 runs, seven home runs, 28 RBI, six stolen bases and a .290/.398/.483 slash line. Almora has been exceptional since being promoted from Class AAA Iowa with a .346/.370/.500 line over 27 plate appearances. He should be added in cavernous mixed and NL-only leagues.

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Cubs | Dexter Fowler exits game

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 17:45:07 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Dexter Fowler (undisclosed) exited against the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday, June 18, and was replaced by OF Albert Almora.

Fantasy Tip: It remains to be seen why Fowler had to exit the game. Check back for updates on his condition.

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Cubs | Albert Almora goes 3-for-4 vs. Pirates

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:12:08 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Albert Almora went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI during the Cubs' 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, June 17.

Fantasy Tip: Almora is making the most of the chance presented to him going 9-for-21 at the dish with four runs, four doubles and five RBI with a 1.074 OPS. He also boasts A+ defense. At this point, Almora is worth ownership in cavernous mixed and NL-only leagues, and he could prove to be a viable option in deep mixed setups before long.

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Cubs | Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward out Friday

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 08:08:22 -0700

Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant and OF Jason Heyward are out of the lineup Friday, June 17, with OF Matt Szczur hitting second and OF Albert Almora hitting fifth.

Fantasy Tip: Almora is hitting .353 in his first 17 at-bats of his career. Szczur is hitting .327 in 55 at-bats this year and has upside hitting ahead of Ben Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo. They're both low-end options against Francisco Liriano.

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Cubs | Dexter Fowler takes a seat

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:22:26 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Dexter Fowler is out of the lineup Wednesday, June 15, with 2B Ben Zobrist hitting leadoff. OF Albert Almora is hitting sixth and playing center field.

Fantasy Tip: Zobrist has cooled considerably with a .194-1-3 line, and he's facing Stephen Strasburg, who owns the Cubs. He's still a high-end consideration on merit, but assess the risks at your discretion. The rookie Almora is 4-for-12 (.333) with three RBI and is a low-end consideration.

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Cubs | Anthony Rizzo scratched with back injury

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:27:06 -0700

Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo (back) was a late scratch because of back tightness Friday, June 10. OF Albert Almora was added to the lineup and is starting in left field and batting eighth against Atlanta Braves SP Bud Norris Friday.

Fantasy Tip: Rizzo is struggling through an active 17-for-73 stretch with just two home runs and nine RBI. You'll want to sub him out where you can in seasonal leagues, but look for a bounce-back run sooner than later. Almora is unlikely to have much success at the plate early on in his first trip through the big leagues, but he warrants a speculative add in cavernous mixed and NL-only setups.

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Cubs | Albert Almora in the lineup

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 07:36:31 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Albert Almora is hitting sixth Wednesday, June 8, in his major-league debut.

Fantasy Tip: He has a tough matchup against Vince Velasquez, and it might be best to avoid Almora in his first game in DFS.

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Cubs | Jorge Soler to DL, Albert Almora called up

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 13:37:10 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Jorge Soler (hamstring) was placed on the disabled list after an MRI exam showed a strained hamstring Tuesday, June 7. OF Albert Almora has been called up from Class AAA Iowa in a corresponding move. The Cubs are saying Soler will be out for at least 15 days, and they won't know more about his timetable until they see how he progresses in his rehab. Almora was hitting .318 with a .779 OPS in 54 games for Iowa.

Fantasy Tip: Soler had picked it up of late but is hitting just .223 with five home runs and 17 RBI on the season. He can be cut in shallow mixed leagues since there's no guarantee he'll play every day once he returns. Almora is a top prospect of the Cubs who makes consistent contact and hits to all fields. His power should develop over time. Add him immediately in keeper and NL-only leagues and take a wait-and-see approach in mixed leagues to see how much the Cubs use him. Tommy La Stella and Javier Baez figure to see a big boost in value with Soler on the DL, too.

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