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Melvin Upton Jr.

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Padres | Melvin Upton in two-hole

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:10:08 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Melvin Upton Jr. is starting in center field and hitting second against Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez Wednesday, Aug. 26. OF Travis Jankowski will start on the bench against a lefty.

Fantasy Tip: Upton ($3,200, 6.4% of cap) and Jankowski ($2,600, 5.2% of cap) are basically locked into a platoon in center field now, with Jankowski gaining the strong side of the platoon against righties. Both outfielders have plenty of speed but not much power, and Jankowski's upside is brighter for fantasy owners. Upton remains a low-end outfield option on FantasyScore against a lefty tonight. He's hitting just .217 (10-for-46) with two home runs against them this year.

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Padres | Melvin Upton Jr. playing center field

Sun, 23 Aug 2015 11:24:06 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Melvin Upton Jr. will bat sixth and play center field against St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha Sunday, Aug. 23.

Fantasy Tip: Upton ($3,200, 6.4% of cap) is batting .311 this month with three home runs and seven RBIs and is hitting .462 over the last seven days. FantasyScore owners needing a moderate source of cap relief should take advantage of his hot streak and insert him into their lineups.

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Padres | Travis Jankowski making big league debut

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:10:19 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Travis Jankowski is starting in center field and hitting ninth against St. Louis Cardinals SP John Lackey in his major league debut Friday, Aug. 21. OF Melvin Upton Jr. will start on the bench.

Fantasy Tip: Jankowski ($2,600, 5.2% of cap) posted impressive numbers in multiple minor league stops for the Padres this year, hitting .335 (127-for-379) with a home run, 25 RBI and 32 stolen bases. Speed is his main asset, but he's not too attractive to daily gamers in his first major league spot against a savvy vet like Lackey.

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Padres | Melvin Upton heating up

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:52:09 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Melvin Upton Jr. smacked two home runs and drove in a season-high five runs in the win over the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, Aug. 18. It was Upton's seventh career multi-homer game and first since June of 2013. He is hitting .295 with eight extra-base hits and 11 RBI since July 7.

Fantasy Tip: Upton ($3,200, 6.4% of cap) is still hitting only .242 (30-for-124) with five home runs, 13 RBI and 39 strikeouts. He swings and misses way too much to be a consistent fantasy producer, but now that Will Venable is gone, he could be more productive and worth owning in deep mixed leagues for his combination of speed and power.

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Padres | Will Venable playing center field

Sun, 09 Aug 2015 12:52:45 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Will Venable will bat eighth and play center field against Philadelphia Phillies SP Jerome Williams Sunday, Aug. 9. OF Melvin Upton Jr. is receiving the day off.

Fantasy Tip: Venable ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) is batting .262 with six home runs and 23 RBIs agains right-handed pitchers this season. He is 0-for-1 versus Williams in his career with two walks.

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Padres | Will Venable off Monday

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:14:39 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Will Venable isn't in the starting lineup Monday, Aug. 3, against the Milwaukee Brewers. OF Melvin Upton Jr. will start in center field and hit eighth in the order, while SS Alexi Amarista will slide into the two-hole in the order against RHP Wily Peralta.

Fantasy Tip: Upton Jr. ($2,900, 5.8% of cap) had his last multi-hit game July 10. While Upton Jr. doesn't offer much cap relief, he represents too much risk on FantasyScore, and he can be avoided by owners.

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Padres | Will Venable sitting vs. Fish

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:26:37 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Will Venable is not in the starting lineup against the Miami Marlins Friday, July 24. OF Melvin Upton Jr. is starting in center field and batting seventh against Marlins SP Dan Haren Friday.

Fantasy Tip: Make sure to avoid Venable ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) in all fantasy formats Friday, and Upton ($2,900, 5.8% of cap) doesn't stand out as a great FantasyScore option, either. Upton owns an underwhelming .198/.279/.317 slash line through 1111 plate appearances over his past three seasons.

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Padres | Justin Upton remains out

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:11:36 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Justin Upton (oblique) is not in the starting lineup against San Francisco Giants SP Chris Heston Tuesday, July 21. OF Will Venable will start in left field and is batting seventh, while OF Melvin Upton Jr. will start in center field and is batting eighth.

Fantasy Tip: Upton ($6,000, 12.0% of cap) remains out of the lineup and there is no timetable for his return, so owners should monitor the situation. Melvin Upton ($2,900, 5.8% of cap) is hitting a solid .265 this month with three RBI, but owners should be able to find a better option to use.

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Padres | Justin Upton out of the lineup

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:23:46 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Justin Upton (oblique) is not in the starting lineup Monday, July 20. OF Melvin Upton Jr. draws into the lineup, and he is starting in center field and batting eighth against San Francisco Giants SP Tim Hudson Monday.

Fantasy Tip: Make sure to avoid the younger Upton ($6,000, 12.0% of cap) in all fantasy formats Monday. He left the game early Sunday, July 19, with an oblique injury, so check back for updates on his status. Upton Jr. ($2,900, 5.8% of cap) is 8-for-30 over his past 10 games and should be viewed as a risky flier for FantasyScore contests Monday.

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Padres | Melvin Upton hitting leadoff

Sat, 11 Jul 2015 14:36:02 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Melvin Upton Jr. is in the lineup and hitting leadoff Saturday, July 11, against the Texas Rangers.

Fantasy Tip: Upton ($2,900, 5.8% of cap) hit leadoff in both games last weekend but is usually found toward the bottom. Upton hits .192 from the leadoff spot but has a .313 average in the past week. His FantasyScore value should go higher for this game because Upton can create more offense.

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