Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:09:17 -0700
Atlanta Braves C Evan Gattis and OF B.J. Upton are not in the starting lineup Monday, Aug. 18.
Fantasy Tip: Both players probably are getting days off and should be back in the starting lineup Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:13:25 -0700
Atlanta Braves INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio is playing shortstop and leading off Tuesday, Aug. 12, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. OF B.J. Upton is batting eighth.
Fantasy Tip: Dan Haren has got progressively worse this season. In daily games, Bonifacio is a nice option because of his speed, spot in the lineup and the favorable matchup.
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:49:16 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Emilio Bonifacio is hitting leadoff Monday, Aug. 11, with OF B.J. Upton hitting eighth. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said it'll be a day-to-day decision as to who will be leading off. It's the second time Bonifacio has been at leadoff with B.J. Upton also in the lineup. Upton is batting just .220 (33-for-150) with a .282 on-base percentage in 36 games at leadoff, but they are better than his numbers elsewhere in the lineup. Bonifacio is hitting .278 with a .314 on-base percentage in 66 games and 62 at-bats as the leadoff hitter this year with the Chicago Cubs and Braves.
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:00:37 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton was out of the leadoff spot for the first time Wednesday, Aug. 6, since June 22. OF Emilio Bonifacio was hitting leadoff for the second straight day. Manager Fredi Gonzalez is trying to do something to jumpstart the team's anemic offense of late. Gonzalez plans to utilize Bonifacio in several positions, and he has experience at all three outfield spots and every infield position except first base.
Fantasy Tip: Upton's drop in the order could be a long-term deal. If that's the case, it'll give him better pitches to hit. Bonifacio's multi-positional eligibility is huge for fantasy owners, and he should be owned in deep mixed leagues if he continues to get everyday at-bats because of his speed.
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:45:02 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, August 5, against the Seattle Mariners. INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio is batting leadoff and playing center field.
Fantasy Tip: Remove Upton from your lineup in daily-transaction leagues.
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:33:29 -0700
The Atlanta Braves are trying to move OF B.J. Upton at any cost, according to another general manager.
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 13:47:44 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton went 0-for-4 Sunday, July 6, to snap his career-best 11-game hitting streak.
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:05:33 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton has had at least one hit in all 11 games since being moved to the leadoff spot on June 23.
Fantasy Tip: Upton is hitting just .214 on the year, but he is hitting .283 during the 11-game hitting streak and has scored 10 runs. Meanwhile, the Braves have won 10 of the 11 games since Upton was moved to the leadoff spot.
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.
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:16:57 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton hit in the leadoff spot against the Houston Astros Tuesday, June 24. "I've got a good feeling about it," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We're just trying to find a sparkplug in the first couple of spots there."
Fantasy Tip: Theoretically, batting atop the Braves' lineup should boost Upton's fantasy value, but it doesn't matter where he is at in the lineup if he isn't reaching base.