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Phillies | Ryan Howard sitting vs. Nationals

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:02:44 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is not in the starting lineup Wednesday, April 27. 1B Darin Ruf is starting at first base and batting fourth against Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez Wednesday.

Fantasy Tip: Dating back to the beginning of last season, Ruf has a .369/.438/.650 slash line against left-handed pitchers. He is a viable flier in daily contests Wednesday, and his success against lefties is why he has earned a platoon at first base. Howard projects to continue to sit out against southpaws, which limits his overall upside.

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Phillies | Three regulars out for Phillies

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:14:45 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard, C Cameron Rupp and OF Cedric Hunter are not in the starting lineup against Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez Sunday, April 17. 1B Darin Ruf will start at first base and is batting fifth in the lineup. C Carlos Ruiz will start at catcher and is batting sixth, while OF Tyler Goeddel will start in left field and is batting eighth.

Fantasy Tip: Ruf, Ruiz and Goeddel are all hitting under .200 over the first few weeks of the season and are not strong candidates for fantasy owners.

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Phillies | Ryan Howard resting Sunday

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:07:49 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is not in the starting lineup against Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez Sunday, April 17. 1B/OF Darin Ruf is starting at first base, batting fifth.

Fantasy Tip: Howard has four home runs and seven RBI through 36 at-bats but is hitting just .194 on the season. Ruf has done historically well versus lefties and is worth considering as a value play in daily fantasy leagues this afternoon.

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Phillies | Ryan Howard in against another LHP

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 07:41:22 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is hitting cleanup Thursday, April 14, against left-handed San Diego Padres SP Drew Pomeranz.

Fantasy Tip: Darin Ruf (shoulder) will draw most starts against lefties when healthy. However, he's still banged up. Howard hit .187 against left-handers from 2013-15, and he's not a good DFS option today.

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Phillies | Ryan Howard accepts platoon role

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:35:49 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard wasn't happy about it, but he has accepted a platoon role at first base with 1B Darin Ruf. Howard started 10 of 38 games when the Phillies faced a lefty last year, and Ruf had a 1.107 OPS in 114 plate appearances last year against lefties, which was tied for the best mark in baseball.

Fantasy Tip: Howard was already a declining player for fantasy owners, and this just solidifies it and keeps him relegated to NL-only leagues. Ruf can be a solid source of power in those same formats and as a cheap flier in daily contests, depending on the matchup he faces when he starts.

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Phillies | Ryan Howard out vs. lefty

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 11:23:30 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is on the bench against Cincinnati Reds left-handed SP Brandon Finnegan Wednesday, April 6, with 1B Darin Ruf in his spot at first base and hitting fifth. Also, SS Freddy Galvis moves up to the two hole Wednesday.

Fantasy Tip: Don't act shocked. This is expected to be a regular occurrence this year with Howard sitting against left-handers. Ruf hit .371 with eight of his 12 homers against lefties in 2015 in 97 at-bats, so he's worth a look in daily games today.

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Phillies | Darin Ruf outplaying Ryan Howard

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:51:20 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Darin Ruf has been outplaying 1B Ryan Howard throughout spring training, so much so that manager Pete Mackanin is considering ditching a platoon that would consist of the two in favor of getting Ruf more playing time. Ruf is 16-for-53 (.302) in 22 games this spring with four home runs, as well as eight walks compared to just 10 strikeouts, while Howard is 10-for-48 (.208) with 18 strikeouts in 16 games.

Fantasy Tip: Who didn't see this one coming? Howard has been a black hole in the lineup for years now but because of his massive contract, the Phillies are stuck with him through the duration of it. Ruf, however, has been a bright spot for the club, and is displaying the tools that could make him Philadelphia's first baseman of the future. If he manages to overcome this platoon situation and garner at-bats on an everyday basis, he could definitely have value as a cheap source for power.

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Phillies | Ryan Howard faring well versus lefties

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 18:11:44 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is 3-for-6 with two doubles, a home run and two RBIs against left-handed pitching this spring with one strikeout. He hit just .130 (13-for-100) with 40 strikeouts versus southpaws in 2015.

Fantasy Tip: Howard could platoon with Darin Ruf at first base for the Phils based on his struggles against lefties over the last few seasons, although a strong performance in spring training could shelve those plans. Regardless of what happens, seasonal owners should probably avoid Howard due to his high strikeout totals, low batting average and recent injury history. Ruf is batting .303 with four doubles and three homers in 33 at-bats during Grapefruit League play and hit .371 off lefties last season.

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Phillies | Ryan Howard might enter platoon

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:06:12 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard may be thrust into a platoon if he doesn't start hitting left-handed pitchers, according to manager Pete Mackanin. "I'm going to tell him, 'If you want to face lefties, you have to hit them better,'" he told reporters. "If you don't hit them better, I'm going to platoon. That's basically what we're looking at."

Fantasy Tip: No one can argue with Mackanin's logic, as Howard posted a dreadful .418 OPS opposite left-handers a season ago, which was the lowest for a Phillies hitter since 1914. Furthermore, Mackanin also can rely on Darin Ruf, who posted an NL-leading 1.107 OPS versus lefties. Howard is someone owners should avoid.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Matt Gelb

Phillies | Ryan Howard files defamation suit

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 09:05:06 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard has filed a lawsuit against Al Jazeera, which reported that Howard, along with others, received shipments of performance-enhancing drugs. Howard claims the report contained false statements and was inaccurate, unsubstantiated and reckless in nature.

Fantasy Tip: Howard has fallen on hard times the last few seasons. He's hit around .220 the last two years and no longer has 30-homer power, even at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park. He's always been a high strikeout guy, but a slower stick has cause him to make even less solid contact than before. At the right price later in mixed league drafts, Howard can be a power asset as a corner infielder, however.

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