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Braves | Tyler Flowers gets the day off

Sun, 29 May 2016 12:21:48 -0700

Atlanta Braves C Tyler Flowers is not in the lineup on Sunday, May 29, against Miami Marlins SP Tom Koehler. C A.J. Pierzynski will draw his first start in four days behind the plate and bat sixth. INF Chase d'Arnaud will see his first action of the year at shortstop - the third different Atlanta player to start there in as many days - and hit eighth.

Fantasy Tip: Flowers has been one of the few bright spots on a dreadful Atlanta team this season, although he is only a consideration for those owners in NL-only or two-catcher formats. The 29-year-old d'Arnaud should start seeing more playing time with Erick Aybar on the disabled list and is batting .356, but he has yet to hit a home run or drive in a run in 45 at-bats.

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Braves | Gordon Beckham feeling good

Sat, 28 May 2016 20:06:46 -0700

Atlanta Braves 2B Gordon Beckham went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI and two runs scored in a 7-2 win over the Miami Marlins Saturday, May 28, and interim manager Brian Snitker said Beckham is "bouncing" around and feeling good.

Fantasy Tip: Beckham owns a .314 average, but his limited power makes him an NL-only league option.

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Braves | Erick Aybar placed on disabled list

Sat, 28 May 2016 12:39:07 -0700

The Atlanta Braves have placed SS Erick Aybar (foot) on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right foot. He was hit by a pitch from Miami Marlins SP Adam Conley in the fourth inning and left the game during the following inning. X-rays came back negative.

Fantasy Tip: Aybar was batting just .182 with four doubles and six RBI through 148 at-bats before getting injured. Daniel Castro is likely to see the bulk of the action at shortstop in his absence but he is not a great option in any fantasy format. Gordon Beckham and Chase d'Arnaud are also possibilities to receive time at short.

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Braves | Several ATL regulars sitting out Saturday

Sat, 28 May 2016 10:16:52 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Ender Inciarte, SS Erick Aybar and INF Chase d'Arnaud are not in the starting lineup against Miami Marlins SP Wei-Yin Chen Saturday, May 28. OF Mallex Smith will bat leadoff and play center field, 3B Adonis Garcia will bat seventh and play the hot corner and INF Daniel Castro will bat eighth and play shortstop.

Fantasy Tip: Smith is batting .288 with two doubles, two triples, three home runs and eight RBI in 66 at-bats this month and makes a decent outfield option in NL-only and deep mixed leagues because of his speed. Garcia and Castro are batting a combined .180 (11-for-61) with two RBI this month and should be avoided in all fantasy formats.

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Braves | Erick Aybar hit in foot

Fri, 27 May 2016 21:04:51 -0700

Atlanta Braves SS Erick Aybar (foot) was replaced by SS Daniel Castro after being hit on the right foot Friday, May 27. X-rays were negative, and he is day-to-day with a bruised right foot.

Fantasy Tip: Aybar is hitting just .186, and Castro's .204 mark isn't much better. Neither player needs to be owned in any fantasy format.

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Braves | Day off for Mallex Smith

Fri, 27 May 2016 13:56:28 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Mallex Smith is not in the starting lineup against Miami Marlins left-handed SP Adam Conley Friday, May 27. OF Jeff Francoeur is starting in left field and is hitting sixth.

Fantasy Tip: The speedster Smith could lose even more playing time against lefties moving forward now that Adonis Garcia is back on the major league roster. Smith remains useful in deep mixed and NL-only leagues for his speed, though. Francoeur is a lefty specialist these days. He's hitting .320 with both of his homers against southpaws and is a deep sleeper in case he runs into one.

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Braves | Adonis Garcia recalled by Braves

Fri, 27 May 2016 11:29:53 -0700

Atlanta Braves 3B/OF Adonis Garcia was recalled from Class AAA Gwinnett Friday, May 27, and 2B Reid Brignac was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

Fantasy Tip: Garcia was initially sent down to work on his defense in left field, so it remains to be seen how Atlanta will use him this time around, but he's likely to see regular playing time. He was hitting .260 with a home run and eight RBI in 104 at-bats earlier this year and should be added for his power potential in deep mixed and NL-only leagues if he's available.

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Braves | Nick Markakis having dismal May

Fri, 27 May 2016 00:25:48 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis is hitting .159 in 82 at-bats during the month of May. He was hitless in the series against the Milwaukee Brewers, going 0-for-9.

Fantasy Tip: Markakis is a Jekyll and Hyde kind of player. He has a dismal batting average this month, yet Markakis leads the team with 24 runs batted in. Atlanta is having an awful year, and the fantasy values of several players are dropping like a rock. Markakis should not be given fantasy consideration at this point, even with 24 RBI.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press - George Henry

Braves | Freddie Freeman not happy with performance

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:41:59 -0700

Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman came into Thursday, May 26, hitting just .135 with runners in scoring position after leading the majors last year in that category with a .376 average. He entered Thursday in a 1-for-18 slump with runners in scoring position, and he's hitting .185 (10-for-54) with a .242 on-base percentage in the last 13 games with two home runs. Freeman hit .422 with nine extra-base hits (five home runs) in his previous 12 games. "Right now I suck, there's no getting around it," said Freeman, whose average, OBP and slugging percentage before Friday were all well below his career marks of .285/.366/.466 entering this season. Freeman said health hasn't been an issue.

Fantasy Tip: Freeman's numbers aren't terrible (.256-8-15), but his owners would surely like to see him capitalize in the rare moments when his teammates are in scoring position in front of him. The lack of protection around Freeman in Atlanta's lineup is likely to hurt his RBI and runs-scoring chances all year. Still, Freeman profiles as a lower-end starting fantasy first baseman everywhere.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

Braves | Casey Kelly optioned to Gwinnett

Thu, 26 May 2016 15:03:46 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Casey Kelly was optioned to Class AAA Gwinnett Thursday, May 26. In a corresponding move, RP Chris Withrow was recalled from Gwinnett.

Fantasy Tip: Kelly has made one start and two relief appearances with Atlanta this season with just two strikeouts through 12 innings and a 3.75 ERA. He is a fringe own in cavernous mixed and NL-only leagues when in the majors, but he can be replaced now that he is headed back to Gwinnett.

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Braves | Nick Markakis, Erick Aybar sitting

Thu, 26 May 2016 14:47:56 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (rest) and SS Erick Aybar (rest) are not in the lineup Thursday, May 26. OF Jeff Francoeur is starting in right field and batting sixth, while SS Daniel Castro is in at shortstop and hitting seventh opposite Milwaukee Brewers SP Wily Peralta.

Fantasy Tip: If defense counted in fantasy, Castro would have a little more value, but with a dead bat, he really shouldn't be on any rosters. Francoeur, meanwhile, is the definition of a dart throw, as he's capable of providing some pop with the lumber once in a blue moon. Both guys can be left on the wire.

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Braves | Hector Olivera suspended until August

Thu, 26 May 2016 14:04:00 -0700

Atlanta Braves 3B/OF Hector Olivera has been suspended without pay through Aug. 1 for a domestic violence incident. The suspension will total 82 games, and there was no appeal.

Fantasy Tip: Olivera is a potential stash candidate in the deepest of seasonal leagues, but at this point, it is likely best to move on.

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Braves | Matt Wisler shining in May

Thu, 26 May 2016 11:18:35 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Matt Wisler is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA with a .204 opponent's average against and six walks and 20 strikeouts in 30 innings this month. He has allowed just one home run.

Fantasy Tip: Wisler, who has quietly dropped his season ERA to 2.93, is likely one of the more underrated fantasy starters out there because of the team he pitches for. His 6.3 K/9 won't endear him to many, but in deeper mixed leagues he should be owned as he continues to develop into a quality hurler.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

Braves | Arodys Vizcaino has been lights-out

Thu, 26 May 2016 11:15:09 -0700

Atlanta Braves RP Arodys Vizcaino has a 0.92 ERA, a .182 opponent's average, 41 strikeouts, nine walks, one home run allowed and 10 saves in 11 chances in 29 1/3 innings since Sept. 15 of last season.

Fantasy Tip: The weak-hitting Braves won't provide Vizcaino with many save chances -- he has only five this year -- but his peripherals clearly show that he's extremely valuable to fantasy owners as a low-tier closer.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

Braves | Aaron Blair likely for Saturday

Thu, 26 May 2016 06:29:44 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Aaron Blair is the likely option to start Saturday, May 28, against the Miami Marlins.

Fantasy Tip: Blair had a rough cup of java the first go-around, and he has only pitched three innings since his demotion. Blair has upside, but it might not be time to pop the cap on it.

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Atlanta Braves Player News

Allard Kolby P
Anderson Josh OF
Araujo Victor P
Aybar Erick SS
Baker Brad P
Banuelos Manny SP
Barbosa Andrew P
Barnes John OF
Barnett Tyler SS
Barry Kevin RP
Basner Ryan P
Batista Lay P
Beckham Gordon 2B
Bello Yenier C
Bernard Miguel C
Biddle Jesse SP
Bird Zachary P
Blair Aaron SP
Bolivar Luis SS
Bonifacio Emilio 2B
Bowman Shawn 3B
Brewer Caleb RP
Brewer Daniel OF
Brignac Reid SS
Brooks Robert SS
Brown Blake OF
Bullock Billy P
Burawa Dan P
Butcher Ryan RP
Camarena Jose C
Campusano Albaro INF
Castro Daniel SS
Cedeno Juan P
Cervenka Hunter P
Clark Doug OF
Colyer Steve RP
Corcoran Tim SP
Culver Calvin OF
Curtis Daniel P
d'Arnaud Chase SS
Davidson Braxton OF
De La Cruz Joel P
De La Cruz Luis C
DeLome Collin OF
Elkerson Mike OF
Ellis Chris P
Evans Lee C
Farrell Kyle P
Fitzgerald Jason OF
Flowers Tyler C
Foltynewicz Mike SP
Francis Ross P
Franco Iker C
Francoeur Jeff OF
Freeman Freddie 1B
Friday Brian 2B
Fried Max SP
Gant John SP
Garcia Adonis 3B
Garcia Chris J. 1B
Gomez Yasser OF
Grilli Jason RP
Guzman Javier INF
Guzman Kevin P
Hamilton Mark 1B
Hanson Jason 3B
Hardy Rowdy P
Harrell Lucas SP
Henry Sean OF
Heredia Jairo P
Hernandez Buddy P
Hiller William OF
Hodges Daniel P
Holt J.C. 2B
Hubbard Mike C
Hughes Dusty RP
Hursh Jason P
Inciarte Ender OF
Jackson Justin SP
Jansen Ardley OF
Jenkins Tyrell SP
Joaquin Victor P
Johnson Jim RP
Johnson John OF
Johnson Jonathan SP
Johnson Kelly 2B
Jones Mycal OF
Jordan Brantley P
Joseph Onil OF
Jurries James 1B
Kazmar Sean INF
Keeling Tom P
Kelly Casey SP
Kelton David OF
Kennelly Matt C
Kimbrel Matt P
Krol Ian RP
Lalli Blake C
Lambson Mitchell RP
Lamm Mark P
Landoni Emerson SS
Langen Brian P
Lara Jordy 1B
Leiva Darrel P
Leonard Joe 3B
Lipka Matt OF
Little Connor P
Lopez Gonzalo P
Lopez Robinson P
Lorenzo Matt P
Lugo Jose P
Maldonado Brahiam OF
Marimon Sugar Ray RP
Marin Ivan SS
Markakis Nick OF
Martin Ethan SP
Mateo Victor P
Mattair Travis 3B
Matusz Brian RP
McCarthy Billy OF
McConnell Sam P
McCreery Adam P
McCurry Cole P
McKirahan Andrew P
Mendez Carlos C
Monk Brandon 2B
Moore Navery P
Moore Tyler OF
Morgado Bryan P
Newcomb Sean SP
Noboa Michael 2B
Norris Bud SP
O'Dowd Chris C
Ogando Alexi RP
Olivera Hector 3B
Paiml Greg INF
Paroubeck Jordan OF
Parr James SP
Perez Carlos SP
Perez Williams SP
Peterson Dustin 3B
Peterson Jace 2B
Pierzynski A.J. C
Pope Van P
Portuondo Carlos Manuel RP
Pruneda Benino P
Pyzik Steve C
Quintana Zach P
Ramirez Jose A. SP
Recker Anthony C
Reyes Jorge P
Reynolds Mikey 2B
Rice Jason P
Richards Glen P
Ridgway Jeff RP
Robinson Andrew P
Rodriguez Geraldo INF
Rodriguez Manuel 1B
Rodriguez Paco RP
Rodriguez Ricardo C
Roman Milton P
Rondon Francisco P
Ruiz Rio 3B
Sanchez Alejandro INF
Sanchez Ricardo SP
Sborz Jay P
Scalamandre Rich RP
Scarpetta Cody P
Schlehuber Braeden C
Schrader Clay RP
Schreiber Zach P
Schuerholz Jonathan 2B
Septimo Leyson P
Shehan Christopher OF
Silvestre Alvaro P
Simmons Shae RP
Sims Lucas SP
Small Matthew P
Smith Greg SP
Smith Mallex OF
Snyder Brandon 1B
Soroka Michael P
Spina Michael 1B
Sturkie Scott P
Sullivan Richard P
Sumoza Luis OF
Suschak Matthew P
Swaggerty Ben P
Swanson Dansby SS
Taylor Reggie OF
Teheran Julio SP
Terveen Bryce C
Thurman Andrew P
Torres Yeralf P
Toscano Dian OF
Toussaint Touki P
Trejo Jaime INF
Trepagnier Bryton P
Tuiasosopo Matt OF
Valenzuela Luis SS
Velazquez Juan INF
Veras Dario P
Vizcaino Arodys RP
Voelkel Ryan 1B
Weber Ryan SP
Weglarz Nick OF
Whalen Robert SP
White Alex SP
White Dean SS
Williamson Fabian P
Wilson Ross 2B
Winkler Daniel SP
Wisler Matt SP
Withrow Chris RP
Wooten Rob RP
Yepez Jose C

Blakeley Gordon TO
Clark Roy TO
Coppolella John GM
Glavine Tom TO
Hart John TO
Jones Andruw TO
Jones Chipper TO
Lewis Derrick TO
McDowell Roger PC
Pendleton Terry TO
Porter Bo TO
Schuerholz John TO
Seitzer Kevin TO
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