Chicago Cubs news, rumors and injuries
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:36:04 -0700
Chicago Cubs C Willson Contreras went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored in a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins Friday, June 24, and he has three home runs in 17 at-bats since being promoted.
Fantasy Tip: Contreras is off to a hot start, and the fact that he has catcher eligibility makes him worth a look in NL-only leagues and deeper mixed formats.
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:56:02 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Ben Zobrist (foot) was hit on the right foot by a pitch during the top of the seventh inning versus the Miami Marlins Friday, June 24. He was replaced at the keystone position by INF Javier Baez in the bottom of the seventh.
Fantasy Tip: The severity of Zobrist's injury is unknown, so keep checking back for updates on his status. He was 1-for-3 with a run scored before leaving and is batting .302 with nine home runs and 41 RBI through 68 games this season.
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:44:44 -0700
Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo's (back) has loosened up considerably, and he could be available to come off the bench Friday, June 24, according to manager Joe Maddon. Maddon noted, C Miguel Montero (knee) is available Friday, if needed.
Fantasy Tip: It sounds like Rizzo will be available to pinch hit Friday, if needed. Expect him back in the lineup Saturday, June 25, barring a setback. Montero is quickly becoming a fantasy afterthought with the emergence of Willson Contreras, and it would be wise to replace Montero in all setups.
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:26:39 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Dietrich owns a .298/.382/.445 slash line this season and checks out as a nice value play in daily contests Friday. He is also a viable option in deep mixed and NL-only seasonal leagues.
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:11:49 -0700
Fantasy Tip: This isn't a significant shift for Heyward. It likely increases his activity on the base paths, though. Similarly, Zobrist's RBI opportunities will see an uptick batting cleanup Friday, but it there isn't a significant fantasy impact. Both remain starters in all fantasy formats.
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:01:53 -0700
Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo (back) is not in the starting lineup Friday, June 24. OF Chris Coghlan draws into the lineup in left field and is batting fifth against Miami Marlins SP Tom Koehler Friday.
Fantasy Tip: This is the second consecutive game Rizzo is sitting out, as he and the team are being cautious with his nagging back stiffness. Coghlan has a .407 on-base percentage through 12 games since joining the Cubs, but he's still a low-end fantasy option in deep mixed leagues. Stay tuned for updates on Rizzo's status for the weekend.
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:31:30 -0700
Chicago Cubs C Willson Contreras is expected to see time at first base and in the outfield, in addition to occasional time behind the plate, according to manager Joe Maddon. "Almost like the program (Kyle) Schwarber was on, minus the first base," Maddon said.
Fantasy Tip: Entering play Thursday, Contreras was 5-for-9 with two home runs and five RBI in his brief MLB career. He's an excellent option for daily contests and should be owned in NL-only, two-catcher and cavernous mixed fantasy leagues and should only continue to see his value skyrocket as he gains eligibility at multiple positions around the diamond.
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:41:58 -0700
Fantasy Tip: No official timetable has been established for Soler's return but he should remain stashed in all fantasy formats despite his slow start to the 2016 season. The 24-year-old is batting .223 with five homers and 13 RBI through 50 games this year.
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:32:58 -0700
Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo (back) said his back tightness is different than the injury he dealt with earlier this season, and he is being cautious. Rizzo is considered day-to-day.
Fantasy Tip: Rizzo has 43 runs, 17 home runs, 54 RBI and a .277/.402/.558 slash line, and he remains a high-end option in all fantasy formats. Stay tuned for updates, but it doesn't sound like he'll miss much time.
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:27:43 -0700
Fantasy Tip: La Stella has limited fantasy value because of his lack of playing time, but he has made the most of his opportunities this year with a .291/.378/.494 slash line through 90 plate appearances. He is best utilized in daily contests when in the lineup, and La Stella checks out as a depth piece in cavernous mixed and NL-only seasonal setups.
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:46:03 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Dating back to 2014, Zobrist owns a .330/.405/.487 slash line against southpaws, and he currently sits with a .413 on-base percentage this year. Continue to view Zobrist as an excellent fantasy option in all fantasy formats, inluding daily contests Thursday.
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:40:04 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Rizzo exited with back tightness Wednesday, June 22, so it isn't surprising to see him resting Thursday. However, it is interesting to see Contreras grab the start at first base. The hot-shot rookie is 4-for-9 to start his career with two home runs and five RBI, and he posted a .377/.459/.679 slash line through 53 at-bats against southpaws with Class AAA Iowa this year. He's an intriguing option in daily contests Thursday.
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:03:40 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Hechavarria is a low-end option in deep mixed and NL-only seasonal leagues, but he does have a .291/.342/.433 slash line against left-handed hurlers since the beginning of last season. View him as a low-priced flier in daily contests Thursday.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:11:13 -0700
Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta allowed two runs on four hits in five innings against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, June 22, to suffer his second loss of the season. He struck out six batters and walked four during the game.
Fantasy Tip: Arrieta still has a 1.74 ERA and is one of the better pitchers in baseball despite the loss. He is scheduled to face the Cincinnati Reds in his next start and should be a solid starting option in all leagues.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:50:24 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Rizzo sits with 43 runs, 17 home runs, 54 RBI and a .277/.402/.558 slash line, as he's once again a high-end fantasy option in all setups. The injury doesn't sound serious, but you'll want to check back for his status for the game against the Miami Marlins Thursday, June 23.
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