Chicago Cubs news, rumors and injuries
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:30:39 -0700
Fantasy Tip: You may want to give Zobrist another game or two before inserting him back in the lineup. It may take time for Zobrist to get his swing back.
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:27:32 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Fowler would be back in the minimum 15 days, if that is the case, but keep an eye out for any steps backward. Keep him stashed in seasonal formats until Fowler returns.
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:05:55 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Hammel has had a decent season, but he has lost some fantasy value as of late because of the Cubs' struggles. Don't panic and remove him from your lineup in long-term leagues, but in daily leagues you may want to look at other pitchers as long as the losing streak continues.
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:07:53 -0700
Chicago Cubs C Willson Contreras is starting in left field and batting fifth against Miami Marlins SP Jose Fernandez Sunday, June 26. C Miguel Montero is starting behind the plate and batting sixth Sunday.
Fantasy Tip: The training wheels are off, as Contreras has started six of the past seven games, including two starts in left field and one at first base. He's posted a .400/.500/.900 slash line through 24 plate appearances after returning a .350/.439/.591 line with Class AAA Iowa. At this point, he should be owned in all seasonal leagues. Montero's fantasy value is dwindling quickly with the arrival of Contreras, and while Montero should still receive modest playing time, his results aren't enough to overcome the lack of opportunities.
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:56:41 -0700
Chicago Cubs INF Javier Baez is not in the starting lineup against the Miami Marlins Sunday, June 26. OF Chris Coghlan is starting in right field and batting eighth against Miami Marlins SP Jose Fernandez Sunday.
Fantasy Tip: Fernandez checks out as one of the most daunting matchups in baseball, so it isn't surprising to see Baez on the pine given his free-swinging approach and lack of handedness advantage. Baez has proved to be a valuable deep league option because of his modest five-category return and eligibility at multiple positions. Coghlan should likely be avoided in all fantasy formats Sunday, but since joining Chicago, he has a .412 on-base percentage through 14 games. Coghlan is worth owning in deep mixed and NL-only leagues.
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:17:17 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Lackey was due to slip a bit after an impressive start, but he should remain a quality mixed league starter for the remainder of the season.
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:07:28 -0700
Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo (back) and C Miguel Montero (knee) are back in the starting lineup against Miami Marlins SP Paul Clemens Saturday, June 25. In addition, C/OF Willson Contreras will bat cleanup and play left field, while INF Javier Baez plays second base and bats sixth. OF Chris Coghlan and 2B Ben Zobrist (foot) are receiving the day off.
Fantasy Tip: Contreras is 7-for-17 (.412) through the first seven games of his MLB career, with three home runs and eight RBI, and will be making his first appearance in the outfield since being called up. He is a must-start option in DFS this afternoon. Baez is batting .284 with four homers and 14 RBI this month and could see regular time at the keystone position over the next few days if Zobrist is forced to miss multiple games due to a right foot injury.
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.
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