Chicago Cubs news, rumors and injuries
Thu, 05 May 2016 14:40:40 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Montero has had a slow start with just seven runs, a home run, six RBI and a .208/.316/.333 slash line. He shouldn't be stashed outside of cavernous mixed, two-catcher and NL-only leagues. David Ross and Tim Federowicz will continue to split starts behind the plate until Montero returns.
Thu, 05 May 2016 14:33:58 -0700
Fantasy Tip: You're not taking Bryant out of your lineup in seasonal leagues, but daily players will want to consider spending up for the budding superstar at home when the Cubs face a right-handed hurler. Bryant is also currently riding a 10-game hitting streak with 11 runs, two bombs, 10 RBI and a 1.187 OPS. He is a ripe daily option Thursday.
Thu, 05 May 2016 14:00:12 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Heyward's fantasy value has been buoyed by his 13 runs, 13 RBI and four stolen bases because his .211 average and zero in the home run column have been incredibly disappointing to start the season. Don't forget, though, Heyward had just nine runs, two home runs, four RBI, a stolen base and a .217/.261/.349 slash line after the first month of the season last year, too. Be patient because better numbers are ahead. Stay tuned for updates.
Thu, 05 May 2016 12:49:49 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Soler hasn't made the most of his opportunity in left field, hitting only .185 (12-for-65) with two home runs and six RBI. As a result, he's lost playing time and is a candidate to drop in shallow mixed leagues. Kalish has battled his way back to the bigs and hasn't played since 2014 with the Cubs. He's a low-end option in daily games but could see more run if he plays well, at the expense of Soler.
Thu, 05 May 2016 12:47:11 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Jason Heyward (wrist) remains out of the starting lineup Thursday, May 5. 3B Kris Bryant moves to right field, while 3B Tommy La Stella is at the hot corner and is batting second against Washington Nationals SP Joe Ross.
Fantasy Tip: Heyward's struggles and wrist injury are perplexing to his fantasy owners, and don't rule out the Cubs placing him on the DL to rest. Any more time that Heyward misses is beneficial to La Stella and Javier Baez, with Baez having the more fantasy upside because of his intriguing power-speed combination. La Stella has been productive, too (.297/.381/.514) and is a midrange DFS play against Ross.
Wed, 04 May 2016 16:41:12 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Heyward has missed the last few games with a wrist injury that has bothered him since a few weeks into the season. Perhaps that's why he's hitting only .211 with no home runs after the first month. If healthy, Heyward should turn things around in the middle of one of the majors' most dangerous lineups. You may want to take a wait-and-see approach with him when he returns, though.
Wed, 04 May 2016 14:37:59 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Lester is off to a great start and returning ace value for fantasy clubs. Through six starts, the veteran has a 1.58 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 38 strikeouts through 40 innings. Continue to start him confidently going forward.
Wed, 04 May 2016 14:34:10 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It was just Zobrist's second long fly of the season, and his .375 slugging percentage is extremely underwhelming. However, Zobrist was brought aboard because of his on-base skills, and he is currently reaching base at a .373 clip. Zobrist is a viable option at the keystone in the majority of seasonal leagues and already has 16 runs and 16 RBI for the campaign.
Wed, 04 May 2016 14:26:54 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Since returning from injury Saturday, April 16, Baez has seven runs, a home run, four RBI and two stolen bases with a .341/.372/.488 slash line. He has also already appeared at each of the four infield positions, and should soon be an incredibly valuable fantasy piece to add flexibility to your roster. There is upside for more than semi-regular at-bats if Baez continues to hit and flash his plus-glove. He should be owned in all but the shallowest of fantasy formats.
Wed, 04 May 2016 14:22:16 -0700
Fantasy Tip: The RBI leader (27) now has 22 runs for the season, and the home run was his ninth of the campaign. Rizzo appears locked in for another monster fantasy season, and it is worth noting, he has improved his batting average from .163 to .260 through his past 12 games. During the 12-game stretch, Rizzo has 14 runs, six home runs and 16 RBI. He's red hot.
Wed, 04 May 2016 06:57:18 -0700
Fantasy Tip: La Stella is a low-end option to consider against Juan Nicasio. He just doesn't provide a lot of punch in DFS.
Tue, 03 May 2016 23:23:38 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Bryant has hit safely in nine straight games, going 15-for-35 (.429) with 10 runs scored, two homers and 10 RBIs.
Tue, 03 May 2016 23:22:58 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Lester is a tremendous fantasy option in seasonal leagues and a must-start DFS play regardless of salary based upon his low ERA against the Bucs.
Tue, 03 May 2016 23:22:31 -0700
Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta allowed just two hits and two walks with five strikeouts over seven scoreless innings in a win Tuesday, May 3, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, lowering his ERA to 0.82. He is the first Cubs pitcher to win each of his first six starts in a season since P Mordecai Brown won his first 11 starts in 1908.
Fantasy Tip: Arrieta is having a tremendous season, and he is off to a historic start. If you drafted Arrieta in your fantasy league he is likely single-handedly keeping you on top.
Tue, 03 May 2016 16:24:31 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Jason Heyward (wrist) doesn't think he'll need to go on the disabled list. He started feeling something in his right wrist in the second series of the season against the Arizona Diamondbacks. "I don't think it's a long-term kind of thing by any means, but his wrist is sore," manager Joe Maddon said. "He hasn't said anything, and then finally he said something, so we're trying to react to it right now."
Fantasy Tip: Heyward owners must be concerned considering he's off to a slow start. Keep him benched for now and check back for updates on when he might return. It could be any day now. Javier Baez and Tommy La Stella benefit the most as long as Heyward is out of the lineup. Baez is hitting well and has the most fantasy upside due to his power-speed combination. Baez should be owned in most leagues.
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