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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:43:48 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Murphy ($4,700, 9.4% of cap) is an extremely risky FantasyScore play to start the season, as he has just 21 plate appearances this spring, and he hasn't had an at-bat since leaving a game Thursday, March 19. When healthy, though, he is a nice mid-priced target when facing a favorable pitching matchup. In seasonal leagues, Murphy is a low-end second base option in mixed leagues.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:31:16 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Murphy ($4,700, 9.4% of cap) could miss the first few weeks of the season if he needs to be placed on the disabled list. Owners on FantasyScore probably should avoid Murphy until he is able to play a few games in a row. Ruben Tejada ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) and Matt Reynolds are options to start at second base if Murphy misses time, but neither player is a great option on FantasyScore or in mixed leagues.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:29:12 -0700
New York Mets RP Bobby Parnell (elbow) pitched in a minor league game Wednesday, April 1, and allowed two doubles and a home run during his one inning of work. Parnell's velocity was at 88 to 89 mph against the first batter but went up to 93 to 94 mph later in the outing.
Fantasy Tip: Parnell is expected to miss at least the first month of the season as he works his way back from elbow surgery. Owners could consider selecting Parnell in the later rounds of drafts and stashing him on the disabled list until he is able to return. Jennry Mejia is expected to open the season as the closer and could also be a later-round option.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:01:06 -0700
New York Mets OF Juan Lagares agreed to a long-term contract extension through the 2019 season with the team Wednesday, April 1. The deal includes an option for the following year, according to sources. Lagares will have all of his arbitration years covered, and the deal guarantees him $23 million from 2016 to 2019 and includes a $9.5 million team option for 2020.
Fantasy Tip: Lagares ($3,100, 6.2% of cap) is more of a defensive star than he is an offensive force. He hit .281 last season but only had four homers, and he won't fill up the stat sheet often for fantasy owners, which makes him mainly an asset in very deep mixed leagues and NL-only universes.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:58:59 -0700
New York Mets SP Dillon Gee has won the fifth starting spot to begin the 2015 season after a strong push from SP Rafael Montero. Gee will make his season debut against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. Gee has a 2.49 ERA in 21 2/3 Grapefruit League innings this spring. Montero is expected to shift to the bullpen in a potential late-inning role.
Fantasy Tip: Gee went 7-8 with a 4.00 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 137 1/3 innings over 22 starts in 2014, and he struck out 94 hitters while walking 43. Now that he's secured a rotation spot to open the season, he's worth a look in very deep mixed leagues and NL-only formats.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 06:54:15 -0700
New York Mets 3B David Wright's power and quickness is back in his bat after battling neck and shoulder injuries last season, according to manager Terry Collins. "There's no reason why he can't do what (he has) always done," Collins said.
Fantasy Tip: Wright has had a solid spring with a .273-4-11 line in 44 at-bats. He'll still have to contend with the spacious confines of Citi Field, but there's hope he can return to the .295-20-90 range. One important question is if the 32-year-old can return to his 15-steals form. He stole eight bases last year and was caught five times. At $5,100 (10.2% of your cap), Wright is a daily consideration at the hot corner on FantasyScore.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:53:49 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Gee has some value in FantasyScore and daily contests, as a previous tip said, but Gee's problem is the presence of prospects like Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:47:45 -0700
New York Mets 1B Lucas Duda has been talking with the team about a contract extension, but the talks will end on opening day if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement so Duda can concentrate on the regular season.
Fantasy Tip: Duda ($4,600, 9.2% of cap) had a solid 2014 season with 27 home runs and 92 RBIs and will be the starting first baseman this season. Duda could be an option for owners on FantasyScore looking for power at a cheaper price.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:16:14 -0700
New York Mets SP Zack Wheeler (elbow) plans to spend six weeks at home after spring training ends, and then he'll rehab at the team's complex in Florida. Wheeler doesn't plan to visit the team when they are in Atlanta, as well as during the regular season. He underwent Tommy John surgery last Wednesday.
Fantasy Tip: Wheeler won't be back until sometime in 2016, but he's unlikely to be ready for the start of next season, so he'll come at an injury discount. Next season will likely be an adjustment for the right-hander as he works to get his velocity and control back, so owning Wheeler will be wiser in 2017.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:48:13 -0700
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (hamstring) plans to play in a minor league game Monday, March 30, but he will continue to avoid running. He has jogged to first base in recent games and hasn't been allowed to run the bases. Murphy took ground balls Monday, and general manager Sandy Alderson said Murphy will be held out of Grapefruit League games this week, which would allow the team to backdate a disabled list stint.
Fantasy Tip: Murphy's ($4,700, 9.4% of cap) injury doesn't appear to be too serious, but his chances of opening up the regular season on the DL appear likely. That means you should shy away from using him at FantasyScore right off the bat.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:01:56 -0700
New York Mets 1B Lucas Duda appears to be in line for a long-term contract extension with the team. The extension would keep Duda with the Mets well into his 30s, according to two sources familiar with the negotiations. Duda will earn $4.2 million this season as an arbitration-eligible player and is currently under team control through the 2017 season.
Fantasy Tip: Duda ($4,600, 9.2% of cap) had a breakout season in 2014 after the Mets traded 1B Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Duda played in 153 games last season and finished with a careeer-high 30 home runs. Duda was limited to just a .180 batting average and a .516 OPS against left-handed pitchers, but is not expected to be used as a platoon player by the Mets. Duda should be used as a platoon option in fantasy, at least until he proves he is able to hit against lefties.
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:19:51 -0700
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (hamstring) may have a tough time making it back in time for opening day, and the team is starting to sound pessimistic about his chances. Murphy will only play in minor league games next week if he can.
Fantasy Tip: Danny Muno and Matt Reynolds are in consideration to start at the keystone on opening day if Murphy ($4,700, 9.4% of cap) isn't ready, but neither should really move the fantasy needle, since Murphy's injury doesn't seem too serious. Look to avoid Murphy during the opening week of FantasyScore.
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:05:19 -0700
New York Mets SP Matt Harvey lost his 9 2/3-inning spring scoreless streak against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, March 27, but he finished with three hits, one run and five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Harvey's Grapefruit League ERA is no2 1.45 after the 80-pitch effort, and his fastball ranged between 95-98 mph. He didn't allow a walk and has walked just one hitter in 18 2/3 innings.
Fantasy Tip: Harvey is 18 months removed from Tommy John surgery, so his control and velocity gains are only mildly surprising. But his excellent spring has surely eliminated him from coming at an injury discount in fantasy drafts. There's plenty of evidence to suggest that taking him as your No. 2 fantasy pitcher will pay big dividends in 2015.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:30:12 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Flores ($3,200, 6.4% of cap) recently shed his walking boot, and a return to the lineup bodes well for his opening day readiness. Last season, he hit just .251 but rarely struck out -- 11.3% strikeout rate -- and hit well in the minors. Shortstop lacks depth, and Flores makes for a nice late-round flier.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:52:50 -0700
New York Mets 3B David Wright may be moved out of the third spot in the lineup in 2015. The Mets are playing with their lineup in spring training, and they are thinking of moving Wright into the No. 2 spot. Wright has hit second three times this spring, and manager Terry Collins confirmed that the team is thinking about this move occasionally. Wright said a move in the lineup won't bother his ego at all. He hit third in all 133 starts in 2014, in 109 of 111 starts in 2013 and 144 of 155 starts in 2012.
Fantasy Tip: It doesn't appear that this would be a full-time lineup switch, but just on occasion. It could give Wright a chance to see some additional at-bats over the course of the entire season, which would be a plus for his fantasy value. In the long run, it probably won't change much, though. Despite a drop to just eight home runs last year, you typical know what you're getting from Wright - decent power numbers and plenty of job security. The Citi Field fences were moved in, too, so expect a rebound in power from Wright.
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