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Pirates | Manager will find David Freese at-bats

Thu, 05 May 2016 15:37:16 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B David Freese could see time at second base and first base with 3B/SS Jung Ho Kang (knee) close to returning from the disabled list, according to manager Clint Hurdle. Hurdle noted he would "have to create" opportunities for playing time for Freese.

Fantasy Tip: Freese has an impressive .376 on-base percentage to start the season with 15 runs. His nine RBI and .388 slugging percentage leave a lot to be desired, though, especially since he has primarily hit third in the lineup. However, Freese's fantasy value is set to take a major hit, as he is likely looking at semi-regular at-bats -- at best -- with Kang back in the mix. Freese is likely best left to deep mixed and NL-only formats.

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Pirates | Jung Ho Kang set for season debut?

Thu, 05 May 2016 15:24:12 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jung Ho Kang (knee) could be activated from the disabled list and make his season debut during the series against the St. Louis Cardinals beginning Friday, May 6. 1B Jason Rogers was optioned to Class AAA Indianapolis, and a corresponding move has not yet been announced.

Fantasy Tip: A return Friday would fit the original timeline for Kang's season debut, and without a corresponding move to Rogers' demotion, Kang is likely to suit up this weekend. Kang should be owned in all seasonal leagues after posting a .315/.378/.553 slash line with 38 runs, 11 home runs and 33 RBI over his final 60 games of 2015.

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Pirates | Gregory Polanco with shorter swing

Thu, 05 May 2016 10:38:10 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Gregory Polanco has shortened up his swing this year and has dramatically increased his walk rate from 8.4 to 15.3% this year and has also decreased his strikeout rate from 18.6 to 13.6%.

Fantasy Tip: Polanco, still just 24, is primed to hit for double-digit home runs for the first time in his career in 2016. Combine that with better plate discipline and his 30-stolen base potential and you have a young emerging talent that is a fine cornerstone for any fantasy squad.

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Pirates | Matt Joyce continues to rake

Wed, 04 May 2016 16:29:04 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Matt Joyce hit his fourth home run of the season in a losing effort against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, May 4. Three of his four home runs have been of the pinch-hit variety this year. Joyce is hitting .371 on the year.

Fantasy Tip: What a difference a year makes. Joyce had an awful campaign in 2015 with the Angels (.174 in 247 at-bats) but has turned things around with his new club. Unfortunately for Joyce, he's a bench player in Pittsburgh unless an injury opens up more time in the outfield. For that reason his fantasy value lies mainly in daily formats when he enters the starting lineup.

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Pirates | Juan Nicasio has another mediocre outing

Wed, 04 May 2016 14:48:02 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Juan Nicasio allowed four runs -- one earned -- on eight hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings with just three strikeouts during the Pirates' 6-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, May 4.

Fantasy Tip: Nicasio was a victim of his pitch count escalating quickly, as he threw 102 pitches through those 4 1/3 innings. Nicasio was a preseason darling, and he has flashed some of the spring magic to start the year with a 3.16 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP and 32 strikeouts through 31 1/3 innings. However, he should be viewed as nothing more than an end-of-the-rotation arm for you fantasy roster.

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Pirates | John Jaso takes a seat

Wed, 04 May 2016 06:59:38 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B John Jaso is out of the lineup Wednesday, May 4, with SS Jordy Mercer leading off. INF Sean Rodriguez is hitting sixth.

Fantasy Tip: Mercer is hitting .319 with 13 RBI thus far, and he's worth midrange consideration against Jon Lester. Rodriguez has a .342-4-14 line on the season and is worth lower-middle DFS consideration.

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Pirates | Jon Niese punished by Chicago

Tue, 03 May 2016 23:24:12 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jon Niese allowed six earned runs, nine hits and five walks with just three strikeouts over five innings in a loss Tuesday, May 3, against the Chicago Cubs, his first setback of the season.

Fantasy Tip: Niese started out 3-0 with a 4.24 ERA over his first four starts, but he is 0-1 with a 9.90 ERA over his past two outings. He received an average of 7.0 runs of support in his first five games, helping to keep his unblemished record intact, but he was exposed a bit Tuesday. He is more of an NL-only middle rotation fantasy option, but certainly avoid him in mixed play.

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Pirates | Starling Marte, Josh Harrison out

Tue, 03 May 2016 11:50:39 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte and 2B Josh Harrison are not in the starting lineup Tuesday, May 3. OF Matt Joyce is starting in right field and hitting cleanup, while 1B Sean Rodriguez is at the keystone and is batting seventh against Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta.

Fantasy Tip: Joyce and Rodriguez have been very productive as role players for the Bucs to start the year, but their daily fantasy stock is down tonight while facing the almighty Arrieta.

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Pirates | Jameson Taillon brilliant on the farm

Tue, 03 May 2016 06:11:55 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jameson Taillon is 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP in four starts at Class AAA Indianapolis. He has struck out 23 batters and walked just two in 23 1/3 innings.

Fantasy Tip: There's a lot of talk about Tyler Glasnow, but Taillon could be ahead of him in the route to the majors. Stash him wherever you can.

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Pirates | Josh Harrison's streak ends at 10

Mon, 02 May 2016 23:37:37 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Josh Harrison's hitting streak ended at 10 games Monday, May 2.

Fantasy Tip: J-Hay is hitting .313 with 15 RBI and five steals. He should be owned just about everywhere and is a daily consideration in the upper-middle second basemen.

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Pirates | Francisco Cervelli, David Freese out

Sun, 01 May 2016 08:54:41 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Francisco Cervelli and 3B David Freese are not in the starting lineup against Cincinnati Reds SP Tim Adleman Sunday, May 1. INF Sean Rodriguez will bat sixth and play the hot corner, while C Chris Stewart will bat eighth and start behind the plate.

Fantasy Tip: Stewart and Rodriguez should both be viewed as solid value plays in daily fantasy leagues this afternoon. Stewart is 5-for-18 with a double, home run and two RBI, while Rodriguez is batting .333 with two doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI in just 30 at-bats.

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Pirates | Francisco Liriano nets second win

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:50:28 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano picked up his first win since the opening game of the season Saturday, April 30, in a 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds. He held the Reds to five hits and struck out six while walking none after allowing 17 walks in his first four starts.

Fantasy Tip: Liriano closed out April the same way he opened it, but there are a few caution flags. If Liriano walks this many batters in the next few starts he could hit a slump. Still, all it has cost Liriano is one loss and a couple of no-decisions, He remains a strong pitcher in fantasy circles.

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Pirates | Juan Nicasio defeats Cincinnati

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:51:57 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Juan Nicasio (3-2) allowed three hits and one walk over seven scoreless innings in a victory over the Cincinnati Reds Friday, April 29, with eight strikeouts. He improved to 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three starts at PNC Park this year.

Fantasy Tip: Nicasio has 29 strikeouts over 27 innings through his first five starts and is worth considering as an inexpensive flier option in daily fantasy leagues versus most opponents. However, he should not be viewed as a safe choice for his next scheduled start against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, May 4.

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Pirates | Jung Ho Kang progressing

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:53:12 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jung Ho Kang (knee) has given the team good reports during his rehab assignment. "Jung Ho Kang is playing nine innings of third base at Triple-A," said Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk. "He continues to show physiologically good signs of recovery. He continues to meet the demands of the rehab. It's his second time he's gone back-to-back games."

Fantasy Tip: Kang's return will shake things up in the infield with David Freese, Jordy Mercer, Josh Harrison and John Jaso likely to see more days off. Kang, when he kicks off the rust, will be a daily consideration in DFS due to his power. Harrison will find his way into the lineup most days, but Mercer and Jaso are likely to be hurt the most.

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Pirates | Starling Marte sitting Thursday

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:49:50 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte is out of the lineup Thursday, April 28, with OF Matt Joyce hitting cleanup. C Francisco Cervelli also has the day off, which bumps 2B Josh Harrison up to fifth, and C Chris Stewart is hitting eighth.

Fantasy Tip: Joyce has a .333-2-7 line and is a solid plug-and-play in Coors Field against Tyler Chatwood. J-Hay is on fire and is a daily consideration. Stewart is a basement flyer because of the park.

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Acosta Jose P
Adams Terry RP
Alduey Darlin P
Allie Stetson 3B
Almonte Hector P
Amato Gary P
Aneudy Darlin P
Antelo Derek P
Aponte Kelly 1B
Baker Nate P
Baker Nathan P
Bankston Maurice P
Bard Daniel RP
Barnes Barrett OF
Barrios Gustavo 3B
Bell Josh 1B
Benitez Deybis SS
Bernero Adam RP
Biela Andrew OF
Bishop Harrison P
Bleich Jeremy P
Bloom Kyle P
Boeve Adam OF
Bomback Daniel 2B
Bonifay Josh 2B
Boone James OF
Boscan Wilfredo SP
Bouknight Kip P
Brault Steven P
Brito Jesus 3B
Brolsma Owen P
Bromberg David SP
Bullinger Kirk P
Buttler Vic OF
Cameron Taylor P
Caminero Arquimedes RP
Cardenas Eliecer P
Cardona Rodolfo INF
Carrasco Roman P
Carver Mark C
Castellano John C
Castillo Wilkin C
Castro Orlando P
Cavagnaro Matt INF
Cave Kevin P
Cervelli Francisco C
Chaves Brandon INF
Chen Yung-Chi INF
Chi Ping-Hung OF
Chiaffredo Paul C
Child Dylan C
Claggett Anthony P
Clapp Brad P
Cofield Kyle P
Cole Gerrit SP
Copley David P
Corey Mark P
Corley Brad OF
Corsaletti Jeff OF
Cortes Jorge OF
Covington Christopher OF
Cox Tyler P
Craig Dustin P
Cuffman Jacob P
Cumpton Brandon SP
Curry Matt 1B
Davis Blake SS
De Aza Miguel OF
Del Castillo Angelo OF
DeLaCruz Michael OF
Delaney Jason INF
DeLeon Cristopher P
Diaz Elias C
Diaz Francisco C
Diaz Juan SS
Dodson Zackry P
Dorta Melvin INF
Durham Miles OF
Edwards Mike 3B
Enochs Chris P
Erickson Casey P
Escobar Elvis OF
Escobar Elvis OF
Esqueda Carlos SS
Evans Tom INF
Fagan Albert P
Falcon Omar C
Fallon Ed P
Farrell Jeremy INF
Feliz Neftali RP
Fernandez Erick C
Fields Caleb OF
Figuera Luis P
Figueroa Cole 3B
Fitzpatrick John 1B
Florimon Pedro SS
Forrer Daniel P
Foster Zachary P
Freeman Wesley OF
Freese David 3B
Fuesser Zac P
Fuller Jim P
Garabito Eddy INF
Garcia Christopher INF
Garcia Juan C
Giblin Sean P
Glasnow Tyler P
Gonzalez Issael 2B
Gryboski Kevin RP
Guerrero Emilis P
Guillory Matthew P
Guzman Edwards C
Hagan Thomas OF
Haley Trey RP
Hamilton Clayton P
Hamman Corey P
Hanson Alen SS
Harris Justin SS
Harrison Josh 3B
Hart Kevin SP
Harts Jeremy P
Harvey Kris RP
Hayes Ke'Bryan 3B
Henriquez Cristian P
Henriquez Ralph C
Herbort Ryan P
Heredia Luis P
Hernandez Anderson 2B
Hernandez Christopher P
Herrera Johan 3B
Hill Josh P
Holliday Brian P
Hollingsworth Ethan P
Holmes Brett OF
Holmes Clay P
Hughes Jared RP
Inman Jeff P
Irving Nate C
Ivany Devin C
Jackson Steven P
Jaso John 1B
Jones Mitch OF
Jones Rodarrick OF
Joves Julio 1B
Joyce Matt OF
Julio Jorge RP
Kaminista Kyle RP
Kang Jung Ho SS
Keel Jared 3B
Keller Mitch P
Kingsbury Robert OF
Kinney Josh RP
Kleis Kevin P
Klinger Brent P
Knotts Allan P
Knudson Guido RP
Krebs Eric P
Lakind Jared 1B
Lara Pedro OF
Lee Taber 2B
Lee Wilson P
Leesman Charlie RP
Leon Jose INF
Linares Serguey P
Liriano Francisco SP
Lobstein Kyle SP
Locke Jeff SP
Lomack Jermal 2B
Lopez Cesar P
Lorenzo Arquimedes P
Luebke Cory SP
Mallette Brian P
Mann Brandon P
Marte Kelvin P
Marte Starling OF
Masterson Justin SP
Mathisen Wyatt C
McClung Seth RP
McCullen Matthew P
McCutchen Andrew OF
McGuire Reese C
Meadows Austin OF
Medina Jhondaniel P
Melancon Mark RP
Melhuse Adam C
Mendez Mauricio P
Mercer Jordy SS
Miller Matt J. RP
Miller Quinton P
Moeves Mark P
Montero Yunior P
Montilla Richard P
Morales Jose C
Morel Brent 3B
Morris Hunter 1B
Mulhern Ryan OF
Myles Candon OF
Myrow Brian 1B
Neverauskas Dovydas P
Newman Kevin SS
Newsom Randy P
Nicasio Juan SP
Niese Jon SP
Norman Anthony OF
Nunez Gustavo SS
O'Flaherty Eric RP
Oliver Zachary P
Ortiz Daniel OF
Padilla Fredys 2B
Parrish David C
Parry Craig OF
Partch Curtis P
Paulino Carlos C
Payne Matthew 3B
Payne Vincent P
Pena Ramses SS
Perez Miguel C
Pevny Logan P
Polanco Gregory OF
Polo Tito OF
Polonia Rodney SS
Pond Simon OF
Ponder Allen P
Powell Jeremy P
Prasch Eddie 3B
Pribanic Aaron SP
Quarles Jason P
Ramirez Elvin P
Ramirez Harold OF
Ramirez Harold OF
Ramos Jhonathan P
Reames Britt RP
Reddinger Brandon C
Reichert Dan P
Reid Justin P
Reith Brian P
Reyes Milver C
Rice Chad SS
Rivera Maximo SS
Roberts Kevin P
Roberts Willis P
Robertson Nash P
Robles Moises P
Rodriguez Leandro P
Rodriguez Nerio P
Rodriguez Sean 1B
Rogers Jason 1B
Rojas Chris SP
Ronco Jesus SS
Rondon Jorge RP
Roneberg Brett OF
Rooi Vince 3B
Rosario Melvin P
Rubinstein Dave OF
Ryan Michael OF
Sakamoto Kent 1B
Salas Marino RP
Salcedo Edward 3B
Sanchez Angel P
Sanz Luis P
Scahill Rob RP
Schugel A.J. P
Serrano Elio RP
Shortslef Josh P
Simon Keanon OF
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Singh Rinku P
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Smith Gregory 1B
Spain Robert SS
Stein Blake SP
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Stewart Chris C
Suarez Steven C
Sucre Antonio OF
Sues Jeff RP
Taillon Jameson SP
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Thompson Mike P
Tucker Cole SS
Urena Luis OF
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Watson Tony RP
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Whiteside Matt RP
Williams Brandon P
Williams Michael P
Williams Trevor P
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