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Giants | Sergio Romo playing catch

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:38:13 -0700

San Francisco Giants RP Sergio Romo (elbow) played catch from 60 feet Friday, April 29.

Fantasy Tip: The Giants are being careful with Romo, a relief pitcher who throws a lot of sliders. With him out, Hunter Strickland's role as a setup main has grown, but Santiago Casilla remains the closer in San Fran and has been strong so far this year. Casilla can be shaky, though, and Strickland should be handcuffed or picked up if you're looking for saves. There's no timetable for when Romo will return.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Jose Mercury News - Andrew Baggarly


Giants | Denard Span feeling more comfortable

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:38:51 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Denard Span (hip) said he feels more confident in his health and less restricted every day following his offseason hip surgery. After beginning the season with a .226 batting average and a .310 on-base percentage through the first 17 games of the season, Span has improved through his past five games with .253 and .344 marks, respectively.

Fantasy Tip: Span was limited to just 61 games in 2015, but dating back to 2014 he has returned a respectable .297/.357/.414 slash line with 45 stolen bases, including his three in 2016. He can be a strong contributor in runs, stolen bases and batting average, and setting the table for a strong lineup also helps his upside. Span should be owned in all fantasy formats.

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Giants | Brandon Belt flirts with cycle Wednesday

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:10:54 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt went 3-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored in a victory over the San Diego Padres Wednesday, April 27. He was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

Fantasy Tip: After Wednesday's performance, Belt is batting .303 and is tied for sixth in the National League with 16 RBI. He should be viewed as a midrange first base option in both seasonal and daily fantasy formats.

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Giants | Buster Posey being monitored

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:25:01 -0700

San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey sat out of the lineup Wednesday, April 27, in a day game following a night game despite hitting .440 (11-for-25) in his career against San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner. Manager Bruce Bochy said Posey will see more time off in the future to keep him fresh for the long haul. The Giants like C Trevor Brown both on offense and defense. Bochy said Posey is fine physically.

Fantasy Tip: While Posey's owners certainly would like him to play every day, they aren't complaining about the Giants' plan to keep him healthy and productive all year. While Posey is hitting only .264, he does have three home runs and seven RBI and continues to be an elite fantasy catcher.

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Giants | Brandon Crawford up to fifth

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:26:51 -0700

San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford is hitting fifth Wednesday, April 27.

Fantasy Tip: He hasn't done much in the power categories, but he has a good history against Andrew Cashner. He's a solid DFS option today.

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Giants | Buster Posey out Wednesday

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:26:22 -0700

San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey is out of the lineup Wednesday, April 27, with 1B Brandon Belt moving up into the cleanup spot. C Trevor Brown is hitting eighth.

Fantasy Tip: Brown hit three homers in the course of two days but hasn't done much otherwise. Pass on him against Andrew Cashner. Belt is 5-for-15 (.333) with a homer against Cashner, and cleanup is a nice boost in the lineup. He's a solid midrange option today.

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Giants | Madison Bumgarner's velocity down

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:48:51 -0700

San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner's average fastball velocity is down from 93 mph to 91 mph so far this season. However, his strikeout rate is up to 11.5 per nine innings from his career-high 9.6 K/9 last year. Bumgarner insists his arm feels fine, and the foot and rib cage injuries that appeared in spring training are not a factor.

Fantasy Tip: MadBum's 1.35 WHIP is a little concerning with 30 hits and 10 walks in 29 2/3 innings. However, many pitchers struggle out of the gates only to turn in banner seasons at the end. He's still a legit SP1 worth daily consideration when his turn comes up.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Henry Schulman


Giants | Sergio Romo brought along slowly

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:50:43 -0700

San Francisco Giants RP Sergio Romo (elbow) will resume playing catch Friday, April 29, but he will be brought along slowly.

Fantasy Tip: Romo was likely drafted in deeper leagues as a handcuff option to Santiago Casilla in the late innings for the Giants. Romo should be left to most waiver wires until he's ready to return. In the meantime and in the long term, Hunter Strickland has some intrigue as a possible candidate to see some save chances if Casilla struggles or is injured.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Jose Mercury News - Andrew Baggarly


Giants | Denard Span, Brandon Belt sitting

Sun, 24 Apr 2016 12:23:18 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Denard Span and 1B Brandon Belt are not in the starting lineup against Miami Marlins SP Adam Conley Sunday, April 24. C Buster Posey will start at first base, while C Trevor Brown will start at catcher and is batting sixth. OF Gregor Blanco will start in center field and is batting eighth.

Fantasy Tip: Brown has posted solid numbers in his limited playing time and could be used in daily fantasy leagues. Blanco has gone 4-for-9 with three triples in the last seven days and could be a decent option in daily leagues.

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Giants | Angel Pagan out of lineup

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 14:58:20 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan is out of the lineup Saturday, April 23, with OF Gregor Blanco hitting eighth.

Fantasy Tip: Blanco is 2-for-3 with a homer off Jose Fernandez. It's an extremely small sample size, but if you're looking for a basement outfielder to load up elsewhere in DFS, he's worth a shot.

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Giants | Jeff Samardzija plays well Friday

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 05:44:01 -0700

San Francisco Giants SP Jeff Samardzija allowed one run on six hits in 7 2/3 innings against the Miami Marlins Friday, April 22, to record his second win of the season. He struck out five batters and did not walk any batters during the game. He also went 2-for-4 with three RBI at the plate.

Fantasy Tip: Samardzija has posted solid numbers in his first four starts of the season and has not allowed more than three runs in any game. He is scheduled to face the San Diego Padres in his next start and could be an attractive starting candidate in most leagues.

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Giants | Hunter Pence moved down

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:40:06 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence is being moved to sixth in the batting order against Miami Marlins SP Jarred Cosart Friday, April 22. As a result, 3B Matt Duffy is hitting third before C Buster Posey.

Fantasy Tip: Pence isn't lighting the world on fire but does have two home runs and 11 RBI on the year despite hitting .230. Duffy is in a similar spot as Pence, so the shakeup is an attempt to get both going. It could work against Cosart, who is sporting a 6.10 ERA in two starts this year. Both Duffy and Pence are worth a look as contrarian plays tonight in DFS action.

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Giants | Chris Heston demoted

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:20:10 -0700

San Francisco Giants P Chris Heston has been optioned to Class AAA Sacramento. He began the season as a long reliever but will be used as a starting pitcher in the minors.

Fantasy Tip: The Giants want to stretch Heston out in case he is needed in the parent club's rotation and they also believe he will be able to use his side sessions to gain more confidence in his mechanics. The 28-year-old went 12-11 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts last year in a season that was highlighted by a no-hitter against the New York Mets. However, he struggled with his control this year in a bullpen role, allowing six runs on nine hits over five innings in four appearances, with twice as many walks as strikeouts. Heston is only worth monitoring in NL-only fantasy leagues at this point.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Jose Mercury News - Andrew Baggarly


Giants | Buster Posey sitting out

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:36:49 -0700

San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey is out of the lineup Thursday, April 21, with C Trevor Brown hitting eighth. OF Angel Pagan also moved up to sixth.

Fantasy Tip: Brown is 6-for-17 (.353) with three homers and seven RBI this season. He's a great flyer against Shelby Miller today. Pagan is hitting .351 this season and is also worth a low-end look in DFS.

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Giants | Hunter Pence being rested

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:31:40 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence, who is 4-for-24 in his career against Arizona Diamondbacks SP Zack Greinke, is not in the starting lineup Wednesday, April 20. OF Gregor Blanco is starting in right field and hitting seventh against Greinke.

Fantasy Tip: Blanco has three hits in 15 career at-bats against Greinke with four strikeouts, so it doesn't get much better for him. Greinke hasn't quite been his 2015 version with his new team in 2016, but the matchup nevertheless shouldn't inspire confidence for Blanco in daily affairs.

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San Francisco Giants Player News

Abreu Tony 2B
Aceves Alfredo RP
Acosta Kelyn P
Adrianza Ehire SS
Affeldt Jeremy RP
Agosta Martin P
Anderson Luke P
Arnold Jeff C
Arroyo Christian SS
Athas Jamie 2B
Beede Tyler P
Begg Chris P
Belt Brandon 1B
Beltre Engel OF
Berken Jason RP
Bickford Phillip P
Blach Tyson P
Black Ray P
Blackburn Clayton P
Blanco Gregor OF
Blanks Kyle 1B
Brinson Morgan P
Broshuis Garrett P
Brown Trevor C
Bumgarner Madison SP
Cabrera Fernando RP
Cain Matt SP
Cameron Kevin RP
Carbonell Daniel OF
Carignan Andrew RP
Casilla Jose RP
Casilla Santiago RP
Cedeno Ronny SS
Clark Craig P
Concepcion Edward P
Cook Daniel INF
Copeland Ben OF
Cordido Julio INF
Corgan Chance P
Corona Ramon INF
Correa Hector P
Cortes David RP
Cova Rafael P
Cowart Adam P
Cox Benjamin P
Crawford Brandon SS
Crick Kyle SP
Cueto Johnny SP
D'Alessio Andrew INF
Daigle Casey RP
De La Cruz Diego P
de la Rosa Tomas INF
Del Orbe Ramon P
Doster Dave 2B
Duffy Matt 3B
Dunning Jake RP
Dyche Joe OF
Edelfsen Steve RP
Eifel Michael P
Espineli Geno RP
Estrella Leo RP
Estrella Luis P
Fikac Jeremy RP
Flaherty Tim C
Flanigan Robert INF
Fleet Austin P
Foltin Wayne P
Ford Darren OF
Fortunato Bartolome P
Garcia Aramis C
Gillaspie Conor 3B
Graham Tyler OF
Green Grant 2B
Gregorio Joan P
Guitierrez Henry C
Hammond Steve P
Harrold Stephen P
Hedrick Justin P
Hernandez Carlos E. 2B
Hernandez Gorkys OF
Herrera Javier OF
Heston Chris SP
Hutting Tim SS
Irving Brian P
Jacobs Greg OF
Javier Nathanael 3B
Javier Omar P
Jennings Todd C
Johnson Mike SP
Jurica Carter SS
Kaufman Shane P
Kickham Mike SP
Kim Sun-Woo SP
King Aaron P
Kobernus Jeff 2B
Kontos George RP
Koshansky Joe 1B
Kottaras George C
Kown Andrew P
Kuzmic Scott INF
Lara Braulio RP
LaTorre Tyler C
Law Derek P
Lee Hak-Ju SS
Linden Todd OF
Lindsley Brooks INF
Liriano Pedro P
Lopez Javier RP
Lopez Josh INF
Lormand Ryan INF
Lowenstein Aaron C
Lunsford Trey C
Maday Daryl P
Mantle Ryan OF
Martinez-Esteve Eddy OF
Mateo Julio RP
Matos Osiris P
Mazzaro Vin RP
Mazzola Josh 1B
McArthur Evan INF
McCall Shiloh OF
McGrath Ryan P
McKae Dave P
McMains Derin INF
McNiven Brooks P
Meaux Ryan P
Mejia Adalberto P
Meloan John P
Mercedes Simon P
Miller Jeff P
Minor Damon 1B
Molina Nestor SP
Moncrief Carlos OF
Munter Scott P
Newton David SP
Nicholson Kyle P
Nieto Ben P
Olivo Miguel C
Osich Josh P
Pagan Andres C
Pagan Angel OF
Panik Joe 2B
Parker Jarrett OF
Parker Jarrett OF
Peavy Jake SP
Pena Ramiro 2B
Pence Hunter OF
Pereira Nick P
Pickford Kevin P
Posey Buster C
Price Ryne OF
Pucetas Kevin SP
Quirarte Edwin P
Rapada Clay RP
Ray Ronnie P
Reina Jesus P
Requena Alex OF
Rodriguez Rafael X. OF
Rojas Leonardo C
Romero Felix P
Romero Ricky SP
Romo Andrew P
Romo Sergio RP
Ronick Ari P
Rosario Sandy P
Samardzija Jeff SP
Sanford Shawn P
Santos Chad INF
Santos Francisco 1B
Sharpless Josh RP
Shaw Chris 1B
Shuman Scott P
Simmons James X. OF
Sisk Aaron 3B
Soptic Jeff P
Span Denard OF
Stanton Christopher INF
Stiner Drew C
Stratton Chris P
Strickland Hunter RP
Susac Andrew C
Timpner Clay OF
Todd Chris INF
Tomlinson Kelby 2B
Torres Alex RP
Turner Ben C
Valderrama Carlos OF
Villalona Angel 1B
Weeks Joel C
Welker Duke P
Whitaker Craig SP
Wilding Taylor P
Williams Jackson C
Williamson Mac OF
Wilson Christopher P
Witter Adam C
Woodbury Benjamin OF
Woodruff Kyle P
Wright Damon OF
Wylie Mitch P
Yourkin Matt P

Bochy Bruce MAN
Evans Bobby GM
Kelly Roberto TO
Meulens Hensley TO
Righetti Dave PC
Sabean Brian GM
Wotus Ron TO

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