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Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:53:49 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Grichuk said he feels strong and expects to be completely healthy by the time spring training camp opens. He hit .276 with 17 home runs and 47 RBIs in 103 regular-season games and should be available in the middle rounds of drafts for NL-only and deep mixed fantasy leagues.
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:12:28 -0800
Free-agent OF/1B Chris Davis (Orioles) has perked the interest of the St. Louis Cardinals, who have had discussions with his agent, Scott Boras, according to sources. The Cards are intrigued by Davis' ability to play first base, third base, right field and left field.
Fantasy Tip: Davis' power translates anywhere, but he could lose some luster leaving the hitter-friendly Camden Yards. He'll be a high-end outfielder to target in traditional drafts no matter where he signs.
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 07:43:42 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (quadriceps) said he has no restrictions or pain, but he's still not doing full-fledged leg workouts. Holliday also admitted he came back too early from his first quadriceps strain last season. "The first time, I was just back too early," Holliday said. "I felt like I could manage it, but I knew I was still at some risk. I felt I can run at 80% and the minute I lost my mind and just out of instinct in that game against the (Cincinnati) Reds trying to (avoid) the close double play, I just instinctively took off. It popped right away. They thought it wasn't as bad as the first one, but after further evaluation it was worse than the first one. The second time I waited a lot longer and made sure I didn't feel I was at risk." Holliday also said he doesn't feel like he's a different hitter after only hitting four home runs last season. "I know I haven't quite had the power that I had," Holliday said. "It's in there. I'm going to get after it a little bit earlier in the cage this year and see if I can do some things. I don't look at myself as a different hitter. I don't think I am. I have goals of hitting the ball hard and hitting it in the gap and getting on base and swinging at good pitches. All of that is the same as before."
Fantasy Tip: Holliday will be 36 this season and he could come at a discount with the dearth of youthful outfielders in the game. Holliday's power has dipped two years in a row and was on pace to dip again last season before the injuries. So know what you're drafting in the top portion of the median at the position.
Sat, 14 Nov 2015 11:54:36 -0800
Fantasy Tip: It is unknown how much interest St. Louis has in the 36-year-old left-hander but he is originally from St. Charles, Mo., and grew up as a fan of the Cards. He went 15-8 with a 3.81 ERA in 32 regular-season starts for Toronto in 2015 but did not pitch during the playoffs.
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:36:55 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Lackey posted a career-best 2.77 ERA in 2015, which is rare for a 36-year-old hurler, and he also maintained a respectable 1.21 WHIP and 7.2 K/9. Lackey's fantasy value for the 2016 campaign will largely depend on where Lackey signs during the offseason, so check back for updates. However, it is unlikely he repeats his 2015 numbers next season.
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:25:54 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Heyward will be a coveted outfielder in the real game this offseason, but seasonal players will want to be skeptical about the favorable hype that has followed his fantasy stock around since he entered the league. After all, the outfielder has topped 20 homers and 80 RBI just once in his career. Still, Heyward posted a .318/.397/.469 slash line in the second half this year and he has stole 20 bases in consecutive seasons. Expect Heyward to be a polarizing fantasy commodity entering the 2016 season, but he's a commodity who can chip in all five fantasy categories.
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:08:59 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Zobrist mainly appeals to fantasy owners because of his positional versatility as a middle infielder or outfielder. His average will keep you afloat, and he has double-digit home run power, but beyond that is a rather boring commodity. In deep mixed leagues, though, his versatility is extremely useful in the mid to late rounds.
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:06:30 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn (elbow) had emergency Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Nov. 10, to fix a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. He also had the ulnar nerve transposed and bone chips removed during the procedure. Lynn went 12-11 with a 3.03 ERA in 2015 and had three straight seasons of 30-plus starts.
Fantasy Tip: This is a big blow to St. Louis' rotation entering the 2016 season, as Lynn will miss all of next year. You can obviously ignore Lynn for the 2016 season. The biggest beneficiary will likely be young prospect Marco Gonzales, with Adam Wainwright a question mark after missing most of the 2015 season and John Lackey a free agent. Gonzales is certainly worth considering in the late rounds of fantasy drafts.
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:39:00 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez (shoulder) is expected to be ready for spring training. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold said on MLB Network's "Hot Stove" Tuesday, Nov. 10, that Martinez is working out five days a week in Jupiter, Fla. The irritation has subsided from his right rotator cuff, and he's on a program that emphasizes flexibility and core strength. Martinez is working on strengthening the muscles around the shoulder as well as his legs. The organization feel it's time for him to rely less on his arm strength and understand that he needs total body strength to get through the season.
Fantasy Tip: Martinez is one of the brightest young arms in baseball, and he'll likely come off the board in the SP3 range in fantasy drafts. Those drafting him will inherit the risk of this shoulder issue.
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 05:09:54 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals SP Alex Reyes was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse. Reyes said he tested positive for marijuana. Reyes struck out 151 in 101 1/3 innings at Single-A and Double-A this past season.
Fantasy Tip: Reyes could have possibly made it to the majors this season, but that appears grim right now. He's still worth stashing in dynasty leagues.
Fri, 06 Nov 2015 08:55:26 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Heyward will be an outfielder to target in the tier between the elite and midrange outfielders in drafts. Lackey is a solid midrange grab, but where he lands will have an impact on his fantasy value.
Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:31:17 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Garcia showed well in 2015 with a 2.43 ERA, 3.00 FIP and a 1.05 WHIP through 129 2/3 innings. His 6.7 K/9 leaves a lot to be desired, though. Still, pitching for a solid ball club should help his win total, so Garcia can help fantasy owners in three of the four standard categories for starters. He is worth a look in the late rounds of drafts entering the 2016 season.
Sun, 01 Nov 2015 11:14:51 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Garcia went 10-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 20 regular-season starts for the Cards in 2015. The 29-year-old left-hander has had difficulty staying healthy but should be a middle or back end of the rotation option for fantasy teams in NL-only and deep mixed leagues.
Sat, 24 Oct 2015 06:23:59 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Heyward likely will receive interest from several teams this offseason and should receive a lucrative contract. Heyward has not hit more than 20 home runs since 2012 but has stolen at least 20 bases in each of the last two seasons. Heyward likely will be a middle-round option in mixed leagues next season.
Sat, 24 Oct 2015 06:13:48 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Piscotty played well after being called up from the minor leagues in July and finished the regular season with a .305 batting average, seven home runs and 39 RBI. Piscotty could be a middle- to late-round draft pick in most mixed leagues next season.
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