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Mark Teixeira Watch: No Structural Damage to Wrist

UPDATE: Teixeira does not have any structural damage to the wrist which is the best news he, the Yankees and fantasy owners could hear.  However, it is still possible that the pain is severe enough to warrant a DL stint.  More to follow. In last nights loss to the Orioles, Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira dove for a ball and tried to shake it off. .  He was removed from the game and there was no news on his status until Manager Joe Girardi had his post game press conference .  It would be a HUGE blow to the Yankees if they lost Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira in the same week.  Luckily for the Yankees though, they both got hurt BEFORE the trade deadline.

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Fantasy Baseball Week 16 (7/23-7/29)

7/26 - Jonathan Lucroy (29% owned Yahoo) has been activated by the Milwaukee Brewers finally.  The last time he played was May 27th and he left fantasy owners without a catcher hitting .375 with 5 HRs and 30 RBI in just 43 games played.  Believe it or not Lucroy has played nearly half the games the other top catchers have and is still 21st overall in fantasy points and 16th in RBI.  Add him to your roster if you lost J.P. Arencibia or if you are struggling at the catcher position.  No catcher in baseball with over 16 ABs averages more points per at bat than Lucroy (Carlos Ruiz also avg 1.25 pts/ab...good company). The Toronto Blue Jays have lost power hitting C J.P. Arencibia (58% owned Yahoo) for the next six weeks after a foul tip fractured his hand.  Only Jarrod Saltalamacchia (52%) (19) has hit more home runs than J.P. (16).  If you are looking to just replace his power numbers, than Salty or Wilin Rosario (26%) of the Colorado Rockies is your guy.  Padres C Yasmani Grandal (14%

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Top 15 Hitters and Pitchers Since the All-Star Break

Before you set your roster this week, take a look and see if these guys are still available in your leagues. They are the top 15 hitters and pitchers that are less than 75% owned in Yahoo leagues. How fantasy points are scored: Hitters: Singles - 1pt Doubles - 2pts Triples - 3pts Homeruns - 2pts RBI - 2pts Runs Scored - 2pts Walks - 1pt Stolen Bases - 1pt Pitchers: Win - 10 pts Innings Pitched - 2 pts Earned Runs Allowed - (1pt) Strike Outs - .5pt Hitter % Owned R 1B 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB Fan Pts Pitcher % Owned IP W ER K Fan Pts Brennan Boesch (Det - OF) 32% 6 4 5 0 3 12 0 3 59 Doug Fister (Det - SP) 59% 15.0 2 2 18 57.0 Casper Wells (Sea - OF) 5% 9 6 2 1 2 8 1 4 56 Homer Bailey (Cin - SP) 29% 16.0 2 2 12 56.0 Cody Ross (Bos - OF) 47% 8 4 3 0 3 10 0 2 54 Paul Maholm (ChC - SP) 8% 15.0 2 2 9 52.5 Danny Espinosa (Was - 2B,SS) 39% 7 10 4 1 1 6 1 2 52 Ben Sheets (Atl - SP) 45% 12.0 2 0 11 49.5 Lorenzo Cain (KC - OF) 17% 6 8 3 0 2 10 0 1 51 Carlos Vi

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Fantasy Baseball Week 15 (7/9-7/22)

I selected this post to be featured on Sports Blogs . Please visit the site and vote for my blog! 7/20 - The Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros have agreed to a 10 player deal that lands J.A. Happ and Brandon Lyon in Toronto and sends Francisco Cordero and Ben Francisco to Houston.  Happ has had an up and down season in Houston and is currently 7-9 with a 4.83 ERA.   He has earned a decision in each of his last 14 starts going 6-8 with 6 starts allowing 2 or less earned runs and 4 starts of 5+ earned runs. Happ finishes his Astros career at just 18-28 over 3 seasons.  Clearly the 'Stros did not get back equal value in the Roy Oswalt deal, considering that 2 of the 3 players acquired (Happ & Anthony Gose) in the deal are now playing for the Blue Jays.  Change of scenery is always nice for struggling players, but as a pitcher going from the NL to the AL USUALLY does not translate into better stats.  HOWEVER, with the departure of Ben Francisco, Travis Snider has been ca

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Jose Bautista Watch: 15-Day DL - Wrist Inflammation

UPDATE: Bautista lands on the DL with wrist inflammation.  Not the worst news fantasy owners could have heard but still could keep him sidelined longer than the 15-Day DL stint.  Who do you plan on replacing Joey Bats with?  Fellow Blue Bird Colby Rasmus (74% owned Yahoo) has been a Top 3 OF the past 30 days with 8 HRs and 24 RBI.  Jason Kubel (73%)  has also hit 8 HRs during the past 30 days with 21 RBI.  Michael Brantley (31%) has been on a tear since July began with 18 hits in 12 games, raising his batting average to .301.  He has already walked 8 times and has a .553 OBP this month. Is it possible fantasy owners could lose Joey Bats, Big Papi and Joey Votto in the same day?!  More to come!

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Gose Goes with the Pros

The Toronto Blue Jays may lose Jose Bautista for a long time with this wrist injury and as insurance, pulled  top prospect Anthony Gose from his AAA game last night.  The California native, who was born in 1990 had been on the Blue Jays radar for a long time.  When the Blue Birds traded Roy Halladay to the Phillies in 2009, Gose was a can't touch prospect and Toronto settled on Kyle Drabek, Kyle d'Arnaud and Michael Taylor.  But just six months later the Phillies acquired Roy Oswalt from the Astros and along with J.A. Happ sent Anthony Gose to Houston.  Later that same day the Blue Jays sent Brett Wallace to Houston in exchange for Gose and he appears to be on his way to the Bigs.  Two things we know about the Gose.....he is extremely fast, and he strikes out a lot.  In the last 4 minor league seasons (including the first half of this season) Gose has swiped 220 bags and hit 40 triples!  In deeper leagues where SB count, Gose will absolutely be valuable, just don't expec

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Pittsburgh Pirates - Fantasy Fillers

Fantasy Baseball Vision Agrees!  Seize the Pirates! Originally posted on 7/6/2012 Hitters: As good as the Pirates have been this season, their offense has struggled. Andrew McCutchen has been invaluable to the Pirates success but he is a well known commodity in the fantasy world.  Neil Walker (51%), who drove in 83 runs last season, found his stroke again and has the batting avg back up to .275.  He has scored 12 runs and driven in 7 in the last 10 games.  He finished June hitting .292 and has started July with a .375 avg.  Only Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees has been a better fantasy 2B over the past two weeks. 

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Top 15 Hitters and Pitchers Less Than 75% Owned

Before you set your roster this week, take a look and see if these guys are still available in your leagues. They are the top 15 hitters and pitchers that are less than 75% owned in Yahoo leagues. How fantasy points are scored: Hitters: Singles - 1pt Doubles - 2pts Triples - 3pts Homeruns - 2pts RBI - 2pts Runs Scored - 2pts Walks - 1pt Stolen Bases - 1pt Pitchers: Win - 10 pts Innings Pitched - 2 pts Earned Runs Allowed - (1pt) Strike Outs - .5pt * - Top 25 ** - Top 50 Hitters % Owned R 1B 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB Fan Pts Pitchers % Owned IP W ER K Fan Pts ** Jason Kipnis (Cle - 2B) 73% 42 48 20 2 15 60 1 35 364 * Mark Buehrle (Mia - SP) 62% 120.2 9 42 73 325.83 ** Adam Jones (Bal - OF) 75% 48 46 18 3 17 54 4 31 364 ** Jason Vargas (Sea - SP) 41% 126.0 8 57 86 318 ** Mark Trumbo (LAA - 1B,3B,OF) 72% 59 69 17 5 5 33 15 32 359 ** Tommy Milone (Oak - SP) 41% 114.1 9 45 76 311.67 ** Ian Desmond (Was - SS) 51% 41 57 20 1 10 45 10 51 353 ** Jason Hamme

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Cleveland Indians - Fantasy Fillers

Hitters: Fantasy favorite Carlos Santana (89% owned Yahoo) has struggled mightily hitting just .221 at the break.  The offense has been powered by Shin-Soo Choo (90%) and Michael Brantley in the outfield and Asdrubal Cabrera (96%) and Jason Kipnis(92%) in the infield. 

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Boston Red Sox - Fantasy Fillers

Hitters: Will Middlebrooks (57% owned Yahoo), the kid who forced the Sox to trade Youkilis, has been unbelievable in the first half.  In limited ABs, he managed to hit 11 doubles and 10 HRs while driving in 37 and scoring 25 runs himself.  He sat the last 7 games of the first half but it was to prevent him from missing 15 days on the DL.  He is set to return after the break and should be on your roster!

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Oakland Athletics - Fantasy Fillers

Hitters: Another team that has come away with a steal in a trade, the A's acquisition of Josh Reddick (82%) for Andrew Bailey has been a break the A's have longed for.  At the break, Reddick has hit 20 long balls while driving in 43 runs and scoring 52!  Granted Reddick hit half of his HRs in May, Reddick has been hot again in July with 9 hits in 7 games including 5 doubles and 2 dingers.  Reddick's only issue is that no one else seems to get on base for the A's.  Reddick would have 60+ RBI on almost every other team.

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Fantasy Baseball Week 14 (7/2-7/8)

7/8 - The Miami Marlins All-Star OF Giancarlo Stanton is set to have knee surgery and could miss at least 6 weeks.  The good news is that with the All-Star break this week fantasy owners will have plenty of time to pick through their options.  Justin Ruggiano (14% owned Yahoo) and Tyler Colvin (39%) have been the hottest hitters over the past week, outside of Mike Trout. 7/6 - Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts, who returned this season after suffering a concussion, has been diagnosed with a right hip labral tear.  If this requires surgery, it would probably be wise for Roberts to just retire.  Story Ryan Howard is expected to return to the Philadelphia Phillies lineup tonight.  If you need to add Howard, just remember that like Chase Utley, he will not be playing everyday.  ADD TO YOUR ROSTER AT YOUR OWN RISK.  The Boston Red Sox have placed 2B Dusint Pedroia on the 15-Day DL with a torn adductor muscle in his thumb.  He played on Tuesday July 3, so Pedroia is not eligible to re

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San Diego Padres - Fantasy Fillers

Hitters: Sure the Padres are last in runs scored and Slugging %, but they still do provide fantasy owners with multiple options to add to their roster.  Yasmani Grandal (11% owned Yahoo) has 6 hits in his first 6 games and 4 of them have gone for home runs!  Obviously no one can hit at that pace but Grandal is a career .313 minor league hitter and that should translate to a +.300 major league avg.  Any catcher that bats above .300 has a ton of fantasy value and most don't have the power that Grandal has shown.

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New York Mets - Fantasy Fillers

Hitters: The Mets offensive production has been somewhat surprising this season.  They are tied for 7th (Yankees) in runs scored with 384 yet only 5 teams have hit less home runs.  They have been patient at the plate and have capitalized on 2-out hits.  Ruben Tejada (10% owned Yahoo) has been the spark for the offense.  He has only played in 38 games but he is now hitting .329 with 24 runs scored and 13 2Bs. 

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Top 10 Hitters and Pitchers Over the Past 14 Days

Fantasy Baseball is all about having the hot bats and rubber arms.  Over the past two weeks guys like Will Middlebrooks and even Yuniesky Betancourt have been locked in and been some of baseball's hottest hitters.  Pitchers like Travis Wood and Rick Porcello have figured things out and made the art of pitching look easy.  Here is a list of the top 10 hitters and pitchers over the last 2 weeks who are less than 75% owned in Yahoo leagues. Player % Owned R 1B 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB Fan Pts Player % Owned IP W ER K Fan Pts Colby Rasmus (Tor - OF) 73% 10 8 2 0 5 16 1 6 81 Travis Wood (ChC - SP) 9% 20.2 3 1 15 77.83 Aaron Hill (Ari - 2B) 69% 10 11 5 2 4 11 1 2 80 Hiroki Kuroda (NYY - SP) 74% 21.0 2 5 24 69.00 Jason Kubel (Ari - OF) 66% 12 6 4 0 5 12 0 4 76 Justin Masterson (Cle - SP) 57% 22.0 2 5 18 68.00 Ike Davis (NYM - 1B) 48% 9 0 5 0 5 17 0 2 74 Luke Hochevar (KC - SP) 9% 22.2 2 5 14 67.33 Cody Ross (Bos - OF) 45% 10 7 5 0 4 11 1 3 71 Tommy Milone (Oak - SP) 30% 21.0 2 2 13 66.

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