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Michael Brantley, LF, CLEHot4/17/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley recorded four RBI Thursday in a loss to Detroit.
Insight: That gives Brantley 14 RBI for the season, tied for third-most in the American League. He's on pace to drive in 151 runs this year, which is more than double his career-high in that category (73 in 2013).
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COLCold4/17/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Colorado left fielder Carlos Gonzalez wasn't in the starting lineup Thursday against San Diego. SOURCE: Denver Post
Insight: Gonzalez has never done well against Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy (.138 AVG in 29 at bats). Corey Dickerson (.125, 0 HR, 0 RBI) got the start in left field.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS4/17/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Nats left fielder Bryce Harper is back after missing Wednesday's game with a tight quad. SOURCE: James Wagner, Washington Post
Insight: Harper hasn't always been that durable throughout his career so it's nice to see him recover so quickly. He's hitting .340 this season in 50 at bats.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS4/17/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Washington outfielder Bryce Harper is a career .545 hitter versus Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Harper was scratched from Wednesday's starting lineup while dealing with a quad injury, so he might not get a chance to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL4/17/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is a career .138 hitter (4-for-29) versus Padres starter Ian Kennedy with 13 strikeouts.
Insight: Historically, Gonzalez's worst month is April (.843 OPS), but he's off to a better start this year, batting .283 with four homers and a .915 OPS. This matchup should probably be avoided.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE4/17/2014 9:29:00 AM
Description: Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is one of the rare hitters with success versus Detroit ace Justin Verlander.
Insight: Brantley is a career .395 hitter against the right-hander. He's also 4-for-4 in stolen bases once he gets on base.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS4/16/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Washington outfielder Bryce Harper has been scratched from Wednesday's starting lineup. He's been dealing with a quad injury. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sportsnet Washington
Insight: It's his first absence of the season. Tyler Moore (.333, 1 HR, 2 RBI) will take Harper's place in left field.
Starling Marte, LF, PITCold4/16/2014 1:07:00 PM
Description: Pirates left fielder Starling Marte got a day off Wednesday, according to Tom Singer of mlb.com. He's been scuffling at the plate and has 23 Ks.
Insight: "Marte's swing just doesn't look right to me," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've been too soft at the top." Jose Tabata started in left field and hit leadoff Wednesday against the Reds.
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEA4/16/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley has gone 3-for-18 (.167) with five Ks against Rangers ace Yu Darvish.
Insight: Ackley was sent to the minors in May last year and revived his career after being recalled by hitting .301 with a .795 OPS in his last 61 games. He has started out by batting .295 with one homer, seven RBI and an .803 OPS in 12 games this season, but he's never had success against Darvish.
Carl Crawford, LF, LOS4/15/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford is back after sitting out the last two games with tightness in his side.
Insight: Crawford (.306, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 SB) returns to a three-game hitting streak. He's 3-for-7 in his career against tonight's starting pitcher, Tim Lincecum (0-1, 9.90 ERA).
Bryce Harper, LF, WASHot4/15/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (quad) is in the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com.
Insight: He aggravated a quad injury when he slipped while running the bases Monday. Harper has gone 11-for-21 over his last six games and was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple Monday before leaving.
Curtis Granderson, LF, NYM4/15/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: X-rays on Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson were negative after he ran into the wall on Monday.
Insight: Granderson appeared to injury his ribs, arm and knee and fantasy owners should expect him to miss a day or two, but it shouldn't require a stint on the disabled list. The slugger is struggling in the early going, batting .170 through the first 13 games with one homer and four RBI.
Domonic Brown, LF, PHI4/14/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning Monday against the Braves.
Insight: The shot briefly gave the Phillies a 6-5 lead, but Jake Diekman allowed a grand slam to Dan Uggla in the ninth. Brown has a .304 average and eight RBI so far.
Bryce Harper, LF, WASHot4/14/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper left Monday's game with a tight quad, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post. He's expected to play Tuesday.
Insight: Harper has gone 11-for-21 over his last six games and was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple Monday before leaving. The quad injury has been bothering him for a few days and it flared up when he slipped while running the bases.
Cody Ross, LF, ARI4/14/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross (hip) is targeting Friday for his return.
Insight: Ross had surgery for a dislocated hip last August. He didn't do anything special prior to the injury and finished with a .278 average, eight homers, 38 RBI and a .745 OPS in 317 at-bats.
Khris Davis, LF, MIL4/14/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Brewers left fielder Khris Davis is not in the starting lineup for the second straight day Monday against the Cardinals.
Insight: Davis is hitting .279 with five doubles so far, but he has 14 Ks and zero homers in 43 at-bats. Logan Schafer will get another start.
Nate McLouth, LF, WAS4/14/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Washington outfielder Nate McLouth's knee is still sore but he'll be available if needed on Monday, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com. The Nats would like to avoid using him, however.
Insight: McLouth was scratched from Sunday's lineup. He's missing a chance to start with Denard Span on the 7-day concussion DL.
David DeJesus, LF, TAM4/14/2014 3:15:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left fielder David DeJesus is not in Monday's lineup.
Insight: Btandon Guyer will get another start. DeJesus is batting just .172 this season. Guyer is just 1-for-8 with one homer. Neither is fantasy worthy at this time.
Mark Trumbo, LF, ARIHot4/13/2014 11:15:00 PM
Description: Arizona left fielder Mark Trumbo cracked another homer Sunday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Trumbo has the most home runs and RBI in the majors with six and 18, respectively.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, OAK4/13/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes blasted a two-run home run Sunday at Seattle.
Insight: Cespedes took a step back last year, going from a .292 average and an .861 OPS in 2012 to a .240 average and a .736 OPS in 2013. Through 12 games in 2014, he's batting .234 but has two home runs and nine RBI.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS4/13/2014 8:17:00 PM
Description: The Braves couldn't get Bryce Harper out on Sunday.
Insight: Harper went 2-for-2 with a double and two BBs. He's suddenly hitting .310 after going 9-for-17 in his last five games.
Justin Upton, LF, ATLHot4/13/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton hit another home run Sunday against the Nationals.
Insight: Upton is absolutely locked in right now. He's gone 11-for-14 (.786) with four home runs, eight RBI and eight runs in his last four games and struck out just twice in his last six.
Josh Willingham, LF, MIN4/13/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) has a hairline fracture in his left wrist, according to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He won't undergo surgery.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch last Sunday and was placed on the DL Saturday. The Twins hope he can return in two weeks.
Carl Crawford, LF, LOS4/13/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is not in Sunday's lineup because he's dealing with tightness in his right side, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Andre Ethier will keep the starting gig as long as Crawford is out.
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEA4/13/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against Oakland. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area
Insight: This will be Ackley's first absence of the season. Willie Bloomquist (.500, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will hold down the fort in left field on Sunday.
Carl Crawford, LF, LOS4/13/2014 1:15:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Carl Crawford is not listed in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Arizona. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: Crawford, one of the premier outfielders in the game during his nine-year tenure with Tampa Bay, now finds himself in a platoon situation with Andre Ethier in left field. He's played well this season (.306 AVG in nine games) but may not see enough at bats to be a factor in fantasy leagues. It also hurts that he doesn't steal as many bases as he used to (just 15 last season).
Nelson Cruz, LF, BAL4/13/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is not listed in Sunday's starting lineup. SOURCE: Eduardo Encina, Baltimore Sun
Insight: Delmon Young, who has mostly served as Baltimore's DH, will make his first start of the year in left field. Cruz (.250, 2 HR, 6 RBI) went 1-for-4 with a walk during last night's 12-inning win against Toronto.
Curtis Granderson, LF, NYM4/12/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is a career .370 hitter (10-for-27) with five home runs against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver.
Insight: Granderson is struggling this spring, batting just .135 through the first 10 games after batting an ugly .157 in spring training. He's always been a slow start, so don't give up on the slugger just yet, but don't start him on Saturday.
Ryan Braun, LF, MILHot4/12/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is a career .357 hitter with a .955 OPS versus Pittsburgh right-hander Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Braun is coming off a huge series in Philadelphia (3 HR, 10 RBI). He's also 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts against Volquez.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL4/12/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is a career .098 hitter (4-for-41) versus San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain.
Insight: Gonzalez is off to a quick start, batting .375 with four homers, 13 RBI and a league-leading .800 slugging percentage. Saturday, however, is a poor matchup.
Matt Holliday, LF, STL4/12/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Cardinals LF Matt Holliday is a .313 hitter with three homers against Cubs right-hander Carlos Villanueva.
Insight: Holliday is off to a slow start, batting just .216, but a favorable matchup and the strong wind blowing out to left field (15-20 mph) makes him a viable option on Saturday.
Jason Kubel, LF, MINHot4/12/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Twins OF/DH Jason Kubel is a career .391 hitter (9-for-23) versus Royals ace James Shields.
Insight: Kubel is off to a hot start, batting .412 through the first nine games and has a six-game hitting streak. Add in a favorable matchup and he's a solid start on Saturday.
Dayan Viciedo, LF, CWS4/12/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo is still searching for his first hit against Cleveland starter Justin Masterson after 14 at-bats.
Insight: Viciedo has a chance to play almost everyday with Avisail Garcia sidelined, but Saturday isn't likely to be a good one. Avoid him.
Josh Willingham, LF, MIN4/11/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, according to Tyler Mason of foxsportsnorth.com.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on Sunday and hasn't played since. The Twins must have felt he wasn't making enough progress to remain on the active roster.
Josh Willingham, LF, MIN4/11/2014 6:06:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) will miss Friday's game, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on Sunday and hasn't played since. The team will place him on the DL if his wrist issue drags through the weekend.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COLHot4/11/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is a career .367 hitter with four homers and a 1.308 OPS versus Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Those numbers fly in the face of Gonzalez's career statistics which show he's just a .281 hitter with a .798 OPS versus left-handers. Cargo is batting .389 this season with three homers and 11 RBI. Its ok to start him in this lefty vs. left matchup.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE4/11/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Michael Brantley could get a day off on Friday as he's just 2-for-16 (.125) with eight strikeouts versus White Sox ace Chris Sale.
Insight: Brantley is off to a decent start, batting .289 through the first 10 games which is 21 points higher than his career April average.
Chris Carter, LF, HOUCold4/11/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Astros outfielder Chris Carter is 0-for-8 with six strikeouts against Texas starter Yu Darvish.
Insight: Carter led the league in strikeouts last season with 212 and is doing the same this year. He's a home run hitter, with 29 long balls last season, but it comes at an expensive price to your team batting average. Obviously, avoid him on Friday.
Shin-Soo Choo, LF, TEX4/11/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Texas left fielder Shin-Soo Choo is just 1-for-13 (.077) against Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Choo is doing what he does best - get on base. He's batting .355 with seven walks for a .475 on base percentage. Friday, however, is a tough matchup.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS4/11/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is a career .385 hitter with a pair of homers and a 1.467 OPS versus Braves right-hander Julio Teheran.
Insight: Harper launched his first home run of the season Wednesday, but is still batting just .219 with an ugly .577 OPS. This favorable matchup should help improve those numbers.
Kelly Johnson, LF, NYY4/11/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Yankees utility man Kelly Johson is hitless in 12 at-bats versus Boston left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Johnson's 0-for-3 on Thursday broke up a four-game RBI streak and two-game home run streak. This is an unfavorable matchup to avoid.
Justin Upton, LF, ATL4/10/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton came into Thursday's game against the Mets with zero homers this season and left with two.
Insight: Upton went 3-for-4 with the two blasts and three RBI. The 26-year-old was 1-for-15 over his first four games but he has gone 8-for-19 over his last five.
Eric Young, LF, NYM4/10/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Mets center fielder Eric Young put his speed on display Thursday at Atlanta.
Insight: Young went 3-for-5 with a triple, three steals and four runs scored. He stole 35 bags and scored 48 runs in just 91 games with New York after coming over from the Rockies last season and has five steals on five attempts this year.
Khris Davis, LF, MILHot4/10/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Brewers left fielder Khris Davis has gone 12-for-28 (.429) with five doubles over his last six games.
Insight: Davis is still looking for his first big fly after hitting 11 in just 136 at-bats last year, but fantasy owners should be satisfied with his production so far.
Dayan Viciedo, LF, CWS4/10/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo should see more playing time with the injury to Avisail Garcia.
Insight: Viciedo has seen limited time as Chicago's fourth outfielder, but is batting .316 in 19 at-bats.
Ryan Braun, LF, MILHot4/10/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is a career .435 hitter with three home runs and a 1.304 OPS versus Phillies ace left-hander Cliff Lee.
Insight: Braun is 4-for-9 with three homers and nine RBI in the first two games of the series. He's always loved hitting in Citizen Bank Park (.398, 10 HR, 23 RBI, 1.294 OPS in 21 games). Make him a must start on Thursday.
Kelly Johnson, LF, NYY4/10/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Yankees utilityman Kelly Johson is just 1-for-10 (.100) sriking out five times in his matchups with Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Johnson has driven in at least one run in four straight games and homered in the last two, but has an unfavorable matchup.
Christian Yelich, LF, MIA4/9/2014 11:06:00 PM
Description: Miami outfielder Christian Yelich reached base five times Wednesday night.
Insight: The Marlins leadoff hitter had three hits (one 2B), two walks, three runs and a steal. Yelich is up to .290 with eight runs, four RBI and two stolen bases this season.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS4/9/2014 11:01:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper launched his first home run of the season Wednesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Harper went 2-for-4 with three RBI, though he also struck out twice and has 13 Ks in 29 at-bats this season.
Kelly Johnson, LF, NYY4/9/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees utilityman Kelly Johson homered for the second straight game Wednesday.
Insight: Johnson has driven in at least one run in four straight games. He's been playing every day at first base with Mark Teixeira on the DL.
Delmon Young, LF, BAL4/9/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Delmon Young had another three-hit game Wednesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Young went 6-for-11 with a double and a homer over the last two days. He may steal at-bats from David Lough, who has been out of the lineup with concussion-like symptoms but won't be placed on the DL.
Alex Gordon, LF, KAN4/9/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon had a big day at the plate Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: Gordon had two hits, including a homer, and four RBI in four at-bats. The left fielder has averaged 19 homers, 80 RBI, 95 runs and 13 steals over the past three years. He's batting lower in the order this year, so expect fewer runs and more RBI.
Jason Kubel, LF, MIN4/9/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: Twins DH Jason Kubel went 4-for-5 with a solo homer Wednesday against Oakland.
Insight: Prior to Wednesday's game, Kubel had hit just 12 homers in 112 games at Target Field. He's hitting .462 with five runs, four doubles, one homer, six RBI and a 1.212 OPS this season after batting .216 with five homers in 97 games a year ago.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA4/9/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton will miss 6-8 weeks because of a complete UCL tear in his left thumb, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Hamilton will undergo surgery for the injury, which he suffered while sliding head-first into first base Tuesday night. The 32-year-old was off to a great start, batting .444 with two doubles, two homers and six RBI in 27 at-bats, after a down year in 2013.
Josh Willingham, LF, MIN4/9/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham won't be available Wednesday versus Oakland. He's missed the last two games with a wrist injury. SOURCE: Rhett Bollinger, MLB.com
Insight: He hasn't even swung a bat yet. If Willingham's wrist doesn't heal quickly, he could be headed to the disabled list. Jason Kubel (.381, 0 HR, 5 RBI) has been starting in his place.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF, BOSHot4/9/2014 11:03:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. could remain in the starting lineup even after Shane Victorino returns from a strained hamstring. SOURCE: Alex Speier, WEEI
Insight: Bradley's defense has been better than Grady Sizemore's and it's possible the team could move Sizemore to left field while using Bradley as the everyday center fielder. Daniel Nava, Jonny Gomes and Mike Carp could all see their playing time reduced if Bradley keeps up his torrid hot streak (.421 AVG over his last five games).
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA4/9/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Josh Hamilton suffered a thumb injury late in Tuesday night's loss to Seattle and will now need an MRI. SOURCE: MLBlogs
Insight: His X-rays came back negative so there is reason to be cautiously optimistic. Either way, Hamilton (.444, 2 HR, 6 RBI) probably isn't going to play Wednesday in the series finale.
Eric Young, LF, NYM4/8/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Mets center fielder Eric Young had two hits, one RBI and two steals Tuesday at Atlanta.
Insight: Young stole 35 bags and scored 48 runs in just 91 games with New York after coming over from the Rockies last season. He didn't have much of a chance to steal in his first five games, as he went 2-for-19 with a double and a walk.
Melky Cabrera, LF, TORHot4/8/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera went deep AGAIN Tuesday against Houston.
Insight: That makes four straight games in which the Melk Man has delivered a homer. He had three homers all of last season (88 games).
Shin-Soo Choo, LF, TEXHot4/8/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Texas left fielder Shin-Soo Choo got on base four times in Tuesday night's win against the Red Sox.
Insight: That's what the Rangers got him for. Choo has been an on base machine throughout his career (.389 career OBP) and so far he's done nothing to change that reputation this season (.444 OBP in four games). He's batting .467 during his current four-game hitting streak.
Alfonso Soriano, LF, NYY4/8/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Yankees outfielder/DH Alfonso Soriano hit his first homer of the season Tuesday against the Orioles.
Insight: The 38-year-old went 0-for-12 over his first four games but he's five for his last 10. Soriano had 17 homers and 50 RBI in just 58 games after the Cubs traded him to New York last year.
Delmon Young, LF, BAL4/8/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Orioles outfielder Delmon Young went 3-for-6 with a homer and three RBI Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Roch Kubatko reported Tuesday that David Lough will be placed on the disabled list Wednesday. That could lead to an everyday spot in the lineup for Young.
Ryan Braun, LF, MIL4/8/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun corked three homers Tuesday in a blowout win over Philadelphia.
Insight: So much for that sore thumb. Braun's seven RBI were a career-high. Braun entered today's action with just three hits in his first 20 at bats (.150 AVG). We'll have to see which Braun shows up Wednesday against Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 3.38 ERA).
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL4/8/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez will get a night off Tuesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Gonzalez has hit safely in all eight games this season and is batting .355 with three homers, nine RBI, eight runs and two steals. Injuries are the only thing that can prevent him from being a top-10 overall fantasy option.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS4/8/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is 5-for-10 with a pair of long balls and a 1.745 OPS versus Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Harper has started slowly, batting just .143 after five games, but this is a favorable matchup.
Domonic Brown, LF, PHI4/8/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown has the power to take Brewers hurler Kyle Lohse deep, but he's just 1-for-9 (.111) in their matchups.
Insight: Brown (.272, 27 HR, 83 RBI) last season is off to a solid start, batting .381 through six games, but has yet to go yard. A warning track fly ball in right field could leave the park today, but the matchup is unfavorable.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYY4/8/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is 5-for-9 (.556) with three extra-base hits and a 1.711 OPS in his matchups with Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: The 30-year-old is off to a solid start and is in a favorable matchup. Add it a wind blowing out to dead center at 20 mph and you have a recipe for success.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF, BOS4/7/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Boston outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. collected three hits Monday in a 5-1 win over Texas.
Insight: He's done a nice job filling in for Shane Victorino with a .375 average in six appearances. Monday was Bradley's second career three-hit game.
Josh Willingham, LF, MIN4/7/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Minnesota left fielder Josh Willingham sat out Monday but is hoping to return Wednesday against Oakland. SOURCE: Mike Bernardino, Pioneer Press
Insight: Willingham's wrist is still bothering him after getting hit by a pitch on Sunday but he's hoping things will be back to normal by Wednesday. Fantasy owners seem to have soured on Willingham after his lackluster 2013 campaign (owned in only 5.4 percent of ESPN leagues).
Sam Fuld, LF, OAK4/7/2014 2:42:00 PM
Description: A's outfielder Sam Fuld will start for Coco Crisp in center Monday afternoon against Minnesota.
Insight: Suld has batted .308 through the first three games with a .973 OPS. He stole 20 bases once with Tampa Bay (2011), but has never proven to be an everyday player.
Josh Willingham, LF, MIN4/7/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is questionable for Monday's game against Oakland.
Insight: Willingham took a fastball off the left wrist from Justin Masterson on Sunday and exited the game. X-Rays were negative and he was diagnosed with a bruised wrist. The Twins play Monday, but have off Tuesday, so Willingham may sit out until Wednesday to allow his bruise to heal. Plus he's just 3-for-17 with seven strikeouts versus Scott Kazmir.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL4/7/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is hitless in seven at-bats versus White Sox starter Felipe Paulino.
Insight: Gonzalez is a career .309 hitter versus all right-handers, so this matchup goes against his normal production numbers. "Cargo" has started off well, batting .346 and leading the NL in runs scored (7), but perhaps you should look elsewhere for Monday.
David DeJesus, LF, TAM4/7/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay left fielder David DeJesus is not in Monday's lineup.
Insight: Btandon Guyer will get another start. DeJesus is batting just .172 this season. Guyer is just 1-for-8 with one homer. Neither is fantasy worthy at this time.
Mark Trumbo, LF, ARIHot4/6/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: Arizona left fielder Mark Trumbo belted his league-leading fifth homer Sunday against Colorado.
Insight: He's homered in four straight games for the D-Backs. Through nine games, the former Angel is on pace for 234 RBI this season.
Melky Cabrera, LF, TORHot4/6/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera scorched his third home run of the season Sunday in a loss to the Yankees.
Insight: He's homered in each of his last three games. Cabrera went deep three times all of last season so this represents a major improvement.
Josh Willingham, LF, MIN4/6/2014 2:43:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham's X-rays came back negative and he has been diagnosed with a bruised wrist, according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Willingham took a fastball off the left wrist from Justin Masterson on Sunday and exited the game. The Twins play Monday but have off Tuesday, so Willingham may sit out until Wednesday to allow his bruise to heal.
Josh Willingham, LF, MIN4/6/2014 1:48:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham took a fastball off his left hand from Justin Masterson on Sunday and had to exit the game, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Willingham has hit .294 (5-for-17) with a double and four walks this season.
Alejandro De Aza, LF, CWS4/6/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Chicago left fielder Alejandro De Aza is not in the lineup Sunday, probably because he is just 4-for-24 (.167) against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: De Aza hit three homers in the first three games of the season before going 0-for-8 the last two days. Dayan Viciedo will get a chance to start Sunday.
Bryce Harper, LF, WASCold4/6/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper will get a day off Sunday against the Braves, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Harper struck out twice in each of the first five games this season and is hitting .143 in 21 at-bats.
Ryan Braun, LF, MIL4/6/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun (thumb) is in the lineup Sunday in spite of a right thumb injury that is preventing him from properly gripping the bat. SOURCE: Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Insight: Braun hit .417 during spring training but his thumb condition has worsened since the season began. He admitted he cannot keep two hands on the bat when he makes contact due to numbness caused by nerve damage. The outfielder also dealt with issues in that thumb last season and said it never fully healed even though he was suspended for the last 65 games of the season. Fantasy owners should be very concerned, as the injury may require surgery if it doesn't improve soon.
Cody Ross, LF, ARI4/6/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: According to the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross (hip) is 7-10 days away from returning.
Insight: Ross is currently on a rehab assignment in Triple-A Reno. "He's been swinging the bat well all spring," GM Kevin Towers said. "The key thing for him is how he feels when he goes out there and has to play on back-to-back days, nine innings in the outfield." Mark Trumbo plays every day in left field, so Ross, Gerardo Parra and A.J. Pollock will have to split up starts at the other two outfield spots.
Ryan Braun, LF, MIL4/6/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun (thumb) admitted that he cannot keep two hands on the bat due to numbness in his right thumb caused by nerve damage, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: Braun hit .417 during spring training but his thumb condition has worsened since the season began. The outfielder also dealt with issues in that thumb last season and said it never fully healed even though he was suspended for the last 65 games of the season. Fantasy owners should be very concerned, as the injury may require surgery if it doesn't improve soon.
Alejandro De Aza, LF, CWS4/6/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Chicago left fielder Alejandro De Aza is 4-for-24 (.167) against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: De Aza hit three homers in the first three games of the season before going 0-for-8 the last two days. He's in for another rough day with Shields on the mound.
Matt Holliday, LF, STL4/6/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Cardinals LF Matt Holliday has gone 8-for-20 (.400) with two homers against Pirates starter Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Volquez is making his first start for the Pirates after posting a 5.71 ERA in 170 1/3 frames for the Padres and Dodgers last season and serving up 15 earned runs in 14 innings this spring. Make sure Holliday is one of your selections on Sunday despite his .238 start.
Jason Kubel, LF, MIN4/6/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Indians starter Justin Masterson has limited Twins DH Jason Kubel to three hits in 17 at-bats (.176).
Insight: Kubel, back with Minnesota after two years in Arizona and eight games with Cleveland, has hit .385 with two doubles and three RBI in four games this season. He usually hits righties well but has never had success against Masterson.
Curtis Granderson, LF, NYM4/5/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Curtis Granderson hit his first home run with the Mets Saturday against the Reds.
Insight: All four of Granderson's hits this season went for extra bases.
Ryan Braun, LF, MIL4/5/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun (thumb) is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Red Sox, according to Adam McCalvy of mlb.com.
Insight: McCalvy reported Friday that Braun was experiencing numbness in his right thumb, the same one that gave him issues last season. He has started off 1-for-16 (.063) and fantasy owners should be very concerned about the thumb injury, as it may require surgery.
Dayan Viciedo, LF, CWS4/5/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: If White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo gets a chance to start against lefty Bruce Chen, he is a worthy gamble for fantasy owners. Update: Viciedo is starting and batting cleanup.
Insight: Viciedo is 10-for-29 (.345) with three homers versus Chen. He stuck in a backup role behind Alejandro de Aza, Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia and may not get the opportunities he saw over the past two seasons. Start him on Saturday.
Kelly Johnson, LF, NYY4/5/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Kelly Johnson could end up being eligible at 1B, 2B and 3B before the season is over. He'll take over at first while Mark Teixeira is sidelined.
Insight: Johnson has averaged 19. HRs and 67 runs per season over the past four years and his position flexibility makes him a viable assest off your bench.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS4/5/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is 5-for-10 against Bravers right-hander Julio Teheran with a pair of homers and a 1.883 OPS.
Insight: These two young stars will face it other a lot over the next few years and at the moment Harper is getting the better of the matchup. Harper needs to break out of a sluggish start (.176) and this could be the day.
Dayan Viciedo, LF, CWS4/5/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: If White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo gets a chance to start against lefty Bruce Chen, he is a worthy gamble for fantasy owners.
Insight: Viciedo is 10-for-29 (.345) with three homers versus Chen. He stuck in a backup role behind Alejandro de Aza, Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia and may not get the opportunities he saw over the past two seasons.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYM4/5/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda is 3-for-8 (.375) with a home run versus Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto.
Insight: Duda homered twice in the series opener and will be hitting with a 20-25 mph wind blowing out to right. He's worth a play.
Christian Yelich, LF, MIA4/4/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Miami outfielder Christian Yelich will get Friday night off with Reed Johnson getting a rare start in left field.
Insight: Yelich is just 3-for-19 this season and can probably use a day off to get his head straight.
Alfonso Soriano, LF, NYY4/4/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Yankees outfielder/DH Alfonso Soriano is not in Friday's lineup.
Insight: Just a day of rest for the 38-year-old. Beltran will shift over to DH and Ichiro Suzuki will start in right field.
David DeJesus, LF, TAM4/3/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left fielder David DeJesus is back after missing two games with a bruised foot. SOURCE: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: He'll serve as the Rays' DH on Thursday night. Logan Forsythe will draw another start in left field.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS4/3/2014 11:24:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper will bat out of the No. 2 hole on Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Harper has hit fifth and sixth in the first two games, but will move up with Anthony Rendon out of the lineup. He's just 1-for-9 with four strikeouts so perhaps this will get him going.
Corey Dickerson, LF, COL4/3/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson will leadoff and start in center Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Dickerson, who has just one at-bat this season, will replace Charlie Blackmon.
Josh Willingham, LF, MIN4/3/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is a solid option on Thursday with a .462 career average (6-for-13) against Jose Quintana.
Insight: He's also taken him deep twice. Willingham is just 1-for-7 this season, but this could get him going.


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