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Update: Josh Hamilton is expected to be out 6-8 weeks with a complete tear of ulnar collateral ligament
While Hamilton will have surgery on his thumb you may find his fantasy owners in your leagues soon to be in a walking boot after kicking themselves so hard in their own rear end for falling for him this year. Even when Hamilton returns it is likely he will see a fall off in production, especially in terms of power, until he gets full strength back in the thumb which could take much longer than 8 weeks.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
This is a huge blow for both the Angels and Hamilton's fantasy owners. You obviously know the risk that comes with him and should have priced that into his value on draft day, but it doesn't make it suck any less. While they say it's a six-to-eight week recovery time, it could extend even further depending on how Hamilton feels after swinging a bat and making contact against live pitching. I'm no doctor, I don't play one on T.V. and I did not spend the night at a Holiday Inn Express, but I can say that I would put it at closer to 10 weeks given the nature and severity of the injury. Not to mention that even when he returns, he is likely to have power issues. The Angels will bring up J.B. Schuck who will likely see the lion's share of work in right field now. ANALYST: Howard Bender
Nolan Arenado was 3-for-4 scoring a run, hit a home run with three RBI on Monday in Cincinnati.
For the impatient Nolan Arenado owners, his last two days have to show why he was a target in fantasy. Arenado had three more hits on Monday including his ninth home run and drove in the winning run in Cincinnati with a sacrifice fly off of Aroldis Chapman. In his last two games, Arenado is 7-for-9, scored four runs, hit two home runs, a double, a triple with seven RBI. Better than that, his average this year is .287 but his BABIP is .279 which means his average should improve. Patience pays in fantasy and Arenado owners should reap the rewards as long as he stays healthy. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Marlon Byrd was 2-for-4 with a double, home run and RBI on Monday.
Veteran Marlon Byrd continues to defy father time slugging his tenth home run of 2015 against Colorado on Monday. His average is still sitting in the low two hundreds (.211) for the year but he has driven in 25 home runs in 41 games with Cincinnati. If Marlon Byrd can recover his batting average since his present BABIP is only .219 and his career mark is .324 then he will have more value as the season progresses, if not then he is a power source that can drain a fantasy teams batting average. Analysis: Greg Jewett