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With the No. 22 pick in the NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel.
The Browns go from being chastised by many of their fans for passing on Johnny Football after trading down to the 8th pick only to look like geniuses having landed this ballsy QB 14 picks later. The question is will Manziel carry his swagger to possibly a less than desirable landing spot in Cleveland? His post-pick interview suggests so, and in case you missed my weekly tweets about my love for Manziel's tenacity and swagger I'll sum it up by saying that this kid has the talent and over-the-top type of confidence to do whatever he needs to win and I'm sure all Browns fans can attest that is something this organization needs. The jury is out whether he will pan out, but so long as he can stay healthy it is tough to bet against this kid who now has the All-World Josh Gordon to pass to.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Jose Altuve was 2-for-4 with a run scored on Monday in Baltimore.
Coming into play on Monday, Jose Altuve was mired in a 3-for-32 slump and received the day off on Sunday. Responding to the mental day off, Altuve had two hits and scored a run on Monday and looks to get his bat going again for the Astros. Following his two hit day, Altuve is now hitting .299 with a .309 BABIP. His career BABIP is .329 so there can be an improvement in his average going forward but plan more on the .310 range for his season. Altuve has hit five home runs and stolen 14 bases to this point and is a top fantasy second base option going forward. Analysis: Greg Jewett
George Springer was 3-for-5 with a run, home run and RBI in Baltimore on Monday.
For the second straight game George Springer hit leadoff for Houston, and for the second straight game he had a hit to start the game. Not being satisfied, Springer hit a home run to left-center as well for his seventh of the season. While he may not be an ideal leadoff hitter with a .224 average, his on base percentage is .347 and he has drawn 28 walks so far this year. Without knowing if he will stay at leadoff, Springer has seven home runs and 11 stolen bases in 2015 and with a bump in average to the .240 range could be in line for a career year, but he needs to cut down the strikeouts. Analysis: Greg Jewett
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