Fantasy Player Updates & News

Mike Trout went 1-for-3 with a home run, four RBI, a run scored and a walk during the Angels' 6-5 win over the White Sox on Saturday.

Let the games begin. If ever there was a need for a big shot to jolt everyone back to reality, it was Trout's grand salami to win the game Saturday. Fantasy owners have continued to panic with regard to Trout's back problems and under-performance this season, but those who stayed the course and understood the ebb and flow of the tides here are likely to start reaping some massive benefits. With the back issues behind him and a nice flash of power, it looks as if he's gearing up to get back to the top of that mountain.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Jonathan Papelbon is making $13 million in 2015 and has a $13-million vesting option for 2016 that Milwaukee or another acquiring team may need to fully guarantee in order to get the pitcher to waive his no-trade clause.

Papelbon has the right to veto any trade and he's at the point in his life where he has to ensure his financial future as his baseball career winds down. He's not going anywhere unless his money is guaranteed by his new team. Maybe that limits what the Phillies can do with him, but Papelbon doesn't care about that. So long as he gets his. Analysis: Howard Bender

Tom Koehler could go to the bullpen when Jose Fernandez returns.

Koehler's numbers aren't terrible -- 3.70 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and 2.15 K/BB -- but someone will have to go. It's either going to be him or David Phelps, though the jury is still out on Jarred Cosart as well. Fernandez isn;t due back until right around July 1, so we're still a little ways off from this being an immediate concern. Analysis: Howard Bender

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Thursday that Prince Fielder’s willingness to hit pitches to left field has started to make some teams ease off their drastic infield shifts against the hitter.

It's not so much a willingness as much as it is a matter of necessity for Fielder. Two years ago, teams began to employ the extreme defensive shift on Fielder a lot more, pulling a number of hits away from the slugger. Rather than settle for being one of those power hitters who is all home run and no batting average, Fielder has decided to stay a complete hitter and work on sending the ball to the opposite field more. Once he establishes himself that way and teams start backing off the shift, he can go back to the hitter he once was. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jose Fernandez threw live batting practice at the Roger Dean Stadium complex on Wednesday and is hoping to pitch in extended spring games around the second week of June.

If all goes well with the live BP sessions, Fernandez should be pitching extended spring training games by the middle of June. He is progressing right on schedule and, barring any setbacks, appears to be headed towards a late-June/early-July return to the Marlins.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Royals released LHP Joe Paterson.

The 29-year old former Diamondbacks reliever signed a minor league deal with the Royals this year, received an invite to spring training but still failed to make the team. He struggled at Triple-A Omaha and posted a 5.68 ERA over 12 innings, so the Royals felt it was better to make room and develop other pitchers. Analysis: Howard Bender

Michael Sam has signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.

Sam failed to make the roster of the Rams and the Cowboys weren't interested in him outside of the practice squad. With little hope of making another team's roster, Sam will head north of the border to see if he can jump-start a career via the CFL. Analysis: Howard Bender

Kyrie Irving is skipping the morning shootaround to get tests on his left knee and is questionable for Game 2 on Friday night.

Irving re-aggravated his knee injury during Game 1 but is doing everything he can to ensure that he doesn't miss any time on the court. The tests will alert him to anything serious and whether or not he's going to cause worse damage but unless doctors specifically tell him not to play, he should be out there. Analysis: Howard Bender

Will Smith is likely facing a suspension for being ejected Thursday night for having a foreign substance on his forearm.

Well of course he's facing a suspension. Michael Pineda got 10 games for his pine tar incident so we don't expect anything less for Smith. The league is likely to hand down punishment this week. Analysis: Howard Bender

Masahiro Tanaka (wrist/forearm) reported no problems after Thursday's rehab game.

The Yankees have said that they didn't think Tanaka would need more than one rehab outing, though he did only throw 41 pitches over three innings. If they don;t feel like that was enough, he'll throw another but either way, it looks like he'll be able to join the team before the end of May.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Cowboys and CB Orlando Scandrick have agreed to terms on a new contract extension.

The financial terms have not been released but it is reported that Scandrick's deal runs through 2018. He is expected to be a starting corner once again as well as a leader on the team's defense. Analysis: Howard Bender

Reggie Bush asked to be included in punt-return competition.

While you've got to admire his desire to do more, putting Bush on the punt return team sounds like a sure-fire way to land on injured reserve. He has a tough enough time staying healthy as a running back, but if you add in punt return duties you're just begging for an injury. Analysis: Howard Bender

Rey Navarro was unavailable on Thursday after having emergency dental work done before the game.

Nothing major here, but Navarro was obviously in some pain and still feeling the residual effects of the anesthetic. Consider him day-to-day for now though his bigger problem is Everth Cabrera coming off the DL on Friday. Navarro should end up back on the bench or in Triple-A soon enough. Analysis: Howard Bender

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said no date has been set for RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (strained back muscle) to begin throwing.

Iwakuma suffered an apparent setback two weeks ago and was shut down from all activity once again for at least 10-to-14 days. He will be re-evaluated this weekend to see if he can start up baseball activities soon, but the fact that he is still experiencing so many issues is obviously not a good sign. Keep him stashed if you can, but if you're dealing with too many injuries and limited DL spots, you might have to make the tough sacrifice and let him go. Analysis: Howard Bender

Adam Ottavino (elbow) said his elbow doesn't hurt or anything, two weeks after undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery.

He's probably still numb from the pain. Regardless of how he is feeling right now, Ottavino is a non-facotr for at least a year here. We wish him the best in his recovery, but he is not keeper material nor should he be held in dynasty leagues. For our purposes in fantasy, he is done. Analysis: Howard Bender


Fantasy Baseball Injury Report - May 22, 2015 |
Michael A. Stein

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report - May 22, 2015

Michael A. Stein reviews fantasy baseball injuries.

Daily Trends: May 22, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

Daily Trends: May 22, 2015

Dr. Flowers is making a house call by reviewing some of the hurlers who took the bump on Wednesday night and offers a long-term prognosis.

DFS MLB Playbook: May 22nd  |
Jeff Mans

DFS MLB Playbook: May 22nd

Jeff Mans pours over all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best DFS MLB players for today's contests

2015 Daily Fantasy Baseball Rankings: May 22nd |
Jeff Mans

2015 Daily Fantasy Baseball Rankings: May 22nd

Jeff Mans ranks all of the top players by position for today's slate of games in daily fantasy baseball with complete pricing breakdown

CATEGORY IMPACT: Home runs and fly ball distance |
Todd Zola

CATEGORY IMPACT: Home runs and fly ball distance

Todd breaks down the top 20 hitters in the league in terms of fly ball distance in an effort to gauge their home run potential

Ray’s Ramblings: A Look at Thursday, May 21st |
Ray Flowers

Ray’s Ramblings: A Look at Thursday, May 21st

Ray breaks down the diamond action Thursday from deGrom’s dominance, to Pollock’s greatness to the suddenly streaking Cuban import in the desert.

2015 Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineups: May 21th-Late |
Ted Schuster

2015 Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineups: May 21th-Late

Ted Schuster gives out a few of his optimized DFS MLB lineups for Fantasy Aces, Fanduel and Draftkings for tonight's slate of games

2015 Bullpen Report: The Closer Grid |
Howard Bender

2015 Bullpen Report: The Closer Grid

The Closer Grid is a one-stop shop for all your bullpen needs as we identify each team's ninth-inning specialist and those who find themselves next in line for saves.

DFS MLB Playbook: May 21st - Late |
Ted Schuster

DFS MLB Playbook: May 21st - Late

Ted Schuster pours over all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best DFS MLB players for today's contests

Daily Trends: May 21, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

Daily Trends: May 21, 2015

Ray Flowers breaks down the batted ball by taking a look at fly ball distances. He also explains why Gio Gonzalez and Tyson Ross are far from broken.