Fantasy Player Updates & News

LeBron James and his agent are done meeting with teams, according to ESPN sources. He will now talk with family and make his choice.

James is the biggest chip to fall this offseason, and none of the other top-tier free agents will sign until Bron is ex-ed off the whiteboard. Now it's a game of wait-and-see, although it's essentially a two horse race: Cleveland and Miami. ANALYST:

Ryan Vogelsong tweaked his leg in a collision with Troy Tulowitzki while covering first. He was removed from the game and will be re-evaluated Saturday.

The play took place while Vogelsong was covering first base. The team doesn't think it was anything major but he had already thrown 95 pitches at that point so he was supposed to come out anyway. He had thrown six scoreless innings and allowed two hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Backed by 11 runs and 14 hits, he was able to escape with the win. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chris Colabello went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer during Friday’s 4-3 loss to the Mariners.

With various Blue Jays beat up over the last couple of weeks, Colabello has seen plenty of at-bats recently. He came into Fridays contest on a 3-for-21 skid that included eight whiffs, but certainly snapped out of that in a big way. Colabello is slugging .556 through 17 games and holds value in A.L. only format, at least in the short term. Analysis: Nate Miller

Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a double and two runs scored in Friday’s 4-3 loss against the Mariners.

Encarnacion homered for the second time in as many days Friday, as the veteran slugger continues to hit for plenty of power in the Blue Jays lineup despite an overall lack of consistency this season. Encarnacion is batting just .243 over the last 11 games, but has belted 6 roundtrippers in that same span. Analysis: Nate Miller

Marco Estrada lasted seven innings in Friday’s 4-3 loss to the Mariners, giving up four earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five.

After performing brilliantly out of the Blue Jays bullpen in April, Estrada has not enjoyed the same success in the rotation this month. Over four starts in May, the 31-year-old righty has posted a 5.40 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 20-to-9 K/BB ratio across 21 2/3 innings. Estrada is next scheduled to take the mound Wednesday afternoon against the White Sox. Analysis: Nate Miller

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a double during Friday’s 4-3 victory versus the Blue Jays.

Cruz launched his MLB-leading 17th home run Friday night, as the veteran slugger continues his outstanding season in Seattle. Cruz has hit safely in four consecutive days, going 7-for-14 with two homers and two doubles. The power from the 34 year old is not surprising, but the incredible .354/.414/.728 slash line is a different story. Analysis: Nate Miller

Fernando Rodney picked up a save in Friday’s 4-3 win over the Blue Jays, but allowed two runs on two hits, a double and a homer, during the bottom of the ninth.

Rodney traveled a rocky road en route to a save once again Friday night, as the veteran closer has now been scored upon in four consecutive outings. However, despite his dreadful 6.61 ERA and 1.71 WHIP, Rodney has successfully converted 11-of-12 save chances this season. If these struggles persist, it is difficult to envision Rodney being able to hold down the closer role for the duration of the campaign. Seattle relievers Tom Wilhelmsen and Danny Farquhar each have closing experience, but rookie Carson Smith is who Rodneys fantasy owners should be considering. Analysis: Nate Miller

Felix Hernandez tossed seven strong innings during Friday’s 4-3 win over the Blue Jays, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while collecting eight strikeouts.

Bouncing back from his first loss of the season this past Saturday, Hernandez picked up his MLB-leading seventh victory of the season Friday night. Through nine starts in 2015, King Felix is paving the path toward yet another exceptional campaign, as the five-time All-Star now sports a 2.19 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 9.2 K/9 across 61 2/3 innings. Hernandez will be back on the bump Wednesday afternoon at Tampa Bay. Analysis: Nate Miller

Update: Yasmani Grandal (head) will be re-evaluated Saturday and checked for a concussion. He will not play in Saturday's game.

Grandal was hit in the mask by a backswing during Friday's game. He appeared to be fine after the game and passed initial concussion tests but the Dodgers want him to be re-evaluated first thing in the morning. His not being in the lineup Saturday, however, is because of a scheduled day off. Consider him day-to-day for now. Analysis: Howard Bender

Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, and five RBI on Friday night.

Morales has been more than the Mariners could have asked for so far this season, as he is sporting a very formidable .305 average and has clocked six dingers so far this season. His 37 RBI are also impressive for someone who many thought was finished a couple of seasons ago, as his health has been more than serviceable during this 2015 campaign. It might be unfair to expect him to finish the season above .300, but 20+ home runs are not out of the question for the switch-hitting DH.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Mark Melancon recorded a save in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Mets, retiring the two batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning.

Melancon was certainly efficient Friday night, as he needed a grand total of three pitches to get the last two outs of the game. The 30-year-old closer has now converted 10-of-11 save chances on the season. Analysis: Nate Miller

Gerrit Cole put up 8 1/3 dominant innings in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Mets, allowing just one unearned run on six hits and a walk while racking up 10 strikeouts.

Cole was brilliant versus the Mets on Friday night, as the 24-year-old righty turned in his most dominant performance of the season so far. Through nine starts to this point, Cole has yet to allow more than three earned runs in any game and has given up one or less in five different outings. Cole now sports a 6-2 record to go along with excellent numbers across the board, the most notable of which is his 63-to-14 K/BB ratio across 57 frames. He will be in search of victory number seven Wednesday afternoon versus the Marlins. Analysis: Nate Miller

Lance Lynn allowed five runs on 10 hits across five innings on Friday night.

Lynn didn’t look like himself on Friday night, as even though he lasted six innings, he allowed 11 baserunners and five runs. He also struggled to strikeout four batters, which is also something that is uncharacteristic for the 28-year-old right hander. This appears to be a blip in an otherwise solid campaign so far this season, so don’t put too much stock into the subpar outing on Friday night.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Noah Syndergaard turned in six innings during Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Pirates, surrendering four runs (three earned) on seven hits and no walks while collecting five strikeouts.

Now three starts into his big-league career, Syndergaard is still showing plenty of promise along with the typical growing pains of a rookie. The hard-throwing righty put together a decent effort on the mound, but ran into a top-notch performance from another elite young talent in Pittsburghs Gerrit Cole. Syndergaard found the zone with 67-of-99 pitches in this one, displaying solid command while not issuing a free pass. A 16-to-5 K/BB ratio across 17 1/3 innings is arguably his most impressive statistic to this point. Syndergaard is likely to be back on the bump next Friday versus the Marlins. Analysis: Nate Miller

Chris Young pitched a shutout across six innings on Friday night.

As a spot starter, Young has been very impressive, allowing only three runs across two outings so far this season. Unless he is getting the start, he holds little fantasy value, and even then, his low strikeout rate will limit what he can offer, but if you are in desperate need of a run stopper, Young might just be the guy to enlist going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha


Fantasy Aces: Beat Ray Flowers $1,000 Challenge |
Ray Flowers

Fantasy Aces: Beat Ray Flowers $1,000 Challenge

Ray Flowers, everyone's favorite whipping boy, is out for blood after you all whopped his behind the past few weeks in the Beat Ray Flowers Challenge.

2015 Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineups: May 22 |
Jeff Mans

2015 Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineups: May 22

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

DFS MLB Pitching Coach - May 22, 2015 |
Howard Bender

DFS MLB Pitching Coach - May 22, 2015

Howard Bender takes an in-depth look at the numbers and the match-ups to help you decide whether the time is right to invest heavily or if bargain-hunting is the way

DFS MLB Hitting Coach - May 22, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

DFS MLB Hitting Coach - May 22, 2015

What other batters, besides the insanely hot Jason Kipnis, will be suggested plays for May 22nd, 2015? Ray Flowers shares his thoughts.

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.