Fantasy Player Updates & News

Nets still expect Kevin Garnett to return for the final year of his contract despite the departure of Paul Pierce to the Washington Wizards Saturday.

What's the saying wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which one fills first? If Garnett does not force a trade he may just decide to throw his hands up in the air and say screw it, retirement here I come. If for whatever reason he plays another year, regardless of what team he plays on, he will have as much fantasy value as Chris Webber had when he played with the Pistons or Rasheed Wallace while with the Knicks. In essence, Garnett will either light up a retirement cigar or become the new victory cigar.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Kyle Gibson pitched eight strong innings with four hits allowed, one earned run and struck out eight batters for his fourth win on Sunday versus the White Sox.

Kyle Gibson has been terrific against the White Sox this year. After going eight innings again on Sunday, Gibson has thrown 16 innings versus the White Sox allowing eight hits, one earned run, striking out ten and walking one for the season. Gibson’s eight strikeouts tie his career high and his record now stands at 4-3 on the year. His win lowered his ERA to 2.72 on the season but his FIP is 4.21 so tread lightly if you add him and try to use him at home if possible. This is encouraging but the White Sox are averaging a league worst 3.7 runs per game prior to this game.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Jose Abreu was 1-for-4 with a home run on Sunday.

What better way to rebound from losing a 17 game hitting streak on Saturday than to hit a home run on the following day. Jose Abreu hit his seventh home run of 2015 but it was the only run that the White Sox could muster. Chicago has scored fewer than three runs in their last seven games and are last in the league averaging 3.7 runs scored. With his home run, fantasy owners have to hope that Abreu heats up with the weather and just had a slow start. His peripheral stats are in line with last year but his home run per fly ball percentage is down ten percent and Abreu is off of his pace as he hit 36 last year. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Jose Quintana pitched six innings giving up seven hits, seven runs (six earned), a walk and struck out five during his loss to Minnesota Sunday.

After allowing a lead-off home run to Brian Dozier, Jose Quintana retired nine Twins in a row with four strikeouts. Then he allowed four runs in the top of the fourth before retiring eight more Twins in a row. Unable to string together the consistent innings needed to win, Quintana joins the White Sox staff who have allowed four or more runs eleven times this year. Five of those are by the Twins. Quintana’s final line was not helped by allowing to batters to reach in the seventh inning then he was replaced by Scott Carroll who gave up Brian Dozier’s second home run of the day. This loss drops Quintana to 2-5 on the season with a 4.67 ERA but his FIP of 3.37 and three to one strikeout to walk ratio suggests better times are ahead.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Martin Prado went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored on Sunday against the Orioles.

Prado doesn’t normally offer much in the power department. The blast was his third of the season and the veteran is slashing only .278/.314/.361. Although it’s a small sample, much of his success this season has come when facing left-handed pitchers, a group he owns a .393 batting average against.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

A.J. Ramos earned the save against the Orioles on Sunday, as he worked a perfect ninth in a 5-2 win.

Ramos converted his second save of the season in a quick ninth inning, retiring the side in order on 11 pitches, nine of which went for strikes. He’s look solid in the closer’s role since Steve Cishek’s removal, and he now owns a 0.78 ERA in 23 innings pitched this season.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Tom Koehler pitched 6 1/3 innings in the win against the Orioles Sunday, as he allowed one earned run on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

Koehler needed 106 pitches against the Orioles to earn his third victory of the season and even his record at 3-3. It was his fourth straight start allowing one earned run or less, and the right-hander has lowered his ERA to 3.44 in the process after a poor April. Koehler is stranding over 75 percent of base runners, which has certainly helped his numbers. His next start is Saturday against the Mets in Citi Field.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Miguel Gonzalez threw four innings in a loss to the Marlins on Sunday, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Gonzalez certainly did not have his best stuff on Sunday afternoon. Marlins hitters jumped on him for runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth inning, with the biggest damage coming off the bat of Martin Prado on a two-run homer. Gonzalez now has a 3.83 ERA and 4.52 FIP in nine starts. He’ll try and turn it around on Friday against the Rays.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Even though Kyrie Irving warmed up to see if he could give it a go in Game 3 vs. the Hawks Sunday, David Blatt said he is being evaluated.

The Cavs would obviously be thrilled if Kyrie could give it a go on Sunday, but considering their 2-0 lead in the series already, it would be tough to believe that they are going to push him. If he can't play, expect Matthew Dellavadova to start at point guard.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Francisco Cervelli was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI on Sunday.

Finding a second catcher in deep leagues or league only formats who do not hurt your teams batting average is rare but after 33 games, Francisco Cervelli is hitting .304 for the season. While his 11 runs and 10 RBI temper his overall value, his average does not hurt it so if you are looking for batting average that scores some runs as a second catcher, Cervelli is your guy. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Josh Harrison was 1-for-4 with an RBI on Sunday.

After a tough stretch in which Josh Harrison saw his batting average drop to .173, he has raised his average to .261 after the game on Sunday thanks to his eleven game hitting streak. Harrison’s BABIP is thirty points below his career average so more correction could be coming as well. One concern though is that Josh Harrison has been caught stealing three times against two stolen bases on the year. With 21 runs scored, four home runs, fourteen RBI and two steals his stat line is solid but raising his average and being more efficient on the bases will raise his fantasy value going forward. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Starling Marte was 1-for-5 with a three run home run on Sunday against the Mets.

Starling Marte continues to hit for power in the early season hitting his ninth home run on Sunday versus the Mets. His home run drove in three and he is hitting .278 on the season. His home run pushes him within four of his career high and it is May 24th. While he may not keep up his present home run pace, his nine home runs along with seven stolen bases is why fantasy owners moved up to get him in drafts this preseason. Marte has added 22 runs and 30 RBI for good measure.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Andrew McCutchen was 2-for-3 with two runs, a home run, two RBI and two walks on Sunday.

In case you have missed it, Andrew McCutchen is 23 for his last 60 at bats with five home runs over that time. On Sunday, McCutchen homered for his second game in a row and is now slashing .261/.359/.464 for the season and could be primed for a hot streak. With a BABIP of only .268 in 2015 versus his career number of .332 and the fact that McCutchen has slugged over five hundred percent the three years prior, McCutchen is due for correction. And the time may be upon us which is good news for his fantasy owners.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Francisco Liriano went six innings allowing six hits, one earned run, two walks and struck out 12 Mets for his third win of the season.

After only lasting two innings against Minnesota on Tuesday, Francisco Liriano rebounded in a big way striking out 12 Mets for his third win and only allowed one run on Sunday. For the first time since 1969, all three Pirate starting pitchers struck out ten or more batters in three straight games. For the weekend, Pittsburgh starter struck out 32 Mets hitters and the Pirates as a team only allowed four wins in the sweep. Liriano moves to 3-5 on the year with a 3.86 ERA and continues his Jekyll and Hyde ways. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Wilmer Flores was 2-for-4 with an RBI on Sunday.

While his glove leaves much to be desired, Wilmer Flores continues to produce with the bat. His two hits and RBI drove in the Mets only run against Francisco Liriano and the Pirates. Flores raised his average to .252 on the season and in 40 games he has 18 runs, six home runs and 16 RBI making him a productive middle infielder for fantasy purposes.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Jon Niese pitched 4 ? innings on Sunday in Pittsburgh allowing seven hits, four earned runs, four walks and struck out six taking the loss. He threw 104 pitches and only 60 of them were strikes.

Making his first start since the rumored six man rotation news, Jon Niese was not sharp for the second time in a row. After allowing his career worse eight runs on Tuesday against St. Louis, he allowed four more on Sunday taking the loss against the Pirates. Once agains Niese saw his ERA rise and it now sits at 4.08 on the season. With the Mets in a seven game losing streak, they desperately need a pitcher to step up and end the streak.  Analysis: Greg Jewett


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