Kicking Rocks: Love & Fantasy Baseball
Howard Bender

Juan Lagares went 3-for-4 with a home run (1), three RBI and one run scored during Friday’s game against the Dodgers.

Lagares drew the start over Michael Conforto with a lefty on the mound and played well. He mashed his first homer of the year and reached base three times. Lagares has been relegated to playing versus lefties and being a defensive replacement this season. He has no fantasy impact at all.
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Julio Urias allowed three runs on five hits while walking four and striking out three over 2.2 innings during Friday’s outing against the Mets.

Although the result wasn’t worth writing home about, the 19-year old Urias’ stuff was as good as advertised. He couldn’t locate it and struggled with his command, which elevated his pitch count, but the movement is insane. With the combination of pitches plus velocity he has, he’ll be a mainstay in many fantasy rotations to come.
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Chase Utley went 1-for-2 with a double, four RBI and two walks during Friday’s game against the Mets.

Public enemy number one in Mets camp, Chase Utley, had a big game on Friday driving in four runs. Utley has been one of the more surprising players in all of baseball this year. After his horrible 2015 campaign, it seemed like his career was over but he’s had a total revitalization thus far in 2016. Utley has some fantasy value due to the lack of depth at second base.
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Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with a home run (7) and a double on Friday night against the Reds.

Lucroy has put together himself a solid bounce-back campaign in 2016, as his .280 average is more than adequate, while his seven homers offer impressive power for the position. Continue to consider him amongst the top tier fantasy catchers going forward.
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Joey Votto went 1-for-4 with a home run (7) on Friday night against the Brewers.

Although pundits have long advocated for Votto to bat second in the order because of his elite patience and once in a generation OBP, it has taken until this season for the Reds to finally utilize him in that area – at least against right-handers. Though his numbers are drastically down this season, Votto is someone who can flip a switch at any moment. Expect him to pull it together fully by the break, while his homer on Friday night was just his first step in the right direction.
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Adam Duvall went 2-for-4 with a HR (10) and three RBI on Friday night against the Brewers.

He has unexpectedly reached double-digit home runs on the season now, and while Duvall may appear to be a breakout performer for 2016, his lack of run production outside of the round trippers is a bit concerning. Consider him a “sell high” candidate going forward.
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