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Sunday, December 27, 2015

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: RYAN HOWARD, RYAN ZIMMERMAN CAUGHT UP IN PED REPORT

With spring training getting set to begin in a little more than a month, two prominent players have seen their names attached to a new steroids scandal that also includes Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos.  An Al Jazeera special report indicates that Manning, along with Philadelphia Phillies slugging first baseman Ryan Howard and Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman all received HGH shipments from overseas.  The full scale of the report is expected out sometime on Sunday which will delve further into the issue.  Manning has already come out and called the report "garbage" but we have seen this song and dance for far too long to ever buy any denial.  Meanwhile would it shock anyone if Howard and Zimmerman were steroid users?  Both (especially in the case of Howard) have had big power hitting seasons and both most certainly have dealt with a ridiculous amount of injuries over the last few years which can be classic side effects from steroid use.  Howard has almost zero value in 2016 fantasy baseball as his power has dropped off sharply into the low-20 range with a horrid average, while Zimmerman lost a huge amount of his value when he yielded third base eligibility.  While Zimmerman is still productive to warrant a spot on most rosters, at first base his lack of top-end power is a negative. 

 

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