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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL NEWS AND NOTES: TUESDAY

By Eric Silva

-It turns out it was a palm injury and no dreaded oblique injury for Balimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis which is a major sigh of relief for his owners as we head down the stretch of the 2016 fantasy baseball season.  Davis swatted home run number 35 earlier in the game before exiting and has been particularly hot of late.  He will likely just be day-to-day so no worries.

-This is getting downright ludicrous with Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier.  Dozier has gone nuclear of late, hitting a home run in his fifth straight game last night and seventh in five days to bring his season total to 39.  With 92 RBI and a by far career-best .278 average at this point, Dozier is putting up monster numbers no matter how you looked at him previously.  In fact Dozier is doing during the second half of the year what Carlos Gonzalez did during the same span with his power a year ago.  Now we just have to find out if this is an outlier binge from Dozier this season or not but that answer won't arrive until 2017.

-While Chris Davis avoided major injury Tuesday, the jury is still out there on Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano who exited his game with a leg injury of some sort.  The injury came in the seventh inning after Cano swatted a single and he barely even moved going to first base.  HE exited immediately and still no word of an update.  This could be a number of things, such as hamstring, rib cage or oblique strain but either way it deserves your undivided attention Cano owners. 

-Yoenis Cespedes has annoyed his owner of late with his play two and then sit a game deal as he continues to battle a quad injury but he made the most of his time last night by hitting a pinch hit home run which was his sixth in 15 games since coming off the DL.  You have to watch the lineup every day to see if he is in there but Cespedes is producing like a top OF 1 and has been all season.

-Jonathan Villar has been one of the biggest success and value play stories of the season and that continued on with letup in sight last night as he went 3-5 with a home run and a stolen base.  Villar is now hitting .297 with 13 home runs and an insane 52 steals on the season at shortstop of all places and it is staggering to think he was only a WAIVER claim in almost all leagues.  Just think too that Dee Gordon was a second round pick this season for numbers that were similar but with fewer homers which of course are now tainted. 

-Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is now up to 28 home runs after he swatted two last night.  His season average is also very solid at .294 with 96 RBI.  Basically the locked in first round production you paid for. 

-Kansas City Royals first baseman Kendrys Morales is really heating up himself as he hit two bombs last night which brings his season total to 25 with 72 RBI and a .254 average.  The average has not been good since his Los Angeles Angels but the power never left the station after his leg injury. 

-What is funny about St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is that he is still hitting very well for his age but no one wants him because the power dried up.  While the latter is true, Molina is still holding down C 1 numbers as he picked up four hits last night with a grand slam.  During the second half Molina is hitting .364 and should be used in any league where available. 


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