Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Fantasy Forecaster Recap 7-17-14

If you missed The Fantasy Forecast well…shame on you. Fortunately for you I have recapped my segment of the show for you sickos. Also, if your sick like me and want to listen to the show as well…Here you go: Show

Evan Gattis-Gattis is sitting at about 90% owned in ESPN and is currently working his way back from a bulging disk in his back. He's set to begin a rehab assignment today and as we know Gattis was enjoying a breakout season before going down with the injury. He's hitting a cool .290 with 16 HR's and 39 RBI's. The general consensus is that he may need about three starts in his rehab assignment before being cleared so realistically we may be looking at early next week for an activation.

Dexter Fowler-Fowler suffered a right intercostal strain and is hoping for a return after the break on Friday. Fowler has been the face of mediocrity through the first part of the season but could provide some cheap speed and modest power in deeper leagues. He sits at about 22% owned although i expect that to creep up a little as we near Friday.

Josh Reddick-Reddick went on the DL for the second time this season with a right knee sprain. His earlier injury was diagnosed as a hyper-extended right knee. Reddick is currently on a rehab assignment and hopes to rejoin the club after the break. He has hit a meager .229 with $ HR's and 24 RBI's. So to say he's been a disappointment would be an understatement. If his knee problems continue to linger it could very well shape up to be a lost season for Reddick.

Danny Santana-Santana had been one of the biggest surprises this year before going down with a left knee bone bruise. Currently on a rehab assignment Santana looks to make a return after the break. He'll return to a stellar .328 AVG with 2 HR's and 6 SB's. He's only about 20% owned at the moment, that should steadily rise as he approaches activation. With multi-position eligibility and steady AB's, Santana makes for a very solid add.

Shane Victorino-If it seems like I've talked about Victorino a bunch this year its because i have. Victorino has been hurt most of the year most recently with a right hamstring strain. As if things weren't bad enough Victorino tweaked his back while rehabbing. Simply put, he's been a mess. Only playing in 21 games this year he will look to turn his season around possibly as early as Friday. Proceed with caution here, Victorino could very well find himself in a timeshare when he returns. Wait and see approach for now.

Carlos Beltran-Another aging player who's been dealing with an assortment of injuries this year, this time around for a concussion. Beltran is aiming for a Friday return and will come back to an anemic .216 AVG with 9 HR's and 28 RBI's. In addition to his concussion Beltran has dealt with elbow and knee problems this year and now finds himself 50% owned. Considering he's getting a little long in the tooth and the injuries beginning to pile up that number seems about right for me. The idea that Beltran will have a second half turnaround seems unlikely.

Emilio Bonifacio-Bonifacio is working his way back from the dreaded oblique strain. He has begun a rehab assignment and also looks to rejoin the club on or around Friday. As we know Bonifacio provides some cheap speed, but thats about it. He could be useful in deeper leagues with his multi-position eligibility but playing time might be an issue with the emergence of Chris Coghlan.

Now for a few pitchers:

Cliff Lee-Lee was placed on the DL with a left elbow strain. Lee has had mixed results in his rehab assignment but nonetheless will look to be activated on July 21. Aside from the lack of run support Lee has generally been his usual self this year with a 3.18 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. Assuming he's healthy Lee can be plugged back into lineups with confidence moving forward.

Jon Niese-Niese has dealt with arm issues most of the season is now working his way back from his most recent problem of left shoulder inflammation. Niese dealt with left elbow inflammation earlier this season and has been an inconsistent fantasy commodity as a result. The good news is Niese has a chance to turn his season around as he looks to be activated on July 21.

James Paxton-Paxton is now on a rehab assignment as he works his way back from shoulder woes. He's been out since early April and will likely need a few starts in rehab before being cleared to join the big club. The promising lefty had an outstanding 2.25 ERA and .67 WHIP and a 13/2 K/BB ratio. Paxton is definately worth monitoring as he gets closer.

Josh Beckett-Beckett was enjoying a resurgence year in 2014 before going down with a hip injury. Beckett has begun to play catch and the hope is he will only miss one start. This should put him in line to be activated after the ASB. Beckett sits at 84% ownership and should be closer to 100% as the weekend approaches.

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