Forgot Log-in or  Password? |  Help  Not a member, Register Now!
      
Fantasy Football Today
Gameday Inactives
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Get Your Draft Board
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Red Zone Stats
Teams
Schedules
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Playoff Challenge
Commissioner
Prize Leagues
Free
Office Pool Manager
Game Pick'em
Player Challenge
Fantasy Baseball Today
2014 Draft Prep Guide
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Rankings
Projections
Teams
Schedules
Probable Pitchers
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injuries
Projections
Rankings
Teams
Schedules
Message Boards
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Teams
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Downloadable Draft Kit
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Teams
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
No Fantasy Teams Found
 
Commissioner

Upgrade to the Best

  • Most awarded fantasy site
  • Fully customizable league rules
  • Try it Free for 14 days
Prize Leagues

There's Still Time to Win

  • Compete for up to $5,000
  • Winner in every 10-team league
  • Play the rest of the season
Free

Free & Easy to Play

  • Roto or head-to-head
  • Create or join a league
  • $10,000 sweepstakes
Other Fantasy Products: Mock Drafts | Downloadable Draft Kit
 
LIVE Fantasy advice!
Vance Worley ((USATSI))
Vance Worley is getting it done lately, but does that matter for your Fantasy teams? We'll break it all down on Fantasy Baseball Today. Watch now!
Related Links:
• Week 18 starts/sits: Pitchers | Hitters
• Today's Probables | Two-start SPs
• Player Rankings | Roster Trends
•  Get an edge with our podcasts!
Experts

 

 

More Columns
 
Rankings
 
Projections
 
Probable Pitchers
 
Most Added Players
Player% ±
1Josh Rutledge, COL, SS30
2Neftali Feliz, TEX, RP25
3Jorge De La Rosa, COL, SP20
4Chris Carter, HOU, DH18
5Chase Headley, NYY, 3B17
6Brandon McCarthy, NYY, SP17
7Austin Jackson, DET, CF16
8Lucas Duda, NYM, 1B16
9Yangervis Solarte, SD, 3B15
10Jorge Soler, CHC, RF14
Most Dropped Players
Player% ±
1Steve Pearce, BAL, LF-19
2Edinson Volquez, PIT, SP-15
3Joe Smith, LAA, RP-15
4Carlos Martinez, STL, RP-13
5Dan Haren, LAD, SP-11
6Shane Greene, NYY, SP-11
7Michael Wacha, STL, SP-10
8Ryan Vogelsong, SF, SP-10
9Ryan Zimmerman, WAS, LF-9
10Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE, 3B-9
Average Draft Position
 
 
Player News
'The Thing' could push Pedro Alvarez to the bench
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:46 am ET) "The Thing" has a hold on Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez - and it could cost him his starting job.

"The Thing" in baseball parlance is an inexplicable inability to throw accurately to the point it becomes a mental block. Alvarez has 23 errors this season, more than any player in any position in the major leagues, and 21 have come on throws. He has hidden when the media has come around to ask him about it, according to the Beaver County Times.

Alvarez has apparently allowed the problem to affect his hitting. He has not had a multi-hit game since July 10 and has just five hits in his last 25 at-bats. He has not scored or driven in a run in the last six games as his stat line has been weakened to .238/.326/.407. Despite cutting down a bit on his strikeouts this season, his production has suffered, though he has still managed 15 home runs and 47 RBI.


Erick Aybar nothing but a singles hitter in July
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:29 am ET) An inability to hit anything but singles has limited the production of Angels second baseman Erick Aybar recently.

Aybar has hit safely in 17 of his last 21 games, but 19 of his 22 hits during that stretch have been singles. He has no triples or home runs in that period. He has just five runs scored and six RBI since July 6. Aybar owns a decent .281/.317/.403 stat line on the season. His slugging percentage has fallen 30 points in July, but he has been productive overall in 2014 with 50 runs scored and 51 RBI.


Kurt Suzuki backed by teammates
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:07 am ET) Twins surprisingly productive catcher Kurt Suzuki has received interest from several teams in need of players at that position, but closer Glen Perkins is hoping he stays put and is offered a contract extension.

"That would be ideal," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I think everyone else would agree. Not even just pitchers. He's fit in the clubhouse great, too, with everybody."

General manager Terry Ryan expressed satisfaction with Suzuki despite admitting he rates poorly in regard to pitch-framing.

Toronto, San Francisco and Baltimore are believed to be most interested. All three had scouts at Twins games over the weekend.


Jordy Mercer emerging as option to bat second vs. LHPs
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:06 am ET) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was slotted second in the batting order Monday against the Giants for the third time this season and second time in three games.

Mercer has become an option to hit second when a left-handed starter is on the hill, as was the case Monday with Giants hurler Madison Bumgarner.

"I think he gives us, against left-handed pitching, probably the best dynamic in that spot right now," manager Clint Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "From last season into this season, he’s been one of our better hitters against left-handed pitching. He’s a guy we’ve used to play some small ball with, a guy who’s shown an ability to barrel the ball. He’s leading the team in RBIs against left-handed pitching in probably less at-bats than the other guys had."

Mercer is batting .319 with a .351 on-base percentage, .458 slugging percentage and .809 OPS in 40 games against lefties this season.


'Still a good chance' Joaquin Benoit gets dealt
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:00 am ET) A major-league source told MLBDailyDish.com that there is "still a good chance" the Padres trade reliever Joaquin Benoit, who has taken over the closer's role since San Diego traded Huston Street to the Angels. The Pirates and Indians could be two teams still interested in acquiring the veteran reliever.

Adam Eaton on a roll for White Sox
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:50 am ET) White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton has remained steady and productive since a mini-slump in late June and early July.

Eaton has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games with 22 hits in 58 at-bats during that stretch. He has scored six runs in the last eight games and has sweetened his stat line to .285/.355/.383. The lone mild disappointment has been his 10 stolen bases in 16 attempts.


Report: Brewers among teams interested in Jon Lester
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:47 am ET) The Brewers are among several teams trying to trade for Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Dodgers, Mariners, Pirates and Orioles are among other teams reported to have inquired about Lester.

Seth Smith continues to rake against righties
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:42 am ET) Padres left fielder Seth Smith continues to give his team what it expects - a strong bat against right-handers and a fixture on the bench against lefties.

Smith is arguably enjoying his finest season for the offensively challenged Padres with a stat line of .295/.392/.510. He is coming off a 12-for-21 stretch in which he scored five runs and drove in four. He has 11 homers and 44 walks, but just 30 at-bats against left-handers this season with seven hits.


Deep league owners need Billy Burns
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10:38 am ET) On Monday night, Billy Burns made his major league debut, pinch-hitting for Josh Reddick and lining out. It's wasn't an auspicious beginning for the Athletics' callup, but there should be better times ahead.

Though he had not advanced beyond Double-A, Burns had already demonstrated Fantasy potential with his blazing speed. Burns stole 51 bases in 56 attempts for Double-A Midland after notching 74 steals across two levels in the Nationals' system in 2013. He has very little power, but Burns has shown good plate discipline and has some potential to help owners with batting average and on-base percentage.

Even as just a pinch-running specialist, Burns would have value for owners in AL-only leagues, but he will be more than that. According to MLB.com, Burns will fill the role vacated by Craig Gentry, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand. That means he will platoon in center field against left-handed pitchers. That additional playing time gives Burns some appeal in deeper mixed leagues.


Chris Archer earns praise for standing up to David Ortiz
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:28 am ET) Rays starter Chris Archer has earned the respect of his teammates for his reaction to the showmanship of Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in flipping his bat and taking his time rounding the bases after blasting a home run against the right-hander.

Archer claimed Ortiz feels he's bigger than the game. Ortiz said Archer had no business reacting that way as a player with "two days" in the game. Archer countered by noting that classy Hank Aaron never flipped his bat.

"My initial thought was you're never too youthful to tell the truth and say things how you see them," Archer told the Tampa Tribune.

Archer standing up to Ortiz prompted praise from David Price, who has his own feud going with the Red Sox stud.

"Not only did he earn respect here, but in all of baseball," Price said about Archer. "He said what he needed to say. He said it well. I wish I would've said it as well."


 
Get the best lineup advice,
chat LIVE with our writers and check out
the latest news, rankings and analysis NOW
 
Fan Poll

Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?


Fantasy Baseball
Fantasy Baseball News at CBSSports.com is the only destination you need for the latest fantasy baseball player rankings, expert analysis, free fantasy baseball, and up-to-date player news. Fantasy Baseball games at CBSSports.com include: Fantasy Baseball Commissioner, Free Fantasy Baseball and Premium Games. Fantasy Baseball Draft Central is the place for complete draft prep, including Fantasy Baseball mock drafts, Fantasy Baseball downloadable draft kits and fantasy baseball newsletters.

*CBSSports.com Baseball Commissioner is open to (a) Registered Users; (b) thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of registration. CBSSports.com Baseball Commissioner is subject to the complete applicable Terms of Use. Void where prohibited by law.

**Fantasy Baseball Gold is open to: (a) Registered Users; (b) legal residents of one (1) of the fifty (50) United States, Washington DC or Canada (excluding Quebec) (for purposes of clarity, Puerto Rico is expressly excluded); and (c) at least eighteen (18) years old or age of majority, whichever is older in their area of residence, at the date of registration in the Contest. PLEASE NOTE: Notwithstanding the foregoing: (i) eligible legal residents of Canada, Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Vermont and Washington state may play Fantasy Baseball Gold, but are not eligible to win any prizes.

**Fantasy Baseball Platinum, Diamond, Double Diamond and Elite are open to: (a) Registered Users; (b) legal residents of one of the fifty (50) United States (excluding residents of the following states: Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Vermont, and Washington) (for purposes of clarity, residents from Canada and Puerto Rico are expressly excluded), or Washington D.C.; and (c) at least eighteen (18) years old or age of majority, whichever is older in their area of residence, at the date of registration in the Contest.

All CBSSports.com Fantasy Baseball Prize Leagues are subject to the complete applicable Official Rules. Void where prohibited by law.

***The CBSSports.com Free Fantasy Baseball Sweepstakes is open to persons who are: (a) Registered Users (as defined below); (b) legal residents of the United States Canada (excluding Quebec), or Puerto Rico; and (c) at least eighteen (18) years old or age of majority in their state of residence or older at the date of registration in the Sweepstakes. Void in all other US Territories and Possessions and where prohibited by law.

The 2013 CBSSports.com Free Fantasy Baseball Sweepstakes are subject to the complete applicable Official Rules.