ANOTHER week of fantasy baseball means another week of hype, headaches and for some heartbreak. This week we are addressing the most added and dropped players across the board coupled with the injury news that’s relevant. I’ve included a brief NFL section, and as training camp rolls around around more info will be added!
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- THE curse of Keon Broxton (33.6% ownership) is real. I drafted the Brewers outfielder at the start of the season, only to dump him after he started the year hitting below .190. I then proceeded to add him again after a hot May, and he rewarded with by going 2/21 in the month of June so far. He’s going straight to the NEVER AGAIN list.
- AFTER a good start to the season Andrew Triggs finds himself amongst the most unpopular players from the last week, being dropped by 14.6% of the comp. He started the year on fire, but three consecutive L’s along with 23 hits given up in 15 innings mean it’s time to move on.
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- A slew of starting pitchers are amongst the most added players from the past seven days. After combining to strikeout 26 batters in four wins last week, Jimmy Nelson (Brewers, 47.5%), Chase Anderson (Brewers, 58.7%), Sean Manaea (Athletics, 66.4%) and Ariel Miranda 44.8%) have all been added by over 25% of coaches into their team.
INJURY NEWS – Notable fantasy names that have been sent to the 10 day DL in the past few days include: Alex Wood (Dodgers), Devon Travis (Blue Jays), Justin Bour (Marlins), Dallas Keuchel (Astros) and Kyle Hendricks (Cubs). Hendricks and Keuchel are two of the best pitchers in the majors, so they will be sorely missed. It’s the second time that Keuchel has been on the DL in the past two weeks with neck discomfort, while Hendricks is dealing with nagging right hand tendinitis. Aaron Sanchez (Blue Jays) who hasn’t played in a month said his injured finger feels ‘tremendous’ as he nears a return. Outfielder A.J. Pollock (Diamondbacks) who has been out with a groin strain recently began running outside. It’s likely that Arizona takes their time nursing their star back from injury.
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- THE NFL roster moves are still dictating most of the headlines as teams are OTA bound. Eric Decker (Jets), Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs) and Dennis Pitta (Ravens) all find themselves without a home after they were cut from teams. Colin Kaepernick is also still without a home, thanks to the Seahawks signing Austin Davis instead of Kap. He now must pray for an injury which leads to an opportunity to join a squad.
- 32 year old Adrian Peterson has said he has no plans on retiring soon, hoping to play until he turns 37 or 38. It would be unfair to expect another 1,000 yard season from Peterson, but the new Saint seems to be feeling fresh and might be worth taking a flier on him.
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INJURY NEWS – Mike Wallace and Tarjae Sharpe are the biggest injury concerns moving forward, with plenty of clouds surrounding the health of players entering training camp. Sharpe had surgery on his injured foot last week, but is expected to return in time to start camp. Rookie Mike Wallace on the other hand has a herniated disk which may keep him out of the start of camp. He has been put on ice for the last few weeks of the offseason program. This injury has nagged Williams since the start of OTA’s and resting him is a smart move by the Chargers.