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Fantasy Baseball Daily: Checking in on Andrus, Chapman and more

August 8, 2013

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It’s Thursday, which is always an important day in fantasy baseball. We’re transitioning from the early-week series toward the weekend, and with that move come plenty of new roster considerations. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.

Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers: Andrus was flat-out unstoppable on the base paths last night against the Angels. He came away with three steals, in addition to his 3-for-4 effort at the plate. Andrus has had quite a bit of success recently, hitting in nine of his last 10 games. He’s got a .261 average with 30 swipes on the year. Today begins a four-game set in Houston.

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Chris Archer, SP, Tampa Bay Rays: The young Archer didn’t last too long in his start yesterday against Arizona. He was pulled after just 1 2/3 due to forearm tightness, and ended up with a 5.40 ERA for the game. The good news is that this injury isn’t expected to be serious, so Archer should be good to go for his next start, which will likely be Tuesday at home against Seattle.

Alejandro De Aza, OF, Chicago White Sox: De Aza kept his streak at the plate rolling last night against the Yankees, going 2-for-6 with a triple, a run and a pair of RBI. He’s now hit in eight of his last nine games. De Aza only has three multi-hit outings during that span and hasn’t produced a whole lot in the way of RBI (4) or runs (4), but right now he’s a reliable lower-end name who’s useful in fantasy.

Aroldis Chapman, RP, Cincinnati Reds: Chapman nabbed another save yesterday against the Athletics, tossing a clean ninth and striking out one. It was a nice bounce-back from his previous outing, which featured a hit and an earned run (but was still successful). Chapman now has 27 saves on the year and is sporting a 2.98 ERA through 45 1/3 innings. Tomorrow begins a home series against the Padres.

Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals: Gordon isn’t hitting leadoff anymore, so he should be able to tally some more RBI. He nabbed a pair last night, one on a solo shot for his 11th homer of the year. Prior to that outing, Gordon had just one hit in his previous five games, so it’s good to see him waking up at the plate. We’ll see if he can maintain it against Boston this weekend.

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