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Fantasy Baseball News: Player News and Updates for 9/7/13

Fantasy Baseball Daily: Kemp, Chapman and More

September 7, 2013

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We’re in the midst of a big weekend around the MLB, and those series will have plenty of impact on the standings in your fantasy league. We’re getting down to crunch time now, as the hourglass is running out for a surge in the standings. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league at some of the newsworthy fantasy names out there and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.

Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers: Andrus hadn’t played at all this month due to tightness in his back, but he was able to return to the lineup yesterday. Good thing he did, too. He slapped a homer as part of a 2-for-5, two-RBI effort against the Angels. The long-balls don’t come too often for Andrus; he’s only got two. Still, he’s been solid for fantasy owners in his signature categories: runs (76) and stolen bases (35). Get him back into your lineup if you’ve been waiting this out.

Fantasy Baseball News: Player News and Updates for 9/7/13

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Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Detroit Tigers: One of the big stories from yesterday’s slate of games was Cabrera’s return to the lineup. He went 1-for-3 in the outing, and posted another RBI to his lengthy stat sheet. That’s just his second appearance since August 30, thanks to a stubborn abdominal strain. If Cabrera can stay healthy over the next couple of series at least, he’s got some excellent matchups to feast on. After the Royals this weekend, it’s off to Chicago to face the White Sox, then back home to host KC once again.

Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: Another big story yesterday was Puig’s return to the lineup. He’d been sitting out since Tuesday, but managed to get back in there in Cincinnati. Puig finished the game 1-for-4 with a run. Over his 310 at-bats thus far, he’s got a .348 average, 32 RBI, 56 runs and 10 steals. Looking ahead, the Dodgers finish up in Cincinnati tomorrow, then head home. There they’ll face the Diamondbacks, then the Giants come to town.

Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: We can barely imagine a fantasy season much worse than the one Kemp owners have had to endure. The first-round draft pick has missed most of the year due to injury, and has only played one game since July 5. It’s not getting any better, either. After inching toward a comeback over the past week or two, Kemp suffered a setback with his ailing hamstring and has been shelved indefinitely. That’s a brutal blow to owners who were expecting him back this week for a stretch run. We can’t say whether or not he’ll come back this season, but we wouldn’t blame you for dropping him now.

Aroldis Chapman, RP, Cincinnati Reds: Chapman looked pretty darn Chapman-y yesterday against the Dodgers. He entered the ninth with a 3-2 lead and promptly shut down the L.A. hitters with three straight strikeouts to secure the victory. It was Chapman’s 35th save of the year, which makes him 35-of-39 in such opportunities thus far. He’s also rocking a nice 2.67 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. When the Dodgers leave, the Cubs will come to visit, so we see more saves in his future.

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