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Fantasy Baseball 2013: Player News and Updates for 8/17

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

August 17, 2013

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We’ve finally made it to the weekend, and for baseball fans, that means a packed two days of MLB action. All that activity will translate to the fantasy world as well, since we’re already locked into the big weekend series. 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.

Aroldis Chapman, RP, Cincinnati Reds: Just yesterday, we were gushing over how good Chapman has been this season. It’s quite a different tune today, however, as he is coming off a blown save against Milwaukee. He allowed an infield single and a walk-off home run in the game without recording an out. In his last 10 appearances, Chapman has given up five runs, which is quite unlike him. Nevertheless, he remains an elite fantasy closer. He’s been pretty busy lately and may not be available to pitch tonight, however.

Fantasy Baseball 2013: Player News and Updates for 8/17

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Dayan Viciedo, OF, Chicago White Sox: Viciedo had a nice outing last night, and boy did he need the production. He went 2-for-4 against the Twins, adding two RBI to his total. The hits were his first since August 2, as he’s been mired in a hitting slump (which could be attributed to his sore thumb). On the season, Viciedo has a .247 average with 34 RBI and 26 runs. He’s been a serial underperformer in fantasy.

Carlos Gomez, OF, Colorado Rockies: Gomez is dealing with a sprained knee, which MRI tests revealed yesterday. He sustained the injury this week after colliding with an outfield wall. It sounds bad, but that’s actually a positive analysis for fantasy owners. Gomez will need a few days off to deal with the pain and swelling, but is optimistic he can avoid the DL. We’ll keep an eye on him over the weekend to make sure he’s not out for an extended period.

R.A. Dickey, SP, Toronto Blue Jays: From start to start, we’re never sure which Dickey we’re going to get. The mediocre one showed up yesterday against the Rays, tossing seven innings of four-earned ball to tally a no-decision. That makes seven earned over the past two starts for Dickey, and he’s allowed six hits in each. He’ll be in New York for his next start against the Yankees on Wednesday, so we’ll get to see if he can improve on his 9-11 record then.

Gerrit Cole, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: After a pretty bad four-earned, five-inning outing his last time up, Cole redeemed himself yesterday against the Diamondbacks. He managed to go six innings on two earned, striking out five in the win. With the exception of the four-earned loss his last time out, Cole hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in his career, so he’s been pretty reliable thus far. He’s got another favorable matchup looming on Wednesday in San Diego.

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