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  • Joc Pederson Stays Hot With Three More Hits

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Joc Pederson remained hot on Friday versus the Detroit Tigers with a 3-for-4 performance. Pederson started the season slow, but was dealing with a wrist issue that sent him to the injured list. Since his return, Pederson has been on an absolute tear. The slugger hasn't shown much power yet, but he is now 15-for-31 since returning from the injured list on May 4. He has also picked up five RBI during that span. Pederson got the start versus left-hander Tarik Skubal and has been getting plenty of action versus lefties this season. The power should eventually come for the proven power hitting outfielder and managers should take a look at Pederson with the hope that his hot bat will lead to some dingers. Pederson will look to keep it going versus Jose Urena on Saturday.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Cubs Joc Pederson
  • Craig Kimbrel K's The Side For Seventh Save

    Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel continued his impressive season by recording his seventh save of the season on Friday versus the Detroit Tigers. Kimbrel worked a perfect 1-2-3 inning and struck out all three batters that faced. The upcoming free agent and potential trade candidate has looked like his vintage self this season. He now owns a 0.60 ERA with 24 strikeouts and seven walks in 15 innings. He remains one of the best and safest options for managers seeking saves this season.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Cubs Craig Kimbrel
  • Kris Bryant Hits Dinger In Return

    Chicago Cubs third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant returned to the lineup on Friday and went 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run. Bryant has been on a tear in his walk year and hasn't let injuries slow him down this season. Bryant is now hitting .309 with a 1.069 OPS to go along with 10 home runs, 24 RBI and one stolen base. The former National League MVP is a trade candidate, but he should produce with whatever uniform is he wearing. Bryant will look to stay hot with a matchup versus Jose Urena on Saturday.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Cubs Kris Bryant
  • Jake Arrieta Picks Up Victory In Return

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta picked up his fourth victory of the season in his return from the injured list on Friday. Arrieta went six innings versus the Detroit Tigers and allowed four hits, two runs, one walk and recorded just one strikeout. Arrieta was impressive throughout the contest and both his runs allowed were back-to-back dingers by Jake Rogers and Robbie Grossman in the bottom of the sixth inning. Arrieta now has four quality starts in seven appearances. Arrieta will carry a 4.10 ERA into his next matchup versus the Washington Nationals on Wednesday and is worth a look in that contest.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Cubs Jake Arrieta
  • Kris Bryant Returns To Lineup On Friday

    Chicago Cubs third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant (illness, wrist) has returned to the starting lineup on Friday to face the Detroit Tigers. Bryant left Tuesday's contest early with a sinus issue and was then hit on the wrist when he was pinch hitting on Wednesday. Bryant told manager David Ross that he is good to go and didn't want any imaging done on his wrist. The upcoming free agent has been off to a wonderful start this season and is hitting .308 with nine home runs and 22 RBI. Bryant will bat second against Tarik Skubal on Friday, and fantasy managers should insert him back into their lineups.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Cubs Kris Bryant
  • Nico Hoerner Activated From 10-Day Injured List

    Chicago Cubs infielder Nico Hoerner (forearm) has been activated from the 10-day injured list on Friday to face the Detroit Tigers. Hoerner has been sidelined since May 4 with a left forearm strain. Hoerner suffered the injury after colliding with teammate Ian Happ. Hoerner was called up on April 22 and has been off to a nice start since his arrival. The versatile infielder is hitting .389 with seven RBI and has entrenched himself in the everyday lineup for the Cubs. Hoerner's return means less playing time for guys like infielders David Bote and Eric Sogard. Although he doesn't offer much power, Hoerner is a serviceable infielder in deeper leagues. He will play second base and bat eighth versus Tarik Skubal. Outfielder Nick Martini has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Hoerner on the roster.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Cubs Nico Hoerner
  • Jake Arrieta Activated For Friday's Start

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (thumb) has been activated from the 10-day injured list and will start Friday's contest versus the Detroit Tigers. Arrieta has been sidelined since May 4 with a left thumb abrasion. The veteran has been pitching well in his second go around with the Cubs and is 3-3 with a 4.31 ERA. Arrieta will face a favorable matchup against the Detroit Tigers and should be considered as a streaming option. Relief pitcher Jason Adam has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room for the veteran.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Cubs Jake Arrieta
  • Anthony Rizzo Walks Three Times On Wednesday

    Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo reached base three times in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians despite not recording a hit. He was 0-for-2 in the game with three walks. Rizzo has always been known for his plate discipline, but he's taken things to another level so far this year. He currently has a 13.4% strikeout rate and a 16.1% walk rate. Both marks rank in the top 10% of the league. His batting average is just .230 on the year, but he has a strong .356 on-base percentage thanks to all the walks.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Cubs Anthony Rizzo
  • Kris Bryant Diagnosed With Wrist Contusion

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Kris Bryant (wrist) has been diagnosed with a wrist contusion, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. Bryant was hit by a pitch on Wednesday afternoon, as he came on as a pinch-hitter late in the game. He immediately exited after being hit, although manager David Ross said after the game that Bryant would have been removed for a pinch runner even if he hadn't been hit by the pitch. Bastian adds that more information will be made available on Bryant's condition on Friday, so until then managers should continue to consider him day-to-day.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Cubs Kris Bryant
  • Joc Pederson Stays Hot On Wednesday

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Joc Pederson continued to stay on Wednesday with three hits in five at-bats versus the Cleveland Indians. He also knocked in the only run for the Cubs on the afternoon. Pederson started the season slow and was dealing with a wrist injury. Pederson missed 10 days with the wrist injury, but has been on fire since his return with 12 hits in 27 at-bats. The slugger hasn't hit a home run during that span, but the power should come soon enough. Pederson is now hitting .244 with one home run and nine RBI. Pederson is a streaky hitter and now would be a good time to scoop him up in deeper leagues.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Cubs Joc Pederson
  • Willson Contreras Hits Four Singles In Loss

    Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras went 4-for-5 with four singles on Wednesday versus the Cleveland Indians. Contreras has been having a nice season, but was in a bit of a funk with just four hits over his last 18 at-bats entering the contest. Contreras has now gone 6-for-8 in two games this week and appears to be back on track. The talented catcher is now hitting .248 with seven home runs, 18 RBI and two stolen bases. He remains one of the best options behind the dish.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Cubs Willson Contreras
  • Zach Davies Picks Up Another No-Decision

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Zach Davies picked up a no-decision on Wednesday versus the Cleveland Indians. Davies went 5 1/3 innings and allowed five hits, one run, two walks and struck out four on the afternoon. The veteran got off to a very rough start this season, but has now strung together three good outings in a row. Despite the improvement, Davies still owns an ugly 5.60 ERA with just 22 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings. Davies will look to put together another good start in his next outing versus the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. Davies can safely be left on the waiver wire.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Cubs Zach Davies
  • Cubs Agree To Minor League Deal With Adrian Sampson

    May 12 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Adrian Sampson
  • Kris Bryant Leaves Game After Being Hit By Pitch

    Chicago Cubs third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant (wrist) entered Wednesday's game as a pinch-hitter for David Bote in the seventh inning. He was hit by a pitch in the wrist in his only at-bat, then taken out of the game and replaced by Nick Martini. Bryant was not included in the starting lineup for the game as he was dealing with a sinus issue that forced him to leave Tuesday's game. Now we can add a wrist injury to the equation, though hopefully it's nothing major.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Cubs Kris Bryant
  • Jake Arrieta Will Throw Bullpen Session On Wednesday

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (thumb) had his bullpen session on Tuesday pushed back a day to Wednesday. Manager David Ross said that if everything goes well, Arrieta will be activated from the 10-day injured list and start on Friday versus the Detroit Tigers. Arrieta has been sidelined since May 4 with a right thumb abrasion. The veteran has performed well in his second stint with the Cubs. He currently is 3-3 in six starts with a 4.31 ERA and 28 strikeouts with 12 walks in 30 1/3 innings. Arrieta's best value is as a backend starter in deeper leagues or as a streamer.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Cubs Jake Arrieta
  • Kris Bryant Sidelined On Wednesday With Sinus Issue

    Chicago Cubs third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant (illness) is absent from Wednesday's lineup versus the Cleveland Indians. Bryant left Tuesday's contest in the bottom of the sixth inning with a sinus issue that was making it difficult for him to breathe. It's a relief for fantasy managers that this shouldn't be a long-term injury and Bryant should be considered day-to-day. Bryant has been off to a great start in his walk year and is hitting .308 with nine home runs, 22 RBI and a stolen base. Infielder David Bote will replace Bryant at the hot corner and bat fifth. Bote is having a tough season with a .184 batting average, but has contributed 15 RBI on the season. Bote is nothing more than a cheap dart throw in DFS versus Sam Hentges on Wednesday.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Cubs Kris Bryant
  • Javier Baez Returns To Lineup On Wednesday

    Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (back) will return to the lineup on Wednesday versus the Cleveland Indians. Baez left Saturday's contest with back stiffness, but was able to pinch-hit on Sunday. The shortstop was initially in Tuesday's lineup, but was scratched before the game started. Baez has been off to a good start in his walk year and is hitting .255 with eight home runs, 25 RBI and six stolen bases on the season. Baez will bat fourth on Wednesday. He should be back in all daily league lineups and he will face off against Sam Hentges Wednesday afternoon.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Cubs Javier Baez
  • Kris Bryant Dealing With Sinus Issue In Tuesday's Game

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Kris Bryant was dealing with a sinus issue that was making it difficult for him to breathe during the game on Tuesday night, leading to his early exit, according to Meghan Montemurro of The Chicago Tribune. Manager David Ross said that Bryant had been dealing with the issue for a couple innings and it wasn't getting better, which is what led the team to deciding to remove Bryant from the game. Ross also added that there was a bug that was making its way through the clubhouse recently. This is great news for managers, who were worried by the vagueness of the earlier report that Bryant had been feeling under the weather. It appears that Bryant should be able to return to action within a game or two.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Cubs Kris Bryant
  • Eric Sogard Goes Yard In Loss

    Chicago Cubs second baseman Eric Sogard went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss versus the Cleveland Indians. The veteran took Shane Bieber deep in the top of the fifth inning for his first home run of the season. Sogard has been on the wrong side of a platoon with David Bote at second base and is about to lose more playing with infielder Nico Hoerner (forearm) aiming to return this weekend. Sogard is now hitting .268 with one home run and six RBI. He can safely be left on the waiver wire.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Cubs Eric Sogard
  • Adbert Alzolay Suffers Tough Loss

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Adbert Alzolay fell victim to a tough loss on Tuesday versus the Cleveland Indians. Alzolay was looking dominant for most of the evening, but his biggest mistake was a two-run home run to second baseman Cesar Hernandez in the bottom of the sixth inning. The home run would give the Indians a 3-2 lead at the time and it would also be the final score. Alzolay picked up quality start with six innings in which he allowed five hits, three runs, zero walks and struck out six on the evening. Alzolay has looked the part in his first extended action in the big leagues and is a high upside pickup in deeper leagues. He will carry a 4.50 ERA into his next matchup against the Washington Nationals on Monday.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Cubs Adbert Alzolay
  • Kris Bryant Exited With Illness On Tuesday

    Chicago Cubs third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant left Tuesday's game versus the Cleveland Indians due to being under the weather. Fantasy managers can take a sigh of relief with Bryant likely to be day-to-day at the worst. Bryant has been one of the best offensive players in his upcoming walk season and is hitting .308 with nine home runs and 22 RBI. Bryant was replaced by outfielder Nick Martini in the bottom sixth inning and Martini could see a start or two if Bryant misses more time.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Cubs Kris Bryant
  • Kris Bryant Exits Early On Tuesday

    Chicago Cubs third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant left Tuesday's contest in the bottom of the sixth versus the Cleveland Indians due to an unknown reason. Bryant finished the game 1-for-3 with a double and was replaced by Nick Martini. Losing Bryant would be a big loss for fantasy managers and more should be known on his status as the evening goes on.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Cubs Kris Bryant
  • Cubs Acquire Trayce Thompson

    May 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Diamondbacks Trayce Thompson
  • Ian Happ Slowly Progressing

    Chicago Cubs manager David Ross said on Tuesday that things are going "a little slower than anticipated" for outfielder Ian Happ (ribs). Happ collided with teammate Nico Hoerner on May 4 and exited the ballgame. He has not seen action since and was shortly placed on the 10-day injured list following the collision. Ross did say that Happ is showing improvement, but didn't offer a timetable of when he could return. With Happ sidelined and outfielder Jake Marisnick (hamstring) placed on the 10-day injured Tuesday, look for the Cubs to use a combination of infielders Matt Duffy, Eric Sogard and Ildemaro Vargas to pick up at-bats in his absence. Duffy is the most intriguing of those options with a .288 batting average to go along with seven RBI and three stolen bases. Happ had his best game of the season with three hits in his last game, but has had a rough season overall with a dismal .167 batting average to go along with two home runs, four RBI and one stolen base.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Cubs Ian Happ
  • Nico Hoerner Aiming To Return This Weekend

    Chicago Cubs infielder Nico Hoerner (forearm) has been hitting and going through infield work with the hope to be activated from the 10-day injured list this weekend. Hoerner hurt his forearm when he collided with outfielder Ian Happ against the Cincinnati Reds on May 2. Hoerner initially finished that game, but was placed on the injured list shortly after. Hoerner has been off to an impressive start this year as the Cubs second baseman. Since being called up on April 22, Hoerner has been an everyday player and produced a .389 batting average to go along with seven RBI and three stolen bases in 36 at-bats. Hoerner doesn't offer much power, but is a fine option at second base for managers seeking hits and speed. Infielders David Bote and Eric Sogard will continue to operate at second base with Hoerner sidelined and neither offers much to fantasy managers.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Cubs Nico Hoerner
  • Jake Arrieta Scheduled To Throw Bullpen Session On Tuesday

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (thumb) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. If everything goes well, Arrieta should be ready to go this weekend against the Detroit Tigers. Arrieta has been sidelined since May 4 with a right thumb abrasion. The veteran has performed well in his second stint with the Cubs and owns a 3-3 record to go along with a 4.31 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings. The veteran could be of some use for those seeking starting pitching help in deeper leagues, but managers may want to let him shake off the rust with a start or two before activating him.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Cubs Jake Arrieta
  • Javier Baez Scratched From Tuesday's Lineup

    Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (back) has been scratched from Tuesday's lineup versus the Cleveland Indians with back stiffness. Baez has been dealing with the injury since Saturday and will be replaced in the lineup by infielder Ildemaro Vargas with second baseman Eric Sogard moving to shortstop. Both Vargas and Sogard can be ignored in DFS with a tough matchup versus Shane Bieber on Tuesday. Baez remains day-to-day.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Cubs Javier Baez
  • Jason Heyward In Tuesday's Lineup

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward (hand) will be in Tuesday's lineup versus the Cleveland Indians. Heyward was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the ninth inning during Sunday's contest with a right hand issue. The Cubs had Monday off and that seems to be enough rest for the veteran. Heyward is hitting a dismal .173 on the season with three home runs, 10 RBI and three stolen bases. He will square off against Shane Bieber on Tuesday and bat seventh. Heyward should be left on the waiver wire in all formats.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Cubs Jason Heyward
  • Cubs Place Jake Marisnick On 10-Day Injured List

    The Chicago Cubs have placed outfielder Jake Marisnick (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 10 with a right hamstring strain. The outfielder suffered the injury on Sunday and was pulled in the bottom of the first inning. Marisnick has been the Cubs fourth outfielder, but he has gotten a decent amount of playing time. Marisnick is hitting .264 with four home runs, 14 RBI and two stolen bases on the season. Limited opportunities decrease his value outside of DFS and he should remain on the waiver wire when he returns. Relief pitcher Brad Wieck has been recalled to replaced Marisnick on the roster.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Cubs Jake Marisnick
  • Jason Heyward Exits Sunday With Hand Injury

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward (hand) was removed from Sunday's game due to a right hand issue, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. Heyward was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Bastian reports that he is currently being examined by team medical staff. He has struggled at the plate this year, slashing .173/.239/.317 over 32 games. There's no word yet as to what the injury is specifically or how long it may keep him out of the lineup.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Cubs Jason Heyward
  • Joc Pederson Is Warming Up

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Joc Pederson went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in Sunday's loss versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pederson entered the game in the top of the first inning when Jake Marisnick injured himself on defense. Pederson got off to a brutal start with his new club, but has picked things up since returning from the injured list with a wrist injury. Since his return, Pederson has seven hits in 17 at-bats with four RBI. Pederson remains best served as a cheap power option that will hurt managers batting average. The lefty slugger will look to keep his hot streak up in a tough matchup against Shane Bieber on Tuesday.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Cubs Joc Pederson
  • Kyle Hendricks Throws Another Dud In Loss

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks continued his rollercoaster ride of a season in a loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Hendricks allowed four runs in the top of the first inning and finished the game with six runs (four earned) on the afternoon. Hendricks also allowed nine hits, one walk and struck out three in five innings. The veteran has made a career out of being one of the more consistent pitchers in the game, but 2021 has been a wild ride so far. Hendricks has now gone three starts with six or more runs allowed with four starts of three or less runs allowed. The inconsistency has been frustrating for managers and those rostering him should play him based on the matchups, until he can hopefully string together a few solid starts. Hendricks rarely has back-to-back outings and will look to get back on track versus the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Cubs Kyle Hendricks
  • Jake Marisnick Exits Game With Hamstring Strain

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Jake Marisnick (hamstring) exited Sunday's game with a right hamstring strain, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. Marisnick was chasing down a fly ball in the first inning of Sunday's game when he was seen falling to the outfield grass in pain. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, as Joc Pederson entered the game and took over in left field. In 26 games this season, Marisnick is slashing .264/.350/.623 with four home runs, two steals, 14 RBI and 11 runs scored.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Cubs Jake Marisnick
  • Javier Baez Sidelined On Sunday

    Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez will be sidelined on Sunday versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. Baez left Saturday's game with back stiffness, so it's no surprise to see him out of the lineup. Baez remains day-to-day. The Cubs have Monday off, so Tuesday versus the Cleveland Indians would be the earliest that Baez could have a chance at returning to the lineup. Infielder Ildemaro Vargas will replace Baez on Sunday and bat eighth versus Tyler Anderson. Anderson has been throwing the ball well this season and Vargas is just a dart throw in DFS on Sunday.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Cubs Javier Baez
  • Dan Winkler Making Progress

    Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Dan Winkler (triceps) was spotted playing catch recently. The veteran landed on the injured list a few days ago with tendinitis in his right triceps, so the latest news is promising. The 31-year-old has also missed time this season due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols and should remain on rosters in leagues that reward for holds.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Cubs Dan Winkler
  • Trevor Williams Only Lasts Four Innings On Saturday

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Trevor Williams only lasted four innings versus the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday afternoon. Williams allowed two runs on five hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Williams didn't last long against his former team and has failed to go past four innings in two starts during the month of May. Williams has been hit or miss this season and offers his best value as a streamer. Williams will carry a 5.81 ERA into his next matchup versus the Detroit Tigers in a favorable matchup.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Cubs Trevor Williams
  • Javier Baez Exits Early With Back Stiffness

    Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez left Saturday's contest versus the Pittsburgh Pirates in the top of the eighth inning with back stiffness. Manager David Ross doesn't believe that the injury is serious and Baez should be considered day-to-day for now. Baez finished the contest 1-for-3. If Baez were to miss time, infielders Eric Sogard and Ildemaro Vargas would be the most likely replacements in the lineup for Baez. Both Sogard and Vargas should remain on the waiver wire.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Cubs Javier Baez
  • Joc Pederson Picks Up Three Hits

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Joc Pederson went 3-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI in Friday's victory versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pederson was activated earlier this week and has gone 4-for-9 in his return. Pederson has been off to a rocky start with his new club and is now hitting .183 with one home run and six RBI. Pederson has been playing against lefties this season and is should be able to help managers looking for power, but he won't help with batting average.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Cubs Joc Pederson
  • Rex Brothers Records Save On Friday

    Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Rex Brothers picked up his first save of the season on Friday versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. Brother relieved Ryan Tepera and inherited a runner on first base with two outs. Brothers would allow a single and hit by pitch, but then got Bryan Reynold fly out. Closer Craig Kimbrel was seemed to be unavailable after pitching the Cubs last two games and that led manager David Ross to go with a combination of Tepera and Brothers. Both can be left on the waiver wire for now, but if closer Craig Kimbrel is dealt at the deadline, they would be candidates to close with lefty Andrew Chafin also being a candidate.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Cubs Rex Brothers
  • Zach Davies Puts Together Best Start Of The Season

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Zach Davies put together his best performance of the season in Friday's victory versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. Davies went seven innings and allowed five hits, zero runs, one walk and one strikeout. Despite the nice performance, Davies still owns an ugly 6.30 ERA and can be avoided in all formats for now. Davies will look continue trending him with a matchup versus the Detroit Tigers on Friday.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Cubs Zach Davies
  • Ian Happ Sent To Injured List

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ (ribs) has been placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 4, with bruised ribs. Happ collided with teammate Nico Hoerner on Sunday and has been unavailable since. Outfielder Jake Marisnick and infielder Matt Duffy should both see an increase in playing time with Happ sidelined. Both have been hitting the ball well but are better served as DFS options at the moment. Happ has struggled this season with a .167 batting average and two home runs to go along with four RBI, but he figures to return to an everyday role when he is healthy. Outfielder Nick Martini will replace Happ on the roster and can be left on the waiver wire for now.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Cubs Ian Happ
  • Ian Happ Remains Sidelined On Friday

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ (ribs) remains sidelined for Friday's contest versus the Pittsburgh Pirates with sore ribs. Happ has been out of the lineup since colliding with second baseman Nico Hoerner late in Sunday's game. Happ remains day-to-day and will be replaced in the lineup by infielder Matt Duffy. Duffy will play third base with Kris Bryant moving over to center field. Duffy has been hitting the ball well with six hits over his last 17 at-bats and has also swiped two bags in his last seven games. Duffy will bat sixth in a favorable matchup versus Trevor Cahill and should be looked at in DFS on Friday.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Cubs Ian Happ
  • Adbert Alzolay Experiences Dizziness After Wednesday's Start

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Adbert Alzolay had a spell of dizziness after completing the fifth inning of Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. As he was examined by the team's medical staff, the dizziness passed and he was cleared by the staff. However, he didn't return to the mound. Cubs manager David Ross said that he had been planning to pull Alzolay after the fifth inning regardless. It was a solid outing for Alzolay, who pitched five innings and allowed three hits, one walk and two earned runs while striking out seven. His next start will be on Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Cubs Adbert Alzolay
  • Matt Duffy Comes Up Big In Victory

    Chicago Cubs infielder Matt Duffy went 3-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored, one RBI and a stolen base on Wednesday versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Duffy came up with a huge two-out RBI single in the bottom of the tenth inning to tie the game at the time and he would eventually score the winning run on a walk off single by first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Duffy has quietly become a fixture in the Cubs lineup lately and he is hitting .308 with five RBI and three stolen bases. Duffy is unlikely to make a long term impact, but managers searching help with batting average should consider Duffy in the short term.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Cubs Matt Duffy
  • Adbert Alzolay Whiffs Seven In Five Innings

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Adbert Alzolay put together a strong performance on Wednesday versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Alzolay went five innings and allowed three hits, two runs, one walk and struck out seven on the evening. Alzolay has now gone three starts in a row with allowing just two runs and recording a minimum of six K's. Alzolay now owns a 4.50 ERA with 30 strikeouts and seven walks on the season. Alzolay is worth the attention of managers in deeper leagues and should already be rostered in dynasty leagues. The right-hander will look to put together another strong performance on Wednesday in a favorable matchup versus the Cleveland Indians.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Cubs Adbert Alzolay
  • Austin Romine Moved To 60-Day Injured List

    Chicago Cubs catcher Austin Romine (wrist) was moved to the 60-day injured list. The 32-year-old, who opened the season on the shelf with a knee injury, has been dealing with a sprained left wrist. He was originally scheduled to be out a few weeks. However, it now appears as if things have trended in the wrong direction. The 2007 second-round pick is batting just .111 throughout nine games this year, racking up one hit and one RBI while striking out three times. Fantasy managers can safely drop him in all leagues regardless of format.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Cubs Austin Romine
  • Jake Arrieta To Throw Bullpen Session

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (thumb) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Thursday. The 35-year-old was recently placed on the 10-day injured list while dealing with a cut on his right thumb. Arrieta has three wins and three losses to go along with a 4.31 ERA throughout six starts during the 2021 campaign. He isn't expected to be out longer as long as the abrasion heals according to plan.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Cubs Jake Arrieta
  • Ian Happ Remains Sidelined

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ (ribs) will remain sidelined on Wednesday versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Happ suffered bruised ribs after a collision with infielder Nico Hoerner on Sunday and sat out Tuesday's doubleheader. The good news is that it doesn't appear that Happ will require a trip to the 10-day injured list. Happ remains day-to-day and will be replaced by outfielder Jake Marisnick. Marisnick is having a nice season in limited opportunities and is hitting .271 with three home runs and 12 RBI. The veteran will bat eighth on Wednesday and draws a tough matchup versus Walker Buehler.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Cubs Ian Happ
  • Anthony Rizzo Will Rest On Wednesday

    Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will receive a routine day off on Wednesday versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rizzo has been off to a slow start and is hitting .224 with five home runs and 10 RBI on the season. Third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant will slide over to first base on Wednesday and Matt Duffy will enter the lineup and bat seventh. Duffy has been hitting the ball well of late, but draws a tough matchup versus Walker Buehler and there should be better options available in DFS to commit to.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Cubs Anthony Rizzo
  • Javier Baez Crushes Eighth Home Run

    Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez came up big in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Baez didn't start Game 2, but pinch-hit in the bottom of the sixth inning and would remain in the game at shortstop. El Mago came up big in the bottom of the eighth inning with two-run home run that would tie the game 3-3 at the time. Baez has been off to a nice start this season and is now hitting .245 with eight home runs, 24 RBI and six stolen bases as he enters free agency this offseason.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Cubs Javier Baez
  • Jason Heyward Blasts Third Home Run In Victory

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward went 1-for-3 with a walk and solo home run in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Heyward has now hit three home runs to go along with nine RBI and a .198 batting average. Heyward is in the Cubs everyday lineup for defensive and managers in deeper leagues should be able to find better options on the waiver wire than Heyward. Heyward will draw a tough matchup versus Walker Buehler on Wednesday and should be avoided in DFS.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Cubs Jason Heyward
  • Craig Kimbrel Blows Save On Tuesday

    Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel picked up a blown save in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kimbrel allowed a solo shot to infielder Max Muncy and that would tie the game 1-1. It was the first earned run that Kimbrel has allowed this year. Kimbrel has looked like his vintage self this season and managers should have no reason to be concerned with tonight's performance. He now owns a 0.75 ERA in 12 innings with 19 strikeouts and six walks.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Cubs Craig Kimbrel
  • Keegan Thompson Gets The Job Done In First Career Start

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Keegan Thompson made his first start of his career in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers and picked up a no-decision. Thompson went 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits, zero runs, two walks and struck out a pair on the evening. Thompson pitched well enough to earn another start down the line and with the earlier news of starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (thumb) being placed of the 10 day injured list, Thompson has a shot to remain the in rotation for the short term. Thompson can be left on the waiver wire with an uncertainty of his role beyond tonight.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Cubs Keegan Thompson
  • Kyle Hendricks Returns To Form In Victory

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks bounced back in a big way on Tuesday in Game 1 of a doubleheader versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hendricks went all seven innings and cruised through the first six innings, but allowed a solo home run to catcher Keibert Ruiz in the top of the seventh inning. Hendricks was coming off of a terrible outing against the Braves his last time out, but he looked to be in vintage form on Tuesday. The veteran became the first Cubs starting pitcher to record an out in the seventh inning this season and finishes with a line of seven innings with seven hits, one run, one walk and six strikeouts. Hendricks will look to stay on track against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Cubs Kyle Hendricks
  • Jake Marisnick Hits Third Home Run

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Jake Marisnick went 1-for-1 with two runs scored, one walk, one stolen base and a solo home run in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. The veteran outfielder has quietly hit .277 this season with three home runs and 12 RBI. Marisnick saw most of his playing time with outfielder Joc Pederson sidelined, but Pederson was activated on Monday and his return will relegate Marisnick back to the bench. The outfielder is likely to see a couple starts a week, but he doesn't offer enough playing time to warrant being rostered at the moment.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Cubs Jake Marisnick
  • Nico Hoerner Won't Start On Monday

    Chicago Cubs middle infielder Nico Hoerner will be absent from the Cubs starting lineup on Monday versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hoerner made his season debut on April 22 and has been off to an impressive start. Hoerner has started 10 consecutive games primarily at second base and shortstop with some run in the outfield during that span. He is hitting the ball at a .389 batting average and has driven in seven runs and swiped three stolen bases. With outfielder Joc Pederson returning to the lineup on Monday, the lineup card could be tricky, but Hoerner has clearly played above his competition at second base of David Bote and Eric Sogard. Hoerner should continue see most of the opportunity at second base and managers should continue to ride him while he's hot. Second baseman David Bote will get the start over Hoerner on Monday and bat seventh. Bote can be ignored versus Walker Buehler in DFS on Monday.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Cubs Nico Hoerner
  • Willson Contreras Returns To Lineup

    Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (thigh) has returned to the Cubs lineup on Monday versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Contreras had been dealing with mild right thigh tightness since Friday and didn't start on Saturday or Sunday, but entered Sunday's contest out of desperation with the Cubs not having any other position players to replace outfielder Ian Happ when he got hurt on Sunday. Contreras is off to a nice start and is hitting .238 with seven home runs and 16 RBI and will bat fifth in his return. Contreras should be fired up in daily lineups, but those playing DFS may want to look elsewhere with the catcher facing a tough challenge in Walker Buehler on Monday.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Cubs Willson Contreras
  • Joc Pederson Activated And Leading Off On Monday

    The Chicago Cubs have activated outfielder Joc Pederson (wrist) from the 10-day injured list on Monday. The slugger has been absent since April 21 and will return just in time to face his former team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pederson hit eight home runs during the spring, but has really struggled during the regular season. Pederson has just seven hits in 51 at-bats this season with one home run and four RBI. The slugger will need to get going to be valuable in deeper leagues, but will have plenty of opportunities as an everyday player for the Cubs. Second baseman David Bote and outfielder Jake Marisnick will be hurt the most in terms of playing time with Pederson back in the lineup. Manager David Ross has elected to throw him straight into the fire by batting him first on Monday versus Walker Buehler. Relief pitcher Keegan Thompson has been sent to the Cubs alternative training site to make room for the outfielder.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Cubs Joc Pederson
  • Craig Kimbrel Suffers Tough Loss On Sunday

    Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel suffered a tough loss against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. With outfielder Jesse Winker starting the inning on second, Kimbrel worked a 2-1 count on outfielder Nick Castellanos. Kimbrel would then throw a wild pitch and that would advance Winker to third base. Manager David Ross elected to continue to pitch to Castellanos with no outs and first and second base open, but it didn't go as he planned and Castellanos would single up for the middle for the win. Kimbrel is not charged with an earned run during the outing, but will suffer his first loss of the season. Kimbrel will carry a 0.00 ERA into Monday's three game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    May 2 · RotoBaller Cubs Craig Kimbrel
  • Anthony Rizzo Hits Fifth Home Run

    Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss versus the Cincinnati Reds. It was his first home run in eight games and fifth on the season. Rizzo has been in a bit of a slump and is hitting just .222 on the season and he has only knocked in nine runs this season, but he has chipped in three stolen bases. Rizzo should eventually get the batting average up and his power shouldn't be an issue moving forward. The upcoming free agent remains one of the most consistent players at his position. The lefty will draw a tough battle versus Walker Buehler on Monday and can be avoided in DFS.

    May 2 · RotoBaller Cubs Anthony Rizzo
  • Javier Baez Hits Two-Run Home Run

    Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss versus the Cincinnati Reds. Baez returned to the lineup on Thursday after dealing with a sore hamstring and has gone 5-for-17 since in four games since. The upcoming free agent has been putting together a strong season and is now hitting .245 with seven home runs, 22 RBI and five stolen bases on the season. Baez is a valuable power and speed shortstop. He will look to stay hot in a tough matchup versus the Los Angeles Dodgers and Walker Buehler on Sunday.

    May 2 · RotoBaller Cubs Javier Baez
  • Kris Bryant Hits Two More Home Runs

    Chicago Cubs third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant continues to stay hot. Bryant went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a pair of home runs in Sunday's loss versus the Cincinnati Reds. Bryant has been off to an incredible start this season. The upcoming free agent could be a trade candidate, but regardless of if he stays with the Cubs or is dealt, he should continue to put up strong numbers. Bryant is now hitting .323 with nine home runs and 22 RBI. He will look to keep it going versus the Los Angeles Dodgers and Walker Buehler on Monday.

    May 2 · RotoBaller Cubs Kris Bryant
  • Trevor Williams Hit Hard In No-Decision

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Trevor Williams put together a poor performance in the Cubs loss on Sunday versus the Cincinnati Reds. Williams picked up the no-decision and was hurt by the longball in this contest. Williams allowed three home runs in the bottom of the third inning and would be yanked with two runners on and two outs in the inning. His final line would be 2 2/3 with six hits, six runs, four walks and two strikeouts. The six runs would end his streak of allowing two or fewer runs in four consecutive starts. Williams offers his most value as a streamer and will carry a 6.00 ERA into a matchup with his former team the Pittsburgh Pirates. Williams allowed five runs in his first start against the Pirates earlier this season, but will have a favorable matchup and could be considered for DFS or streaming on Saturday.

    May 2 · RotoBaller Cubs Trevor Williams
  • Ian Happ Exits After Scary Collision

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ has left Sunday's contest in the bottom of the eighth inning. Happ and second baseman Nico Hoerner collided going after a fly ball that Hoerner would catch. Happ was down for a while and tried to walk off under his own power, but would wind up going off the field on a cart. Happ finishes the game going 3-for-5 with a three-run home run and three runs scored. More should be known on his status as the evening goes on. If Happ misses time, outfielder Jake Marisnick would be the biggest beneficiary. Marisnick can remain on the waiver wire for now. With Happ out, catcher Willson Contreras (thigh) replaced him in the lineup. Contreras has been dealing with a thigh injury, but the Cubs had no one else on their bench.

    May 2 · RotoBaller Cubs Ian Happ
  • Willson Contreras Out For Second Straight Game

    Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (thigh) will miss his second consecutive game on Sunday with mild right thigh tightness. Contreras has been dealing with the injury since exiting Friday's contest early. Contreras remains day-to-day and will once again be replaced by Tony Wolters. Wolters has just one hit over 12 at-bats this season and can safely be left on the waiver wire and avoided against Tyler Mahle on Sunday.

    May 2 · RotoBaller Cubs Willson Contreras
  • Willson Contreras Not In The Lineup Against Cincy

    Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (thigh) wasn't in the lineup on Saturday against the Reds. The veteran left Friday's contest after experiencing tightness in his right thigh. Although he is considered day-to-day, he may end up missing Sunday's matinee series finale. He was replaced by Tony Wolters, who had a hit in four at-bats while striking out twice.

    May 1 · RotoBaller Cubs Willson Contreras
  • Craig Kimbrel Escapes Trouble For Fifth Save

    Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel picked up his fifth save of the season in Saturday's victory versus the Cincinnati Reds. Kimbrel gave up back-to-back singles to open the frame, but then recorded back-to-back strikeouts and got a groundout to secure the save. Kimbrel has been off to an impressive start this season and has yet to allow a run in 11 innings. He has also recorded 17 strikeouts with six walks on the season. Kimbrel has looked excellent this season and the potential trade candidate should be rostered in all formats.

    May 1 · RotoBaller Cubs Craig Kimbrel
  • Nico Hoerner Continues To Hit Well

    Chicago Cubs second baseman Nico Hoerner continued his strong start to the year by going 3-for-3 with a walk, stolen base and one RBI in Saturday's victory versus the Cincinnati Reds. Hoerner has been a breath of fresh air for a Cubs offense that has been mostly sluggish this season. The second baseman has earned himself an everyday role with the club and is now hitting .375 with six RBI and two stolen bases over his first 32 at-bats. Hoerner has limited power, but he is worth looking at for managers that are seeking help out of the second base position in deeper leagues. Hoerner will look to stay hot versus Tyler Mahle on Sunday afternoon

    May 1 · RotoBaller Cubs Nico Hoerner
  • Zach Davies Only Lasts Four Innings In Saturday's Start

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Zach Davies once again failed to go past four innings in Saturday's no-decision versus the Cincinnati Reds. Davies didn't get hit too hard in this contest, but durability has been an issue with him. He has now gone five starts in a row without pitching past four innings. Davies would finish with a final line of four innings and allowed four hits, two runs (one earned), three walks and struck out three on the afternoon. Davies never carried much preseason value as a pitch to contact pitcher, but his inability to go deep in games to go along with an ugly 8.22 ERA are what should keep him on the waiver wire in all formats. Davies will square off versus a weak Pittsburgh Pirates offense on Friday and could have streamer appeal for managers who are feeling risky.

    May 1 · RotoBaller Cubs Zach Davies