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He is now hitting a cool .467 to go with 12 RBIs in 10 spring games. The question is, where will he bat in the Braves order?

Fantasy Impact: Hopefully, he won't be buried in the back end of the batting order, which is a veritable wasteland as far as the Braves are concerned. But with Young and Markakis at the top of the order, who knows? He is worth a draft pick, but in mid to late rounds.

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Simmons was also hit by a pitch on the elbow today. It was immediately iced, and although he felt initial numbness his elbow starting feeling much better after treatment. He is hitting a blistering .481 on the spring, with 10 RBIs and an 1.130 OPS. (Source: Mark Bowman and Brian Mctaggart)

Fantasy Impact: I have written about this but it bears repeating: Simmons is responding well to new hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, and if he regains his 2013 stroke, he will have a lot of fantasy upside. So far, it appears he is doing just that.

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Simmons is really responding well to his new hitting coach, Kevin Seitzer. He is now 9-for-16 this spring with one HR.

Fantasy Impact: If this continues Simmons will be sneaking up in fantasy drafts. It might be a good idea to keep an eye on his numbers in the coming days. He's a gamer and doesn't take many days off. While not elite at the plate, he is certainly looking like he won't hurt you.

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Although he struggled at the plate last year, Simmons had 27 doubles and six triples in 606 ABs during the 2013 campaign, but in 2014 he lost his swing. Even in 2013, his BA was .248 while his OBP was .296 and OPS was .692. Not very impressive. But he is responding to a new hitting coach and it seems that he is getting his old swing back.

Fantasy Impact: Simmons is 26 and still maturing as a hitter, and thus becoming a more productive fantasy player. If he gets his swing back his numbers will improve and fantasy owners will have a decent option at SS without the high cost, but with tremendous upside.

Simmons is looking like his old self under hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, having gone 5-for-9 in his first three games of ST. He is also hitting on all cylinders in the field as well. (Source: Michael Cunningham)

Fantasy Impact: If Simmons is getting his old swing back, then he is worth an add on fantasy rosters. Fantasy drafters will have to add him to their watch lists leading up to their draft.

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Simmons looked fine in the field as well. He hit lead-off in the game and he seems fully recovered from the oblique strain. (Source: David O'Brien)

Fantasy Impact: The Braves and Simmons are hoping to recapture his offensive promise that he showed oh so long ago. Watch him this spring, if that old swing is back, he might be worthy of consideration for your lineup.

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Fredi Gonzalez confirmed Andrelton Simmons is scheduled to make his first spring training start Thursday. Simmons is recovering from an oblique strain.

Fantasy Impact: Andrelton Simmons hopes to improve on his offensive struggles in 2014, only hitting .244 while slugging .331. While Simmons is a gold glove in the field, his offense hasn't brought much to the fantasy table the last 2 seasons.

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The Braves have been very careful with Simmons' oblique strain and he is getting closer to a full return to all baseball activities. Welcome news for a team bereft of great news. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Simmons is a bright spot on the Braves roster but it remains to be seen if that translates into fantasy success. If he returns to his old hitting form he might be a decent pickup.

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There was never much concern over the strained oblique and this news reinforces the fact that Simmons is and will be fine. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Look for Simmons to continue his stellar play at SS and hopefully regain his early form in hitting. Simmons might be worth a look as a utility player for your team depending on how his hitting stroke looks.

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Simmons will likely be held back several days, perhaps even 10 or so, as a precaution. This is not a major issue, as he will have plenty of time to prepare for the season opener. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Braves will likely struggle this year and have little fantasy relevance going into the 2015 campaign. Simmons has potential to be relevant because the Braves have new hitting coaches and might revive his early propensity to rake line drives for doubles.

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