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Ben Zobrist (2B,SS,LF,CF,RF)

Oakland Athletics - 71% owned

Bats: B, Throws: R

Oakland's Ben Zobrist is set to return to action (potentially) in a minor league rehab assignment on Monday (5/18/15). (Source: HardballTalk)

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist's (a 2B. SS, LF, CF; RF position eligible fantasy player) return to action is a much needed one for the fantasy owners who have him sitting on their DL, or who still have the option in their league(s) of picking him up him via free agency/waiver wire. It also wouldn't be a bad idea to try and acquire him via trade if you could get him relatively cheap. He wasn't off to the greatest of starts before his left knee injury shut him down after his last game on 4/24/15 (was hitting .240 with 8 R,1 HR, 8 RBI and 1 SB before being played on the DL), but he is one of those players that could surprise this season and do better than expected. He knows how to get on base (a career ..353 OBP) and can show some surprising pop some seasons. At the very least, consider taking a flier on him and keep him in mind as a potential player (one way or another) on your fantasy team with decent breakout performance potential.


Category: Injury Updates

Ben Zobrist has been out of the lineup the past couple of days with discomfort in his knee. (Source: Susan Slusser on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He did take some batting practice today and is scheduled to do so again tomorrow. He is also planning to run the bases. At that point the team will look into the next step. Arthroscopic surgery is a possibility if his knee does not respond well to the additional activity.


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Ben Zobrist had an excellent day at the plate on Saturday as he went two-for-five with one run and one RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has been solid thus far for the A's, as he's batting .292 with one home run and four runs batted in on the season. He needs to stay locked into fantasy lineups, which shouldn't be hard to do considering he's eligible at so many positions.


Category: , Game Recaps

Ben Zobrist hitless Tuesday

Wed, Apr 8th 12:05pm EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Ben Zobrist got his second straight start in left field for the Athletics on Tuesday. Batting third, he went hitless in four at bats.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist was unable to follow up his sensational debut with the A's on Monday. He should produce nicely this season, especially if he continues to bat third. Look for a bounce back performance today.


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Ben Zobrist didn't take long to make an impact for his new team, smashing a first inning, two-run home run. He also picked up a double later in the game.

Fantasy Impact: The two runs ended up being all Oakland needed as the Rangers were shut out. Zobrist, expected to play all over the diamond, got the start in left field and his multiple position eligibility makes him a useful fantasy player to own. He's back in action tonight against the Rangers.


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Ben Zobrist was scratched from the lineup today with a tight shoulder. (Source: Susan Slusser on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist did mention to reporters that he would have played if this were a regular season game. The A's are most likely just being careful with their starting second baseman.


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Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer off Arnold Leon in the first inning during Oakland's final intrasquad game. This is Zobrist's first season in Oakland after spending the first nine years of his career in Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: The multiple position playing Zobrist played left field in this time game but also has been playing second base this spring. His multi-position eligibility makes him fun to own in fantasy and it will be interesting to see how Oakland deploys him this year.


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Ben Zobrist will be a utility player for the Athletics in 2015, but should be the starting left fielder after being acquired from Tampa Bay. (Source: SF Gate)

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has been one of the most underrated players in baseball for years and his vast position eligibility makes him worthy of a draft pick better than his skills ellicit. Zobrist has had an OPS+ of 100 or better in six of the past seven seasons, boosted by his stellar .363 OBP. He has had 10 HR/ 10 SB in each season since 2009 and has also hit 20 or more HR three times in his career. Zobrist has hit 30 or more 2B for the past four seasons and will benefit from the cavernous Stadium for more doubles. Zobrist could be as high as a sixth or seventh round pick because of his positional eligibility and his consistent hitting abilities.


The Yankees are in dire need of a 2B and a pending free agent like Ben Zobrist would be a great fit, but the Yankees and Rays have only made one trade before, a 2006 trade that netted the Yankees Nick Green. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ben Zobrist is exactly the player that the Yankees need and would essentially be an upgrade over Martin Prado, a player that filled a similar role in the second half of 2014 before being traded to the Marlins. On top of the fact that Zobrist is less expensive than Prado, Zobrist averages a WAR of 6.2 over the past six seasons, never going beneath 4.5, while Prado's top WAR in his career was only 5.5 in 2012. Zobrist has struggled over the past two seasons, only posting a .753 OPS, but has three 20 home run seasons in the past six seasons while averaging 16 steals at a 76% ratio. Zobrist has played 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, and each of the OF in his career and is still a top-75 player because of his eligibility at 2B/SS/OF for 2015. Zobrist is the type of player whose versility is vital to a fantasy roster and would be a welcome addition to the Yankees as well as a fantasy team.