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Billy Butler (1B,DH)

Oakland Athletics - 32% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

Billy Butler finally broke his hitless streak with a 2-for-4 effort against Cleveland. He hit two singles, knocking in one run and also making it around the bases once to score one run.

Fantasy Impact: Although Butler played well tonight, it is hard to recommend any player coming off of a four game hitless streak. He hit a miserable .197 in July, so it would be hard for him to hit much worse in August.


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Billy Butler went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Oakland's 3-1 loss to Cleveland on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Butler continues to be a non-option in standard fantasy leagues and a weak option in deep leagues.


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In Oakland's 5-2 loss to Toronto, Billy Butler went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: All fantasy owners should continue to avoid Butler in all fantasy leagues.


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Billy Butler put together another big night, this time with a 2-for-4 effort from the plate. He hit one single, one home run, and finished with two RBI and three runs scored himself.

Fantasy Impact: Butler has surprisingly flashed his power in the short time since the All-Star break, with two home runs over his last two games. He already has three home runs in July, an encouraging sign for a player that seriously struggled through the month of June.


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In Oakland's 2-0 shutout victory over Cleveland on Sunday, Billy Butler was benched throughout the entire contest.

Fantasy Impact: Butler had a rough stretch at the plate in the first half of the season and it doesn't look like he's going to be much of a factor for Oakland or fantasy owners in the second half of the season. He's not even a suggested option in deep fantasy leagues.


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Billy Butler was able to put together another nice game, this time with a 2-for-3 effort from the plate that featured one single, one triple (only the fifth of his career), and one walk. He was able to knock in one run and also score one run himself.

Fantasy Impact: Over the past four games Butler has been able to pick himself up and put together some solid performances. His batting average is still a dismal .259 and he has only drove in 36 runs, but things are certainly looking up. It is hard to give Butler a recommendation after this multiple month long slump, but keep an eye out to see if his numbers start to suggest a return to earlier form.


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Billy Butler came up big for Oakland as he went 3-for-4 at the plate. He hit one single, one double, with one home run (his sixth of the year) and was good for two RBI and three runs scored himself.

Fantasy Impact: Butler has had a rough year so far, with both his batting average (.254), OBP (.315), and slugging (.366) sitting well below his career averages. Right now his only real value is as part of a stack against weak pitching, but even that is risky.


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Billy Butler had a monster night, finishing up at 4-for-5 from the plate with three singles and one home run. He was good for three RBI and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Billy Butler has been mediocre at best since the start of May, and up until tonight it has not looked like he had plans to turn it around. His power had all but disappeared, his home run tonight was his first since May 16th, and his RBI have become few and far between since the start of June. Despite his great performance tonight, it is hard to recommend him in any formats.


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Billy Butler had a productive game as he went 2-for-4 with one single, one double, and one walk. He was able to collect two RBI, but he was unable to make it around the bases and score himself.

Fantasy Impact: Butler has been figuring out ways to get on base (five game hit streak) and knock in runs (five RBI this week), but his power has completely dropped off the face of the earth. He was only able to hit one home run in all of May, but at least he has already recorded two doubles in June. Without his power, it may be hard for Butler to continue knocking in runs considering that his teammates in front of him often struggle.


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Billy Butler had a rather pedestrian 1-for-4 night against the Tigers. His one hit was a single and he was unable to knock in any runs or score a run for himself.

Fantasy Impact: Butler is going through a major power drought. He has not hit a home run since the middle of May, and he only recorded four other extra base hits all of May (all doubles). His slugging percentage has dropped from .429 at the beginning of May to .362 where it sits now. Butler is currently riding a four game hit streak (one hit in each game and all singles), but with a .261 batting average he does not to be used in any other format outside of league play.


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Billy Butler went 2-for-4 at the plate with one single, one home run (his fourth on the year), and no walks. The home run came in the first inning and it was good for two runs.

Fantasy Impact: It is nice to see the power finally return for Butler, who had not hit a home run since late April, but he is still only slugging .396 on the year. However, Butler has still managed a solid 20 RBI so far this season without the power, so if it begins to return then Butler's value could begin to greatly increase.


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Butler managed a 2-for-5 effort for Oakland, with two singles, one strikeout, and no walks. He knocked in one run but was unable to come around and score for himself.

Fantasy Impact: Butler's numbers have taken a bit of a dip in May, with his batting average, OBP, and slugging percentage all sitting below where they were at the end of April. He is still knocking in runs at a consistent rate, so he still has plenty of use throughout all formats.


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In a 2-0 shutout loss to Boston on Wednesday, Oakland's Billy Butler goes 1-for-4 at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Butler just isn't the same player he used to be anymore. The idea of getting double-digit home runs out of him by season's end seems to be wishful thinking now. He really has to start getting it together to even be worth owning still in most fantasy leagues and he is barely a decent option in deep leagues (and more so a doable option in the deepest of leagues).


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Butler did not manage a single hit in the series finale against Seattle, but bounced back with a 3-for-5 effort against the Red Sox. He hit two singles and a double with one RBI and one run scored himself.

Fantasy Impact: Butler's batting average has been hovering in the .260 range as he recovers from a horrible slump at the end of April. As his hitting has returned, so have the RBI, and if he can produce anywhere close to how he was in the beginning of the season than he will be a fantasy powerhouse.


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Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI single, and a strikeout against the Twins on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Butler had a nice game Thursday, and is making hard contact this season even when he doesn't launch a homer. However, Butler's average has dropped from .369 to .265 in two weeks, including a streak of 31 ABs with only one hit. Butler is worth starting in all but the most shallow of mixed leagues, but he's not the slugger you saw in KC.


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Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with two singles and one RBI that came in the top of the first inning.

Fantasy Impact: Butler has cooled off considerably since his hot start, largely due to his five game hitless streak that he is now only two games removed from. Butler still posses the slugging capability to produce for any fantasy owner as long as he get the bat on the ball somewhat consistently.


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Billy Butler went yard for the third time this year with a two-run blast in the seventh inning, part of a 2-5 night that included four RBIs and one run scored himself. Butler's other hit was a two RBI single.

Fantasy Impact: Butler has the highest batting average on the Athletics' roster at .377 and second for RBIs with 12. Odds are that Butler's average will eventually drop, but as long as he is knocking in runs, he should not be disappointing anyone.


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Oakland put up eight runs on the Astros, in part due to Billy Butler's three RBIs. Butler was only 1-4 on the night, but his lone hit was a long home run, his first on the year.

Fantasy Impact: Butler is off to a solid start, with a .387 batting average and five RBIs. He is currently hitting .333 with runners in scoring position so expect him to add on to his RBI total from the clean up spot.


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Butler had a very productive game, finishing at 3-5 from the plate, with two RBIs and one run scored himself. His RBIs came on a single in the top of the fourth inning, and a solo home run (his fifth of spring training) in the top of the ninth.

Fantasy Impact: Billy Butler has seriously picked up his game with spring training coming to an end, as he is now hitting at a .296 clip from the clean up spot. Assuming he continues to bat fourth once the regular season starts, he should have plenty of opportunities to record RBIs with some strong players batting in front of him.


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Billy Butler went 1-for-3 with a home run against the Brewers on Sunday. He also walked and struckout once.

Fantasy Impact: Butler has hit for a surprising amount of power this spring, blasting his fourth homer on Sunday. Perhaps the Oakland staff has been able to help Butler reclaim his power stroke, but until he can prove that he can do this in the regular season it won't mean much. Butler has been on a decline in power and batting average in recent years, and his value is minimal as the DH for Oakland. Draft him late in mixed leagues if you think a bounceback is coming, but don't be shocked if the return isn't great.


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Billy Butler hit his third home run of spring, coming at the expense of atrocious Chicago pitching in a huge win for the Athletics. Butler finished his day off at 1-3 at the plate with two RBIs, two runs scored, one walk and two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Butler has shown surprising power this spring with three home runs so far (he only hit nine in 2014). His average has been a little down in the spring, but he will still have plenty of opportunities to showcase his talent as Oakland's designated hitter.


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Billy Butler hit his second home run of the spring against Cleveland's Danny Salazar in Cactus League action on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Butler is coming off a down season but has shown power in the past. This marks his second home run in four games this spring.


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Billy Butler homers

Sun, Mar 8th 7:27pm EDT
By Kyle Smith

Billy Butler went 1-2 with a walk and a home run on Sunday afternoon against the Chicago White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Butler is playing his first season with the Oakland A's and he is hoping to have a bounce-back season. Last season Butler batted .271 but only had 9 home runs and 66 RBI through 549 at bats. Butler is typically a good source for batting average and runs batted in but he will need a big resurgence in the power department before he can be a viable fantasy option again.


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New addition Billy Butler is expected to primarily play designated hitter for the A's, but manager Bob Melvin did indicate that Butler will play some first base against left-handed pitchers. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Butler has averaged a .912 OPS against lefties in his career, and will spell Ike Davis against southpaws. As long as Butler keeps getting enough starts to remain first base eligible in your leagues, he will be a decent value at the position.