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Billy Butler (1B,DH)

Oakland Athletics - 55% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

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.