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Brett Gardner (LF,CF)

New York Yankees - 95% owned

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Bats: L, Throws: L

Gardner played lights out yesterday, finishing 3-for-5 with a home run in the series finale with the Oakland A's.

Fantasy Impact: With the entire Yankees organization and fans pushing for Gardner to be selected to the All-Star game next week, anyone can sense he was due for an explosive performance. Gardner delivered just that: going 3-for-5 with a home run. So far in July, he’s been rather pedestrian at the plate. A batting average of .200 without a HR, RBI, or SB. That all changed yesterday and propelled him to be named to the 2015 All-Star game as a replacement for Alex Gordon. He has been rather consistent with his performances this season, earning a ranking in the top-10 of outfielders. Now with Jacoby Ellsbury’s presence back in the line-up, Gardner should also see a jump in his RBI totals.

 

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Gardner went 3-for-5 with a solo HR in the 6-2 victory for the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: He is an extremely capable OF who should be owned in most leagues.

 

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Brett Garner hitless on Friday

Sat, Jul 4th 12:11am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Brett Gardner was hitless Friday for only the second time in the past 15 games. Despite the lack of a hit, he still managed to walk twice and score in the decisive 12th inning.

Fantasy Impact: He is batting .300 while stealing 15 bases and nine HR. He has scored 59 runs already this season (heading into Friday, he was third in the majors in runs scored). He is a top OF so far and should be owned in virtually all leagues.

 

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Brett Gardner went 2-for-4 with one RBI including a solo homer in a 11-6 loss to the Phillies last night

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner on the season was hitting .265 with 6 homers and 30 RBI on June 19th. Now he is hitting .294 with 9 homers and 37 RBI on the season. Gardner has been on an absolute tear of late, going 13-for-23 with three home runs and eight RBI in his past five games. His 51 runs and 15 stolen bases are among the American League's best, as Gardner continues to reward fantasy owners in multiple categories.

 

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Brett Gardner went 2-for-5 with two RBI including a two run homer in the 9-4 victory over the Marlins last night

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner on the season is hitting .265 with 6 homers and 30 RBI. Gardner has struggled the last 7 days hitting only .185 and .242 for the month of June. Nonetheless, the 31-year-old outfielder is now right in line with last year's power pace, and he's also enjoying a speed renaissance, as he's set to blow by his steal totals from his last two full seasons. If anything, he's giving those who invested in him on draft day a little more than they bargained for.

 

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Brett Gardner was on fire going into Saturday's game. He was getting hits and scoring runs every game for awhile. Saturday's game he cooled off and he has been 1-for-15 in the last four games. The cold streak even seemed to spread to the Yankees as they scored three runs combined in their past two games.

Fantasy Impact: He is still an awful good OF. Gardner does not put up the huge numbers of the elite but he should be owned and started in most leagues as he is easily among the top 30 fantasy OF (10 fantasy teams starting 3 OF each day). Start him and relax unless he gets injured.

 

Gardner goes 1-for-3 last night against the Orioles, while tallying up a run and another steal.

Fantasy Impact: Despite low scoring affairs by the Yanks, Gardner is still able to cause ruckus when he gets on base. He is top-10 in the Majors for Runs Scored and top-5 in the Majors in Stolen Bases across the league. Needless to say, he's in a six game hitting streak. Looks like he'll be a reliable starter going forward in all leagues.

 

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Brett Gardner went 1-for-5 in the Yankees 5-4 loss to Washington Wednesday. He scored a run and drove in another.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner should be owned in most leagues. He is on pace to score a strong number of runs and be a solid guy in stolen bases without killing you in batting average or giving you no power at all.

 

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Brett Gardner went 1-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout in the Yankees 6-2 loss to the Athletics.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner has now hit safely in three consecutive games, owning a line of .289/.369/.440 for the year. Gardner is a versatile outfielder that can help your fantasy team in many areas, including stolen bases (12) and RBI (21). Gardner is a must-own in most fantasy formats.

 

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Brett Gardner was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the Yankees 4-1 win over the Rays. Gardner was back in the two-hole with Jacoby Ellsbury returning to the lineup.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner is now batting .316 with a .409 OBP for the Yankees through the first 20 games and is batting .353 over the last 10 days since returning from missing a few games after a HBP. Gardner has five multi-hit games over that span as well. Just like Jacoby Ellsbury, Gardner has scored 14 runs so far increasing his value. Gardner should be started in all formats and is a solid DFS option based on the match up.

 

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Brett Gardner batted leadoff for the Yankees on Sunday in the rubber match with the Mets going 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner took Jacoby Ellsbury's spot in the lineup with Chris Young getting the start against lefty Jonathon Niese. Gardner has been swinging a hot bat, batting .318 over the last week while adding five runs scored. Keep Gardner in your lineup without question.

 

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Brett Gardner was 2-for-4 on Friday night in the Yankees 6-1 win over the Mets. Gardner added a run in the contest and raised his average to .304.

Fantasy Impact: Since returning to the lineup following a HBP on the wrist a week ago, Gardner has been hitting the ball well and producing for his fantasy owners. He has swiped five bags, scored 12 runs and has a .396 OBP on the year. He is not a top-of-the-line fantasy star but is consistent enough to leave in your lineup everyday without any second thought.

 

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Brett Gardner finished Monday's loss 1-for-4 with a single and a stolen base, his fourth steal of the young season.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner missed several games last week after being hit by a pitch on the wrist and since his return he has four hits in his 12 at-bats. He has also added three steals over that time to help out his owners. Gardner, hitting in front of the meat of the Yankees order, has scored nine runs and added four RBI. His owners should be moderately happy with his performance so far and should continue to start him as he will produce moderately in many categories.

 

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Brett Gardner 1-for-4 in Yankees win

Mon, Apr 20th 12:52pm EDT
By Dan Lucia

Brett Gardner batted second on Sunday and finished 1-for-4 with a run scored in the Yankees 5-3 win over Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner missed several games last week after being hit in the hand with a pitch last Monday. He returned as a pinch runner on Friday and promptly stole second and scored the game winning run. For the series Gardner had three stolen bases, three runs and an RBI. Runs and stolen bases are Gardner's strongest points and he should continue to provide for his fantasy owners in those categories.

 

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Brett Gardner was hit on the wrist by a pitch on Monday night against the Orioles and left the game. X-rays came back negative, but Gardner is not in the lineup on Tuesday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Although Gardner stayed in the game initially, he told manager Joe Girardi the team would be better off with someone else hitting after the wrist tightened up. Stephen Drew pinch hit and hit a go-ahead grand slam to propel the Yankees to victory. The injury isn't expected to sideline Gardner long so keep an eye out on Wednesday to see if Gardy returns to the starting lineup.

 

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Brett Gardner drives in two in win

Mon, Apr 13th 1:20pm EDT
By Dan Lucia

Brett Gardner finished the Yankees 14-4 victory 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI. Gardner is now 5-for-16 in his last three games.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner is doing a fine job for the Yankees out of the two-hole getting on base, scoring runs and driving in base runners. Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury batting at the top of the order will get the Yankees offense going this season and wreak havoc on the base paths. Gardner should be started in nearly all formats.

 

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Brett Gardner batted lead-off for the Yankees on Saturday with Jacoby Ellsbury getting the day off. Gardner finished the contest 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: After a very slow spring, Brett Gardner is starting to produce better at-bats for the Yankees. Gardner is hitting .235 on the young season with a home run, an RBI, four runs scored and has a respectable .381 OBP. Gardner is yet to steal a base, which is a strong point in his game, but will produce solid numbers across the board for his owners. He should be started in season-long leagues in almost all circumstances.

 

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Brett Gardner finished Wednesday nights victory 0-for-2 with a walk, HBP and a run scored. Gardner was hit by a pitch in the Yankees rally in the eighth inning and scored the eventual game winning run.

Fantasy Impact: Although Gardner did not register a hit, he was on base twice and scored the game winning run. A .500 OBP is effective out of the two-hole in the lineup. Gardner also made a sliding catch to end the sixth inning saving an extra base hit and a run. Gardner will help his owners across the board with his fair share of runs, RBI, stolen bases and add a few home runs. Gardner should be a candidate to start daily for owners.

 

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Brett Gardner provided the Yankees only offense on Monday will a solo home run to right center field. Gardner finished the day 1-for-4 with and RBI and run scored in their 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner had a career high in home runs in 2014 with 17 and picked up his first of 2015 with his solo blast on Opening Day. While he shouldn't be expected to be a huge power threat all season, he will provide his fair share of home runs, runs scored, stolen bases and RBIs. He is an all around solid fantasy option and should be an OF3 or OF4 option for most owners.

 

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Brett Gardner will patrol left field and bat second behind Jacoby Ellsbury on Opening Day as the Yankees host the Toronto Blue Jays. (Source: Yes Network)

Fantasy Impact: Yankees manager, Joe Girardi, will bat Brett Gardner behind Jacoby Ellsbury on Opening Day against right-hander Drew Hutchison. Look for Gardner, along with Ellsbury, to utilize their speed at the top of the lineup and create run scoring opportunities for the Yankees offense that struggled in 2014.

 

Brett Gardner finished 1-for-3 with an infield single against the Rays. He is hitting .167 during Spring Training.

Fantasy Impact: As the schedule moves into April, Gardner is still having a hapless spring. Gardner only has one extra base hit this spring and needs to start hitting for the power that led to 50 extra base hits in the previous two seasons. Gardner had a career high 17 home runs last season and the Yankees, and fantasy owners, should expect 15 or more home runs and 25 or more steals from Gardner.

 

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Brett Gardner was 1-2 with a walk against the Twins on Tueday. He has a .157 batting average this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Getting on base twice as the leadoff hitter is a positive sign for Gardner, who only has a .283 OBP during Spring Training. The Yankees need Gardner to be the player that he had been in 2013 and 2014, where he had 50 or more extra base hits in each season. Gardner does have top-75 potential, but he needs to show consistency.

 

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Brett Gardner was 0-3 against the Orioles on Saturday. He now has a .143 batting average this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner does have eight walks this spring, but he also has 15 strikeouts and only seven hits in 57 plate appearances. Gardner has had 50 extra hits in each of the past two seasons, but needs to show that he can get on base to have value.

 

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Brett Gardner finished 1-3 with a run scored against the Phillies. Gardner is only hitting .140 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner only has one extra base hit this spring. He had 50 extra base hits last season and had 53 extra base hits in 2013; these were the first two seasons of Gardner's career where he had more than 34 extra base hits in a season. Gardner's fantasy value has moved from stealing bases, as he averaged 48 steals per season in 2010 and 2011, to more of an offensive focused profile with more extra base hits. Gardner's base stealing has minimized as he has hit for power more, as he only has 45 steals over the past two seasons.

 

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Brett Gardner was at the top of the lineup again for the Yankees, but was 0-3 with two strikeouts against the Mets. Gardner is now hitting .150 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner needs to pick up his pace as the season draws nearer. He does have a .277 OBP, which is optimistic as his difference between OBP and BA in 81 points for his career, as he has seven walks. His spring OPS of .477 is a bad omen for a potential top-150 player in 2015.

 

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Brett Gardner was 0-4 with a RBI in the Yankees 7-6 loss to the Nationals. Gardner is only hitting .132 his spring.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner still only has one extra base hit, a triple, in 44 Spring Training plate appearances and has struggled mightly. He is valued as a top 125 player, but is a cautionary pick at best right now. Although he struggled with a .749 OPS in 2014, he had 50 extra base hits and 21 SB, both totals that are very good for an OF3. Gardner does have SB potential greater than his 21 steals in 2014 and his 17 home runs from 2014 could be an indictator of his power potential as well.

 

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Brett Gardner was hitless again, 0-2 with two strikeouts, but did walk against the Astros. He is hitting .147 so far this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner's struggles have been well documented and batting at the top of the lineup has not helped. Jacoby Ellsbury's injury has allowed Gardner to move out of the second slot in the lineup, which the Yankees had hoped would kick start his spring, but he has struggled there as well. The Yankees may move him down in the lineup to seventh or eighth, where he has been successful before. Gardner has potential for a 20 home run/20 steal season, but he needs to get on base and show that his 17 home runs from 2014 were not a fluke.

 

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The leadoff triple was Gardner's first extra base hit and only hit in three at bats against the Tigers. Gardner is hitting .156 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner needs to show the skills that led to him having 50 extra base hits for him to be able to be an OF3. Gardner has 37 plate appearances this spring and only has one extra base hit and is also yet to steal a base. Gardner is billed as a good, cheap option for a power and steal combination, but he needs to show that he can get on base to be useful. His .327 OBP from 2014, and .265 OBP in spring, will not cut it at the top of the Yankees lineup.

 

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Brett Gardner was 1-3 with a walk against the Braves, raising his Spring Training batting average to .138, but was without a run or RBI in the leadoff spot of a 12-5 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner has been mainly punchless this spring; he is without an extra base hit in 34 plate appearances and only has two RBI and no runs scored. Gardner has had 50 extra base hits in each of the past two seasons and hit a career high 17 home runs in 2014. Gardner could be a 20 home run/20 steal candidate in 2015, but he needs to find a place in the lineup to thrive. He has struggled at the top of the lineup this spring and needs to find a spot in the lineup to live up to his potential.

 

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Brett Gardner bottomed out on Tuesday night, finishing 0-3, and now has a spring batting average of .115.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner has top-150, or even top-100, potential but he has been weak this spring. He has not done well at the top of the lineup and the Yankees may be better suited to slot him at the bottom of the lineup where he has been successful before. Whatever the Yankees need to do, they need to do it fast or Gardner's draft stock will plummet.

 

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Brett Gardner disappoints again

Sun, Mar 15th 4:16pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

Brett Gardner was 1-3 with a single against the Phillies, adding to his punchless spring.

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees race for leadoff hitter seems to be over, as Jacoby Ellsbury has hit leadoff in each game that he and Gardner have played together. Gardner has struggled as the second hitter in the lineup during his career, posting only a .707 OPS in 142 career plate appearances. He is better suited as the leadoff hitter or at the bottom of the lineup, he has a career OPS of .862 as the seventh hitter and .892 as the eighth hitter, and the Yankees need to do something to help Gardner heat up.

 

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Brett Gardner saw his batting average dip to .100, as he was 0-3 with two strikeouts against the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Chase Headley was 2-3 with a double as the second hitter in the other matchup of a split squad performance and could be better suited as the second place hitter for the Yankees. Headley has a better OBP than Gardner does and this spring has seen Gardner struggle. Initial projections had Gardner as the leadoff hitter for the Yankees, with Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury following him, and the team would be wise to test that order in Spring Training. Gardner needs to regain his potentially 20 home run, 20 steal form and he is stuck as the second batter in the lineup.

 

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Brett Gardner is now 2-17 this spring after an 0-3 outing against the Atlanta Braves. He did have his second RBI of the spring in last night's game, but is yet to score a run in the second slot in the lineup. He has four walks as compared to three strikeouts, a positive trend looking forward.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner's struggles as the second hitter should signal his move to the leadoff role or to the bottom of the lineup. He has been successful in both roles in the past and his fantasy value would be greater in those positions.

 

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Brett Gardner has had one good game as the second hitter and was 0-3 yesterday against the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner is hitting .167 this spring and Jacoby Ellsbury is hitting .133 during the spring; logic would dictate that they need to be in different places of the lineup to optimize their offensive potential. Gardner can be a top-25 OF and has flashed potential of 20 home runs and 20 or more steals.

 

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Brett Gardner finished 1-2 with an RBI and a walk against the Nationals. Gardner has mainly hit second this spring, but only has a .222 batting average.

Fantasy Impact: Both Gardner and Ellsbury will get opportunities as the leadoff hitter this spring and will both lead off at times this season. Ellsbury only has an .083 BA as the leadoff hitter this spring, so Gardner will get opportunities to lead off soon. If Gardner is not the leadoff hitter for the Yankees, look for him to provide speed at the bottom of the lineup.

 

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Brett Gardner has hit second when paired with Jacoby Ellsbury this spring, finishing Friday night's appearance 1-3 with a strikeout

Fantasy Impact: In 33 plate appearances in 2014, Gardner only had a .605 OPS, compared to a .796 OPS as a leadoff hitter. Joe Girardi will try each player as a leadoff hitter this spring to make sure that he puts the right man at the top of the lineup. For his career, Gardner has only a .707 OPS as the second batter in the lineup.

 

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Brett Gardner hits second

Thu, Mar 5th 3:33pm EST
By Chris Zolli

Gardner was the second hitter in the Yankees lineup, finishing 0-1 with two walks

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner will either hit lead off or second for the Yankees and will be swapped with Jacoby Ellsbury through Spring Training. Gardner looks to return to 30 or more steals and build on 17 HRs from last season. He could even be a 20 home run, 30 steal threat for 2015.

 

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Brett Gardner hit second for the Yankees in their Spring Training opener and was 0-3 with a strikeout and two runners left on base.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner, who had a career high 17 home runs last year, is looking to be an impact player this year. He is looking to do better than a .749 OPS in 2014 and, more important, is looking to regain his SB skills. After stealing 96 bases between 2010 and 2011, he has only stolen 47 bases since. He has never scored 100 runs, but may have the opportunity if he is the leadoff hitter in a stronger Yankee lineup. The leadoff battle between Gardner and Ellsbury is one to watch through Spring Training.

 

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Brett Gardner should be the leadoff hitter for the Yankees for a long time to come. The article linked to this story projects the next four years for the Yankees and sees Gardner at the top of the lineup for the next three. (Source: LoHud Yankees Blog)

Fantasy Impact: Gardner has stolen more than 40 bases twice, led Yankees outfielders with 17 home runs last year, and has 18 triples over the past two seasons. Although those numbers sound good, Gardner has plateaued, as he only has a .754 OPS over the past two seasons and has stolen a combined 45 bases since 2013. There is potential for Gardner as a OF3, but a lot of his value derives from the Yankees offense running more smoothly. He had 87 runs last season and that was with the fourth worst Yankees offense ever; if the Yankees offense performs up to their normal standards, the leadoff hitting Gardner is a safe bet for 100+ runs scored.