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Chase Headley (1B,3B)

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Chase Headley goes 3-for-4

Tue, Jul 28th 10:50am EDT
By Craig Rosenkrantz

Chase Headley went 3-for-4 in a 6-2 win over the Rangers

Fantasy Impact: Chase Headley on the season is hitting .268 with 9 homers and 39 RBI. Headley has had a strong showing in July, batting .369 in the month, and has been especially hot lately with seven RBI over the span of a four game hitting streak. The third baseman is still hitting only .268 overall though, with just a modest nine long balls on the year.

 

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Chase Headley goes 1-for-4

Sun, Jul 19th 10:21am EDT
By Craig Rosenkrantz

Chase Headley went 1-for-4 in a 4-3 loss to the Mariners

Fantasy Impact: Chase Headley on the season is hitting .255 with eight homers and 31 RBI. So far in the month of July, he is hitting .333 and is hitting .400 during the last seven days.

 

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Chase Headley gets an RBI

Sat, Jul 18th 10:33am EDT
By Craig Rosenkrantz

Chase Headley went 1-for-3 with one RBI in a 4-3 win over the Mariners

Fantasy Impact: Chase Headley on the season is hitting .255 with eight homers and 31 RBI. So far in the month of July, he is hitting .344 and is hitting .400 during the last seven days.

 

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Chase Headley gets 2 hits

Mon, Jul 13th 9:43am EDT
By Craig Rosenkrantz

Chase Headley went 2-for-3 with one RBI in a 8-6 win over the Red Sox

Fantasy Impact: Chase Headley finishes the first half hitting .255 with eight homers and 30 RBI. So far in the month of July, he is hitting .345 and is hitting .273 during the last seven days.

 

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Chase Headley went 1-for-4 in a 5-3 loss to the Red Sox in his return from a calf injury

Fantasy Impact: Chase Headley on the season is hitting .251 with eight homers and 29 RBI. So far in the month of July, he is hitting .308 and is hitting .167 during the last seven days.

 

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Chase Headley goes 1-for-4

Mon, Jul 6th 10:49am EDT
By Craig Rosenkrantz

Chase Headley went 1-for-4 in a 8-1 loss to the Rays

Fantasy Impact: Chase Headley on the season is hitting .254 with eight homers and 29 RBI. So far in the month of July, he is hitting .389 and is hitting .292 during the last seven days. He'll still have some value hitting in a potent Yankees' lineup, but in shallower fantasy leagues there are probably better options available at third base.

 

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Chase Headley went 2-for-6 with a run scored in a 7-5 win in extra innings over the Rays last night.

Fantasy Impact: Chase Headley on the season is hitting .253 with eight homers and 29 RBI. So far in the month of July, he is hitting .455 and is hitting .231 during the last seven days. He'll still have some value hitting in a potent Yankees' lineup, but in shallower fantasy leagues there are probably better options available at third base.

 

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Chase Headley went 3-for-5 with a RBI. If he continues to bat in front of AROD and Teixeira, he will have some chances to be knocked in as the season goes on.

Fantasy Impact: He is starting to play his way into consideration for being more than just a deep league or CI play.

 

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Chase Headley went 1-for-5 on Saturday. His lone hit was a solo HR to add an insurance run in the ninth inning.

Fantasy Impact: He is starting to play his way into consideration for being more than just a deep league or CI play.

 

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Chase Headley went 2-for-5 with a walk on Wednesday. He scored two runs while knocking in one.

Fantasy Impact: He is starting to play his way into consideration for being more than just a deep league or CI play.

 

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Chase Headley homers on Tuesday

Wed, Jun 24th 12:31am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Chase Headley went 2-for-5 with a solo HR on Tuesday. He has been hot the last five games. In those five games, he has gone 7-for-21 with seven runs scored and one RBI.

Fantasy Impact: He is starting to play his way into consideration for being more than just a deep league or CI play.

 

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Headley went 2-for-4 with a walk. He scored two runs while knocking one in. The Yankees put up 14 runs so it was one of those nights where players fed off the momentum and kept producing.

Fantasy Impact: He is not really a consideration except in deep leagues currently but if he starts playing like 2012, he would become a start in most leagues.

 

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Chase Headley went 1-for-5 with a run scored Friday. He has been hot the last three games going 4-for-12 and a walk with four runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: He is not really a consideration except in deep leagues currently. Do keep an eye on him in case he regains his 2012 form. If he does play like 2012, he would become a start in most leagues.

 

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Chase Headley went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Chase Headley has quietly been productive. Saturday was an unusual performance in terms of the three hits but overall he should be rostered in medium to deep leagues.

 

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Chase Headley gets a hit Friday

Sat, Jun 13th 12:33am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Chase Headley went 1-for-3 on Friday in a 11-3 defeat. He has gotten exactly one hit a piece in nine of his last 10 games.

Fantasy Impact: Chase Headley has made a career out of averaging roughly a hit a game. He is not going to win any batting titles but he has power at a fairly shallow fantasy position and thus should be rostered in medium to deep leagues.

 

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Chase Headley finished 1-for-4 with a run and RBI against the Mariners on Monday. Headley has .259 batting average over his past seven days.

Fantasy Impact: Headley has 12 hits in his past 10 games and has regained fantasy relevance with six RBI and five runs scored. Headley had a .739 OPS in May, an improvement on a weak April where he had a .674 OPS. Headley has never faced Seattle's starter on Tuesday, Mike Montgomery, but has a OPS against left handed pitchers this season.

 

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Headley was the offensive star for the Yankees on Saturday night, finishing 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI against Oakland. Headley has seen his batting average jump 20 points (.236 to .256) over the past ten games.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners are still looking for Headley's extra base hit total to rise, he only has three in his past ten games, but this hot streak has redeemed some of his value as a starting 3B in a fantasy lineup. He has scored six runs and has five RBI during the past 10 games and has a hit in 19 of 27 games this month. Headley has a solo home run in his only at bat against Sunday's starter for Oakland, Jesse Chavez.

 

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Chase Headley was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts against Oakland on Friday night. He is only 1-for-9 thus far in the series against Oakland.

Fantasy Impact: Headley has a .292 batting average in his past seven days and has three extra base hits. Headley has a .258 batting average in May and has a hit in 10 of his past 13 games. Headley has not faced Saturday's starter for Oakland, Jesse Hahn, but has a .729 OPS against right-handed pitchers.

 

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Chase Headley was 1-for-5 against the Athletics on Thursday night. This marks the worst performance of of the past seven days for Headley, who has used a 1.018 OPS over the past seven games to regain fantasy value.

Fantasy Impact: A key part of Headley revival is his plate discipline; he has four walks in the past seven games after walking only three times in the preceding 23 games. Headley's .718 OPS is not good for fantasy owners, but for his career, Headley has a .718 OPS in the first half and .804 OPS in the second half. Headley has not faced Friday's starter for Oakland, Jesse Hahn, but has a .753 OPS against right handed pitchers this season.

 

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Chase Headley finished 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and a walk against the Royals. He has gotten on base in 11 of his past 13 games.

Fantasy Impact: Headley has six hits in has past four games, posting three extra base hits as well. Headley has seen his batting average rise from .228 to .253 over the past ten games and now has a .727 OPS overall. Headley has not faced Thursday's starter for Oakland, Kendall Graveman, but has a .757 OPS against right handed pitchers this season.

 

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Chase Headley finished 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI on Tuesday night against the Royals. He has gotten on base in 10 of his past 12 games this season.

Fantasy Impact: Headley has a .306 batting average over his past 10 games, showing that his weak first quarter of the season could be an aberration. Headley had five hits in the two games previous to Tuesday night's action and the walk was his third in six games; he had 29 walks in 58 games with the Yankees last season, boosting his OBP to .371 in 224 plate appearances with the Yankees last season. Headley is 0-for-5 with two strikeouts against Wednesday's starter for the Royals, Chris Young,

 

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Chase Headley had his best game of the 2015 season on Monday afternoon against the Royals, finishing 3-for-4 with a home run, double, three RBI, and a run scored. Headley has gotten on base in nine of his past 11 games.

Fantasy Impact: This is the second time that Headley has had back-to-back multi hit games and the first time that he had multiple extra base hits in a game. Headley has struggled this season, but has a .306 batting average over the past 10 games and has four extra base hits. The Royals have not named a starter in place of Danny Duffy for Tuesday's game, but Headley has an .633 OPS against left-handed pitchers and a .697 OPS against right-handed pitchers

 

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Chase Headley was 2-for-4 with two singles against the Rangers on Sunday night. Headley has gotten on base in eight of his last ten games and has a .273 batting average in that time span.

Fantasy Impact: Headley has been a disappointment for the Yankees this season, posting a .676 OPS, but this ten game spurt may signal a surgence for the Yankees third baseman. Headley's hot streak does come with a caveat though; he only has three extra base hits this month and 11 for the season. Headley is 2-for-8 with two doubles and a RBI against Monday's starter for the Royals, Jeremy Guthrie. He has a .697 OPS against right handed pitchers this season.

 

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Chase Headley was removed in the sixth inning, but finished 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Texas. Headley's five game hitting streak ended with this outing.

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees pulled Headley in the blowout loss on Saturday, but he has played well of late. He has eight hits over his past ten games, but only two are for extra bases. Headley is 7-for-19 with a home run and two RBI against Sunday's starter for the Rangers, Yovani Gallardo.

 

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Chase Headley was 1-for-3 with a single, walk, and two runs scored. Headley has a .238 batting average this season.

Fantasy Impact: Headley has scored 17 runs this season and has a five game hitting streak. Headley has four RBI, four runs scored, and two extra base hits over this five game spurt. Headley struggled to open this season but has gotten on base 12 times in his past 10 games. Headley is 0-for-2 a walk against Saturday's starter for the Rangers, Nick Martinez.

 

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Chase Headley was 1-for-4 for the Yankees against the Nationals on Wednesday night. Headley also struck out two times and has a .236 batting average this season.

Fantasy Impact: Headley now has a four game hitting streak and could be turning his season around, even posting a home run and four RBI. After posting a .371 OBP last season with the Yankees, he only has a .284 OBP and .673 OPS this season. Headley is 1-for-5 with an RBI against Friday's starter for the Rangers, Colby Lewis.

 

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Headley was 2-for-4 against the Royals on Sunday afternoon, the only Yankee to get on base twice against Royals starter Edinson Volquez. Headley has a .236 average this season.

Fantasy Impact: Headley has a .171 batting average over his past 10 games and has struggled this season. Headley has only had eight multi-hit games this season. Headley is 2-for-9 with a double, a home run, and two RBI against Tuesday's starter for the Nationals, Gio Gonzalez.

 

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Chase Headley was only 1-for-5 against the Royals on Sunday, but his one hit was a three-run home run off of Danny Duffy with two outs in the fifth inning. Headley's home run was his fifth of the season and he has 10 extra base hits.

Fantasy Impact: Headley has been a disappointment for the Yankees this season, but has 17 RBI, making him eighth in RBI for 3B. Headley only has two extra base hits in his past 10 games started and has only gotten on base twice one time. He is 0-for-3 with three walks against Sunday's starter for the Royals, Edison Volquez.

 

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Chase Headley was 0-for-2 with a walk against the Rays. Headley has a .236 batting average and .668 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Headley has been a disappointment for the Yankees and fantasy owners alike this season, even if he has solidified third base for the Yankees. Headley did have a modest three-game hit streak broken on Thursday night, but only has three extra base hits this month. He also only has 31 strikeouts and only nine walks this season. Headley is 0-for-3 with a strikeout against Friday's starter for the Royals, Chris Young.

 

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Chase Headley was 1-for-1 with a pinch hit single against the Rays. Stephen Drew started for the Yankees at third base and Headley pitch hit for Jose Pirela in the eighth inning. Headley now has a .673 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Headley still has a sub-.300 OBP, .289, and Headley has fallen off from the .371 OBP he had with the Yankees in the second half of the 2014 season. He does have nine extra base hits this season and could have value as the season progresses; Headley has an .804 OPS in the second half and .718 OPS in the first half for his career. Headley is 0-for-9 against Thursday's starter for the Rays, Erasmo Ramirez.

 

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Chase Headley was 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and four RBI for the Yankees on Monday night. Headley now has four home runs and 14 RBI.

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees lineup has been top-five in home runs this season and Headley has contributed with solid play at 3B. Headley can still be a top-ten 3B this season, especially if his OBP continues to rise. Headley has gotten on base in 10 of his past 12 games, but has not been able to make as big of an impact, with only three games where he has gotten on base multiple times. Headley is 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Tuesday's starter for the Rays, Chris Archer.

 

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Headley was 1-for-4 against the Orioles with a single. Headley has hits in eight of his past ten games, but has seen his batting average drop from .242 to .238 over that span.

Fantasy Impact: Headley has only had six multi-hit games this season and has a .292 on-base percentage for the season. Headley only has seven walks in 113 plate appearances, as his OBP has dropped heavily from .371 in 224 plate appearances with the Yankees in 2014. Chase Headley is 0-for-6 with four strikeouts against Friday's starter for the Orioles, Miguel Gonzalez.

 

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Chase Headley was 0-for-4 against the Blue Jays on Wednesday night. Headley saw his batting average drop to .238 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Headley had a .632 OPS against left handed pitchers in 2015 coming into Wednesday's game against Mark Buehrle. He was also 3-for-11 against Buerhle in his career, with three singles, a walk, and an RBI; this may have just been a bad matchup for the Yankees third baseman. Headley is 1-for-6 against Thursday's starter for the Orioles Chris Tillman with two strikeouts. He has a .746 OPS against right handed pitchers in 2015 with five extra base hits.

 

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Chase Headley was the strongest hitter for the Yankees on Monday night, finishing 1-for-2 with a single and a walk in three at-bats. Headley has a .707 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Headley has been up and down this season, but he now has a .305 OBP as he has gotten on base in each of his past six games and nine of his past ten games started. He has eight extra base hits as well and his hot bat will only help the Yankees offense more; he had a .371 OBP in 58 games with the Yankees in 2014. Headley is 1-for-5 with a walk against Tuesday's starter for the Blue Jays, Marco Estrada.

 

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Chase Headley finished 2-for-4 with two singles against the Red Sox. He now has a .242 batting average and .694 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Headley has a sub-.300 OBP this season and has disappointed in the early season. He had a .371 OBP with the Yankees last season, but only 17 RBI in 58 games. He has 10 RBI already in 25 games this season, showing that he has been able to drive in batters, and has scored 10 times. Headley still has potential as a starting 3B or 1B/3B but is not worth a roster spot yet.

 

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Chase Headley finished 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored against the Red Sox on Saturday. The double was Headley's eighth extra base hit of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Although Headley has a .278 OPS this season, he is on pace for more than 40 extra base hits this season. Headley is 2-for-8 against Sunday's starter for the Red Sox Joe Kelly, including their time with the Padres and Cardinals respectively, and has a double against the right-hander. Headley is hitting .263 against right-handed pitchers this season with five of his seven extra base hits.

 

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Chase Headley finished 1-for-5 with a double against the Red Sox on Friday night. Headley left four runners on base and saw his batting average drop to .230 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Headley has nine runs and 10 RBI on the season and has been outplayed by the Yankees other 3B option, Alex Rodriguez. Headley has hit the ball very hard into the shift far too many times this season and his career .330 batting average on balls in play has dropped to .281 this season. Headley displayed solid plate discipline leading to a .371 OBP in his 58 games with the Yankees last season, but he now has a .280 OBP. Headley needs to focus on plate discipline before he is a sound fantasy option.

 

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Chase Headley was 0-for-2 with a walk in the Yankees 3-0 loss to the Rays. Headley is hitting .314 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Headley could be a fringe top-ten 3B this year if he can have an OBP above .365. He had a .371 OBP in 58 games with the Yankees last year and should give them consistent play this season as well. Headley's ECR is only 220, but he could play himself into the top-150 this season at a minimum.

 

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Chase Headley cooled off over the past couple days, but heated right back up against the Astros on Sunday afternoon, finishing 3-4 with a home run, double, and three RBI. He is now hitting .327 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Headley has been the best player for the Yankees this spring, as he has seven RBI and has elevated his status to a top-15 3B for fantasy purposes. He has shown very good power during the spring and has particularly excelled at the top of the lineup. It would be wise for the Yankees to bat Headley second in lineup, as he has over a .370 OBP he started with the Yankees, even if he has 12 strikeouts and only three walks this spring.

 

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Headley was 0-3 with a strikeout against the Orioles on Saturday. He now has a .289 batting average this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Headley was hitting over .360 a couple weeks ago, so he has considerably cooled off after a hot streak. He still has five extra base hits, four runs scored, and four RBI this spring. With a lot of the other Yankees regulars struggling, Headley has seen his value raise this spring and could be valued as a top-10 or top-15 third baseman.

 

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Chase Headley finished 1-4 with a run scored against the Phillies. Headley still has an OPS of .918 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Chase Headley appears to be a top-ten 3B this year, as he can get on base and will have RBI opportunities in a stronger Yankees lineup. The Padres had one of the worst offenses in MLB history last year, their leader in RBI had only 51 and their leader in runs only had 55, and the Yankees offense will help Headley's numbers jump.

 

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Chase Headley was 2-3 with RBI against the Mets. He is hitting .286 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Headley has been one of the best hitters for the Yankees this spring and could be a top-ten 3B this season. He had a .371 OBP in 224 plate appearances with the Yankees in 2014 after a midseason trade sent him from the Padres.

 

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After a hot two weeks for Chase Headley, he was hitless over the weekend, finishing 0-2 with a walk against the Mets on Sunday, and is now hitting .313 for the spring.

Fantasy Impact: Headley still looks to be a top 15 3B for sure and could be a top ten 3B by the end of the year. The Yankees will move Headley around in the lineup, especially if Brett Gardner continues to struggle near the top of the lineup, but he should be able to get on base. Headley's Spring Training OBP matches his 2014 Yankees OBP, .371, and he will continue to be a reliable fantasy option if he has an OBP over .360.

 

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Chase Headley cools off

Sat, Mar 21st 3:40pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

Chase Headley went 0-3 with a strikeout against the Astros on Saturday, but is still hitting .333 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: No reason to worry about a poor outing from Headley; he is still worth a roster spot no matter what. He showed that he could get on base with the Yankees in 2014, .371 OPS, and has hit well in the past two weeks. Headley is a quality pick in the mid-late teens and could end up being a top-ten 3B this season.

 

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Chase Headley excels again

Fri, Mar 20th 10:35am EDT
By Chris Zolli

Chase Headley hit his second home run of Spring Training against the Phillies, finishing 1-3. He now has a 1.080 OPS this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Headley is looking more like a top-ten mixed league 3B than a low level or AL-only 3B. Headley had a weak 2014 with the Padres, posting only a .296 OBP in 307 plate appearances, but looked much stronger in 224 plate appearances with the Yankees, posting a .371 OBP. Headley has had a .370 or greater OBP in two MLB seasons, 2011 and 2012, and his 162 game average for those two seasons was a .835 OPS, 58 extra base hits, 94 RBI, and 168 hits. For reference, the tenth best fantasy 3B in 2014 was Nolan Arenado and he posted a .828 OPS, 54 extra base hits, 61 RBI, and 124 hits; Headley could reach those numbers in 2015 and have a tremendous impact.

 

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Headley was on base in two of his three plate appearances, posting a walk and a single, and added a RBI in the Yankees 12-5 win over the Braves. Headley now has a .423 OBP during Spring Training.

Fantasy Impact: Headley started Spring Training slowly, but now looks like he is a fringe top-ten 3B fantasy candidate. Three of Headley's nine hits this spring are for extra bases and he has two run scored and two RBI. Headley had a .371 OBP in 191 at bats as a Yankee in 2014 and could be an asset at the top or middle of the Yankees lineup. Headley could be a better option at the top of the lineup than Brett Gardner, who has struggled in the leadoff and second slots of the lineup this spring.

 

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Chase Headley was 1-3 with a solo home run in the Yankees win over the Philies. Headley's home run and RBI were the first of the spring and a cap to a week where he had seven hits.

Fantasy Impact: A paltry start to the spring led many to believe that Headley was not worth a roster spot, but the past week, as well as his .371 OBP with the Yankees, could have him ranked as a top-ten 3B. Headley will probably hit sixth or seventh for the Yankees this season, an opportunity for RBI, or may hit second, leading to run scoring opportunities. Either way, Headley is due for a bounce back in a rejuvenated Yankees lineup and has high potential.

 

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Chase Headley stays hot

Sat, Mar 14th 3:10pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

Chase Headley was 2-3 with a double against the Tigers on Saturday, raising his spring average to .368. After a slow start to the spring, he has six hits in four games.

Fantasy Impact: With Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner not in the lineup, Headley hit second and showed why the Yankees may be better suited for him to hit second. With a .371 OBP with the Yankees in 2014, Headley demonstrated his ability to get on base and with either Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner hitting in front of him, he could get a lot of RBI opportunities. Headley also has 30 double power and, if he is in the right part of the lineup, could be a top-ten 3B in 2015.

 

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Chase Headley keeps up his pace

Fri, Mar 13th 12:10pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

Headley is only 5-16 this spring, but has four hits in the past three games. He had a double against the Braves last night.

Fantasy Impact: Headley looks to regain top-ten 3B value and has 30 double potential. The Yankees could have him hit as high as second and as low as seventh in the lineup and his career .347 OBP should enhance the lineup. He had a .371 OBP with the Yankees in 224 plate appearances last year and, if he is the second hitter in the lineup, he will score plenty of runs if he gets on base at that rate.

 

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Mired in a 1-10 slump to begin Spring Training, Chase Headley broke out against the Orioles, finishing 3-3 with a double.

Fantasy Impact: Headley should be a productive member of the Yankees this season and a fringe top-ten 3B in a weak class. He had a rough 2014 season, but has shown 30 double power before and should be relied upon for an OPS north of .760.

 

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Chase Headley was 1-3 against the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Headley looks to regain top-10 3B form in 2015 and rebound from a weak 2014 season. Headley had a .747 OPS in 2013 and a .700 OPS in 2014, but was the top 3B in 2012, with an .875 OPS and 31 HR and 115 RBI. Headley may never regain that power again, but he has a career .347 OBP and has had 30 or more doubles in a season three times. He may not be a top-10 3B in 2015, but he should be on fantasy rosters.

 

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For the first time this season, the presumed Yankees Opening Day infield was in the lineup on Friday afternoon. Chase Headley finished 0-2 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Headley provides upside at 3B, mainly because the Yankees lineup will be better in 2015 and he is coming off of a down year in 2014. Either Brett Gardner or Jacoby Ellsbury will lead off and Headley is the presumed second batter in the lineup, this could give Headley a big opportunity for RBI with that much speed ahead of him in the lineup. He could be a top-10 3B rather than a top-15 3B, especially with a weak 3B crop in 2015.

 

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Chase Headley opened his Spring Training campaign with an 0-2 performance, striking out once.

Fantasy Impact: After signing a four year contract with the Yankees, Headley is firmly entrenched as the third baseman for the Yankees. There is potential that he is a top-15 3B and that he can build on his positive end to the 2014 season.

 

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Alex Rodriguez may still be the best offensive 3B on the Yankees roster, no matter what the depth chart says. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: As the article states, Rodriguez's 2013 season was his worst, but would have made a significant impact on the 2014 Yankees. His .771 OPS would have been the best on the Yankees last year for anyone who had at least 181 plate appearances, was better than the AL’s average designated hitter in 2014 (.743), and beats all but two seasons in Headley's nine year career. This puts a lot of pressure on Headley to earn his 3B spot by more than just playing outstanding third base. Headley has only had one season with an OPS over .800 and is a career .265 hitter; even in a better hitting ballpark like New York, Headley only had a .262 BA and .768 OPS. Headley may only be a top-15 3B in a best case scenario and should not be drafted.

 

Alex Rodriguez's new found motivation should challenge Chase Headley to be even better. Headley was acquired by the Yankees at the trade deadline and was signed as a free agent in December, giving the impression that he would be a big part of the team going forward. (Source: River Ave Blues)

Fantasy Impact: Headley's defensive skills are his calling card, but his hitting abilities should not be understated. He has a career OPS+ of 114 and, after a rough patch in San Diego for the first half of 2014, he rebounded nicely with a .768 OPS with the Yankees in the second half. The big issue for Headley was the lack of run-production; his 17 RBI with the Yankees in 58 games project to only 47 in a full season. He projects to hit second in the 2015 Yankees lineup, hopefully a position where he could be productive with Brett Gardner getting on base in front of him. He may not put up MVP-type numbers like he did in 2012, where he hit 31 home runs with 17 SB, but Headley will be a solid option at 3B. The extra pressure by a rejuvenated Rodriguez will only fuel Headley more; he can be a top-15 or top-10 3B this year and in a good position with a healthier Yankee lineup.

 

Chase Headley was a huge part of the Yankees successes in the second half of 2014 and will be a vital piece of the organization for the next four years. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chase Headley was acquired by the Yankees in July of 2014 and was an impact player from the beginning; he had a walkoff hit in his first game on the team and had a .768 OPS for the remainder of the season while playing elite defense. Although his defense makes him a top-10 3B, there are opportunities in his hitting that could make him fantasy relevant. He may not hit 31 home runs again like he did in 2012, but he can hit 20 or more home runs utilizing the short porch in right field. With few 3B with 20 home run potential, Headley may even be able to sneak into the top-10 3B range for fantasy purposes as well.