Dexter Fowler was removed in the 3rd inning from the Cubs' game against the Pirates on Wednesday, April 23rd after tweaking his right groin while running to first base on a 1st inning bunt single. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Fowler said the injury isn't serious and hopes to play on Friday. He is hitting .246 with 1 HR, 10 R, and 4 RBIs on the season, with a .328 OBP. Both the AVG and OBP numbers are about 40 points below his career averages. He is blessed with a prime batting order slot on a rising offense, and hopefully the injury doesn't keep him out for more than a day or two, if at all.
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Dexter Fowler had a good weekend against his former team, the Colorado Rockies, by going 4-for-13 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs. After going 0-for-5 in the series opener, he picked it up over the final two games. (Source: Chicago Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: Fowler is certainly an outfielder to keep on your radar, especially if he's not currently owned in your league. If he can take advantage of warm summer days at Wrigley, his HR totals might be useful to go along with his typical OBP and run scoring prowess.
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Dexter Fowler started off the Cubs' 2015 season in style on Sunday night by hitting a double off Cardinals' ace Adam Wainwright. He was stranded at third base, however, in a game that the Cubs struggled with runners in scoring position. Fowler finished the game 1-4. (Source: Yahoo!)
Fantasy Impact: Fowler was brought in to provide his on base and speed skills to the top of the Cubs' lineup, as well as quality defense in center field. While he has consistently had an OBP around .475 in his major league career, he has never had more than 500 at bats in a season. If he can break that threshold, expect Fowler to provide a boost in the runs and OBP categories, with a decent steal total in 2015.
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The Chicago Cubs and newly acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year $9.5 million deal. Fowler will be the Cubs leadoff man and starting center fielder on opening day. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Fowler was ninth in the American League with a .375 on-base percentage with the Astros in 2014. The Cubs on the other hand struggled at the top of the lineup as multiple players combined to hit .253 with a .303 OBP in 2014. Fowler should have plenty of opportunities to score runs with Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler following him in the projected lineup.
The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros. The Cubs sent infielder Luis Valbuena and starting pitcher Dan Straily to the Astros for Fowler. Fowler will assume the leadoff spot and be the Cubs everyday centerfielder. He hit .276 with a .375 on-base percentage for Houston in 2014. (Source: Chicago Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: Fowler will be an immediate upgrade for the Cubs at the leadoff spot in their lineup. With a career .366 on-base percentage and an average of over 15 steals per year, Fowler fits the prototype of a leadoff hitter the Cubs had been looking for. Fowler will get plenty of opportunities to score as the Cubs have a formidable lineup behind him. With Valbuena gone, third base opens up for the eventual promotion of super prospect Kris Bryant.