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Jacoby Ellsbury (CF)

New York Yankees - 61% owned

Bats: L, Throws: L

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 3-1 Carlos Ramos offering out of the park for his first home run of the season. He finished the game with two hits in five at-bats and struck out once.

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury is off to a somewhat slow start, hitting .268, but does have five stolen bases. You know what you are getting here if Ellsbury stays healthy, so keep starting him as he is sure to heat up.


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Jacob Ellsbury is not in the Yankee's lineup on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: This is the second time in the last four games that he'll sit. Aaron Hicks will start over him.


Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Athletics. (Source: Yes Network on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury will take a seat versus left-handed pitcher Eric Surkamp. Brett Gardner will bat lead-off and Aaron Hicks will bat seventh and play center-field.


Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-4 on Sunday against the Mariners with a run scored. He added his fourth stolen base of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Stealing is about the only thing Ellsbury is doing so far this season, but it's the reason he was drafted in fantasy. As long as he's healthy, he should continue to be one of the top base stealers in the game.


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Although many top Yankees hitters sat on Friday, Jacoby Ellsbury started and finished 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Ellsbury has hits in each of his last three games, but only has a .556 OPS in 2016.

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury has not been hitting the ball well thus far in 2016, but he did have two doubles on Thursday against the Astros and has scored three times in four games this season. The early part of the season was a strong part for the Yankees' CF in 2015, as he posted a .321 batting average in April and .328 batting average in May 2015. As with many of the Yankees in Saturday's lineup, Ellsbury has been successful against Tigers' starter Mike Pelfrey, as he is 2-for-6 with a double against the 32-year-old in his career.


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Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-2 with a leadoff homer on Saturday against the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury finishes spring training 9-for-30 with one homer and no walks. Although Ellsbury is a lock for the lead off position, Aaron Hicks may start some games versus lefties especially if Ellsbury can't stay healthy.


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Jacoby Ellsbury who had a wrist injury returned to Grapefruit League action Sunday, going 0-for-3 against the Twins. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury was held out of action for over a week since getting hit by a pitch on the wrist, but it appears he was able to get through Sunday's contest without incident. Barring another injury, he will be good to go for Opening Day next week.


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Jacoby Ellsbury with a wrist injury is expected to return to action Sunday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury sat out Friday's spring game due to his sore wrist, but he reportedly felt much better than he did the previous day, and should be able to return after taking it easy for one more day.


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Jacoby Ellsbury took batting practice today, but will not play. He could make trip to Sarasota tomorrow. (Source: Mark Feinsand on twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury has lost some of his upside that made him such a great fantasy asset. Jacoby still has some stats left in the tank for you to draft him. He is not the same top-10 player he was used to be but he is still worth a 3rd-4th outfielder, draft him knowing that you might run into some injury concerns.


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Manager Joe Girardi said Sunday that Ellsbury's right wrist remains sore, and the outfielder likely will not return to Grapefruit League action until Thursday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury's freshest injury was the result of a hit by pitch Saturday, but fortunately X-rays and a CT scan on the wrist were returned negative. According to Girardi, the Yankees' upcoming schedule will dictate Ellsbury's next spring appearance, though the proposed return date of Thursday appears to afford him a sufficient amount of time to recover.


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Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in Thursday's Spring Training game against the Orioles. Ellsbury is now 3-for-9 with three runs scored this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury once again dealt with injuries in 2015, only managing a .663 in 111 games in his second season with the Yankees. Many of our experts like him to return value well above his current ADP of 91. He's certainly an injury risk, but if he's able to register more than 500 at-bats he's a candidate for 10-plus HRs and 30 SBs.


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Ellsbury did not start the wild card game as the Yankees opted to start Chris Young. He did pinch hit for Young in the 8th and popped out.

Fantasy Impact: This was not a great year for Jacoby, including a batting average that was well below his career average. Pay careful attention to what happens with him and what moves the Yankees make that might affect him in the offseason before making a decision for 2016.


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Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with one RBI in a 6-1 win over the White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Jacoby Ellsbury on the season is hitting .262 with 7 homers and 33 RBI. So far in the month of September he is hitting .215 and .320 during the last 7 days.


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Jacoby Ellsbury goes 2-for-5

Fri, Sep 18th 10:50am EDT
By Craig Rosenkrantz

Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-5 in a 3-1 win over the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Jacoby Ellsbury on the season is hitting .253 with 7 homers and 30 RBI. So far in the month of September he is hitting .123 and .094 during the last 7 days.


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Jacoby Ellsbury hitless Monday

Tue, Sep 15th 12:41am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-4 on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: He has not been the same since he came back from injury in July. His average is poor and he is not even providing a lot of steals anymore. He does provide the occasional run scored due to the strong nature of the Yankee offense so he does have some value in deeper leagues.


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Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in the 6-4 victory. The two hits break up a four game hitless streak for Ellsbury.

Fantasy Impact: He has had problems and bad breaks this season but the numbers have not been what owners had hoped for when they drafted him this season. He is at the top of a good offense so there is still reason to hope for a strong final month.


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Jacoby Ellsbury had extra-base hits in consecutive games over the weekend against Atlanta, finishing with a 6-for-22 stretch in the last week of August. Ellsbury finished the month with a .252 batting average and scored 15 runs. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury has struggled with a .717 OPS this season and has a .656 OPS since the All-Star break. Ellsbury had a .318 batting average before the All-Star break, including 14 stolen bases, but an injury spell from May to July derailed his season. Ellsbury has only stolen three bases since returning on July 8 and has seen his average drop to .275 for the season.


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Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-for-4 Thursday, ending his seven-game hitting streak.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the 0-for, Ellsbury has shown improvement over the last week-plus. He has five multi-hit games in his last eight contests played.


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Jacoby Ellsbury goes deep

Mon, Aug 3rd 10:34am EDT
By Craig Rosenkrantz

Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and 3 RBI in a 12-3 win over the White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Jacoby Ellsbury on the season is hitting .283 with 4 homers and 21 RBI. It's just Ellsbury's fourth home run of the season, but third since coming back off the disabled list early in July. The lefty's overall production has been down since coming back though, as he hit just .215 in July and hasn't stolen a base since mid-May.


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In yesterday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, Ellsbury finished 3-for-4 with two runs, a home run, and four RBI.

Fantasy Impact: In his 10 games since being brought back to the lineups, Ellsbury has notbeen productive, hitting for a .209 batting average with one home run and four RBI. Yesterdat, Jacoby matched that, a sign that he could be back to a hundred percent. He had hit four extra-base hits out of five hits in the series against the O’s.


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Ellsbury hit a single and struck out once in four at-bats last night against the A's.

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury is hitting .322 with one home run and 6 RBI this season but has not played since May 19. He will be back as the leadoff hitter and center fielder going forward for the Yankees. Look for him to get back to providing healthy numbers in hits, steals, RBI, and home runs as a top-20 OF.


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The New York Yankees will activate Jacoby Ellsbury from the disabled list on Wednesday, according to George A. King of the New York Post. Ellsbury has been sidelined since May 19 with a sprained right knee. (Source: George A. King)

Fantasy Impact: Prior to the injury, Ellsbury was batting .324/.412/.372 with one home run, six RBI, and 14 stolen bases over 37 games. He was one of the better OF options in fantasy, and his return will help bolster lineups for the Yankees and fantasy owners alike.


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Ellsbury reports to the training facility in Tampa today to begin a rehab assignment. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury has been sidelined since May 19. He worked out on the field Sunday in Houston with no setbacks. That is an encouraging sign for Ellsbury owners and he should be ready in no time.


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Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Jacoby Ellsbury will work out prior to Saturday's game. If all goes well with Ellsbury's right knee and he feels fine on Sunday, then Ellsbury could go on a rehab assignment as soon as Monday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This would mean he could return as early as the end of next week. Ellsbury has been out since May 20th. He was hitting .324 with a homer and six RBIs in 37 games. He has 14 steals.


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The Yankees had hoped that Ellsbury would be far enough along that he could fly to Tampa Bay and start working out at their minor league facility. They had hoped he might be back by July 1st. According to reports now, he is healing slower than they hoped and are unsure how much longer he might be out. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: This news is not what anyone involved hoped it would be. This bad news hurts the Yankees, Ellsbury and his fantasy owners. Despite the uncertainty, if you have a DL spot or room on your bench, you should hold onto him for now. He is a quality OF and if he returns by the end of July, there will still be time for him to help you either make your run or hold off contenders. If his owner in your league is panicking, this would be a good time to see if you can get him at a drastic discount.


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Ellsbury was injured with a right knee strain and has not played a game since May 19. He continues to rehab but seems to be at least 3 weeks away by most accounts.

Fantasy Impact: He should be owned in most leagues. However, you should have a backup plan in case things go wrong. The knee injury is especially worrisome since so much of his value comes from his stolen bases. Hold on to him but if the knee injury proves to be a SB killer, then you may need to reevaluate his value to your team.


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Jacoby Ellsbury was back in the lineup after a day off and finished the day 1-for-3 with a walk, stolen base and an RBI from the lead off spot. Ellsbury's RBI came on a bases loaded HBP.

Fantasy Impact: Jacoby Ellsbury did what he does on a daily basis. He provided his owners with points in several categories with the stolen base and RBI. Ellsbury has been productive out of the lead off spot and has scored 14 runs so far in April. Keep rolling with Ellsbury on a daily basis.


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Jacoby Ellsbury hit a solo home run in the Yankees 6-1 win over the Mets on Friday night, his first home run of the season. Ellsbury finished the game 2-for-5.

Fantasy Impact: Jacoby Ellsbury raised his averaged to .294 on the season with his two hits and has now scored 14 runs on the season. He has been very good at the top of the lineup for the Yankees with a .385 OBP. Fantasy owners should be happy with his production so far but a little more power and RBI production would be nice.


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Jacoby Ellsbury led off on Wednesday and drove in his first run of the season in the Yankees 13-4 rout of the Tigers. Ellsbury finished the day 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Jacoby Ellsbury is doing everything expected out of a lead off hitter by getting on base and scoring runs. He finally drove in his first run of the year on Wednesday, adding to the value of his day. Owners should be content with his production so far, although should hope he picks up his steals and RBI numbers.


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Jacoby Ellsbury 1-for-4 in loss

Tue, Apr 21st 8:05am EDT
By Dan Lucia

Jacoby Ellsbury led off for the Yankees on Monday and finished the day 1-for-4 with a single. Ellsbury was subsequently thrown out trying to steal second, his third caught stealing of the year.

Fantasy Impact: Jacoby Ellsbury typically has a very high percentage of stolen bases but so far this season he has been successful on just two of his five attempts. He has been hitting the ball reasonably well as he has a hit in all but one game he has appeared in this season, but with just one extra base hit. Owners should not worry as long as he continues to get on base. He doesn't have an RBI but that is mostly due to the bottom of the order not producing much offense and getting on base for him. Continue to start Ellsbury confidently as long as he is in the lineup.


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Jacoby Ellsbury finished his Sunday 2-for-5 with a run scored in the Yankees 5-3 win over Tampa.

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees swept the series and Ellsbury was 4-for-14 over the three game set. Ellsbury is now batting .286 on the season and has scored nine runs. He has yet to provide his fantasy owners with any home runs and has yet to record an RBI though. He is still a must start in seasonal leagues as he is capable of quality stats across the board.


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Jacoby Ellsbury picked up two more hits on Monday in the Yankees 6-5 win over the Orioles. Ellsbury finished the day 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Jacoby Ellsbury continues to get on base for the Yankees and now has a .387 OBP so far this April. Ellsbury has also scored five runs and has swiped two bags. Look for Ellsbury to continue to produce and if the Yankees sluggers continue to hit as they have over the last few days, Ellsbury could be a run scoring machine. Ellsbury is a must play in all formats.


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Jacoby Ellsbury hit leadoff on Sunday night and finished the day 1-for-3 with two runs, two walks and a stolen base in the Yankees 14-4 win against the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: After a day off on Saturday, Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the lineup and did what is expected of the lead off man. Ellsbury will bat at the top of the lineup more often than not as long as the Yankees three through six hitters remain healthy. Expect more of the same from Ellsbury all season long. He should be started in all formats.


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Jacoby Ellsbury finished Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays 1-for-5 with a single and got caught stealing on his stolen base attempt. The caught stealing broke a streak of 16 consecutive stolen bases.

Fantasy Impact: Jacoby Ellsbury put together a couple good at-bats and was able to collect a hit, but not much more than that. Ellsbury is a top fantasy outfielder and will help his owners across the board all season and should be utilized in all formats. The Yankees play host to the Boston Red Sox this weekend.


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Yankees CF Jacoby Ellsbury was 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base in the Yankees come-from-behind victory on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees scored three runs in the eighth inning Wednesday night to beat the Blue Jays 4-3 and Jacoby Ellsbury was a big part of the win. Ellsbury batted leadoff and reached base in all four plate appearances. Ellsbury did what the Yankees and fantasy owners expect of him as a leadoff batter with his two hits, two runs and a stolen base. Expect more of the same from Ellsbury throughout the season.


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Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Opening Day as the Yankees laid a dud in their 6-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees offense as a whole laid an egg on Monday against the Blue Jays Drew Hutchison and Jacoby Ellsbury's 0-for-4 performance didn't help. It's just one game and Ellsbury is a very good ballplayer who will produce in many categories. There is no reason for owners to be worried.


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Jacoby Ellsbury will play centerfield and bat leadoff against the Toronto Blue Jays and right-hander Drew Hutchison at Yankee Stadium to open the season. (Source: Yes Network)

Fantasy Impact: With the injuries and underachieving lineup the Yankees had in 2014, Ellsbury hit in the middle of the lineup quite a bit. He will start the season as the leadoff batter and look to get on base and utilize his speed. Ellsbury should steal 30+ bases and score quite a few runs out of the leadoff spot for the Yankees and his fantasy owners.


In his second game back since returning from an oblique injury, Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-3 in the Yankees victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: As the spring comes to an end, the Yankees want to get Ellsbury at-bats to prepare for Opening Day. Although his spring average is just .212, his health and the repetitions are what is important right now. Ellsbury is one of the top outfielders in fantasy leagues and should be started in all formats.


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Jacoby Ellsbury was 0-for-3 in his return to the top of the Yankees lineup. He is hitting .200 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Results are important, but so too is the fact that Ellsbury made it back into the lineup. He was injured on March 15th and will potentially get three more spring training games before the regular season starts on April 6th. Ellsbury should be seen as a third round pick with potential for 40 or more extra base hits and 35 or more steals.


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Jacoby Ellsbury is returning to the Yankees lineup on Wednesday and will bat leadoff and play center field. Ellsbury has missed more than two weeks with an oblique strain. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: It appears that Yankees centerfielder, Jacoby Ellsbury, is returning just in time to be ready for Opening Day, barring any setbacks. The Yankees star outfielder is a top fantasy player and should be started in all formats as long as he is in the lineup.


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Jacoby Ellsbury returned to action, in a Double-A game for the Yankees, after missing 16 days with an oblique strain. He was 2-5 with an RBI in the minor league game. (Source: USA Today)

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury says that he will be healthy and at the top of the lineup for the Yankees on April 6th against Toronto. He had an injury in Spring Training of 2014, and missed the last two weeks, but still had an .821 OPS in April 2014. Ellsbury should be seen as a third round draft pick with 15 home run/35 steal potential at a minimum.


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Jacoby Ellsbury looks forward to playing a couple exhibiton games before Opening Day after a successful soft toss batting practice. (Source: Pete Caldera on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury's March 15th injury was not supposed to sideline him for more than five to seven days so it is crucial to see how he responds to live action. He is still a 3rd round pick and a top-35 player, but his status is tentative.


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Jacoby Ellsbury has been out since March 15th with an oblique strain. He will hit off of a tee and do some soft toss today. Initial thoughts were that Ellsbury would only miss five to seven days with this injury, but he is now questionable for Opening Day on April 6th against the Blue Jays. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury's skill set is well known but so too is his injury history. He missed the end of Spring Training last season and was not able to make the impact with his bat that the Yankees would have liked, as he only posted a .747 OPS in his first season for the Yankees. Although he did not get on base as much as the Yankees would have hoped, he did have 16 home runs and 39 steals in 44 attempts. In fact, Ellsbury's truest strength is not that he is a fast base runner but rather a good base runner; he has converted 89.7% of his stolen bases since 2012, stealing 105 bases in the past three seasons. It is safe to expect 55 home runs+ steals for a healthy Ellsbury, making him worthy of a top-30 pick. His health is a question, though, and it is critical to see how he rebounds from this injury.


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No news on Jacoby Ellsbury

Tue, Mar 24th 11:23am EDT
By Chris Zolli

Jacoby Ellsbury has yet to swing a bat, so the Yankees do not know when the CF will return from an oblique injury. He was supposed to return five to seven days after being shut down on March 15th, but has not even conducted the lightest workouts yet. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that if Ellsbury can get in a full week of games that he would be ready for the Yankees opener against the Blue Jays on April 6th. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This is major news for fantasy owners, as Ellsbury is either a late second or early third round pick. Ellsbury has had injury problems before and was only hitting .222 this spring before getting hurt. Ellsbury has 20 home run/35 steal potential, a fact that can be said about only three other players in baseball, and has been a top ten fantasy option before. He needs to show that he can be healthy to regain his high fantasy value.


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Jacoby Ellsbury has an oblique strain and will miss at least one week, possibly ten days. This could interfere with the beginning of the regular season. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury has struggled this spring and this injury will not help matters. He was injured on March 14th of last season but was ready for Opening Day and the hope is that he will be healthy leading into Opening Day 2015. Ellsbury could be as a high as a second or third round draft pick, but needs to be healthy and productive to meet his ADP. Ellsbury had a .741 OPS and 39 SB in 2014 and he is a 20 home run, 35 steal candidate in 2015.


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Jacoby Ellsbury missed last night's game with the Toronto Blue Jays and is not on the travel schedule to Orlando for a game with the Atlanta Braves. A mild abdominal strain could lead to Ellsbury missing up to a week. Manager Joe Girardi is not too concerned with this injury. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury has slumped through the spring, although he did have a triple on Sunday, and has had injury issues throughout his career. Ellsbury missed considerable time in 2010, 2012, and missed some of Spring Training last season. Ellsbury could still be a top-30 player, but needs to get back in the lineup and show that he and Brett Gardner are a productive tandem at the top of the lineup.


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Jacoby Ellsbury was 1-3 with a triple and run scored on Sunday afternoon, raising his spring batting average to .222.

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury has 13 triples over the past two years and his speed profile is well known, as he has stolen over 35 bases bases five times in his career. Ellsbury appears to be entrenched as the leadoff hitter for the Yankees in 2015 and needs to continue on his trend of positive hitting performances to regain his overall top-30 status.


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Jacoby Ellsbury has a mixed game

Sat, Mar 14th 4:04pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

Jacoby Ellsbury was 1-3, raising his batting average to .206, but was also caught stealing against the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Jacoby Ellsbury has been unsuccessful as the leadoff hitter all spring and Saturday was no difference. He struggled in spring training last year as well, and saw his OPS drop in 2014. The construction of the lineup may be the issue, as Ellsbury thrived as the third hitter in 2014 and has not batted third yet this spring. Look for the Yankees to test other lineups to spark their offense.


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Jacoby Ellsbury is now 4-21 this spring after a 1-3 performance against the Braves. He has one run scored and one RBI thus far.

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury's struggles are an issue for the Yankees looking forward. Seeing both Ellsbury and Brett Gardner with sub-.200 batting averages through more than 20 at bats this spring is troublesome. The Yankees will test both Ellsbury and Gardner as the leadoff hitter and a change in the lineup order could be the remedy for their issues.


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Jacoby Ellsbury was 1-3 against the Rays on Monday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury is only hitting .133 this spring and has does not look like he is functioning well as the leadoff hitter. At some point, Brett Gardner will get opportunities leading off, as he has struggled in the second spot of the lineup as well, and that may kickstart the offense. Ellsbury has the potential to be a top-30 hitter this year but the Yankees need to find the right way to use him in the lineup. His combination of speed and power makes him nearly a lock for 15 or more home runs and 30 or more stolen bases.


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Yet again Jacoby Ellsbury led off for the Yankees, finishing 0-3, and is only hitting .083 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees are testing each Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury as leadoff hitters this Spring Training, but Ellsbury has led off most games this spring with bad results. Ellsbury will get opportunities hitting first and third this spring and could start swapping positions in the lineup as soon as next week.


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Jacoby Ellsbury led off again for the Yankees on Friday, finishing 1-3 with two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury mainly batted first and third in 2014 and he will fill one of those positions in 2015. Ellsbury had 407 plate appearances as the third hitter in 2014, posting a .728 OPS and 27 SB; that compares to a .773 OPS and 10 SB in 219 PA as the lead off hitter in 2014. Oddly, he had only one less extra base hit as a lead off hitter (23) than the third hitter (24) in 188 less plate appearances.


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Jacoby Ellsbury leads off again

Thu, Mar 5th 3:30pm EST
By Chris Zolli

Ellsbury's 0-3 performance is not the big story from the game, but rather that he was the lead off hitter again. Either Ellsbury or Brett Gardner is the presumed lead off hitter for the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Simply put, Ellsbury being the lead off hitter or the third hitter is the difference of more runs and steals or more RBIs and HRs, which is a very big factor in the end. Ellsbury has stolen 52 and 39 bases over the past two seasons, but will not be asked to steal as much if he is the third hitter in the lineup and Gardner leads off. Monitor this situation closely through Spring Training.


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Ellsbury led off for the Yankees in their Spring Training opener with the Phillies, going 0-3 with 2 runners left on base

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury was the best offensive player for the Yankees last year and fluctuated from the first and third spot in the lineup. His 0-3 was not as important as the fact that he was at the top of the lineup and that is something to watch as Spring Training goes on. If Ellsbury is at the top of a rebounding Yankee lineup, he could top 100 runs scored for only the second time in his career. If he is able to steal around 40 bases, he had 52 in 2013 and 39 in 2014, he could be even better than his ADP of 31.


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Ellsbury has been a first round pick in fantasy drafts before, but is only the sixth best player at his position coming into 2015. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury's strength comes from his combination of speed and power shown in 2014. Last season was only his second season with double digit home runs, but his fifth with 35 or more steals. His .747 OPS was his lowest in a full season since 2008, but he will have a huge new opportunity for 2015. The Yankees used Ellsbury a bit in the third spot of the lineup last year, leading to 70 RBI which is the second most in his career, and will open the season with him penciled in the three hole permanently. Ellsbury's runs scored were at a career low in 2014, but look for Ellsbury to bounce back in 2015. He may be picked in the third or fourth round, but could end up as more of a second round talent.