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Justin Upton (LF)

San Diego Padres - 49% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

When you drafted Justin Upton it was purely for his power. This is his free-agent year and he is doing everything he can to make sure he is rewarded this winter. He now has 14 HR with 15 SB, putting him on track for his first 30/30 season.

Fantasy Impact: Upton's career high in stolen bases is 21 which came back in 2011 with the Dismondbacks. The previous two seasons with the Braves he only combined for 16. He is currently ranked as the 19th overall fantasy player this season and I don't see any reason for him to regress.


Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with a walk. One of his hits was a two-run HR that ended up being the game winning runs.

Fantasy Impact: I am becoming repetitive in English so today's version of "Justin Upton is an elite outfielder" will be in Portuguese. Justin Upton é um outfielder elite. This translation is brought to you via Google.


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Justin Upton with a RBI Friday

Sat, Jun 27th 1:44am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Justin Upton went 1-for-4 with a RBI Friday.

Fantasy Impact: He is still a top OF and should be owned in all leagues.


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Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a stolen base on Wednesday. The stolen base was his 15th of the season, while the two hits were 40% of the hits the Padres managed in the game.

Fantasy Impact: He is still a top OF and should be owned in all leagues.


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Justin Upton went 1-for-4 on Friday but still had three productive plate appearances. He walked to drive in a run, he flew out to knock in a run and then he doubled in the ninth inning to put the tying run in scoring position.

Fantasy Impact: Justin Upton once again produced. He should be owned in all leagues.


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Justin Upton went 0-for-2 but hit a sacrifice fly and drew a walk. He also chipped in with a stolen base.

Fantasy Impact: Justin Upton is elite. Own him if you can find a way to do it without overpaying.


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Justin Upton with a run Tueday

Wed, Jun 17th 12:24am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Justin Upton went 1-for-4 with a run scored. He also knocked in a run later in the game but since it came on a double play, it is not an official RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Justin Upton is still an elite OF.


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Padres fire manager Bud Black

Mon, Jun 15th 3:26pm EDT
By Clinton

The Padres have relieved Bud Black of his managerial duties and will immediately begin a formal search for his replacement. In the interim, bench coach Dave Roberts will serve as the acting manager. (Source: San Diego Padres on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Black had been the manager of the Padres since 2007, but the sub .500 start was not good enough for ownership. The Padres were expected to contend this season after making major offseason moves.


Justin Upton went 1-for-6 but that one hit drove in both runs that his team would score.

Fantasy Impact: He continues to produce for his owners and should be owned in virtually all leagues.


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Upton went 1-for-4 but the one hit was a HR in the bottom of the eighth that was the winning run. The HR was Upton's 13th.

Fantasy Impact: Upton is currently on pace to go 30-30 (HR and SB) which would definitely make him elite in the most common scoring formats.


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Justin Upton went 1-for-3 with a walk and stolen base Friday. The stolen base was his 13th.

Fantasy Impact: The stat line does not stand out until you stop to realize the opposing pitcher for the two productive plate appearances was Clayton Kershaw.


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Justin Upton went 2-for-5 on Tuesday in the 6-5 defeat.

Fantasy Impact: His lack of counting stats in the game are disappointing but he still helped out in the ratios and remains an elite performer.


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Justin Upton went 0-4 on Monday but still found a way to record a RBI and a run scored along with a stolen base. His RBI came on a productive ground-out. His stolen base and run scored came in the 11th inning and were the winning run.

Fantasy Impact: He came through for both his fantasy and real life fans. The stolen base was especially sweet for owners that were unsure whether he would return to his thieving ways this season after some sub-par seasons on the SB front. He is an elite option and should be owned in virtually all leagues he is eligible in.


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Justin Upton went 1-for-2 with three walks and two runs in a 9-7 victory Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: If you are in a weekly head-to-head matchup where you were needing HR or RBI out of Upton, you might be initially disappointed with this effort today but this was an investment type performance. He is an elite OF and so teams are sometime reluctant to pitch to him. Today, he took his walks and the players behind him made the opposing team pay for it, which may help him to see better pitches in the future if his teammates keep it up.


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Justin Upton singled in the first inning and came around to score on a sacrifice fly. His run extended the early lead to 2-0 and the Padres went on to win 6-2.

Fantasy Impact: It was a relatively quiet night for the Padres slugger but he still found a way to help his owners out. He is a top OF candidate, especially after you get past the elite names that go in the first round.


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Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and a stolen base in San Diego's 7-3 victory Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: A solid all-around game for Upton. Of special note is that the steal was the 11th of the season. After consecutive seasons of eight steals, it is good to see Upton running more often. Upton is a top option at OF.


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Justin Upton went 3-for-5 with three singles and a strikeout against the Pirates on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: J-Up didn't do anything flashy, but he managed to continue his hot streak, raising his batting average up to .307, putting him in the top-25 in the category.


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Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a walk against the Pirates on Thursday. He also had a RBI and a run scored in the game.

Fantasy Impact: J-Up keeps on mashing, his average now almost at .300, as the superstar-caliber season continues. He also stole his tenth bag of the season, keeping him in the top 15 in the category.


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Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a two-RBI double and a grand slam HR against the Dodgers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: If you're doing the math that game added six RBI to Upton's total, and the grand salami was his 12th homer of the season, tying him for fourth in MLB. On top of that, J-Up is in the top 15 in stolen bases with nine, and he's fifth in RBI and runs scored. Justin Upton is on pace to match or surpass his 2011 numbers, a year in which he finished fourth in the NL MVP race.


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Justin Upton went 1-for-3 with a single and a stolen base against the Cubs on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: J-Up is having an incredible start to the season, batting .285 with nine stolen bases and eleven homers. The combination has him third overall on the player rater, and he's become an excellent option in daily fantasy as well. He should be active in all formats.


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Last night Justin Upton went 1-for-3 with one walk. This has his season average at .300.

Fantasy Impact: Justin Upton is a guy who can go on a tear and one that can go into a massive slump. He has been hitting .324 in his last ten games and has had at least one hit in seven of those ten game. Tonight he is facing Hetson from the Giants and has not had a plate appearance against him. With the way he has been swinging it and his home run power I would roster him tonight.


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Justin Upton was hitting .327 on April 20th but has seen his AVG dip to .259 since then.

Fantasy Impact: You didn't draft Upton for a consistent AVG and it is relatively early in the season so a minor slump at the plate can make the AVG go up or down quickly. Over those past 10 games he does have 3 HR and 6 RBI and that is what you drafted him for. Five of his HR have came at home which is also a great indication of his power upside. No need to panic, Upton is a stud so hold on to him.


Justin Upton to play Friday

Thu, Apr 23rd 9:36pm EDT
By Tyler Dempsey

Justin Upton got a day off on Thursday because he had a sore left quad, but will he will return to the lineup on Friday vs the Dodgers. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Through 16 games, Justin Upton is hitting .288 with 3 HR & 8 RBI. He seems to be fitting in with the Padres seamlessly & if he can stay healthy he will continue to be an absolute fantasy monster. Put him back in your lineup.


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Justin Upton adds his second home run of the season while going 1 for 3 with a walk. His average is at .308 on the year.

Fantasy Impact: Justin Upton is hitting the ball well. He still tends to strike out once a game. He is still a solid pick to put in your lineup for both year long and DFS. His average is a solid .300 with two home runs on the year. Today he faces Chase Anderson, who he has two at-bats against, hitting one home run.


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Yesterday Justin Upton went 1 for 2 along with 2 walks. He also scored twice in the 6-4 win over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Justin Upton has been seeing the baseball well all season long. His average is sitting at .308 on the season with a .944 OPS (on-base plus slugging). Roster this guy as much as possible today against a weak pitcher in De La Rosa for Arizona.


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Tonight Justin Upton added two more RBIs on his two hits on the night. Justin Upton now has three RBIs on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Justin Upton continues to swing a hot bat and keeps finding holes in the defense. In his 2 for 4 performance tonight he raised his average to .250 on the year. If you play DFS I would check to see if he is in the lineup tomorrow since Bud Black likes to give guys days off on Sundays. If he is in the lineup roster him for cheap because he is hitting .538 against Jake Peavy. In your year long league look to keep him in your lineup or try to trade for him if you don't already have him.


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Justin Upton went 1 for 5 in a 1-0 lost to the Giants last night. This dropped his batting average to .235 on the season. He also left four on base late in the game.

Fantasy Impact: I think you sit Justin Upton for the rest of the week, if you have a deep outfield. He just seems to be pressing at the plate and just missing the sweet part of the bat. For those that play DFS do not start him tonight against Tim Lincecum. He is hitting .204 against Lincecum and a OPS of .601 in 54 plate appearances.


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Justin Upton got his first triple last night in the first inning. He went 1-4 and adding an RBI on his triple off Greinke.

Fantasy Impact: Justin Upton looked good at the plate last night. He is now hitting .250 and has an OPS of .333. He is someone I would wait out another few days for those that play DFS and those sitting him in their year long league. For those that play DFS he has only faced McCarthy three times and has not recorded at hit.


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In the Cactus League victory over the Giants, the Padres new left fielder went 2-3 with a home run and an RBI double.

Fantasy Impact: With 164 home runs before his 27th birthday, Justin Upton is the real deal. He already has good stats at Petco Park, so he may even take a step forward in his new environment.


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Batting 4th Justin Upton was 1-3 with a home run. He did strike out once.

Fantasy Impact: Upton told all the Padres fans to get ready for some excitement with his home run today. Upton is a solid fantasy star, draft him with confidence.


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Upton was traded to San Diego in mid-December, and was officially made available by the team for the first time in a press conference Tuesday (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Upton, 27, is one of three acquisitions that make up a completely revamped Padres outfield. The others are declining superstar Matt Kemp and 2013 Rookie of the Year Wil Myers. Over his last three years, Upton has posted a .271/.350/.462 slash line overall, and .255/.345/.412 slash line at Petco Park. The move to a notorious pitchers park will slightly erode Upton's fantasy value, but Turner Field wasn't exactly a bandbox, so it should not crater his value. It will be hard to project his production based on the lineup around him in San Diego, as the Padres are barely recognizable compared to last season's version.


John Hart, Braves president of baseball operations, has neared the finish line in his grand scheme to make the Braves relevant in 2016 and beyond. 2015 will be a rebuilding year. The Braves will get Max Fried, Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson, and Mallex Smith while giving up Upton and a low-level prospect. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Petco is more pitcher-friendly than most parks so it's interesting that San Diego is loading up with power. This move, regardless of the park, will help Upton's numbers, as he will have good hitters around him in the lineup.