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Justin Verlander (SP)

Detroit Tigers - 84% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

Justin Verlander pitched six innings on Saturday, and surrendered two earned runs on five hits while giving up one walk and striking out nine. He was not in line for a decision in the 4-3 loss, even before Neftali Feliz blew the save. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Verlander completed a pretty remarkable season, as he struggled out of the gate but rebounded in a big way. I do not know if many thought a rebound was possible for the 32-year-old, due to the possibility of him being finished because of massive workloads in previous seasons. However, after starting his season with a horrible June and a poor July, Verlander turned it on. He got his velocity back, flirted with a no-hitter, and put together three solid months. Over the final three months, he did not have an individual month's ERA higher than 3.27 and recorded a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 78:20.


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Detroit SP Justin Verlander picked up another win on Monday by throwing six innings and allowing only one earned run. Verlander also struck out five, walked two, and lowered his ERA to 3.39. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Justin Verlander has made a strong resurgence in the past couple of months, and has gone at least six innings in each of his last ten starts. Though his record may not show it, Verlander has pitched well after the All-Star break: he has compiled a 2.87 ERA with a .216 batting average against. It will be interesting to see if Verlander can carry this success over to next season and become one of the top pitchers in fantasy baseball again.


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Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander nearly touched triple digits with his fastball in the seventh inning in his last outing on Wednesday. He threw four 98 MPH fastballs and a final one that hit 99 MPH - on his 111th pitch of the game. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: This news clearly shows that Verlander is healthy. The return of his velocity is a big reason for his recent success. Verlander will only have one or two more outings this year, but it might not be too late to buy low on him in dynasty formats.


Tigers SP Justin Verlander threw seven strong innings on Wednesday, giving up only three runs while striking out eight. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Over Verlander's last nine starts, he is sporting a 2.11 ERA. He appears to be back on track after a shaky start to the season, and is a good option to finish off the year.


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Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander will look to right his own personal ship on Friday at Comerica Park versus the Kansas City Royals. Verlander has lost two starts in a row, both of which came against the Cleveland Indians. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: At this point, Verlander is probably just happy to see a team other than Cleveland. However, his past performances against Kansas City are not the most promising indicators either. Despite picking up the road win against the Royals on September 1st, Verlander has a 4.61 ERA against Kansas City for the year. Royals batters are hitting .309 off of him in 2015, and Verlander has pitched much worse at home (4.37 ERA in 55.2 IP) than he has on the road (2.70 ERA in 50 IP). With the game in Detroit, start Verlander at your own risk.


Verlander went six innings giving up four runs. He allowed six hits and walked two while striking out five.

Fantasy Impact: He is not a great pitcher anymore but in deep enough leagues, he still has value for the times he manages to throw a solid game.


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Verlander went seven innings giving up three runs. He allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out four. Despite his solid performance, he took the loss as Detroit was shut out.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander has a 3.43 ERA despite his 3-7 record. He is not worth consideration in shallow leagues but he has value in deeper leagues.


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Justin Verlander threw a one-hitter with nine strikeouts on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Angels. Verlander's flirtation with history came to an end when Chris Iannetta doubled down the left field line with no outs in the ninth inning. He was looking to become the sixth pitcher in MLB history to throw three or more no-hitters.

Fantasy Impact: Justin Verlander is really on fire now. It is only his second win of the season, but in his last seven starts Verlander has a 1.38 ERA with a 49:8 strikeout to walk ratio. The Tigers may be inconsistent in putting together games with both hitting and pitching, but Verlander has been doing his part almost every time out.


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Justin Verlander pitched 7 innings on Friday, giving up only one earned run while striking out 8 and walking only 1. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Verlander has now given up only one earned run in his last three starts, though he has been unable to earn the all-important win in any of them. He is on quite a hot streak, and if this continues then it's only a matter of time before he finally ups his season win total above 1.


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Tigers SP Justin Verlander threw seven innings of shutout baseball Saturday night in a 4-2, extra innings Detroit win over Houston. Verlander tallied seven strikeouts while allowing only three hits. Despite this solid start, Verlander did not receive the all-important decision, as Bruce Rondon blew the save in the 9th inning.

Fantasy Impact: It is no secret that Justin Verlander is no longer the same pitcher that we grew accustomed to. That being said, he is showing signs of life. He has allowed one earned run or fewer in four of his last five starts and has racked up a 32:5 K/BB ratio in that same span. However, the Tigers offense has only scored 10 runs combined in those five games he has started. To add insult to injury, three of those 10 runs came tonight in extra innings once Verlander was gone. With Miguel Cabrera back and a, hopefully, more stable offense, look for Verlander to start contributing in the wins category as well as in the peripheral pitching statistics.


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Justin Verlander has 5.09 after three starts this season. He was not very good in 2014 either.

Fantasy Impact: Right now, Verlander's reputation is more impressive than he is. If you have him and can turn him into a trade for something of value, then congratulations on your skill. He may turn back into a good pitcher someday but for now, he should not be owned in too many leagues.


Verlander went five innings, allowing two runs. He surrendered five base runners (three hits and two walks) while striking out two.

Fantasy Impact: It was a solid first outing for Verlander. It did not, however, answer the question most prospective owners need to know. The question is whether he will end up playing more like the fantasy ace he was for several years or more like the mediocre one he had been last year.


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Justin Verlander finally got back on the hill in a real game. The results were mixed. His speed topped 96-mph. He couldn't get out of the third inning yet still threw 79 pitches. Although 50 of them were strikes. He gave up 6 hits and 3 runs while mixing in 2 walks and 3 Ks. (Source: Jason Beck)

Fantasy Impact: A misplayed pop-up extended an inning. The important thing for JV is how he feels tomorrow. He wasn't hit hard, and his strike-to-ball ratio was fine. So was the velocity. His next start at Toledo will be much more telling.


Justin Verlander is slated to throw a simulated game on Tuesday. The Tigers will evaluate his progress. If all goes well JV could be back in a Tiger uniform and pitching by mid-June. (Source: Jason Beck)

Fantasy Impact: Verlander will likely start a couple of minor league rehab games. Owners should monitor his minor league starts to simulate projected numbers. It will be tough to have confidence in JV once he returns. DFS managers may want to stay away until he establishes a 2015 track record.


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Justin Verlander is scheduled to undergo an MRI Tuesday on his strained right triceps muscle. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This will be the third MRI for Verlander, who started the season on the Disabled List. If there is enough improvement in the amount of fluid in his arm, Verlander could begin to start a throwing program. Don't expect Verlander to return this month, and at this point he is not worth rostering in fantasy leagues.


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It may not seem like much, but Verlander played some light toss to get the blood flowing. He wasn't supposed to pick up a ball until he received a clear MRI but doctors assured the throwing wouldn't impede any progress. (Source: Chris McCosky, The Detroit News)

Fantasy Impact: Kyle Lobstein has thrown well for the Tigers boasting a 2-1 record and a 3.50 ERA. Verlander is anxious to get back, but with Lobstein pitching so well there is no reason to rush him. He will face Kansas City next. The Royals have the best record in the AL.


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Justin Verlander's throwing schedule has been delayed until the pain in his triceps subsides. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Justin Verlander's rehab has been slow going, and the news is getting worse. It could just be for a few days, but Verlander shouldn't be relied on to contribute very much to fantasy owners any time soon. With many good pitchers available on the waiver wire, Verlander can be dropped in most leagues.


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Justin Verlander was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 28th. "I am positive it is going to go away," Verlander said. He threw long toss on Tuesday and expects to be on track for his start later next week. (Source: Chris McCosky)

Fantasy Impact: This is no surprise. Kyle Lobstein will start Sunday against Cleveland.


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Justin Verlander's season is getting worse and it hasn't even started. The Tigers hoped he would be ready by Sunday, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Coach Brad Ausmus said, "He threw off the mound and felt great. The last couple pitches were not as great." (Source: Chris McCosky)

Fantasy Impact: He was not placed on the DL so he is taking up a bench spot if owners haven't dropped him. Kyle Lobstein will be the likely replacement against the Indians on Sunday. It is understandable for Verlander owners to be concerned, and will likely have to wait another week to see if JV will be available any time soon.


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Justin Verlander (triceps) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday. Verlander is on the 15-day DL and will remain there for Opening Day. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: If everything goes well, Verlander will face live batters on Tuesday. The Tigers have hinted that he may make his season debut on April 12 in Cleveland, but nothing is certain at this point. His placement on the disabled list on Thursday was the first such occurrence of his career. Verlander is a boom or bust player, so drafting he could be risky. There had been hopes that with some of the weight he put on during the off-season, he could get closer to his former self, but there's also a large possibility that he has a repeat of last year's dismal season. Feel free to take a chance on him if you must, but expect an ERA from the high 3s to low 4s and don't give him much of a leash, as there are frequently very usable free agent pitchers on the waiver wire.


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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has confirmed that SP Justin Verlander will start the regular season on the DL. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Verlander has been battling soreness in his triceps, and this wasn't totally unexpected. He was slated to pitch Friday, and if all went well he would have been inline to be in the rotation to start the season. The belief is that this will likely cause him to miss only one turn in the rotation, but be aware that you'll have to look for another option for the opening week.


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Justin Verlander was pulled in the 3rd inning of Friday's game with tightness in his arm. The injury was later described as a cramp. It is possible he rests his arm on Thursday; his final scheduled start of the spring. (Source: Adam Berry)

Fantasy Impact: Berry suggests Verlander's start could be pushed back to the 12th without the Tigers having to find another starter in their system or bullpen. JV is a workhorse, and we will assume that missing his final spring start indicates rest for his scheduled start on April 7th. The soreness may be a bit concerning. Owners, stay tuned.


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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander's season couldn't had ended quick enough as he fell flat in 2014. Heading into the first year of his highly-lucrative extension, big expectations are lying ahead for the 31-year-old veteran. (Source: CBSSports)

Fantasy Impact: This will be the biggest year of Verlander's career as he tries to correct the downward-spiral that his performance has taken over the past two seasons. Being named the AL MVP and Cy Young award winner in 2011 and being the strikeout leader for both the 2011 and 2012 seasons, we have watched his innings pitched (206) as well as his strikeouts go down (159) while his earned run average (4.54) has risen. He enters 2015 with a contract that will now pay him close to $30 million dollars annually. Hopes are that his late-season surge is a sign of things to come, but a dip in his velocity as well as stats warns otherwise. When on his game, Verlander is one of the best in fantasy baseball. But after last year he will fall into the latter part of most fantasy drafts which gives him a chance for comeback player of the year and possibly being a fantasy bargain. If not, he will quickly become the most hated man in Detroit next to Kwame Kilpatrick.