Mike Napoli will not be in the starting lineup when Boston opens its season in Philadelphia on Monday.
Fantasy Impact: Playing the Phillies in their home park means no DH for the Red Sox. That means a move of David Ortiz to first base and Mike Napoli sits. Napoli will not play much in the series and should be benched if you own him. Once Boston gets on their normal schedule, Napoli should be the regular first baseman with Ortiz as DH.
Mike Napoli hit his 4th home run of the spring on a broken bat fly ball over the Ft. Myers Monster. On the day he went 2 for 2 with a walk and is now batting .433 for Spring Training.
Fantasy Impact: With off-season sleep apnea surgery now in his rearview mirror, Napoli has gotten off on the right foot in Spring Training. Napoli has the potential to put up some very solid counting stats hitting down in a loaded Red Sox lineup. You may not want to count on him as your starting 1B, but you could steal him in a draft (ADP ~260) and use him as your CI with good results.
Category: Game Recaps
Mike Napoli finished his day against Tampa Bay going 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a KO. All his production came by way of a 3rd inning home run against Ray's starter Nathan Karns.
Fantasy Impact: Coming off of off-season sleep apnea surgery, Napoli is now hitting .370 for the spring with 3 HRs. Always a streaky hitter, Napoli still figures to see regular time at first base for Boston although most projection systems have him seeing just a hair under 500 ABs. This is a realistic expectation since the Red Sox are very meticulous when managing Napoli's work load and have plenty of other options at 1B. That being said, Napoli could still deliver 20 or so HRs with nearly 80 RBIs in a stacked Boston lineup.
Category: , Game Recaps
Mike Napoli returned to action Thursday after missing a week with an ankle injury. He went 1-for-2 with a run scored.
Fantasy Impact: Mike Napoli is having a good spring training and In 23 spring at-bats, Napoli is hitting .391. He is currently being drafted towards the end of fantasy drafts right now with his average ADP at 260. Napoli could be a good pickup if you need some power of the bench or depth at first base.
Category: , Injury Updates
Mike Napoli will be out for a few days with a sore right ankle. The first baseman described it as “nothing serious.” (Source: Boston Herald)
Fantasy Impact: Hopefully this injury is nothing serious like Mike Napoli says. Napoli has secured the starting first base job this season for Boston. He has a chance to have a strong year being healthy and hitting in a strong lineup. He is currently going at the end of the fantasy drafts and in some cases not being drafted at all. He is a good pickup for someone needing some power in their lineup as they get in the later rounds.
Category: , Injury Updates
Following offseason sleep apnea surgery, Mike Napoli has been dreaming for the 1st time in 8 years. (Source: NESN)
Fantasy Impact: The fact the Mike Napoli has carved himself out a nice MLB career without getting a good nights sleep is impressive in and of itself. He's always been a streaky hitter and that's unlikely to change, but you have to figure that sleeping better can only help the 33 year old entering a contract year. Napoli is also projected to hit down the in Red Sox order where he has seen the most success in his career.
Category: , Rumors
Mike Napoli is entering his 9th season in the MLB and his 3rd with the Red Sox. Only playing in 119 games last year for the Sox, Napoli will look to have a bounce back year in '15.
Fantasy Impact: As Mike Napoli enters his 3rd season with the Red Sox he will look to rebound from a lack luster season in '14. Napoli only had 55 RBI in '14 down from the previous years 92. Napoli projects to hit 7th in a very potent and balanced line-up for the Red Sox in '15. Napoli should see a lot of people on base hitting out of the 7 hole and should come around 80 RBI range for the Red Sox.