Sun, Jul 26th 11:15pm EDT
By Daniel Marcus
Walker hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. It was his only hit of the day and his ninth home run of the season.
Fantasy Impact: Walker has picked up his production in July, and is now a very solid option at second base. As he has bounced around the Pirates lineup, his value has changed. Regardless of where the value has come from, Walker has been a good player to own in the past month.
The Pirates used the long ball to defeat the Nationals on Friday, 5-2. Three Pirates homered, one came off the bat of Neil Walker, who finished the game 2-for-4. Walker is now batting .274 for the season.
Fantasy Impact: Walker now has eight home runs and 38 RBI for the season. His batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage are close to his career mark. While not an elite fantasy second baseman, owners struggling at the position may want to consider Walker as an upgrade.
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Walker recorded only one hit and drove in the only Pirates run on the night.
Fantasy Impact: Walker has been slow out of the gate post All-Star break, but was extremely hot beforehand. With the Pirates offense struggling, be patient with Walker as he should be a fantasy asset for the rest of the season.
Though Walker had just one hit Monday, it was a big RBI triple that drove in two runs.
Fantasy Impact: Walker has become a real fantasy asset in recent weeks as he now has a ten game hit streak. In that span Walker has one home run, four RBI, and eight runs scored. Walker is now a must own option at second base.
Walker hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning, his seventh of the season. He collected two other hits and also scored two runs on the evening.
Fantasy Impact: Neil Walker is now hitting .405 in July with 10 RBI. He has one of the hottest bats in the game and should be in your starting lineup on a daily basis.
Neil Walker recorded a hit and a walk and scored two runs on Wednesday.
Fantasy Impact: Walker's been on a tear for all of July, which has helped make up for his slow start to the year. He is once again a must own fantasy player.
Walker had only one hit but scored two runs in the Pirates 3-2 win over the Padres on Tuesday.
Fantasy Impact: Walker's production has seen a much needed uptick since late June and seems to be getting on a nice roll. If he is on your league's waiver wire and you need help at the second base position, his consistent production could be useful to your team.
Walker recorded four hits and three RBI on Thursday.
Fantasy Impact: Walker has nearly outproduced his statistics for the entire month of June just two days into July. While this torrid streak certainly is not the norm for Walker, it is an extremely encouraging sign for his owners.
The home runs propelled Walker to a huge night as he recorded four hits, three RBI, a stolen base, and scored three runs.
Fantasy Impact: It's been a nice stretch for Walker, as he now has a five game hit streak. Walker is capable of being a top 12 second baseman when he has things going, so his owners could be rewarded nicely for being patient during his struggles.
Walker recorded two hits and drove in one on Tuesday night
Fantasy Impact: It was a nice end to a dismal June for Walker, as he drove in only seven runs for the month despite batting cleanup on a regular basis. However, Walker batted second in the lineup on Tuesday night, and his spot in the lineup is a situation worth monitoring moving forward for his owners.
Walker went hitless but did reach base twice on walks. He came around to score once as well.
Fantasy Impact: Walker continues to hit cleanup for the Pirates, showing Clint Hurdle still has faith in his ability to be productive in the lineup. It is a positive sign for those hoping he can turn around his disappointing season.
Although Walker was not in the starting lineup on Sunday, he did have a hit in his appearance.
Fantasy Impact: This is good news for Walker owners as he will seemingly be back in the lineup on Tuesday when the Pirates return to action.
Sat, Jun 20th 8:05pm EDT
By Daniel Marcus
Neil walker was out of the lineup again on Saturday with a stomach illness.
Fantasy Impact: This adds more frustration for Walker owners who have already dealt with a disappointing season from him. The break could give him time to refine his swing in an attempt to get back to his form from last season.
Neil Walker went hitless Tuesday after being out of the lineup of Monday.
Fantasy Impact: Walker was moved down seventh in the lineup, an indication of his recent struggles. He has just seven hits in his last ten games, dropping his average to .252 on the season. Overall, Walker has been a big disappointment this season and his recent struggles indicate he may not be worth a roster spot in standard leagues.
The Pirates managed just five hits in a 2-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. Neil Walker got three of those hits, including his 16th double of the season. Walker finished 3-for-4 and is now batting .269 for the season.
Fantasy Impact: Walker has hit safely in nine of the last 10 games, increasing his average 16 points in the process. While not spectacular, Walker has solid numbers across the board and is a good fantasy option at second base.
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Walker hit the home run in the fifth inning, his fourth of the season. It was his only hit of the game.
Fantasy Impact: The production from Walker has been disappointing to this point in the season, but he has now recorded at least one RBI in four of his last six games.
Walker had two hits to drive in one run on Tuesday night in the Pirates 7-4 win.
Fantasy Impact: Walker now has four RBI in his last four games. He was recently moved back to the cleanup spot in the Pirates lineup, and the RBI production has picked up as would be expected.
Walker had only one hit on the night, but it was a big two RBI double that gave the Pirates the lead for good.
Fantasy Impact: Walker batted cleanup for the Pirates and that is a good sign for Walker owners as the Pirates offense is heating up and should give him plenty of opportunities for RBI and runs.
Walker had one hit on Sunday night, a double down the right field line.
Fantasy Impact: Neil Walker had a disappointing May, hitting only .245, but ended strong with a .321 average the last seven days of the month. Owners will hope this is a sign of Walker's production getting back to the level they hoped for when they drafted him.
Walker had three hits on the game, with two runs scored but recorded no RBI.
Fantasy Impact: This was a nice bounce back from a hitless performance on Wednesday for Walker. His season has been a disappointment so far, but with the Pirates offense heating up it's a bit too early to give up on him.
Neil Walker hit his third home run of the season Tuesday night.
Fantasy Impact: It was a welcomed sight for Walker owners as he has yet to get his power going this season. His production in the other categories has been solid, so adding power to his production would be a nice addition for Walker.
Walker had two hits and a run scored on Tuesday night.
Fantasy Impact: Though he started a bit slow like much of the Pirates lineup, Walker has started to settle into his consistent, though not thrilling, production that has come to be expected from him.
Walker recorded one hit, a run, and an RBI on Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: This is a welcomed development for Walker owners as he had not recorded an RBI since May 9. The average has been fine for Walker, now owners just have to hope the power and counting stats follow suit.
It was just Walker's second home run of the year, but he seems to be heating up. He has hit safely in five straight games and seven of his last ten.
Fantasy Impact: Walker should be owned in all leagues but should also be considered a strong staring option at this point in the season as well.
Neil Walker collected two hits, a run, and an RBI on Friday night.
Fantasy Impact: Walker has provided decent value to his owners despite a lack of power. Look for his counting stats to improve as the Pirates offense gets better.
Neil Walker recorded his first multi-hit game since April 26 and also scored two runs with an RBI.
Fantasy Impact: Walker had been in a slump along with the Pirates entire offense. His owners will hope this game jump starts his production, which to this point had been disappointing outside of his average.
Walker had a run and hit Saturday night but also struck out once and stranded four runners. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Walker has been batting in the cleanup spot for the Pirates so he should continue to have plenty of opportunity to drive in runs this season.
Walker collected one of the Pirates two hits on Wednesday night. He his hitting .235 on the young season. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Walker, along with the Pirates lineup as a whole, has struggled the past two games. Don't panic however, as Walker will be a strong fantasy asset throughout the season.
Neil Walker hit his first home run Sunday. It was his only hit of the game. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Walker has had a good start to the season, as he has four runs batted in for the first week of the season. He continues to be a good option at second base in any format.
Neil Walker collected three hits, including two doubles, and scored once on Friday night. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Walker continued his productive start to the season and is showing that he could match his stats from his career year last year.
Neil Walker had one walk, one RBI, and one run scored Wednesday night. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: Walker has had a good start to the season even though he currently has a low average. He has been batting clean up and has been in the position to drive in runs, giving him good fantasy value.
Neil Walker hit his second home run of spring training on Thursday. (Source: Bill Brink on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Walker is coming off a very strong season and is a solid starting option at 2nd base for your team this year.
Neil Walker blasted his first home run of the spring this afternoon, lacing a three-run shot in a 13-7 loss to the Houston Astros. Walker is trying to build on a career year in 2014. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: There was minor controversy this offseason when the Pirates signed Korean star Jung-ho Kang, and were told he could definitely play second base. Despite the rumors, Walker should still be penciled in as the starter come April. He is continuing his trend of recent success this spring, batting .412 with one home run and five RBIs.
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Walker is coming off of a career year and the biggest concern heading into the season is his health. Walker has missed several games the past two seasons due to back injuries and he is working to maintain his health this year. (Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Fantasy Impact: Walker is a dependable second base option for fantasy purposes even though he is not a popular name. If he can maintain his health throughout the season, he may be able to match or even improve his numbers from last year.
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Neil Walker started at 2nd base on Monday for the Pirates, and he had the Pirates only RBI.
Fantasy Impact: The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Korean star Jung-Ho Kang this offseason, and many people have said that Kang will take Walker's job. I can assure you that Walker is the Pirates' 2nd baseman. Walker had a career season last year, and i look for him to continue that streak of dominance at the plate because of what he showed on Monday. Walker knocked in McCutchen with a RBI double in the 1st inning. Walker also played solid defense at 2nd base. Walker will be an underrated 2nd baseman, so he is a fantastic sleeper pick to keep in mind.
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According to an MLB.com article, Neil Walker may be looking at a tough situation if the deal for Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang comes to fruition. Kang, should he sign and make the final roster, is reportedly suited to play second base, which is of course currently occupied by Walker. (Source: MLB.com)
Fantasy Impact: After a career year in 2014 in which he posted a .271 batting average with 23 home runs and 76 RBIs to compliment solid defensive skills, Neil Walker should be looking at an even more solid payday. On the other hand, although unproven in the MLB, Jung-ho Kang is expecting to get paid big money as well. It has also been reported that Kang can also play some first and third base, so only time will tell if Walker's future with the club could be in jeopardy should Kang become the newest Pirate.