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Nick Markakis (RF)

Atlanta Braves - 49% owned

Bats: L, Throws: L

He also scored a run. Markakis, like Freeman, is starting to get hot at the plate. They are just seeing the ball better after slow starts. He has raised his batting average to to .361 and a wOBA of .394.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis missed quite a bit of Spring Training and is just now getting started. Think about adding him before he ends up on someone else's roster. One of the better hitters for the Braves, he and Freeman can help each other.


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The good news is Markakis is improving at the plate and appears ready to be a consistent contributor for the Braves offense.

Fantasy Impact: He is one of the better hitter's on the Braves and can be a positive addition to fantasy teams if he continues to show progress at the plate.


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The Braves won by one run, and it was the Markakis single that made the difference. Still, he is struggling at the plate, hitting only a paltry .231 on the young season.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis is thought to have the talent to be a viable fantasy contributor. At this point, he will have to prove his credentials before any impact is made.


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The Atlanta Braves got nine hits in their 5-3 win over the New York Mets on Saturday. Nick Markakis was the only Brave with two hits. He also knocked in a run, his fourth of the season. Markakis is now batting .250.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis should continue to see plenty of playing time, but one must wonder what type of numbers he'll put up. He hit .276 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI last season with the Orioles and seems unlikely he'll match those numbers this season.


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Markakis got things started in the first inning with an RBI single, driving in the first of seven runs scored on Mat Latos. He also singled and scored in the four-run ninth inning.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis is one of the better hitters on the Braves and has fantasy value. He is not heavily owned but is a good player to consider adding.


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Markakis seems fully recovered from offseason neck surgery and ready to be an integral part of the Braves lineup. He knocked in the first run with an RBI single in the first inning and then in the sixth frame, he got the second RBI with a fielder's choice ground out.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis should have a good year, even though last year was a big disappointment for the Orioles and himself. He seems comfortable and eager to perform well for his new team. Owners can live with the hope that the Braves knew what they were doing when they signed him to a 4-year/$44M contract.


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The Altanta Braves pounded out 14 hits in a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Nick Markakis, who has been struggling all spring, went 2-for-3. Although both hits were singles and his average is just .182 in Grapefruit League play, it was a positive sign for Markakis moving forward.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis was just 4-for-22 with 3 strikeouts after missing much of the first part of spring due to injury. He's likely to start producing as he gets more at-bats. Owners may want to hold off playing Markakis regularly in the early part of the season until he gets his timing down.


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In 16 at-bats, he is hitting a paltry .125, having struck out twice and only has one extra-base hit. Markakis had neck surgery in December and missed a large part of spring training but is locked in as the starting RF for the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: He should have his timing down in the next or so and has some value in fantasy. His K% should hover around 11% and he'll be good for around 25 doubles, with a batting average in the .270 - .280 range.


Markakis shined in his debut Monday, going 2-for-3 with a single, double, and two runs scored. He apparently felt fine and is due to start in RF tomorrow and is expected to play four or five innings. (Source: Kevin McAlpin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Markakis can get on track, he could be a sleeper in drafts. He will play everyday as the RF and will hold value in deeper leagues. For smaller leagues he is worth keeping an eye on.


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A week ago, he said he would only need a week of batting to get ready for the season opener, now it looks like he'll get close to two. Markakis is coming off of neck surgery performed in December. (Source: David O'Brien)

Fantasy Impact: Markakis had a disappointing season last year and now with the surgery must prove he is worthy of a fantasy roster spot. Most likely will be drafted in deeper leagues but otherwise just wait and watch.


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Markakis took on-field batting practice for the first time today since his neck surgery in December. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Markakis is in good health and ready to play, he is just awaiting clearance to do so. Both he and Markakis think there is enough time to get in the necessary reps to prepare for the regular season. (Source: David O'Brien)

Fantasy Impact: Pencil Markakis in as the starter on opening day. It's likely he will need some time to refine his timing and he might serve well as a late round flier.


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Doctors indicated that Markakis can resume baseball activities by mid-February after a successful fusion surgery today. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It stands ti reason that the Braves will go easy with Markakis through the Spring. His job as RF with the club is set, as is the lead-off position in the batting order. He has regressed a bit the past two years but is a serviceable RF on the cheap for your fantasy team.


The surgery is to repair a bulging disk in his neck. Doctors say there is an eight week recovery period and Markakis should be ready for spring training. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Markakis is slated for the leadoff position and will play RF for the Braves. He is a serviceable fantasy option with some upside.


The Braves were aware of the bulging disk in his neck prior to signing him so this is no surprise. Recovery will take 12 weeks. (Source: Ken Rosenthal)

Fantasy Impact: The Braves hope to have him for most of spring training anyway. Better to take care of it now rather than risk an in-season need. Full recovery is expected and will not affect his value.


To some, this move does not make much sense, but John Hart, Braves GM, has a plan. The move is to fill a role made by the trade of Jason Heyward. If Markakis falters after a year, then perhaps another move will be made. But the plan is to make Atlanta a contender starting in 2016. (Source: Jeff Passan )

Fantasy Impact: Coming from the AL to join a rebuilding NL team might be just the ticket Markakis needs to build on his career. He's no All-Star, but he is a servicable and cheap outfielder for fantasy purposes. The 2015 year will be more or less stress free and allow him to produce without pressure. It's a good situation for both parties and fantasy ballers.