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Ryan Braun (LF,RF)

Milwaukee Brewers - 65% owned

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Bats: R, Throws: R

Braun went 0-for-4 with a walk and a steal in the Brewers' 7-2 loss to the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: The steal was his second of the year in three attempts. He is now batting .352 with five home runs and 17 RBI this season.

 

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Ryan Braun is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Nothing to indicate at this point that this is anything other than a routine day off for Braun. He should be back in the lineup tomorrow.

 

Braun went 2-for-4 including his fifth home run of the season in the Brewers' 8-5 win against Philadelphia.

Fantasy Impact: Braun has now homered in back-to-back games and went 6-for-12 with two home runs and three RBI in the three-game series against the Phillies.

 

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Braun went 3-for-5 with a home run in the Brewers' 10-6 loss to the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: The two-run home run in the third inning was his fourth of the season. He raised his batting average to .355 this season with an OPS of 1.025.

 

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Braun went 1-for-3 with a walk in the Brewers' 5-2 loss to Philadelphia.

Fantasy Impact: Braun is off to a nice start this season, batting .333 with an OPS of .959. In his last seven games, he is batting .440, going 11-for-25 with two home runs in that span.

 

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Braun went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI in the Brewers' 6-5 win over Minnesota.

Fantasy Impact: Braun is off to a nice start this season, batting .319 with three home runs and 10 RBI.

 

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Braun had a huge night, going 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in the Brewers 8-4 win over the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: Braun has three home runs now this season and is the Brewers top offensive threat. He is batting .297 this season with an OPS of .918.

 

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Braun went 1-for-5 with a single and run scored in the Brewers' 6-4 win against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: He is now batting .276 this season with one home run and three RBI and he is still searching for his first steal of the season.

 

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Braun went 2-for-3 in the Brewers' 10-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Braun is off to a solid start, batting .292 this season with one home run and three RBI.

 

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Braun went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in the Brewers' 3-2 win against Houston.

Fantasy Impact: Braun struggled against the Astros this weekend, going 1-for-9, but did have his first homer run and walked three times in the series. Braun and the Brewers will be off on the road for their next series beginning on Monday at St. Louis.

 

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Braun went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Brewers' 6-4 loss to Houston.

Fantasy Impact: He is now 5-for-19 this season with a home run and three RBI.

 

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Braun went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk in the Brewers' 6-4 win against Houston. His eighth-inning home run was a two-run blast that proved to be difference in the win as the Astros rally fell short.

Fantasy Impact: The blast was his first home run of the season for Braun. He had 25 homers last season and if he stays healthy, he could be on his way to a 20-plus home run season once again.

 

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Braun went 2-for-4 in the Brewers 4-3 win against the Giants. He delivered a run-scoring single in the first inning that tied the game at 1-1.

Fantasy Impact: In the three-game series against the Giants, Braun went 4-for-12 with an RBI.

 

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Braun doubled and went 1-for-4 with a strikeout in the Brewers' 2-1 loss to the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: In two games, Braun is 2-for-8 this season with a single and a double. He has yet to steal a base this season after stealing 24 last season.

 

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Braun singled and went 1-for-4 in the Brewers' 12-3 opening day loss to the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Braun had a nice spring, batting .438 with two home runs in just seven games. He was able to play in 140 games last season and should remain the Brewers most consistent offensive threat all season, even in what could be a long season for the Brew Crew.

 

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Braun missed a few games over the weekend due to some back soreness but has returned to action this week including going 2-for-4 with a home run off Colin McHugh on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Braun appears to be ready for opening day for the Brewers and fantasy owners. Health will be the primary concern for Braun throughout the season but when he is on the field he typically produces as shown by his .285 average with 25 home runs and 24 steals in 140 games last season. Braun could be a pivotal player for fantasy teams this year if you were able to get him at a discount on draft day and he stays healthy all season.

 

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Bruan, who has been sitting out with back soreness, is back in the lineup for the Brewers spring training game today batting third and playing left field against the Reds. (Source: Milwaukee Brewers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Today should be a good test to prove if Braun will be ready for opening day. Braun remains a polarizing player in fantasy drafts due to his injury risk.

 

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Braun remains out of the Brewers' Spring Training lineups with lower back soreness. Brewers manager Craig Counsell states, "I'm confident he'll be in the lineup on opening day. I really am." (Source: Tom Haudricourt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After undergoing offseason back surgery, some spring training back soreness is not what fantasy owners want to hear. Braun remains a high risk/reward type of player this season.

 

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Brewers manager Craig Counsell says that he does not consider Braun's back soreness to be serious and he expects Braun to play on Saturday. (Source: Tom Haudricourt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Of course, any back-related issue for Braun is a reason for some concern since he had offseason back surgery. However, it is encouraging news to hear that he is just experiencing some soreness and is expected to play on Saturday. Braun is a high risk/reward option this season currently with an ADP of 57.

 

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Ryan Braun was scratched from the Brewers lineup on Thursday with lower back soreness. (Source: Milwaukee Brewers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is definitely something to keep an eye on as Braun had surgery on his back during the off-season and it took him awhile to recover. When drafting Braun, keep in mind that he might be given some extra days to rest considering his age and injury history.

 

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Braun saw game action for the first time this Spring Training playing three innings against the White Sox on Wednesday. Braun went 1-for-1 with a walk and a run. He also played left field and ran down a fly ball down the left-field line in the first inning. Braun declared himself "good to go" for opening day. Braun has been recovering from offseason back surgery and although he had been cleared for baseball activities since Spring Training began the Brewers wanted to take it slow with him to get him healthy and ready for opening day. (Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: Braun had a good season last year hitting .285 with 25 home runs, 85 runs batted in and 24 stolen bases. Braun is currently ranked 37th overall by our Expert Consensus Rankings and is projected for a .275 average with 23 home runs and 17 steals this season. With an ADP of 57, Braun is a high risk/reward player that can be drafted in the 5th or 6th round of drafts. His ADP might start creeping up now that he has played in a Spring Training game.

 

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Ryan Braun will be kept sidelined until the third week of Brewers' Spring Training, manager Craig Counsell told reporters yesterday. (Source: Adam McCalvy on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Braun underwent back surgery in October, and he's said to have responded well in his recovery so far. The team is taking a cautious approach, and the expectation remains that the slugger will be ready for Opening Day. Braun lost some of the protection around him in the lineup, but he continues to be considered among the top players (ECR of 40) considering his solid power/speed combination he showed in 2015.

 

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Ryan Braun is expected to be fully recovered and ready to go for opening day in Milwaukee. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ryan Braun had issues with his back at the end of last season and had surgery this offseason. Even than, he was one of the few 20/20 men in baseball. He should be one of the first outfielders taken in upcoming fantasy baseball drafts.

 

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Braun went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored in the Brewers 7-6 loss to the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: Braun is batting .379 in his last 15 games with two home runs and nine RBI.

 

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Braun went 3-for-5 with a run scored in the Brewers 6-4 loss to Miami.

Fantasy Impact: Braun has remained hot for a good stretch of time now batting .351 in his last 30 games. He has hit six home runs and stole seven bases during that span. He has played in 121 games now this season putting to rest fears of injury concerns coming into the year.

 

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Braun went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the eighth inning of the Brewers 6-3 loss to the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Braun is batting .393 in his last seven games. He is contributing in all areas with two home runs, five RBI and even four steals.

 

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Braun went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in the Brewers 9-4 win against the Pirates. The RBI was Braun's 79th of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Braun is now 4-for-11 this season against Pirates starter Jeff Locke. He is also batting .330 against left-handed pitching this season with a 1.019 OPS.

 

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Braun went 2-4 with a solo home run in the first inning of the Brewers 4-1 win against the Reds. The blast was his 24th of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Braun went 3-for-11 in the three-game home series against the Reds. In his last 15 games, Braun is batting .321 with four home runs and 13 RBI.

 

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Braun went 2-4 with a two-run home run in the sixth inning of the Brewers 11-6 loss to the Indians. The blast was Braun's 23rd of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Braun has contributed in all areas the last 15 games batting .309 with four home runs, 12 RBI and two steals.

 

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Braun went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the sixth inning of the Brewers 8-7 win against Miami.

Fantasy Impact: Braun's home run was his 22nd this season and number 252 of his career passing Brewers great Robin Yount for the franchise home run record. Braun is batting .321 in his last 15 games with three home runs in that span.

 

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Braun went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in the Brewers 6-2 loss to Miami. The RBI was his 71st of the season.

Fantasy Impact: In his last seven games, Braun is batting .391 with two home runs, eight RBI in 23 at-bats.

 

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Braun went 1-for-4 with a grand-slam home run in the fifth inning of the Brewers 6-1 win against the Phillies. He also drove in another run in the first inning giving him five RBI on the day.

Fantasy Impact: Braun's home run was his only hit in the three-game series against the Phillies. His blast was his 251st of his career tying Robin Yount for the franchise home run record.

 

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Braun went 3-for-4 with a home run in the Brewers 3-2 loss to the Cubs in 10-innings. The home run was Braun's 250th of his career and is one home run shy of the franchise record held by Hall of Famer Robin Yount.

Fantasy Impact: Braun is batting .272 this season with 20 home runs, 64 RBI and 16 stolen bases.

 

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Braun went 2-for-2 along with two walks and two runs scored in the Brewers 4-1 win.

Fantasy Impact: In his last seven games, Braun is batting .348 with a slugging percentage of .652.

 

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Braun went 3-for-4 with two doubles, and a run scored in the Brewers 4-3 loss to the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Braun went 5-for-14 in the four-game series against the Cubs. He is batting .269 this season with 19 home runs, 63 RBI and 15 steals.

 

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Braun went 1-for-4 in the Brewers 8-3 loss to Arizona. He launched a three-run home run in the ninth inning to help the Brewers avoid the shutout.

Fantasy Impact: Braun's home run was only his third in his last 30 games. He is batting .268 with 17 home runs, 57 RBI and 14 steals this season.

 

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Braun went 0-for-4 but contributed to the 4-1 Brewer win against Pittsburgh with a walk, steal and RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Braun now has 13 steals this season and is batting .271 with 16 home runs and 57 RBI.

 

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Braun went 4-for-5 with two runs scored in the Brewers 4-3 win against the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: Braun and the Brewers are wishing they could play the Phillies every day. He has gone 7-for-10 against them in the last two days. Braun also continued to show he can feast on lefties even tough ones like Phillies starter Cole Hamels.

 

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Braun went 3-for-5 in the Brewers 7-4 win against the Phillies. He also drove in his 50th RBI of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Braun is batting .435 in his last seven games and is batting .265 for the season. He also has 15 home runs and nine stolen bases.

 

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Braun went 1-for-2 with two walks in the Brewers 5-3 win against the Twins. In the eighth inning, Braun hit a two-run home run that broke a 1-1 tie.

Fantasy Impact: Braun had a nice series against the Twins batting 4-for-7 with RBI in the three-game series. Braun is now batting .259 this season.

 

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Braun went 2-for-4 with a RBI and run scored in the Brewers 4-1 win against the Mets.

Fantasy Impact: Overall Braun is putting up pretty good numbers through 69 games. He has 14 home runs, 45 RBI and seven steals. His batting average is a bit low at .254 but considering the offensive woes of the Brewers this season, fantasy owners have to be pleased with his production.

 

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Braun went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple in the Brewers 10-4 loss to Colorado Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: The hits were a welcome sign for Braun owners as they have been hard to come by for the Brewers outfielder lately. He has only four hits in his last seven games in 27 at-bats. Braun is batting .249 this season with 14 home runs.

 

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Braun went 2-for-3 including a triple in the Brewers 6-5 win against Washington. He also had a walk, a run scored and drove in a run.

Fantasy Impact: Braun showed off his speed legging out a triple in the first inning off Nationals starter Tanner Roark. He is batting .333 over his last seven games.

 

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Braun went 2-for-4 and drove in a run in the Brewers 2-0 win against the Pirates Monday. One of the hits was Braun's eighth double of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Braun has five hits over his last three games and is batting .268 this season. Tuesday he will be facing Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano who he is 6-for-18 against.

 

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The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, 4-2. Ryan Braun got the scoring started for the Brewers in the first inning with his 13th home run of the season. Braun finished 2-for-4 and is now batting .263 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Braun has hit safely in seven of his last nine games, although his averaged dropped nine points during that stretch. Although his overall numbers are below his career marks, Braun is still on pace for 38 home runs and 113 RBI.

 

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The Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, 7-5. Ryan Braun had a good game, going 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Bruan's effort raised his batting average to .270 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Although Braun's average is considerably lower than his career mark, he has 12 home runs, 37 RBI and a .528 slugging percentage. He remains one of the premiere fantasy players in the league.

 

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Braun went 1-for-4 with a run scoring double in the sixth inning of the Brewers 6-3 loss to the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Braun has done a nice job driving in runs this season notching his 37th RBI. He is batting a solid .271 so far this season on a team that has struggled to score runs at times.

 

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Braun went 2-for-5 including his ninth home run of the season in the Brewers 8-1 win against Detroit. He also drove in four runs.

Fantasy Impact: Braun is batting .306 in his last 10 games with three home runs and 11 RBI. He also has two stolen bases in that span.

 

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Braun went 1-for-3 with a walk and stole his fourth base of the season in the Brewers 3-2 win against Detroit.

Fantasy Impact: Braun has shown some speed and power this season with eight home runs and four steals. He is batting .324 in his last 10 games.

 

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Braun went 2-for-4 with two home runs in the Brewers 7-0 win against the Mets. He also drove in three runs.

Fantasy Impact: Braun has shown that his power has returned this season. He now has eight home runs this season. Braun is batting .324 in his last 10 games.

 

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Braun went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored in the Brewers 3-2 win over the Cubs. Braun added a stolen base which was his third of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Braun is batting .255 this season. Monday he will face the White Sox and starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. Braun has three home runs in 12 at-bats against Samardzija.

 

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Braun went 1-for-2 with two walks and scored three runs in the Brewers 12-4 win over the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Braun is batting .248 this season. Over his last 10 games, he is batting .286 with four home runs and 11 RBI.

 

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Braun went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in the Brewers 14-4 loss to the Dodgers. He also stole his second base of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Braun is batting just .229 in his last 10 games with four home runs in that span. Friday he will be facing Cubs starter Jason Hammel, who he went hitless against in three plate appearances earlier this season.

 

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Braun went 1-for-4 but made his one hit count as he beat out an infield single allowing Carlos Gomez to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of the Brewers 4-3 win over the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: Braun is batting just .219 in his last 10 games but does have four home runs in that span.

 

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Braun had a monster day with two home runs going 3-for-5 against Reds rookie starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen. Braun hit a solo blast in the fifth inning off Lorenzen and later hit a grand slam in the eighth inning.

Fantasy Impact: Braun now has four home runs this season, three of which came in the last two games. His batting average is now .254.

 

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Braun went 1-for-4 including a solo home run in the seventh inning off Reds starter Johnny Cueto. Braun is now batting .227 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Once again, the Brewers had a tough time getting any offense going only this time it was understandable as they were facing Reds ace starter, Johnny Cueto. Braun provided one of the only bright spots on the night and his home run was good to see. It remains to be seen how healthy Braun can stay this season which makes him difficult to trust over the long haul.

 

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Braun batting third in the Brewers lineup went 2-for-4 including two singles and a run scored as the Brewers beat the Reds 4-2.

Fantasy Impact: Braun had a good series against the Reds getting five hits including a home run in 16 plate appearances. He is batting .275 in his last 10 games.

 

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Ryan Braun broke up a shutout in the ninth inning Monday night for Milwaukee, smacking a solo home run to right center field, his first of the season.

Fantasy Impact: It's nice to see Braun hit the ball with some authority, considering the weak contact plague has afflicted the Brewers' clubhouse since Opening Day. Unfortunately, the lone run had virtually no bearing on the game, but it proves that Braun still has some pop in his bat. It's a promising sign for fantasy owners banking on a bounceback.

 

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Braun batted third and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and left three men on base as the Brewers lost to the Pirates 5-2 Sunday. Braun is batting .237 this season with no home runs and only two RBI's.

Fantasy Impact: It's getting to the point of the season where there has to be some concern over Braun. It was expected that there would be a regression in power numbers, but he was counted on to hit for a good average and to be able to drive in some runs. With Carlos Gomez injured Braun is being counted on to help produce some offense and he's just not getting it done.

 

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Braun batted in the leadoff spot Saturday going 2-for-3 with a run scored in the Brewers 6-2 loss to the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: Braun's two hits raised his batting average .265 as the Brewers are trying anything to help their struggling offense. Not sure how long Braun will be in the leadoff spot, either way Braun has hits in five of his last six games but he's still searching for his first home run of the season.

 

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Braun went 2-for-5 with two singles in the Brewers 4-2 loss to the Cardinals. Braun delivered a run-scoring single in the ninth inning to cut the Brewers deficit to two.

Fantasy Impact: Braun raised his average to .261 on the season and appears to be over his early season rib cage muscle strain.

 

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Braun was in the starting lineup against Pittsburgh Friday and went 1-for-4 in the Brewers 6-2 loss.

Fantasy Impact: Braun appears to be over his rib cage muscle strain. He can be started in all your lineups just always monitor his health on a weekly basis. He finished the spring strong so he should be producing some fantasy points soon.

 

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Braun pinch-hit in the ninth inning and delivered a key single that helped the Brewers tie the score in the ninth inning. They eventually lost the game 5-4 in the 10th inning. (Source: Brewers.com)

Fantasy Impact: What was to be a day off for Braun due to a strained rib cage muscle, He convinced manager Ron Roenicke that he was loosened up and able to hit. It appears he may be in the lineup this weekend against the Pirates.

 

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Braun will not play Wednesday against the Rockies as he continues to rest his strained rib cage muscle he injured on opening day. (Source: cbssports.com)

Fantasy Impact: Continue to monitor his status, this injury appears to be a day-to-day type. Gerardo Parra will likely start in his place.

 

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Braun left in the sixth inning of the Brewers 10-0 opening day loss to Colorado. He suffered the injury catching a fly ball in the fourth inning. Braun went 0-for-2 with a strikeout on the day. (Source: Brewers.com)

Fantasy Impact: The injury appears to be a day-to-day situation. If your league allows daily changes you may want to wait for the lineups to be announced or have a reserve ready to go. If Braun cannot play Gerardo Parra will start in his place.

 

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Braun went 2-for-2 with a two-run double in the first inning off Cleveland's Trevor Bauer.

Fantasy Impact: Braun looks healthy and ready to go for the season. He finished the spring batting .395 with three home runs. If you drafted him plug him in your lineups.

 

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Braun went 2-for-3 including a home run and a double in the Brewers 6-5 spring loss to San Diego. Braun also scored two runs and raised his spring batting average to .361.

Fantasy Impact: Braun is looking healthy and ready to go this season. His average draft position is 32. With an average auction value of 22.

 

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Tom Haudricort is reporting that Brewers outfielder Ryan Bruan is dealing with some hamstring tightness. (Source: Tom Haudricort on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brewers manager Ron Roenicke insists Braun's "injury" is no big deal and he will be ready for opening day. Braun has a knack for accumulating small injuries like this so keep an eye on his status throughout the 2015 season.

 

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Ryan Braun extended his spring training hitting streak on Tuesday, going 1-2 at the plate with an RBI and one run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Braun continues to stay hot and its a nice sign, especially after the Tuesday morning news that indicated he is no longer feeling pain in his thumb. Braun will hit third for the Brewers and provides great fantasy value as a 3rd-4th round pick in drafts.

 

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Tom Haudricort of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal is reporting that Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is experiencing no pain related issues with his thumb. (Source: Tom Haudricort on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Braun has battled injuries with his thumb numerous times in his career, especially in 2014. He was still able to post an OPS over .800 last season and is a great buy low target in drafts this season. He's a top 30 player to start the season.

 

Braun went 1-for-2 with an RBI double to left field in the Brewers 15-1 win over Seattle Thursday. Braun raised his spring batting average to .296.

Fantasy Impact: It wasn't that long ago that Braun was searching for his first spring hit. It appears Braun is now ready for the season. Draft and play him with confidence in all formats.

 

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Braun went 3-4 Wednesday against Oakland and drove in a run in the Brewers 9-9 spring training tie. He raised his spring batting average to .280.

Fantasy Impact: For someone who struggled during the first part of spring, Braun seems to be heating up just in time for the season. The thumb that was injured last season appears to be holding up so far. Braun's average draft position is 33.

 

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Braun went 1-3 on the day hitting his second home run of the spring to straight away center field in the fifth inning off Jeff Samardzija.

Fantasy Impact: Those who had concerns about Braun in the early portions of spring have to be encouraged to see his bat starting to pick up. He's coming off missing several games last season with a thumb injury so a slow start was expected. Fantasy owners have to hope this recent power surge is a sign of things to come this season.

 

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Ryan Braun struggling mightily

Wed, Mar 18th 11:00pm EDT
By Kyle Smith

Ryan Braun has stumbled out of the gate so far this spring. He has failed to record a hit through 12 plate appearances and has struck out five times. He has also walked three times.

Fantasy Impact: While not recording a hit thus far this spring isn't necessarily a big deal for Braun, he is coming off a career-low .266 batting average in 2014. Braun's numbers were down all across the board last year and he may be showing signs of regression. He should still be drafted as an elite outfielder but don't be caught off guard by a continued slump.

 

Braun underwent a surgical procedure in October to relieve an inflamed nerve in his right hand. Braun looks like he should be ready to resume all baseball activities and is set to begin the season in right field after coming off an injury-plagued 2014. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Braun played in 135 games in 2014, hitting .266 with 19 home runs and 81 runs batted in. If healthy Braun should put up 20+ home runs again however his days of hitting 41 like he did in 2012 are likely over. Monitor his progress to make sure his hand holds up during game action this spring.