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Ryan Howard (1B)

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The Phillies dropped a 7-4 decision to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. The Phillies managed to collect nine hits in the contest, none off the bat of Ryan Howard, who finished 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. Howard is now batting .227 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard is in a bit of a slump, going 3-for-18 with seven strikeouts in his last five games. Howard is on pace to hit a respectable 27 home runs, but has walked only 14 times. Howard will provide little in terms of fantasy value outside of home run power.

 

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The Phillies fell to the Washington Nationals in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, 3-2. Ryan Howard struggled, going 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts. Howard is now batting .229 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard is providing little for fantasy owners, with the exception of some decent power numbers. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is terrible and has an on-base percentage of only .270. Expect more of all-or-nothing from Howard the rest of the way.

 

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The Phillies fell to the Yankees on Wednesday by the score of 10-2. The loss dropped the Phillies to 26-48 on the season. Ryan Howard, playing as the designated hitter, went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Howard is now batting .231 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Both of Howard's hits today were doubles. He's putting together a good season in power categories, on pace for 37 doubles and 28 home runs. His on-base percentage is just .271, well below his career mark of .351.

 

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The Phillies pounded Yankees pitching for the second straight game in an 11-6 win on Tuesday. Ryan Howard was one of the few Phillies who struggled, going 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. Howard is now batting .227 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has shown signs of power of old, but has been inconsistent and has a terrible strikeout-to-walk ratio. His on-base percentage is just .267, so owners are likely to get little out of Howard beyond home run output.

 

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The Phillies managed just six hits in a 10-1 thrashing at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals. Ryan Howard, who had homered in each of the last two games, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Howard is now batting .232 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard is on pace for a 30-home run season, but is showing little in any other statistical category. His on-base-percentage is just .274 and has a terrible strikeout-to-walk ratio of 71-to-12.

 

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The Phillies pounded out 11 hits, but lost to the Cardinals on Friday, 12-4. Ryan Howard provided the bulk of the offense with a three-run home run. He finished the game 1-for-4 with a walk. Howard is now batting .236 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: A streaky hitter, Howard has now homered in each of the past two games. He has 13 home runs and 33 RBI on the season, while posting an OPS of .749. Howard's still a viable power option at first base, but don't expect much in any other statistical category.

 

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The Phillies got just five hits in their 2-1 win over the Orioles. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak. Ryan Howard provided all of the offense for the Phillies, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Howard is now batting .236 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard now has 12 home runs and 30 RBI this season. He's slugging .471 and has an OPS of .747. Howard is still a viable power option at first base, but will provide little in any other fantasy categories.

 

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The Phillies lost to the Orioles on Wednesday, 6-4. The loss was the ninth straight for the Phillies. Ryan Howard struggled in the defeat, striking out three times in four at-bats. He did get a double and is now batting .230 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has now struck out seven times in his last 10 at-bats. While Howard continues to struggle, he's likely to remain in the cleanup spot, although he might not have a great deal of RBI opportunities with a lineup that is struggling to get men on base.

 

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The Phillies got pummeled on Tuesday, 19-3. They got outscored 51-14 during the eight game road trip, losing all eight games. Ryan Howard struggled Tuesday, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He's now batting .229 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has homered just once in his last 19 games. He's struck out 66 times with only 11 walks. At this point in his career, it appears Howard will provide little with the exception of occasional bursts of power.

 

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The Phillies got shutout again by the Pirates on Sunday, 1-0. It was the second 1-0 shutout defeat this weekend. Ryan Howard got one of the Phillies six hits and finished 1-for-4. He's batting .236 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard was hot last month but he slowed down of late. He's still on pace for around 27 home runs, but his batting average and on-base percentage remain low. Don't expect much from Howard other than some solid power numbers.

 

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The Phillies continue to struggle on the road, losing to the Pirates on Saturday by the score of 4-3. Ryan Howard particularly struggled, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. His average is now .236 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard's season has pretty much been all or nothing. He's struck out 62 times with only 10 walks. His on-base percentage is just .276, but is on pace for a respectable 28 home runs and is a good power option at first base.

 

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The Phillies banged out 10 hits, yet lost to the Reds on Monday, 6-4. Ryan Howard went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. He also struck out once and his average for the season is now .245.

Fantasy Impact: Howard continues to provide power and drive in runs, despite the relatively low batting average and on-base percentage. Expect continued solid overall production for the 35-year old first baseman.

 

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Ryan Howard collected two of the Phillies 10 hits in their 6-4 win over the Giants. Howard went 2-for-4 with his 13th double and a run scored. He's now batting .245 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard continues to produce in the power department. He's on pace for more than 30 doubles and 30 home runs for the first time since 2011.

 

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The Phillies managed to get just six hits in a 5-4 loss to the Giants on Friday. Ryan Howard got two of those hits, including his 11th home run of the season. He drove in two and is now batting .239 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard's home run was his first since May 23rd. He's still on pace for 32 home runs, which would be his highest total since he hit 33 home runs in 2011. Owners can't expect much in batting average or on-base percentage, but should be able to count on Howard for significant power.

 

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The Phillies defeated the Reds in extra innings on Wednesday, 5-4. Ryan Howard struggled at the plate, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He did walk and score a run and his average is now .239 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard provides little fantasy value outside of his power. He's walked only nine times, for a .281 on-base percentage, but is on pace for 30 home runs. Fantasy owners can expect all or nothing from Howard moving forward.

 

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The Phillies fell for the sixth straight game on Saturday, this time a 5-2 decision to the Rockies. Ryan Howard drove in one of the runs with a double. He finished 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He's now batting .250 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has just a .291 on-base percent in large part to having walked only nine times this season. On a positive, he's on pace for 32 home runs and is slugging .506. Expect much of the same from Howard moving forward.

 

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Ryan Howard has hit well lately, but struggled in the Phillies 5-4 loss to the Mets on Tuesday. He went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. Howard is batting .261 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI this season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has struck out 48 times and walked only eight this season. On a positive note, he's on pace for 34 home runs and 81 RBI. His on-base percentage is .304 and his slugging percentage is .529. Expect Howard to continue to put up strong power numbers the rest of the season.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies pounded 11 hits in their 8-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. Ryan Howard played a key role, going 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Howard now has 10 home runs and is hitting .268 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has an OPS of .865 this season and is on pace for 36 home runs. Although he's struck out 43 times versus eight walks this season, Howard is looking more like the power threat he was in his prime.

 

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The Phiillies fell to the Rockies on Thursday, 7-3. Ryan Howard provided some of the offensive with his ninth home run of season. It was his only hit in four at-bats. Howard's average now sits at .257 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has been hitting for the most power since the 2011 season. He's on pace for 34 home runs and 80 RBI. Howard has struck out 41 times and has walked only eight, but fantasy owners should feel comfortable using Howard as a power threat at first base.

 

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Ryan Howard played a big part in the Phillies 4-2 win over the Rockies on Wednesday. He went 3-for-5 with a home run, RBI and two runs scored. Howard leads the Phillies with eight home runs this season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has hit safely in six of his last seven games, going 12-for-27 with two home runs and five RBI. Howard has raised his average to .252 and his slugging percentage to .507.

 

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The Phillies fell to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, 6-5. Ryan Howard, who has been hitting well, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Howard has now struck out 38 times in 131 at-bats this season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard's average dropped to .244, but he leads the Phillies in home runs and in RBI. While he cannot be expected to hit 40 home runs, Howard should be good for 25 to 30 home runs and 80-plus RBI this season.

 

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Ryan Howard went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Phillies 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies. The win was the sixth straight for the Phillies, their longest streak since 2012. Howard is now hitting .252 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has nine hits in his last 18 at-bats over the past five games. Howard has only walked eight times compared to 35 strikeouts, but has increased his slugging percentage to .488. Owners should continue to ride Howard while he's hot.

 

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The Phillies defeated the Diamondbacks on Saturday behind a 13-hit outburst. The 7-5 win was the fourth straight for the Phillies. Ryan Howard got in on the action, going 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Howard is hitting .238 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Despite striking out two more times, Howard continues to produce in the power categories. He has seven home runs and 18 RBI this season. Howard is on pace for his first 30-home run season since 2011.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, 4-3. Ryan Howard played a role, going 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Howard is hitting .231 and leads the Phillies with 17 RBI this season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has walked only eight times and struck out 33, but is on pace for 31 home runs and 74 RBI. At this stage of his career, Howard is unlikely to hit for a high average, but is still a good power option at first base.

 

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Ryan Howard broke a mini-slump with a 3-for-4 performance in the Phillies 4-2 win over the Pirates on Thursday. Howard hit his seventh home run of the season and raised his batting average to .230 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard leads the Phillies in home runs and in RBI. While he will still strike out a lot and likely not hit above .250 for the season, Howard is on pace to hit 30 runs and remains a solid power option at first base.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, 3-2. Ryan Howard went 0-for-3 in the game with a strikeout. He has just one hit in his last five games and his batting average is now .211.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has cooled off since his recent power surge. He's still leading the Phillies in home runs with six and tied for the team lead in RBI with Chase Utley with 15. Howard has made more contact over the past five games, having struck out only three times.

 

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Ryan Howard went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the Phiilies 7-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. Howard is now 1-for-12 over the last four games and is batting .217 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the low batting average, Howard leads the Phillies with six home runs and is tied with Chase Utley for the club lead in RBI with 15. It's unlikely that Howard will hit much for average the rest of the season, but fantasy owners can still expect solid power numbers.

 

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Ryan Howard went 0-for-4 on Sunday in the Phillies 7-4 loss to the New York Mets. Howard, who had been hitting the ball well of late with eight hits in his last 16 at-bats, is now batting .222 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard, despite the low batting average and high strikeout rate, is on pace for nearly 30 home runs and 80 RBI this season. While not the numbers Howard produced in his prime, he's still a good power option at first base.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies got their 11th win of the season with a 3-1 decision over the New York Mets. Ryan Howard was a key factor, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Howard is now batting .234 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has been hot of late with eight hits in his last 15 at-bats. He's homered in back-to-back games and owners should feel confident keeping Howard in the lineup for the foreseeable future.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies fell to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, 7-5. Ryan Howard went 3-for-4 with a home run in the loss. Howard raised his batting average to .220 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard increased his slugging percentage to a respectable .462, although his on-base percentage is just .276. Howard is no on pace for 30 home runs this season, so fantasy owners should begin feeling more confident inserting Howard into the lineup.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies managed just three hits in a 9-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. Ryan Howard got one of this hits and finished 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. Howard is now batting .195 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard briefly raised his batting average above .200 before dropping to .195. He has four home runs but has struggled for much of the first month of the season. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is poor. Owners can expect decent power, but likely a low batting average for Howard much of the season.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies snapped a five-game losing streak on Sunday with a 6-2 win over the Miami Marlins. Ryan Howard was a key contributor, going 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. He's now batting .193 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard, despite hit sub .200 average, has nine extra base hits and 12 RBI this season. He's struck out 26 times with just five walks in 83 at-bats. Expect much of the same from Howard, low batting average and contact with some bursts of power thrown in.

 

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Ryan Howard went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Phillies 7-0 loss to the Miami Marlins on Saturday. The Phillies fell to a dismal 8-17 on the season and Howard's batting average dropped to .177.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has four home runs and ten RBI this season, but has struck out 24 times and walked just five times this season. It's been all or nothing for Howard and fantasy owners can expect much of the same.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies fell to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, 5-2. Ryan Howard accounted for one of the Phillies' runs with his fourth home run of the season. He finished 1-for-4 and is hitting .191 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard is back in the cleanup spot and although still batting under .200, he has appeared to regain his home run stroke. Howard will continue to strikeout and possibly hit for a low average, but he's a viable power option at first base moving forward.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves on Sunday by the score of 5-4. Ryan Howard provided the big blow for the Phillies with a three-run home run in the first inning. The home run was Howard's third of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has now hit three home runs in the last five games. He's struck out 18 times with just four walks in 57 at bats and is still hitting under .200. Despite his overall totals, it appears Howard has come out of his early season slump.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies fell to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, 5-2. Ryan Howard accounted for both Phillies' runs with a two-run home run. Howard finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He's now hitting .189 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has homered twice in the last four games after going the first 14 games without a home run. Although still hitting under .200, Howard appears to be breaking out of the early season slump.

 

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The Phillies earned their sixth win of the season with a 1-0 decision over the Atlanta Braves on Friday. Ryan Howard was a non-factor in the game, going 0-for-4 batting out of the number five hole. Howard is now without a hit in his last seven at bats.

Fantasy Impact: Howard is hitting just .180 on the season with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored. His on-base percentage of .226 and OPS of .526 are less than stellar. Fantasy owners may want to consider another option at first base for the time being.

 

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Ryan Howard hit his first home run of the season on Tuesday, but went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the Phillies 6-1 loss to the Marlins on Wednesday. Howard is now hitting .196 on the season and has struck out 17 times in 46 at-bats.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has scored just two runs and walked three times so far this season. He likely will get a day off sometime this week and fantasy owners must consider whether or not to keep waiting for Howard to break out of his early season slump.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, 7-3. Ryan Howard was a key contributor, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. The home run was the first of the season for Howard, who is now hitting .209 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard appears to be slowly breaking out of his early season slump, having hit safely in five of his last seven games. He still has walked only three times with 16 strikeouts in 43 at-bats.

 

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Ryan Howard went 1-for-4 in the Phillies 4-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Sunday. He also struck out twice to increase his total to 15 in 40 at-bats this season. Howard has still yet to hit a home run or score a run.

Fantasy Impact: Howard is hitting just .175 with a .250 slugging percentage and a woeful .464 OPS. The day off on Monday may do Howard some good before the Phillies open a three-game series against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday.

 

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The Phillies snapped a six-game losing streak on Saturday with a 5-3 win over the Nationals, but Ryan Howard continued to struggle. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a walk. His batting average now stands at .167.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has yet to hit a home run or score a run through 12 games of the season. He's also struck out 13 times, with just two walks in 36 at-bats. Expect Howard to get a day off soon.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies fell to the Washington Nationals on Friday by the score of 7-2. The Phillies managed just seven hits, one of which from Ryan Howard, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Howard struck out two times and is hitting just .176 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has yet to hit a home run and has struck out 12 times in 34 at-bats this season. Howard has an anemic .265 slugging percent and OPS of .465.

 

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Ryan Howard moved to the number seven hole in the lineup on Thursday against the Washington Nationals. Struggling for the most part this season, Howard went 1-for-3 with a walk and is now batting .167 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has yet to hit a home run this season and has only two extra base hits. Howard's line is woeful thus far, with a .194 on-base percentage and .267 slugging percentage. At this point, fantasy owners should look elsewhere at first base until Howard breaks out of his slump.

 

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The Phialdelphia Phillies managed just seven hits in their 6-5 loss to the New York Mets. While Chase Utley was hot, Ryan Howard was cold, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Howard is now batting .148 with no walks and 10 strikeouts this season.

Fantasy Impact: With Howard's struggles continuing, you may see Darin Ruf starting to see more playing time at first base. Howard has the potential to break out, but until he starts hitting, fantasy owners may be wise to look elsewhere at first base.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies dropped the final of a weekend series against the Washington Nationals, 4-3. Ryan Howard struggled, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. He was replaced later in the game with Darin Ruf. Howard is now hitting .150 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard hasn't hit a home run yet and has no walks in 20 at-bats. While he's struggling, Howard will likely continue to play the majority of the games, getting days off only against some left-handed pitchers.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies improved to 3-2 with a 3-2 win over Washington Nationals on Saturday. Ryan Howard played a key role, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Howard has started the season slowly and is hitting .188 after the first five games.

Fantasy Impact: The two doubles are a good sign for Howard and fantasy owners who have him in their lineup. Note that Howard left the game for a pinch runner and Chase Utley took over at first base. Howard could be removed often late in the game for a defensive replacement.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, 4-1. The Phillies managed just six hits and several players struggled. One was Ryan Howard, who went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Howard is now 1-for-8 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Howard will look to break out tomorrow in the final game of the three-game series against the Red Sox. Howard's not likely to get great pitches to hit unless he gets protection in the number five hole in the lineup.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies managed just three hits in an 8-0 blowout to the Boston Red Sox on opening day. Ryan Howard, who struggled for much of the spring, went 1-for-4 with a double.

Fantasy Impact: Howard will be back in the lineup in his familiar number four hole tomorrow night in the second game of the series. Rick Porcello, 15-game winner a season ago, will be on the mound for the Red Sox.

 

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Ryan Howard has undoubtedly struggled at this plate this spring. While he's hit three home runs, Howard has been hitting under .200. He finished the spring on a positive, going 1-for-2 with a run scored and a walk. Howard finished Grapefruit League play with a .176 batting average in 74 at-bats.

Fantasy Impact: Howard is penciled in at the cleanup spot, behind Chase Utley and ahead of Carlos Ruiz. Should Ben Revere, Odubel Herrera and Utley produce, Howard will have plenty of RBI opportunities. He's likely not to hit for a high average, but should still be productive in home runs and RBI. Expect Howard to be a good, but not spectacular fantasy first baseman this season.

 

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With just a game remaining in Grapefruit League play, Ryan Howard has yet to consistently find his stroke. He struggled again on Friday, going 0-for-2 with a walk and two strikeouts. Howard's batting average in Grapefruit League play stands at .167.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has now struck out 24 times in 72 at-bats this spring with just four walks. There is a lot of pressure on Howard to return close to the power hitting threat he was several years ago. Howard likely will be a decent power option, but no longer a top-tier fantasy first baseman.

 

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There's no secret to anyone that's been watching the Phillies that Ryan Howard has struggled for most of the spring. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts against the Braves on Wednesday. While Howard has hit a few home runs, his average sits at .179 and has struck out 22 times in 67 at bats and has and OPS under .600.

Fantasy Impact: It's hard to envision Howard regaining the form he once had and is no longer an upper echelon power threat. While he can still provide some power, don't expect Howard to hit for average or surpass the 30-home run mark this season.

 

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Ryan Howard continues to struggle at the plate, as he's has been tinkering with his batting stance this spring. Howard went 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. He walked twice and scored two runs, but has struck out 20 times in 63 at bats and has an OPS of under .600.

Fantasy Impact: Howard's overall offensive production has been in a downward spiral since his Achilles injury a few years ago. He hit 23 home runs last season, but appears to have very little fantasy value at this stage of his career if he isn't hitting the long ball.

 

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The Phillies and the Detroit Tigers played to a 4-4 deadlock in Grapefruit League play on Sunday. Ryan Howard struggled once again, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He's now hitting .190 this spring with16 strikeouts and just one walk in 58 at bats.

Fantasy Impact: While Grapefruit League statistics can be misleading, there's no question that Howard's struggles have gone beyond this spring. Although he hit 23 home runs and drove in 95 runs last season, his numbers have been down the past few seasons and he's no longer a top power thread.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies managed just 5 hits in a 10-0 pounding at the hands of the New York Yankees on Friday. Ryan Howard was one of many Phillies who struggled, going 0-for-2 with 3 men left on base. Howard's average in Grapefruit League play dipped to .200.

Fantasy Impact: Howard still has power, but it's clear he's not the same player he was a few years ago. At this stage of his career, Howard is strictly a one-dimensional player. Since his batting average has been in decline, Howard has limited fantasy value if he's struggling hitting the long ball.

 

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Ryan Howard has struggled the last few season, hitting a combined .233 with 50 home runs and 384 strikeouts in 1,115 at bats. Howard has continued to struggle this spring and went 0-for-4 on Thursday to lower his average to .208 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has 11 hits this spring, 3 of them home runs. But he's only walked once and struck out 16 times in 53 at bats. Howard still has power, but his days of being an top tier slugger appear to be over. Howard also has very little fantasy value other than in the power categories.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies banged out 13 hits during Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves. One of those was a home run from Ryan Howard, his third of the spring. Howard went 1-for-4 in the game and his batting average is .217 in Grapefruit League play.

Fantasy Impact: While Howard has displayed some power this spring (3 home runs in 46 at bats), he's struck out 13 times, with only 1 walk and has a .614 OPS. Howard has struggled since an Achilles injury a few seasons ago. Howard's not a premier power threat that he once was, but should still be a decent power option entering the start of the season.

 

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Ryan Howard went 0-for-3 against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday to drop his Grapefruit League batting average to .225. He's shown signs of the power he possessed in his prime, but has also struggled at times. Howard has 7 RBI in 9 hits this spring, but has struck out 12 times in 40 at bats.

Fantasy Impact: Howard will start the season at first base for the Phillies, barring an unexpected trade. Howard still has some power, but is not longer an upper echelon power threat that he once was. Expect Howard to hit between 25 and 30 home runs this season, but have little impact in other categories.

 

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The Phillies managed just 5 hits on Tuesday in their 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Ryan Howard, who homered in two of the last three games, struggled. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, as his average fell to .235 in Grapefruit League play.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has been tinkering with a new batting stance this season in hopes to turn over his downward spiral over the past few seasons. Howard hit 23 home runs and knocked in 95 runs last season. Howard should still put up decent power numbers for a first baseman, but he's unlikely to elevate his game back to upper echelon status.

 

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Although the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Baltimore Orioles by the score of 16-4, there were a few positives to take from the game. One was the hitting of Ryan Howard, who went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk. Howard homered in each of the two previous games and is now hitting .258 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Howard is trying to bounce back from a somewhat poor 2014 in which he hit just .223 with a .690 OPS. He did hit 23 home runs and 95 RBI, but those numbers are significantly down from just a few seasons ago. Howard should be a good fantasy power option this season, whether he remains with the Phillies or is traded.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies bust out against the Boston Red Sox, pounding out 15 hits in an 11-4 victory on Sunday. Ryan Howard was a key component in the win, going 2-for-4 with a home run, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Howard has upped his average in Grapefruit League play to .241.

Fantasy Impact: Howard is starting to look more like the dominant power hitter of several seasons ago over the past few games. He's been working with a new batting stance and appears to be moving in the right direction. Howard's struggled the past few seasons and while he may never return to his 40-plus home run seasons, he could be good for 30 home runs in 2015.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday by the score of 2-1. The Phillies runs game on a two-run home run by Ryan Howard in the fourth inning. It was Howard's first home run of the spring and his first extra base hit. His average now stands at .200 in Grapefruit League play.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has struggled considerably since the first game this spring. He hit 23 home runs last season and knocked in 95 runs, but has been on a downward spiral since his Achilles injury a few seasons ago. Expect Howard to be a decent power option this season, but wont help in any other category.

 

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The Phillies exploded 6 runs in the fifth inning on Thursday to pull out a 6-5 win over the Tigers in Grapefruit League play. Ryan Howard was not part of the offensive attack, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout. His batting average now stands at .182 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Howard continues to scuffle at the plate after starting the spring 2-for-2. He has yet to have an extra base hit. While the Phillies have made it known they prefer to move forward without Howard, there will be no takers if Howard continues to hit without average or power. At this point, it's hard to envision Howard being a major power threat this season.

 

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Ryan Howard started the spring 2-for-2, but has struggled ever since. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the Phillies' 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. Howard's batting average has dipped to .211 in Grapefruit League play.

Fantasy Impact: Howard's fantasy value has already diminished over the past few seasons with his decreased power and batting average. He's struggled to bounce back from an Achilles injury a few seasons ago. While Howard still can be a viable power option, he likely wont be an upper echelon slugger this season.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies continue to struggle offensively in Grapefruit League play, managing just 6 hits in a 6-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Ryan Howard was one of the players who scuffled, going 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts. Howard's average dipped to .250 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Howard has yet to have an extra-base hit this spring. His power has significantly diminished since his Achilles injury a few seasons ago. While Howard hit 23 home runs last season, his batting average plummeted and he can no longer be considered a top fantasy power threat.

 

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The Phillies managed just 6 hits and a run against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, but got stellar pitching in a 1-0 victory. Ryan Howard broke a mini-slump, going 2-for-3 to raise his average in Grapefruit League play to .308.

Fantasy Impact: Although Howard is batting .308 this spring, he has no walks and no extra base hits at this point. His power numbers have dropped significantly since his Achilles injury a few seasons ago. While not the slugger he once was, Howard should still be a decent power option in most fantasy leagues.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies managed just 6 hits against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, losing the game 4-2. Ryan Howard is one player who has struggled since his 2-for-2 start this spring. He went 0-for-3 and is hitless in his last 8 at bats. Howard's average stands at .200 in Grapefruit League play.

Fantasy Impact: While Howard is currently the starting first baseman for the Phillies, there's no question the team wishes to move him at some point. Howard has struggled the past three seasons since his Achilles injury. Last season Howard hit 23 home runs but his batting average plummeted. While still a decent power option, Howard can no longer be considered one of the top sluggers in the game.

 

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The Philadelphia Phillies blew a four-run ninth inning lead and finished in a 5-5 10-inning tie against the New York Yankees on Tuesday. Ryan Howard, who had been told by general manager Ruben Amaro that he basically wasn't wanted, got off to a good start, going 2-for-2 with an RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Howard is trying to bounce back after a few sub par seasons following a torn Achilles tendon. Howard had 23 home runs and 95 RBI last season, but hit just .223 with a .690 OPS. There's no guarantee that Howard's power will return and his batting average has been in decline for several seasons. His health remains a factor and appears to be a risky fantasy pick this season.

 

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Ryan Howard went 2-2 with an RBI in the Phillies spring opener against the Yankees. (Source: NJ.com)

Fantasy Impact: It appears Charlie Manuel's efforts toward helping Ryan Howard's swing have helped, even with this small sample size. If he can keep his fundamental work clean and get back to pre-Achilles tear Howard, he could have a nice bounce back year in 2015. Keep tabs on the slugger.

 

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While Ryan Howard played an impressive 153 games in 2014, he struggled. Early reports out of Clearwater are saying that Howard is running without a limp for the first time since he tore his Achilles. (Source: PhilliesNation )

Fantasy Impact: While this is good news for the Phillies and their trade hopes, how much can Howard really improve his numbers? He hit a career lows in on base percentage and slugging, but ended up with a decent 23 dingers. Power will be scarce in fantasy this year. If you need some power, Howard is a guy you can assuredly get pretty late. The bad news is, he won't be good for much else. Draft at your own risk.

 

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr made is very clear that the organization wishes to move forward without Ryan Howard. However, the Phillies have yet to be able trade Howard and manager Ryne Sandberg noted that first base is Howard's to lose entering spring training. (Source: CSNPhilly.com)

Fantasy Impact: Amaro said that Howard would have to earn playing time this season after coming off a year in which he hit .223 with 23 home runs and 95 RBI. Howard has clearly not been the same player the past few years since his Achilles injury in 2011. Howard can still provide some power, but don't expect him to be an elite fantasy first baseman this season.

 

There's no question that the Philadelphia Phillies are in a rebuilding mode following back-to-back 73 win seasons. Jimmy Rollins has already been traded and it's not a secret that the Phillies would like to trade Ryan Howard. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Howard that the organization would be better off at this point without him. (Source: CSNPhilly.com)

Fantasy Impact: Howard has seen a steady decline in production over the past several seasons due to injury and age. If the Phillies fail to trade Howard, expect him to produce in the 25 to 30 home run range and drive in around 90 runs. Should he be traded to an American League team, Howard would become an every day designated hitter and in the right situation could once again be a 35 home run, 110-plus RBI man. He's still a viable power option, although don't expect him to help much in the batting average category at this stage of his career.