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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.