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By Kerry Kauffman, Phillies Correspondent, Tue, Mar 3rd 4:34pm EST

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.

By Matthew Jay Hutcheson Jr, Phillies Correspondent, Tue, Mar 3rd 4:13pm EST

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.

By Matthew Jay Hutcheson Jr, Phillies Correspondent, Thu, Feb 26th 9:03am EST

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.

By Kerry Kauffman, Phillies Correspondent, Wed, Feb 18th 7:58pm EST

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.

By Kerry Kauffman, Phillies Correspondent, Sat, Dec 20th 10:19pm EST

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.

Ryan Howard News & Advice

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MLB.com | Mar 3rd, 10:55pm
Ryan Howard could have come to Phillies camp last month in a miserable mood and with a scowl on his face. Howard's offseason included a lawsuit between himself and his family, a concerted effort by the organization to trade him and a local radio interview in which his general manager said the Phillies would be better without him. But Howard showed up with a smile, and unless he is putting on an Oscar-worthy...
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Rotoworld | Mar 3rd, 8:03pm
Ryan Howard said Tuesday that he cut sugar from his diet over the winter and has lost 15-20 pounds.