Ben Zobrist
Ben Zobrist

Ben Zobrist (2B,LF,RF)

Chicago Cubs - 90% owned
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Bats: B   Throws: R

Zobrist scored both the winning run and the insurance run in the 3-1 victory Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: He just churns along helping fantasy owners at second base. He even came at a much cheaper draft price than guys like Altuve,

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Zobrist drove in two runs a piece in each of the two games combined Friday and Saturday. He is now up to 72 RBI.

Fantasy Impact: 72 RBI is a reasonable number for a starting second basemen you could get later in the draft that the heavyweights like Altuve. He also has scored some runs himself to help owners.

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Zobrist drove in the first run of the game. He then scored the winning run in the third inning when Miguel Montero initiated a sequence that lead to an error that Zobrist scored on. He would later score a second run which was also due to a Montero at-bat.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist was an unexpected factor in some categories like RBI earlier in the season, but, ultimately, it was runs scored that his owners anticipated.

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Ben Zobrist with a hit

Tue, Sep 20th 7:27am EDT
By Chris Zolli

Ben Zobrist finished 1-for-4 against the Reds on Monday. Zobrist is 2-for-17 with two runs scored over the last seven days. He has an .802 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist does not have a multi-hit game since September 12 and has only two hits in his last five games. He has a .146 batting average in September with a home run, two doubles, an RBI, and seven runs scored.

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Zobrist scored on Heyward's double in the eighth inning to draw the Cubs within 5-4.

Fantasy Impact: He is just chugging along scoring runs and being a solid fantasy second basemen.

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Zobrist reached in the top of the second inning and promptly scored the second run of the game to put the Cubs up 2-0. Regrettably, the Cardinals' bullpen held up and the Cardinals came back to win 4-2.

Fantasy Impact: Short of writing it in another language, it is becoming harder to find new ways to say that Zobrist is not a starter-level fantasy option at second base who just happens to not be Jose Altuve.

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Zobrist came up in the second inning and drove a ball into the bullpen to make the score 1-0 and get the Cubs out to a early lead.

Fantasy Impact: 15 HR is a solid number for a fantasy second basemen which goes along with his strong production in most other categories for the position. Stolen bases are the main category he does not match the expectations for the position.

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Zobrist walked in the third inning and came around to score to make it 5-0 as the Cubs jumped out to a big lead they never gave up.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has slowed down in the pace he was putting up some of his stats, but he continues to be a starting fantasy option at second base.

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Zobrist scored on Rizzo's second HR Tuesday during the 12-5 defeat.

Fantasy Impact: Runs scored was one of the key stats owners were excited for pres-season when drafting Zobrist and he has delivered. Due to the lower fantasy standards for second basemen in fantasy who are not named Altuve, he remains a starter-level asset.

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Zobrist reached in the sixth inning and came around to score on a sacrifice fly to close the deficit to 3-2, which would be the final score.

Fantasy Impact: In most fantasy leagues, there will be someone starting a second basemen who is worse than Zobrist. If it is you and Zobrist is somehow on the wire, go get him.

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Zobrist got on base and scored in the first inning as the Cubs turned a 2-0 deficit after the top of the first into a 3-2 lead after the first.

Fantasy Impact: He is just simply a starter-level second baseman for fantasy who comes through often enough.

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Zobrist is getting a day out of starting lineup Tuesday versus Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: If you have a good backup, use him. Otherwise, hope for pinch-hitting.


Ben Zobrist reaches base once

Mon, Aug 29th 8:17am EDT
By Chris Zolli

Ben Zobrist finished 0-for-3 with a walk on Sunday, but his defensive lapse allowed the Dodgers to score the only run in a 1-0 win for Los Angeles. Zobrist is 8-for-24 with a double, triple, three runs scored, and three RBI over the last seven days. He has an .833 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist had his seven-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday, where he had three multi-hit performances. He is hitting .289 in August with seven doubles, a triple, a home run, 13 RBI, and 14 runs scored.

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Zobrist went 2-for-4 in the 6-3 victory. He tripled in two runs in the first inning to make it 2-0, then scored on a sacrifice fly. He would also score another run in the sixth inning.

Fantasy Impact: It is theoretically possible that Zobrist used some kind of power to make the Padres commit the error in the sixth inning that he scored on. It is also possible that he is just a really good player who was in position to take advantage of a break. Our fantasy leagues count it either way.

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Zobrist went 3-for-5, as he drove in the second run and then scored the third later in the inning.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist does not shoot freeze rays out of his eyes that cause base-runners to be too slow to reach the next base. Outside of not being Altuve, that is one of the few weanesses he has given the fantasy standards of what an average second basemen should produce.

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Zobrist went 1-for-4, as he drove in a run during the ninth inning, though the Cubs still lost 11-4.

Fantasy Impact: Altuve is a monster. If we could all draft him at second base, there would not be so much need for a productive fantasy second basemen. However, most seasonal leagues require a number of other options to be used by some teams. That is where players like Zobrist come in. He puts up solid numbers at a position where expected production is not as high as other positions.

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Zobrist went 3-for-5 as he scored three runs while driving in two. His ninth inning solo HR was the final score of the game.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist fattened up his stat line Saturday and his owners should be thrilled, but he has been a starting level second basemen in fantasy long before tonight.

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Zobrist went 0-for-4 with a walk. He drove in the first run of the game with a ground-out and then scored in the third inning.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starter-level second basemen in fantasy this season so far. He is not Jose Altuve, but he is still good.

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Zobrist went 2-for-4 in the 6-1 victory. He singled to drive in the first run of the game and came around that same inning on Soler's three-run HR.

Fantasy Impact: He bats cleanup for the Cubs quite often and has an OBP of .385. That plays quite nicely at second base in most fantasy leagues.

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Zobrist went a combined 2-for-6 with two walks. He scored the final run in Game 1 and the winning run in Game 2.

Fantasy Impact: It is hard to come up with new reasons he is a solid starting fantasy second basemen. He has a great position in the batting order of a strong offense and has taken advantage often.

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Zobrist went 0-for-3, but did drive in a run in the first inning.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist is batting clean-up for the Cubs frequently. Two of the best hitters in the NL bat right in front of him. Unless this situation changes, he is a solid starter at second base in fantasy.

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Zobrist went 2-for-4. He reached in the second inning and came around on the two-run HR by Russell. He would also reach in the ninth inning that lead to him scoring again.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has 69 runs scored this season which is good enough to make him a starting-level second basemen with plenty of opportunity going forward in this strong lineup. He even has 57 RBI which is a nice bonus for those who invested in him.

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Zobrist goes 1-for-3 with a walk in the 5-1 victory. In the fourth inning, he doubled in the winning run and then came around to score to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead on the way to a 5-1 win.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. Zobrist has scored 67 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. He has also surprised with 57 RBI and a strong OBP.

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Zobrist went 2-for-5 Saturday. He provided the game-winning two-run single that made it 2-0 in the third inning.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. Zobrist has scored 66 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. He has also surprised with 56 RBI and a strong OBP.

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Zobrist went 1-for-4 and scored in the third inning to make it 5-0.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. Zobrist has scored 66 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. He has also surprised with 54 RBI and a strong OBP.

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Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk (and a sacrifice). He was patient as the closer was unraveling and drew the walk that drove in the tying run in the bottom of the ninth.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. Zobrist has scored 65 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. He has also surprised with 54 RBI and a strong OBP.

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Zobrist went 3-for-5 with a walk. The walk drove in the first run of the comeback from down 6-0. He would then hit a triple to drive in the third run, and in the ninth he came around to score the fifth run.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. Zobrist has scored 65 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. He has also surprised with 53 RBI and a strong OBP.

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Zobrist went 2-for-3 with a walk in the 12-1 victory. He came around to score twice during the offensive flurry.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. Zobrist has scored 64 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. He has also surprised with 51 RBI and a strong OBP.

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Zobrist went 2-for-4 Thursday. He knocked in the winning run in the third inning and then scored an insurance run in the eighth inning.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. Zobrist has scored 62 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. He has also surprised with 51 RBI and a strong OBP.

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Zobrist went 1-for-4 Wednesday. He drove in a run with his eighth inning double and then scored on Addison Russell's grand slam.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. Zobrist has scored 61 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. He has also surprised with 50 RBI and a strong OBP.

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Zobrist went 2-for-3 with a walk. He drove in the Cubs first run and then capped off their scoring the next inning with another RBI (eventual game-winner) in the 6-5 win.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. Zobrist has scored 60 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. He has also surprised with 49 RBI and a strong OBP.

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Zobrist bounced back from a rough start to the second half that saw him struggle getting hits to go 2-for-4. He scored the only Cubs' run of the game.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. Zobrist has scored 60 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. He has also surprised with 47 RBI and a strong OBP.

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Zobrist went 1-for-5 and scored a run in the first inning.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. Zobrist has scored 59 runs (fifth best in NL), which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. He has also surprised with 47 RBI and an OBP of .388 despite a decline recently.

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Zobrist went 1-for-5, but his lone hit was a first inning two-run HR to make it 2-0.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. Zobrist has scored 58 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. He has also surprised with 47 RBI and an OBP of .390 despite a decline recently.

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Zobrist went 1-for-5, but his lone hot was a RBI double that made it 2-1. He would come around to score on the two-run triple by Contreras to make it 3-2.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. Zobrist has scored 57 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. He has also surprised with 45 RBI and an OBP of .396 despite a decline recently.

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Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk. His lone hit was a solo HR that put the Cubs up 3-1, though they would end up falling 5-3.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. Zobrist has scored 56 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. He has also surprised with 44 RBI and an OBP of .399 despite a decline recently.

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Zobrist went 1-for-4 with a walk in the 4-3 loss. His seventh inning solo HR finished up the scoring in the game.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. Zobrist has scored 55 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. He has also surprised with 43 RBI and an OBP of .406 despite a decline recently.

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Zobrist went 2-for-5. He reached to lead off the game and came around to score on Bryant's HR.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. Zobrist has scored 54 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. He has also surprised with 42 RBI and an OBP of .409 despite a decline recently.

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Zobrist went 2-for-4 and a walk. He came around to score twice, as the Cubs completed the sweep of Cincinnati Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. Zobrist has scored 53 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. He has also surprised with 42 RBI and an OBP of .409 despite a decline recently.

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Zobrist went 2-for-6 with a walk Tuesday. He opened the scoring with a solo HR to lead-off the game and then was driven home as the eventual winning run in the 15th inning.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. He has scored 51 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. Zobrist has also surprised with 42 RBI and an OBP of .406 despite a decline recently.

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Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a HBP. He came around to score on Contreras' two-run first inning HR that made the score 3-0.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. He has scored 49 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. Zobrist has also surprised with 41 RBI and an OBP of .410 despite a decline recently.

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Zobrist went 3-for-5 and came around to score the first run of the game for the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. He has scored 48 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. Zobrist has also surprised with 41 RBI and an OBP of .423.

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Zobrist 0-for-4 but was able to record an RBI on a ground out.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. He has scored 47 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. Zobrist has also surprised with 41 RBI including tonight.

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Zobrist went 1-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. The Cubs won 6-0.

Fantasy Impact: He is a starting-level fantasy asset at second base. He has now scored 47 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. Zobrist has also surprised with 40 RBI.

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Zobrist led the game off with a HR to give the Cubs the first of three leads they would hold (and lose) in the 5-4 extra inning loss.

Fantasy Impact: He has now scored 46 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. Zobrist has also surprised with 39 RBI. To top it all off, he currently has an OBP of .425, which leads the majors.

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Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk. He would come around to score the third run for the Cubs to put them up 3-1. The Cubs would go on to win 4-3.

Fantasy Impact: He has now scored 45 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. Zobrist has also surprised with 38 RBI. To top it all off, he currently has an OBP of .427.

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Zobrist went 2-for-5 with a walk. He would score a run and knock in two.

Fantasy Impact: He has now scored 44 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. Zobrist has also surprised with 38 RBI. To top it all off, he currently has an OBP of .431.

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Zobrist is 1-for-5 with a run scored during the Cubs 8-2 victory Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: He has now scored 43 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. Zobrist has also surprised with 36 RBI. Even during his recent difficulties getting hits, he is still finding ways to get on-base which has lead to runs scored.

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Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a solo HR. He also scored another run during the game.

Fantasy Impact: He has now scored 42 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. Zobrist has also surprised with 36 RBI. Even during his recent difficulties getting hits, he is still finding ways to get on-base which has lead to runs scored.

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Zobrist went 0-for-3, but he drew a walk and came around to score.

Fantasy Impact: He has now scored 40 runs, which was the standout fantasy stat people were looking forward to coming into this season. Zobrist has also surprised with 35 RBI. Even during his recent difficulties getting hits, he is still finding ways to get on-base which has lead to runs scored.

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Zobrist went 0-for-2 but walked twice. He scored on the two-run single by the pitcher that broke the 2-2 tie and provided the winning margin as the Cubs went on to win 5-3.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist is getting attention for his 35 RBI, which is well deserved and is a great number for a second basemen. He has an amazing OBP so far of .441, which, while very hard to maintain, does give him some padding to fall back some and still have a good number. However, the skill that was expected and that he still excelling at is scoring runs, which he has done 39 times already. He is certainly playing at the level of a starter in fantasy at second base.

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Zobrist went 0-for-2 with two walks. He scored a run in the eighth inning as the Cubs put the game away.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist is getting attention for his 35 RBI, which is well deserved and is a great number for a second basemen. However, the skill that was expected and that he still excelling at is scoring runs, which he has done 38 times already. He is certainly playing at the level of a starter in fantasy at second base.

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Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk . With Dexter Fowler getting some rest, Zobrist batted in the leadoff position and found a way on-base twice. The second time, he managed to come around to score the first run of the game which proved to be the winner.

Fantasy Impact: His performance as a leadoff hitter in this game is a reminder that he is versatile and can find multiple ways to help. Today, they needed a table-setter and he came through. Other games he has hit behind the duo of Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, where he has successfully made teams pay for letting the stars get on base. He is certainly performing like a starter-level second basemen.

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Zobrist went 1-for-4, but that one hit was a three-run HR, which would prove to be the winning runs.

Fantasy Impact: He has been playing great this season. He is on pace to eclipse 100 in both runs and RBI. His OBP is .451. To top it off, he plays at a position where those numbers are unusual, which increases his significance in fantasy.

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Zobrist went 2-for-4 and drove in the second run of the game in the first inning.

Fantasy Impact: He has 32 RBI which is a great pace for a fantasy second basemen. He also raised his OBP to .455 which is just great regardless of position. He is definitely playing like a starter-level 2B.

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Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the 6-2 victory.

Fantasy Impact: He has now scored 35 runs which puts him on pace to score 100 this season. He leads the NL with an OBP of .454. Zobrist is having a great season and is currently performing as a very strong option at second base.

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Zobrist went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI in the 9-8 victory Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: He now has 31 RBI which is on pace to top 100. He is scoring runs at a strong rate. Zobrist is looking like a strong starter at second base for fantasy. He also happens to currently have an OBP of .453 which will be hard to sustain but is perhaps the best stat for showing how amazing he has been so far this season.

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Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk. Both of those times on base led to his scoring a run.

Fantasy Impact: He is definitely producing starter-level numbers for a fantasy second baseman. The RBI have slowed down the last few games, but he is still reaching base at a .449 clip and scoring plenty of runs.

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Zobrist went 3-for-4 with a walk versus the Cardinals. He came around to score a run on one of those situations.

Fantasy Impact: He is definitely producing starter-level numbers for a fantasy second basemen. The RBI have slowed down the last few games, but he is still reaching base at a .448 clip and scoring runs.

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Zobrist went 1-for-4 as he continues to lead the team with a .444 OBP. His lone hit was a solo HR in the eighth inning.

Fantasy Impact: He now has 29 RBI, is on pace to surpass 100 runs and RBI, and is eligible for a fantasy position that tends to see a lower quantity of power numbers. He even has six HR so far this season. He is definitely putting up starter-level numbers for a second basemen.

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Zobrist went 3-for-5 with a walk and a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist is strongly in the group of starter-level 2B in fantasy. He is scoring runs and driving them in at a pace that is very good for the position.

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Zobrist went 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. His OBP reached .446.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist is now up to 28 runs scored an 28 RBI which leaves him on a pace to surpass 100 in each category. He is strongly in the group of starter-level 2B in fantasy.

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Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk. He also scored two runs in the 9-4 victory.

Fantasy Impact: He has been hot with the RBI, but originally the outlook people were more excited over was his run scored potential in this lineup. He now has 27 runs scored to go with his 28 RBI. He is certainly performing well enough to be a starter at 2B in fantasy.

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Zobrist went 2-for-3 with two walks in Game 1. He scored a run and had a RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has been playing great lately, He remains one RBI behind Rizzo for the team lead with 28 so far. He is a very solid second base fantasy option and is with a very good scoring offense.

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Zobrist went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI.

Fantasy Impact: He continues his hot streak and has even broken the top-100 in our ECR. He is now hitting .305 with 27 RBI to go with his original draw of scoring runs himself.

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Zobrist went 1-for-4 with two walks and scored the first Cubs run of the game on a heads-up decision to go home on a wild pitch.

Fantasy Impact: This broke his streak of impressive RBI production, but he still went to his most prominent fantasy asset which is ability to score runs. He will be moved around the batting order, but should stay a solid fantasy option at 2B.

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Ben Zobrist continues hot week

Sun, May 8th 4:47am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk on Saturday. He managed to produce an RBI despite the wind blowing in hard.

Fantasy Impact: He is now up to 25 RBI on the season, including 12 in the past four games. This is an unexpected bonus on top of his expected strength in runs scored and his ability to qualify for multiple positions in some fantasy leagues.

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Zobrist went 2-for-2 with two walks. He scored three runs, hit two HR and drove in four.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist now has 4 HR with 11 RBI in the last three games. He is now up to 24 RBI on the season to go with his expected strength in runs scored.

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Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a two-run HR and a total of four RBI.

Fantasy Impact: This is the second straight game he has had the game-winning HR. He is up to three HR and 20 RBI on the season, both great rates for a 2B in fantasy. However, do not let this run change your view of Zobrist, his runs scored is where his more consistent fantasy value is expected.

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Zobrist went 1-for-5, but that lone hit was a three-run HR that would prove to be the winning run in the 6-2 win.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist is more relied on for his runs scored, but he is producing very solid RBI numbers for a 2B with 16 already.

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Zobrist went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist continues to score runs while being eligible for multiple positions in some leagues.

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Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a HBP. He scored a run and knocked in two runs.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist is valuable in fantasy due to his runs scored and the ability to be used in multiple positions in some fantasy leagues.

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Zobrist is 0-for-3 with a walk and scored a run.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist is valuable in fantasy due to his runs scored and the ability to be used in multiple positions in some fantasy leagues.

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Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: His value revolves around his runs scored and multiple positions carried over from last season.

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Zobrist went 2-for-5 with two RBI in the game.

Fantasy Impact: It is good to see him reach double-digit RBI to go with his existing value revolving around his runs scored and multiple positions carried over from last season.

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Zobrist went 0-for-2 with two walks and scored a run on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: His value lies foremost in his run scoring totals and the multiple position eligibility he will have in some leagues.

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Zobrist went 3-for-5 with a walk in the 16-0 victory. He hit a solo HR and ended with three RBI in the game.

Fantasy Impact: The HR was his first of the season, but his value lies more in his run scoring totals and the multiple position eligibility he will have in some leagues.

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Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk on Tuesday. He also scored a run.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist was batting further down in the lineup today, but still scored a run, continuing the narrative that he should be strong in runs scored.

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Zobrist went 1-or-4 with a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: He should be strong in runs scored, as he is often hitting in high opportunity spots in the batting order.

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Zobrist went 0-for-3, but he drew a bases-loaded walk to pick up a RBI.

Fantasy Impact: He should be strong in runs scored, as he is often hitting in high opportunity spots in the batting order.

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Zobrist went 0-for-4. However, he drew a walk, turned it into a run scored and added a stolen base.

Fantasy Impact: He should be strong in runs scored as he will often hit in front of some great hitters.

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Zobrist went 0-for-3, drawing a walk that led to him scoring a run.

Fantasy Impact: He will bat in key positions in the lineup often in a strong offense, so he has upside for runs scored in fantasy.

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Zobrist went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run, and a RBI.

Fantasy Impact: He will bat early in the lineup often in a strong offense, so he has upside for runs scored in fantasy.

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Zobrist went 0-for-4, but knocked in a run with a fielder's choice.

Fantasy Impact: He will bat early in the lineup often in a strong offense, so he has upside for runs scored in fantasy.

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Zobrist went 1-for-3 with three walks in the 14-6 victory for the Cubs against the Diamondbacks. He scored three runs while adding a RBI.

Fantasy Impact: He will bat early in the lineup often in a strong offense, so he has upside in runs scored for fantasy.

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Zobrist went 2-for-4 on Tuesday as he starts the season hitting well.

Fantasy Impact: He will bat early in the lineup often in a strong offense, so he has upside in runs scored for fantasy.

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Zobrist went 2-for-5 with a run scored Monday.

Fantasy Impact: He will bat early in the lineup often in a strong offense, so he has upside in runs scored for fantasy.

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Ben Zobrist is dealing with an ingrown toenail and is listed as day-to-day. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There is nothing to worry about here. The regular season is far enough away that the ingrown toenail should not be an issue.

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Zobrist went 1-for-2 in his first action.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist is a versatile player who will help set the table for the powerful hitters after him. He will be an interesting player to own and is a strong option at second base.

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Ben Zobrist signed with the Chicago Cubs for four years and 56 million that includes a no-trade clause. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist will make an immediate impact with the Cubs, with his well-known versatility and consistent approach to both sides of the game. Zobrist is a much better real player than fantasy, but his positional flexibility makes him worth owning in all formats. Just be cautious on buying in too early/paying too much come draft season as he was only the 17th 2B on the player rater last year.

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The Mets remain interested in free agent Ben Zobrist. However, they are unwilling to offer a four-year deal to the 34 year old veteran. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: If Zobrist signs with the Mets, he will likely hit at the heart of the lineup to replace Daniel Murphy. The Mets are still interested in Murphy, but his price tag might be too high. Zobrist had a .276 average with 13 homeruns last year.

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Zobrist went 3-for-5 with a walk on Sunday. He scored a run and drove one in.

Fantasy Impact: He is a solid player batting .285 while hitting lead-off for a team that can score some runs. There are worse options you could have for second base in fantasy.

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Ben Zobrist has opened September with a .311 batting average, five extra-base hits, and has scored 10 runs. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has a five-game hitting streak, with four extra-base hits, and has three multi-hit games in his last four games. He has a .371 OBP for the season and has walked (53) more than struck out (41) while slugging 45 extra-base hits. The Royals have enjoyed having Zobrist in the lineup, as he has a .914 OPS, and his eligibility makes him a vital piece of a successful fantasy lineup.


Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI Sunday in the Royals 3-2 loss to the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has played second base and right field for the Royals and filled in admirable in the two hole for their offense. His versatility and steady production have been great for the Royals and fantasy owners alike.

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Ben Zobrist went 0-for-5 during Sunday's win over the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the 0-for, Zobrist has been solid in August. He's posted an OPS north of 1.000 with 10 extra-base hits so far this month.

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Zobrist went 2-for-2 with two walks against the Angels as the Royals fell 7-6.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist continues his strong play for the Royals by consistently getting on base at the top of the order. He's been a tremendous addition for the Royals and his fantasy value has jumped up quite a bit in their potent offense.

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Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI as the Royals defeated the White Sox 5-4.

Fantasy Impact: After an off day Saturday, Zobrist was back in the lineup hitting second and playing 3B Sunday. Zobrist is now 9-for-33 with five runs, four walks, three HRs, and eight RBI with the Royals.

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Zobrist went 1-for-4 with an RBI in the Royals 5-1 win over the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist got a hit in his fourth straight game for the Royals and again hit in the two-hole, great signs for his fantasy value.

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Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk, home run, and two RBI in the Royals 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist hit another home run for the Royals on Sunday after hitting two on Saturday. In his first four games with the Royals, Zobrist is hitting 5-for-15 with three home runs, a double, four runs, and six RBI. After hitting sixth his first two games, Zobrist hit in the two-hole on Saturday and Sunday. If he continues to hit there, he's a great fantasy option.

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The Royals have traded for Oakland's utility man Ben Zobrist. Kansas City gave up minor league pitchers Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Ben Zobrist will join a much more talented lineup and will probably fill in at left field. Look for Eric Sogard to receive more consistent playing time in the Athletics' lineup.

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Ben Zobrist did his best to help his side against their rivals from across the bay with a 3-for-3 effort from the plate. He finished a home run shy of the cycle and also took one walk. Unfortunately, he was unable to drive any runs home or score any runs himself. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has been remarkably consistent all season, and owners should expect him to stay that way as his batting average currently matches his career average of .264. There is a very real possibility of a trade in Zobrist's future with Oakland apparently fielding offers from many different teams, and while it is impossible to tell how a trade will affect his value, it most likely will not be negative.

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In the A's 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday, Ben Zobrist went 0-4 at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: He is close to batting under .250 now (.254) ensuring that he is only a viable option in deep fantasy leagues.

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In Oakland's 2-0 victory over Cleveland on Sunday, Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with one strikeout at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist finished off the first half of the season on a high note and seems to have quieted down the possiblity of him being dealt to another team before the trade deadline. While that's good news for A's fans who enjoy watching him play for them, he's still only a viable option for fantasy owners in deep fantasy leagues.

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As the A's lose to the Yankees by the score of 6-2 on Thursday, Ben Zobrist went 0-for-4 with one strikeout at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist is ice cold at the plate right now and should only be used in deep fantasy leagues.

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Ben Zobrist was perhaps the lone bright spot for Oakland in the loss to Seattle. He finished at 2-for-4 with one single and one double, but he was unable to drive in any runs or score himself.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has been pretty solid all year at multiple positions. He holds more value in league play and has really only been a factor in daily games when facing weak pitching. A move to the Mets may make things a little worse for him, since there would be less opportunities to score runs or drive them due to his potential teammate's poor hitting.

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The New York Mets would be willing to "overpay" in order to acquire Oakland Athletics 2B/OF Ben Zobrist, according to Joel Sherman of The New York Post. (Source: Joel Sherman)

Fantasy Impact: New York has been reportedly seeking a hitter to add to their lackluster lineup. Zobrist can essentially do everything in the field, as he's manned every position but catcher over his major league career. He's also solid at the plate, showing an ability to get on base at an above-average clip over the course of his career. A move to the Mets would only provide a minimal ballpark upgrade at best for Zobrist, but it could help fantasy-relevant Mets' players, including Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson.

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Ben Zobrist had another nice game in the cleanup spot, this time at 2-for-3 from the plate with two singles. He was able to drive one run in and score one run himself.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist had his five game hitting streak snapped in the second game of the series so getting back on track with a multiple hit effort was nice to see. Zobrist's slugging has barely been seen all season so the cleanup spot may seem a little strange, but he has still found ways to be productive all season and is a solid pick going forward.

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Ben Zobrist went 2-for-3 with two singles, a RBI, and a run scored against the Royals on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist just keeps plugging away in June. He has a .267 average this month, with 21 runs and 19 RBI, with almost all of the production coming since June 14th when his hot streak started. Keep Zobrist active in all fantasy formats.

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Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a single, a walk, and a two-run HR against the Rangers on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist continued his recent hot streak, blasting his fifth homer, and having his fourth multi-hit game in his last nine. Three of the five homers he has came in the last seven games, as Zobrist seems to be fully healthy for the first time this season. Keep him active in all but the most shallow fantasy formats.

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Ben Zobrist went 3-for-4 with a single, double, and a triple against the Padres on Wednesday. He also had three runs and RBI in the game.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist is on fire recently, going 8-for-14 (.571) with 10 runs, five RBI, a homer, and four walks in the last four games. It's uncertain how long he can keep up this level of production, but he should be worthy of starting in mixed leagues for the foreseeable future.

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Zobrist had another productive game, this time with his third home run of the season. He finished up at 1-for-4 from the plate and his home run was good for two runs.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has been on a bit of a role over the past week with a total of nine hits and only one game in which he has not recorded a hit. Do not expect many more home runs from him, but he could still be an affordable option in daily games and provide some value for teams in need in league play.

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Ben Zobrist went 1-for-1 with a single, four walks, and three runs scored against the Padres on Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: The weirdest thing about the four walks was that none of them were intentional, as Zobrist exhibited excellent patience at the plate Monday night. Zobrist has struggled to get on base thus far this season, but after reaching eight times in the last two games he might be on the right track. Keep him active in AL-Only leagues and your fingers crossed.

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Ben Zobrist came up big from the clean up spot, finishing up at 3-for-5 with two doubles and one single. He was unable to bat in any runs, but he did make it around the bases on all three occasions and score.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has had a rough go at it so far this year. He has already missed a large chunk of the season, and he rarely looks in form. He is often bat second or third, but he still has not collected many RBI. His career averages are much better than where they are now (.219 batting average and .291 OBP), so look to see if he can rebound before the end of June.

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Ben Zobrist fails to collect a hit

Sat, Jun 6th 7:39am EDT
By CD Hill

In Oakland's 4-2 loss to Boston on Friday, Ben Zobrist went 0-for-3 with a walk. In addition, the Yankees and Nationals have now made it known to Oakland that they are interested in acquiring Zobrist via trade. (Source: Athletics Nation)

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist hasn't done much of late and should only be considered for lineups in deep fantasy leagues.

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Oakland's Ben Zobrist went 0-for-3 and drew two walks in a 6-1 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Realistically, Zobrist should only be considered an option in deep fantasy leagues right now.

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Ben Zobrist went 1-for-4 with a Grand Slam home run, a walk, and a strikeout against Detroit on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist was the difference in the game, giving the A's a 5-3 lead with his grand salami in the seventh, a lead they'd hold onto for the W. Zobrist is batting a decent .250 with three extra-base hits (two doubles and Tuesday's HR) since coming back from injury. He's a solid option for AL-Only leagues, and worth a look in deep mixed ones too.

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In Oakland's 3-0 shutout win over New York (AL), Ben Zobrist goes 1-for-4 at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Ben Zobrist is currently not a player who should be starting in most fantasy leagues, but he is a player most fantasy owners should consider holding on to for the time being. There's still a good chance that he becomes a useful fantasy player down the road.

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In a 6-2 win over the Yankees on Friday, Ben Zobrist goes 0-for-4 with a run and one run batted in.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist is doing just enough right now to keep his must-own fantasy player status in place. That's not to say that you shouldn't start other fantasy players over him (especially if you have more ideal middle infielders on your squad), but he's still worth owning right now, regardless.

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Ben Zobrist goes 1-for-3 with a run scored, a run batted in, a walk and a strikeout in Oakland's 5-4 victory over the Yankees on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist seems to be in a bit of a groove right now at the plate and is a safe start if you're considering plugging him into your lineup later tonight.

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Ben Zobrist goes 1-for-4 in Oakland's 3-2 loss to Detroit on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: It's going to be slow going at first for Zobrist who has just recently returned from a knee injury, so don't expect him to really get it going right away. It's going to more than likely take some time before you start seeing the Zobrist of old again (the versatile double-digit home runs and steals Zobrist, that is, who typically gets on base at a solid rate too).

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In Oakland's 1-0 shutout loss to Detroit, Ben Zobrist goes 2-for-4 at the plate (one hit was a single and the other a double).

Fantasy Impact: If you've waited patiently for Zobrist's return and have owned him since he went down with a knee injury earlier this season, consider Tuesday his way of saying thank you for doing that. He's definitely a player most fantasy owners should consider starting now (especially when he's set up to start in a middle infield position).

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Oakland's Ben Zobrist is set to return to action (potentially) in a minor league rehab assignment on Monday (5/18/15). (Source: HardballTalk)

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist's (a 2B. SS, LF, CF; RF position eligible fantasy player) return to action is a much needed one for the fantasy owners who have him sitting on their DL, or who still have the option in their league(s) of picking him up him via free agency/waiver wire. It also wouldn't be a bad idea to try and acquire him via trade if you could get him relatively cheap. He wasn't off to the greatest of starts before his left knee injury shut him down after his last game on 4/24/15 (was hitting .240 with 8 R,1 HR, 8 RBI and 1 SB before being played on the DL), but he is one of those players that could surprise this season and do better than expected. He knows how to get on base (a career ..353 OBP) and can show some surprising pop some seasons. At the very least, consider taking a flier on him and keep him in mind as a potential player (one way or another) on your fantasy team with decent breakout performance potential.

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Ben Zobrist has been out of the lineup the past couple of days with discomfort in his knee. (Source: Susan Slusser on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He did take some batting practice today and is scheduled to do so again tomorrow. He is also planning to run the bases. At that point the team will look into the next step. Arthroscopic surgery is a possibility if his knee does not respond well to the additional activity.

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Ben Zobrist had an excellent day at the plate on Saturday as he went two-for-five with one run and one RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has been solid thus far for the A's, as he's batting .292 with one home run and four runs batted in on the season. He needs to stay locked into fantasy lineups, which shouldn't be hard to do considering he's eligible at so many positions.

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Ben Zobrist hitless Tuesday

Wed, Apr 8th 12:05pm EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Ben Zobrist got his second straight start in left field for the Athletics on Tuesday. Batting third, he went hitless in four at bats.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist was unable to follow up his sensational debut with the A's on Monday. He should produce nicely this season, especially if he continues to bat third. Look for a bounce back performance today.

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Ben Zobrist didn't take long to make an impact for his new team, smashing a first inning, two-run home run. He also picked up a double later in the game.

Fantasy Impact: The two runs ended up being all Oakland needed as the Rangers were shut out. Zobrist, expected to play all over the diamond, got the start in left field and his multiple position eligibility makes him a useful fantasy player to own. He's back in action tonight against the Rangers.

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Ben Zobrist was scratched from the lineup today with a tight shoulder. (Source: Susan Slusser on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist did mention to reporters that he would have played if this were a regular season game. The A's are most likely just being careful with their starting second baseman.

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Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer off Arnold Leon in the first inning during Oakland's final intrasquad game. This is Zobrist's first season in Oakland after spending the first nine years of his career in Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: The multiple position playing Zobrist played left field in this time game but also has been playing second base this spring. His multi-position eligibility makes him fun to own in fantasy and it will be interesting to see how Oakland deploys him this year.

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Ben Zobrist will be a utility player for the Athletics in 2015, but should be the starting left fielder after being acquired from Tampa Bay. (Source: SF Gate)

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has been one of the most underrated players in baseball for years and his vast position eligibility makes him worthy of a draft pick better than his skills ellicit. Zobrist has had an OPS+ of 100 or better in six of the past seven seasons, boosted by his stellar .363 OBP. He has had 10 HR/ 10 SB in each season since 2009 and has also hit 20 or more HR three times in his career. Zobrist has hit 30 or more 2B for the past four seasons and will benefit from the cavernous O.co Stadium for more doubles. Zobrist could be as high as a sixth or seventh round pick because of his positional eligibility and his consistent hitting abilities.


The Yankees are in dire need of a 2B and a pending free agent like Ben Zobrist would be a great fit, but the Yankees and Rays have only made one trade before, a 2006 trade that netted the Yankees Nick Green. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ben Zobrist is exactly the player that the Yankees need and would essentially be an upgrade over Martin Prado, a player that filled a similar role in the second half of 2014 before being traded to the Marlins. On top of the fact that Zobrist is less expensive than Prado, Zobrist averages a WAR of 6.2 over the past six seasons, never going beneath 4.5, while Prado's top WAR in his career was only 5.5 in 2012. Zobrist has struggled over the past two seasons, only posting a .753 OPS, but has three 20 home run seasons in the past six seasons while averaging 16 steals at a 76% ratio. Zobrist has played 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, and each of the OF in his career and is still a top-75 player because of his eligibility at 2B/SS/OF for 2015. Zobrist is the type of player whose versility is vital to a fantasy roster and would be a welcome addition to the Yankees as well as a fantasy team.