Brett Gardner
Brett Gardner

Brett Gardner (LF,CF)

New York Yankees - 47% owned
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Brett Gardner finished 2-for-6 with two runs scored against the Rays on Wednesday. Gardner is 6-for-26 with a triple, two doubles, three RBI, and six runs scored over the last seven days. He has a .708 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner now has a five-game hitting streak and has scored a run in five of his last six games while driving in a run in three of his last four. He has a .246 batting average in September with a triple, three doubles, five RBI, and 11 runs scored.

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Brett Gardner was 0-for-4 with a strikeout against the Dodgers on Wednesday. Gardner is 9-for-23 with a double, RBI, and three runs scored over the last seven days. He has a .710 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner had multi-hit games on Saturday and Sunday before going hitless in back-to-back games. The Yankees only have one day off for the rest of the season, a good opportunity for Gardner to build on his .275 batting average this month and finish strongly.

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Brett Gardner remained out with his ankle injury on Monday. He suffered the injury when fouling a pitch off his foot on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: It's not clear when Gardner will be back with the team or if he'll require a stint on the disabled list. He's posted a mediocre OPS of .730 on the season, but he has contributed a bit of pop to go with 13 stolen bases. He also continues to reach base at an above-average clip.

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Brett Gardner is not in the Yankees lineup on Tuesday. Aaron Hicks will start in left field in Gardner's place and bat eighth.

Fantasy Impact: Just a day off for Gardner against the lefty, Cole Hamels. Expect Gardner back in the lineup on Wednesday.


Brett Gardner has been producing regularly for the Yankees during the month of June, batting .364 with 17 runs scored and three stolen bases.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner's RBI and home run totals are still well beneath his career pace, but he's just about normalized his on pace numbers for runs, steals, and batting average. Gardner will go through peaks and valleys, but provides solid overall numbers and should end the season with about 25 steals and 100 runs scored.

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Brett Gardner went 0-for-3 on Sunday against the Tigers, snapping his nine-game hitting streak. Gardner raised his batting average almost 50 points during the streak to .258.

Fantasy Impact: Although Gardner's home run and RBI totals are low, he's now back to his typical season-long pace in the other categories. Expect Gardner to continue to score a lot of runs and steal bases at his usual clip for the rest of the season.

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Brett Gardner is on pace to have one of his worst full seasons in the majors, as he's currently projected to bat just .237 with 80 runs scored, 14 home runs, 34 RBI, and 28 stolen bases. Gardner has shown signs of heating up, however, tallying eight hits in his last 16 at-bats.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner can't do much to increase his RBI total, since his lack of RBI can be attributed more to the Yankees' poor lineup, but it would be nice to see him up his batting average at least. With steals down across the board, Gardner's 10 thefts this season make him a valuable commodity, even if the rest of his game is suffering. Hopefully, Gardner's recent hot streak is a sign of things to come.

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Brett Gardner is not in the Yankees' lineup on Tuesday. Rob Refsnyder will start in right field and bat second, with Aaron Hicks moving to left field.

Fantasy Impact: Just a day off against the lefty, J.A. Happ. Expect Gardner to be back in the lineup on Wednesday.


Brett Gardner does have two doubles against Matt Moore, but that is about it, as he is 3-for-15 against the Rays' projected starter on Saturday. He is also mirred in a 1-for-18 slump over the last 10 games and only has a .200 batting average in May. Gardner is hitless in five of his last six games to see his batting average drop to .225.

Fantasy Impact: For a player like Gardner, he needs to get on base to fulfill his stolen base potential and he is getting on base enough, as he has a .354 OBP, he is just not hitting the ball. He walked twice against the Rays on Friday night, and is sixth in the American League with 26 walks, leading to eight stolen bases, which are eighth in the American League. His .452 OPS against left-handed pitchers and .566 OPS on the road make Gardner an unattractive pick for Saturday, but hold out for speed and run scored potential in season long leagues.


Brett Gardner went 2-for-3 with two runs scored on Thursday against the A's. Gardner also stole his eighth base of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Thursday marked Gardner's third steal in his last four games, putting him on pace for 32 for the season. With the Yankees' struggles on offense, it seems likely that both Jacoby Ellsbury and Gardner will attempt to make things happen with their legs. Although Gardner hasn't stolen more than 24 bases since 2011, it seems likely that he'll surpass that mark this season if he stays healthy.

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Hitless game for Brett Gardner

Sat, May 14th 8:45pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

Brett Gardner finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout against the White Sox on Saturday. Gardner has struggled mightly of late, as he has five hits over his last 10 games and has not had a multi-hit game since April 29. He has a .731 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Even with his struggles at the plate, Gardner has walked 19 times this season, leading to a .356 OBP and the decent OPS. Other than his strong OBP, the fact that Gardner is 5-for-6 on stolen bases is very appealing for fantasy owners. Gardner is 7-for-24 with four doubles against the starter on Sunday for the White Sox, Miguel Gonzalez, and has a .962 OPS at home in 2016.

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Brett Gardner returned to the starting lineup Friday. He went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and stolen base.

Fantasy Impact: It was good to see Gardner back, as he was able to avoid a stint on the disabled list after being hit by a pitch this week. While his power and batting average leave something to be desired, he has gotten on base at an above average clip and has five stolen bases so far this season.

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Gardner is out of the lineup on Thursday. Gardner was hit on his right elbow with a pitch on Wednesday night. Aaron Hicks is starting in left field and batting seventh. (Source: MLB Lineups on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gardner is currently considered day-to-day. With Gardner out of the lineup, Starlin Castro has moved up to second in the order tonight.


While X-rays came back negative on Brett Gardner's injured elbow, he could still sit out the team's series finale Thursday against the Orioles. Gardner was hit on the elbow by a pitch Wednesday night and is considered day-to-day. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Owners will want to make adjustments Thursday if Gardner sits. The good news is that this doesn't appear to be something that will keep him out for an extended period.

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Brett Gardner goes 0-for-3

Mon, May 2nd 2:58pm EDT
By Dan Harris

Brett Gardner went 0-for-3 on Sunday night against the Red Sox with a walk and one run. He is batting .243 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner is off to a slow start this season, but the same could be said for pretty much the entire Yankees offense. He does have two homers and three steals, however, and should continue to chip in stats for most of the fantasy categories.

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Brett Gardner smacked a walk-off solo home run in the ninth inning on Saturday, propelling the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner's heroics came off Rays reliever Erasmo Ramirez. Brett finished the day finished the day 3-for-5 with two singles, a run scored and two RBI. Gardner also stole his third base on the season.

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Gardner will miss his second straight game for the Yankees with neck soreness. Aaron Hicks will get the start in left field. (Source: MLB Lineups on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gardner will sit out against lefty Rich Hill and get another day to rest his sore neck. He should be considered questionable for Friday's game against the Rays.

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Brett Gardner (neck) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the A's. (Source: Sweeny Murti on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Aaron Hicks will replace Gardner in Left field. Gardner is considered day-to-day.

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Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 on Sunday against the Mariners with a run and an RBI. He also stole his second base of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Sunday marked Gardner's third consecutive multi-hit game. He's locked in right now so make sure he's in your lineups for the foreseeable future.

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Brett Gardner finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in the Yankees' 4-0 loss to the Tigers on Friday afternoon. Gardner has gotten on base in each of the last three games and has five walks thus far this season.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner has left much to be desired in terms of OBP, only posting an OBP higher than .350 once in his eight-plus season career, but has come out of the gate with a .467 OBP in 2016. He has not hit the ball much in 2016, only posting two singles in four games, but his plate discipline has to be lauded. Gardner is 6-for-16 in his career against Saturday's starter for the Tigers, Mike Pelfrey, and the active Yankees have a culmulative .955 OPS against Pelfrey in their careers. The Yankees could be an attractive stack in DFS today.

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Brett Gardner is not in Tuesday’s Opening Day lineup versus the Astros. Aaron Hicks will start in his place. (Source: Wallace Matthews on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: No big surprise here, as Gardner told reporters on Monday that he would be out of the lineup versus Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel is incredibly tough on lefties, holding them to a .177 batting average and .201 on-base percentage last year, and Hicks has had success against him in limited at bats. Gardner should be back in the lineup on Wednesday.


Brett Gardner struck a solo home run as the Yankees beat the Marlins 3-2 on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: He appears to be over the wrist injury that plagued him in the second half of 2015 and he's poised for a big year hitting second in the Bombers powerful lineup.Gardner finished the day 1-for-2. His long ball impressively came off Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in the fourth inning.

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Brett Gardner made his Spring Training debut Wednesday, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Gardner returned from a bone bruise on his wrist.

Fantasy Impact: Assuming he doesn't suffer a setback, Gardner is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. Gardner continued to produce in 2015, and he's a candidate to provide 15 home runs, 100 runs scored and 20 stolen bases.

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Brett Gardner, who was a wrist injury, took a full round of batting practice on Tuesday and seems to be closing in on his 2016 Grapefruit League debut. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: A previous report suggested that Gardner would be held out of spring games until at least March 15, but it's not entirely out of the question that the Yankees could advance his timetable by a few days. Regardless, Gardner should have enough time to prepare for Opening Day, as there's been no report of any setback with the lingering soreness in his wrist..

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Brett Gardner will be held out of games until the middle of March as he continues to recover from a bone bruise in his wrist suffered during the 2015 postseason. (Source: Jared Diamond on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Despite the extended absence, Gardner is still expected to be ready to start the regular season at full-go. He was impressive last season, providing both stolen bases and pop near the top of the Yankees' lineup.

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Gardner lead off for the Yankees and went 0-for-4 seeing 20 pitches in those at-bats.

Fantasy Impact: He had a solid 2015 season. He scored 94 runs while stealing 20 bases and even contributed 16 HRs. His main deficiency was his poor batting average of .259. Watch what moves the Yankees make in the off-season but if he is still slated to start regularly and bat lead-off, he will have value in 2016.

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Brett Gardner goes 2-for-4

Wed, Sep 30th 9:50am EDT
By Craig Rosenkrantz

Brett Gardner went 2-for-4 in a 10-4 loss to the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner on the season is hitting .262 with 16 homers and 65 RBI. So far in the month of September he is hitting .202 and .250 during the last 7 days.

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Brett Gardner is in a slump

Tue, Sep 29th 2:17am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Gardner is 6-for-32 with four walks in his past 10 games.

Fantasy Impact: He is producing at roughly the same rate as he did last season. He is not elite but he is useful in many leagues.


Gardner went 0-for-3 but did draw a walk to reach base for the fourth straight game.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner is not having an elite season but he has scored 93 runs this season with 19 steals to create some fantasy value.

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Brett Gardner went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and one RBI in a 9-5 loss to the Blue Jays in 11 innings in game one. Brett Gardner went 2-for-5 with two three run homers and six RBI in a 10-7 loss to the Blue Jays in game two.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner on the season is hitting .273 with 16 homers and 65 RBI. During the month of September he is hitting .265 and .353 during the last 7 days. After hitting just two home runs in July and one in August, he seems to have regained his power stroke with a vengeance.

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Brett Gardner is 3-for-21 to start the month of September, posting hitless appearances in his last two starts against the Rays. Gardner does have two extra-base hits in his three hits this month, adding to his 42 extra-base hits this season. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Gardner does rank top-10 in the American League in walks (59), runs scored (85), and stolen bases (18), but he has struggled in the second half. He only has a .202 batting average in the second half and has a .584 OPS since the All-Star break. His batting average has progressively dropped this season, from .351 in June to .208 for the month of August, as Gardner has slipped from a top-10 OF to an OF3 at best.

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Brett Gardner was 5-for-23 in the last week of the month, posting only one extra base hit. He scored twice in each of the Yankee routs of the Braves over the weekend, but was held to 2-for-6 and 2-for-7 lines in those blowouts. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Gardner was punchless in August, finishing with only three extra-base hits, and his .208 batting average was a big part of the Yankees' offensive woes. He was looking like a top-10 OF through the first four months of the season, and is still top-five in the American League in runs scored and stolen bases, but he had an OPS of .561 for August and has seen his stock plummet.

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Brett Gardner went hitless again Thursday, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout against the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner has dropped off significantly since his impressive month of June. After a tough July, he's struggled mightily in August, only mustering a .503 OPS.

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Gardner played lights out yesterday, finishing 3-for-5 with a home run in the series finale with the Oakland A's.

Fantasy Impact: With the entire Yankees organization and fans pushing for Gardner to be selected to the All-Star game next week, anyone can sense he was due for an explosive performance. Gardner delivered just that: going 3-for-5 with a home run. So far in July, he’s been rather pedestrian at the plate. A batting average of .200 without a HR, RBI, or SB. That all changed yesterday and propelled him to be named to the 2015 All-Star game as a replacement for Alex Gordon. He has been rather consistent with his performances this season, earning a ranking in the top-10 of outfielders. Now with Jacoby Ellsbury’s presence back in the line-up, Gardner should also see a jump in his RBI totals.

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Gardner went 3-for-5 with a solo HR in the 6-2 victory for the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: He is an extremely capable OF who should be owned in most leagues.

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Brett Garner hitless on Friday

Sat, Jul 4th 12:11am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Brett Gardner was hitless Friday for only the second time in the past 15 games. Despite the lack of a hit, he still managed to walk twice and score in the decisive 12th inning.

Fantasy Impact: He is batting .300 while stealing 15 bases and nine HR. He has scored 59 runs already this season (heading into Friday, he was third in the majors in runs scored). He is a top OF so far and should be owned in virtually all leagues.

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Brett Gardner went 2-for-4 with one RBI including a solo homer in a 11-6 loss to the Phillies last night

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner on the season was hitting .265 with 6 homers and 30 RBI on June 19th. Now he is hitting .294 with 9 homers and 37 RBI on the season. Gardner has been on an absolute tear of late, going 13-for-23 with three home runs and eight RBI in his past five games. His 51 runs and 15 stolen bases are among the American League's best, as Gardner continues to reward fantasy owners in multiple categories.

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Brett Gardner went 2-for-5 with two RBI including a two run homer in the 9-4 victory over the Marlins last night

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner on the season is hitting .265 with 6 homers and 30 RBI. Gardner has struggled the last 7 days hitting only .185 and .242 for the month of June. Nonetheless, the 31-year-old outfielder is now right in line with last year's power pace, and he's also enjoying a speed renaissance, as he's set to blow by his steal totals from his last two full seasons. If anything, he's giving those who invested in him on draft day a little more than they bargained for.

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Brett Gardner was on fire going into Saturday's game. He was getting hits and scoring runs every game for awhile. Saturday's game he cooled off and he has been 1-for-15 in the last four games. The cold streak even seemed to spread to the Yankees as they scored three runs combined in their past two games.

Fantasy Impact: He is still an awful good OF. Gardner does not put up the huge numbers of the elite but he should be owned and started in most leagues as he is easily among the top 30 fantasy OF (10 fantasy teams starting 3 OF each day). Start him and relax unless he gets injured.


Gardner goes 1-for-3 last night against the Orioles, while tallying up a run and another steal.

Fantasy Impact: Despite low scoring affairs by the Yanks, Gardner is still able to cause ruckus when he gets on base. He is top-10 in the Majors for Runs Scored and top-5 in the Majors in Stolen Bases across the league. Needless to say, he's in a six game hitting streak. Looks like he'll be a reliable starter going forward in all leagues.

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Brett Gardner went 1-for-5 in the Yankees 5-4 loss to Washington Wednesday. He scored a run and drove in another.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner should be owned in most leagues. He is on pace to score a strong number of runs and be a solid guy in stolen bases without killing you in batting average or giving you no power at all.

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Brett Gardner went 1-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout in the Yankees 6-2 loss to the Athletics.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner has now hit safely in three consecutive games, owning a line of .289/.369/.440 for the year. Gardner is a versatile outfielder that can help your fantasy team in many areas, including stolen bases (12) and RBI (21). Gardner is a must-own in most fantasy formats.

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Brett Gardner was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the Yankees 4-1 win over the Rays. Gardner was back in the two-hole with Jacoby Ellsbury returning to the lineup.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner is now batting .316 with a .409 OBP for the Yankees through the first 20 games and is batting .353 over the last 10 days since returning from missing a few games after a HBP. Gardner has five multi-hit games over that span as well. Just like Jacoby Ellsbury, Gardner has scored 14 runs so far increasing his value. Gardner should be started in all formats and is a solid DFS option based on the match up.

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Brett Gardner batted leadoff for the Yankees on Sunday in the rubber match with the Mets going 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner took Jacoby Ellsbury's spot in the lineup with Chris Young getting the start against lefty Jonathon Niese. Gardner has been swinging a hot bat, batting .318 over the last week while adding five runs scored. Keep Gardner in your lineup without question.

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Brett Gardner was 2-for-4 on Friday night in the Yankees 6-1 win over the Mets. Gardner added a run in the contest and raised his average to .304.

Fantasy Impact: Since returning to the lineup following a HBP on the wrist a week ago, Gardner has been hitting the ball well and producing for his fantasy owners. He has swiped five bags, scored 12 runs and has a .396 OBP on the year. He is not a top-of-the-line fantasy star but is consistent enough to leave in your lineup everyday without any second thought.

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Brett Gardner finished Monday's loss 1-for-4 with a single and a stolen base, his fourth steal of the young season.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner missed several games last week after being hit by a pitch on the wrist and since his return he has four hits in his 12 at-bats. He has also added three steals over that time to help out his owners. Gardner, hitting in front of the meat of the Yankees order, has scored nine runs and added four RBI. His owners should be moderately happy with his performance so far and should continue to start him as he will produce moderately in many categories.

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Brett Gardner 1-for-4 in Yankees win

Mon, Apr 20th 12:52pm EDT
By Dan Lucia

Brett Gardner batted second on Sunday and finished 1-for-4 with a run scored in the Yankees 5-3 win over Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner missed several games last week after being hit in the hand with a pitch last Monday. He returned as a pinch runner on Friday and promptly stole second and scored the game winning run. For the series Gardner had three stolen bases, three runs and an RBI. Runs and stolen bases are Gardner's strongest points and he should continue to provide for his fantasy owners in those categories.

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Brett Gardner was hit on the wrist by a pitch on Monday night against the Orioles and left the game. X-rays came back negative, but Gardner is not in the lineup on Tuesday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Although Gardner stayed in the game initially, he told manager Joe Girardi the team would be better off with someone else hitting after the wrist tightened up. Stephen Drew pinch hit and hit a go-ahead grand slam to propel the Yankees to victory. The injury isn't expected to sideline Gardner long so keep an eye out on Wednesday to see if Gardy returns to the starting lineup.

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Brett Gardner drives in two in win

Mon, Apr 13th 1:20pm EDT
By Dan Lucia

Brett Gardner finished the Yankees 14-4 victory 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI. Gardner is now 5-for-16 in his last three games.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner is doing a fine job for the Yankees out of the two-hole getting on base, scoring runs and driving in base runners. Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury batting at the top of the order will get the Yankees offense going this season and wreak havoc on the base paths. Gardner should be started in nearly all formats.

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Brett Gardner batted lead-off for the Yankees on Saturday with Jacoby Ellsbury getting the day off. Gardner finished the contest 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: After a very slow spring, Brett Gardner is starting to produce better at-bats for the Yankees. Gardner is hitting .235 on the young season with a home run, an RBI, four runs scored and has a respectable .381 OBP. Gardner is yet to steal a base, which is a strong point in his game, but will produce solid numbers across the board for his owners. He should be started in season-long leagues in almost all circumstances.

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Brett Gardner finished Wednesday nights victory 0-for-2 with a walk, HBP and a run scored. Gardner was hit by a pitch in the Yankees rally in the eighth inning and scored the eventual game winning run.

Fantasy Impact: Although Gardner did not register a hit, he was on base twice and scored the game winning run. A .500 OBP is effective out of the two-hole in the lineup. Gardner also made a sliding catch to end the sixth inning saving an extra base hit and a run. Gardner will help his owners across the board with his fair share of runs, RBI, stolen bases and add a few home runs. Gardner should be a candidate to start daily for owners.

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Brett Gardner provided the Yankees only offense on Monday will a solo home run to right center field. Gardner finished the day 1-for-4 with and RBI and run scored in their 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner had a career high in home runs in 2014 with 17 and picked up his first of 2015 with his solo blast on Opening Day. While he shouldn't be expected to be a huge power threat all season, he will provide his fair share of home runs, runs scored, stolen bases and RBIs. He is an all around solid fantasy option and should be an OF3 or OF4 option for most owners.

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Brett Gardner will patrol left field and bat second behind Jacoby Ellsbury on Opening Day as the Yankees host the Toronto Blue Jays. (Source: Yes Network)

Fantasy Impact: Yankees manager, Joe Girardi, will bat Brett Gardner behind Jacoby Ellsbury on Opening Day against right-hander Drew Hutchison. Look for Gardner, along with Ellsbury, to utilize their speed at the top of the lineup and create run scoring opportunities for the Yankees offense that struggled in 2014.


Brett Gardner finished 1-for-3 with an infield single against the Rays. He is hitting .167 during Spring Training.

Fantasy Impact: As the schedule moves into April, Gardner is still having a hapless spring. Gardner only has one extra base hit this spring and needs to start hitting for the power that led to 50 extra base hits in the previous two seasons. Gardner had a career high 17 home runs last season and the Yankees, and fantasy owners, should expect 15 or more home runs and 25 or more steals from Gardner.

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Brett Gardner was 1-2 with a walk against the Twins on Tueday. He has a .157 batting average this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Getting on base twice as the leadoff hitter is a positive sign for Gardner, who only has a .283 OBP during Spring Training. The Yankees need Gardner to be the player that he had been in 2013 and 2014, where he had 50 or more extra base hits in each season. Gardner does have top-75 potential, but he needs to show consistency.

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Brett Gardner was 0-3 against the Orioles on Saturday. He now has a .143 batting average this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner does have eight walks this spring, but he also has 15 strikeouts and only seven hits in 57 plate appearances. Gardner has had 50 extra hits in each of the past two seasons, but needs to show that he can get on base to have value.

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Brett Gardner finished 1-3 with a run scored against the Phillies. Gardner is only hitting .140 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner only has one extra base hit this spring. He had 50 extra base hits last season and had 53 extra base hits in 2013; these were the first two seasons of Gardner's career where he had more than 34 extra base hits in a season. Gardner's fantasy value has moved from stealing bases, as he averaged 48 steals per season in 2010 and 2011, to more of an offensive focused profile with more extra base hits. Gardner's base stealing has minimized as he has hit for power more, as he only has 45 steals over the past two seasons.

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Brett Gardner was at the top of the lineup again for the Yankees, but was 0-3 with two strikeouts against the Mets. Gardner is now hitting .150 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner needs to pick up his pace as the season draws nearer. He does have a .277 OBP, which is optimistic as his difference between OBP and BA in 81 points for his career, as he has seven walks. His spring OPS of .477 is a bad omen for a potential top-150 player in 2015.

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Brett Gardner was 0-4 with a RBI in the Yankees 7-6 loss to the Nationals. Gardner is only hitting .132 his spring.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner still only has one extra base hit, a triple, in 44 Spring Training plate appearances and has struggled mightly. He is valued as a top 125 player, but is a cautionary pick at best right now. Although he struggled with a .749 OPS in 2014, he had 50 extra base hits and 21 SB, both totals that are very good for an OF3. Gardner does have SB potential greater than his 21 steals in 2014 and his 17 home runs from 2014 could be an indictator of his power potential as well.

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Brett Gardner was hitless again, 0-2 with two strikeouts, but did walk against the Astros. He is hitting .147 so far this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner's struggles have been well documented and batting at the top of the lineup has not helped. Jacoby Ellsbury's injury has allowed Gardner to move out of the second slot in the lineup, which the Yankees had hoped would kick start his spring, but he has struggled there as well. The Yankees may move him down in the lineup to seventh or eighth, where he has been successful before. Gardner has potential for a 20 home run/20 steal season, but he needs to get on base and show that his 17 home runs from 2014 were not a fluke.

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The leadoff triple was Gardner's first extra base hit and only hit in three at bats against the Tigers. Gardner is hitting .156 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner needs to show the skills that led to him having 50 extra base hits for him to be able to be an OF3. Gardner has 37 plate appearances this spring and only has one extra base hit and is also yet to steal a base. Gardner is billed as a good, cheap option for a power and steal combination, but he needs to show that he can get on base to be useful. His .327 OBP from 2014, and .265 OBP in spring, will not cut it at the top of the Yankees lineup.

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Brett Gardner was 1-3 with a walk against the Braves, raising his Spring Training batting average to .138, but was without a run or RBI in the leadoff spot of a 12-5 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner has been mainly punchless this spring; he is without an extra base hit in 34 plate appearances and only has two RBI and no runs scored. Gardner has had 50 extra base hits in each of the past two seasons and hit a career high 17 home runs in 2014. Gardner could be a 20 home run/20 steal candidate in 2015, but he needs to find a place in the lineup to thrive. He has struggled at the top of the lineup this spring and needs to find a spot in the lineup to live up to his potential.

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Brett Gardner bottomed out on Tuesday night, finishing 0-3, and now has a spring batting average of .115.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner has top-150, or even top-100, potential but he has been weak this spring. He has not done well at the top of the lineup and the Yankees may be better suited to slot him at the bottom of the lineup where he has been successful before. Whatever the Yankees need to do, they need to do it fast or Gardner's draft stock will plummet.

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Brett Gardner disappoints again

Sun, Mar 15th 4:16pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

Brett Gardner was 1-3 with a single against the Phillies, adding to his punchless spring.

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees race for leadoff hitter seems to be over, as Jacoby Ellsbury has hit leadoff in each game that he and Gardner have played together. Gardner has struggled as the second hitter in the lineup during his career, posting only a .707 OPS in 142 career plate appearances. He is better suited as the leadoff hitter or at the bottom of the lineup, he has a career OPS of .862 as the seventh hitter and .892 as the eighth hitter, and the Yankees need to do something to help Gardner heat up.

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Brett Gardner saw his batting average dip to .100, as he was 0-3 with two strikeouts against the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Chase Headley was 2-3 with a double as the second hitter in the other matchup of a split squad performance and could be better suited as the second place hitter for the Yankees. Headley has a better OBP than Gardner does and this spring has seen Gardner struggle. Initial projections had Gardner as the leadoff hitter for the Yankees, with Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury following him, and the team would be wise to test that order in Spring Training. Gardner needs to regain his potentially 20 home run, 20 steal form and he is stuck as the second batter in the lineup.

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Brett Gardner is now 2-17 this spring after an 0-3 outing against the Atlanta Braves. He did have his second RBI of the spring in last night's game, but is yet to score a run in the second slot in the lineup. He has four walks as compared to three strikeouts, a positive trend looking forward.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner's struggles as the second hitter should signal his move to the leadoff role or to the bottom of the lineup. He has been successful in both roles in the past and his fantasy value would be greater in those positions.

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Brett Gardner has had one good game as the second hitter and was 0-3 yesterday against the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner is hitting .167 this spring and Jacoby Ellsbury is hitting .133 during the spring; logic would dictate that they need to be in different places of the lineup to optimize their offensive potential. Gardner can be a top-25 OF and has flashed potential of 20 home runs and 20 or more steals.

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Brett Gardner finished 1-2 with an RBI and a walk against the Nationals. Gardner has mainly hit second this spring, but only has a .222 batting average.

Fantasy Impact: Both Gardner and Ellsbury will get opportunities as the leadoff hitter this spring and will both lead off at times this season. Ellsbury only has an .083 BA as the leadoff hitter this spring, so Gardner will get opportunities to lead off soon. If Gardner is not the leadoff hitter for the Yankees, look for him to provide speed at the bottom of the lineup.

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Brett Gardner has hit second when paired with Jacoby Ellsbury this spring, finishing Friday night's appearance 1-3 with a strikeout

Fantasy Impact: In 33 plate appearances in 2014, Gardner only had a .605 OPS, compared to a .796 OPS as a leadoff hitter. Joe Girardi will try each player as a leadoff hitter this spring to make sure that he puts the right man at the top of the lineup. For his career, Gardner has only a .707 OPS as the second batter in the lineup.

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Brett Gardner hits second

Thu, Mar 5th 3:33pm EST
By Chris Zolli

Gardner was the second hitter in the Yankees lineup, finishing 0-1 with two walks

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner will either hit lead off or second for the Yankees and will be swapped with Jacoby Ellsbury through Spring Training. Gardner looks to return to 30 or more steals and build on 17 HRs from last season. He could even be a 20 home run, 30 steal threat for 2015.

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Brett Gardner hit second for the Yankees in their Spring Training opener and was 0-3 with a strikeout and two runners left on base.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner, who had a career high 17 home runs last year, is looking to be an impact player this year. He is looking to do better than a .749 OPS in 2014 and, more important, is looking to regain his SB skills. After stealing 96 bases between 2010 and 2011, he has only stolen 47 bases since. He has never scored 100 runs, but may have the opportunity if he is the leadoff hitter in a stronger Yankee lineup. The leadoff battle between Gardner and Ellsbury is one to watch through Spring Training.

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Brett Gardner should be the leadoff hitter for the Yankees for a long time to come. The article linked to this story projects the next four years for the Yankees and sees Gardner at the top of the lineup for the next three. (Source: LoHud Yankees Blog)

Fantasy Impact: Gardner has stolen more than 40 bases twice, led Yankees outfielders with 17 home runs last year, and has 18 triples over the past two seasons. Although those numbers sound good, Gardner has plateaued, as he only has a .754 OPS over the past two seasons and has stolen a combined 45 bases since 2013. There is potential for Gardner as a OF3, but a lot of his value derives from the Yankees offense running more smoothly. He had 87 runs last season and that was with the fourth worst Yankees offense ever; if the Yankees offense performs up to their normal standards, the leadoff hitting Gardner is a safe bet for 100+ runs scored.