Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander (SP)

Detroit Tigers

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Justin Verlander pitched six strong innings against the Braves on Thursday, allowing one run on two hits. He struck out four while walking zero.

Fantasy Impact: The lone run came on a solo homer in the first inning by Freddie Freeman. Verlander will likely get one more start this Spring and appears to be ready to go for the season. He remains a solid SP1 option.

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Justin Verlander went 4.1 IP on Monday against the Nationals, allowing no runs on one hit and one walk. He struck out four.

Fantasy Impact: This was Verlander's best showing so far this spring, as he entered today's contest having allowed four runs in seven IP (4:5 K:BB). After a disappointing 2014 and an injury-shortened 2015, Verlander finally returned to form in 2016. He 3.04 ERA was his best since 2012 (2.64), and his 10.04 K/9 was his best since 2009 (10.09). His return to dominance came when he learned to pitch with his diminished velocity, as well as throwing his change-up less and his slider more. Assuming he maintains these changes, Verlander is an easy top-10 SP, and you should feel comfortable with him as your No.1 SP in any format.

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Verlander was tagged for three earned runs over two innings of work against the Pirates. He gave up two home runs and walked two.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander was absolute money in the second half of last year, getting eight wins and pitching to the tune of a 1.96 earned run average over 110.1 innings. We are willing to excuse this blip on the radar.

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For the ninth time in his career, 2016 AL Cy Young runner up Justin Verlander will start on Opening Day. Verlander and the Tigers will take on the Chicago White Sox in Chicago to open the season on April 3rd. He had a 16-9 record and 3.04 ERA in 2016, leading the league with 254 stirkeouts. (Source: Jason Beck on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While a 6.49 ERA in his first 34 2/3 innings had many thinking that Verlander's best years were behind him, a 1.96 ERA in the second half showed that there is still plenty in the tank for the 33-year-old. All told, a poor April really was the only blemish on his record, as he had a sub-3.20 ERA in four of the last five months and a sub-2.50 ERA in each of the last three months. Back-to-back injury ridden seasons saw Verlander fall off of the fantasy radar, but remember that this top-10 SP for 2017 has struck out 250 batters or more in a season three times since 2009.

Justin Verlander allowed two runs on four hits in six innings, beating the Twins with his 11 strikeouts and two walks. Verlander is 1-1 in September with a 2.52 ERA and 1.16 WHIP, striking out 36 batters in 25 innings. He is 15-8 with a 3.21 ERA this season and will face the Indians in Detroit on September 27.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander has nine quality starts in his last 10 starts and has struck out at least seven batters in six consecutive starts. He is 7-2 with a 2.16 ERA in the second half, striking out 114 batters in 95 2/3 innings. Current Indians have a .739 OPS in 408 career at-bats against Verlander and he is 9-5 with a 3.26 ERA at home this season.

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Justin Verlander allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings against the Orioles on Sunday, striking out seven batters in a losing effort. Verlander is 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP this month, striking out 18 batters in 12 innings. He is 14-8 with a 3.33 ERA this season and will face the Indians in Cleveland on September 16.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander had a quality start in 11 straight starts coming into Sunday, but was an inning short of a quality start on Sunday. He has still struck out seven or more batters in four consecutive starts and has walked two batters or fewer in 12 consecutive starts as well. Current Indians have a .766 OPS in 387 career at-bats against Verlander and he is 5-3 with a 3.43 ERA on the road this season.

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The Tigers and White Sox were locked in a pitcher's duel most of Monday, with Justin Verlander contributing seven innings of two-run ball to the cause, but not factoring in the decision. Verlander allowed eights hits, including a home run, but only one walk and struck out 11 White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander deserved a win but the Tigers needed 11 innings to put the White Sox away. Still, Verlander is pitching great in 2016, with a 3.28 ERA and a very good 14-7 record. He's logged 209 Ks in 195 innings.

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Justin Verlander allowed two home runs in the fourth inning but otherwise pitched well Wednesday afternoon versus the White Sox, going seven innings and striking out nine without walking a batter.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander did not factor in the decision, but saw a slight drop in his ERA to 3.30, the lowest he's posted since 2012. He has struck out five or more in each of his last 10 starts.

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Justin Verlander stifles Angels

Sat, Aug 27th 10:45am EDT
By Chris Zolli

Justin Verlander allowed two runs on four hits in 7 2/3 innings against Los Angeles on Friday, striking out eight batters and walking one. Verlander is 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 34 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings. He is 14-7 with a 3.33 ERA and 1.02 WHIP this season leading into his start on August 31 against the White Sox in Detroit.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander has fired nine straight quality starts and is second in the American League with 189 strikeouts this season. He has struck out at least five batters in each of his last 10 starts and has also walked one batter in five of his last six starts. Current White Sox have a .782 OPS in 176 career at-bats against Verlander and he is 9-4 with 3.21 ERA at home this season.

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Justin Verlander allowed one run on three hits in six innings in 10-5 win over the Red Sox on Sunday. Verlander is 1-1 with a 2.42 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 26 strikeouts in 26 innings this month. He is 13-7 with a 3.38 ERA this season and will face the Angels in Detroit on August 27.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander now has eight consecutive quality starts and has allowed two runs or less in nine of his last 10 starts. He has struck out five batters or more in each of his last ten starts and is second in the American League with 181 strikeouts this season. Current Angels have a .518 OPS in 84 career at-bats against Verlander and he is 8-4 with a 3.28 ERA at home this season.

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Justin Verlander dropped to 12-7 Tuesday night versus the Kansas City Royals. Verlander allowed five runs (three earned) on four hits including three home runs and struck out six Royals.

Fantasy Impact: The big righty had not allowed more than three runs in a game since June 26th when he allowed eight to Cleveland. Chalk this one up as a rare misstep in an otherwise excellent season from Verlander.

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Justin Verlander allowed just one earned run over seven innings on Wednesday but did not factor in the decision in Detroit's 3-1 loss to Seattle. Verlander allowed seven hits and two walks but struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander has not allowed more than two earned runs since his eight-run flogging versus Cleveland on June 26th, eight starts prior to Wednesday's. He has been outstanding since, going 5-0 with at least five strikeouts in every outing.

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Justin Verlander struck out nine Mets and allowed only two runs over six innings in Friday's 4-3 win. Verlander gave up six hits and two walks.

Fantasy Impact: JV is now 12-6 with a 3.52 ERA and racking up strikeouts the way he used to. Continue using Verlander the way you always have.

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Verlander tossed a complete game allowing two runs in the Tigers 3-2 walk-off win versus Houston. He recorded 11 strikeouts and allowed two runs on five hits in the win.

Fantasy Impact: His record is now 11-6 and has performed like vintage JV going deep in games and recording strikeouts. In his last three games, he has gone 2-0 tossing 23 innings while allowing four runs with 25 strikeouts.

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Justin Verlander improved to 11-6 with a one-run complete game on Saturday. Over nine innings, Verlander struck out 11, allowing just five hits, a walk and two runs.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander is a turning in some vintage efforts of late. He's now 11-6 with with a 3.54 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 147 1/3 innings pitched.

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Justin Verlander was excellent again on Monday, allowing only one run over six innings pitched versus the Red Sox. Verlander allowed five hits and a pair of walks but struck out five, improving to 10-6.

Fantasy Impact: Over his last 10 starts, Verlander has allowed two runs or less in eight of them, with an eight-run game skewing his overall numbers. In true Verlander fashion, he has struck out 144 over 138 1/3 innings.

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Tigers SP Justin Verlander pitched one of his best games of the season on Wednesday, allowing one run on a home run over eights innings. Verlander allowed only three hits and two walks while striking out nine.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander has not allowed more than two runs in his last four starts, and has racked up 32 strikeouts over those 27 2/3 innings. He is red-hot right now and should be utilized as such.

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Justin Verlander did not factor in the decision in Thursday night's game versus the Blue Jays. He tossed only 5 2/3 innings allowing two runs and striking out five, but also walked an uncharacteristic four batters in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander improved a bit on his season numbers but still has an unpleasant 4.07 ERA and an 8-6 record going into the All-Star break. He does have 120 strikeouts in 117 1/3 innings pitched though.

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Justin Verlander was excellent on Saturday, going seven strong innings, allowing only two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk. Verlander struck out eight Rays batters.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander improved to 8-6 with the win, lowering his ERA to a 4.11 mark. He's been quite good of late aside from allowing eight runs to the red-hot Cleveland Indians earlier in the week. He gets the Blue Jays next in Toronto, where he threw his no-hitter in 2011.

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The Cleveland Indians won their 9th-straight game on Sunday as they knocked around Justin Verlander. Over 4 2/3 innings, Verlander allowed eight runs on nine hits and a pair of walks, surrendering four home runs. He struck out five.

Fantasy Impact: It seemed like Verlander had righted the ship after a string of effective outings, and he might just have been a victim of a red-hot Cleveland team. Either way, his ERA jumped from 3.78 to 4.30 and his record dropped to 7-6. He'll get the ice-cold Tampa Bay Rays in his next start.

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Justin Verlander was solid for seven innings on Tuesday, allowing just two earned runs on six hits and a walk, striking out five. The only damage was a Kyle Seager two-run HR in the sixth inning.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander has righted the ship that was his rough start to the season and is now 7-5 with a 3.78 ERA, with a small 1.07 WHIP. He's also still punching batters out, with at least five strikeouts in his last nine games.

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Justin Verlander allowed five hits and a walk for only one run in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Yankees. Verlander went 6 2/3 innings, striking out five and walking only one. Aside from the lower strikeout total, this was Vintage Verlander.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander has found himself a groove over his last 10 starts, allowing only four or more runs twice. His ERA has dropped from 5.79 to 3.77 as he's gone 5-4 in that stretch and has struck out 10 three times.

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Justin Verlander allowed two runs and not much else on Sunday as the Tigers beat the White Sox, 5-2. Verlander allowed five hits, walked one and struck out eight as he improved to 5-5 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander's ERA has finally dropped below 4.00 and now sits at 3.97 over 79 1/3 innings. Verlander will always contribute strikeouts and innings, but has had stretches where he's been hittable at the same time, negating much of his value. With with only six earned runs in his last 22 1/3 innings though, he's in one of his better stretches right now.

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Justin Verlander allowed fours hits and four earned runs over 7 1/3 innings on Sunday, striking out seven. Verlander dropped to 4-5 overall.

Fantasy Impact: The game won't go down as a quality start, but Verlander deserved a better fate. All of the runs came in in the eighth inning after Verlander was relieved by Buck Farmer.

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Justin Verlander was brilliant on Tuesday, tossing eight innings of three-hit ball, blanking the Phillies. He walked two, but struck out 10.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander has had some ups and downs this season, but has allowed only three runs over his last 15 2/3 innings. However, those two great starts have come against bad teams in the Phillies and Twins. In fact, all of his wins have come against sub-.500 teams except the Phillies on Tuesday.

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Tigers SP Justin Verlander tossed 7 1/3 innings on Wednesday, allowing three earned runs to the Twins, walking three and scattering six hits. Verlander struck out 10.

Fantasy Impact: Maybe not early-2000's Verlander, but certainly a reassuring start for the recently up-and-down ex-Cy Young winner. Verlander improved to 3-4 and is seeing an increase in his strikeout rate and a slow decrease in his ERA.

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Verlander showed signs of his old self on Friday night, allowing just one run over an eight inning complete game. The lone run came in the sixth inning when Adam Jones took Verlander deep. In total, Verlander struck out eight batters while allowing just four hits.

Fantasy Impact: After getting shelled by the Indians offense a few starts ago, Verlander has now put back-to-back starts where he hasn't allowed a run. The bad news is that he hasn't been able to collect a win during that span. The good news is that he's striking out players at a higher rate than earlier in the season.

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Justin Verlander was tagged for seven runs over five innings on Tuesday. Three walks and eight hits including a home run contributed to his poor start.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander is 2-3 and is now saddled by a 6.49 ERA which will take a long time to shave down. He's really not the Verlander of old and should only be relied upon for ideal matchups.

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Justin Verlander has allowed three runs or more in four of his five starts in 2016, posting a 5.46 ERA, but has seen his ERA drop over each of his last three starts. Even though Verlander has not looked outstanding, he does have 31 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings and has pitched six or more innings in four of his five starts. He will face the Indians on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: The long ball has been Verlander's nemesis in 2016, as he has allowed six home runs already and his 1.31 WHIP is not doing him any favors either. He has looked sharper in his last three starts, striking out 24 batters, but he is only a marginal starter at this point in his career. Verlander has allowed a .691 OPS to current Indians batters in 331 at-bats, but Carlos Santana does have seven home runs off of Verlander in 56 at-bats.

Justin Verlander allowed no hits through five innings, but then he allowed a hit to Dee Gordon to start a three run inning for the Marlins. Verlander allowed those three runs which included a two run blast by Giancarlo Stanton. Verlander struck out five while walking two, but was not involved in the decision.

Fantasy Impact: A lot of baseball writers were down on Verlander coming into this season. After one game, it looks like Verlander is regaining his old form. Hopefully he can bring this same kind of confidence and energy into his next outing.

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It was a good sign to see Justin Verlander pitch two shutout innings in his spring debut. He allowed one hit, struck out one, walked one, and hit a batter.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander might be one of the best fantasy values in 2016, as he currently has an ADP of 127. Despite his 5-8 record last year, he had a 3.38 ERA. Barring any injuries, he will look to regain his old form from a few years ago as the ace of the Tigers.

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Justin Verlander pitched six innings on Saturday, and surrendered two earned runs on five hits while giving up one walk and striking out nine. He was not in line for a decision in the 4-3 loss, even before Neftali Feliz blew the save. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Verlander completed a pretty remarkable season, as he struggled out of the gate but rebounded in a big way. I do not know if many thought a rebound was possible for the 32-year-old, due to the possibility of him being finished because of massive workloads in previous seasons. However, after starting his season with a horrible June and a poor July, Verlander turned it on. He got his velocity back, flirted with a no-hitter, and put together three solid months. Over the final three months, he did not have an individual month's ERA higher than 3.27 and recorded a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 78:20.

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Detroit SP Justin Verlander picked up another win on Monday by throwing six innings and allowing only one earned run. Verlander also struck out five, walked two, and lowered his ERA to 3.39. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Justin Verlander has made a strong resurgence in the past couple of months, and has gone at least six innings in each of his last ten starts. Though his record may not show it, Verlander has pitched well after the All-Star break: he has compiled a 2.87 ERA with a .216 batting average against. It will be interesting to see if Verlander can carry this success over to next season and become one of the top pitchers in fantasy baseball again.

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Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander nearly touched triple digits with his fastball in the seventh inning in his last outing on Wednesday. He threw four 98 MPH fastballs and a final one that hit 99 MPH - on his 111th pitch of the game. (Source: mLive.com)

Fantasy Impact: This news clearly shows that Verlander is healthy. The return of his velocity is a big reason for his recent success. Verlander will only have one or two more outings this year, but it might not be too late to buy low on him in dynasty formats.

Tigers SP Justin Verlander threw seven strong innings on Wednesday, giving up only three runs while striking out eight. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Over Verlander's last nine starts, he is sporting a 2.11 ERA. He appears to be back on track after a shaky start to the season, and is a good option to finish off the year.

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Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander will look to right his own personal ship on Friday at Comerica Park versus the Kansas City Royals. Verlander has lost two starts in a row, both of which came against the Cleveland Indians. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: At this point, Verlander is probably just happy to see a team other than Cleveland. However, his past performances against Kansas City are not the most promising indicators either. Despite picking up the road win against the Royals on September 1st, Verlander has a 4.61 ERA against Kansas City for the year. Royals batters are hitting .309 off of him in 2015, and Verlander has pitched much worse at home (4.37 ERA in 55.2 IP) than he has on the road (2.70 ERA in 50 IP). With the game in Detroit, start Verlander at your own risk.

Verlander went six innings giving up four runs. He allowed six hits and walked two while striking out five.

Fantasy Impact: He is not a great pitcher anymore but in deep enough leagues, he still has value for the times he manages to throw a solid game.

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Verlander went seven innings giving up three runs. He allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out four. Despite his solid performance, he took the loss as Detroit was shut out.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander has a 3.43 ERA despite his 3-7 record. He is not worth consideration in shallow leagues but he has value in deeper leagues.

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Justin Verlander threw a one-hitter with nine strikeouts on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Angels. Verlander's flirtation with history came to an end when Chris Iannetta doubled down the left field line with no outs in the ninth inning. He was looking to become the sixth pitcher in MLB history to throw three or more no-hitters.

Fantasy Impact: Justin Verlander is really on fire now. It is only his second win of the season, but in his last seven starts Verlander has a 1.38 ERA with a 49:8 strikeout to walk ratio. The Tigers may be inconsistent in putting together games with both hitting and pitching, but Verlander has been doing his part almost every time out.

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Justin Verlander pitched 7 innings on Friday, giving up only one earned run while striking out 8 and walking only 1. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Verlander has now given up only one earned run in his last three starts, though he has been unable to earn the all-important win in any of them. He is on quite a hot streak, and if this continues then it's only a matter of time before he finally ups his season win total above 1.

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Tigers SP Justin Verlander threw seven innings of shutout baseball Saturday night in a 4-2, extra innings Detroit win over Houston. Verlander tallied seven strikeouts while allowing only three hits. Despite this solid start, Verlander did not receive the all-important decision, as Bruce Rondon blew the save in the 9th inning.

Fantasy Impact: It is no secret that Justin Verlander is no longer the same pitcher that we grew accustomed to. That being said, he is showing signs of life. He has allowed one earned run or fewer in four of his last five starts and has racked up a 32:5 K/BB ratio in that same span. However, the Tigers offense has only scored 10 runs combined in those five games he has started. To add insult to injury, three of those 10 runs came tonight in extra innings once Verlander was gone. With Miguel Cabrera back and a, hopefully, more stable offense, look for Verlander to start contributing in the wins category as well as in the peripheral pitching statistics.

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Justin Verlander has 5.09 after three starts this season. He was not very good in 2014 either.

Fantasy Impact: Right now, Verlander's reputation is more impressive than he is. If you have him and can turn him into a trade for something of value, then congratulations on your skill. He may turn back into a good pitcher someday but for now, he should not be owned in too many leagues.

Verlander went five innings, allowing two runs. He surrendered five base runners (three hits and two walks) while striking out two.

Fantasy Impact: It was a solid first outing for Verlander. It did not, however, answer the question most prospective owners need to know. The question is whether he will end up playing more like the fantasy ace he was for several years or more like the mediocre one he had been last year.

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Justin Verlander finally got back on the hill in a real game. The results were mixed. His speed topped 96-mph. He couldn't get out of the third inning yet still threw 79 pitches. Although 50 of them were strikes. He gave up 6 hits and 3 runs while mixing in 2 walks and 3 Ks. (Source: Jason Beck)

Fantasy Impact: A misplayed pop-up extended an inning. The important thing for JV is how he feels tomorrow. He wasn't hit hard, and his strike-to-ball ratio was fine. So was the velocity. His next start at Toledo will be much more telling.

Justin Verlander is slated to throw a simulated game on Tuesday. The Tigers will evaluate his progress. If all goes well JV could be back in a Tiger uniform and pitching by mid-June. (Source: Jason Beck)

Fantasy Impact: Verlander will likely start a couple of minor league rehab games. Owners should monitor his minor league starts to simulate projected numbers. It will be tough to have confidence in JV once he returns. DFS managers may want to stay away until he establishes a 2015 track record.

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Justin Verlander is scheduled to undergo an MRI Tuesday on his strained right triceps muscle. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This will be the third MRI for Verlander, who started the season on the Disabled List. If there is enough improvement in the amount of fluid in his arm, Verlander could begin to start a throwing program. Don't expect Verlander to return this month, and at this point he is not worth rostering in fantasy leagues.

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It may not seem like much, but Verlander played some light toss to get the blood flowing. He wasn't supposed to pick up a ball until he received a clear MRI but doctors assured the throwing wouldn't impede any progress. (Source: Chris McCosky, The Detroit News)

Fantasy Impact: Kyle Lobstein has thrown well for the Tigers boasting a 2-1 record and a 3.50 ERA. Verlander is anxious to get back, but with Lobstein pitching so well there is no reason to rush him. He will face Kansas City next. The Royals have the best record in the AL.

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Justin Verlander's throwing schedule has been delayed until the pain in his triceps subsides. (Source: MLive.com)

Fantasy Impact: Justin Verlander's rehab has been slow going, and the news is getting worse. It could just be for a few days, but Verlander shouldn't be relied on to contribute very much to fantasy owners any time soon. With many good pitchers available on the waiver wire, Verlander can be dropped in most leagues.

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Justin Verlander was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 28th. "I am positive it is going to go away," Verlander said. He threw long toss on Tuesday and expects to be on track for his start later next week. (Source: Chris McCosky)

Fantasy Impact: This is no surprise. Kyle Lobstein will start Sunday against Cleveland.

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Justin Verlander's season is getting worse and it hasn't even started. The Tigers hoped he would be ready by Sunday, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Coach Brad Ausmus said, "He threw off the mound and felt great. The last couple pitches were not as great." (Source: Chris McCosky)

Fantasy Impact: He was not placed on the DL so he is taking up a bench spot if owners haven't dropped him. Kyle Lobstein will be the likely replacement against the Indians on Sunday. It is understandable for Verlander owners to be concerned, and will likely have to wait another week to see if JV will be available any time soon.

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Justin Verlander (triceps) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday. Verlander is on the 15-day DL and will remain there for Opening Day. (Source: MLive.com)

Fantasy Impact: If everything goes well, Verlander will face live batters on Tuesday. The Tigers have hinted that he may make his season debut on April 12 in Cleveland, but nothing is certain at this point. His placement on the disabled list on Thursday was the first such occurrence of his career. Verlander is a boom or bust player, so drafting he could be risky. There had been hopes that with some of the weight he put on during the off-season, he could get closer to his former self, but there's also a large possibility that he has a repeat of last year's dismal season. Feel free to take a chance on him if you must, but expect an ERA from the high 3s to low 4s and don't give him much of a leash, as there are frequently very usable free agent pitchers on the waiver wire.

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has confirmed that SP Justin Verlander will start the regular season on the DL. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Verlander has been battling soreness in his triceps, and this wasn't totally unexpected. He was slated to pitch Friday, and if all went well he would have been inline to be in the rotation to start the season. The belief is that this will likely cause him to miss only one turn in the rotation, but be aware that you'll have to look for another option for the opening week.

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Justin Verlander was pulled in the 3rd inning of Friday's game with tightness in his arm. The injury was later described as a cramp. It is possible he rests his arm on Thursday; his final scheduled start of the spring. (Source: Adam Berry)

Fantasy Impact: Berry suggests Verlander's start could be pushed back to the 12th without the Tigers having to find another starter in their system or bullpen. JV is a workhorse, and we will assume that missing his final spring start indicates rest for his scheduled start on April 7th. The soreness may be a bit concerning. Owners, stay tuned.

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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander's season couldn't had ended quick enough as he fell flat in 2014. Heading into the first year of his highly-lucrative extension, big expectations are lying ahead for the 31-year-old veteran. (Source: CBSSports)

Fantasy Impact: This will be the biggest year of Verlander's career as he tries to correct the downward-spiral that his performance has taken over the past two seasons. Being named the AL MVP and Cy Young award winner in 2011 and being the strikeout leader for both the 2011 and 2012 seasons, we have watched his innings pitched (206) as well as his strikeouts go down (159) while his earned run average (4.54) has risen. He enters 2015 with a contract that will now pay him close to $30 million dollars annually. Hopes are that his late-season surge is a sign of things to come, but a dip in his velocity as well as stats warns otherwise. When on his game, Verlander is one of the best in fantasy baseball. But after last year he will fall into the latter part of most fantasy drafts which gives him a chance for comeback player of the year and possibly being a fantasy bargain. If not, he will quickly become the most hated man in Detroit next to Kwame Kilpatrick.