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Miguel Montero (C)

Chicago Cubs - 7% owned

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Bats: L, Throws: R

Montero went 1-for-3 with a walk. He scored on the Fowler double that put the Cubs up 3-0 and then he drove in the fifth and final run for the Cubs in a 5-2 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Montero has not had much success this season and the catching position for the Cubs is a three-headed monster where David Ross is better defensively and Willson Contreras is hotter at the plate. Montero had a window of time where he got enough time to make his case during Ross' DL stint, but failed to excel. The saving grace that helps him get playing time is that Contreras is playing multiple positions in addition to catcher, which allows Montero some additional chances.

 

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Montero went 0-for-2 with two walks. One of the two walks came in the third inning where he would be driven in as part of the two-run double by Rizzo to go up 2-1.

Fantasy Impact: Montero has not had much success this season and the catching position for the Cubs is a three-headed monster where David Ross is better defensively and Willson Contreras is hotter at the plate. Ross has been on the concussion DL so Montero had a window of time where he might get enough time to make his case. The saving grace that may help him get playing time after Ross returns is that Contreras is playing multiple positions in addition to catcher, which allows Montero some additional chances..

 

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Montero went 1-for-2 with a HBP. His hit was a sixth inning two-run HR that tied the game at 3-3.

Fantasy Impact: Montero has not had much success this season and the catching position for the Cubs is a three-headed monster where David Ross is better defensively and Willson Contreras is hotter at the plate. For the next few games, Ross is on the concussion DL so Montero has a window of time where he might get enough time to make his case. The saving grace that may help him get playing time after Ross returns is that Contreras is playing multiple positions in addition to catcher, which allows Montero some additional chances..

 

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Montero went 1-for-3 Wednesday. His single scored Russell to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead.

Fantasy Impact: Montero has not had much success this season and the catching position for the Cubs is a three-headed monster where David Ross is better defensively and Willson Contreras is hotter at the plate. For the next few games, Ross is on the concussion DL so Montero has a window of time where he might get enough time to make his case. The saving grace that may help him get playing time after Ross returns is that Contreras is playing multiple positions in addition to catcher, which allows Montero some additional chances..

 

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Montero went 0-for-3, but drove a run in with a sacrifice fly to put the Cubs up 2-0.

Fantasy Impact: Montero has not had much success this season and now the catching position for the Cubs is a three-headed monster where David Ross is better defensively and Willson Contreras is hotter at the plate. The saving grace that may help him get playing time is that Contreras is playing multiple positions in addition to catcher, which allows Montero some additional chances..

 

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Montero went 2-for-4 with a solo HR that tied the game at 1-1.

Fantasy Impact: Montero has not had much success this season and now the catching position for the Cubs is a three-headed monster where Ross is better defensively and Contreras is hotter at the plate.

 

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Miguel Montero exited Wednesday's game early after he was slid into during a play at the plate, but he checked out OK following the game. He's not expected to miss much, if any, time.

Fantasy Impact: This is more important for the Cubs, who are dealing with injury at catcher, than it is for fantasy purposes. Montero hasn't produced when given opportunities this season, posting only an OPS of .628 with three HRs in 117 at-bats. He's nothing more than a DFS option in favorable matchups at this point.

 

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Miguel Montero is not in the Cubs' lineup on Tuesday. Dave Ross will take his place behind the dish.

Fantasy Impact: Just a day off for Montero with a lefty, Gio Gonzalez, on the hill for the Nationals. Expect Montero to be back in the lineup tomorrow.

 

Montero went 1-for-4, but his one hit was a three-run HR that pushed the lead to 5-0.

Fantasy Impact: Montero has started to show signs of life with the bat. He will continue to get playing time and could turn it around as his career numbers are much better. With David Ross playing his last season, Montero will continue to relieve him for the immediate future. The bigger threat comes in the future as Willson Contreras is looking very good in Triple-A and represents the likely future for the Cubs.

 

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Montero went 1-for-3 with a walk. He scored a run on the way to a 8-1 victory for the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: He will continue to get playing time and could turn it around as his career numbers are much better. With David Ross playing his last season, Montero will continue to relieve him for the immediate future. The bigger threat comes in the future as Willson Contreras is looking very good in Triple-A and represents the likely future for the Cubs.

 

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Montero went 1-for-4 and scored the first Cubs run on Jake Arrieta's double.

Fantasy Impact: He will continue to get playing time and could turn it around as his career numbers are much better. With Dabid Ross playing his last season, Montero will continue to relieve him for the immediate future. The bigger threat comes in the future as Willson Contreras is looking very good in Triple-A and represents the likely future for the Cubs.

 

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Montero went 0-for-2, but walked twice and scored a run in the eighth inning.

Fantasy Impact: He will continue to get playing time and could turn it around as his career numbers are much better. The hope is that this performance will mark the beginning of a turnaround for Montero at the plate. With Ross playing his last season, Montero will continue to relieve him for the immediate future. The bigger threat comes in the future as Contreras is looking very good in Triple-A and represents the likely future for the Cubs.

 

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Montero went 2-for-3 with a walk. He hit a solo HR in the second and later added another RBI.

Fantasy Impact: He will continue to get playing time and could turn it around as his career numbers are much better. The hope is that this performance will mark the beginning of a turnaround for Montero at the plate. With Ross playing his last season, Montero will continue to relieve him for the immediate future. The bigger threat comes in the future as Contreras is looking very good in Triple-A and represents the likely future for the Cubs.

 

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Montero has struggled so far this season. He has spent time on the DL. He is barely hitting above .200 with limited power and counting numbers.

Fantasy Impact: He will continue to get playing time and could turn it around as his career numbers are much better. With Ross playing his last season, Montero will continue to relieve him for the immediate future. The bigger threat comes in the future as Contreras is looking very good in Triple-A and represents the likely future for the Cubs.

 

Miguel Montero has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Tim Federowicz will be called up to replace him. (Source: Mark Gonzales on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This does not hurt many owners as Montero is a standard stream play. Just good information to have if you are in deeper leagues or looking for good value in upcoming DFS games.

 

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Miguel Montero is out of the Cubs' lineup again on Thursday as he continues to recover from a neck injury.

Fantasy Impact: There's still no sign that this injury will send Montero to the DL. Montero has struggled out of the gate (OPS of .649). There are better options at catcher that are likely available if you're in need.

 

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The Cubs improved to 92-65 on the season with a 4-1 win over the Reds on Tuesday. Miguel Montero lead the way, going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. He also walked twice and raised his batting average to .248 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Montero's average is down from his career averages, but his on-base percentage and OPS are almost identical to his career numbers. He has 15 home runs and 53 RBI and should continue to be one of the top fantasy catchers in the NL.

 

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Miguel Montero broke his brief hitless streak with a 2-for-4 effort in a win over the Pirates. He was unfortunately unable to drive in any runs or score any himself and he did get caught stealing.

Fantasy Impact: Montero seems to have his starting catcher spot locked down despite the presence of Kyle Schwarber, although David Ross will continue to catch for Jon Lester if the Cubs make it past the Wild Card game. Montero is posed to become one of the this postseason's better options at catcher with his great RBI potential while hitting in the middle of the Cubs' batting order.

 

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The Cubs defeated the Diamondbacks on Sunday by the score of 6-4. Miguel Montero provided the big blow, with a grand slam home run in the sixth inning. The home run was Monetro's 15th of the season and he's now batting .239.

Fantasy Impact: Montero's on-base percentage and slugging percentage are on his career averages, despite a batting average 22 points lower. With 15 home runs and 48 RBI on the season, Montero is a solid power option behind the plate for the rest of the season.

 

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Miguel Montero has now hit one home run in each of his last three games with a 1-for-4 effort against San Francisco. He finished with two RBI and one run scored himself.

Fantasy Impact: Montero's playing time seems to be safe for those who own him in league play. David Ross will continue to start when Jon Lester steps on the mound, but Montero will continue to catch the other starters while Kyle Schwarber sticks in left field. Montero has hit very well since returning from injury earlier in the month with a .286 batting average and a 1.054 OPS.

 

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The Cubs used the long ball in a 9-3 win over the Braves on Sunday. Miguel Montero was one who went deep, belting a three-run shot in the third inning. Montero also walked three times and is now batting .239 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Montero is now 8-for-19 over the last five games with four doubles, two home runs and seven RBI. Of his 22 extra-base hits, 13 of them are homers. Montero has a .774 OPS and is good option behind the plate coming down the stretch.

 

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The Cubs improved to 69-51 for the season with a 5-3 win over the Braves on Friday. Miguel Montero had a solid game in the win, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. He raised his batting average to .233 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Montero is 5-for-13 with three doubles over his last four games. He's starting to pick up the pace since coming off the disabled list earlier this month. While his averages are below his career norm, Montero is a solid fantasy option down the stretch.

 

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Miguel Montero looked healthy and ready to go with a 1-for-2 performance that featured one single and two walks. He drove in one run off of his single and also made it around the bases once to score.

Fantasy Impact: It is still unclear what Montero's playing time will look like with Kyle Schwarber staying up, but do not be surprised if he plays a little less than when he was healthy. Schwarber will get his time in left field, but the Cubs are committed to letting him improve as a catcher and David Ross will continue to catch for Jon Lester, so expect Montero to catch three or four days a week. He has probably lost a little value in league play but he can still work as a value play when facing left handers.

 

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The Cubs have activated catcher Miguel Montero from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Matt Szczur to Triple-A. Montero has been on the DL since July 11 with a sprained thumb. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: With Montero activated, the Cubs are carrying three catchers with Montero, David Ross and Kyle Schwarber. Montero figures to return as the primary option behind the plate with Schwarber seeing more outfield time and Ross to continue being Jon Lester's personal catcher. Montero is batting .230 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI this season.

 

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Miguel Montero will officially be placed on the 15-day disabled list, however it is believed that he could miss up to six weeks. Montero jammed his thumb a few days before the break and will now be forced to see a specialist. The Cubs will bring up the All-Star Futures Game MVP Kyle Schwarber. (Source: Carrie Muskat on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Montero had been having a very solid season, but slumped through the first half of July with a .182 batting average and a .250 OBP. While the promotion of the hot hitting Kyle Schwarber is certainly exciting, it has been reported that he will not be the everyday catcher due to defensive concerns. The Cubs will carry three catchers, David Ross, Taylor Teagarden, and Kyle Schwarber.

 

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Miguel Montero had a big night at the plate but it still was not quite enough for the Cubs. He finished up at only 1-for-4, but his one hit was a bases clearing double that drove home three runs.

Fantasy Impact: While Montero has had a productive season so far, he has been slumping lately with a .179 batting average over the last week. Manager Joe Maddon had been experimenting with Montero batting cleanup, but it looks like Montero will have to settle back in in the six-hole, potentially reducing his RBI opportunities.

 

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The Chicago Cubs fell to the Miami Marlins on Friday, 2-1. The Cubs scored their only run in the first inning on single by Miguel Montero.He finished 1-for-4 and is batting .245 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Montero is 4-for-12 with four RBI over his last three games. Although his batting average has dropped from earlier in the season, Montero is on pace for 21 home runs and has a solid .769 OPS. Montero is a good power option behind the plate in deeper leagues.

 

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Cubs catcher Miguel Montero went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts as the Cubs lost to the Dodgers 5-2. Montero is batting .246 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Oer the past 10 games, Montero is hitting .225 with one home run and 10 strikeouts. Not what you want in your starting lineup. Montero should be left on the wire in year-long leagues and not picked for daily leagues until he shows signs of life.

 

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After missing Wednesday's game due to a stiff back, Miguel Montero returned to the starting lineup Thursday. Montero went 0-for-3 with one walk in the Cubs 4-3 loss to the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: After a hot stretch last week where Montero hit three home runs in four games, the Cubs catcher has cooled off a bit this week. Over the last seven days, Montero is hitting .143 with four strikeouts. Batting .240 on the season, the former Diamondback has not shown enough consistency to be trusted on a regular basis in year-long or daily fantasy leagues.

 

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The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, 6-3. The Cubs got on the board early with a three-run home run by Miguel Montero in the first inning. It was Montero's eighth home run of the season. He finished 2-for-3 and is batting .250 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Montero is 5-for-8 over the last two games with two home runs and six RBI. He's on pace for 22 home runs and 63 RBI. With a slugging percentage of .450 and OPS of .821, Montero is one of the top fantasy catchers in the league.

 

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Cubs catcher Miguel Montero blasted his seventh home run of the year Wednesday as the Cubs crushed the Tigers 12-3. Montero finished the night 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Nice to see Montero have a big game as he was mired in a 2-for-27 slump entering the night. Hopefully, this is a start of the catcher getting back on track as he is hitting .241 on the season. If Montero can string a couple of successful games together than he may be worth a look in daily leagues as his price has plummeted.

 

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Miguel Montero went 1-for-4 Friday with a solo home run in the sixth inning. Montero is now hitting .244 with six home runs and 17 RBI on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Friday was Montero's first start in three games. David Ross was in the starting lineup the last two games due to being Jon Lester's personal catcher and the Cubs were facing a left-hander on Thursday. Montero will continue to get the bulk if not all, of the starts against right-handers. Either way the Cubs catchers are not an attractive fantasy option at the moment.

 

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Miguel Montero entered Tuesday's game as a pinch-hitter and promptly struck out. The catcher stayed in the game and struck out again for final out of the game. He is batting .244 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Montero has been slumping hard recently. Over the last two weeks, he is batting .103 with one home run, one RBI and a 33.3% strikeout rate. With David Ross the only other option behind the plate and hitting .190 himself, Montero will continue to get the majority of starts for the Cubs. I would avoid the former Diamondback in daily leagues until he shows some signs of life.

 

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Miguel Montero went 1-for-3 with one walk as the Cubs beat the Nationals 3-2 Tuesday. Montero is carrying a .267/.388/.448 slash line on the season.

Fantasy Impact: After a hot start, Montero has been slumping recently. The Cubs backstop is hitting only .194 over his last 10 games. He also only has two extra-base hits and one RBI in that stretch as well. Montero remains a decent option in deep leagues but is better suited for the waiver wire in 12-team or smaller fantasy leagues. Until he shows signs of breaking out of his slump, I would avoid Montero in daily leagues as well.

 

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Cubs catcher Miguel Montero went 1-for-4 Sunday, hitting a solo shot for his fifth home run of the year. Montero is batting .267 on the year.

Fantasy Impact: Montero has been slumping recently as he is 2-for-21 in his last six games. After the trade of Wellington Castillo, Montero will continue to be the Cubs primary option behind the plate with David Ross giving him the occasional day off. Despite the cold stretch, Montero remains a solid option in year-long fantasy and daily leagues as well.

 

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Miguel Montero went 1-for-3 with a base on balls Sunday. Montero continues to get the majority of starts behind the plate as Sunday was was the catcher's fourth start in the past seven games.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the limited playing time, Montero has proven to be the best hitting option for the Cubs behind the plate. Montero is posting a career-high .313 batting average so far this season.He has also been scorching in the month of May as he is hitting .382 with a .543 OBP in 34 at-bats this month. Montero makes for a decent option at catcher in fantasy leagues even with the uncertain playing time.

 

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Cubs catcher Miguel Montero went 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk Sunday. Montero's sixth-inning blast off of Matt Garza gave the Cubs an early 1-0 lead. Montero was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.

Fantasy Impact: With the Cubs carrying three catchers, Montero's playing time has been inconsistent despite him being the clear No. 1 option. Montero is hitting .299 with four home runs and 14 RBI on the season but remains outside of the top 10 for catchers due to playing time.

 

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Cubs catcher Miguel Montero went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI as the Cubs lost to the Cardinals 10-9. Montero also scored one run and drew a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Montero has been on fire as of late. He has hit safely in his last 10 starts and currently holds a six-game hitting streak. During his last six games, Montero has a .478 batting average with one home run and six RBI. Montero is unowned in over 60 percent of Yahoo leagues and should be picked up by anyone in need of a catcher.

 

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Miguel Montero continued to show plate discipline and pop at the plate on Sunday against the Brewers, going 2-for-3 with a run and a walk. His season line is up to .283/.355/.572 with 3 HR, 10 RBI, and 5 R.

Fantasy Impact: Montero is a top 10 fantasy catcher and has been a consistent contributor for the Cubs in 2015. His slugging percentage is low due to a lack of extra base hits: besides his 3 HR he only has one double and no triples on the season. He has been moved up to the 5th spot in the lineup recently, which may create more chances to drive in runs as well as score more runs with Starlin Castro hitting behind him. The 6th and 7th hitters in the Cubs lineup may have a more difficult time scoring runs with Joe Maddon's approach to NL lineups with the pitcher batting 8th in every game.

 

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Montero had his best game of the season as he went 2-4 at the plate with two home runs, three RBIs, two runs scored himself, one walk, and one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Montero had gotten off to a very slow start at the plate, and he is still only hitting .174. His performance today actually doubled both his hit and RBI total for the season, so he will need to improve his consistency.

 

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Montero had himself a solid day, as he went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored himself. His RBI came on a towering home run (his second of spring) in the first inning.

Fantasy Impact: Montero is steadily creeping up towards the Mendoza line, now sitting at a .189 average. He has not been an everyday player in spring, instead having to share time with both Welington Castillo and Rafael Lopez, so Montero may not have many more chances to raise his batting average before the season starts. He was batted third in the lineup though, so clearly the Cubs have faith in Montero's offensive ability.

 

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The Chicago Cubs acquired catcher Miguel Montero for two minor league pitching prospects. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The two-time All Star catcher will add a much-needed left-handed bat to the Chicago lineup. Montero was the longest-tenured Diamondback, but will now be behind the plate in Wrigley Field with his defensive specialties. The 31-year-old catcher is capable of hitting .280 as seen in past years, and he could launch himself into the top-10 catcher discussion with an impressive start in Chicago.

 

It is no secret the Cubs want to upgrade at the catching position this off season. After losing out in signing Russell Martin, the Cubs have turned their attention to Miguel Monetero. Sources believe the Cubs have made offers to the Diamondbacks to acquire Montero's services. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Montero would bring another needed left handed bat to a predominantly right handed lineup. He would also be an upgrade defensively over Wellington Castillo, especially when it comes to framing pitches. Only a .243 hitter last season, Montero is only two years removed from a .286, 15 home run and 88 RBI season. Maybe a change of scenery would help return Montero to his pre-2013 numbers, when he was a top 5 catching option in fantasy.