Nick Markakis
Nick Markakis

Nick Markakis (RF,DH)

Atlanta Braves - 33% owned
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The Atlanta Braves managed to pull off the win on Monday, in the series opener with the Brewers. Markakis contributed two hits, one run scored, and a RBI. He also had one SO.

Fantasy Impact: Nick Markakis has continued to contribute for Atlanta this season. He's batting .273 with seven HR and 60 RBI this season.

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Nick Markakis went 1-for-4 in Tueaday's loss to the Reds. Markakis did what he does best, hit a double.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis isn't going to win you any championships, but he sure won't lose you any either. He's been a double machine this season. He's batting .260 with five HR and 48 RBI.

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Atlanta took on Philadelphia in a 4th of July contest, losing 8-2. Nick Markakis had a hit, a RBI, and one SO. Markakis and the Braves will look to get a win Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis has been a solid fantasy option throughout the season. He is batting .254 with two HR and 43 RBI. Nick should finish the season a viable fantasy starter even with his average dipping a little lower than an owner would like.

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Markakis delivered a two-run double in the third inning off Reds starter Dan Straily in the Braves 7-2 victory for his only hit in four at-bats on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis continues to have limited fantasy appeal due to his lack of power with only one homer this season. He needs to hit for a high batting average and drive in runs to help fantasy owners but is currently hitting just .243 this season and has only driven in 17 runs over his last 41 games. Markakis is only worth fantasy consideration in NL-only and very deep mixed leagues.

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Markakis went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI in the Braves 12-6 loss to the Dodgers Sunday. All three of his hits were singles including RBI in both the first and sixth innings.

Fantasy Impact: With his three-hit performance Sunday, Markakis raised his average up to .248 on the season with a .343 on-base percentage. Markakis has minimal fantasy appeal with limited power (one homer) and no speed (zero steals) as he is reliant on his batting average to carry his fantasy value.

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Markakis went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in the Braves 7-2 victory over the Marlins in Atlanta Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis is becoming a stabilizing influence in the Braves' lineup. His average is low at .240 but he sports a nice .349 OBP. But he is in a woeful lineup, which deminishes his opportunities to make things happen on the basepath.

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Markakis went 2-for-4 with two RBI and drove in the go-ahead runs in the Brave's 4-2 victory over the Marlins Friday night. Markakis' two-run single came in the eighth with two outs. The win was only the Braves' third at-home this season.

Fantasy Impact: The positive thing about Markakis is that he gets on base where things can happen. But he plays for the Braves, who struggle to make anything happen. He is one of the few bright spots on the team despite his paltry .238 average.

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Mar kakis went 1-for-5 with a walk in the Braves' 4-2 13-inning loss to the Royals on Sunday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis has cooled off over the last two weeks as he's slashed .220/.314/.254 after a blistering month of April. He's definitely still rosterable in leagues that value OBP. The Braves travel to Pittsburgh to take on Pirates LHP Jonathan Niese on Monday.

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Markakis went 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in the Braves' 5-0 win over the Royals on Saturday night.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis has plummeted from his hot start as he's hitting only .220 over his last 15 games. He still leads the Braves in runs, walks, doubles, hits, and RBI on the season although Freddie Freeman should clearly overtake him as the only legitimate run producer in the lineup. He offers no upside in terms of HRs or SBs. The Braves face Royals LHP Danny Duffy on Sunday afternoon.

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Markakis went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk in the Braves' 5-1 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis leads the team in hits, runs, and RBI on the season. Although he bats leadoff, he has surprisingly had many opportunities to drive in runs as he's hitting a ridiculous .448 and sporting a 1.017 OPS with RISP. The Braves will face Phillies RHP Vincent Velasquez on Thursday.

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Markakis went 0-for-3 with a walk in the Braves' 3-2 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis has been in a slump as of late, as he's slashing .231/.323/.231 over his last seven games. He's still a fixture at the top of this lineup although in an offense that is struggling to get runs across. He's fifth in the NL in doubles, but still looking for his first HR of the season. He faces Phillies RHP Jared Eickhoff on Wednesday.

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Markakis went 3-for-5 with three singles, a run scored and a walk in the Braves' 5-3 loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis is now hitting .294 on the year and seems fixated at the top of the lineup despite the return of Ender Inciarte. He's among the league leaders in singles and doubles, but he's yet to hit a HR this year. The Braves take Monday off before taking on the Phillies and LHP Adam Morgan.

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Nick Markakis was away from the Braves Wednesday due to a family emergency. He is expected to rejoin the team Friday for their weekend series in Atlanta. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hopefully, all is well with Markakis' family and he's able to return with the issue resolved. Despite his lack of power, Markakis has been solid this season, hitting for a high average while driving in 20 runs and scoring 10 more.


Markakis went 0-for-4 with a walk in the Braves' 3-0 win over the Mets on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis simply had an off night against Mets' righty Matt Harvey; no worries fantasy owners. He still gets on-base at a .391 clip and remains in the top-ten in RBI for the National League.

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Markakis went 0-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and a RBI in the Braves' 4-3 win over the Cubs on Sunday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis has a .424 OBP over the last week as he also is among the league leaders in RBI with 20. He's become a legitimate leadoff man even though he's part of an anemic offense.

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Markakis went 4-for-5 with three RBI and his 11th double of the season in the Braves' 5-3 win over the Red Sox on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis surprisingly now has 19 RBI on the season which is tied for fifth best in the majors. It's a shocking total for a player who bats leadoff on a team who is among the worst at scoring runs in the bigs. He has been on fire as of late and fantasy owners need to take note of his elite OBP skills as well as his recent run production. He's still available in almost 80% of Yahoo! leagues.

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Markakis went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a walk in the Braves' 9-4 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis' tenth double is third most in the majors, behind only Jose Altuve and David Ortiz who each have 11. He remains a fixture at the top of the Braves lineup, but could slide into the No. 2 hole when Ender Inciarte returns from the disabled list soon.

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Markakis went 0-for-5 with a RBI in the Braves' 11-4 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis had reached base in every game thus far in 2016 he had started. His OBP is still elite and underrated in fantasy circles. However, he offers little upside in HR and SB categories.

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Markakis went 0-for-2 with two walks in the Braves' 1-0 loss to the Red Sox on Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: It was a sluggish night for offense for both squads as Rick Porcello kept the Braves in check. Markakis owns a healthy .415 OBP and his 12 walks are top ten in the National League. He's still available in more than 75% of Yahoo! leagues.

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Markakis went 3-for-5 with three singles and a RBI in the Braves' 3-2 loss to the Mets on Sunday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis' team-leading 14th RBI came on a fifth inning single bringing around Jace Peterson to even the score a 1-1. He's a solid leadoff hitter as his OBP is at .397, best on the team. The Braves begin a new series at home versus the Red Sox on Monday.

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Markakis went 1-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored in the Braves' 8-2 loss to the Mets on Saturday night.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis has been a fixture at the top of the lineup and leads the Braves in hits, doubles, RBI, runs scored, and OBP. Despite leading these categories, he is still just a low-upside UTIL option as he doesn't hit HRs or steal bases.

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Markakis went 0-for-4 with a walk in the Braves' 6-3 loss to the Mets on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis, since being moved to the leadoff spot a week ago, has still carried an OBP over .400. He's tied with teammate Adonis Garcia for tenth in the NL in that category. His nine doubles still lead the majors, but you won't find much HR power anytime soon. Markakis will start in right against Mets young lefty Steven Matz on Saturday.

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Markakis went 1-for-4 with a double, run scored and a walk in the Braves' 6-5 win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: His nine doubles are three more than anyone else in the majors. Markakis is also continuing to bat leadoff due to the fact that his .423 OBP is tops on the team. He's definitely startable as long as he draws walks and as this Braves team has turned the corner on the win column. He's still only owned in 17% of Yahoo! Leagues.

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Markakis went 1-for-3 with a RBI single, run scored and a walk in the Braves' 6-3 win over the Marlins on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis hit a game-tying single in the eighth inning off of Marlins reliever David Phelps. Markakis sports a .395 OBP this season as he's been the Braves lone consistent offensive threat other than Adonis Garcia.

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Markakis went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the Braves' 6-2 loss to the Nationals on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis' seven doubles lead the majors and his two RBI added to his team-high eight. He has been the lone bright spot so far, hitting the ball with authority to the tune of a .303 average. He is definitely an OBP machine for leagues that use that category.

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Markakis went 0-for-2 with two walks in the Braves' 3-0 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis' two walks showcase that he is still an on-base machine as he was good enough for tenth in the NL last year in OBP. He's still stuck in this anemic offense so don't think much will change in the run category soon.

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Markakis went 0-for-3 with a walk in the Braves' 2-1 loss to the Nationals on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis has hit the ball hard in this series versus the Nats and has raised his average to .296. He might be the only Braves regular showing any kind of consistency this early in the season. He is still a nonexistent power source with only singles and doubles to show for.

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Markakis went 3-for-6 with three doubles, two RBI, and one run scored in the Braves' 12-7 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: For the second time in his career, Markakis doubled three times, the last of which gave the Braves a one-run lead until their bullpen imploded in the eighth and ninth. This is Markakis at his finest: a high-contact singles and doubles hitter. Just don't expect much more in terms of other fantasy categorical production from the Braves veteran outfielder. He is a solid NL-only contributor for AVG and OBP.

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Markakis went 1-for-4 with a RBI double in the Braves 12-2 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday night.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis had gotten off to a slow start, batting only .213. Although he bats second in the lineup, he barely registers on the NL-only radar.

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Markakis hit fifth and played right field in the Braves' 4-3 extra innings loss to the Nationals on Monday. He went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis looked rough this spring, hitting only .168 with just one XBH in 30 at-bats. He should be left on waiver wires and only considered in leagues using OBP and H as categories. Last year, he was top-ten in the NL in both categories.

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The Orioles reached out to the Braves earlier this offseason in an attempt to try reaquiring former OF Nick Markakis. Braves GM John Coppolella isn't ready to deal yet. (Source: Peter Gammons on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Markakis has three years and approximately $33 million remaining on his deal and could be a valuable trading piece to send to a contender during what will most certainly be a lost season for the Braves. Although he's basically all singles and doubles at this point in his career, he did post the ninth best OBP (.370) and fourth most hits (181) in the NL last year. Owners should take notice in leagues that use these categories.


Nick Markakis was 2-for-4 Tuesday with a double and run scored against the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Tuesday's performance gives Markakis multi-hit games in six of his last nine contests played. He continues to be a nice option for DFS cash games, but his upside is limited given his lack of power and the lineup that surrounds him.

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Nick Markakis went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, two walks and two runs scored Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis continues to be a solid, if unspectacular, option. While he boasts a solid batting average and OBP, his lack of power limits his potential for fantasy purposes, especially as an OF. However, he does profile as a nice option for DFS purposes, especially cash games.

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Markakis went 1-for-4 with a single in the Braves 6-3 loss to the Rockies on Wednesday night. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Markakis is a hitting machine with 147 hits on the season, good enough for fourth in the National League. He's hitting .355 over the last week and can be counted as a consistent on-base option. Don't look for any help in fantasy other than these categories as Markakis has two HRs on the season.

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Markakis went 3-for-3 with two singles, a double, and a walk with the lone two RBIs in the Braves 3-2 loss to the Padres on Wednesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis was an on-base machine and provided all the offense for the Braves Wednesday night, a microcosm of the entire season. He is currently tenth in the NL in OBP and fourth in hits. If your league prizes these two categories, Markakis is a must start.

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Markakis had a single and his 26th double of season, tied for ninth in the National League.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis' recent hot streak over the last two weeks has seen his average rise to .302. He has been a consistent on-base threat and constant hit machine (130), good enough for fourth in the National League. Continue to plug him in your lineup only if you are looking to improve hits, batting average and on-base percentage.

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Markakis went 1-for-5 with a two-run single in the seventh of the Braves 8-3 loss to the Giants on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Batting in the leadoff spot, the two-run single was Markakis' 35th and 36th RBIs of the season. He has a 11 game hitting streak going and is one of the lone consistent threats in the Braves lineup.

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With Jace Peterson in a July slump, manager Fredi Gonzalez moved Markakis into the leadoff spot in Friday's game against the Phillies, Markakis went 1-for-4 with a strikeout in the 9-3 loss.

Fantasy Impact: This doesn't change Markakis' value much at all. He is still a singles hitter at this stage of his career, albeit the best on-base option (.372) the Braves have. He is not a stolen base (two) threat at this point either. In conventional leagues, he is worth a spot start in OF at best.

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Markakis had a single in four at-bats in the Braves 1-0 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis currently is 60th on the Player Rater and provides little value in daily leagues. Look elsewhere for added power.

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Markakis went hitless in the Braves 3-1 loss on Wednesday and dropped his average to .289 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis' lone value in fantasy is singles and getting on base. Although he ranks tenth in the NL in walks, his powerless .361 slugging percentage marks his fourth straight season under .400.

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Markakis homered in the first inning of the Braves' 7-5 win over the Dodgers. This was Markakis' first HR since September 25th, 2014, a span of 356 at-bats.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis is now batting .289 with 31 RBIs on the season. His fantasy value is limited with his lack of HR power.

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Markakis' 20th double of the year drove in Jace Peterson in the seventh inning of the Braves 6-5 loss to the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis is hitting .296 on the season, possessing consistent on-base skills, and minimal power. He is a singles and doubles hitter at this point in his career.

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Markakis went 2-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and RBI in the Braves 5-3 win against the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis has been a consistent on-base threat this season, currently sporting a .384 OBP, sixth best in the National League. His value is strictly as a high average, singles hitter as unfortunately, he is still sitting on zero HRs on the season, something that will hurt him in DFS.

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Markakis went 1-for-4 in the Braves 4-1 win over the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis continues to be a consistent man at the plate as he ranks tenth in BA (.302) and fifth in BB (40) in the National League. But singles and walks don't really move fantasy owners. This is what he is at this stage of his career so don't expect any sudden power surge.

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Markakis went 2-for-4 with a third inning RBI single in the Braves 8-4 loss to the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: Another game where Markakis is productive without extra base power. However, he is a steady presence in the middle of the Braves lineup, especially while Freddie Freeman is on the DL. He will continue to get RBI opportunities as Jace Peterson and Cameron Maybin have been consistent on-base threats.

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Markakis had gone 398 consecutive game played without committing an error. His misplay on a Denard Span single in the first inning allowed Span to take second and eventually score. Markakis established the all-time MLB record for consecutive errorless games by a non-pitcher on June 18 -- breaking the previous mark of 392, set by Darren Lewis from 1990 to 1994. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Markakis was 0-for-4 at the plate in a dreadful afternoon of baseball. His defensive consistency however has not brought anything of relevance to the fantasy world as he remains homerless.

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Markakis had three singles and scored a run in the Braves 2-1 extra innings loss to the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Another typical Markakis night at the ball park. He is fourth in the league with 67 singles on the year, not something you desire out of your clean-up spot in the batting order. Also not something that helps fantasy owners. If you are looking for anything other than AVG and OBP in a conventional league, look elsewhere.

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Markakis went 1-for-4 with a walk in the Braves win over the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis continues to get on base consistently at a .394 clip, ranking seventh in the National League. His 75 hits also rank him seventh, although his Isolated Power ranks near the bottom of the league (77th) with 59 of those hits being singles. If you are looking for something more than the occasional double and walk, Markakis' lack of homerun power diminishes the possibility of him being a impact player fantasy-wise.

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Markakis drove in his 19th run of the year in the Braves 4-2 win over the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis' two hits pushed his average up to .303 for the season. Typical Markakis game... on base with minimal power. Don't expect much to change.

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Markakis was on base three times in the Braves 10-8 loss to the Mets on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis has been a consistent on-base machine with a walk, single, and his 16th double of the year. His batting average has been hovering around the .300 mark as he continues to provide ample runs and hits from the clean up spot. However, he has yet to hit a HR this season, which is crippling his fantasy value. Apart from leagues which value OBP, Markakis is a better real life player than fantasy player.

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Markakis had two hits, drew a walk, and scored a run in the Braves 4-1 win versus the Padres on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis continues to add value as a consistent on-base machine. His OBP is now at .395 on the season. Although his power is basically completely diminished (zero homers in 2015), Markakis is a good bet to collect singles and doubles and help your conventional league's average. He will continue to get opportunities to drive in runs batting fourth in the underrated Braves lineup.

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Markakis keeps rocking along and of course his numbers continue to improve as well. His batting average stands at .307.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis would be a good add in deeper leagues, those without all-star rosters. Many are concerned about the lack of power, but that will come.

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Markakis has done fairly well this year, with the exception being his lack of power. His ISO sits at a dismal.062, but in other areas there have been no complaints. His wOBA is at .334 while his wRC+ stands at 112.

Fantasy Impact: The power will come. If you need a backup or occasional starter, consider him, you can do much worse.

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Markakis is really heating up with four hits in his last seven at-bats. He is settling in to hitting in the fourth spot for an offense always looking for a spark.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis is a reliable fantasy outfielder in most formats. Scoop him up if you can. Get him cheap.

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Markakis was the lone bright spot for the Braves offense tonight as they battled against Clayton Kershaw. He continues to perform at an above-average pace despite having hit no home runs yet this year.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis can be a decent play in fantasy leagues, especially deeper leagues. While he is not setting the world on fire, he seems to make contact and puts the ball in play. His batting average sits at .311 on the year.

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He hit fourth in the batting order tonight, which is not entirely new for him, and it has been a place where he has had some success. His slash line is .302/.392/.349 with a wOBA of .334 and a wRC+ of 110. One of his hits tonight was a double.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis needed a game like this so let's hope he carries it into tomorrow. It will also be interesting to see where in the order he bats. If it's fourth, he will be in a good position for more RBI.

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He has an eight game hitting streak going, hitting a cool .353 in that span. Markakis is doing a good job in the leadoff spot and is likely to remain there for awhile.

Fantasy Impact: He will make a solid contribution in most leagues, so give him your consideration. All signs point to 2015 being a productive year for him.

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Markakis' batting average now sits at an even .300 while his weighted on base average (wOBA) is in the average range at .328. His K rate is a nice 15.3%.

Fantasy Impact: The thought here is that Markakis is in a position, batting leadoff, to help fantasy teams score points in multiple ways as opposed to the chance of him batting lower in the order, and being lost in the bottom end of the Braves lineup. If he nudges it up another notch or two, people will flock to pick him up. Just saying he is reliable now, and if you have a need for RF or OF, give him your consideration.

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Markakis continues to shine atop the Braves lineup card. His wOBA is .331, the ISO a .039, and wRC+ sits at 112. As long as he is productive he will bat leadoff, where he has been doing extremely well.

Fantasy Impact: All of these stats and successful games are shouting "Pick him up." He can be a useful addition to your team. He is owned in less than 50% of leagues, change that now.

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He also had an RBI. Markakis is proving effective at the leadoff spot for the Braves. Despite the recent skid, with a near excellent BB rate of 14.4%, he has been able to get on base in order to manufacture runs for an anemic offense.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis would prove to be an inexpensive addition for your team and with his style of play and success so far, you won't be disappointed.

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Markakis continues to shine through the Braves lineup with outstanding results. His batting average is now at a solid .338, his wOBA sits at .372 and his wRC+ at 138.

Fantasy Impact: He's a solid guy for your fantasy team. Now batting leadoff for the Braves, he should continue to flourish. Give him strong consideration for your team.

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He now posts a solid .333 batting average and is off to a solid start for the 2015 campaign. His K rate stands at 12,3% which is near his career number, but his walk rate is 15.1%, which is dramatically higher than in previous years. This is indicative of good plate discipline. His wOBA and wRC+ are both well above average as well.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis is still widely available and he would make a solid addition to fantasy rosters as long as he continues to produce and it appears he is on track to do just that.

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Markakis continues to perform well at the plate. Today he had a single and a double and carries a .373 batting average into Philadelphia tomorrow. He also has an excellent .398 wOBA on the year.

Fantasy Impact: He would make a solid addition to your fantasy roster. He is one of the bright stars on the Braves roster and has shown he intends on being productive.

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He is now among the league leaders in batting and there is no sign that his hot bat is cooling anytime soon. Today, he went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He reached base 11 out of 15 plate appearances in the series with the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis indeed has value for fantasy teams and should be considered as a pick up if he is available in your league.

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He also scored a run. Markakis, like Freeman, is starting to get hot at the plate. They are just seeing the ball better after slow starts. He has raised his batting average to to .361 and a wOBA of .394.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis missed quite a bit of Spring Training and is just now getting started. Think about adding him before he ends up on someone else's roster. One of the better hitters for the Braves, he and Freeman can help each other.

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The good news is Markakis is improving at the plate and appears ready to be a consistent contributor for the Braves offense.

Fantasy Impact: He is one of the better hitter's on the Braves and can be a positive addition to fantasy teams if he continues to show progress at the plate.

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The Braves won by one run, and it was the Markakis single that made the difference. Still, he is struggling at the plate, hitting only a paltry .231 on the young season.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis is thought to have the talent to be a viable fantasy contributor. At this point, he will have to prove his credentials before any impact is made.

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The Atlanta Braves got nine hits in their 5-3 win over the New York Mets on Saturday. Nick Markakis was the only Brave with two hits. He also knocked in a run, his fourth of the season. Markakis is now batting .250.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis should continue to see plenty of playing time, but one must wonder what type of numbers he'll put up. He hit .276 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI last season with the Orioles and seems unlikely he'll match those numbers this season.

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Markakis got things started in the first inning with an RBI single, driving in the first of seven runs scored on Mat Latos. He also singled and scored in the four-run ninth inning.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis is one of the better hitters on the Braves and has fantasy value. He is not heavily owned but is a good player to consider adding.

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Markakis seems fully recovered from offseason neck surgery and ready to be an integral part of the Braves lineup. He knocked in the first run with an RBI single in the first inning and then in the sixth frame, he got the second RBI with a fielder's choice ground out.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis should have a good year, even though last year was a big disappointment for the Orioles and himself. He seems comfortable and eager to perform well for his new team. Owners can live with the hope that the Braves knew what they were doing when they signed him to a 4-year/$44M contract.

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The Altanta Braves pounded out 14 hits in a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Nick Markakis, who has been struggling all spring, went 2-for-3. Although both hits were singles and his average is just .182 in Grapefruit League play, it was a positive sign for Markakis moving forward.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis was just 4-for-22 with 3 strikeouts after missing much of the first part of spring due to injury. He's likely to start producing as he gets more at-bats. Owners may want to hold off playing Markakis regularly in the early part of the season until he gets his timing down.

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In 16 at-bats, he is hitting a paltry .125, having struck out twice and only has one extra-base hit. Markakis had neck surgery in December and missed a large part of spring training but is locked in as the starting RF for the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: He should have his timing down in the next or so and has some value in fantasy. His K% should hover around 11% and he'll be good for around 25 doubles, with a batting average in the .270 - .280 range.


Markakis shined in his debut Monday, going 2-for-3 with a single, double, and two runs scored. He apparently felt fine and is due to start in RF tomorrow and is expected to play four or five innings. (Source: Kevin McAlpin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Markakis can get on track, he could be a sleeper in drafts. He will play everyday as the RF and will hold value in deeper leagues. For smaller leagues he is worth keeping an eye on.

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A week ago, he said he would only need a week of batting to get ready for the season opener, now it looks like he'll get close to two. Markakis is coming off of neck surgery performed in December. (Source: David O'Brien)

Fantasy Impact: Markakis had a disappointing season last year and now with the surgery must prove he is worthy of a fantasy roster spot. Most likely will be drafted in deeper leagues but otherwise just wait and watch.

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Markakis took on-field batting practice for the first time today since his neck surgery in December. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Markakis is in good health and ready to play, he is just awaiting clearance to do so. Both he and Markakis think there is enough time to get in the necessary reps to prepare for the regular season. (Source: David O'Brien)

Fantasy Impact: Pencil Markakis in as the starter on opening day. It's likely he will need some time to refine his timing and he might serve well as a late round flier.

Category: , Injury Updates


Doctors indicated that Markakis can resume baseball activities by mid-February after a successful fusion surgery today. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It stands ti reason that the Braves will go easy with Markakis through the Spring. His job as RF with the club is set, as is the lead-off position in the batting order. He has regressed a bit the past two years but is a serviceable RF on the cheap for your fantasy team.


The surgery is to repair a bulging disk in his neck. Doctors say there is an eight week recovery period and Markakis should be ready for spring training. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Markakis is slated for the leadoff position and will play RF for the Braves. He is a serviceable fantasy option with some upside.


The Braves were aware of the bulging disk in his neck prior to signing him so this is no surprise. Recovery will take 12 weeks. (Source: Ken Rosenthal)

Fantasy Impact: The Braves hope to have him for most of spring training anyway. Better to take care of it now rather than risk an in-season need. Full recovery is expected and will not affect his value.


To some, this move does not make much sense, but John Hart, Braves GM, has a plan. The move is to fill a role made by the trade of Jason Heyward. If Markakis falters after a year, then perhaps another move will be made. But the plan is to make Atlanta a contender starting in 2016. (Source: Jeff Passan )

Fantasy Impact: Coming from the AL to join a rebuilding NL team might be just the ticket Markakis needs to build on his career. He's no All-Star, but he is a servicable and cheap outfielder for fantasy purposes. The 2015 year will be more or less stress free and allow him to produce without pressure. It's a good situation for both parties and fantasy ballers.