R.A. Dickey
R.A. Dickey

R.A. Dickey (SP)

Toronto Blue Jays

Bats: R   Throws: R

42-year old pitcher R.A. Dickey signs a 1-year deal with the Atlanta Braves with a 2018 clubs option. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The former Cy Young winner owns a career record of 110-108 with a 4.01 ERA. Dickey will add depth and possible back of the rotation starts but fantasy wise he could be left off of everyones radar.

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R.A. Dickey will have his next start skipped due to recent struggles. (Source: Gregor Chisholm on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The team is expected to move Francisco Liriano back into the rotation to replace Dickey on his upcoming turn. Dickey went through a rough stretch in July and early August before rebounding for quality starts in three of his last five appearances entering his game against the Yankees.


R.A. Dickey allowed a two-run HR in the first inning and three more runs in just four innings in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Yankees. Dickey gave up seven hits and walked one.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey is now 9-14 with a 4.60 ERA and has lost any remaining fantasy baseball relevance due to his extremely inconsistent pitching.

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R.A. Dickey earns quality start

Mon, Aug 29th 8:42am EDT
By Roy Widrig

R.A. Dickey earned a quality start on Sunday, tossing six innings and allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks, striking out five.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey has allowed four or less earned runs in each of his last five starts. His 4.43 ERA is a bit too high for most fantasy owners to take a look at, but given the right matchup, he might be a worthwhile flyer in some fantasy baseball championships.

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R.A. Dickey undeservedly took a loss on Monday night as the Blue Jays fell 1-0 to the Yankees. Dickey tossed five innings, allowing four hits and four walks but continually pitching out of trouble to allow just one run. Dickey struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey fell to 8-13 on the season but lowered his ERA to 4.51 over 147 2/3 innings. His inconsistency means he's rarely an asset in fantasy games, but can provide some hidden gems here and there.

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R.A. Dickey allowed six hits (four doubles) and walked three, resulting in four runs over 4 1/3 innings on Monday night versus the Rays. He struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: Looking at Dickey's stats broadly, it seems he's incredibly unpredictable. However, it seems that Dickey fares best when facing free-swinging teams (like last week versus the Astros) rather than high-contact teams like Monday night versus the Rays. He'll get the Yankees next, against whom he is 7-5 with a 2.76 ERA.

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R.A. Dickey stifles Astros

Wed, Aug 3rd 12:14pm EDT
By Roy Widrig

R.A. Dickey allowed just one earned run in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros. Through seven innings, the knuckleballer allowed six hits, walked a surprising zero batters, and struck out five. Dickey lowered his ERA to 4.49 and improved to 8-12 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Most metrics grade Dickey out to slightly below average this season (ERA- of 104, 0.4 fWAR). While he's getting more ground balls, his HR/FB has exploded from 9.8% in 2015 to 17.4% this year, along with a jump in BB/9 from 2.56 to 3.19. Walks plus fly balls travelling farther is a dangerous combination, but Dickey showed he's capable of righting the ship last night in Houston.

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R.A. Dickey was hit hard again on Wednesday afternoon, allowing seven runs (six earned) on only four hits (all extra bases) including a pair of home runs.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey's record dropped to 7-12 to go along with an unsightly 4.66 ERA. He's been getting hit very hard of late, giving up six home runs in his last three starts spanning only 14 2/3 innings. He is not trustable in any format.

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R.A. Dickey gave up three home runs to the Athletics on Saturday, resulting in all five of the teams runs over six innings. Dickey only gave up five hits by walked three and struck out only four.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey drops to 7-10 with the loss and sees his ERA pop back up to 4.11 for the season. Dickey needs to limit home runs to be successful, but it his knuckleball is so unpredictable that it's always a guess as to whether he'll be effective or not.

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R.A. Dickey won a big game going into the All-Star break for the Blue Jays, improving to 7-9 and lowering his ERA to 3.93 by defeating the Tigers Sunday afternoon. Dickey struck out five Tigers over seven innings, allowing only five hits and a walk for one run.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey heads into the break with some quality starts immediately in the rear-view. Since June 30, Dickey has allowed only six runs over 21 innings, racking up 17 strikeouts in that time.

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R.A. Dickey was on his game Tuesday night, allowing two runs (no earned) versus the Royals over seven innings, giving up only four hits and three walks. Dickey struck out eight and improved to 6-9 with his first win at home this season.

Fantasy Impact: To clarify - one of the runs allowed was a home run that occurred after a Michael Saunders error, so Dickey certainly wasn't perfect. He's struggled at home with a lack of run support and allowing home runs, but pulled it all together last night in one of his best starts of the season.

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R.A. Dickey submitted a quality start Thursday night despite allowing a pair of solo home runs versus the Cleveland Indians, who won their 13th straight game. Dickey allowed a third run after some poor outfield defense and struck out four batters.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey had no shot at a win with his counterpart, Carlos Carrasco on the mound. Dickey is a notoriously slow starter and is starting to put together some good outings right before the All Star Break.

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R.A. Dickey earned a quality start in his seventh loss of the season on Monday as the Blue Jays fell to the Phillies, 7-0. Dickey allowed three runs on five hits and three walks, including two solo home runs, but also had the bullpen relent an inherited run in the seventh inning. He struck out four.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey was fine but had no shot on a night when the Blue Jays scattered a miserable six hits over nine innings. That being said, he still allowed three runs and struck out only four, so anyone running with him in fantasy last night learned that he's too unpredictable to be a quality option.

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R.A. Dickey allowed a two-run home run to Nick Castellanos and little else on Wednesday afternoon as the Blue Jays defeated to Tigers, 7-2. Dickey was lifted early in the sixth inning after throwing 97 pitches and giving up nine hits and a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey somehow managed to work around the 10 baserunners and limit the damage to just the Castellanos HR. He improved to 4-6 as his ERA dropped to 4.15 though he struck out only one. Dickey can provide solid fantasy value, but when those starts come is far too unpredictable.

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R.A. Dickey was at his best on Friday, logging 6 2/3 innings with only one run scored (unearned) on two hits and five walks. Dickey struck out four.

Fantasy Impact: The five walks were a bit high but also telling of the nearly unhittable knuckleball that Dickey was throwing on Friday. The game was Dickey's best of the season, but make sure he logs a few more solid outings before slotting him in. Dickey is a notoriously slow starter, and has allowed only three earned runs versus the Red Sox in his last two starts.

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R.A. Dickey allowed three runs, all earned, on three hits and four walks against the Red Sox on Sunday. RP Chad Girodo walked in the third run after Dickey was lifted in the sixth inning after pitching 5 1/3 innings.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey should be avoided when facing the Red Sox, regardless of home or away. He's 0-2 against them this season with a 6.60 ERA 6-8 with a 4.50 ERA against them in his career. Coincidentally, his next starts will be against them on Saturday.

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R.A. Dickey's up and down season continued on Tuesday as he allowed four earned runs through 6 2/3 innings, allowing five hits, two walks and a home run. Dickey had a good knuckleball at some points, though, and struck out seven.

Fantasy Impact: While the strikeout total is nice, nothing else from the start was. Dickey is now 2-6 on the season with a 4.60 ERA. He'll see the Red Sox in his next start Sunday, against whom he's 0-2 this season with a 7.45 ERA.

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R.A. Dickey allows three HR in loss

Wed, May 18th 10:30pm EDT
By Roy Widrig

RA Dickey failed to follow up his eight shutout innings versus the Rangers with a quality start on Wednesday, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk over six innings. Dickey took the loss and fell to just 2-5 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Flashes of Cy-caliber Dickey were quickly quelled by his poor start on Wednesday. Dickey's ERA now sits at 4.50 and he's just not a reliable SP anymore.

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R.A. Dickey's knuckleball was in top form on Friday, blanking the Rangers over eight innings and allowing only three hits and one walk. Dickey struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: Over the course of eight innings, Dickey managed to normalize his numbers for the season, dropping his ERA from over 5.00 to 4.31. Dickey improved to 2-4 and has only allowed only three earned runs over his last 21 innings.

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The visiting Dodgers plated four runs - two earned - over seven innings versus Blue Jays SP RA Dickey on Saturday. Dickey gave up eight hits and struck out 10 without walking a batter.

Fantasy Impact: Though the end result wasn't want Dickey owners had hoped for, only two earned runs over seven innings and a 10-pack of strikeouts is what so many remember from Dickey's Cy Young days.

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R.A. Dickey allowed one run, a home run to the backup catcher, in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Rangers. He allowed six hits and three walks and struck out three over 6 1/3 innings. One run is the fewest he's given up all season.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey was bailed out big time by Kevin Pillar and a baserunning error by Delino DeShields in the seventh inning. Dickey pitches much better in months not called April and should begin to see his numbers return to normal over the next few starts.

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R.A. Dickey's rough April continued on Wednesday as he allowed three first inning runs to the division foe Orioles. After the first, however, he settled in and tossed five shutout innings. Dickey gave up five hits and walked two, but struck out four.

Fantasy Impact: By the very definition of the term, it was a quality start. His ERA dropped to 6.10 so he's really not that far off from his career norms of starting the season off slowly.

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R.A. Dickey took his second loss of the season on Friday, allowing four runs in only 4 1/3 innings to the Red Sox. Two of the runs were earned. He struck out three but walked four.

Fantasy Impact: The Red Sox continue to own Dickey, who has a 4.48 ERA versus them over 18 starts. He is not a reliable play in fantasy games anymore.

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Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey had the kind of knuckleball you dream about on Saturday, unfortunately catcher Josh Thole couldn't catch it. Thole dropped two third strikes and his numerous passed balls allowed runners to advance in critical situations. All told Dickey allowed seven runs (six earned) through five innings with two walks and nine strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: There's no way of predicting what the knuckleball will do on a day-to-day basis, making Dickey an extreme risk in every fantasy format. He was very good in his previous outing versus Tampa Bay, and his next start will come against the Red Sox, again, in Boston.

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Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey recorded his first win of 2016, going five-plus innings against the Rays, allowing six hits, two walks and three runs. He had three strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Pitching for the league's best defense in the Jays, Dickey will certainly have his fair chance at some wins. The numbers he puts up aside those wins and innings, though, likely will not be pretty.

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R.A. Dickey allowed four runs on eight hits through five innings in Thursday's Grapefruit League matchup versus the Tigers. Dickey struck out five in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: At age 41 and with a 5.02 spring ERA, rumors of Dickey's retirement are starting to swirl around Blue Jays camp. He will likely finish the 2016 season out, the final year of his contract, before retiring. In fantasy games in 2016, however, he is likely not going to hold much value.

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Phillies rough up R.A. Dickey

Sun, Mar 13th 10:15am EDT
By Roy Widrig

After pitching very well earlier in the week vrsus the Braves, Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey struggled against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, going 4 1/4 innings and allowing three runs on five hits. He allowed a home run to David Lough and struck out one.

Fantasy Impact: Typical Dickey, lights out one day, five runs the next. While this is nothing new from the knuckleballer, what is concerning is his lack of strikeouts so far in 2016 - only two over 9 1/3 IP.

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Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey breezed through the Braves lineup on Monday, tossing three innings and allowing only one hit and one walk. No runs were scored.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey looks just fine so far this Spring, allowing one run over five innings. For the most part he is a quality-start type of guy, but has the tendency to give up home runs and big innings. He is best in deep, AL-only leagues.

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Blue Jays rotation mainstay R.A. Dickey was solid over two innings in his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday. He allowed two hits and one run with one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey has been a solid innings-contributor for the Blue Jays and should provide another 180+ innings and a 4.00-4.50 ERA for yet another season. He's mostly valuable in ideal DFS matchup and in deep AL-only leagues.

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R.A. Dickey told reporters that he underwent knee surgery following the 2015 season. The operation repaired a torn meniscus in Dickey's right knee. (Source: Gregor Chisholm on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is the first word of the procedure, but Dickey told reporters that he expects to be full-go to start the regular season. Dickey showed he could continue to be a solid fantasy contributor last season despite being north of 40.

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R.A. Dickey recorded a quality start Saturday, going six innings, allowing two runs while scattering six hits. Dickey also struck out three in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: The Jays managed just two runs on three hits in the six innings Dickey pitched. Dickey remains 5-1 since the deadline, and 10-11 on the year with a 4.05 ERA. He will toe the rubber next in a home start against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.

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R.A. Dickey put together a strong start, holding the Red Sox to one run on four hits over six innings Tuesday night. Dickey left the game in a 1-1 tie, as the Jays ended up plating four in the 10th for the win.

Fantasy Impact: After back-to-back stinkers, Dickey has put together three quality starts, one of which was a complete game victory. He continues to be one of the best starting pitchers since the All-Star break, especially at a time of such importance for the Jays. Dickey is scheduled to make his next start against the Yankees Sunday in New York, however with Marcus Stroman replacing Mark Buehrle on Saturday, Dickey could be pushed back. Continue rolling with Dickey through your leagues playoffs.

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R.A. Dickey gave the bullpen a break Wednesday, registering the complete game to record his 10th win of the season. Dickey was in control allowing just one run on four hits while striking out six on the night.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey is now 7-0 in his last nine starts, and 10-10 on the season. Dickey's ERA sits at 4.09, however much of that can be attributed to his slow start to the season. Continue rolling Dickey out in your lineups.

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R.A. Dickey worked 6.2 strong innings after back-to-back rough outings to earn his ninth win of the season. In all, Dickey allowed three runs on six hits, while striking out six on the night.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey was coming off back-to-back rough outings which saw him allow 10 runs in 10 innings, however tonight was a different story. Dickey improves to 9-10 on the season with a 4.25 ERA. He has been one of the best pitches since the All-Star break, and will look to continue his hot second half against the Indians in a home start.

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R.A. Dickey spotted the Angels five runs in the bottom of the first inning, however the Jays answered back with 11 unanswered runs over the next eight innings for the win. Dickey lasted six innings allowing the five runs on 11 hits for his eighth win of the season.

Fantasy Impact: That's back-to-back games now where Dickey has issued five earned runs. Luckily with the Jays league leading offense, a five run lead is never safe. Dickey has been one of the best pitchers in baseball post All-Star break so I wouldn't be too concerned. Dickey will get the Tigers at home in his next start.

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R.A. Dickey didn't have his best stuff Tuesday, pitching just four innings allowing five runs on nine hits, while striking out two.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey came into tonight's ballgame allowing just three or less earned runs in 13 of his last 14 starts. It was a minor bump in the road for Dickey who has been excellent lately. Dickey will look to rebound as he faces the Angels on the road in his next start.

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R.A. Dickey wins seventh game

Wed, Aug 12th 9:54pm EDT
By Marc Walton

R.A. Dickey put together a good performance Wednesday night, as he limited the Oakland A's to three runs on six hits while striking out four over six innings.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey was given an early eight run cushion after a seven run outburst in the second inning to give the Jays a 10-2 lead. The win improves Dickey to 7-10 on the season. He will get the New York Yankees at home next who he owns a 1-0 record with just three earned runs over 21.1 innings pitched.

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R.A. Dickey was great for the Jays Friday night pitching seven innings, allowing one run on six hits while striking out three. Dickey didn't factor into the decision as he left the game in a 1-1 tie, however the Jays managed to pickup the go-ahead run in the 10th thanks to a Jose Bautista home run.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey has now gone six straight starts surrendering two or less runs. His ERA now sits at 3.93 for the season and he seems to have figured things out during a very important playoff push. Dickey is scheduled to face the Oakland A's at home in his next start.

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R A Dickey improves to 6-10

Mon, Aug 3rd 8:27am EDT
By Steve Anagnos

R. A. Dickey threw seven shutout innings to earn his 6th win of the season as Toronto beat the Royals 5-2 on Sunday. He gave up only two hits, two walks, and struck out six while lowering his ERA to 4.06

Fantasy Impact: You have to like the way the Blue Jays are playing since making some big additions at the trade deadline. Dickey should be active in all leagues at this point.

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R.A. Dickey notches fifth win

Wed, Jul 29th 10:37pm EDT
By Steve Anagnos

R.A. Dickey gave up two runs, both unearned, to pick up his fifth win of the season in an 8-2 drubbing of the Phillies. Backed by Troy Tulowitzki's big debut, Dickey lowered his ERA to 4.27 while improving to 5-10 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: While Dickey hasn't had his best season to date, he could easily have a few more wins with the high scoring Blue Jays lineup behind him. It wouldn't be surprising to see Dickey have a strong finish in a competitive AL East, especially if the Blue Jays can ad a big reliever before the deadline.

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R.A. Dickey went seven innings allowing only two runs. He gave up four hits and walked two while striking out six. Unfortunately Toronto was shutout so Dickey was handed his 10th loss of the season.

Fantasy Impact: This was actually the seventh time in his last eight outings that he allowed three or fewer earned runs. He is a difficult man to recommend in a medium league but it seems reasonable to say that if he keeps giving up three or fewer earned runs with that powerful offense backing him up, he would likely start seeing more wins coming his way going forward.

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Dickey went six innings giving up three runs. He allowed nine hits/walks while striking out three. Unfortunately for his record, the Blue Jays had an unusually low scoring game so he still took the loss.

Fantasy Impact: This was actually his sixth straight outing allowing three or fewer earned runs. He is a difficult man to recommend in a medium league but it seems reasonable to say that if he keeps giving up three or fewer earned runs with that powerful offense backing him up, he would likely start seeing more wins coming his way going forward.

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Dickey went seven innings allowing three runs. He surrendered 11 hits/walks (eight hits and three walks) while striking out three.

Fantasy Impact: His numbers are not strong this season, though his last five outings have shown improvement over his early season disasters. He is a judgment call as the Toronto offense is potent and if he keeps up his recent stretch he could start getting some wins.

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Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey tossed a solid 7.1 innings of one-run ball in Thursday's win over the New York Mets. The veteran walked five batters while striking out seven, throwing 120 pitches.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey has generally fared better at home than the road this year entering the a game with a 4.63 ERA at the Rogers Centre as opposed to a 6.17 ERA on the road.

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Dickey went six innings allowing four runs (three earned). He surrendered seven base runners (six hits and a walk) while striking out five.

Fantasy Impact: He is not a terribly effective pitcher this season. The Blue Jays offensive potential does leave room to improve on his two victories but his damage to your ratios is hard to swallow. If you wish to stay with him, the offense and the fact that his last three outings have been better is a slight reason to hope for better days.

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The Blue Jays/Nationals game on Monday was postponed due to rain. Dickey will take the mound in the Tuesday afternoon make-up game.

Fantasy Impact: Start at your own risk.

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R.A. Dickey knocked around

Tue, May 26th 9:22pm EDT
By Steve Anagnos

Dickey lasted only five innings tonight giving up five earned runs to the White Sox. He will not factor in the decision even though he left the game with a 6-5 lead. Chicago scored one run in the sixth to end Dickey's hope for the win. Dickey gave up eight hits and walked two batters on the night.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey hasn't been pitching well and is being hit hard. With the other Blue Jays starters showing some promise after slow starts, Dickey needs to follow suit before you should consider starting him.

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Dickey battling long balls

Sat, May 16th 8:59am EDT
By Steve Anagnos

R.A. Dickey's record fell to 1-5 after getting shelled by the Astros Friday night in Houston. Dickey gave up ten hits and seven runs in his five inning of work and failed once again to keep the ball in the yard. Dickey gave up two dingers on the night, with the big blow a three run shot coming off the bat of Jose Altuve that gave the Astros a 7-1 lead. That was all Dallas Keuchel needed on what was an off night for the Houston pitcher, who gave up an uncharacteristic four runs himself.

Fantasy Impact: When Dickey doesn't have his nastiest knuckler moving, he's serving up batting practice as it just tumbles into the strike zone. Until Dickey can get it dancing more consistently, it will be hard to predict what days to start him on your fantasy team. Like all Toronto starters right now, Dickey is a roll of the dice.

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Red Sox take R.A. Dickey deep

Sun, May 10th 6:10pm EDT
By Steve Anagnos

R.A. Dickey gave up six earned runs to the Red Sox and lost to Clay Bucholz 6-3 on Sunday. He surrendered seven hits and three walks, with the big damage coming from home runs by Mike Napoli (3-run shot) and Pablo Sandoval (2-run shot). Toronto starters had only given up two earned runs in the Blue Jays last three games and were looking toward their ace to keep the streak of quality starts going. Plagued by the long ball once again, Dickey just couldn't get it done.

Fantasy Impact: Even the Toronto ace has been too inconsistent to roster at this point. See if you can find a taker that sees Dickey as a buy low candidate.

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R.A.Dickey beats Yankees

Mon, May 4th 10:09pm EDT
By Steve Anagnos

R.A. Dickey scattered three hits and three walks over eight innings to beat the Yankees 3-1 at the Rogers Centre Monday night. He gave up only one run to lower his ERA to 4.38.

Fantasy Impact: Dickey didn't strike anyone out, but it was still a very solid outing from the knuckleballer. He kept his team in the game all night until the Blue Jays took the lead for good with a three run eighth. He may be the only Toronto starter worth rostering right now.

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R.A. Dickey pitched 6 1/3 solid innings in his season debut Wednesday night against the Yankees. Dickey allowed one run on four hits while walking three and adding four strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Unfortunately for R.A. Dickey, a rough eighth inning by the bullpen cost Dickey the win, but he was still very effective to start his season. Dickey is looking to get off to a good start this year following a disappointing start to 2014, before finishing the year strong. He should be a player owners will enjoy having on their rosters this year and should earn more wins pitching for an improved Blue Jays team.

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R.A. Dickey is relaxed and in good physical shape as he hopes to have his best season since being traded to Toronto prior to the 2013 season. Dickey has taken a slower approach this spring following his rough starts to the year in 2013 and 2014. (Source: Yahoo Sports)

Fantasy Impact: R.A. Dickey, now 40 years old, is preparing for his 19th professional baseball season and is hoping to rekindle some of his 2012 Cy Young Award winning dominance. With an improved defense and some key offensive additions, R.A. Dickey should have more help behind him leading to more victories and better numbers for his fantasy owners. If you are in one of the few leagues Dickey is not owned, pick him up before another owner does.


R. A. Dickey throws solid six

Sun, Mar 22nd 9:40am EDT
By Steve Anagnos

In his third spring start, Dickey threw a full six innings Saturday, giving up two runs (both unearned) and five hits. He appears ready for a nice year. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Dickey is looking more and more like the pitcher the Jays traded for and could be undervalued after last year's under achieving performance. Draft with confidence as he had that knuckler dancing all spring.

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RA Dickey pitched two scoreless innings with great movement on his knuckleball in his first spring start. He retired the six batters he faced in the first and second innings, striking out the side in the first frame. "Sometimes it's not about anything other than throwing a good knuckleball; it doesn't matter the conditions, it doesn't matter the humidity," Dickey would state after the game. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Dickey lives and dies with the knuckler, so this is encouraging news. When he has that knee buckling knuckler moving he can put plenty of K's on the board. He should get great support from that big Blue Jay lineup as well, so 15 wins are a reasonable expectation if he stays healthy.

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