Russell Martin
Russell Martin

Russell Martin (C)

Toronto Blue Jays - 70% owned
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Russell Martin hits 20th HR

Wed, Sep 21st 8:56am EDT
By Roy Widrig

Russell Martin went deep for his 20th HR of the season Tuesday night off Hisashi Iwakuma, driving in a pair of runs. Martin was 1-for-4.

Fantasy Impact: Martin had an absolutely brutal April and May but has had a solid season overall. He is a bit behind his pace for last season (three less HRs so far and four less RBI), but those numbers could easily change by the end of the season.

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Blue Jays C Russell Martin was 1-for-3 in Friday's 7-2 win over the Angels. Martin had a sac fly in the second inning and a three-run HR, his 19th, in the sixth.

Fantasy Impact: Martin has a pair of HR and six RBI in the last two game, his only hits in his last 20 at-bats.

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Russell Martin was 1-for-4 with a two-run HR in Monday's 6-2 loss to the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Martin has just four hits in his last 10 games, but two have been HRs with a total of six RBI. He's slowed down considerably since his mid-summer hot streak, but would be impossible to replace this late in the season.

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Russell Martin ended August on a high note, going 1-for-4 and hitting a two-run HR in the first inning Wednesday night for his ninth HR of the month.

Fantasy Impact: Martin ranked second in Yahoo games this month, behind only the insane pace of the Yankees' Gary Sanchez. After a brutally slow April and May, Martin has rounded out his numbers to a .247 average, 16 HR and 61 RBI.

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Blue Jays C Russell Martin was 2-for-5 with five RBI in Friday's 15-8 blowout of the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Martin smacked a three-run double and a two-run HR, bringing his RBI total for the season up to 59. He's been inching back up to elite-level catcher status of late, but last night was a bound towards the top.

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Russell Martin had a huge night against his former team on Tuesday, going 2-for-5 with two HR and driving in three runs.

Fantasy Impact: Martin is red-hot. At 5-for-10 since Saturday, he has hit home runs in three consecutive games and driven in seven runs while scoring five of his own.

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Through a three-game weekend series with the Houston Astros, Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin went 3-for-9 with a pair of home runs and four RBI, scoring three runs himself and adding a pair of walks.

Fantasy Impact: Though he's cultivated a poor .232 average this season, Martin is still near the top of production in major-league catchers with 10 HR and 44 RBI with 42 runs scored.

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Russell Martin hit a chopper up the middle Thursday night to keep his modest seven-game hitting streak alive versus the Astros. Martin was 1-for-4 and scored a run later on a wild pitch.

Fantasy Impact: Martin is 9-for-24 during his streak with a HR and four RBI. He's not playing at the level he did in 2015, but he is still a top-10 fantasy catcher.

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Blue Jays C Russell Martin smacked a pair of doubles and drove in two runs in a 2-for-4 game on Saturday as the Blue Jays won, 9-1 over the Orioles. Martin scored two runs and also struck out twice.

Fantasy Impact: Martin has hit in three straight and is very slowly bringing his numbers back to his career norms. It seems as though he'll fall short of his numbers from last season, but he's still a good option for a fantasy catcher in yearly leagues.

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Russell Martin is back in the lineup and will play behind the plate tonight versus the Padres. Martin had been out since Friday with a shower-related knee injury.

Fantasy Impact: Martin has been playing better of late, but has conceded that this is a year in which he's battling multiple nagging injuries. At .228/.317/.338, though, he's still better than the majority of catchers in the MLB even if he's having a lackluster season.

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Blue Jays C Russell Martin will be considered day-to-day with an injured knee. Apparently, Martin passed out after being in the sauna too long, and woke up Friday morning with a sore knee. (Source: Chris O'Leary on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Well, that's an odd one. Martin also mentioned that he may have hit his head as well in the incident, but an MRI was taken on his knee and he seems to be healthy, albeit a bit sore. In yearly leagues don't worry about this injury just yet, but be sure to get him out of any daily league matchups you may have been using him for.

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Russell Martin went 2-for-3, cracking his eighth double of the season in a 5-3 Toronto victory.

Fantasy Impact: Despite not driving in a run, Martin improved his batting average to .231, snapping a recent skid over his last seven games by collecting two of his eight hits over that span on Sunday. Martin only has three multi-hit games so far in July, but has improved his average, which began at .216 on July 1.

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Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays lineup on Tuesday. Josh Thole will start at catcher and bat ninth.

Fantasy Impact: R.A. Dickey is starting for the Blue Jays on Tuesday, so this is just the typical Dickey-Thole pairing. Expect Martin to be back in the lineup on Wednesday.


Russell Martin homers in win

Thu, Jun 23rd 10:05am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Russell Martin hit his sixth HR of the season, a three-run shot, in the Blue Jays' 5-2 win on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: After his awful start, Martin has proven more productive of late. He's numbers are still poor overall on the season, but he now has hits in five of his last six games and has a .935 OPS over the month of June.

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Russell Martin went 1-for-3 including his fourth home run of the season on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Martin has been an utter disappointment for fantasy owners. He hit .240 with 23 home runs in 2015, but this season is batting an anemic .197 with only four homers.

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Russell Martin went 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in Wednesday's win.

Fantasy Impact: These were Martin's first two home runs of the season. He's been extremely disappointing to this point. Even with the multi-home run game he's only posting an OPS of .484. He's become more of a DFS target in good matchups than worthy of season-long consideration based on his struggles. Owners or those considering him will hope that Wednesday's efforts are a sign of things to come.

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Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Tuesday. He will be replaced by Josh Thole.

Fantasy Impact: Standard operating procedure when R.A. Dickey is on the mound. Martin has struggled mightily this year anyway, and so probably shouldn't be in your starting lineup except for two-catcher leagues. To the extent you're relying on Martin, he should be back in the lineup on Wednesday.


Russell Martin still struggling

Fri, May 20th 8:28am EDT
By Roy Widrig

Russell Martin was 1-for-5 Thursday night versus the Twins, striking out twice.

Fantasy Impact: Martin is now hitting .171 on the season with one extra-base hit - a double - all season. It might be worth adding another C and waiting until Martin finally gets going to return him to your lineup. He has four hits in his last five games.

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Russell Martin is back in the lineup on Wednesday against the White Sox. (Source: Baseballpress.com)

Fantasy Impact: Martin is one of the top catchers this season and should be in your lineup when he is healthy.


After exiting last night's game with neck spasms, Blue Jays C Russell Martin will return to the lineup Saturday versus the Athletics.

Fantasy Impact: Martin has struggled mightily to start the season. He's had a bit of rest time with RA Dickey starts and the neck issue, so maybe the fresh start on Saturday will do him good.

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Russell Martin off to slow start

Tue, Apr 12th 10:45am EDT
By Roy Widrig

Blue Jays C Russell Martin is off to a slow start in Toronto, batting only .100 (2-for-20) with 10 strikeouts. He is yet to drive in a run or have an extra-base hit.

Fantasy Impact: Martin entered the season as a top-10 catcher in all fantasy formats. He often starts slow and plays a streaky game, so it's worth watching his daily numbers for a big breakout. Yearly league owners will just have to bear the slump.


Russell Martin went 1-for-3 with a single against the Yankees on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Which version of Russell Martin will we see in 2016, the 2014 contact version (.290/11 HR), or the power driven 2015 one (.240/23 HR)? Fantasy owners are hoping for the latter, as the homers (and 60 more AB than '14) helped his R and RBI totals significantly, making him the #2 catcher last year. If you do not grab Posey early, Martin is the next best thing, especially in an amazing Blue Jays lineup (6th C, 123rd Overall ADP).

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Russell Martin in a slump

Tue, Sep 29th 2:36am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Martin is 4-for-22 in the last eight games he has a plate appearance in.

Fantasy Impact: He is still a solid power source for a fantasy catcher with a poor batting average which makes him relevant in fantasy.


In the Blue Jays' 9-1 victory over the Braves, Martin went 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored, along with his 20th home run of the season in the ninth inning.

Fantasy Impact: Martin has been a solid catcher all year for season long owners. He last hit 20 home runs back in 2012 when he finished with 21 for the season so it is possible that he may break that total over the last few weeks of the season. He offers fantasy owners stability at the catcher position and hits in the strongest lineup in the league.

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Russell Martin is 2-for-12 with a RBI through the first week of September, missing out on the offensive explosion for the Blue Jays. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Martin has a batting average of .212 in the second half and has hits in five of his last 10 games. He has 38 extra-base hits this season, making him a top-five catcher, but has only had one month this season where he had a batting average over .256.

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Martin went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, three runs scored, and a walk in Toronto's 9-2 win over Detroit.

Fantasy Impact: Over the last 14 days, Martin has been in a prolonged slump and was batting just .125 over that stretch with one home run and three RBI. His two hit performance today marked the first time he has had two or more hits in a game since July 28th. Despite his two hit performance on Sunday, Martin has clearly been struggling at the plate and is not a recommended fantasy option at this time.

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Russell Martin is hoping to turn his August struggles around as the Blue Jays begin a three-game set against the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: After a hot start to the season, Martin has struggled mightily in August. He's only posted a .295 OPS this month. He's notorious for wearing down at the end of the year, so hopefully fantasy owners have another option available.

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Russel Martin took Danny Duffy deep in the third inning of last night's 5-2 win over the Royals in Toronto. The solo shot was his 15th of the season and he crossed the plate with his 49th RBI

Fantasy Impact: Martin is having a pretty solid offensive year with a little more power than expected. While not one of the elite offensive catchers in the game, he's certainly provided good value for a later round pick.

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Russell Martin connected for his 14th home run of the season Thursday, as the Blue Jays went on to win 5-2 over the Oakland Athletics. Martin was 2-for-3 with the home run, a double, three RBI, and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Martin is no 8-for-19 with two home runs, six RBI, and three runs scored since the All-Star break. Martin remains locked in at the plate, and owners can be confident rolling with Martin on a daily basis.

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Russell Martin remained locked in at the plate since the All-Star break Wednesday going 3-for-4.

Fantasy Impact: Prior to the All-Star break, Martin had been in a slump, however it seems the break did him well as he is now 6-for-16 with a home run, three RBI, and a run scored since.

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Russell Martin had a nice night at the plate Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Coming into tonight's contest, Martin was hitting just .156 for the month of July, with two extra-base hits, four RBI, and four runs scored. Martin looked locked in Tuesday, connecting for his 13th home run, while driving in three runs in the victory. Martin remains a top tier catcher moving forward, and will look to turn around his dismal July.

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Russell Martin drove in two runs Sunday, ending his six game streak without an RBI. He still has not homered in the past nine games.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the cold spell, he is still one of the better offensive catchers for fantasy leagues. There are a lot of leagues where he would be an improvement over some catcher who is a starter on one of the teams.

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Russell Martin had a nice night at the plate Friday, going 1-for-2 with two RBI, and a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: We're not even at the All-Star break yet, and Martin has already matched the 11 home runs he hit all of last season. It's clear that Martin is enjoying his new confines at the Rogers Centre, as he has now gone deep seven times at home. He continues to be a top catching option in all formats.

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Russell Martin had a productive night at the plate Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in their 13-9 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Martin continues to swing the bat well in June, raising his average to .282 on the season. So far this month, Martin is hitting .296 with 11 RBI, 15 runs scored, and three home runs. He continues to be one of the more productive catchers in all formats.

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Russell Martin stays hot in win

Sun, Jun 14th 8:07pm EDT
By Marc Walton

Russell Martin continued to swing a hot stick Sunday, going 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and three runs scored in their 13-5 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Martin has been on a tear as of late, slashing .393/.469/.821 with three home runs, 10 RBI, and 10 runs scored over his last seven games.

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Russell Martin was the hero of the day, hitting the go-ahead home run in the 11th inning of the Jays 5-4 extra innings win Saturday. Martin was 2-for-5 on the day with an RBI and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Currently ranked second on ESPN's player rater for catchers, Martin is slashing .275/.359/.513 with 10 home runs, 32 RBI, and 36 runs scored.

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Russell Martin hit the go-ahead triple as part of a nine run seventh inning comeback win for the Jays Friday night. Martin was 1-for-5 on the night with a triple, three RBI, and a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Martin continues to be productive as he is currently hitting .272 with nine home runs, with 31 RBI and 34 runs scored on the season.

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Russell Martin raised his average to .274 Wednesday, going 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and a run scored in their 7-2 win over the Miami Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Martin saw his average dip to .262 as he ran into a mini slump, however over the last three games he has gone 5-for-11 with two home runs, four RBI, and four runs scored to raise his average to .274. Currently the third ranked catcher on ESPN's player rater, Martin has been great since beginning the season hitting .197 over the first month.

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Russell Martin had a productive day at the plate Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and a run scored in their 7-6 walk-off victory over the Houston Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Coming into today's game, Martin had been struggling over the last 15 games, slashing a disappointing .163/.255/.184 with just 1 home run and three RBI, so it was nice to see him come alive in Sunday's victory. Despite his recent struggles, Martin's overall production has still been amongst the top five so far this year.

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Russell Martin collected another two hits in Friday's win over the Red Sox, scoring two runs.

Fantasy Impact: Through the last seven days, Martin has an OPS almost reaching the 1.900 mark with three home runs and four RBI. He has effectively brought his peripheral statistics up to an exceptional .295/.406/.625 after getting off to a slow start at the start of the season.

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Russell Martin came into the 8th inning as a pinch hitter for Josh Thole with the game tied 1-1. By the time the inning was over, the Jays were ahead 3-1 as Martin contributed with an RBI single and proceeded to steal a base.

Fantasy Impact: Martin now has two stolen bases and 16 RBI on the season.

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Russell Martin finally showed flashes of his great 2014 season in Saturday's win over the Indians. The catcher went three-for-five with a solo home run and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Although Martin hasn't been able to hit for average, his OPS is currently sitting above .800 and he is third in the American league in RBIs for catchers with 15.

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Russell Martin goes 1-for-2 in win

Thu, Apr 30th 10:31pm EDT
By Marc Walton

Russell Martin had a productive night at the plate Thursday, going 1-for-2 with two walks, an RBI, and a run scored in their 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Fantasy Impact: Martin has now hit safely in 10 of their last 12 games, increasing his average to .197 for the season. Since being dropped to the sixth spot in the order, Martin is slashing .276/.488/.690 with three home runs, eight RBI, and 10 runs scored. The move in the lineup has clearly made a difference for the Jays catcher, and has put fantasy owners at ease since his disastrous start to the season.

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Russell Martin went 1-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout in Tuesday nights win over the Boston Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Martin has yet to really have a big game, however he has now hit safely in nine of their last 10 games, increasing his average to .190. Despite his average, Martin is still the fifth most productive catcher in standard league formats in a year where catchers are underperforming.

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Russell Martin doubles in loss

Tue, Apr 28th 1:11am EDT
By Marc Walton

Russell Martin went 1-for-3 Monday, with a double, two RBI, and a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Martin has now collected a hit in eight of the Jays last nine games, slowly raising his average to .182. He continues to swing the bet well, and it's evident he's seeing the ball better.

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Russell Martin homers in loss

Sat, Apr 25th 9:31pm EDT
By Marc Walton

Russell Martin finished Saturday's game going 1-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored. Martin's home run was his third on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Russell Martin hit the go-ahead home run in the seventh inning, which was quickly erased in the bottom of the eighth as the Jays' bullpen allowed three runs. Martin has now hit safely in six of the last seven games, with three home runs, seven RBI, and seven runs scored during that span. Martin is turning his slow start around, and beginning to look like top ten catcher he was ranked before the season.

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Russell Martin doubles in win

Fri, Apr 24th 12:34am EDT
By Marc Walton

Russell Martin went 1-for-3 Thursday with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Russell Martin in gradually raising his average one hit at a time. He is now hitting .159 with nine RBI and nine runs scored, and seems to be turning his season around. With the numerous injuries and lack of production from the catching position this season, Martin is starting to look like an attractive buy low candidate.

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Russell Martin finished Wednesday's game 1-for-3 with a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Martin continues to put the ball in play which is a signal he's seeing the ball better. His average slowly continues to climb, as he is now hitting just .146 on the season.

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Russell Martin scores twice in win

Tue, Apr 21st 10:47pm EDT
By Marc Walton

Russell Martin went 0-for-3 Tuesday with two runs scored and two walks in their commanding win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Martin failed to record a hit Tuesday, however he is beginning to show signs of life over the last four games. After struggling 1-for-24 to start the season, Martin is 4-for-14 with five RBIs, five runs, and three walks over the last four contests. Martin has only struck out three times as well since beginning the season with 11. The signs are there that Martin is starting to turn things around, and beginning to see the ball better.

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Russell Martin went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in their 6-5 extra innings win over the Atlanta Braves Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: For the first time this season, Martin has collected a hit in back-to-back games. This was also the first time he has not struck out in back-to-back games as well. I would still like to see more consistency from Martin, however this is a step in the right direction, and he seems to be seeing the ball better as well.

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Russell Martin went 2-for-3 with two home runs, two RBIs, and two runs scored. He also added a walk in their 8-7 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Martin's two home runs tonight were his first hits since the Jays opened up against the New York Yankees on April 6th. The two home runs for Martin tonight were excellent for fantasy owners, however the more positive result was that he did not strikeout tonight. Hopefully this is a sign that Martin is seeing the ball better, still I would like to see a few more games before jumping back on the Martin fantasy wagon.

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Russell Martin finished Thursday's game 0-for-1 with two walks, a HBP, and a run scored. Martin also struck out once in the loss.

Fantasy Impact: The encouraging part is Martin reached base three times, however he failed to record a hit for the seventh straight game, and he struck out for the 11th time this year. Martin is just 1-for-24 this year, his only hit coming on opening day against the Yankees. Martin is quickly becoming expendable in deeper leagues, and can safely be dropped in shallower leagues with better options available at this point.

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Russell Martin had another dismal night at the plate Tuesday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on the night. Martin also committed his first error of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Martin's offensive struggles continue and his strikeouts continue to mount, adding two more to his total of 10 through seven games. He also committed a costly throwing error in the 8th inning attempting to throw out Steven Souza Jr. at second base. The throwing error moved Souza to third, who then scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Desmond Jennings. It's a possibility that Martin could be pressing too much playing for his hometown team, regardless he continues to hurt owners who invested in him in their leagues draft. If he doesn't show signs of improvement, he may find himself losing games to Dioner Navarro.

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Russell Martin continued to struggle Monday night, going 0-for-3 in their 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Martin didn't strikeout against the Rays, which is at least some progress as he recorded eight strikeouts in the first five games. This hasn't been the homecoming Jays fans expected from the Toronto native. I still have top 10 expectations for Martin going forward this season.

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Russell Martin went 0-for-3 with a run, two walks, and two strikeouts Sunday as the Jays took the series rubber match 10-7 against the Baltimore Orioles. Martin was dropped in the lineup once again as he hit seventh in todays game.

Fantasy Impact: Russell Martin's struggles continued Sunday, adding two more strikeouts to his season total of eight. One of his strikeouts however could have gone either way as it looked to be high and inside. Still, the eight strikeouts in five games is cause for concern. I wouldn't be quick too drop Martin, as he is still looked at as a top 10 catcher this season in a loaded Blue Jays lineup, however I would continue to monitor his performance from here on out.

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Russell Martin finished 0-for-2 in Saturday's to the Baltimore Orioles with two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Russell Martin continued to struggle Saturday as he was bumped to the sixth spot in the order behind Josh Donaldson. Martin's average drops to .077 on the year, however the more concerning statistic is his six strikeouts in four games. Martin struggled during Spring Training so he could still shaking off the rust. It's something to monitor as the season progresses, however I see better days ahead for the 32-year-old catcher.

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Russell Martin had a productive day going 1-for-4 with two RBIs, a walk, and a run scored in the 6-1 victory over the New York Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Russell Martin's biggest strength is his ability to handle a pitching staff, which he did masterfully today helping the pitching staff limit the Yankees to one run on three hits. However it's his offensive production that fantasy owners look for and Martin didn't disappoint. Hitting second for the Jays, Martin will have opportunities to provide returns in the RBI category with Jose Reyes hitting in front of him. His power will also play well at the Rogers Centre, and with Jose Bautista providing protection in the lineup, he's going to see better pitches. Russell Martin will be a top 10 catcher in 2015.

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Toronto's big off season acquisition showcased both sides of his playing ability in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Rays. The catcher caught a combined shut out and added an opposite field solo home run to lift the Jays on top.

Fantasy Impact: Martin had one of his strongest offensive seasons last year putting up a solid .832 OPS paired with a 5.5 WAR. Moving to the hitter-friendly Rogers Centre could see those numbers improve even further if he can remain healthy and continue to produce.

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Martin caught two innings of RA Dickey's nastiest knuckleballs Friday and drew praise from Dickey, who felt Martin only dropped one ball that he may have caught with more experience. Martin dropped a total of six balls in the two innings of work, with only one drop coming with runners on base. Martin is also breaking in a new glove. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: If Martin doesn't have to sit when Dickey pitches, you won't lose his bat in your lineup every 5th game.

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