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David Bote went 2-for-3 versus the Pirates Friday. He would come around to score a run in the second inning to make it 2-0.

Fantasy Impact: Bote has some impressive deeper statistical indications from 2020 when it comes to hard contact. He is valuable in deeper leagues, especially if he has second base eligibility.

Category: Game Recaps


Matt Duffy went 0-for-2 versus Pittsburgh Friday. The sacrifice fly drove in the eventual game-winning run.

Fantasy Impact: Duffy was not highly regarded coming into the season. However, if he somehow stays around as a middle of the order hitter, his value skyrockets.

Category: Game Recaps


Javier Baez went 2-for-4 Friday versus the Pirates. He would score the eventual game-winning run.

Fantasy Impact: Baez provides power and speed and should be owned in most leagues. He is starting to get his swing dialed in.

Category: Game Recaps


Joc Pederson went 3-for-4 versus Pittsburgh Friday. He would score the first Cubs run and then drive in the second.

Fantasy Impact: Pederson has been a disappointment early in the season but his history suggests he will pick it up. He is a good buy-low candidate in medium-sized leagues with bench space.

Category: Game Recaps


Rex Brothers finished off a wild ninth inning where the Pirates closed the gap to one run with the bases loaded Friday. He only recorded a single out but it was the final one to earn his first save of the season. Brothers was not credited with any runs.

Fantasy Impact: Brothers is a good pitcher that has value to the Cubs. However, he is unlikely to earn many saves as long as Kimbrel is healthy and pitching the way he has.

Category: Game Recaps


Zach Davies went seven innings versus the Pirates Friday. He allowed no runs and earned the win.

Fantasy Impact: Davies is a control artist like Kyle Hendricks, which could help further his development in the same clubhouse. Davies is unlikely to become elite but the last few outings suggest he will be solid.

Category: Game Recaps


Cubs prospect LHP Brailyn Marquez (COVID-19) is close to being game-ready. (Source: Bruce Levine on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Marquez tested positive back in the spring and has had to work his way into shape again. The 22-year-old lefty is one of the team's top prospects and could find himself in the big leagues by the end of the season. He's slated to begin his '21 minor league tenure in Double-A.

Category: Injury Updates


The Cubs placed OF Ian Happ (rib) on the 10-day injured list Friday. (Source: Bruce Levine on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Happ is dealing with a left rib contusion and was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to May 3rd. He hasn't taken the field since colliding with Nico Hoerner in Tuesday's contest. Happ will be eligible to return from the IL next Friday. Nick Martini was recalled in a corresponding move.

Category: Injury Updates


Willson Contreras went 0-for-5 versus the Dodgers Wednesday. However, one of them was a fielder's choice where he would come around to score after.

Fantasy Impact: Contreras was able to catch the whole game, further ease the concerns of fans. He is a top catcher for fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps


Craig Kimbrel threw a scoreless ninth inning versus Los Angeles Wednesday. The game was tied so he did not pick up a save but he was a key link in the chain as the Cubs would eventually win a few innings later.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel had looked dominant in his first eight outings. He should be owned in all leagues where saves are a category.

Category: Game Recaps


Adbert Alzolay went five innings allowing two runs versus Los Angeles Wednesday. He would end up with a no-decision but did strike out seven.

Fantasy Impact: Alzolay is one of the Cubs' top prospects. He has value in the future and will provide strikeouts more often than not.

Category: Game Recaps


Anthony Rizzo was not in the starting lineup Wednesday as Manager David Ross was looking to get him two days off. However, the game against the Dodgers was close so eventually Ross sent Rizzo out to play first base and in the 11th inning, Rizzo ended up driving in the winning run.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo has been quite stable over time. He should be owned in most leagues as a very good first baseman.

Category: Game Recaps


Jake Marisnick went 1-for-4 versus Los Angeles Wednesday. His lone hit was a two-run homer, his fourth of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Marisnick had a red-hot spring and is a very good defensive outfielder. However, he has competition in the outfield so he may not get enough chances long-term to compete in fantasy outside of deep leagues. However, at the moment, Happ is banged up and the injury to Hoerner has lead to easier access to the starting lineup.

Category: Game Recaps


Kris Bryant continued to produce Tuesday versus the Dodgers. He would score a run in each game of the doubleheader and steal his first base of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Bryant has been an elite player in the past and is playing quite well this season. He should be owned in most leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Keegan Thompson was handed a tough assignment Tuesday versus the Dodgers in his first career major league start. He was facing the reigning National League Cy Young winner and the defending World Series champions. He would hang with Bauer and went 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

Fantasy Impact: Thompson is a prospect who has plenty of potential. It is not known how much he will play this season, especially after Arrieta returns from injury.

Category: Game Recaps


Ildermaro Vargas stole a base and scored a run Tuesday versus Los Angeles in Game 1 of the doubleheader. He was also the runner placed at second base in the eighth inning of Game 2, which scored on Baez's game-tying homer.

Fantasy Impact: Vargas is a speedy player who excels on defense. His struggle will be getting enough playing time, especially after Hoerner returns from injury.

Category: Game Recaps


Jason Heyward did not play in the first game but proved the only Cubs' run of regular innings in Game 2 of the doubleheader Tuesday versus the Dodgers. His solo homer helped them take the game to extras tied at 1-1. The homer was his third of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Heyward had his best season as a Cub last year. The outfield position in fantasy is deep so while he will likely provide value to the Cubs, it may take a deeper fantasy league for him to offer the same advantage to owners.

Category: Game Recaps


Kyle Hendricks threw all seven innings in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday versus the Dodgers. He only allowed a seventh-inning solo home run in a 7-1 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Hendricks has been a really good pitcher for a few years. He has shown some weakness in two of his starts but he should still be owned in most leagues. In fact, in 12-team leagues, he is a good buy-low candidate, especially if they haven't seen this performance yet.

Category: Game Recaps


The Chicago Cubs placed INF Nico Hoerner on the 10-day injured list with a left forearm strain. (Source: Meghan Montemurro on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Hoerner was one of three Cubs placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday. He was slashing .380/.500/.556 with three stolen bases across 44 plate appearances since being called up on April 21st. Cubs INF Ildemaro Vargas was recalled in a corresponding move. Look for David Bote to see an uptick in playing time while Hoerner is sidelined.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


The Cubs placed pitcher Jake Arrieta on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb abrasion. (Source: Bruce Levine on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's unclear when Arrieta sustained the thumb injury, but he is expected to miss at least the next ten days. He was lit up for seven runs on seven hits and one walk in his previous start. The right-hander owns a 4.31 ERA and a 28:12 K: BB across 28 innings in 2021. LHP Kyle Ryan was recalled in a corresponding move.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions