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CC Sabathia allowed two runs on hits in 6 1/3 innings on Saturday against Oakland. Sabathia struck out nine batters and walked three, earning his fifth win. He has a 4.42 ERA this season and will face the Blue Jays in Toronto on June 1.

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia will close May with a 4.50 ERA, only allowing four runs over his last three starts. Nine strikeouts are a season-high for Sabathia and he has pitched six innings or more in three of his last four starts. Current Blue Jays have a .637 OPS against Sabathia in 228 career at-bats and he allowed six runs on seven hits in four innings against Toronto on May 3.

Aaron Judge went 2-for-3 with a walk in a 4-1 loss to the A's.

Fantasy Impact: Aaron Judge on the season is hitting .322 with 15 homers and 30 RBIs. He has been on a tear as of late as he has hit .316 during the last seven days and .342 in the month of May.

Masahiro Tanaka allowed one run on five hits in 7 1/3 innings against the Athletics on Friday night. He struck out 13 batters without a walk and the run that he did allow came after he left the game in the 8th. He has a 5.86 ERA this season and will face the Orioles in Baltimore on May 31.

Fantasy Impact: Tanaka's owners have to be pulling their hair, as Tanaka had, arguably, the best start of his career, but was outdueled by Sean Manaea of Oakland. This comes after he had allowed 14 earned runs in his last two starts (4 2/3 innings), but he does have 52 strikeouts and 15 walks in 55 1/3 innings. Current Orioles have a .684 OPS in 111 at-bats against Tanaka and he allowed three runs on six hits in five innings at Camden Yards on April 8.

Jacoby Ellsbury was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion and neck sprain. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Ellsbury suffered the injuries after making an impressive catch while crashing into the wall Wednesday night, so he'll get some time off to recover. Aaron Hicks should see the bulk of center field duties while Ellsbury is sidelined; he'll be eligible to return May 31 if he's ready. The Yankees are expected to announce a corresponding roster move Thursday.

Gary Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base on Wednesday against the Royals. It was his first stolen base of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Steals are just the icing on the cake for the slugger, as you own him for his massive power potential. Still, he should be able to toss in up to five steals a year, which certainly elevates his standing in the rankings. On the season, Sanchez has just a .786 OPS so far, a disappointing number, but he's shown signs of life in May, with three home runs and nine RBIs.

Aaron Hicks went 1-for-4 in a 3-0 win over the Royals.

Fantasy Impact: Aaron Hicks on the season is hitting .291 with eight homers and 20 RBIs. He will see more playing time with Jacoby Ellsbury being placed on the DL.

Dellin Betances pitched a perfect ninth inning on Wednesday night to earn his fourth save of the season. Betances struck out the side and did not allow a base runner. He has a 0.57 ERA and 1.09 WHIP this season.

Fantasy Impact: Betances has struck out nearly two batters per inning this season, 29 in 15 2/3, and his ratios are massive. He has only allowed one baserunner in four appearances as the Yankees' closer and has allowed eight hits in 15 2/3 innings this season. Betances has added six holds to his four saves and is one of the top RP with or without saves.

Luis Severino throws a gem

Wed, May 24th 10:04pm EDT
By Chris Zolli


Luis Severino allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings against the Royals on Wednesday. Severino struck out seven batters and walked one. He has a 3.11 ERA and will face the Orioles in Baltimore on May 29.

Fantasy Impact: This was the first win of the month for Severino, who registered his first quality start since May 7. Severino now has 61 strikeouts and 14 walks in 55 innings this season, posting a 1.05 WHIP. Current Orioles have a .764 OPS in 76 career at-bats against Severino and he allowed four runs on six hits in five innings at Camden Yards on April 7.

Jordan Montgomery allowed one run on two hits in 6 2/3 innings against Royals on Tuesday. Montgomery struck out six batters and did not allow a walk for the first time in his eight career starts. He has a 4.30 ERA this season and will face the Athletics in New York on May 28.

Fantasy Impact: Montgomery left with a 2-1 lead in the seventh before the Yankees' bullpen faltered in a 6-2 loss, denying Montgomery his third win. This was the best start that Montgomery has had in his young career, which includes four quality starts in eight starts. Montgomery has yet to face the Athletics, but is 1-1 with a 4.13 ERA at home.

Matt Holliday went 2-for-4 as the Yankees fell to the Royals 6-2 on Tuesday night. His two singles lifted his average to .274

Fantasy Impact: Holliday hits third in a Yankees lineup that is third in the majors in runs scored. He should be owned and active in all leagues.

Starlin Castro went 1-for-3 in the Yankees 6-2 loss to the Royals Tuesday night, leaving four men on base.

Fantasy Impact: Castro just got under one that would have kept the Yankees in the game had it not fallen a little short. Keep Castro and his .885 OPS active in all leagues.

Didi Gregorious went 0-for-4 against the Royals on Tuesday, leaving four men on base in the Yankees 6-2 loss.

Fantasy Impact: Didi has hit lefties well, which has been the difference in his offensive game the last two years. He couldn't figure out Danny Duffy last night, but is still hitting .319 on the season.

Chase Headley still ice cold

Wed, May 24th 6:54am EDT
By Steve Anagnos


Chase Headley went 1-for-4 against the Royals last night, dropping his average to .237 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Headley continues his downward spiral after what was an encouraging start to the season. While he was signed for his steady play, it is hard to make heads or tails of what you're going to get from Headley from one day to the next.

Chris Carter homered for the second consecutive night, bringing his season tally to four. The solo shot extended the Yankees lead to 2-0 in the fifth inning.

Fantasy Impact: While Carter has not gotten off to a great start, he does have plenty of power. He is coming off a 41 home run 2016, so this could be the beginning of a power streak that would warrant considering Carter as a sneaky DFS play.

Brett Gardner went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 4-2 win over the Royals.

Fantasy Impact: Brett Gardner on the season is hitting .281 with nine homers and 19 RBIs. The veteran is turning in another solid season of cross-category production, as he's up to nine homers, 19 RBI, five stolen bases and 31 runs with a .281/.376/.514 slash line. Gardner has a shot to post a monster return in the runs column as long as he's setting the table for the Yankees' powerful lineup.

Aroldis Chapman has been shut down for 10 days, after which point the Yankees will evaluate a throwing program. He's on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees are taking heat considering Chapman reported feeling pain in the shoulder since the middle of April. He wasn't placed on the disabled list until the middle of May. Early indications are that he'll be out roughly a month, but owners will need to monitor the situation as a clearer timeframe will come as Chapman resumes throwing.

Greg Bird begins light running

Tue, May 23rd 8:30am EDT
By Blaine Blontz


Greg Bird has resumed light running and could begin hitting soon, according to the Yankees. Bird has been sidelined since the beginning of May due to an ankle injury. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: It was a slow start for the popular breakout pick, and it's too be determined if the issues were primarily due to the ankle injury. Bird is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues once he starts approaching his return considering the upside he's shown in the past.

Michael Pineda allowed two runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Royals on Monday. Pineda struck out six batters while walking one, the sixth time in nine starts where he has walked one or fewer while striking out six or more batters. He has a 3.35 ERA this season and will face the Athletics in New York on May 27.

Fantasy Impact: This is the fourth consecutive quality start for Pineda and eighth straight start where he allowed three runs or less. He now has 61 strikeouts and nine walks in 52 2/3 innings this season. Current Athletics have a .690 OPS in 44 career at-bats against Pineda and he has a 2.18 ERA at home in 33 innings this season.

Ronald Torreyes fills in at 3B

Wed, May 10th 10:34am EDT
By Steve Anagnos


Ronald Torreyes went 0-for-3 before being lifted for pinch-hitter Chase Headley. Torreyes was filling in for Headley, who was hit by a pitch the previous night and was due for a day of rest.

Fantasy Impact: Torreyes will see time around the field as Joe Girardi rests his starters. He is not worthy of a fantasy roster spot right now.

Gleyber Torres has been placed on the seven-day minor league disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder. (Source: Kyle Glaser on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While this isn't seen as a significant injury, the Yankees figure to take every precaution with their young prospect.

Tyler Clippard earned a save for the Yankees on Saturday afternoon, pitching in place of Aroldis Chapman. Clippard allowed a home run to Stephen Piscotty, and had the game-winning run on base, but closed down the game after striking out the side. Clippard has a 3.00 ERA this season.

Fantasy Impact: Clippard was given his first save opportunity of the season after Chapman had pitched for three consecutive days, but almost gave the lead up in the ninth. The more important thing for Clippard is that he leads the team in holds with four, now has a save, and has nine strikeouts in six innings. He allowed a walk yesterday, his first walk allowed this season, but if he is able to keep his walks down, he could be a good addition in leagues that count holds.