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Austin Allen went 2-for-3 with one RBI Tuesday against the Royals.

Fantasy Impact: Allen is hitting .406 with two home runs and ten RBI with a 1.097 OPS so far this spring. Allen, 25, batted .262 with 13 home runs in 270 triple A plate appearances last year. He should split the catching duties with Sean Murphy to start the season.

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Robbie Grossman went 2-for-3 with a run scored Tuesday against the Royals.

Fantasy Impact: Grossman is hitting .304 with a .916 OPS this spring but for the season is likely stuck in a platoon outfield role. Grossman has not hit more than nine homers in a season since 2016.

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Kris Davis batted clean up Tuesday going 0-for-3 with the three strikeouts against the Royals.

Fantasy Impact: Davis is off to a slow start this spring but is locked in as the A’s designated hitter and with a season of full health, Davis is still capable of .240 and 35 homers.

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Mike Fiers threw five innings Tuesday, striking out three, walking one, allowing five hits, and two earned runs.

Fantasy Impact: Fiers will be taking the mound every fifth day for the A’s, but all signs point to a regression from last years numbers. You can leave him for others to draft.

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A.J. Puk (shoulder) could potentially resume throwing as early as Tuesday. (Source: Shayna Rubin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Puk felt some shoulder discomfort in a bullpen session last week and was ultimately diagnosed with a mild strain. The young lefty might not be ready for Opening Day but if he avoids setbacks he shouldn't miss much time in the regular season.

Category: Injury Updates

Frankie Montas pitched 2 2/3 innings Sunday allowing four hits, two runs, zero earned runs, and added two strike outs against the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Montas kept his spring ERA at 0.00 over 5 2/3 innings so far this spring. If Montas can replicate last years numbers over a full season he should provide solid value pitching for an A’s team that should provide their staff with plenty of run support.

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Sheldon Neuse was optioned to triple A by the A’s on Sunday along with Dustin Fowler.

Fantasy Impact: Neuse hit 19 homers in hitter friendly Las Vegas last year and figures to be up at some point this year, but he will need to improve his contact percentage along with his hard contact and fly ball rate in order to be considered a regular option at the major league level. Still just 25, he will work to unlock more power in Las Vegas.

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Franklin Barreto went 3-for-5 with three doubles, two runs, and one RBI Sunday against the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Barreto is hitting .333 with a .965 OPS this spring and is making his case for the A’s second base position. At 24, Barreto still has a shot to regain his power stroke and he also offers stolen base potential. Barreto is worth keeping an eye on if he wins the job, he could provide sneaky value from a middle infield spot.

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Jesus Luzardo was fantastic on Saturday, striking out eight batters in just 3 1/3 innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: The 22-year-old gave up just two hits and a walk in this one. Luzardo appeared in six games for the A's last season, striking out 16 over 12 innings, allowing just two runs. He will likely be limited to around 140 innings this season but he should provide plenty of fantasy value whenever he is on the mound.

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Stephen Piscotty (intercostal) remains out of action this spring. There has not been an update yet this week but he might need an IL stint to start the season.

Fantasy Impact: Piscotty struggled with injuries last year batting .249 with 13 home runs over 393 plate appearances. He showed some regression against right handed pitching, and is now an injury risk. Expect Chad Pinder and Robbie Grossman to get the majority of left field time should Piscotty miss extended time.

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Mark Canha went 0-for-1 with a walk, a strikeout, and one RBI in Thursday’s win over the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: Canha slashed .273/.396/.517 last year with 26 home runs, 80 runs, and three stolen bases over 497 plate appearances. His xBA was .257 so some batting average decline can be expected, but his power is legit and he made solid gains in his walk rate and batting eye last year. Canha can help with homers, runs scored, and OBP and should return value in deeper formats.

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Ramon Laureano went 2-for-3 against the Dodgers on Thursday, batting fifth in the order.

Fantasy Impact: Laureano slashed .288/.340/.521 with 24 home runs, 13 stolen bases, and 79 runs scored over 481 plate appearances last year. Those numbers might have looked even better had it not been for a six week absence because of a shin injury. There are not many guys in the 20 plus homer/20 stolen base category, draft Laureano expecting a top 20 finish among fantasy outfielders.

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Matt Olson went 0-for-2 with a walk in Thursday’s match up with the Dodgers. He is hitting .125 with a .550 OPS so far this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Matt Olson made a quick recovery from hamate surgery last year batting .267 with 36 home runs and 91 RBI in 547 plate appearances. At age 26 and a full year ahead Olson could be looking at 40 plus home runs, and could push his way towards the top five among fantasy first basemen this year.

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Matt Chapman took Walker Buehler deep in the first inning against the Dodgers on Thursday. He went 1-for-2 overall, adding a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Matt Chapman slashed .249/.342/.506 with 36 home runs, 91 RBI, and 102 runs scored over 670 plate appearances last year for the A’s and at age 27 is just entering his prime. His exit velocity has been in the top four percent over the last two years and his xBA was .261 last year, so expect an improved batting average. Chapman should approach 40 home runs and should be among the top ten fantasy third basemen this year, draft with confidence.

Category: Game Recaps

Chris Bassitt allowed two hits (one of those a home run), two earned runs, and two walks over three innings of work Tuesday against the White Sox. He did not record a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Bassitt joined the rotation in April last year winning ten games over 144 innings while providing 141 strikeouts and a 3.81 ERA. His peripheral numbers hint at regression this year, he does not miss bats and his xERA was 4.41 last year. Bassitt might start out in the rotation depending on A.J. Puk’s shoulder, but will not provide much of a fantasy impact in season long leagues.

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Liam Hendriks pitched one inning against the Cubs Monday night, giving up one hit and striking out three.

Fantasy Impact: Hendriks saved 25 games last year for the A’s striking out 124 over 85 innings. His velocity was up averaging 96.5 on his fastball while sporting a ridiculous 17.7 swinging strike percentage. Hendriks is locked in as the A’s closer and last years numbers suggest a repeat, he makes for a fine option if you choose to use draft capital on a closer.

Category: Game Recaps

Sean Murphy (knee) is making his Cactus League debut Monday night against the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Murphy had knee surgery in October and spent over 100 days on the minor league injured list last year. He showed some pop over 60 plate appearances for the A’s last year. Murphy is a popular flier at the catcher position, but is best left for deeper leagues for now, unless he can start hitting more fly balls.

Category: Game Recaps

Sean Manaea started for the A’s and went three innings against the Indians on Saturday, striking out two while giving up four hits and two earned runs.

Fantasy Impact: Manaea is coming off of a shortened season last year because of shoulder surgery, but was able to deliver 30 effective innings in September, winning four games with a 1.21 ERA. The A’s will hope Manaea can stay healthy for 150 plus innings, basing projections off of 2017 and 2018 plus the injury risk, it might be best to let others take the risk.

Category: Game Recaps

Marcus Semien went 2-for-3, with a double, a run scored, and two RBI in Saturday’s Cactus League action against the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: Semien figures to lead off for the A’s this year and logged 747 plate appearances last year batting .285/.369/.522 with 33 home runs, 123 runs scored, and ten stolen bases. The massive amount of plate appearances will be hard to duplicate, but he will still provide you with runs, 25 plus homers, and double digit steals. Semien should return top 12 value among shortstops this year.

Category: Game Recaps

The A’s non-tendered reliever Blake Treinen. (Source: Susan Slusser on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: It’s a shocking move considering how dominant Treinen was just a season ago. He struggled in 2019 but it’s still surprising the A’s weren’t able to find a trade partner for him. We expect him to be a popular commodity in the free agent market moving forward. He could wind up as someone’s primary closer come 2020.

Category: Transactions

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