Are Fantasy RBs in Decay?

Are Fantasy RBs in Decay?
Graham Barfield takes an in-depth look at fantasy scoring among running backs and notes key trends at the position.
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Kevin Gausman allowed four runs over five innings -- all on home runs -- in a loss to the Astros on Thursday.

Gausman gave up just five hits on the evening, but three of them -- two solo blasts by George Springer, and a two-run shot by Luis Valbuena -- left the yard. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play? Dingers aside, Gausman pitched well, striking out seven while walking one. He owns a 3.24 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with a 37/9 K/BB ratio in seven starts this year, and he'll try to get on the right side of the ledger Tuesday against the Red Sox.
May 26 - 11:29 PM

Lance McCullers had an interesting outing Thursday, striking out 10, walking six and allowing just one run on one hit over five innings in a win over the Orioles.

The one hit McCullers surrendered was a solo homer by Mark Trumbo. Otherwise, he was virtually untouchable, registering his highest single-game strikeout total since July 12 of last season. Of course, the six walks were also a record for the 22-year-old. All told, McCullers is now 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 21/12 K/BB ratio through his first 15 2/3 innings. An interleague date with the Diamondbacks is on tap for Tuesday.
May 26 - 11:28 PM

Ryan Braun left Thursday's game against the Braves for precautionary reasons.

He never came back after a one-hour, 19-minute rain delay in the seventh inning. It doesn't look like Braun is injured but after missing time with back and wrist injuries earlier this month, the Brewers weren't taking any chances. Braun went 1-for-3 with a solo home run before exiting. Kirk Nieuwenhuis replaced him in left field.
May 26 - 11:03 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said there's no decision on whether Clay Buchholz will make his next start.

With Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) ready to come off the disabled list, Buchholz was likely pitching for his rotation spot Thursday against the Rockies. It didn't go well as the right-hander allowed a season-high six runs while watching his ERA balloon to 6.35. The Red Sox are famous for inventing injuries for struggling players and that might be their best option with Buchholz here. Buchholz has no confidence right now and is having a really difficult time with runners on base. We'd be surprised to see him make his next start Tuesday against Baltimore.
May 26 - 10:45 PM

Dustin Garneau hit one of three, two-run home runs on the night as the Rockies thumped the Red Sox 8-2 on Thursday.

Garneau's two-run dinger in the fifth inning followed two-run shots by Carlos Gonzalez, who hit his in the fourth, and Trevor Story, whose homer came two batters before Garneau's. The catcher also doubled and scored in the game. The home run was the first of the season for the 28-year-old, and his .270/.317/.459 line while filling in for the injured Nick Hundley could leave the Rockies' front office with a tough decision when Hundley returns.
May 26 - 10:43 PM

David Ortiz continued to rake Thursday, finishing 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in a loss to the Rockies.

Ortiz was basically the only Red Sox hitter able to get something going against Rockies starter Jon Gray, taking the youngster deep for the two-run jack in the first inning. The home run was his 12th of the season to go with a whopping 45 RBI, most in the AL, and 24 runs scored. He's doubled in five consecutive games, and the good stretch has the 40-year-old's season line up to a ridiculous .337/.420/.706.
May 26 - 10:39 PM

Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in a win over the Red Sox on Thursday.

CarGo jumped on a Clay Buchholz pitch in the fourth inning for the two-run shot. The homer was his sixth of the season, as he oddly has just 15 RBI but 29 runs scored in 45 games. He's been heating up in his last four games, going 8-for-16 to raise his overall line to .287/.328/.455.
May 26 - 10:35 PM

Daniel Descalso went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Red Sox.

Starting at designated hitter in the American League park, Descalso made his manager look smart by singling and scoring in the fifth and seventh innings. It was just his second start and fifth appearance of the season after he missed the first month and a half with a fractured left hand. He'll serve in a superutility role for the Rockies this year and carries no fantasy value.
May 26 - 10:32 PM
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