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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David Freese went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBI against the Marlins on Monday.

Freese lost some playing time when Jung Ho Kang came off the disabled list, but he's been productive when he's gotten his chances as a first baseman against left-handers and occasional third baseman versus righties. Still, the playing time isn't there right now to make him useful in mixed leagues.
May 30 - 9:59 PM

Derek Dietrich came off the bench Monday and went 0-for-2 against the Pirates.

The Marlins were planning on giving Dietrich the night off after he was hit in the head by a foul ball on Sunday, but he had been cleared to play and he entered the game at second base after Miguel Rojas was hurt.
May 30 - 9:57 PM

Marco Estrada blanked the Yankees for eight innings, allowing just three hits, in a victory Monday.

Estrada was at 108 pitches after eight, so he wasn't allowed to go for his first career complete game. He's been one of the AL's better pitchers the last two years, but since debuting with the Nationals in 2008, he's never finished any of his 109 career starts.
May 30 - 9:47 PM

Drew Storen got two outs with a two-run lead for his third save of the year Monday against the Yankees.

The Jays didn't want to use Roberto Osuna tonight, so they turned to Aaron Loup to start the ninth in a 4-0 game. After he surrendered a two-run homer with one out, Storen took over and retired two of the three batters he faced. Storen has picked up three saves this year, but his ERA stands at 6.75.
May 30 - 9:45 PM

Ivan Nova yielded four runs in six innings Monday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Nova is 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA in five starts since replacing Luis Severino in the Yankees rotation. That's solid work, but we still wouldn't recommend using him in anything other than deep AL-only leagues. He'll face the Orioles in Baltimore next time out.
May 30 - 9:44 PM

Brett Gardner went 0-for-3 before being pulled for a pinch-hitter Monday against the Blue Jays.

With Gardner slumping, manager Joe Girardi felt better about Rob Refsnyder's chances against lefty Aaron Loup in the ninth. Gardner isn't often pulled in those situations, but he's hitting just .163/.28/.184 in 49 at-bats against left-handers this year.
May 30 - 9:42 PM

Derek Holland spun six frames of one-run ball in Monday's 9-2 victory over the Indians.

Holland struck out only two batters, but the only time the Indians were able to dent the scoreboard against him was on a mammoth solo home run from Mike Napoli in the sixth inning. The left-hander boasts a 2.89 ERA in nine of his starts this season, but unfortunately for him his 2 2/3 inning, 11-run showing against the Blue Jays earlier this month also counts. He'll carry a 4.78 ERA into this weekend's matchup versus the Mariners.
May 30 - 9:23 PM

Josh Tomlin was pounded for eight runs -- four earned -- across 3 2/3 frames in Monday's loss to the Rangers.

The Rangers jumped on Tomlin early with a single and homer to kick off the game and they didn't let up. He yielded nine hits on the day and struck out only one. One of these kind of outings was bound to come for Tomlin eventually. Luckily for him, half of the runs were unearned so his ERA wasn't blown up too badly. He'll try to bounce back this weekend versus the Royals.
May 30 - 9:14 PM
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