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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Jhoulys Chacin struck out 10 in his third career complete game as the Angels beat the Tigers 5-1 on Monday.

That as many strikeouts as he had in his first three starts for the Angels combined. Chacin allowed a total of four hits and walked one in what was his best start since he was let go by the Rockies prior to last season. While he's done solid work for the Braves and now the Halos, he's still a poor investment in fantasy leagues.
May 31 - 12:14 AM

Ian Kennedy surrendered only one unearned run and three hits over six innings but took a no decision in Monday's 6-2 Royals win over the Rays.

Kennedy was in line for the win until Kelvin Herrera blew the lead in the eighth. A later Eric Hosmer three-run homer ended up winning it for the Royals. Despite not allowing any earned runs, Kennedy was a bit shaky in this one. He struck out six batters but issued five free passes. His wildness led to burning 107 pitches in only six innings. Kennedy will take an excellent 3.03 ERA into his next start Saturday in Cleveland.
May 31 - 12:13 AM

After taking a shutout into the eighth, Justin Verlander was charged with four runs in 7 1/3 innings Monday against the Angels.

Verlander was cruising until giving up three straight singles to start the eighth. A sac bunt and a miscue on a fielder's choice followed, and the Angels had two runs on the board when Verlander was pulled from the game. They went on to score three more times in the inning, with two of those runs being charged to Verlander. Verlander certainly pitched better than the line indicates. He had allowed just one hit and walked none until the eighth.
May 31 - 12:11 AM

James McCann went 0-for-3 in Monday's loss and is hitting just .156 in 77 at-bats this season.

It's an empty .156, too; he has one extra-base hit and a 24/3 K/BB ratio. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has cooled way down since his big April, so McCann hasn't had to worry about playing time yet. That could change if he keeps hitting like the spawn of Jeff Mathis and Drew Butera.
May 31 - 12:08 AM

Matt Andriese tossed seven innings of two run (one earned) ball against the Royals.

Andriese’s surprising run rolls on. The 26-year-old righty gave up five hits and two walks while striking out three batters. His ERA is now down to a stellar 2.36 for the season after five starts and 34 1/3 innings. Be careful though because his lowly 5.24 K/9 is not the mark of an ace. Expect some rocky outings to boost his ERA upward.
May 31 - 12:08 AM

Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer to lead the Royals to a 6-2 win over the Rays on Monday.

Hosmer took Erasmo Ramirez deep in the 8th inning to put the game out of reach. Hosmer also singled and is now hitting a robust .323/.370/.547 with nine home runs on the season. He is on pace to bust his "every other year" cycle of good and bad seasons.
May 31 - 12:03 AM

Paulo Orlando drew the start in right field and delivered two hits on Monday night against the Rays.

The Royals seem to view Orlando as a backup-level player despite his .759 career OPS. Orlando now has a .382 batting average and may force the Royals to see how he can do as an everyday player even after Alex Gordon returns from the DL.
May 31 - 12:01 AM

Desmond Jennings went 0-for-4 on Monday against the Royals, dropping his batting average to .168 on the year.

The Rays were forced to turn to Jennings as their primary center fielder after Kevin Kiermaier broke his hand, but so far the returns have been brutal. Jennings’ .168/.237/.269 slash line has cemented him as one of the league’s worst players this year. The 29-year-old has a .713 career OPS, so there is a good chance he will bounce back at least a little bit, but his fantasy appeal is limited right now.
May 30 - 11:58 PM
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