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When preparing the Dynasty Review, I always begin by checking in on my picks from the previous week. The big prediction was the promotion of Brandon Nimmo. I can't take much credit for that one. There were already grumbles about Michael Conforto's impending demotion. I don't expect any rapid call ups from this week's crew. I... Read More

The Philadelphia Phillies officially optioned Darin Ruf to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He has been struggling heavily in the majors with a .158 batting average. After Tommy Joseph received the call up, this was a move that was all but set in stone. Ruf will attempt to figure it out in the minor leagues, but Joseph... Read More

Welcome back to the Dynasty Review. The purpose of this column is to advise you on up-and-comers in dynasty leagues. We're Phillies themed today. As of this writing, the club is two games back in the NL East with a 18-14 record - tied eighth best in baseball. Despite their early success, they have plenty of room for... Read More

Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf started at first on Thursday against lefty Jaime Garcia, as he usually does against left-handed pitching. However, Ruf did not provide the boost that the Phillies were likely looking for, as he went 0-for-4 and dropped his average to a paltry .149 on the season. Ruf is hitless in his... Read More

A day after going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in a loss to Washington, Phillies first baseman is not in the lineup for today's series finale against Washington, as the Phillies are scheduled to face left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Starting in his place is right-handed-hitting Darin Ruf, who owns a lifetime batting average of .301... Read More

A look at the DFS landscape for Thursday finds Mat Latos taking on the Twins at Target Field. Minnesota has far too many strikeouts in its starting lineup, making Latos a nice low-cost option to try to rack up points. We can also target Matt Cain against the Rockies. Cain was decent in his season... Read More

For those of you who are platooning the Phillies' tandem of Ryan Howard against right-handed starters and Darin Ruf against left-handed starters, beware: Ruf jammed his shoulder during yesterday's game against San Diego and is not in the starting lineup today against left-hander Robbie Erlin. Owners of Ruf should bench him immediately. It would also... Read More

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin formally announced today that the left-handed-hitting Ryan Howard will platoon at first base with the righty-swinging Darin Ruf. Howard, understandably, did not like it but understood. For fantasy purposes, a platoon works out well for fantasy owners, as long as you are diligent enough to check the matchups each day. Howard... Read More

Depending on your league's format, Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf could be playable for your fantasy team this week. The right-handed-hitting Ruf hit a robust .371 off left-handed pitching in 2015, with eight of his 12 home runs and a 1.107 OPS. He is expected to play first base against left-handed pitching again this season.... Read More

Ruf grew into a powerful frame in his age-24 season, where he hit 20 homers in rookie and A+ ball in 2011 before hitting 38 bombs in 583 Double-A plate appearances. That’ll earn you a fair share of the spotlight. His 2013 held promise, but 2014 and 2015 were very disappointing. This leaves Ruf as... Read More

What's up RotoBallers. Welcome to another edition of my DraftKings DFS lineup picks and analysis. As always, my goal with this article is to help you identify viable options to insert into your DraftKings lineups, based on DFS pricing and matchups data. Here's a compilation of players I like when choosing a lineup for Friday,... Read More

It’s here: The final Friday of the MLB regular season arrives on October 2nd. It was a long season full of plenty of ups and downs, lessons learned, and, hopefully, spoils won. If you are someone who might continue to try their luck into the MLB Playoffs (hey, we still have some time before NBA... Read More

Hansel Robles has been suspended three games for “intentionally” throwing a pitch in the direction of Darin Ruf’s head. The New York Mets reliever was throwing at the Philadelphia Phillies first baseman in response to Yoenis Cespedes being thrown at earlier. Cespedes injured his hand and wrist when he was drilled. At the time, the... Read More

Below are my DraftKings picks for Wednesday, September 16th, 2015.  As always, remember to check your players to make sure they are in their MLB starting lineups before lineups lock. My goal with these DFS picks, as always, is to try and identify MLB players who will outperform their expectations today, based on their matchups and FanDuel prices. These players... Read More

Ryan Howard will not be in the lineup Tuesday for the Philadelphia Phillies as they take on the Washington Nationals. The first baseman left Monday’s game early with a left knee contusion. Howard left the ballpark on crutches, which makes it likely that he could be out for a while and possibly even the rest... Read More

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