"Dat Dude" really isn't all that anymore. Now, he did top a .290 batting average for a second straight season and again reached double digits in both home runs and stolen bases, but even so, he finished outside the top 15 fantasy second basemen. He grows more impatient at the dish with each passing season: his walk rate fell to just 3.1 percent in 2016 and his chase rate leaped to a career-high 41.7 percent. His 92 wRC+ for the season ranked 122nd among qualified hitters (out of 146), and for the first time in a long time, Brandon Phillips graded out as a net negative in the field. The Reds finally managed to deal the veteran to Atlanta, where Phillips will fortunately get the opportunity to play everyday. However, the Braves might hand the reins over to Ozzie Albies later in the seaon, which could lead to fewer opportunities for the aging second baseman. Between this and further skills regression with age could result in Phillips losing 15-team mixed-league relevance. Invest at your own risk.
Phillips went 2-for-4 with his fifth stolen base of the season in Sunday's loss to the Phillies. It's not a surprise that the 35-year-old can still contribute on the basepaths -- he had 37 steals over the last two seasons with the Reds -- but Phillips looks like he wants to take a run at his career high of 32 steals, set a decade ago in his 30-30 campaign of 2007. If he continues to hit in the two-hole for the Braves, he should see plenty of opportunities to run.
Phillips is playing second base and batting second in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phililes. Phillips, who typically hits fifth or sixth in the lineup, has been swinging a hot bat recently, so manager Brian Snitker has elected to move the 35-year-old up in the lineup. Phillips is 20-for-55 in his last 14 contests, knocking two home runs, delivering nine RBI and swiping four bags in the process. We'll have to wait to see if this is only a temporary change or if this lineup update sticks.
Phillips went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and two RBI during Saturday's loss to Philadelphia. Not only did the homer tie the game in the top of the ninth inning and send it to extra frames, it continued Phillips' rock-solid start to the campaign. He's sporting a .333/.371/.500 slash line with 10 runs, two home runs, nine RBI and four stolen bases, and Phillips is also in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak. The 35-year-old veteran has recorded at least one hit in 15 of 17 games this year and may be on his way to posting a throwback fantasy season.
Phillips went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Nationals. The 35-year-old was the only Brave to make consistently solid contact against Stephen Strasburg in this one. Phillips, who went to high school in Stone Mountain, Georgia, has enjoyed his homecoming with Atlanta so far, slashing .328/.371/.448 through 15 games.
Phillips went 3-for-4 with three RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in Sunday's 9-2 win over the Padres. The veteran second baseman hasn't shown any signs of slowing down at 35 years of age. He's now hitting .333 on the young season with a home run, six RBI and four stolen bases in 11 games. It's a nice start in his first season in Atlanta, but be mindful that the aging Phillips isn't a lock to hit double-digit home runs or steal 20 bags again, even though things are going well now.
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